The Belgian Association of Surgical Trainees (BAST) was founded by surgical trainees and for surgical trainees more than a decade ago. We represent all Belgian surgical trainees, across all Belgian universities. Currently, almost half of all Belgian trainees are BAST members! All residents are therefore more than welcome to join the BAST and are encouraged to take part in our meetings & courses.

Become a Member for the 2017-2018 BAST year

Trainees can enjoy the BAST membership or the BAST+RBSS block membership. If you would like to enjoy online subscription to the Acta Chirurgica Belgica and a reduced rate at the Belgian Surgical Week, among all the other advantages of RBSS membership, BAST advises to opt for the interesting BAST+RBSS block membership.

Both the BAST and BAST+RBSS membership start on September 1, 2017. Subscription ends August 31, 2018.

News & Events

Upcoming Events

Thu 22

Basic Vascular Ultrasound Course

February 22 - February 24
Fri 23

5th BGES Congress – The courage to fail

February 23 @ 08:30 - 18:30
Mar 04

European Vascular Course

March 4 - March 6
Mar 15
Mar 16

18e Journées du Club Coelio.

March 16 - March 17

Latest News

Press release

The BAST has released a statement concerning recent news about class medicine in UZ Leuven. We regret the general tendency in press reports that care delivered by residents is "second-rate" and less qualitative. We believe it is not the choice of room that decides who...

The courage to fail – Complications in laparoscopic surgery

Don't miss the 5th BGES congress on February 23 in Antwerp. Very interesting program!  


Due to the unfortunate weather circumstances, the BAST BGES Video Session of tonight, Dec 11, in the Erasmus Hospital in Brussels is cancelled.   Kind regards,   The BAST Board

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Opinion article: Gender Diversity in Belgian Surgical Training

During the first half of 2017, the BAST conducted the first national survey on surgical education. The results, and in particular the results concerning gender diversity in surgical training in Belgium, were presented during the ASIT conference (Association of...

Our Mission

Unite & facilitate

Unite all surgical trainees across the country and facilitate the integration within the Belgian surgical community


Protect the interests

Protect the interests of the surgical trainee at multiple organisations including Speciality Boards (Erkenningscommissie/Commission d’Agrément), Collegium Chirurgicum (CC) and the Royal Belgian Society for Surgery (RBSS)



Stimulate surgical education and surgical training by way of multiple courses & workshops





Promote an attitude of scientific involvement (f.e. our BAST trainers-trainees session at the Belgian Surgical Week)