Make a date for ASiT
The 2017 ASiT International Surgical Conference will be held in the beautiful seaside town of Bournemouth, 31 March – 2 April 2017. With a fantastic line up of plenaries and workshops, covering topics across surgical practice, training and research, there is something for delegates of all stages of training. Don’t miss the legendary gala dinner!
- Presidents of all four Surgical Royal Colleges
- Chief Scientific Officer Chair of the Joint Committee on Surgical Training
- Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres
- Chair of the General Medical Council
With 10 high-quality, low-cost courses on offer, ASiT can add value to your conference experience. Courses cover technical and non-technical skills across a number of disciplines and specialty groups; from Laparoscopic Skills or Ultrasonography, to Leadership or Global Surgery.
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Come along to get ahead in your surgical training!
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Bariatric Surgery Fellowships – apply now
Applications are invited from surgeons with full GMC registration for Clinical Fellowships in laparoscopic bariatric surgery, administered by Phoenix Health (www.phoenix-health.co.uk) under the supervision of Professor David Kerrigan. Phoenix Health delivers bariatric surgery in partnership with two NHS Foundation Trusts; NHS work accounts for approximately 70% of our clinical activity. The Phoenix Fellowship programme is now in its 8th year and has a solid reputation for high quality hands-on training and clinical research.
Duration: 6 or 12 months
Start Date: 1 April, 2016
Location: Post A: Countess of Chester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chester.
Post B: Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool.
Person Spec: Applicants are expected to possess experience in laparoscopic fundoplication and/or intracorporeal suturing, to have meticulous clinical standards and an excellent work ethic.
Job Description: Each of the two units will treat approximately 300 NHS/self-funding patients per year. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in both units during their Fellowship programme.
Fellows are responsible for supervised day-to-day ward and outpatient care of patients and will receive comprehensive training in all aspects of bariatric surgery, including supervised hands-on laparoscopic training. It is expected that Fellows will be able to independently perform gastric banding, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy by the end of the attachment.
Fellows will be encouraged to contribute to our active clinical research programme and receive mentoring in clinical research methodology.
A tax-free Educational Bursary equivalent to £2,500 per month will be awarded to successful applicants for the duration of their Fellowship.
Interested applicants should apply electronically with a CV and covering letter explaining their interest/experience in bariatric surgery which includes the names of two referees to Professor David Kerrigan, CEO Phoenix Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing Date: Midnight, Friday, 20 November 2015
Interview Date: Friday, 27 November 2015
Two-day Masterclass is a great success
A two-day intensive teaching course covering UGI ISCP syllabus and current management guidelines aimed at surgical trainees (ST3-8) and newly appointed consultants held in Nottingham was a great success. Check out the photos and a report here – http://www.augist.org/augis-training-day-2015/
Concerns over access to endoscopy training
AUGISt past-president Mr Robert Jones has written a paper about access to endoscopy training. A summary of the report can be seen here and the full article can be seen here – http://publishing.rcseng.ac.uk/doi/full/10.1308/003588415X14181254790400 .
In the report Mr Jones concludes: “Surgical trainees receive less endoscopy training than their gastroenterology peers and are therefore less likely to achieve JAG accreditation and competence prior to CCT. Within the confines of a surgical training programme, novel approaches are required in order to avoid a future shortfall in competent surgical endoscopists.
“These changes will require both increased trainee engagement, national and deanery-led interventions to clarify the role of JAG accreditation in achieving surgical CCT as well as improved training opportunities.”
A surgical masterclass!
A two-day intensive teaching course covering UGI ISCP syllabus and current management guidelines aimed at surgical trainees (ST3-8) and newly appointed consultants.
Thursday 1 and Friday 2 October 2015, Park Plaza Hotel, Nottingham
Faculty: Leading UK experts including past and present AUGIS Council
Programme highlights include:
- Key HPB, OG & Bariatric ISCP curriculum topics
- FRCS viva practice
- Parallel session for post FRCS trainees with consultant job advice
- Key UGI trials
- Technical advice sessions
- Interactive MDT with trainee participation
Places limited to 60. Registration cost: £100 – includes:
- Overnight accommodation (Thursday 1 October)
- All meals and refreshments
- Course dinner
- Course reading material
Sign up for the AUGIS Training Day at the DDF
Assessment of the oesophagogastric lesion
9am – basic science of OG cancer – Time Underwood, Southampton
9.30am – Imaging and staging of OG cancer – Fahmid Chowdhury, Leeds
10am – Endoscopy: recognising disease and treatment options – Bjorn Rembraken, Leeds
Surgery for oesophagogastric cancer
11am – Overview of treatment algorithms – David Monk, Chester
11.30am – Chemo and radiotherapy for OG cancer – Andrew bateman, Southampton
12 noon – Operative considerations and decision-making in oesophageal cancer – Simon Parsons, Nottingham
Peri-operative management of the oesophagogastric patient
2pm – Case selection and the role of CPEX testing – Peter Safranek, Cambridge
2.20pm – Drains, diet, swallos, leaks: is there any evidence – Jay Gokhale – Bradford
2.40pm – OG Ca MDT
4pm – PG Ca MDT
5pm Final lecture
AUGIS Trainee Masterclass in Upper GI Surgery
A Masterclass for Trainees will take place from Thursday, October 1 to Friday October 2 at The Park Plaza, Nottingham.
