President's Christmas Message


As the festive season approaches, the BSGE Officers and the Council have been busy preparing for 2015 activities. We are leaving a challenging but successful year behind; the morcellation debate which was started by the FDA in the USA affecting the practice of our American colleagues with some influence here in the UK, was the main challenge. It will no doubt continue in the new year. Amongst many of the successes, the highlights were the Annual Scientific Meeting in Norwich, the BSGE Endometriosis Centres data collection coming to fruition and the establishment of the advanced laparoscopy training programme in collaboration with the industry.

The highlight of the new year will be our Silver Jubilee Meeting (SJM) which will be held on 4-5 June 2015 at Central Hall Westminster in London. We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary next year and will mark this occasion appropriately. The other UK specialist societies including the BFS, BGCS,  BIARGS, BritsPAG, BSGI and BSUG, and ESGE will be joining us to celebrate this important landmark with us. Amongst the international speakers invited for this meeting, we can mention Professor Hans Brolman, former President of the ESGE and Dr Elizabeth Pritts, whose expertise has been crucial for the AAGL in the fight against the FDA statement on morcellation. The programme will include topics which will be of interest to nurses, trainees at all levels and consultants. We will also be organising parallel sessions together with the Young Endoscopists Platform (YEP) of the ESGE . The pre-congress activities will include a course on European Certification Programme (GESEA) with the ESGE and European Academy, Hands-on Hysteroscopy Course with the RCOG (part of the Hysteroscopy ATSM), Hands-on Advanced Gynaecological Laparoscopy Course using an animal model at the Royal Veterinary College in London, Gynaecological Ultrasound for MAS and Gynaecological Oncology Course in association with the ESGE.

We will have additional surprises for award winners and we are organising new training programmes in association with the industry to be announced at the SJM. I have no doubt our SJM week will be a memorable occasion and I advise all our nurse, trainee and consultant colleagues to keep that week free.

I do hope you will have the opportunity to relax and recharge for the new year over the next couple of weeks.

With best wishes for Christmas and the new year from the BSGE.

Ertan Saridogan
President, BSGE




Welcome to BSGE
The British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy exists to improve standards, promote training and encourage the exchange of information in minimal access surgery techniques for women with gynaecological problems.
Originally founded in 1989 by a small group of consultant gynaecologists keen to promote the benefits of minimal access (‘keyhole’) surgery for their patients, the society has since grown to over 500 members. These include specialist nurse practitioners, GP’s, gynaecological consultants and their trainees. In 2000, BSGE was granted charitable status.
BSGE exists not only to serve its members, but also to promote knowledge and understanding of the endoscopic approach to diagnosis and treatment to a wider public, including patients and those responsible for the formulation of healthcare policy.
To achieve this we work closely with partner organisations, most notably The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, as well as The European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy, and also partners in industry on whom we rely for the many technological advances which make possible so much of what we can do for our patients.