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.
Ensuring excellence in surgical training is essential to ensure high quality care for patients both now and in the future. I am a General and Colorectal Surgery SpR in Ireland, currently on maternity leave during ST5. My previous roles in ASiT include vice president for 2016-2017, yearbook editor for 2015-16, and deputy yearbook editor for 2014-15, as well as regional representative for the Republic of Ireland.
My main aim for ASiT is that 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's strength lies in you, its members. I invite ASiT members to get in touch with their regional representatives or any of the ASiT executive with any ideas you have on how we can better represent you. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Lizzy Elsey is a General Surgery trainee from the East Midlands (North). She is presently in the second year of PhD studies conducting research into developing evidence-based standards for competency in general surgery training and holds a NIHR doctoral research fellowship.
Lizzy is on the executive committee for the Association of Surgeons in Training as Yearbook Editor and heavily involved in promoting surgery at both a regional and national level, also working with the Inspiring Futures campaign, Women in Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons Emerging Leaders Programme.
I’m currently a Specialty Trainee in General Surgery on Merseyside. My interests are colorectal surgery and surgical oncology, having completed a Cancer Research (UK) Clinical Research Training Fellowship and (eventually) a PhD. I’ve benefited hugely over the years from being a member of ASiT, and look forward to contributing to the organisation and helping to shape it for the future over the next few years as a currently serving Vice President. We face a lot of threats to training, but also a huge amount of opportunity. Rest assured we’re fighting your corner!
It was a hugely humbling experience to take on this last role, and I spent my year working towards a few particular goals: to reduce our costs to members whilst maintaining our standards, to improve our support and working relationships with the trainee specialty organisations and to be a strong and visible national voice for your views.
My journey with ASiT started in 2010 when I became the Academic Representative, and I remained on Council then the Executive as Yearbook Editor. I was honoured to be elected President of The Association of Surgeons in Training in 2014/15. Discussions which have continued include the Shape of Training (dubbed Improving Surgical Training), the JCST fee (which has just increased), issues with contracts, work-place based assessments, surgical care practitioners, less-than full-time training equality and contracts - to name a few.
Andi Beamish is an Executive Committee member and past-President of ASiT and has recently led the development of ASiT’s course in surgical education: TEACHER. He is a Specialty Trainee in General Surgery in the Wales Deanery, currently out of programme to undertake a PhD in Sweden, supported by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Department of Gastrosurgical Research at Gothenburg University. His main research interest is in bariatric and metabolic surgery, in particular relating to adolescent obesity.
I am a neurosurgical trainee in Liverpool currently undertaking a PhD at The Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool. The ASiT conference, courses, awards, bursaries and prizes offer unparalleled value for our members. I believe we can find solutions to the issues of our surgical education together, and ensure it is improved and maintained to a good quality not only for us but for future surgical trainees and patients. If you have any ideas or suggestions please feel free to contact me; I am surprisingly nice via email and on the phone despite being a neurosurgical registrar!
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.
I graduated from Cardiff University in 2010 and am now a core trainee in the Wessex region. From 2012-2015 I was a research fellow at Imperial College. I am ASiT’s Wessex Representative and am proud to have been taken on as Associate Honorary Secretary during the 2017 conference. My responsibilities include working alongside Gemma Humm (the Honorary Secretary) to develop sponsorship relationships which support ASiT events to ensure longevity and security for ASiT.
Please feel free to contact the team regarding sponsorship or educational events in your area, I am sure we can mutually benefit each other! Please also attend the annual ASiT conference - a special event which is a learning opportunity and social event like no other!
Adam is a General Surgery registrar in the Yorkshire and Humber Region and is fast approaching finally writing up an MD exploring the use of oncolytic virus for the treatment of micrometastases. A natural researcher he is not and the light at the end of the dark tunnel is very much an oasis in the desert! He is much more comfortable in the teaching, medical leadership/political role and has been involved in ASiT since 2012 and a member of the Executive committee for the last 3 years in the role of Honorary Treasurer. Adam passionately believes in improving surgical training for all and would encourage you all to get involved with ASiT so your voice can be heard.
James is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Colorectal Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. He has active research interests in complex clinical trials methodology, perioperative care and surgical training. James holds steering roles in national and international collaborative research networks; Student Audit and Research in Surgery (STARSurg) and Global Outcomes in Surgery (GlobalSurg).
I’m delighted to take up the role of ASiT Webmaster. The ASiT website strives to be an essential resource for surgical trainees, from containing the latest surgical news, promoting unmissable events & beneficial courses, to offering a huge variety of member benefits. Following core surgical training with a Urology theme, I’m currently undertaking a Clinical Leadership Fellowship & have a keen interest in digital health innovation.
Nathan is a Bristol University Graduate and a Foundation Year Doctor in the Trent region. As the youngest ever member on Executive Council, he is determined to not let his junior status affect his role as publicity officer. A former medical student representative for ASiT, a current UK lead for MEDtube and junior ambassador for the GIANT health event, Nathan has a wealth of experience in PR roles and social media utilisation.
His interests include General Surgery, ENT and digital health technology/innovation. Please get in contact with courses or events you think ASiT could publicise for you! We look forward to welcoming you to #ASiT2018