Welcome to the BSG Taster Microsite!
The BSG taster microsite is directed to medical students and junior doctors with an interest in gastroenterology.
We hope this website provides you with useful information about the field of gastroenterology along with information on how to become a gastroenterologist.
If you have any further queries or require information on gastroenterology training or gastroenterology please contact the BSG trainee section committee through the side banner on the right hand side of the screen. The committee is a group of gastroenterology trainees who work together to help shape, develop and promote training for current and future trainees.
If you are interested in gastroenterology there are a number of courses and conferences you can attend to get a flavor of what the specialty entails.
BSG Taster Course
The BSG runs a taster course once a year, which provides an immersive experience to the field. The course runs over two days and will allow you get hands on endoscopic experience. You will also partake in MDT discussions regarding complex gastroenterology cases and will learn more about what a career in gastroenterology entails. For those of you who are still medical students there are grants available to help cover the cost of the course.
Annual BSG Meeting
The BSG also run an annual 4 day meeting. Over the four days there a variety of lectures and presentations on some of the most recent and ground breaking research in the field of gastroenterology.
For further information on the BSG annual meeting please visit:
(Again discounted rates are available for junior doctors and medical students.)
Why choose Gastroenterology as a career?
The role of a gastroenterologist is highly varied and this is owed to the fact that the specialty deals with a variety of organs. It involves the GI tract from the mouth to rectum as well as the hepatobiliary system. This variety means that you encounter a diverse patient demographic in your daily working schedule.
Given the complexity of cases there is a huge focus on drawing in quality and experience from the multidisciplinary team and gastroenterologists work closely with, surgeons, histopatholgists, radiologists, pharmacists as well as specialist nurses.
Endoscopy is a significant component of gastroenterology and introduces a practical therapeutic and diagnostic element to the specialty.
Furthermore as gastroenterology is an ever advancing specialty and you will certainly encounter developments in the field that will continue to develop and shape your clinical practice in the future.
A gastroenterologists day to day clinical activities could potentially involve any of the following:
- Ward rounds
- MDT meetings
- X-ray meetings
- Service development
- Attending conferences/regional meetings