General registration for this event has now closed. Medical students may apply below. Follow @taster_tweets on Twitter for event updates.



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 2020.


BSG Taster Course 2019

Saturday 16th November

An insight into Gastroenterology

09:00-09:05 - Welcome Speech – Dr Charelle Manning

Career pathways in Gastroenterology

09:05-09:25 - Why choose Gastroenterology? – [TBC]

09:25-09:45 - 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…

09:45-10:00 - Experiences from a current Gastroenterology trainee – Dr Rebecca Keay

10:00-10:20 - Experiences from a Clinical Gastroenterologist - Delivering a research portfolio in your NHS Career – Prof Matt Brookes

Coffee break – 10:20-10:40

The MDT & interactive workshops

10:40-12:45 - The MDT Session - 1. Oesophageal, 2. Hepatobiliary, 3. Nutrition, 4. IBD, 5. Hepatology

MDT Facilitator: Dr Charlotte Rutter

Dr Emily Clarke
Dr Mohamed Hussein
Dr Philip Smith


10:40-12:45 – Interactive workshops

Ultrasound & the Gastroenterologist (ultrasound/fibroscan) - interactive station and tutorial
Dr Uma Selvarjah
Dr Suranga Dharmasiri
Dr Janisha Patel
Dr Anmol Gangi
Dr Matteo Rosselli

Hands on Upper GI therapeutic endoscopy
Dr Sharmila Subramaniam
Dr Fergus Thursby-Pelham
Dr Tareq El Manabawey
Dr Lazaros Varitimiadis
Dr Polychronis Pavlidis [TBC]

Dr Shivkumar Budihal
Dr Fergus Chedgy
Dr Mohid Khan
Dr Kesavan Kandiah
Dr Neil Hawkes
Dr Sam Murray [TBC]
Dr Max Hu

Nutrition Station
Dr Rebecca Keay
Mrs Alix Rankin
Ms Donna Wainman


Real time emergency scenario station
Dr Charlotte Cook
Dr Ellie Taylor [TBC]


Lunch – 12:45-13:45

13:45-15:45 - The MDT Session - 1. Oesophageal, 2. Hepatobiliary, 3. Nutrition, 4. IBD, 5. Hepatology

13:45-15:45 – Interactive workshops

Coffee break – 15:45-16:05

Specialising in Gastroenterology

16:05-16:25 – Endoscopy – Dr Fergus Thursby-Pelham

16:25-16:45 – Nutrition – Dr Charlotte Rutter

16:45-17:05 – IBD – Dr Joel Mawdsley

17:05-17:25 – Hepatology – [TBC]

Sunday 17th November

Getting 'THAT' job!

Breakout Workshops

08:30-09:15 - Less Than Full Time Training – [TBC] & Dr Rebecca Keay
08:30-09:15 - Academic Clinical Foundation Pathway – Dr Sunny Raju

Hurdles for the budding Gastroenterologist to overcome during training

09:30-09:40 - Speciality Certificate Examination (SCE) – Dr Elizabeth Sweeney

09:40-10:00 - Dual accrediting in GIM and Gastro: There's light at the end of the tunnel – Dr Neil Hawkes

10:00-10:15 - To OOP or not to OOP - research and Gastroenterology – Dr Uma Selvarajah & Dr Elizabeth Ratcliffe

10:15-10:30 - Managing your life and being a trainee in Gastroenterology - children, family and your health – Dr Philip Smith

Coffee break – 10:30-10:45

Applying for Gastro posts

10:45-11:05 - Competition, competition, competition - overview of posts, competition rates – Dr Melanie Lockett

11:05-12:20 - How to get a post - the perfect application form and interview – Dr Beverly Oates

Lunch– 12:20-13:20

13:20-13:40 - How to get a post - the interview - presentation/communication station – Dr Beverly Oates

13:40-14:00 - If at first you don't succeed - what to do if things do not work out – Dr Melanie Lockett

14:00-14:20 - A doctor's experience of the application process – Dr Giovanna Sheiybani


14:20-14:30 – Summary of the day

14:30-14:45 – Q&A session with the expert panel

14:45 – 15:00 – Feedback





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:

Gemma Brown



Cost for delegates
Registration for the course is £150
To register, click the 'Register Now' button above.


Medical Student Registration

The BSG Trainees Section is inviting UK final year medical students with an interest in Gastroenterology to apply for one of 5 fully-funded places on the BSG Taster Course.  This will include free registration, travel costs and overnight accommodation for the 16th November 2019.

Application form