FAQ

  • Why should I become a member?
    Joining us will enable you to access information, education and training as well as sharing knowledge and experiences with over a thousand members who are all passionate about minimally invasive surgery in gynaecology.
  • How much is membership?
    The annual fee for Consultants, SAS doctors and GPs is £160; for doctors in training is £80 and nurses it is £50.
  • Is the BSGE just for surgeons?
    Absolutely not, our membership is drawn from a wide group of professionals. Membership is open to the following groups:
    • Consultants and Staff Grade and Associate Specialists who are gynaecologists on the Specialist Register of the GMC, or other specialties related to the objectives of the BSGE.
    • Doctors in training in the specialties.
    • General Practitioners with an interest in gynaecological endoscopy.
    • Nurses, Operating Department Practitioners and other theatre personnel who are interested in developing their expertise in gynaecological endoscopy.
  • What do you offer for trainees?
    The BSGE is committed to supporting and improving training. It was actively involved with developing the ATSMs in hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery and lead the development of the two-year advanced laparoscopic module. The second are now being recruited.
    A new Registrars in Gynaecological Surgery (RIGS) group has just been launched, run by trainees for trainees. It has an integral role within the BSGE with dedicated trainee information, research, courses and of course social events.
    A structured forum for trainees is about to be launched. As part of the training opportunities available we are also designing web based procedural skills modules for gynaecological trainees at all levels (ST1-ST7), highlighting the importance we place on training.
  • How can I stay up to date with BSGE activities?
    The society is active on Twitter on @TheBSGE, we keep the news section of our website up-to-date with relevant and interesting stories of interest and we produce a quarterly newsletter “The Scope” full of information about news, research, meetings, courses and all that is happening in the world of gynaecological endoscopy.
  • How can patients and patient groups get involved?
    The BSGE is continually looking to get involved with, listen to and respond to the needs of our patients and patient groups. Representatives from Endometriosis UK host a stand at our ASM and we actively engage over social media. Our website is evolving and soon there will be a dedicated patient space with information and guidance. We also offer a search facility for BSGE accredited endometriosis clinics. This allow patients to search for facilities in which gynaecologists work in multidisciplinary teams, have sufficient workload to maintain their skills and audit their data, to enable them to get the best possible care.
  • What is your refund policy?
    Refunds from the BSGE (BSGE policy – 4th June 2016)

    Introduction
    From time to time, members and non-members may wish a refund for membership, over-payment of membership, or an inability to attend a conference they have previously paid for. The BSGE stand to lose monies in these situations due to administrative & banking costs as well as potentially losing delegates at a course or conference.
    This policy aims to set out a fair refund policy when people have paid money to the society but wish to have a refund due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Terminating Membership
    Membership should be terminated by giving notice to the Hon Secretary. Membership is for a year. However, a member can cancel within two months of payment and the fees will be reimbursed minus a £25.00 administration charge. Subscriptions cannot be reimbursed if a member has already used his membership to obtain reduced fees at a course or conference.
    Termination of membership will also result in termination of associate memberships to the AAGL and ESGE.
    It is the responsibility of a member to ensure that they cancel their standing order, direct debit, or other bank transfers when they cancel their membership. If they omit to do this and subsequent membership fees are debited, they will be reimbursed for the whole year minus a £25.00 administration charge.

    Changes in membership
    From time to time, a member will be asked to modify their bank transfer arrangements for the benefit of the society. In these circumstances, if the member fails to cancel a previous arrangement he/she will be reimbursed in full for the first year. If the member continues not to alter their bank transfer arrangements for subsequent years they will be reimbursed the full amount minus a £25.00 administration fee.
    Cancellation following payment for a course, conference, or GALA dinner
    Each conference will have a cancellation date deadline. After midnight of that date no cancellations will be reimbursed. Cancellations must be submitted via email to bsge@rcog.org.uk. An administration charge of £25 will be made on all cancellations received before or on the above date. We regret that the attendance fee cannot be refunded after this date.
    All refunds will be processed after the conference.
    Fees will not be refunded for non-attendance for all or part of a conference on the day.

    Appeals
    It is understood exceptional circumstance exist and that an appeal can be made to the treasurer who may waiver an administration charge only if the society has no not incurred a direct cost as a result of any cancellation.

    Policy review
    This policy will be reviewed at the next council meeting held at the ASM in 2017.

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