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Case of the month: Jelly belly?

15 Nov, 16 | by abhichauhan


Case of the month:

A 75 year old man presents with a 2 month history of abdominal distension and lethargy. Clinical examination demonstrates shifting dullness and investigations reveal he has a microcytic anaemia with raised tumour markers (CA19-9-208 U/ml , CEA-88 µg/L)  Ascitic aspiration yields a gelatinous fluid, the coronal section of his abdominal CT scan is shown above. What is the diagnosis (hint:the arrows point to the primary pathology)

Submitted by N. Patodi

#FGDebate GI Consequences of Cancer

30 Sep, 16 | by Kelly Horwood, BMJ

GI Consequences of Cancer: Cancer cured – all back to normal now?’

Date: Tuesday 4th October 2016
Time: 8-9 BST
Guest: Dr Ana Wilson @GIWolfsonunit

Dr Ana (Ignjatovic) Wilson BA(Hons) MD MRCP
Consultant Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist

Dept:   Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy
Tel:      020 8869 5277

wilson-ana-1Dr Ana Wilson is out featured guest for this months #FGDebate on GI consequences of cancer. Dr Ana Wilson is a luminal gastroenterologist and specialist gastrointestinal endoscopist. Her specialist interests include early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions and cancer, through colonoscopy, in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and those at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. Dr Wilson specialises in advanced endoscopic imaging and complex therapeutic

endoscopy. She has a special interest in managing patients with gastrointestinal consequences of cancer treatment (eg. Low anterior resection syndrome, pelvic radiation disease) and leads the service at St Mark’s Hospital.

Dr Wilson qualified from University of Oxford in 2002. She obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2005 and trained in gastroenterology and general internal medicine in Oxford Deanery. She spent three years at the Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy, St Mark’s Hospital undertaking research in the use of colonoscopy in diagnosis and assessment of dysplasia under the supervision of Prof Brian Saunders that led to an MD thesis at the Imperial College, London, and has published widely on the subject. After completing her training, Dr Wilson specialised further in management of complex inflammatory bowel disease and endoscopy at University College Hospital, London. She was appointed as Consultant Gastroenterologist and Specialist Endoscopist at St Mark’s Hospital in December 2012.

She has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings and has contributed to a number of guidelines on the use of advanced imaging in lesion recognition including in inflammatory bowel disease.


Case of the month-A scalp lesion with anaemia?

6 Sep, 16 | by abhichauhan


A 79 year old man underwent a upper GI endoscopy for dark stools and anaemia (top left), histology from lesions (top right) is presented. Further examination revealed a scalp lesion (bottom left), which was also biopsied (bottom right). What is the unifying diagnosis?

Submitted by GJ Webb.

Assessment strategies in gastroenterology by Neel Sharma

22 Aug, 16 | by abhichauhan

All doctors regardless of specialty are assessed regularly – after all assessment drives learning. From a UK standpoint assessment comprises the MRCP (UK) examinations and SCE. During GI training there is the JAG accreditation of simple and more advanced endoscopic intervention as well as portfolio based records.

In the field of medical education there are currently talks concerning the lack of potential value in a high stakes examination. In essence the current argument is that such a form of assessment can potentially limit a supervisor’s judgement if the candidate is unsuccessful. In this regard, the concept of programmatic assessment has come to the forefront where in essence a more holistic judgement of a candidate’s performance takes place. In brief continuous forms of learning, assessment and feedback are offered. And all elements of the learning/ assessment process are compiled to provide a fairer judgment of a learner’s abilities.
The next movement that has occurred in the US is that of entrustment or entrustable professional activities. Whilst competency based medical education has been cemented for some time, there have been concerns with the lack of entrustment decisions. Here supervisors would make the added assessment of when a learner can be entrusted to perform a competency unsupervised. The GI curriculum in the US has embedded this approach and it is likely that this phenomenon will snowball globally.

Further reading
Van der Veluten et al. A model for programmatic assessment.

