President’s Message

Making the most of opportunities 


The annual scientific meeting was once again an excellent event with presentations from a wide range of delegate with lively debates that continued in the bar afterwards! The annual meeting remains a hugely important focus of the year for upper GI surgery in the UK and Ireland. I hope trainee members will continue to use it to disseminate their work, gain a broader experience of practice across the country and socialise with a few like-minded colleagues.

Andy Cockbain demitted from the role as AUGISt president and trainee representative on AUGIS council at the Annual Scientific meeting. During his tenure AUGIS has produced some exceptionally high quality training events and I think all trainees who attended have benefitted hugely from his efforts on their behalf.

Having taken over the role as AUGISt representative I hope to continue my predecessor’s excellent role in co-ordinating high-quality educational events. The flavour of these events is likely to change over the next couple of years and, as a first step, the association needs to know what its members want. I will be in touch to try and gauge appetite for a variety of formats and subject matter. Please look out for Surveymonkey requests from the association.

As many of you will be aware the Shape of Training report is a cause for much discussion at present. Plans to implement a pilot training programme based around the report’s recommendations are well underway. I will attempt to represent your views at AUGIS council. To do this however, I need to have an idea what your views are! Please do get in touch.

Matt Mason
President, AUGISt