We are pleased to invite applications for the FREE Cook Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Course to be held as part of the weekend on Friday 20th April 2018.

There are 16 places available, and we are keen to optimise the experience for those most likely to benefit. Therefore preference will be given to ST6+ trainees. Due to the expected high demand for places, we are inviting applications including the following:

  1. Statement of 150 words indicating why you should be selected
  2. 2-page CV
  3. Associate ACPGBI (Dukes’) membership number.

Applications should be forwarded to admin@thedukesclub.org.uk by the end of the working day on 14/02/2018.

We look forward to your applications and we will notify successful candidates in the near future following the deadline. Registration for the remainder of the educational weekend is expected as a condition of course attendance. Details of the registration will be available soon.

ACPGBI in conjuction with Bowel Disease Research Foundation and NIHR are holding an event featuring ‘Research Unplugged Trials Under the Spotlight Question Time’ with guest speaker including Prof J Hill, Mr A Acheson, Mr S Bach, Mr P Rowbottom and M J Torkington. This will be held in Warrington on the 14 March. For more information please contact vicky.wilkinson@nihr.ac.uk or dale.vimalachandran@nhs.net.

14 March, Warrington

ASiT are holding their International Surgical Conference in the delightful City of Edinburgh. They are calling for abstracts with the submission deadline on the 22 January. Several prizes are to be won including the Dukes’ Prize for best abstract in Colorectal Surgery. For more information visit here.

6-8 April, Edinburgh
Abstract Submission Deadline: 22 January

CLOSureE of Ileostomy Timing Study

Prospective snapshot audit and retrospective analysis of ileostomy closure following anterior resection for rectal cancer

Aim: to investigate time to ileostomy closure in the UK and identify reasons for delays

A team of two trainees and a consultant required from each participating centre to contribute to either/both study components:

  1. Retrospective arm: review records from a historical 12-month period to calculate time to closure and incidence of non-closure
  2. Prospective arm: collect data over a 3-month period from April 2018 on patients undergoing ileostomy closure

Coordinated by The Dukes’ Club. Collaborative authorship available to contributors
For expressions of interest: DukesCollaborative@gmail.com


The first round of The John or Arderne Prize is past. The second round of the Prize is calling for abstracts with submission deadline on the 8 January. Abstracts should state briefly and clearly the purpose, methods, results, and conclusion of the work and must not exceed 200 words. The winner will receive the John of Arderne medal and a travelling  fellowship to the following year’s overseas meeting.

For more information, click here.

Abstract deadline: 8 January
Meeting date: 2 March

Queen Alexandra Hospital are holding the 4th Portsmouth TME Symposium, which include workshops for the colorectal surgical trainees. Dukes’ Club members will be offered a discount for the registration fees. Topics include laparoscopic and robotic TME, taTME, lateral pelvic wall node dissection, and ESD/TEM for rectal cancer.

For more information visit their Facebook page or contact Dr Samuel Stefan.

8-10 March, Portsmouth

East of England are holding a FREE Annual Chapter Study Day on the 20 April at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich. The theme of the study day will be ‘New Techniques and Technologies in Colorectal Surgery’ with great speaker including Prof Heald, Prof Parvaiz, Prof Jayne and Dr Tuynman and many more. The Annual study day are also calling for abstracts – 500 words; deadline Friday, 6 April.

For more information visit link.

20 April, Norwich

Royal Society of Medicine are inviting for the second round abstracts on their Coloproctology Day. Deadline 8 January 2018. The winner will benefit from the John of Arderne Medal and a travelling fellowship to the following year’s overseas meeting.

Abstracts should state briefly and clearly the purpose, methods, results and conclusions of the work; maximum 200 words.

Further info: https://www.rsm.ac.uk/prizes-awards/trainees.aspx

Submission deadline: 8 January 2018
Coloproctology Day: 2 March 2018