The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) is an independent professional body and registered charity working to promote excellence in surgical training. It represents over 2,000 surgical trainees from all ten surgical specialities at both regional and national levels in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Founded in 1976 as a forum for Senior Registrars to meet socially and discuss issues around training, ASiT has grown substantially and continues to fulfil those objectives. ASiT has a voice on the Councils of the Royal Surgical Colleges in the United Kingdom and the Specialist Advisory Committees, in addition to many other Department of Health and NHS groups. ASiT collects input from both training organizations and the trainees, and works to improve communications between these groups whilst promoting excellence in surgical training. The organisation publishes recommendations for developing and improving surgical training, including the role of simulation.
ASiT is independent to the Surgical Royal Colleges, and is run by trainees, for trainees. The ASiT committee are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting, held at the surgical conference.
ASiT Annual Surgical Trainee Conference
ASiT organises a highly regarded annual three-day international conference for doctors in surgical training with a range of pre-conference educational courses. Hosting nearly 800 delegates from the UK and abroad, it is an opportunity to discuss surgical training and present current research. Accepted abstracts are published in Elsevier's International Journal of Surgery. Recent conferences have been held in:
- Belfast 2014
- Manchester 2013
- Cardiff 2012
- Sheffield 2011
- Kingston-upon-Hull 2010
- Nottingham 2009
- Birmingham 2008
- Belfast 2007
- Edinburgh 2006
Research prizes awarded include the ASiT Medal, and the SARS/ASIT Academic & Research Surgery Prize, in addition to numerous surgical specialty prizes. The ASiT Lecture is presented by a keynote speaker at the annual conference, and the Charity Gala Dinner party is the social focus for the weekend, raising money for medical charities.
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- J.E.F. Fitzgerald, C.E.B. Giddings, G. Khera, C.D. Marron. Improving the future of surgical training and education: Consensus Recommendations from the Association of Surgeons in Training. International Journal of Surgery 2012; 10(8):389-392
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