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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. Speciality Representatives are available as a point of contact to find out more about that speciality, or to address specific concerns or queries relating to issues in the speciality. Contact details for speciality representatives are available on each speciality page.


The British Orthopaedic Trainees' Association (BOTA) is a British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) affiliated organisation dedicated to providing information and support to orthopaedic surgeons in training in the UK.

Society of Academic and Research Surgery

Academic and Research Surgery had often been previously under-represented in the scientific community. However, with the introduction of MMC and a clearer pathway for clinical academic surgery, the Society of Academic and Research Surgery (SARS) aims to support academic surgical trainees and surgeons in their career.


BSoT (BAUS Section of Trainees) represents trainees with an interest in urology as a British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) affiliated association.

Plastic Surgery

The Plastic Surgery Trainees Association (PLASTAUK) provides an active network of information gathering and representation of plastic trainees to the speciality association (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)).

ENT (Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery)

The Association of Otolaryngologists in Training (AOT) provides support and representation for trainees in Otolaryngology to the speciality association (British Association of Otolaryngologists (ENTUK)).

Maxillofacial Surgery

The Junior Trainees' Group (JTG) of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) provides support for trainees in this unique speciality with specific needs.


The British Neurosurgical Trainees Association represents trainees in this speciality to the Speciality Advisory Committee (SAC) and the speciality association (Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS)).

Paediatric Surgery

Trainees in Paediatric Surgery (TriPS) is the trainee association for paediatric surgery that represents trainees to the speciality association (British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS)).

Cardiothoracic Surgery

The trainee group of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS) represents cardiothoracic surgeons in training to the SAC and provides information on the speciality.


General Surgery

General Surgery as a speciality is diverse and the subspecialty groups below are better served to represent the subspecialty interests within General Surgery.


Dukes Club

Colorectal Surgery

The Dukes' Club was founded in 1998 as a sister organisation of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI). It represents the interests of colorectal surgery trainees.


Rouleaux Club 

Vascular Surgery

The Rouleaux Club represents the views of trainees in vascular surgery to the speciality association (Vascular Society for Great Britain and Ireland (VSGBI)).



Transplant Surgery

The Herrick Society represents transplant surgery trainees to the speciality association (British Transplantation Society (BTS)).


Upper GI Surgery

The Roux Group (previously called AUGISt) aims to represent the views of trainees in all branches of upper gastrointestinal surgery (oesophagogastric, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and bariatric) to the speciality association (Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS)).

Mammary Fold

Breast Surgery

The Mammary Fold represents breast surgery trainees to the speciality association (Association of Breast Surgery (ABS)).




Foundation Doctors

ASiT has a dedicated representative for foundation doctors elected to our council, providing a voice for those considering a future career in surgery.


Medical Students

Details of the Medical Students ASiT Representative are provided here.

Surgical Oncology

BASO Trainees (previously called SOTA) is the trainee group of the British Association for Surgical Oncology - Association for Cancer Surgery (BASO - ACS) which represents trainees with an interest in cancer surgery in the UK.


Military Surgery

Details of the Military Surgery Representative are provided here.


National Research Collaborative

The National Research Collaborative is a conglomeration of all trainee research collaboratives in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It aims to coordinate nationally to bring 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.



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.

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