Updates from the Committee
I am delighted to take over as chair the laparoscopic training portfolio of the BSGE. Sameer Umranikar did a fantastic job over the last 3 years in this role. I am joined on the subcommittee by Karolina Afors and Ilyas Nikopolous who have already made huge contributions to laparoscopic training.
The BSGE has provided exceptional opportunity for training in advanced laparoscopy over the years, especially with the development of the Ethicon and Olympus ST5+ courses. Within my role as laparoscopic training chair I aim to try and help improve the delivery of laparoscopic training courses at deanery level so that quality of teaching, equipment and models are standardized.
Myself and James Mclaren, under the trainees portfolio, introduced an Intermediate Laparoscopy course this year aimed at st3-5 trainees to help develop their skills in ovarian cystectomy, salpingectomy and oophorectomy as well as an introduction to laparoscopic suturing.
This course has now run twice over 2018 and a similar course will also form one of the pre-congress workshops at the BSGE Celtic Manor Meeting in May 2019. I hope to be involved in the delivery of more Intermediate Laparoscopy Courses which we hope can be facilitated by some of the RIGs regional representatives across the country in the future.
The RCOG/ BSGE meeting in Benign Abdominal Surgery is an annual course which took place in September 2018. There were 65 delegates, most of which are undertaking the Benign Abdominal Surgery ATSM. I will continue to run a similar 3-day course next year with some exciting new content to practical and theoretical elements
If you have any particular ideas regarding laparoscopic training and how I can help improve opportunities for all members please get in touch with me at the BSGE.
Meet The Committee Members
Laparoscopy Training Portfolio Chair and Consultant Gynaecologist
Donna has completed a two-year term as trainee representative on the BSGE council, from 2016-2018, and sits on the BSGE subcommittees for Awards & Bursaries and Communications & Website.
She has gained considerable experience in minimal access surgery, having won a BSGE travelling fellowship in 2013 to work within Sydney Women’s Endosurgery Centre and having completed the ATSM in advanced laparoscopy, subsequently commencing a Post CCT fellowship at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital. She has recently been appointed as Consultant at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals.
Donna has supported the development of Registrars in Gynaecological Surgery (RIGs) to improve opportunities and communication amongst trainees. She conducted a BSGE laparoscopic training survey and completed the RCOG Gynaecological Surgery training analysis for 2017. Having identified deficiencies in training across the UK she subsequently conceived, organised and implemented the RIGs/ BSGE Intermediate Laparoscopy Course in 2018.
Donna was responsible for the introduction of the ‘Pecha Kucha’ into the BSGE Annual Scientific Meeting as well as organising the first trainee breakout session. She is organising faculty for the 2018 pre-congress video-editing workshop and the RIGs Annual Dinner in Edinburgh.
Chou Phay Lim
I am a Consultant Gynaecologist at Lister Hospital, Stevenage. My surgical practice is predominantly Laparoscopic and Robotic surgery for Endometriosis and other non-cancer work. I also support research as a PI for REGAL, ESPriT2, and DIAMOND. I have been active with BSGE since I was a trainee and have worked on a variety of initiatives including RIGS, Intermediate course, and the RCOG BAS Course.