Reports from the Education, Training and Research Committee

June 2017
It has been a very busy time for AUGIS since my last report. In February (10-11) AUGIS, in association with EHPBA and ILS, held the very successful European Guidelines Meeting on Laparoscopic Liver Surgery in Southampton. An enormous amount of preparation went into this meeting with experts from throughout the world attending. Particular thanks must go to Mr Mo Abu-Hilal, the local organising team and our very own Sarvjit, Nichola and Helen. We very much look forward to the published ‘guidelines’. Mr Abu-Hilal has kindly agreed to present the findings at the Annual AUGIS Conference in Cork.

In May, AUGIS played a major role in the ASGBI Safer Surgery Conference in Glasgow. Update lectures on colorectal liver disease and oesophageal cancer were given by Mr Steve Fenwick and Mr Richard Hardwick. There was valuable discussion around both lectures. There was a packed room for the Bile duct injury Symposium in which Mr Tom Diamond, Prof Graeme Poston and myself presented on topics ranging from safe lap cholecystectomy, pitfalls of lap chole surgery, medicolegal aspects and types of biliary injury. The question and answer session at the end was excellent.

There was a call from our General Surgical colleagues for AUGIS to publish and run a workshop on the subject of emergency acute cholecystectomy. We intend to follow through on this and will start by having a ‘debate’ at AUGIS, Cork. It is very clear that this association has a major role in teaching and support for all surgeons working in district general hospitals and as such a link with ASGBI should continue.

In January, the 8th BOMSS Annual Scientific Meeting which took place at the Alton Towers Conference Hotel, was once again a great success attracting near on 300 delegates which included more than 100 Allied Health Professionals. Speakers included the current IFSO President, Dr Kelvin Higa and other overseas speakers including Dr Bruno Dillemans.

Work is well under way for the annual AUGIS conference from 21-22 September. This will be a fantastic event and I would encourage everyone to register.

We are delighted that Prof Richard Van Hillegersberg and Mr Marc Besselink will be joining us for the conference as the BJS Speaker. The Gala dinner will be held in the Old Cork Women’s Jail which is a fabulous place to visit.

Finally following discussion at AUGIS Council we will be sending out a job description for a lead for research within the Association. Secondly I would be very keen to explore expanding the local meetings under the auspices of AUGIS. A recent survey has been sent to you from your regional AUGIS Council member and this will be valuable for future direction.

Can I wish everyone a happy holiday and look forward to seeing you in Cork.

Mr Mark Taylor
Education and Training & Research Lead

January 2017
First of all I would like to pay tribute to the extremely hard work that my predecessor Professor Giles Toogood has carried out over the last four years. These are extremely big shoes to fill, but I hope to continue the success of education and training within AUGIS. In an era of uncertainty with regard to industry support and time constraints it is important that we ensure that our conferences deliver robust, innovative and topical programmes and continue to develop the essential relationship within industry. The Dragon’s Den has proven to be an example of such innovation.

Over the next four years I will look at further changes to education and training, adopting the multidisciplinary approach to upper gastrointestinal surgery.

I am delighted to announce the European Guidelines Meeting on Laparoscopic Liver Surgery, which will be a partnership of AUGIS, GBIHPBA and the E-AHPBA, under the local guidance of Mr Mohammad Abu Hilal. I would like encourage all HPB Surgeons and Trainees (whether with an interest in laparoscopic surgery or not) to attend this essential consensus meeting. It is important that all surgeons have the opportunity to express their views so that a concise guidelines document can be produced to identify the future role of laparoscopic surgery in the Hepato Bilary specialty. You can find out more about the meeting by visiting

I look forward to another successful BOMSS ASM at Alton Tower (26 – 27 January) and you can register for the meeting at

We are currently planning the educational programme for AUGIS 2017 in Cork. We are delighted to have Professor Richard van Hillegersberg from the Netherlands as our BJS Speaker. I can assure all members of AUGIS that we will have a programme which will cover every aspect of the interest of our membership. The local organiser Mr Adrian O’Sullivan has, along with Nichola Bartlett and Sarvjit Wunsch, put together an exciting social programme as well.

Finally, over the last couple of years it has become obvious that continuing to encourage and support research is critical for this organisation. Professor Jane Blazeby has done an outstanding job as Upper GI Research Lead. However unfortunately, due to an extremely busy schedule Professor Blazeby will not be renewing her tender in for the position next year. We will be releasing a job description in the near future for the position of Upper GI Research Lead, which will fall under the remit of the Education, Training & Research Lead. I would encourage all members who are actively involved in research with their respective universities to consider this extremely important role within the association.

Mr Mark Taylor
Chair, Education and Training Committee