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Changes to the Specialty Certificate Examination

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:43

Dr Geoff Smith, Lead Specialist and Exam Board Chair

The Specialty Certificate in Gastroenterology will become the European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology from 2018

The SCE, co-run by the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians and the BSG, is a compulsory part of the accreditation process for the Completion of Training in the UK. It is designed to test knowledge of the Curriculum, helping to ensure a safe standard of practice.

Over the last 4 years the BSG, the European Section and Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Federation have worked to develop a joint exam and this is now mandated in the Netherlands and Switzerland as well as in the UK.

In October 2017 the GMC approved the change to a single exam, identical across the UK, Europe and the rest of the World, with the first sitting in April 2018. The style, content and curriculum upon which the exam is based will remain unchanged from that of the SCE and resulting qualification will also remain unchanged.

The exam will continue to a computer-based test hosted by Pearson Vue.

2018 examination

The key dates for the Specialty Certificate Examination in Gastroenterology will be:

  • application period of 27th December 2017 - 31st March 2018
  • examination date 18th April 2018


  • The Fee will remain £665 for UK trainees

More information on the structure, content and application process can be found at:

UEG Basic Science Course 2018

Thursday, 26 October 2017 14:47

June 27-29, 2018
Leuven, Belgium

This course is an educational opportunity for young PhDs and basic science oriented MDs in the field of gastroenterology across Europe and combines state-of-the-art lectures with hands-on training in the laboratory. This course is focused on motility and sensitivity of the gastrointestinal tract in health and in disease, and in brain gut interactions, all as relevant factors in symptom generation and as therapeutic target. Enhance your professional network through close academic and social interactions with highly regarded faculty and peers from diverse backgrounds.

Application is open until March 2, 2018.

UEG Summer School 2018

Thursday, 26 October 2017 14:46

May 24-27, 2018
Prague, Czech Republic

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

Each morning, cases will be presented for discussion alongside related lectures. The afternoon will be dedicated to practical training in small groups, while faculty and applicants will have opportunities to meet, socialise network and share ideas in the evenings. Enhance your professional network through close academic and social interactions with highly regarded faculty and peers from diverse backgrounds.

Application is open until February 2, 2018.

Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Training Weekend

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 11:20

Hosted by the NGM Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology and endorsed by the BSG Education Committee
2nd - 4th March 2018, Holiday Inn, Stoke on Trent

This training weekend will cover the basic pathophysiology and treatment of the functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs). This training will be complemented by break-out sessions covering the indications and basic interpretation of motility testing as well as a perspectives session covering the view point of patients, GPs, hypnotherapists and dieticians. Trainees will be invited to submit abstracts of difficult cases which they will be able to present to an expert panel for discussion. The weekend will be free of charge for trainees to attend (including travel and accommodation). It is anticipated that 25-30 places will be offered. To register, contact Dr Adam Farmer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and explain in 100 words or less why you should be offered a place on the course.

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.

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