Sections News

Call for Nominations for Trainee Representatives on BSG Section Committees

Friday, 25 August 2017 13:55

Vacancies for trainee representatives have arisen on the following BSG Section Committees:

  • Adolescent & Young Persons
  • Endoscopy
  • Pathology

All BSG Trainee Section Members are eligible for nomination to the above Section Committees, where there is one trainee vacancy on each committee for a 3 year term.

Please note the following terms:

  • You must be a BSG trainee member
  • You must be a member of the clinical section you want to nominate yourself for e.g. Gastroduodenal, NGM
  • Your application must have a BSG member as your 'proposer'. This can be any BSG member including other trainees
  • These positions are independent of the Trainees Section committee
  • The positions are open to all trainees who are at least 24 months pre-CCT at the time of election
  • Trainee representatives will stand down following their consultant appointment and should contact Howard Ellison as soon as they accept a Consultant post offer
  • Trainee representatives will stand down if they go abroad during a period of OOP
  • You may nominate yourself for more than one section committee position. Please fill out a separate nomination form for each application
  • All applicants must have a National Training Number

In order to be nominated you MUST have already joined the relevant clinical section as a member (trainee members may belong to 2 clinical sections of the BSG). Only members of each clinical section will be eligible to vote in the final ballot - changing section membership is not allowed once elections are underway. If you have not already done this, please do so by logging in to the BSG website and entering the sections to which you want to belong or by emailing your request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Nominations will close on the 15th September 2017.

Please provide a short statement (250 words max) explaining why you want to be on the committee and what relevant skills or training you have. Please send this information via email to Christopher O'Shea at the BSG office: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and the completed form with signatures to the BSG office by 15th September 2017.Note: the form can be emailed by the candidate once the proposer has completed their section.

  Download nomination form  [ 40 kb ]

2017 IBD Investigators Meeting - Cardiff

Monday, 24 July 2017 09:38

Are you a BSG Trainee member interested in IBD research? A limited number of places is available to attend the next IBD Investigators Meeting (Cardiff, Thursday 16 November; the 54th ECCO Educational Workshop is in Cardiff on Friday 17 November). The full-day, interactive meeting has been planned by the BSG's IBD Clinical Research Group. It will include a constructive IBD Research Dragons' Den as well as information on the practicalities of research and current IBD trials. Full details are available to download. Register by emailing the details below to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you would like to be involved in the IBD Dragons' Den, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday 15 September. Rules: no more than 7 people per team, the Dragons' decision is final, and the winning team will win free registration for the first day of the BSG 2018 Annual Meeting (Monday 4 June 2018).

The IBD Investigators meeting is free to attend but delegates must support their own expenses for any travel and accommodation. Twenty travel bursaries (up to £100 each) are available on a first-come, first-served basis for BSG Trainee members; apply by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your

  • Name
  • Job title
  • Institution name
  • Email address
  • Dietary requirements
  • BSG member number

Successful applicants will be notified immediately.

BSG/BASL Trainee Bursary to attend the BASL Annual Meeting 2017, 20 - 22nd September in Warwick

Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:09

Date of Preparation 19/7/2017

Guidance notes for BSG/BASL Trainee Bursary to attend the BASL Annual Meeting on 20–22 September 2017

  • Review Process by Panel
  • Bursary Application Deadline: 11th August 2017
  • Advise applicants of status of their submission: 18th August 2017
  • Deadline for confirmation of acceptance: 23rd August 2017
  • Advise reserve list of status of their submission: 25th August 2017
  • Deadline for reserve list to confirm their acceptance (if applicable): 30th August 2017


Norgine Pharmaceuticals have made provision for 5 bursaries to be made available to assist trainees to attend the forthcoming BASL Annual Meeting in Warwick. Each bursary will cover the winning trainees’ conference registration fees, reasonable travel costs, accommodation expenses (2 nights) and one evening meal. Norgine Pharmaceuticals, on behalf of the winning trainees, will arrange all aspects of the above. A minimum requirement is that trainees must attend all days of the conference.


Applications are invited from specialty trainees in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology, who are members of either the BSG or BASL. Trainees must hold a national training number in gastroenterology or be in a LAT post and must be pre CCST at the time of the BASL conference (20th September 2017). Trainees who have been granted another bursary to attend BASL 2017 or have been awarded a BSG bursary to attend the BASL annual conference in previous years are not eligible to apply nor are trainees who received a Norgine bursary to attend the BSG annual conference in June 2017.

There will be a maximum of 5 bursaries available.

How to apply

Applicants will need to complete the formal Application Form for travel bursaries for BASL 2017.

