Committee Position Application 2020

General committee positions OPEN

Deadline: 23:59 Friday 15th May 2020

 Following on from the IDENTIFY & MIMIC, we are looking for several enthusiastic urology trainees/fellows/doctors interested in urology to join the committee to assist with the running of our research collaborative and our 5 upcoming projects!

This will be a very rewarding role as you will not only gain skills in a number of key areas such as research methodology, study design, statistics, delivering clinical studies and publishing papers but you would have a chance to contribute to and lead high quality research that may change clinical practice and be recognised for this. You will also have the opportunity to network with leading clinicians in British Urology and have mentorship from the BURST family.

We are looking for flexible people with excellent team-working skills, who are self-motivated to go the extra mile and who can contribute with their own ideas. An essential criterion is having time to dedicate to projects so dedicated academic time or being out of program for research, are highly desirable qualities. Even without academic time, those who are highly committed to the BURST cause but in full time clinical jobs have previously flourished providing they have the right attitude and drive and are willing to dedicate time to BURST. Prompt electronic communication using software like Slack is essential. IT proficiency, specifically the ability to design websites or programming is also a desirable quality. Experience in fundraising from commercial and charity sponsors is another desirable quality. The post will be for up to 18 months subject to a 12-month review. Meetings are held approximately 4 times a year either over Skype or at the major UK conferences (e.g. BAUS, EAU, NRCM).

 

If you would like to apply for a committee position please email a word document (strictly max 500 words) & 2 page max CV to bursturology@gmail.com with the title of email, ‘BURST Committee 2020’ outlining:

  1. Your current position (e.g. year of training, deanery, are you out of programme?)
  2. Why you are interested
  3. What is your research experience is to date (Involvement with research, research skills, research degrees, formal methodology training, key publications, key presentations)
  4. Any other major commitments or pending applications for other committee posts that will take your time up over the next 2 years.

 

Please specifically mention:

  1. If you are out of programme for research or have any dedicated time for academic work (or plan to be in the next 12 months)
  2. If you are highly proficient in IT e.g. database formation or website creation
  3. If you have experience in successfully raising money from commercial sponsors / charity
  4. If you have previously organised large teams of people
  5. If you have been involved in BURST activities previously

 

BURST Research Collaborative Committee

http://www.bursturology.com

@BURSTurology

 

Medical Student Representative Application 2020

Medical Student Representative positions OPEN

Deadline: 23:59 Friday 15th May 2020

Following on from the IDENTIFY & MIMIC, we are looking for several enthusiastic medical students interested in urology to join the committee to assist with the running of our research collaborative and our 5 upcoming projects!

This will be a very rewarding role as you will not only gain skills in a number of key areas such as research methodology, study design, statistics, delivering clinical studies and publishing papers but you would have a chance to contribute to and lead high quality research that may change clinical practice and be recognised for this. You will also have the opportunity to network with leading clinicians in British Urology and have mentorship from the BURST family. This role will put you in a good position for future surgical job applications.

We are looking for applicants with excellent team-working skills, who are self-motivated to go the extra mile and who can contribute with their own ideas. An essential criterion is being excellent with IT as we increasingly incorporate new software into our projects. Applicants must be prompt with replying to communications, able to contribute at short notice, and work well within a team. Previous research experience is desirable, but not necessary. We encourage applicants in earlier years and/or with no research experience to apply.

The post will be for up to 18 months subject to a 12-month review. Meetings are held approximately 4 times a year either over Skype or at the major UK conferences (e.g. BAUS, EAU, NRCM).

If you would like to apply for a committee position please email a word document (strictly 1 side A4) to bursturology@gmail.com with the title of email, ‘Medical student rep application 2020’ outlining:  

  1. Your current year of study and medical school
  2. Why you are interested
  3. How you will ensure that you have time to commit to projects
  4. Any research experience is to date (Involvement with research, research skills, research degrees, formal methodology training, key publications, key presentations)

Please specifically mention:

  1. If you are highly proficient in IT e.g. database formation or website creation
  2. If you have been involved in BURST activities previously
  3. Your involvement in university surgical society activities
  4. Whether you are interested in urology as a career

BURST Research Collaborative Committee

http://www.bursturology.com

@BURSTurology

FIX-IT Project Opportunity

Dear Trainees,

On behalf of the BURST (British Urology Researchers in Training) research collaborative, we’d like to announce an excellent opportunity to become involved with one of our upcoming projects.

