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surgical specialities and TRAinEE associations

Surgical training is hard enough on your own! Membership of speciality trainee associations is important for the healthy dissemination of information, education and ideas.
Below is a list of the surgical specialities recognised by the Joint Committee on Surgical Training (JCST) with the corresponding trainee association and speciality association or society. Each trainee association has one or more representatives who act as a point of contact between trainees, ASiT, the speciality association and the Speciality Advisory Committee (SAC). All representatives are part of the ASiT council and are invited to attend regular meetings and organise the pre-conference courses. Contact details for representatives and more information about the trainee associations can be found on each speciality page.



Trainee Association - British Orthopaedic Trainees' Association (BOTA)
Speciality Association - British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)


Trainee Association - BAUS Section of Trainees (BSoT) 
Speciality Association - British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS)

Plastic Surgery

Trainee Association - Plastic Surgery Trainees Association (PLASTA)
Speciality Association - British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)

ENT (Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery)

Trainee Association - Association of Otolaryngologists in Training (AOT)
Speciality Association - British Association of Otolaryngologists (ENTUK)

Maxillofacial Surgery

Trainee Association - Fellows in Training (FiT) and Junior Trainees' Group (JTG)
Speciality Association - British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS)


Trainee Association - British Neurosurgical Trainees Association (BNTA)
Speciality Association - Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS)

Paediatric Surgery

Trainee Association - Trainees in Paediatric Surgery (TriPS)
Speciality Association - British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS)

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Trainee Association - National Trainee Committee for Cardiothoracic Surgery (NTCCTS)
Speciality Association - Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS)

Rouleaux Club 

Vascular Surgery

Trainee Association - The Rouleaux Club
Speciality Association - Vascular Society for Great Britain and Ireland (VSGBI)


General Surgery

General Surgery as a speciality is diverse and the subspeciality groups below are better served to represent the individual interests of each subspeciality.

Dukes Club

Colorectal Surgery

Trainee Association - The Dukes' Club
Speciality Association - Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI)


Transplant Surgery

Trainee Association - The Herrick Society
Speciality Association - British Transplantation Society (BTS)

Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

Trainee Association - The Roux Group (previously known as AUGISt)
Speciality Association - Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) represents surgeons in all branches of upper gastrointestinal surgery (oesophagogastric, hepatopancreaticoibiliary and bariatric)

Mammary Fold

Breast Surgery

Trainee Association - The Mammary Fold
Speciality Association - Association of Breast Surgery (ABS)


Academic Surgery

Speciality Association - Surgical Research Society (SRS) - previously known as the Society of Academic and Research Surgery (SARS)



Surgical Oncology

BASO Trainees (previously known as SOTA) is the trainee arm of the British Association of Surgical Oncology - Association for Cancer Surgery (BASO - ACS)



Day Surgery

The British Association of Day Surgery (BADS) aims to provide information about day and short stay surgery for patients, relatives, carers, and healthcare professionals and support trainees with an interest in day surgery.


National Research Collaborative

The National Research Collaborative (NRC) is a conglomeration of all trainee research collaboratives in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It aims to coordinate nationally to produce high impact multicentre research delivered by trainees.

Perioperative Medicine

Trainees with an interest in Perioperative Medicine (TriPOM) is an educational collaborative run by and for trainees and all other professionals who come into contact with the surgical patient.


Military Surgery

Details of the military surgery representative are provided here.


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