Photos from the successful Trainee Masterclass in Nottingham

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The first AUGISt two-day Masterclass in Upper GI surgery was held on October 1 and 2 in Nottingham. More than 70 trainees attended with more than 30 members of faculty comprising AUGIS Council members and national experts.

The course was divided into sessions according to the specialist areas covered within the Upper GI ISCP curriculum and included lectures, interactive question sessions and engaging MDTs with dynamic debate and delegate participation.

Thursday morning commenced with a fantastic talk from Mr Giles Toogood on the management of common bile duct injury and led the morning into management of emergencies within upper GI.

Benign HPB surgery was the theme of the next session and Mr Andy Smith’s talk on acute pancreatitis and non-gallstone, non-alcoholic pancreatitis was particularly well received.

The afternoon featured stage-specific options for trainees to participate in. More junior trainees attended a practical skills session supported by the course sponsors, Medtronic. This featured coaching for laparoscopic suturing and knot-tying in addition to instruction on the different energy devices used in surgery. Trainees approaching the FRCS exam had the pleasure of mock viva exam practice. Feedback has been especially positive regarding this particular session with many trainees requesting more time for vivas, despite a few initial anxious faces. We will certainly consider this when planning of future training courses.

The senior trainees joined together for a careers advice session featuring tips for fellowship and consultant post applications and interviews along with how best to establish consultant practice. Mr Beckingham, AUGIS President, spoke on planning a long and successful career and engaging in further professional activities such as society involvement. Following this, trainees split into small groups to review their CVs with consultant advice. This session received unanimous praise as a very informative and helpful aspect of the course with several trainees describing it as “outstanding”.

In the evening delegates and faculty joined together for a drinks reception and three-course dinner, even featuring a specially designed cocktail for the event!

Despite a very successful evening of socialising, the first session of Friday morning was well attended and started with a fantastic session on bariatric surgery with particularly helpful interactivity between faculty and delegates.

The second day of the course progressed with sessions focused upon pancreatic malignancy followed by malignant and benign oesophago-gastric teaching. The pancreatic MDT was highly informative and Mr Keith Roberts gave a fantastic talk on the management of pancreatic post-operative complications. The Nottingham oesophago-gastric consultants joined forces with Mr Nick Maynard and Mr Nick Hayes for an outstanding session on malignant OG disease with the third of the “Key trials” lectures being particularly well received. Delegates were given memory sticks containing uploaded PDFs of all the key papers discussed in these evidence-based talks.

Finally, the course ended with a short presentation from Mr John Abercrombie, RCSEng Council member, regarding the Shape of Training and the future of surgery careers followed by questions from delegates.

The course has received excellent feedback and our thanks go to the AUGIS organisational staff, Medtronic and especially all the faculty who gave their time to educate the upper GI surgeons of tomorrow.

Miss Elizabeth Elsey, Course Organiser, ST5 East Midlands North

 

 


Clinical trials for Gallstone Disease are planned

Professor Jane Blazeby, theAUGIS Research lead, has held a meeting interested surgeons with a view to starting up a number of clinical trials to answer some of the many questions which are still poorly understood in the optimal management and timing of procedures in Gallstone disease. Once set up we will be encouraging AUGIS members to recruit to these trials over the next 12 months or so.

An updated version of the guidelines for the management of Bile Duct stones co-written with BSG will be released in Winter 2015, and the RCS commissioning guidance documents on GORD and Gallstone disease will be revised early in 2016.


Sign up for the Training day

AUGIS Trainee Masterclass 2015
Upper GI/HPB/Bariatric Surgery

Thursday 1st – Friday 2nd October 2015, The Park Plaza, Nottingham

REGISTER HEREhttp://www.augist.org/augis-training-day-2015/

About the day

A two day intensive teaching course covering UGI ISCP syllabus and current management guidelines, aimed at surgical trainees (ST3 – 8) and newly appointed consultants.

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
Programme

The faculty will include leading UK experts including past and present from the AUGIS Council. Please find further details regarding the Provisional Programme by clicking here

Registration information

£100 registration rate includes full registration and refreshments for both the 1st and 2nd October 2015, bed and breakfast accommodation at the Park Plaza on the night of the Thursday 1st October 2015 along with the Gala Dinner on Thursday 1st October 2015. (Please note there are no discounts on this rate)

Please read the following before registering:

When registering you will need to select one of the following viva sessions to attend on the Thursday afternoon:

Alternative Practical Skills Sessions for Juniors – Suitable for ST3 – ST5 only
How to apply for Consultant Job/Perils & Pitfuls of New Consultant/Top Tips for Post FRCS Trainees
Once selected (please click the “Buy this” button) you will then need to click on the “Select another item” button and then choose:

Upper GI Masterclass (1 – 2 October 2015) Nottingham – includes accommodation
Once this option is also selected and you have clicked on the “Buy this” button, you will then be taken to the order page and if you click on the “Process order” button you will be taken to the payment page to pay and confirm your registration.

