Introducing your Regional Reps
Scotland – Laura Beatty
I am an ST7 within the West of Scotland. My main areas of interest are in advanced laparoscopy and endometriosis.
The emergence of the pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on gynaecology training. With ever increasing pressures from the RCOG for a focus on obstetric training and service provision, to the detriment of gynaecology, more than ever RIGS have a crucial role in supporting their trainees.
As regional representative for Scotland I aim to strengthen networks and communications between regions, share ideas and objectives, action these and optimise gynaecology training nationally.
Ireland – VACANT
Northern Ireland – Shaun McGowan
I am the current BSGE regional trainee representative for Northern Ireland. I am an ST7 trainee having done the majority of my training within Northern Ireland. I am currently out of programme as the Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Advanced Minimal Access Surgery under Mr. Andrew Kent at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford. I have a keen interest in minimally invasive surgery and endometriosis. As a trainee representative I am passionate about teaching and training, specifically tackling issues impacting on gynaecological surgical training. I believe training in minimal access surgery is essential for the future treatment and management of gynaecological patients. The BSGE is foremost in the UK in improving standards, improving training and providing guidance in this area. As a representative I aim to promote the societies activities particularly those focused on our trainee members to a higher degree nationwide and within my region. I also aim to increase the presence and activities of trainees and consultants from my region within the society.
North East – Nicola Ramshaw
I am currently an ST6 at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
I am undertaking the ATSM in Benign Abdominal Surgery and Advanced Labour Ward Practice. I am also working towards my BSCCP colposcopy accreditation and a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education. I am an active member of the Northern O&G trainees committee.
I became a member of the BSGE in 2016 and have since benefited from a range of training opportunities from the BSGE.
Yorkshire and Humber – James Tibbott
I am currently ST7 working at Hull royal infirmary and Castle hill hospital.
I am undertaking ATSMs in Advanced laparoscopic surgery and Advanced labour ward practice.
As well as endometriosis, my area of interest is laparoscopic simulation training where I am currently helping to develop a new simulation curriculum for the Yorkshire and Humber deanery.
Mersey and Northwest – Smitha George
I am currently ST6 at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, Greater Manchester.
I am pursuing my ATSMs in Benign Gynaecology and Advanced Labour ward practice. I have keen interest in laparoscopic simulation training. I believe that a standardised curriculum and regular simulation training can, to a great extent, mitigate the disparity experienced in Gynaecologic surgical training .
I have been a member of BSGE since 2019. As the regional RIGs rep, my primary aim would be supporting my colleagues in the north west and Mersey region achieve a good standard of minimal access surgery training through the BSGE.
East Midlands – Rekha Pillai
I am the BSGE regional representative for the East Midlands region. I work as a subspecialty trainee in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. I have completed my ATSM in Benign Gynaecology and was fortunate to complete the BSGE Olympus national advanced laparoscopic training programme. I was lucky to be the ‘Directors Award Winner’ in the BSGE Olympus Advanced Laparoscopic National Training Programme in 2019.
I am passionate about laparoscopic surgeries, and my areas of interests are endometriosis and tubal surgeries. BSGE is heavily focussed on training and provides many opportunities for trainees to develop their skills. I firmly believe and personally experienced the role of well-organised simulation training in developing laparoscopic skills. I will be more than happy to guide you and help you with your doubts or support you through your training.
West Midlands – Aarti Lakhiani
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Wales – Monica Tryczynska
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Thames Valley – Alexandros Grammatis
I am currently an ST5 trainee working at John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.
My main areas of interest are Reproductive Medicine and Minimal Access Surgery.
I am also of the Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic simulation trainee reps of Thames Valley. I have organised simulation study days and currently am part of the team who is trying to implement a Minimal Access simulation curriculum.
I have benefited from various training opportunities from the BSGE, including bursaries and I will do my best to promote such opportunities to trainees and support them in their effort to build a career in Minimal Access surgery.
East of England – Babu Karavadra
I am an ST3 trainee in the East of England. Recently, I returned to training after taking three years out of programme as a Clinical Research Fellow in Norwich to complete a PhD in endometriosis. As the regional academic representative for the East of England and the regional UK-ARCOG representative, I am keen to expand my education and leadership role nationally. I am a dedicated and enthusiastic trainee who will work collaboratively with others to ensure that trainees are represented equally and fairly.
Having taken time out of training at an early stage of my career, I have realised the importance of being involved in basic laparoscopic training early on. I have extensive experience in the delivery and development of medical education. After successfully applying for £6000 of funding, I initiated and designed two teaching videos for gynaecology trainees in the deanery (diagnostic laparoscopy and Caesarean section). In addition, through successfully obtaining £5000 from the Endometriosis Millennium Fund, I conducted a pilot research study and developed a regional patient information video on endometriosis.
Currently, as part of my PGCert in Medical Education, I hope to develop a free basic laparoscopy course in our region. I will work with trainers and trainees to ensure that the issues affecting us are highlighted and tackled by those who can influence change. For me, this role is about improving training: ensuring balance between service provision and education, standardising opportunities for trainees and ensuring individual voices are heard.
London – Sarah Wali
I am currently a ST5 trainee in Northwest London. My main interests are endometriosis and fibroids and I hope to achieve an endometriosis fellowship and register for the ATSM in advanced laparoscopic surgery for the excision of benign disease.
I have been attending the BSGE conference throughout my training years presenting oral, video and poster presentations on topics of interest to an engaged and friendly audience. I find the environment of the conference energetic and the interaction with colleagues with similar interests highly enjoyable.
I am a practical and hands on person and strive to promote the excellent training opportunities that BSGE has to offer to colleagues in my deanery.
Wessex – Lauren Standing
I am an ST7 currently working at Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
I am undertaking the Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Advanced Labour Ward practice ATSMs and was fortunate to gain a place on the BSGE Ethicon Advanced Training Programme last year.
As well as minimal access surgery, I am passionate about medical education. I am an O&G Education Fellow in Wessex and hold the role of Simulation lead. I am looking forward to combining both of these passions in my role as BSGE RIGS representative.
South West – Parveen Kuma Verasingam
I am completing my advanced laparoscopy training in Cornwall. My interest lies in all aspects of laparoscopic gynaecological procedures and simulation training . I am also completing my MD postgraduate research in application of Virtual Reality technology in Laparoscopy surgery. I hope to be able to spread the ethos of BSGE in the South West region.
Kent, Surrey, Sussex – Michael Adamczyk
I am currently an ST6 undertaking the advanced laparoscopic surgery (benign disease) ATSM in St Peter’s Hospital, Center for Endometriosis and Minimally Invasive Gynaecology, Chertsey. I am the HEKSS trainee representative for laparoscopic training and a member of BSGE, ESGE, ISGE, ISON.