Neel Sharma is currently a gastroenterology trainee in Singapore having worked in a medical education setting across the UK, Asia and the US

‘The flipped classroom’-future of endoscopic training?

8 Aug, 16 | by abhichauhan

Read our latest blog on pedagogical strategies in gastroenterological training from Dr Neel Sharma. Neel Sharma is currently a gastroenterology trainee in Singapore having worked in a medical education setting across the UK, Asia and the US

Medical education is now a well-recognised academic discipline. However, compared to traditional basic science it is still fairly premature having recently celebrated 50 years in the making.

Despite this prematurity, we must start to understand the advances in the field and attempt to uncover the potential evidence or lack of in terms of pedagogy. Here I highlight some current trends in the hope that the GI community can determine their potential worth.

Team based learning is one example where by learners are provided cases and problem solve with the addition of written assessments and expert feedback. In gastroenterology there has been little formal research into the value of TBL. One of its positives is that of feedback, unlike its counterpart PBL where feedback was typically lacking.

The next movement making waves is that of the flipped classroom. In fact this approach has been adopted wholeheartedly by Harvard Medical School during their recent curriculum reform. In brief videos are provided to learners pre class, with class time spent problem solving. Its potential benefits have been the ability to receive the so called ‘homework’ element before class so that in class learners can focus more on problem solving applications. Again little has been done in the form of flipped learning in gastroenterology.

How can such pedagogies be utilised? Well countless examples exist but one potential use is in image enhanced endoscopy – with the advances in NBI, confocal imaging and OCT, problem solving cases could prove useful, particularly as the classification systems in endoscopy become more complex.

I look forward to further movement in the field.

Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure: All you need to know

25 Apr, 16 | by Kelly Horwood, BMJ

Following the March #FGDebate with Dr Richard Hansen and Ms Joan Gavin ‘Nutrition in IBD – what to do in theory and practice’, we are delighted to announce our next #FGDebate will be on Thursday 28th April 2016 8-9 BST with Dr Gautam Mehta. The topic this month will be ‘Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure: All you need to know’.

GM pic

Dr Mehta is a Hepatologist, with interests in cirrhosis, acute-on-chronic liver failure and alcohol-related liver disease. He completed his PhD in portal hypertension at UCL, and has recently been appointed Honorary Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Hepatology at UCL. Gautam tweets regularly @drgautammehta, and also has an interest in Digital Health – starting one of the first secondary prevention m-Health trials in the UK @alcochange.

This #FGDebate @FrontGastro_BMJ promises to be an interesting and educational one and we look forward to hearing your questions.

‘Frontline IBD: Nutrition in IBD – what to do in theory and practice’

22 Mar, 16 | by Dr Philip J Smith, Frontline Gastroenterology Trainee Editor

After the great #FGDebate with the Dr Johnson, we are delighted to announce our next #FGDebate will be on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 with Dr Richard Hansen, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Ms Joan Gavin, Paediatric Gastroenterology Dietician, at 8-9pm GMT and will discuss, ‘Frontline IBD: Nutrition in IBD – what to do in theory and practice’.

Dr Richard Hansen is a Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at the new Glasgow Children’s Hospital. His main clinical interests are in inflammatory bowel disease, Helicobacter pylori and paediatric liver disease. He completed a PhD in gastrointestinal microbiology in 2012 and has published widely in this field. His ongoing research focuses on microbial therapeutic approaches to managing inflammatory bowel disease, including projects looking at nutrition, probiotics and faecal transplantation. Dr Hansen has been an early advocate of Twitter for free open access medical education (#FOAMED) and currently runs the twitter feed for British Society of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (@BSPGHAN), including the live tweeting of key conferences

Dr Richard Hansen

Dr Richard Hansen


Ms Joan Gavin is a Paediatric Gastroenterology Dietitian at Southampton Children’s Hospital. Her main interests are inflammatory bowel disease and gut allergy/intolerance. She has completed a masters degree on gastrointestinal malabsorption and has published work on nutritional intakes in inflammatory bowel disease. Joan recently presented data on maintenance nutrition in inflammatory bowel disease highlighting it’s role in prolonging remission at the BSPGHAN conference in January this year.

