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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:

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).

Royal College of Physicians census of consultant physicians and trainees 2013-2014

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:29

Census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees in the UK - Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2013–14

The Royal College of Physicians (London) has published the full report of the 2013/14 census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees in the UK. The census measures the number of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees working in the UK, as well as gathering vital information about how physicians are working.

To accompany the full report of the census the Royal College of Physicians (London) are also publishing short reports and commentaries for each of the 29 physician specialties. These offer a more in depth look at the workforce in each individual specialty.

If you have any questions regarding the census please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

BSG Trainees Section Training Survey 2014

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:51

Executive Summary

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.

Key findings

  1. Satisfaction with general gastroenterology training and support from educational supervisors is high
  2. There are longstanding low levels of satisfaction with GIM training
  3. Barriers to trainees taking time out-of-programme (OOP) include trainees being unaware of opportunities and the practicalities of organising time OOP
  4. Progression to full JAG certification in colonoscopy is slow. Over half of trainees are using days off/zero hours days to supplement endoscopy training
  5. Exposure to level 2 polypectomy and endoscopic treatment of acute UGIB is limited
  6. Many trainees are not receiving the minimum number of endoscopy training lists set out by JAG
  7. Confidence in managing certain areas of hepatology, IBD and nutrition is low, even amongst senior trainees

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