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Alistair McIntyre Prize for Improving Gastroenterology Training Award

Updated on: 08 Apr 2020   First published on 05 Dec 2019

COVID-19: Please refer to this page for updates on the status of this prize. The prize will be awarded at the next BSG Annual Meeting.

The Award

The Alistair McIntyre Prize for Improving Gastroenterology Training award is designed to support work that may improve gastroenterology training in the UK.

The top 3 scoring applicants will be entered into the ‘Educational Dragon’s Den’ which will be held at the Trainees section symposium at the BSG Annual Meeting 2020 in Liverpool. These applicants will complete a presentation and then be questioned by our “dragons”. The winner will receive the Alistair McIntyre Prize and award of £1000. The two runners up will receive £500 each to contribute to their project.


The award is open to any BSG member who is training in gastroenterology in the UK. This includes members of the BSG Trainee Section Committee not directly involved in the organisation of the award. Applications are welcomed from doctors in LAT posts as well as those in numbered posts.

The proposal must look at an aspect of training in Gastroenterology but there are no specific restrictions on the nature of the work. Appropriate submissions would include research projects, high quality audits, qualitative studies or local training initiatives. This can be a project that has already been completed or is currently being undertaken. Whilst all applications are encouraged, projects which are still at the proposal stage will be ranked lower that those that are already underway/completed.

Conditions of the Award

The successful applicants must submit a short report (300-500 words) to the Trainees’ Section within 12 months of the award. The report should include a summary of the work undertaken and an outline of the results.

Application Process

Call for submissions: Thursday 5th December 2019
Closing Date: Friday 21st February 2020

Applications should be via this pro forma and are anonymised prior to being assessed by a panel approved by the BSG. The personal statement should contain a full description of the work that has been undertaken and a description of why the work is relevant to current training and what remaining work needs to be done and how it will be actioned.

Any queries and completed applications should be sent to Joanne Fang.

Examples of previous submissions

  • A project to create an automatic upload system to synchronise endoscopy reports and JETS automatically
  • A smartphone application to help paediatric IBD phenotyping by utilising clinically useful information
  • A project using questionnaires and feedback groups to improve local educational supervision
  • A study to examine the availability and use of endoscopy simulators throughout the UK with a survey of trainee’s attitudes towards them
  • A project to develop and evaluate a local gastroenterology training survey
  • A proposal to redesign the content and delivery of a local gastroenterology teaching programme
  • A series of seminars to add training in generic skills including medical leadership, management, communications skills, public health and quality improvement to a local gastroenterology training programme
  • A project to develop a new DOPS tool for training and assessment of upper GI bleeding
  • A syllabus-based gastroenterology website specifically aimed at trainees
  • An initiative aimed at improving safety, efficiency and quality in endoscopy through enhanced teamwork and endoscopic nontechnical skills (ENTS)

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