Ms Joan Gavin

Ms Joan Gavin


The #FGDebate will be a practical discussion about how to approach Nutrition in IBD from a theoretical and practical point of view.  We hope you can join us then using #FGDebate


‘Frontline Training: The shape of Gastroenterology training in the UK and beyond’

22 Feb, 16 | by Dr Philip J Smith, Frontline Gastroenterology Trainee Editor

After the great #FGDebate with the Ms Kay Greveson, we are delighted to announce our next #FGDebate will be on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 with Dr Gavin Johnson, Consultant Gastroenterologist at UCL Hospitals and The Royal Free Hospital, London, at 8-9pm GMT and will discuss, ‘Frontline Training: The shape of Gastroenterology training in the UK and beyond’.

Dr Gavin Johnson is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at UCL Hospitals and The Royal Free Hospital. His clinical work encompasses pancreaticobiliary medicine with ERCP and EUS, and he has experience of organising numerous postgraduate courses including ERCP hands-on and London Live Endoscopy. He was until 2015 the Chair of the BSG Education Committee, and currently sits on the JAG QA committee with a role in defining the new assessment and JAG accreditation procedures for UK endoscopists in training. Dr Johnson is also a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at UCL and is the Director of Undergraduate Education at UCL Hospitals and Academic Lead for year 4 of UCL Medical School.

Dr Gavin Johnson

                             Dr Gavin Johnson

During the #FGDebate Dr Gavin Johnson will cover the following objectives:

– To debate the current challenges of UK training in gastroenterology and endoscopy

– To introduce new concepts in the formative and summative assessment and accreditation of UK endoscopists

– To discuss the potential risks and opportunities of the GMC’s Shape of Training


Missed the #FGDebate with Ms Kay Greveson? Catch up with the Podcast and Storify summary of the debate here – ‘Frontline IBD: Travel and IBD – advice from the IBD Passport’

21 Feb, 16 | by Dr Philip J Smith, Frontline Gastroenterology Trainee Editor

If you missed the #FGDebate with Ms Kay Greveson, ‘Frontline IBD: Travel and IBD – advice from the IBD Passport’ you can catch up with the Storify summary of the #FGDebate at:

The podcast with Ms Kay Greveson can be listened to here:

Don’t forget to join us for the next #FGDebate which is with Dr Gavin Johnson (@drgavinoz) on Tuesday 23rd February 2016, at 8-9pm GMT and will discuss, ‘Frontline Training: The shape of gastroenterology training in the UK and beyond’


‘Frontline IBD: Travel and IBD – advice from IBD Passport’

19 Jan, 16 | by Dr Philip J Smith, Frontline Gastroenterology Trainee Editor

After the great #FGDebate with the Dr Anton Emmanuel, we are delighted to announce our next #FGDebate will be on Tuesday 19th January 2016 with Ms Kay Greveson, IBD Nurse Specialist at the Royal Free Hospital, London, at 8-9pm GMT and will discuss, ‘Frontline IBD: Travel and IBD – advice from IBD Passport’.

Kay Greveson RGN, MSc, a qualified independent nurse prescriber, now works as lead IBD nurse at the Royal Free Hospital, London. She trained at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she was appointed an IBD specialist nurse. Her research interests include in travel health and IBD, transitional care and screening prior to Anti-TNF therapy. A speaker at national and international events, she has written for numerous journals and co-authored a chapter for ‘IBD Nursing’. She is involved in IBD-related projects for NICE and in Europe, and is a committee or faculty member of organisations including the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation.


Ms Kay Greveson

Ms Kay Greveson

During the #FGDebate Ms Greveson will cover:

  • Introduction to IBD Passport travel website
  • Pre-travel preparation
  • Vaccinations
  • Managing IBD overseas inc. Diet, medication, post-surgery and flare

Join us on Tuesday 19th January 2016 8-9pm GMT for the #FGDebate


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