The BSGE hands out over two thousand pounds in prizes at the ASM. The awards for video, oral, poster and video poster presentations are always hotly contested and at Celtic Manor the competition was fierce.
Matthew Izzett won gold and £300 for his oral presentation. Dorota Hardy was awarded silver and £200 and Neerja Gupta took the bronze and £100 in prize money.
There is always stiff competition for the video prizes. The winner becomes the proud owner of the prestigious Karl Storz ‘Golden Telescope’ but as well as the trophy they also receive a Karl Storz supported BSGE bursary to attend a course of their choosing, within Europe, at any Karl Storz supported centre. This year a new rule has been enforced, so that any video that has won a prize in a previous BSGE competition cannot be entered as a video presentation at the ASM. Jeffrey Ahmed won gold and £300 in the video presentation, with Rhian Gisby taking silver and £200. Charlotte Goumalatsou won £100 and the bronze award. The Trainee Video presentation prize was awarded to Martin Hirsch who won £100.
In the Video Poster category Zaid Hasafa was awarded gold and £150 pounds, with Nadine di Donato and Mihai Gherghe taking silver and bronze and £100 and £75 respectively.
Following the success of using digital technology for poster presentations at Edinburgh 2018, the poster presentations at Celtic Manor were also displayed electronically. As well as direct entries, abstracts that could not be accepted for oral or video presentation were also automatically considered for e- poster presentations, so it was a tough and competitive category. Natasha Abdul Aziz won gold and £150, Sophie Strong was awarded £100 and the silver and Fevzi Shakir was awarded bronze and £75.
Further prizes included Zaid Hasafa who was winner of the fascinating Dragon’s Den Pecha Kucha. Zaid won a one night stay at Celtic Manor, the fabulous venue for the ASM. The first ever Stump the Experts session was a big hit with delegates, the auditorium was packed to see the panel of BSGE experts negotiate their way through challenging clinical conundrums. The winner was Francesca Hogg from Cardiff, taking £100.