At the recent (22-25 November 2016) St Mark's Hospital Annual Frontiers meeting, not only could we celebrate an excellent programme of Gastroenterology but also the fact that it was led by a largely female faculty. Most notably perhaps was their representation in endoscopy which still remains a very male dominated area of our specialty. All of the hospital's six female gastroenterologists, were involved, either in giving lectures, chairing sessions or running specialist breakfast sessions.
Professor Evelien Dekker, from the Amsterdam Medical Centre, was the Sir Francis Avery Jones Visiting Professor: a superb accolade and professional achievement. She spoke in several sessions, including those on serrated polyps, bowel cancer screening and the endoscopic emergency management of diverticulosis.
Dr Siwan Thomas-Gibson and Dr Noriko Suzuki demonstrated therapeutic live endoscopy and Dr Ana Wilson made her debut in live endoscopy during a session focusing on endoscopic surveillance techniques in UC. Dr Manmeet Matharoo was shortlisted for the John Nicholls Research Award for her presentation on Improving Safety and Preventing Errors in Endoscopy and we were all delighted to see her awarded this prize.
Success like this and the visibility of leading female gastroenterologists and endoscopists at meetings of this sort, should encourage and motivate young female trainees to think about a career in our great specialty. If further inspiration is needed Trainees and Consultant colleagues alike would do well to sign up for EndoLive in March 2017 where these and other excellent endoscopists will be performing 'live' in Birmingham.