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                                                                                                        Association of Surgeons of
                                              Association of Surgeons of
                                                                                                          Great Britain and Ireland
                                               Great Britain and Ireland

                                                                            Number 50, Summer 2017

                                                              Gala dinner and Ceilidh
        A Message from the President                          and it was a particular
        Professor Rowan Parks                                 pleasure for me to

          Having completed six months as President            have my family
        of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain       and parents there
        & Ireland, it is a great opportunity for me           to enjoy a great
        to reflect on some of the activities during           evening. The Scottish
        this time. A highlight has undoubtedly been           sun even shone and
        the successful annual Congress in Glasgow.            Glasgow was seen at its
        The quality of the Scientific Programme was           very best.
        outstanding and the Keynote plenary lectures            The International Surgical Congress is
        were exceptional. Few who heard Mark                  clearly only one event in the calendar of
        Gallagher deliver the BJS lecture will forget         ASGBI activity and the Executive Board
        his inspirational address and the important           and staff have been very busy with many
        and relevant parallels between the world of           other initiatives over the past few months.
        Formula 1 and surgical safety. We also had            A significant area of activity has focused on
        four truly outstanding eponymous College              Emergency General Surgery. It is widely
        lectures and really well attended symposia            recognised that this is core activity to almost
        hosted by our sister specialty associations           all general surgeons and at present ASGBI sees
        (ACP, AUGIS and ALS) and CORESS. The                  this as a real focus of our efforts and activity.
        ASGBI International Development Committee  Our Director of Emergency Surgery, Professor
        put together another excellent session and our        Pete Sager and current Vice President Mr
        trademark symposia on Emergency General               Iain Anderson have taken a real lead in this
        Surgical provision and “A Bad Day on Call”            area. Towards the end of 2016, Pete hosted
        were again hugely relevant and educational.           a meeting in Leeds in collaboration with
        A new initiative was to introduce educational         The Royal College of Surgeons of England
        update lectures throughout the short paper            and in March we contributed to an excellent
        sessions and again this was huge success. I am        workshop hosted by Professor Mike Lavelle-
        indebted to all specialty associations and also       Jones at the Royal College of Surgeons of
        to a number of our international delegates            Edinburgh. This provided a very useful
        who contributed to these. The BJS hosted a            forum for discussing and debating the various
        really valuable workshop and competition              challenges of delivering an acute surgical
        for the various prizes on offer was to a very         service, in insuring clinicians delivering
        high standard. Feedback on the meeting has            this service have appropriate job plans and
        been very encouraging and gives us a real             considering the implications for training and
        platform to build on for Liverpool 2018. Not          professional development. I am delighted
        only was the scientific content well receieved        that the outcome of this workshop was a
        but we had an extremely enjoyable Scottish            combined statement published on behalf

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