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 December 31, 2018.

From January 1, 2019, BAST membership will follow the calendar year.

News & Events

Upcoming Events

Sep 06

Mini Gastric Bypass Course – Zottegem

September 6 @ 08:00 - September 7 @ 17:00
Dec 10

BSAWS BAST Postgraduate course

December 10 @ 19:00 - 22:00

Latest News


  Dear, Next year, the RBSS will start an educational program called the VATS tour. In this tour, 2 trainees will be able to visit multiple VATS centers in Belgium to gain some experience with VATS surgery. More information...

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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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)