Between 27th-29th April 2016, 40 surgeons and a diverse faculty gathered in Bristol for BOSTiC 2016, the second time the residential course on surgical trials was held. BOSTiC has been developed by a core faculty that this year included Professor Jane Blazeby, Co-Director of Bristol Surgical Trials Centre and Miss Natalie Blencowe, NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Surgery from Bristol, and from Oxford Professor David Beard, Co-Director of Oxford Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU), and Professor Jonathan Cook, Deputy Director of SITU.
BOSTiC is aimed at core and specialty surgical trainees who have an interest in conducting surgical research. The three day course features topics essential to the design of conduct of surgical trials, from establishing the research question through PICO, to identifying bias. Highlights from this year included a recruitment session, led by members of Professor Jenny Donovan’s Quintet team, and the final Dragon’s Den presentations on day 3.
We would like to thank everybody who attended the course, in particular the delegates and everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to either speak or act as mentors. We would also like to thank Professor Jane Blazeby and her team for hosting the course this year.
BOSTiC will be held again in Spring 2017 in Oxford. Further details will be announced in due course.