Pan-specialty session at ASiT 2014 conference

In Events by Angelos Kolias

A full session devoted to trainee collaboratives will be hosted by ASiT at its conference in Belfast (Friday 28th – Sunday 30th March, 2014). This 3-hour session will comprise a free papers session, and a ‘Develop a Pan-specialty Study’ session.

The former will entail presentations of the 5 best abstracts submitted by a research collaborative. This can be a study which has been completed by a collaborative, a study which is in progress, or a study which is proposed by a research network. The deadline for submission of abstracts is midnight on 1st February, 2014. Abstracts should be emailed directly to with ‘Research Collaborative Abstract – Deadline 1st February’ in the subject.

The second part of this innovative session involves the opportunity to develop one of the following studies in small groups.

The proposed topics for development are:

i. Pre-operative anaemia/coagulopathy – the incidence and impact of these within surgical specialties remains unclear. A cohort study leading to a pan-specialty trial may help answer this question.

ii. End of surgery wound infiltration – a commonly used and potentially effective analgesic strategy which can cross specialties. This may form a simple and feasible randomised trial.

iii. Skin prep types – despite evidence from randomised trials, practice continues to vary with a possible impact on outcomes. A cohort study may be able to demonstrate current practice, with a view to designing a future trial.

iv. ‘Wild-card’ surgery randomised controlled trial ‚Äì bring your own idea for a randomised control trial, concerning any topic or specialty. Pitch it, and with the group, develop your favourite idea into a working trial plan.

We would be delighted to welcome trainees from all specialties –surgical and non-surgical alike– in order to develop a successful pan-specialty study and forge closer relationships between the trainee collaboratives.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.