The two day intensive teaching course will cover UGI ISCP syllabus aimed at ST3 – 8.
Programme highlights inlcude:
- Key UGI ISCP curriculum topics
- FRCS viva practice
- Parallel session for post FRCS trainees with consultant job advice
- Key UGI trials
- Technical advice sessions
The faculty will include leading UK experts including past and present members of the the AUGIS Council. Further details can be found here AUGIS Trainee Masterclass Programme 2015. If you have any queries, please email email@example.com
Registration opens for the DDF
Registration is now open for the DDF 2015 Meeting on 22-25 June, at the ExCel Centre in London.
· The Early Bird Registration rate ends on Friday, 20 March.
· Please ensure that you register as an AUGIS (AUGIS/BOMSS) Member to benefit from the Member Discount.
Further information about the meeting can be found on the DDF 2015 website – www.ddf2015.org.uk
New ways of training?
AUGISt plans to collaborate with ASIT on a twitter based “journal club” to look into the possibility of sourcing subsidised laparoscopic training boxes for trainees – and also hope to soon be able to share the results of the national endoscopy audit.
We are also conscious that there are an increasing number of general and sub-specialty surgical conferences, but limited study budgets available to trainees. We will be contacting members in the near future to ask how AUGIS can best meet trainees needs. Should we continue to have a Training Day at the AUGIS conference, or would a separate and more comprehensive two-day trainee education symposium be more beneficial?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your views.
Price Thomas Travelling Fellowship
The Price Thomas Travelling Fellowship – awarded by the Travelling Surgical Society of Great Britain and Ireland – is a prestigious bursary awarded to surgical trainees at ST7 or above, or consultants in the first ten years after first appointment, who are based in the UK or Ireland.
It is open to the following specialties: General surgery, including any of the sub-specialties (Breast, Colorectal, Upper GI, Hepato-pancreatico-biliary, Endocrine), Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Plastic, Urology, General Paediatric, Transplantation or Military surgery.
The award holder will travel with the Travelling Surgical Society to Madrid from May 2-9, 2015. All expenses including travel, accommodation, organised meals and course fees will be met by the society (a value of some £1,500). The award holder will deliver two talks during the trip.
Details about the Travelling Surgical Society can be found on the website www.travellingsurgeon.org . The application form can be found on the web site at http://www.travellingsurgeon.org/about-us/bursaries/
Application forms should be returned to email@example.com and the deadline for applications is the end of January 2015.
Apply for an AUGUS Fellowship
The 2015 AUGIS Travel Fellowship is now open for applications with one award of up to £2,000 available.
All applicants must submit the AUGIS Travel Fellowship 2015 Application Form covering in full the following criteria:
- Applicants must be an AUGIS/BOMSS Trainee Member
- Detailed plan and purpose of travel / visit.
- Acquisition of skills and experience not available within own unit.
- Breakdown of proposed costs.
- A letter of support from their own unit to support their visit.
Applications to observe / study in other units are favoured but applicants who are to present at /or attend overseas meetings will also be considered. Awards are intended to help support short term visits (typically <6 weeks) and are not intended to support surgeons going to funded long term posts.
The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday,17 November 2014.
Any applicant successfully awarded a grant must produce a comprehensive report (a maximum of 500 words) including photographs which will be featured in the AUGIS newsletter and be uploaded on to the website. Production of this report is essential to the award being paid. Please note that the funds must be used within 18 months.
AUGISt continues to look for new ways to communicate with trainees and now has an active twitter feed @AUGISt_UK. This feed will provide updates on training opportunities within upper GI surgery as well as news on AUGISt related events. The feed will also provide commentary during the 2014 AUGIS Annual Meeting.
RCT – Dragons Den at AUGIS 2014!
