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National survey of Gastroenterology trainees' experience and intentions in research and academia

Monday, 04 April 2016 14:27

Prof Matt Brookes
Chair, BSG Research Committee

Dr Laith Alrubaiy
Chair, BSG Trainees Committee

The BSG Research and Trainees Committees are keen to determine the academic and research intentions of trainees. A better understanding of what exposure trainees have had to date and their future career plans will allow us to develop tools to assist in promoting research exposure and academic career pathways.

To this end we are asking ALL speciality trainees to complete this short 5-10 minute questionnaire. Results will be held anonymously and outcomes will be provided through the BSG Research and Trainees Committees.

With the information we receive we will plan to support a BSG sponsored research symposium and assist in the development of Registrar Research Networks.

At the end of the survey you will be asked to provide a contact email if you wish to be entered into a draw for an IPAD worth £500.


MRCP(UK) Specialty Certificate Examination in Gastroenterology fee reduced by 23 per cent

Thursday, 31 March 2016 11:55

30 March 2016

The British Society of Gastroenterology and the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK are pleased to announce that trainee physicians will benefit from a 23% reduction in fees for the MRCP(UK) Specialty Certificate Examination in Gastroenterology effecting examinations from 1 August 2016.

This examination assesses the knowledge gained during specialist training and must be passed by trainee physicians in the UK before they can practise independently as a gastroenterologist. In other parts of the world, the SCE is a respected and sought-after qualification for specialist physicians.

Currently, the application fee for an SCE is £861 in the UK and £1,081 elsewhere in the world. These fees will be reduced to £665 in the UK and £833 for candidates sitting the examination at an international centre.

In 2007, the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK and the British Society of Gastroenterology made a substantial investment to create, develop and deliver the SCE in Gastroenterology. The input of specialists in gastroenterology insures the SCE is clinically sound, and relevant to current best practice.

When the SCEs started in 2008, there were just nine candidates in one specialty. This increased to 2500 candidates across 12 specialties in 2015. The SCEs have now been taken in over 45 countries. As a result of this growth, the Federation and British Society of Gastroenterology are now able to make this change to the fees.

'The SCE project has been a tremendous academic success' said Professor Andrew Elder, MRCP(UK) Medical Director 'Now that it is established, it is very difficult to imagine a postgraduate medical training pathway in these specialties that does not include this summative assessment of specialist knowledge.'

Dr Jim Macfarlane, Trainee Representative for the SCE Steering Group, said: 'This is extremely welcome news for all trainees. It demonstrates the colleges have been receptive to feedback from trainees about the cost of examinations, particularly considering the current financial environment.'

For more information about the SCE in Gastroenterology please view the MRCP(UK) website:

A total of £3,500 up for grabs in the 2016 Endoscopy Research Dragons' Den – apply now!

Thursday, 31 March 2016 10:23

The BSG Endoscopy Clinical Research Group (E-CRG) invites BSG members (trainees, nurses, and consultants in the first 5 years of their career in any area of gastroenterology) to submit their ideas for research projects.

Up to 5 ideas will be selected; the selected candidates will be asked to do a 6-minute presentation to a Dragons’ Den–type panel during the BSG 2016 Meeting (in Liverpool on Thursday 23 June 2015 from 14.45-15.30).

There is a total of £3500 to be awarded on the day, supported by unrestricted grants from Aquilant Endoscopy, the Devices for Surgery Network (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Health Research Healthcare Technology Cooperative), Diagmed Healthcare and EMIS Health.

Prize-winners will be awarded up to £1000 as an unrestricted grant.

The E-CRG is solely responsible for all aspects of selecting the candidates; panellists will choose the winner(s) on the basis of the actual presentation on the day.

To apply, please complete the form below and return it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 9.00am on Wednesday 1 June. Candidates whose ideas are selected for presentation will be notified on or before Thursday 9 June (2 weeks before the presentation).

Peter Cotton Advanced Endoscopy Travel Scholarships

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:07

Medical University of South Carolina

Grants will be awarded to cover expenses for travel and accommodation; up to $2500 for successful North American applicants, and up to $4,000 for Internationals.

The grants are intended for post-graduate gastroenterologists from any country to spend two weeks observing at the Medical University of South Carolina's Digestive Disease Center located in Charleston, SC, USA. Please be aware that there will be no "hands-on" clinical activity.

Deadlines for applications are 1st September and 1st April each year. They will be reviewed by a committee of MUSC faculty and international colleagues, and successful applicants will be notified within one month.

Academic Clinical Lectureship - Nottingham

Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:23

A full-time NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship (ACL) in Gastroenterology is available at the School of Clinical Sciences, NIHR Biomedical Research Unit, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre. ACLs in Gastroenterology provide advanced integrated academic and clinical training for those pursuing a career in Academic Gastroenterology. Applications are therefore invited from talented and enthusiastic doctors in training in Gastroenterology who seek a career combining research, teaching and the care of patients. The post will report to Professor Guru Aithal, Head of Unit, and is being offered on a fixed term contract for a period of 4 years or until award of CCT, whichever is the shorter. Successful applicants must be in post before April 2016. Details of the role, the Unit and the research interests of the people working there, as well as the academic and clinical person specifications for it, can be downloaded. Informal enquiries should be addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone (tel: 0115 924 9924 ext: 70608).

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BSG 2016 Conference Party

Click here to view details of the BSG 2016 Conference Party organised by the Trainee Section

Tuesday 21st June 2016

Albert Dock, Britannia Pavilion, Liverpool L3 4AD

20:00 until late

£15 per person

Organised by the BSG Trainees Section