The 19th AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting in Leeds proved to be another great success with an array of informative – and sometimes entertaining – talks against the backdrop of the city of Leeds and the fascinating surroundings of the Royal Armoury, a museum which holds the National Collection of Arms and Armour.
Elsewhere, a full programme of talks and lectures was run for Allied Health Professionals, including discussions on the evolving roles of AHPs, patient information, managing cancer patients better and end-of-life care.International speakers Professor Rob Padbury and Professor Greg Falk gave very well-received talks and were joined by many great local speakers. The programme covered bariatric, upper GI and HPB topics, including plenary sessions on complex surgery on the obese and patient satisfaction. Thanks must go to the local organiser Professor Giles Toogood, President-elect of AUGIS for putting together such a varied programme. The conference was preceded by a training day at St James’s University Hospital which afforded trainees the chance to meet national and international experts in their fields. The popular Dragon’s Den was also very useful for trainees.
Prof Padbury gave the keynote BSJ lecture, posing the question ‘Has the focus on Upper GI cancer been detrimental to the patient with benign disease?’ and also contributed to the HPB session. Prof Falk discussed Paraoesophageal Hernias in a session on surgery in the obese patient and also spoke in the dedicated OG session.
The AUGIS meeting App, used for the first time in Leeds, will now become a permanent feature of our conferences, allowing them to be paperless and interactive.
The social programme is an important part of the AUGIS conference package and while many delegates no doubt enjoyed the Yorkshire nightlife, the drinks reception and annual dinner at the Royal Armoury, proved a big draw and provided a fitting backdrop for the handover of outgoing President Ian Beckingham to incoming president Richard Hardwick.
A successful trade exhibition completed a successful few days in the North and we look forward to re-convening in Cork in 2017.
What they said about #augis2016 on Twitter:
Simon Erridge @Simon_Erridge “Interesting talk on IIIB/C Oesophageal cancer treatment – lessons to learn from CRC?”
CSR Bristol @CSR_Bris “Great audience, really engaged with the methodological and clinical challenges of surgical RCTs at the Dragon’s Den.”
Venetia Wynter-Blyth @nurseblyth “Great to see focus on post-op consequences and management is increasing.”
Natalie Blencowe@NatalieBlencowe “Compelling arguments that individual surgeon outcome data is vital to achieve informed consent.”