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.

Full RBSS + BAST membership

Includes the following advantages on top of our standard membership package
  • The yearly fee for RBSS + BAST block membership is € 60 (an RBSS membership usually costs €50) and includes the following advantages on top of our standard membership package:
  • 1.     Reduced attendance fee for the Belgian Surgical week (BSW) and Surgical Night. At the 2016 BSW the difference between members and non-members of the RBSS was € 70 for 1 and € 80 for 2 ½ days registration; this difference will further increase in the future.
  • 2.     Easier access to the Belgian surgical network
  • 3.     Free subscription to the “Acta Chirurgica Belgica” (six issues annually)
  • 4.     Access to grants such as the Young Investigators Award at BSW
  • 5.     Access to postgraduate courses organized annually by the different sections of the RBSS (Belgian Section of Upper GI Tract Surgery, Hepato-pancreatico-biliary Surgery, Colorectal surgery, Abdominal wall surgery, Metabolic and obesity surgery etc…)
  • If you registered for BAST+RBSS membership, make sure to also make an account at – we will transfer your coordinates to the RBSS.
Enrol with BAST + RBSS

Standard Membership

Our standard membership package
  • The standard yearly fee is 20€ and includes the following membership package:
  • 1.     Free attendance of our courses on surgical techniques (vascular suturing courses, cadaveric courses, laparoscopic training, …)
  • 2.     Join us on our different sessions, as a participant or speaker (you may even take home the grand prize!)
  • 3.     The opportunity to participate in the work of BAST, either in committees or local.
  • 4.     And much more to come…
Enrol with BAST only

News & Events

Upcoming Events

Dec 02

International Vascular Symposium

December 2 @ 08:00 - 16:30
Dec 04

European Colorectal Congress

December 4 @ 08:00 - December 7 @ 17:00
Dec 11

BGES-BAST video session

December 11 @ 19:00 - 21:30

Latest News

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BAST has a new LinkedIn company page. Become a member of this growing network of future surgeons!

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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...
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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)