Why choose a career in gastroenterology?
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, histopathologists, 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
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 to 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.
BSG Annual 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 groundbreaking research in the field of gastroenterology. To help make our annual meeting as accessible as possible we offer heavily subsidised registration rates for junior doctors and medical students.
For further information on the next BSG Annual Meeting please visit our event listing page.