REPORT ON BAPS PAEDIATRIC SURGERY ONCOLOGY COURSE, 9-10 FEBRUARY 2017
The above course is run on an annual basis by the BAPS Oncology Surgeons group with even years in the north of the country and odd years in the south of the country. The course is aimed at trainees with interest in oncology pre CCT and also consultants. This year the course was run in Oxford pre exams on the 9-10th of February for one and a half days.
There were 37 attendees ranging from ST4-ST8 and consultants. Countries represented were UK, Ireland, Spain, Finland, Romania, South Africa, Al Salvador, Ecuador and Sudan
Mainly surgeons from the South of the country and oncology MDT related speakers.
Venue, accommodation and catering
Excellent and suggestion that all odd year meetings in the South remain at this venue.
- Mainly excellent but suggestions were made to add endocrine, skin and brain tumours.
- Add more case discussion either at the end of each talk or a half day session by extending the course to 2 days.
- More requests for extending the course to 2 days.
- Lymphoma session more on surgical needs during lymphoma treatment eg. Tiphlitis, airway obstruction, abdominal mass with bowel obstruction etc.
- Add viva practice session.
- 40% felt vascular access session was not very helpful but a vascular access station would have been more useful.
- Also pathology session to have slide stations.
- Speakers be encouraged to keep their talks to the allocated 30 minutes.
- Quiz was very useful but curtail questions in each section to bring down to 30min time slot.
- Case discussion session to be extended to 2 hours rather than 30min slot.
Certificate at the end of the course. These have now been sent out.
Received some sponsorship from industry
The course was well received and we the paediatric oncology surgeons in the south feel that we are happy to keep this venue for our meeting in the odd years and allow each surgeon to rotate in organising the course content and speakers. We would like to extend the course to 2 full days and include skin, endocrine and brain tumours for the next meeting. Also the lymphoma session to be taken by a surgeon rather than a haematologist.
To our our faculty; Kate and Shan in the BAPS office for coordinating the applications; and Mary Trinder (my PA) for assisting with the organisation in Oxford. Last but not least a huge thank you to Paul Johnson for assisting in the availability of the venue.