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.


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 Ellie Taylor

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 Adrian Bateman, 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 Christopher Ball, Dr Matteo Rosselli

ROOM 2               Hands on upper GI therapeutics

Dr Fergus Thursby-Pelham, Dr Gareth Sadler, Dr Peter Neville, Dr Polychronis Pavlidis, Dr Fergus Chedgy, Dr Mohid Khan, Dr Kesavan Kandiah, Dr Emma Wesley, Dr Shraddha Gulati

ROOM 3               Endoscopic simulation station (colonoscopy/UGI endoscopy/capsule endoscopy)

Dr Rebecca Keay, Dr Neil Hawkes, Dr Clare Parker, Dr Amit Chattree, Dr Sam Murray, Dr Karishma Sethi, Dr Max Hu

ROOM 4               Real time emergency scenario station

Dr Shelby Webster, Dr Gloria Tun, 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 (Ellie Taylor/Rebecca Keay)*

Workshop 2 - Academic clinical foundation pathway (TBC - Dr Nick Powell)*

*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)


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.

Free places for medical students...

The BSG Trainees Section is inviting UK final year medical students to apply for one of 5 fully funded places for the Taster Course in Gastroenterology.

Applicants need to be UK-based medical students starting their final year of study this year. Applicants should send a 2-page CV and 250 word (maximum) supporting statement (explaining why they want to do gastroenterology, their inspiration, experience and steps they have taken to gain insight into the specialty) to by 5pm on the 5th October 2018. All applications must be supported by a covering letter, which is officially stamped or verified by the medical school faculty office.

An independent panel of gastroenterologists will choose the best applications. Successful applicants will be informed by the 26th October 2018. They will enjoy free registration to attend the course, have fully funded return transport to the course, and have overnight accommodation arranged for the 1st December 2018. 

There is not an application form as such, applicants need to submit their CV, supporting statement and a covering letter. 


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