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Shire Innovation Fund for SpRs 2014

Monday, 21 October 2013 09:32

The Shire Innovation Fund for Specialist Registrars for 2014 is open for applications from Monday 28th October 2013. This initiative, sponsored by Shire, aims to support specialist registrars working in gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel diseases who want to develop projects to benefit patient care in the UK. Please note that any SpR in year three or above who are physicians or surgeons, or in related specialities such as pathology or radiology, including research fellows can apply.

There are two funds available:

  1. Travel bursaries for ECCO 2014

    A total of £8,000 will be made available to applicants whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation at ECCO 2014. The deadline for applications for this fund is 5pm, 6th January 2014.

  2. Innovative projects that will benefit patient care

    A total of £7,500 will be made available for types of proposals that will enhance patient care or local IBD services.

    The deadline for applications for this fund is 5pm, 2nd December 2013.

The completed application forms for this round can be posted to

Shire Innovation Fund,
16 Petersham Road,
Surrey TW10 6UW

or can be returned by email to:

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Alternatively, you can apply online at

Specialty Certificate Examination

Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:29

The Exam: The BSG, in partnership with the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK organises and delivers the Specialty Certificate Examination in Gastroenterology. The first examination was held in 2008.

UK Trainees: The Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) is a compulsory component of assessment for Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) for all UK trainees whose specialist training in Gastroenterology began in or after August 2007. The examination compliments workplace-based assessments and ensures that trainees have sufficient knowledge to practice safely and competently as consultants.

Outside the UK: The SCE is open to all doctors who are in training or have completed their training from any part of the world. Applicants are no longer required to hold the MRCP (UK). The exam is a computer-based test and is held in several centres throughout the world.

Date of SCE Examination: The next Gastroenterology SCE Examination will take place on 23 April 2014. Registration opens on 16 December 2013. The next date for the SCE exam after this will be 22nd April 2015

Dr Mounes Dakkak

Lead Specialist for Gastroenterology SCE

GastroCycle 2014

The BSG Trainee section wants you to get on your bike and join GastroCycle 2014 (12th-15th June 2014)

GastroCycle 2014 is an initiative organised in collaboration with the BSG Trainees Section and Skyline Events to raise funds for the BSG's sister charity Core and support its work fighting diseases of the gut, liver and pancreas. You can be part of a group of 50 riders setting off from the BSG's office in Regent's Park and arriving at Manchester's GMEX approximately 240 miles later in time for the BSG 2014 annual meeting.

As part of GastroCycle 2014 you will receive three nights hotel accommodation (+/- accommodation the night before in London), luggage transfer, secure bike storage, meals and snacks, mechanical support, help with fundraising plus the knowledge that you are raising awareness of GI diseases and helping the BSG and Core fight them. You will also have a great sense of achievement in cycling between England's two main cities.

The registration fee to secure your place is £99 and you will need to commit to a minimum sponsorship target. For more details and to sign up go to

BSG Trainee Section Committee Representatives Election Results

Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:46

Endoscopy     Dr Mayar Kumar
Adolescent & Young Persons     Dr Alenka Brooks
Gastroduodenal     Dr Ben Disney
Inflammatory Bowel Disease     Dr Bahman Shokouhi
Liver     Dr Grace Dolman
Neurogastroenterologv & Motility     Dr Chander Shekhar
Oesophageal     Dr Sebastian Zeki
Pancreas     Dr Matthew Huggett
Pathology     Dr Sebastian Zeki
Small Bowel & Nutrition     Dr Mani Naghibi
Radiology     Dr Jesica Makanyanga


Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:34

Dear Colleagues,

We have an exciting offer for you - if you are interested in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and are under the age of 35 or still in training you can join Young-ECCO (Y-ECCO)!

We are a dynamic group of young clinicians and scientists interested in IBD within the European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO). We want to foster interaction, collaboration and exchange and help our members to participate in the educational and scientific activities of ECCO. We have a great programme:

  • Yearly educational workshop providing tools and advice for a career in IBD
  • Yearly networking event to bring Y-ECCOs together in an informal atmosphere
  • Y-ECCO abstract awards to support our members’ excellent scientific work
  • Contribute to the ECCO e-learning platform by developing cases, podcasts, etc.
  • Quarterly literature review: Comment on a recent landmark article and get published!
  • Co-chair at a plenary session at the yearly ECCO conference - alongside an experienced colleague
  • Y-ECCO interview: Submit questions that are answered by established leaders in the field
  • Participate in our European wide educational survey about the future of Gastroenterology ( All participants will be entered into a drawing for free ECCO memberships for one year.
  • Submit your clinical study proposal and get constructive feedback by experts in your field. In addition you could qualify for endorsement of your study by Y-ECCO!

We are a transparent and permeable group. Every member can participate. If you are interested in any of the above formats please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We are looking forward to welcoming you to our group!

Florian Rieder

Y-ECCO Chair
On behalf of the Y-ECCO Committee

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