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Endourology Newsletter (Dec 2022)

Professor Sri Sriprasad, Chair, Endourology Executive Committee

Dear Friends

As 2022 draws to a close, I have been reflecting on what has been another challenging year for all of us in the NHS.  Colleagues across the endourological community have continued to work tirelessly to tackle the consequences of the Covid pandemic. You have demonstrated great enthusiasm, resilience and utmost professionalism. Nobody could have asked for more.

The Section of Endourology has been busy throughout the year with webinars, training courses and masterclasses. The new biannual, BAUS Ureteroscopy course, conducted in partnership with Karl Storz UK at their fabulous training facility, has been a real highlight. Many thanks to Hari Ratan, for his fabulous work in training over the years. Sian Allen, the new BAUS co-lead for Specialist Trainee education (endourologist at UCLH) is hoping to introduce a new PCNL course aimed at higher years trainees in 2023.  Look out for further details.

2022 Section Meeting

We had an excellent section meeting in September hosted by Bhaskar Somani and the BAUS team at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The venue, quality of scientific content and the exhibition were good, and the meeting received excellent feedback. We were delighted to welcome Professor Amy Krambeck, a very deserving Malcolm Coptcoat Lecturer.  Thank you all for making this the largest Section meeting in terms of a record-breaking in-person attendance.  We were also delighted to offer bursaries to allied health providers (AHP) to attend the meeting, and we hope that they will become regular attenders.

We have already made plans for a comprehensive endourology programme at the main BAUS conference in June 2023. Next year’s Section meeting also promises to break new ground – it will be a joint meeting between ourselves and our friends in BSUR (British Society of Urogenital Radiologists). We hope that this joint meeting will offer some new perspectives for both uroradiologists and endourologists, and we are looking forward to welcoming you all to the fabulous conference centre in Harrogate in September 2023.

The BAUS/WCE Fellowship application is open. Full details are available here, on the BAUS website, for anyone considering applying.  It is a great opportunity for UK endourologists to gain some new skills and experiences in a different Unit.

New Committee Members

I would like to offer my thanks to Jake Patterson and Zara Gall who are finishing their terms on the Section committee (pictured right).  They have both contributed hugely to the work of the committee and will no doubt continue to play big roles in British endourology.  In their place, we welcome Kim Davenport and Alistair Rogers to the committee, and we look forward to the new ideas and energy that they will bring. My thanks also to the other enthusiastic and hard-working committee members; it truly is a privilege to lead such a great team.

Thanks most of all though to all of you - the Section members. It is only due to your continued support that the Section is able to innovate and move onward and upwards.

I hope you all get some well-deserved down time with friends, family and loved ones during the Christmas break, to relax and recuperate. For those of you working, we hope it is not too busy.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and peaceful 2023.

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