REGISTER HERE – http://www.augist.org/augis-training-day-2015/

Contact us: If you have any queries, please email nichola@augis.org or sarvjit@augis.org


Upper GI Training Day – save the date

Thursday 1 – Friday 2 October 2015,
The Park Plaza, Nottingham

A two-day intensive teaching course covering UGI ISCP syllabus aimed at ST3 – 8.

Programme highlights:

  • 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

The faculty will include leading UK experts including past and present from the AUGIS Council.


Upper GI at the DDF

Members are encouraged to register for the DDF which will take place from June 22-25 at Excel, London, and replaces the annual standalone AUGIS meeting for 2015.

The main meeting runs for three days from Tuesday to Thursday.  The AUGIS plenary session is on Wednesday with BJS prize presentations followed by the return of Professor Olivier Scatton talking on what must be the very cutting edge of surgery, Laparoscopic Live Donor Liver transplantation.  Christopher Christophi from Australia will deliver his Hunterian lecture on Colorectal liver metastases later that day.

One of the real benefits of the DDF meeting is the rare opportunity to bring together different specialties with differing techniques and approaches to shared problems.  Wednesday’s AUGIS sessions cover several of these common areas – CBD stones, Achalasia and GORD which should see some lively debate and interaction exploring the roles of newer interventions and choice and sequence of procedures.  John Hunter from Portland, Oregon is another returning favourite to the AUGIS meetings.

A joint AUGIS and ACP session on Tuesday provides management guidance, tips and tricks in the emergency surgery for anastomotic leaks and iatrogenic  perforations and Booerhaaves perforation guidance.  A joint Session on Thursday with BSG deals with current algorithms for management of GI bleeds.

The main meeting is preceded on the Monday by a Post-Graduate training day with a focus on GI cancers, and we have the AUGIS AGM on Tuesday, 23 June at 2pm, with the AUGIS drinks reception taking place at The Fox bar adjacent to the ExCel building on Tuesday evening at 6pm.


Upper GI at the DDF

Members are encouraged to register for the Digestive Disorders Federation – June 22-25 – at Excel in London. It promises to be a great week.

The main meeting runs for three days from Tuesday to Thursday.  The AUGIS plenary session is on Wednesday with BJS prize presentations followed by the return of Professor Olivier Scatton talking on what must be the very cutting edge of surgery, Laparoscopic Live Donor Liver transplantation.

Professor Christopher Christophi from Australia will deliver his Hunterian lecture on Colorectal liver metastases later that day.

One of the real benefits of the DDF meeting is the rare opportunity to bring together different specialties with differing techniques and approaches to shared problems.  Wednesday’s AUGIS sessions cover several of these common areas – CBD stones, Achalasia and GORD which should see some lively debate and interaction exploring the roles of newer interventions and choice and sequence of procedures.  John Hunter from Portland, Oregon is another returning favourite to the AUGIS meetings.

A joint AUGIS and ACP session on Tuesday provides management guidance, tips and tricks in the emergency surgery for anastomotic leaks and iatrogenic  perforations and Booerhaaves perforation guidance.  A joint Session on Thursday with BSG deals with current algorithms for management of GI bleeds.

The main meeting is preceded on the Monday by a Post-Graduate training day with a focus on GI cancers, and we have the AUGIS AGM on Tuesday 23 June at 2pm, with the AUGIS drinks reception taking place at The Fox bar adjacent to the ExCel building on Tuesday evening at 6pm.


Tweet the GBIHPBA!

The GBIHPBA has a Twitter account. It can be found at @GBIHPBAnews – get in touch and see what our HPB colleagues are talking about. The account complements the existing AUGIST, AugisT and BOMSS Twitter accounts.


Time to sign up for the DDF

Registration is now open for the DDF 2015 Meeting from 22 – 25 June at the ExCel Centre in London. The Early Bird Registration rate ends on Friday, 20 MarchRegister now to benefit from the Early Bird Rate by going to: www.ddf2015.org.uk/registration-accommodation

Please ensure that you register as an AUGIS (AUGIS/BOMSS) member to benefit from the Member Discount.

Note also that the deadline for submitting abstracts is: Friday, 27 February. To find out more about the submission of abstracts for DDF 2015, visit  www.ddf2015.org.uk/the-event/abstracts

The full Scientific Programme, which covers all the meeting and topics, can also be viewed at www.ddf2015.org.uk/the-event/programmepdfs

All other information about the meeting can also be found on the DDF 2015 website at: www.ddf2015.org.uk

DDF 2015 is the combined conference of five societies and Associations including AUGIS, in the field of Digestive Disorders:
The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI)
Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS)
British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)
British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL)
British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)

 We look forward to seeing you there.


Awards on offer

RCS Education is awarding four awards of up to £1,000 each for surgical trainees to attend an RCS Education course held at the Royal College of Surgeons. It is open to members and fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England who hold a national specialty training number or are working as SAS doctor or a LAT as an equivalent level.

Applicants will have to provide a personal statement (explaining which course they would like to attend) and evidence of clinical excellence in all of the following four areas:

·         Research and innovation

·         Leadership and management

·         Teaching, training and education

·         Developing a high quality service in the NHS

Applications

Closing date for applications, which can be downloaded here is 08 March 2015.

If you require any further information please contact RCS Education or 0207 869 6300.