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.

Our mission is five fold:

Unite

Unite all surgical trainees across the country.

Protect

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

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

Promote

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

Facilitate

Facilitate the integration within the Belgian surgical community

Advantages & Goals

Advantages

By becoming a BAST member, you get to participate in all of our courses, free of charge. Do remember that some of our courses (such as the highly-coveted cadaver courses) only offer a limited amount of places, but you will be the first to know when a new course is taking place! We also encourage all members to take part in one of our sessions (such as the Trainers-Trainees session during Belgian Surgical Week or the BGES-BAST video session), this gives you the opportunity to present at an (inter)national congress and you may even take home the grand prize!

Goals

Our goals for 2017-2018 are improving the quality of the courses that are offered yearly to all BAST members. Together with our teachers and sponsors, we continue to look to offer the most education at the lowest cost. We will also try to create a new endovascular course.

The first national survey was a great success last year. This year, we will conduct a new survey concerning burn-out. With this information, we will continue to represent surgical residents in the national boards and improve the teaching situation in Belgium.

The BAST 2018-2019 Board

Sander Ovaere

President

Stefanie Devriendt

Vice-president

Sebastien Michiels

Vice-president

Ian Diebels

Secretary – Treasurer

Jens Goeteyn

Past-President 2017-2018

Advisory board

Marie Vannijvel

Advisory board

Yanina Jansen

Past-President 2016-2017

Advisory board

Diedert Depaep

Course Director

Marie-Celine Schraepen

Course Director

Welcome

All surgical trainees in Belgium are invited to become a member of BAST.

Important

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

RBSS membership only (no BAST) starts January first until december 31st (via rbss.be)