Competition and winners

Prizes for Trainees at ASM

There were plenty of opportunities for trainees at the recent ASM in Cornwall. The BSGE ran a HOT, hands on training laparoscopic surgical masterclass ahead of the meeting at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, supported by platinum sponsors Storz.

Participants learned new techniques and were able to see how their skills rated against their peers. The workshop consisted of different, validated, exercises performed on pelvic trainers according to the LAST+T (Laparoscopic Skills Training and Testing method) and SUT+T methods (suturing training and testing).

After having their camera navigation, hand-eye coordination, bimanual coordination and suturing skills rigorously tested, the delegates received confidential results of their performance from the European Academy direct to their smart phones, tablets or computers.


Gemma Clemente was the winning participant with the top score and has been invited and funded to represent the UK in the World Championship in Laparoscopic Suturing at the upcoming ESGE meeting in October. We wish Gemma all the best as she represents the BSGE in Brussels this autumn.

The BSGE also handed out £1450 in other prizes. This year’s ASM had a record number of delegates for a meeting outside London and the high level of engagement and involvement was reflected in the abstract entries. The awards for video, oral, poster and video poster presentations were all hotly contested, with the judges extremely impressed with the overall standard.


In the oral presentation category Zahid Khan won gold and the £200 prize for his abstract asking if animal models are superior to virtual reality simulation. Mehrnoosh Aref-Adib and Chou Phay Lim took the silver and bronze awards.


Fevzi Shakir was presented with the gold for his video presentation of a combined laparoscopic, vesicoscopic and vaginal repair of a vesico-vaginal fistula. Fellow BSGE council trainee representative Donna Ghosh followed him in silver, with Ryan Hogan taking the bronze award.


Tom Holland won £150 and the gold prize for his video poster on ultrasound diagnosis and three techmiques for the laparoscopic treatment of interstitial ectopic pregnancy, with George Goumalatsos and Richard Keedwall also receiving plaudits for their silver and bronze winning presentations.

In the final section, Katerina Efstathiou collected gold and £100 for the poster presentation ‘Diagnostic Laparoscopy is not indicated in young adults with normal findings at examination and on ultrasound scan.’ Completing the awards were Zahid Khan and Liz Bruen winning silver and bronze.

2016 Trainee Video competition winners

F Shakir – Laparoscopic bilateral tubal adhesionlysis with cuff salpingostomy
R Mallick – The Laparoscopic Resection of a Cornual Ectopic Pregnancy
D Ghosh – TLH with modied Roeder sutures
K Afors – Tips and Tricks: Laparoscopic ureterolysis in benign disease

Each trainee received £250


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