As part of the application form applicants will need to outline how they meet the criteria for registration at the forthcoming BASL conference 2017 and how the conference will benefit themselves and others in their future career.

Applicants need to submit their application form via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the application deadline of 5pm Friday 11th August 2017 to be accepted for review by the review panel.

Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their completed application form.

Review Process and Accepting your Award

Following review of all applications fulfilling the above criteria, applicants will be notified on 18th August 2017 as to whether their application has been successful. The judging panel’s decision is final and judges will not enter into correspondence regarding the final decision.

If any of the winning applicants fail to formally accept their award by the deadline of 23rd August 2017, those awards will then be offered to other applicants who form a reserve list. Those applicants on the reserve list will be informed on 25th August 2017 as to whether they are currently being offered a place and will have until the deadline of 30th August 2017 to formally accept their award in writing or via email.

Requirements of Accepting a Bursary Award

Following formal acceptance of their award, award winners are committed to attending the BASL Annual Meeting 2017.

Norgine and its affiliates may publicly disclose (e.g. on company websites) details of its support of the bursary scheme including any relevant disclosures requested by law. Award winners will be sent an email from Norgine and will be asked to sign an agreement to disclose the value of the bursary. Award winners must either disclose the bursary as a personal transfer of value or as an aggregated figure. Norgine cannot sponsor anyone who refuses either of these two options.

In the event of exceptional unforeseen circumstances leading to an award winner determining that he or she is no longer able to attend the meeting, they must contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it immediately to cancel their scholarship award. There will be a reserve list of trainees and under these circumstances, the next trainee on the list will be offered the bursary.


BSG National Introduction to Gastroenterology 2017

Friday, 07 July 2017 12:21

20th November 2017 - Royal College of Physicians

The BSG is holding its third introductory day for newcomers into higher specialist training. Our main aim is to welcome you to our great specialty but particularly to encourage you to look into the future not so much as the training programme ahead of you but beyond that into a career in gastroenterology.

We feel that many trainees focus on their training years that lie ahead and so don't take a long view about training as a pathway to prepare them for their eventual career as a specialist.

The morning comprises a series of introductory talks from senior gastroenterologists who have wide experience of training. In the afternoon there will be a series of 'Musical Tables', which will commence after lunch and continue after tea. Between 8-12 trainees will rotate around separate tables which will be hosted by a gastroenterologist and a trainee where a series of relevant topics will be presented and discussed in a more informal manner.

The BSG Training Committee, the BSG Trainees' Section and your regional Training Programme Director all support this very important day and strongly encourage you to come along. It may very well be that the consultants where you are working are aware that you won't be in the hospital that day but we do advise you to check this and book your study leave for the day. There is no attendance fee, lunch and refreshments are provided and the BSG will reimburse travel expenses (of journeys over 100 miles) for BSG members or those who make a commitment to become a member (but you must please take advantage of any advanced booking discounts if using the railway). Expenses claim forms MUST be returned to the BSG office by 1st December.

Please contact Christopher O'Shea ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to reserve your place.

BSG Gastro Taster Course 2017 - 2nd-3rd December, UCH London

Monday, 03 July 2017 13:13

Online booking for this year's course is now available.

We would be very grateful if you could advertise the course to junior colleagues (CMT1, CMT2 and foundation doctors) who are interested in pursuing gastroenterology as their medical specialty.

The course will cost £150 to attend. There is a good mix of hands-on experience of the latest diagnostic technologies alongside interactive workshops, lectures on career pathways and how to secure higher medical training in GI medicine.

To book a place on the course, please visit and follow the instructions on the website. If you have any queries in the meantime, you can contact MCI UK Ltd at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone them on 0141 202 2888.

Tickets are limited to 120 spaces and are sold on a 'first come, first served' basis and are likely to sell very quickly - so 'don't delay, book today'!

Free places for medical students...

The BSG Trainees Section is inviting UK final year medical students to apply for one of 5 fully funded places on the fifth 'Taster Course in Gastroenterology' Applicants need to be UK-based medical students starting their final year of study this year.

Applicants should send a 2-page CV and 250 word (maximum) supporting statement (explaining why they want to do gastroenterology, their inspiration, experience and steps they have taken to gain insight into the specialty) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5pm on the 6th October 2017. All applications must be supported by a covering letter, which is officially stamped or verified by the medical school faculty office.

An independent panel of gastroenterologists will choose the best applications. Successful applicants will be informed by the 20th October 2017. They will enjoy free registration to attend the course, have fully funded return transport to the course, and have overnight accommodation arranged for the 2nd December 2017.

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