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surgical specialties and interest groups

Surgical training is hard enough on your own! Membership of specialty organisations or clubs is vital for the healthy dissemination of information, education and ideas. Specialty Representatives are available as a point of contact to find out more about that specialty, or to address specific concerns or queries relating to issues in the specialty. Contact details for specialty representatives are available on each specialty page.



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


Society of Academic and Research Surgery

Academic and Research Surgery have often been the poor relations of the scientific community. However with the introduction of MMC and a much clearer career structure and pathway for clinical academic, surgery has a real chance to make its mark.



SURG represents trainees with an interest in urology. The ASiT rep provides the link between the Club and ASiT.


Plastic Surgery

The Plastic Surgical Trainee group provide an active network of information gathering and representation of plastic trainees to the specialty association.

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E.N.T. (Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery)

The Association of Otolaryngologists in Training (AOT) provide support and representation for trainees in Otolaryngology.


Maxillo Facial

The Oromaxillofacial trainees group provides support for trainees in this unique specialty with specific needs.



The British Neurosurgical Trainees Association provides active representation of trainees in this specialty to the SAC and Specialty Association.

Paediatric Surgery


Paediatric Surgery is represented within ASIT and has two national trainee representatives elected by UK trainees.


Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery trainees can find contact details for representatives to the SAC and Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery here.


General Surgery

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

Dukes Club


The Dukes' Club was founded in 1998 at the ACPGBI annual meeting in Jersey. It represents the interests of UK colorectal trainees. 

As a sister organisation to ACPGBI, we represent the interests of colorectal trainees on its Council. Dukes’ Club also represents colorectal trainees’ interests at the Pelvic Floor Society and the Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy. In addition, we organise an annual Dukes’ weekend in the spring and several educational and research opportunities throughout the year. Associate members of ACPGBI automatically become Dukes’ Club members, entitling them to free attendance at the annual weekend and reduced course fees.  The Dukes’ Club website has a wealth of information ranging from careers advice for those considering colorectal surgery, information on courses and conferences for those in the thick of training, and exam and fellowship advice for those towards the end of training as a colorectal surgeon.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @Dukes_Club

Rouleaux Club


The Rouleaux Club represents the views of trainees in vascular surgery to the Specialty Association on the future for vascular surgical trainees.

Mammary Fold


The Mammary fold is a group which represents Breast surgical trainees to the Association of Breast Surgery.



After a number of years lying dormant the Herrick Society is back up and running and growing in size and influence every day. We now have a representative on the British Transplantation Society council.


Upper GI

AUGIS aims to represent the views of trainees in all branches of upper gastrointestinal surgery - oesophagogastric, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and bariatric.


Foundation Doctors

ASiT has a dedicated representative for Foundation Doctors elected to Council, providing a voice for those considering a future career in surgery.


Surgical Oncology

The Association for Cancer Surgery would like to develop the profile of cancer surgeons in training and provide assistance during their training by establishing a Trainees Group (SOTA) representing all branches of cancer surgery in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


Military Surgery

Details of the Military Surgery Representative


National Research Collaborative

The National Research Collaborative is a conglomeration of all trainee research collaboratives in the United Kingdom and Ireland. We aim to coordinate nationally to bring high impact multicentre research delivered by trainees. 


Medical Students

Details of the Medical Students ASiT Representative



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.



British Association of Day Surgery

BADS aims to provide information about Day and Short Stay Surgery for Patients, Relatives, Carers, Healthcare Professionals and Members. Further details can be found here.

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