By Dr Kirsty MacFarlane | Posted: Monday June 28, 2021
Tena Koutou Katoa
We had a fantastic trainee day in Auckland on the 4/5th June 2021. There were 23 trainees which is definitely the most I have ever seen at a trainee day.
We heard from a variety of both international and local speakers with some joining via zoom and some in person. Topics ranged from targeted immune therapy, to practical endoscopy tips, a fantastic pilot in Wellington incorporating H.pylori testing intro to the current FIT testing trying to reduce inequity for Maori and Pacific people by treating H. pylori, new techniques to use in gastroscopy to detect gastric cancers with higher sensitivity, endoscopic sleeves, surgical management in IBD, plus great tips on fellowships from the forever inspiring Dr Raos and also inside tips from Prof Barclay.
It was an absolute privilege to be enlightened on so many topics, plus such fun to spend time with other trainees from around New Zealand, our future colleagues as we sail together on this ship of the health system in Aotearoa. Sometimes I don’t thing we even appreciate how fortunate we are.
We sincerely thank everyone involved with a special thanks to the organisers ;trainee Vicky Avery coming off maternity leave to arrange this and Rob Hackett currently training in Tauranga. The amazing speakers form near and far, and the drug company; Pharmaco and Ferring Pharmaceuticals without whom it would not have happened.
Nga mihi nui
Dr Kirsty MacFarlane
On behalf of the gastroenterology trainees in New Zealand