The BSG Taster Course is now fully booked. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please email

The course aims to provide an insight into the huge diversity and exciting opportunities the specialty provides in terms of training but also as a consultant in the future.

The course will offer:

  • Hi-tech interactive lectures
  • Hands-on endoscopic experience
  • GI emergency simulation scenarios
  • A practical introduction to imaging used on a daily basis
  • Interactive MDT

The main aim is to inspire the next generation of trainees to follow Gastroenterology as their chosen career. It will also provide application and interview advice for those intending to apply for the next round of training posts in early 2019.


BSG Taster Course in Gastroenterology 2018 Programme

DAY 1: An insight into Gastroenterology

0830-0900    Registration

0900-0905    Welcome speech
        Course organisers (Dr Sharmila Subramaniam & Dr Jennifer Clough)

Career pathways in Gastroenterology

0905-0925    Why choose Gastroenterology
        Dr Cathryn Edwards

0925-0945    Career pathways in Gastroenterology – where we have come from and where we are heading
        Prof Martin Lombard

Gastroenterology on the shop floor – what it’s actually like

0945-1000    Experiences from a current Gastroenterology trainee
        Dr Charelle Manning

1000-1020    Experiences from a Research Gastroenterologist - Building a research active career
    Prof Matthew Brookes

1020-1040    Coffee break

The MDT and interactive workshops – a selection of 5 cases discussed in an MDT followed by interactive workshops 

MDT Facilitator: Dr Mark McAlindon
MDT Faculty: Dr Emily Clarke, Dr Vinay Sehgal, Mr Valerio Celentano, Dr Sarah Upponi, Dr Philip Smith, Dr Manuel Rodriguez-Justo, Dr Ian Rowe

1040-1105    Case 1: Oesophageal
1105-1130    Case 2: Hepatobiliary
1130-1155    Case 3: Nutrition

1155-1220    Case 4: IBD

1220-1245    Case 5: Hepatology

1040-1245    Interactive workshops
1345-1550    (4 groups rotating – 30 minutes each)

ROOM 1    Ultrasound and the Gastroenterologist (ultrasound/fibroscan) –
interactive station and tutorial 
Dr Charelle Manning, Dr Suranga Dharmasiri, Dr Shivkumar Budihal, Dr Janisha Patel, Dr Varsha Halai, Dr Matteo Rosselli

ROOM 2    Hands on upper GI therapeutics
Dr Fergus Thursby-Pelham, Dr Gareth Sadler, Dr Polychronis Pavlidis, Dr Fergus Chedgy, Dr Mohid Khan, Dr Kesavan Kandiah, Dr Emma Wesley, Dr Shraddha Gulati

ROOM 3     Endoscopic simulation (colonoscopy/UGI endoscopy/capsule endoscopy) & nutrition station
Dr Rebecca Keay, Dr Neil Hawkes, Dr Clare Parker, Dr David Tai, Dr Sam Murray, Dr Karishma Sethi, Dr Max Hu, Dr Suzanne Donnelly, Mrs Alix Rankin, Dr Charlotte Rutter, Mr Ben Booth

ROOM 4    Real time emergency scenario station
Dr Ellie Taylor, Dr Jennifer Veryan, Dr Emma Saunsbury

1245-1340    LUNCH

1550-1605    Coffee break

Specialising in Gastroenterology

1605-1625    Endoscopy
        Dr Bu’ Hayee

1625-1645    Nutrition
        Dr Charlotte Rutter

1645-1705    IBD
        Dr Joel Mawdsley

1705-1725    Hepatology
        Dr Ian Rowe

1725-1730    Summary of the day

1730-1830    Drinks and canapés

DAY 2: Getting ‘THAT’ job!

Breakout workshops (0830-0915)

Workshop 1 - Less than full time training (Dr Ellie Taylor/Dr Rebecca Keay)*
Workshop 2 - Academic clinical foundation pathway (Dr Hajir Ibraheim)*

*content subject to change - please indicate on registration if interested in attending

Hurdles for the budding Gastroenterologist to overcome during training

0930-0940    Specialty Certificate Exam (SCE)
        Dr Hajir Ibraheim

0940-1000    Dual accrediting in GIM and Gastro: There's light at the end of the tunnel
    Dr Neil Hawkes

1000-1015    To OOP or not to OOP – research and Gastroenterology
    Dr Sharmila Subramaniam

1015-1030    Managing your life and being a trainee in Gastroenterology 
–    children, family and your health
Dr Philip Smith

1030-1045    Coffee break

Applying for Gastroenterology posts

1045-1105    Competition, competition, competition – overview of posts, competition rates
Dr Melanie Lockett

1105-1220    How to get a post – the perfect application form and interview
        Dr Beverly Oates

1220-1320    LUNCH

1320-1340    How to get a post – the interview – presentation/communication station
Dr Beverley Oates

1340-1400    If at first you don’t succeed – what to do if things do not work out
Dr Melanie Lockett

1400-1420    A doctor’s experience of the application process
        Dr Giovanna Sheiybani

1420-1430    Summary of the day

1430-1445    Q&A session with the expert panel

1445-1500    Feedback

1500        Course close



University College London Hospital 
Education Centre
1st Floor West 
250 Euston Road 

The Education Centre website


The UCH Education Centre is located in central London ( Click here to view the location on a map) and is easily accessible by both train and tube from London City and Heathrow airports.

The UCH Education Centre is located within a short walk of London's mainline Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross railway stations, plus the following tube stations: King's Cross (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, Northern and Victoria lines) Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines) and Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines).

Local Accommodation:


If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the course organiser:

Durford Mill
GU31 5AZ

Tel: 01730 821 969


British Society of Gastroenterology contact:

Chris O'Shea

Tel: 020 7563 9991


Further information:

Cost for delegates
Registration for the course is £150

Course Drinks
There will be course drinks on the Saturday (1st December). ALL delegates are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to attend the course drinks, which will also be attended by faculty members.

We expect the course to be extremely popular so places will be given on a ‘first come, first served’ basis although priority will be given to CMT doctors due to proximity to specialty training applications.