The Royal College of Surgeons has set up five surgical trials centres and 11 surgical speciality leads. AUGIS, in collaboration with RCSENG has appointed a lead – Professor Jane Blazeby (who also directs the surgical centre in Bristol). The aims is to increase the number and quality of randomised trials (RCTs) which will ultimately improve patient care.
AUGIS members are invited to submit ideas for new RCTs and work to develop the proposals into fundable ideas. RCTs in any type of upper GI surgery – OG, HPB, Bariatric – will be considered and the opportunity is open to consultants and trainees of all grades.
Proposals should contain the following information in no more than 500 words:
1. The name of the lead and other members of the team, including speciality and grade
2. Background and rationale for the RCT, including existing literature reviews
3. Trial design including suggested primary and secondary endpoints, inclusion criteria, hypotheses to be tested and details of intervention(s).
Submissions will be anonymised and judged by an expert panel. The main focus will be on the clinical importance, feasibility and deliverability of the idea rather than on the specifics of trail design.
Authors will be informed of the outcome by August 29. Shortlisted individuals/teams – the ‘gladiators’ -will be invited to attend a Dragons’ Den to be held late afternoon on September 17 in Brighton.
Shortlisted gladiators will be offered opportunities to talk and meet a mentor from the Bristol centre for support and guidance. The winning individual / team will have the opportunity to help write a proposal to obtain funding to run the trial.
Submissions should be emailed to CSR-Bris@bristol.ac.uk as a Word file. You may submit as many ideas as you like and work individually or as part of a team.
The deadline for submissions is July 18. Good luck!
All-Ireland conference announced
An All-Ireland upper GI conference will be held in Belfast from May 15 – 16, 2014. It promises to be an interesting meeting with local and international speakers. The President and Council of AUGIS are lending their support to this meeting.
The conference will be held in the historic Europa Hotel with excellent access for bus and rail transport.
There will be a Trainee Masterclass on the Thursday morning (May 15). Please feel free to invite trainees and colleagues who may not be aware of the meeting.
On the social / networking side, there will be a dinner on the Thursday night with the emphasis on informality.
To book your place and find out more, follow this link: http://www.augis.org.uk/allireland2014/
SOTA training event
The Surgical Oncology Trainee Association (SOTA) is holding a one-day training event in Birmingham on April 6. Please see the flyer below for more details.
A link to the registration page can be found on the SOTA website: http://www.baso.org.uk/news/sota-event-6-april-2014-registration-open.aspx
Please note that this event is free of charge and open to SOTA members only. Membership of SOTA is free – for more details and application form visit the SOTA section of this site.
For further information please contact Marcia Woolf on firstname.lastname@example.org
Trainees urged to take part in Endoscopy survey
Endoscopy training in the UK has undergone significant changes over the last few years, with implications for both medical and surgical GI trainees. Our trainee groups are now conducting a nationwide survey of endoscopy training for anyone with a GI interest to compare current training requirements with existing trainee exposure and access and need input from all Trainees.
The survey takes less than five minutes to complete, and can be found at http://endoscopysurvey.blogspot.co.uk/. The full results will be fed directly back to JAG, the relevant STEC groups as well as being distributed directly to trainees.
Rob Jones, Vincent Yip, Andrew Robertson
Association of Upper GI Surgeons Trainees Committee
The Dukes’ Club, Colorectal Trainees Association
British Society of Gastroenterology Trainees Committee
AUGIS 2014 – conference venue is announced
We are delighted to announce that the 2014 AUGIS Scientific Meeting will be held in Brighton at the Brighton Conference Centre on September 18 / 19 next year and will be preceded by a Training Day on September 17.
Members are encouraged to put these dates in their diaries and further informant will be made available in due course.
Scottish symposium invitation at the ASGBI in Glasgow, 03/05/2013
The Scottish Surgical Research Group (SSRG) is a trainee-led research collaborative which aims to facilitate research in General Surgery. Its aim is to help trainees achieve research goals through Scotland-wide networks and involvement in the UK national research collaborative network.
The 2013 ASGBI Congress in Glasgow (May 3-5) will see the launch of the SSRG’s inaugural symposium. This will be a great opportunity to meet regional representatives, find out more and get involved. The symposium session will take place on Friday, May 3, from 8.30-10am in the Boisdale Lecture Theatre, SECC, as part of the official ASGBI programme. The symposium will provide an overview of the SSRG structure, results from early Scotland-wide studies carried out by the SSRG and current projects. There will also be a guest speaker from the West Midlands Research Collaborative with an update on the national research collaborative.