There is one space being made available for an enthusiastic trainee to become part of the steering group for the FIX-IT project: ‘A Consensus Meeting for Best Practice in the Conduct of Scrotal Exploration for Suspected Testicular Torsion’. Given the lack of British, European or American guidelines regarding the technical conduct of scrotal exploration (based on a BURST systematic review in peer review) and the lack of evidence of best approach available, we aim to produce an expert BURST-BAUS consensus-based guideline on the acceptable performance of scrotal exploration.

The group will include andrologists, adult urologists, paediatric urologists and trainees to establish best practice in surgical approach for exploration for suspected testicular torsion, given the absence of high level evidence. We recognise the importance of involving trainees in research hence our desire to offer this opportunity out.

Your role in the steering group would involve completion of an online consensus questionnaire regarding the acceptable conduct of scrotal exploration as well as attendance at a face-to-face 3 hour consensus meeting at the British Association of Urology (BAUS) annual meeting on 17th June 2020 at 13.00-17.00. You will be recognised on the main line authorship upon publication.

Eligibility: 1. You must be able to commit to both the online questionnaire and attendance at the BAUS consensus meeting 2. You must have been involved in 50 operations in the scrotum 3. You must be able to respond promptly to electronic communication. If you are interested please reply to keiranclement@nhs.net with a confirmation to all 3 of the points above, your C.V. and a 200 word summary (including why you would be suited to this role and why you want to be involved), by March 15th.

BURST at NRCM 2019

The BURST committee were pleased to attend this year’s annual National Research Collaborative Meeting, held in Newcastle at the impressive Sage Gateshead on the 6th of December.

The meeting was a great success and gave insight into the current status of surgical collaborative research in the UK & globally.

BURST work was presented in a variety of sessions, with posters detailing our recent survey of Urologists on ureteric drainage post ureteroscopy, our future projects RESECT & DETORT, as well as LEARN, a national audit of urology teaching in UK medical schools. The MIMIC study’s calculator and the work completed by BURST since our inception, were also presented in the oral sessions. The research MOT allowed for brainstorming with regards to these future projects, which will start recruitment soon.

There were a number of sessions with talks for medical students including how to navigate an academic career as well as the GRANULE course, detailing important aspects of recruitment into RCTs.  This was followed on by talks from PRCSEng Prof. Derek Alderson & colleagues, detailing new opportunities in collaborative research.

The meeting is a fantastic opportunity for medical students and doctors of all levels to interact with other surgical specialities and research colleagues and we would highly recommend next year’s event, especially if you have a keen interest in collaborative working.

Stay up-to-date with all BURST activities by following us on Twitter @BURSTurology.

Survey on ureTEric draiNage post uncomplicaTed ureteroscopy (STENT)

Background:

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the European Association of Urology (EAU) guidelines encourage clinicians notto leave stents after uncomplicated ureteroscopies. Ureteric drainage practice internationally is variable. The published evidence alludes towards a high tendency of temporary ureteric stenting even after uncomplicated ureteroscopy (Hughes et al, 2014)(Auge et al, 2007). A recent Cochrane review on ureteral stenting after uncomplicated ureteroscopy reported desirable and undesirable effects of stents were small in absolute terms. All included studies had limitations. The Cochranereview identified a need to conduct higher quality sufficiently powered trials to answer this important question. (Ordonez M, 2019).

Aims of the Survey

Primary objective: To assess the uncertainties about the feasibility of an interventional study assessing whether not stenting after uncomplicated ureteroscopy is superior to routine ureteric drainage (e.g. JJ stent or equivalent).

Secondary objectives: To understand current views and practice about ureteral stenting after uncomplicated ureteroscopy.

The survey is now closed – stay tuned for our results! 

 

 

References:

NICE guideline [NG118] Published date: January 2019. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng118. Accessed 22-05-19.

Türk C,Knoll T,Petrik A,Sarica K,Seitz C,Straub M. EAU Guidelines on Urolithiasis. Uroweb 2012. Available at: https://uroweb.org/wp-content/uploads/EAU-Guidelines-on-Urolithiasis-2018-large-text.pdf. Accessed 22 May 2019

Auge, Brian K, Jamey A Sarvis, James O L’esperance, and Glenn M Preminger. 2007. “Practice Patterns of Ureteral Stenting after Routine Ureteroscopic Stone Surgery: A Survey of Practicing Urologists. Journal of Endourology 21(11): 1287–91.

Hughes, Ben et al. 2014. “The Dilemma of Post-Ureteroscopy Stenting.” BJU international 113(2): 184–85.

Ordonez M, Hwang EC, Borofsky M, Bakker CJ, Gandhi S, Dahm P. Ureteral stent versus no ureteral stent for ureteroscopy in the management of renal and ureteral calculi. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2019;(2).