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Saturday 02 November 2013
Founded in 1976, ASiT is a professional body and educational charity working to promote excellence in surgical training across all ten surgical specialties in the UK and Republic of Ireland. ASiT is independent of the Surgical Royal Colleges and is run by trainees for trainees. Find out how ASiT can benefit your surgical education and career.
Sunday 06 April 2014
The 2014 ASiT Conference was be held in Belfast, with our famous Charity Gala Dinner in Titanic Belfast. The conference offered the chance to socialise with over 600 fellow trainees from all 10 surgical specialities, hear updates in clinical practice, training and workforce issues, and hear what the future holds for us all in surgical training. Visit our YouTube channel to see what the ASiT conference has to offer!
Monday 16 December 2013
ASiT has been concerned about the adverse effects of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) on patient safety and surgical training since its introduction. Click here to access our EWTD-related resources and position statements.
Monday 24 June 2013
Following our successful national survey regarding mentoring in surgical training, ASiT are now launching a pilot National Mentoring Scheme for all surgical trainees. Click here for details of how you can be part of this scheme as either a mentor or a mentee.
Friday 20 September 2013
The London School of Surgery requires that trainees complete 80 WBAs per year - double the JCST’s recommended number. The GMC has responded to our letter setting out ASiT's clear stance against a requirement for 80 WBAs. Click here to read ASiT response and documents
Tuesday 01 October 2013
Attempts to maintain EWTD-compliant rotas and reductions in training posts have increased the use of emergency-cross cover between specialties. Concerns have been voiced over the appropriateness and manner in which this is provided, and numerous difficulties in cross-cover provision need to be addressed. Click here to read about ASiT Emergency Cross-Cover Course
Saturday 16 February 2013
Simulation in Surgical Training has gained much interest in recent years. This evidence-based consensus statement by the Association of Surgeons in Training discusses the potential for the integration of simulation into various facets of surgery together with widespread variation in access to facilities.
Wednesday 25 July 2012
Over the past decade the ASiT Silver Scalpel Award, generously supported by Swann-Morton, has played a vital part in recognising trainers going the extra mile for their trainees, while at the same time promoting the highest standards of surgical training.
Sunday 13 February 2011
The last ten years have seen training costs increase dramatically while funding has been cut. ASiT has recently undertaken a survey of our members investigating the costs of surgical training. The results are troubling and have far-reaching implications for the medical profession, and for the future of the surgical workforce.
Friday 17 August 2012
ASiT have recently up-dated this wide-ranging document addressing the future of surgical training. Our objective is to succinctly present the views of surgical trainees in relation to changes required to improve training quality, and improve the standards of the end-product of surgical training – the Consultant Surgeon.
Sunday 17 November 2013
The Shape of Training Review sets recommendations regarding the structure and delivery of medical and surgical postgraduate training for the next 30 years. The changes proposed have implications for both current and future trainees. Our response document sets out the specific changes that surgical trainees within the UK will encounter if these recommendations are implemented, and seeks to communicate the opinions of ASiT.
Monday 17 March 2014
Surgical trainee-led research collaboratives offer the opportunity to run large-scale multi-centre audits and clinical trails by bringing together interested trainees into one collaborative research group. A number of such groups now exist across the UK and their contact details can be found below.