Any trainee (including ST, CT, FY and medical students), in any region of Scotland should contact their regional representative if they have a study proposal that they would be interested in carrying out through the SSRG. The SSRG can then work with the individual to help them complete the project. Also, any trainee who wishes to be involved in current and future research projects should also register interest.
Further details are available from www.scottishsurgeons.com
ASiT Conference 2013
The deadline for abstract submission to the ASiT conference is midnight on January 27. For further information, please visit http://www.asit.org/events/conferences/2013.
The 2013 Conference will be held from April 5-7, 2013 at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. More than 600 delegates attended the very successful 2012 meeting in Cardiff.
Educational pre-conference courses, an interactive and informative programme and the famous Gala Dinner make this essential for all surgical trainees.
England and Wales AUGISt representative Vincent Yip strongly encourages everyone to submit an abstract to the meeting for this year.
Opportunity in Wales
Mr Ashraf Rasheed, the AUGIS regional representative in Wales reports that the Welsh AUGIS chapter will be held in association with WAGE (Welsh Association of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy) on Friday March 1, 2013. The day is intended to be educational and interactive covering topics of practical value. It will be declared as a surgical and gastroenterology training day in Wales and we hope that the meeting will attract attendees from outside Wales also. To obtain a provisional programme for this event, please email Nichola Coates at email@example.com
Calling all Trainees!
AUGIS Trainee members are invited to the 2012 AUGIS Training Day, taking place on Sunday, 17 June, at the Arena & Convention Centre, Liverpool, prior to the Digestive Diseases Federation – www.ddf2012.org.uk
This year’s training day will build on the success of previous years and for the first time sees us join forces with British Society of Gastroenterology trainees to offer a fantastic educational programme and a unique opportunity to network with other trainees and leaders in the field of GI disease.
The morning will involve a combined multidisciplinary session for surgeons and medics to discuss some challenging and provocative cases. In the afternoon we will break out for the AUGISt surgical forum with wet labs, a mock multi-disciplinary conference and the traditional “Meet the Professors” viva session.
The evening will see the annual AUGISt dinner in Gusto, Albert Dock, with a drinks reception on their waterfront terrace.
Places are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. There is a £25 registration fee for the training day and £10 cover charge for the trainee dinner. In past years the training day and annual dinner have been over-subscribed so Trainees are encouraged to reserve a place now to avoid disappointment. To register, please click here: AUGIS Registration
Call for delegates – Free SOTA Conference
A free one day conference for trainee surgeons will be held on February 28 at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. The programme includes lectures on radiation therapy, cytotoxic chemotherapy, principles of molecular biology and medico-legal aspects of cancer surgery.
Surgical Oncology Trainees Association (SOTA) is a new initiative from BASO ~ ACS. This new organisation is open to all trainee surgeons who have an interest in surgical oncology and is free to join.
The new JAG Trainee certification process
Over the last 18 months, the JAG (Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy) has carried out an extensive review and consultation on the way that trainees are assessed as competent at endoscopy and has made several changes.
Firstly, the term accreditation is changing to certification to help distinguish this process from the endoscopy unit accreditation process.
Trainees have fed back that the application process for certification can be paper heavy and cumbersome. In response, the JAG has designed and released the JETS e-portfolio. The application process has been streamlined – you will be able to apply through the JETS e-portfolio from now and from September 2011, all applications will have to be submitted through the JETS e-portfolio.
If needed, supplementary paper evidence will be permitted until at least 2012. If you are not sure whether your trust has set up the JETS e-portfolio click on this link:
Details on how to set up the JETS e-portfolio can be found here:
The purpose of the JAG trainee certification process is to assess your competence at performing an endoscopic procedure. You will be expected to show sufficient expertise to allow you to perform that procedure independently.
DOPS assessments test competence using the standard of an independent endoscopist as a benchmark. For example, a score of “3” represents a competent performance for an independent endoscopist. Formative DOPS scores have therefore been included in the new certification process. To be eligible for a summative assessment you will need to be scoring “3”s or “4”s for over 90% of formative DOPS (>95% in diagnostic gastroscopy).
For flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy, you will need to have shown competency at polypectomy also. A new DOPS form (the DOPyS) has been designed for this and will be accessible on the JETS e-portfolio shortly.
To simplify the process, the provisional certification stage has been removed from upper GI endoscopy, however, in colonoscopy demonstration of competence at removing larger polyps will be required for full certification.
Due to a lack of validated assessment tools, JAG has suspended certification in therapeutic gastroscopy. The JAG Working Group for the Quality Assurance of Training is actively developing new assessment tools for this purpose.
Further details on the requirements for the new certification process for each procedure can be found here:
Mr John Stebbing JAG Chairman