The ASiT committee are elected annually at our Annual General Meeting. If you'd like to get involved and are considering standing for a committee position then please get in touch.
I should probably start by giving you a little of my background. I graduated from Bristol Medical School in 2005 and am now an ST8 in Neurosurgery in Bristol. I initially represented the British Neurosurgical Trainees' Association (BNTA) on ASiT Council in 2013/14, was elected to the ASiT Executive Committee in 2015, and am delighted and honoured to have been elected as your President for the coming year.
It was an absolute delight to represent ASiT as your elected president over the last year, and a massive thank you to everyone who played a part in the success of our 40th Anniversary celebrations; 40-4-40 event and #ASiT2016!
I had a busy year in 2014-15, in the middle of my PhD and a medical law degree, having a new baby (what other type is there?!?), and also work with ASiT. It was an honour representing surgical trainees, and I’m chuffed that you engage. Please continue to do so.
Ensuring excellence in surgical training is essential to ensure high quality care for patients both now and in the future. We must ensure that surgery remains a sustainable and attractive career for the next generation of surgeons to attract and retain enthusiastic committed doctors. ASiT plays a vital role in promoting the interests and highlighting the needs of surgical trainees.
It has been an honour to be elected as Director of Education of ASiT. Over the years ASiT had been instrumental in raising the concerns related to training and incorporating the views of trainees in many documents related to current as well as future training. I am passionate about training and ASiT philosophy of fair and quality training. I will bring the same passion and commitment that I have shown so far to the role of Director of Education.
Gemma graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2012 and completed her Foundation Training in Liverpool and is due to finish Core Surgical Training in Stevenage. From 2015 Gemma has been ASiT’s Eastern Representative and has run Foundation Skills in Surgery and supported local trainee led courses. Gemma has worked closely with the University of Cambridge Surgical Society in supporting local events.
Paul qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2006 before completing the Academic Foundation Programme in Trent Deanery, Core Surgical Training in the North West and is currenty a Specialty Trainee in General Surgery on Merseryside. His interests are colorectal surgery and surgical oncology, having completed a Cancer Research (UK) Clinical Research Training Fellowship and (eventually) a PhD.
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.
I became involved with representing trainees through ASiT only last year and have loved becoming more involved with the organisation. It was an honour to be elected onto the ASiT executive team at the 2016 ASiT annual conference as the Yearbook Editor.
The ASiT website is an essential resource for surgical trainees to keep updated with the latest surgical news, unmissable events, beneficial courses and the huge variety of benefits on offer to our members.
ASiT is key in sharing insight into the forces influencing surgical training, and engaging trainees in its direction. In an evolving world of social media and electronic communication, the publicity officer represents ASiT's interests online and beyond.