I am delighted to be elected to this role on the ASiT executive committee in which I aim to develop sustainable systems and transparency to continue moving this ever expanding organization forward as we now enter its 40th year.
I was initially elected to the ASiT council as the North Yorkshire representative, a position I have held for the last 2 years whilst I was out of programme pursuing an MD in Leeds. I was perhaps initially slightly cynical about ASiT, and felt from the outside it was represented an organization that was slightly clique and self-propagating. However I had taken advantage of various opportunities that ASiT offered including presenting at two conferences and being awarded a laparoscopic training bursary that paid for my core laparoscopic skills course (a welcome donation to the all too familiar credit card debt required to tick all the boxes needed to get that golden ST ticket) and felt that it was now time to get involved and have a voice.
I was certainly wrong, and the ASiT Exec and Council really does work tirelessly to both represent your voice at a national level and provide affordable and much needed training opportunities to all its members.
It is a challenging time for the medical profession as a whole with doctors of all levels coming under constant political and media scrutiny, and training evolving to meet the needs of the modern NHS. From a surgical perspective, ASiT is ideally placed to represent your views and defend your interests. I would encourage everyone to let us know your views on issues, whether regional or national so that we can act in everyone’s interest. For my part I promise to work towards making ASiT affordable, transparent and accessible to everyone and an organization that all its members should be proud.