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Shire Innovation Fund for Specialist Registrars for 2015

Thursday, 15 January 2015 07:31

The Shire Innovation Fund for Specialist Registrars for 2015 is now open for applications. 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 for support of 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, Thursday 5th February 2015.

ERCP Basic Training Course

21st & 22nd April 2015

European Endoscopy Training Centre (EETC) - Rome

The ERCP Basic Training Course is intended for endoscopists at the beginning of their ERCP career. The two-day course—based in the European Endoscopy Training Centre (EETC) in Rome, Italy and led by Professor Guido Costamagna—combines live cases, clinical discussion and hands-on training. The scientific programme will cover four key subject areas: Basic Cannulation, Stricture Management, Stone Management and Management of Complications. The course content will be delivered by Professor Guido Costamagna and his local faculty together with visiting UK faculty (Dr. George Webster and Dr. Martin James).

Application Criteria

Interested applicants should submit a CV, including ERCP and other endoscopic experience to date, career ambitions and suitability for selection. Please submit your application to Dr. George Webster ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Dr. Martin W James ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by the 31st January 2015. Note: a maximum of 8 places are available for this course.

Applicants should be at the beginning of their ERCP career. No practical ERCP experience is required but applicants with previous experience should not exceed 50 cases.

Training in diagnostic and therapeutic ERCP should only be sought by individuals with interest and training in the treatment of hepatopancreaticobiliary disease. Applications should include a supporting recommendation from the applicants' clinical supervisor.

Applications will be considered from trainees practicing within gastroenterology or GI surgery training programs within the UK. For further information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The ERCP Basic Training Programme is fully funded by Cook Medical.

BSG Trainees Survey 2014 – Summary of results December 2014

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:16

The 2014 survey was sent to all trainees in gastroenterology in the UK using both BSG and local representative databases. The survey was open from July-September 2014. 263 out of 806 UK trainees responded, giving a response rate of 32.6%. This is a fall from the response rates of 39.7% in 2012 and 35.7% in 2010. As with previous surveys, responses in 2014 come from all training programmes.

37% of responders were female, up from 31.1% in 2012. All grades of training were well represented.

Young Investigator Award - A Call for Abstracts 2015

Monday, 08 December 2014 10:09

The Young Investigator Award will be presented at the 2nd Leeds Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Symposium on Friday 27th March 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Leeds. The Leeds Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders symposium invites trainees to submit abstract(s) of their clinical or basic science research work for consideration by Friday 30th January 2015.

Submissions will be judged by the Panel, three finalists will be selected and asked to present their research at the symposium. Application forms can be downloaded, completed and posted to Millbrook at the address below or completed and submitted online at:

Millbrook Medical Conferences Ltd
The Red House
22 High Street
LE17 4AD

UEG Summer School 2015

June 11-14, 2015

Hotel International, Prague, Czech Republic

This intense, clinically-oriented course is an educational concept for gastroenterology trainees across Europe, which combines state-of-the-art lectures with practical skills training.

Each morning, cases will be presented for discussion, with related lectures. The afternoon will be dedicated to practical training in small groups, while faculty and delegates will have opportunities to meet, socialise and share ideas in the evenings.

Application is open until February 8, 2015

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