Ten reasons to attend the BGS Spring Meeting

Are you still undecided about attending the BGS Spring Meeting? Here are 10 reasons to register right now...

1. Get the latest updates on some of the hottest topics in geriatric medicine

The BGS Spring Meeting programme includes sessions on the most fundamental issues facing older people including frailty, delirium, dementia, diabetes and end-of-life care, encompassing areas such as polypharmacy, big data research and exercise interventions. Attendees can expect to come away with the latest research findings, fresh perspectives and renewed enthusiasm which they can take back to their colleagues and patients.

2. Be among the first to access new research and evidence

The BGS Spring Meeting is a fantastic opportunity to hear about brand new data, research and evidence emerging in the field of geriatrics. What’s more, you will be able to engage directly with those who are carrying out this work to ask questions or give feedback. A full list of the abstracts being presented has been published online here.

3. Hear from world-leading experts

Prof Scott Brakenridge, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology at University of Florida, will be delivering the Marjory Warren Guest Lecture on ‘The persistent inflammation, immunosuppression and catabolism syndrome: The Journey from sepsis to chronic critical illness and induced frailty.’ Other fantastic guest lecturers include John Appleby, Director of Research and Chief Economist at City University, Imperial College London and the Nuffield Trust.

4. Attend small group workshop sessions

Workshop sessions allow participants to really get the most from their conference experience by providing the time, space and expertise to explore core topics and gain personal insight. Workshop sessions at the BGS Spring Meeting will include how to prepare for an interview and the role of technology in addressing loneliness in older people.

5. Network with multidisciplinary healthcare professionals

Attendees travel from far and wide to attend BGS events. You will have ample opportunity to make new contacts, catch up with old acquaintances over lunch and share experiences, good practice and grumbles with like-minded individuals who understand your perspective and may even have something new to offer you.

6. Explore Cardiff

The BGS Spring Meeting is being held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, situated in the heart of vibrant Cardiff city centre. Why not combine your trip with a visit to Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Millennium Stadium, RHS Flower Show Cardiff (12-14 April) or take in the sights and sounds of Cardiff Bay?

7. Get active!

Beyond the usual opportunities for networking at meetings, BGS meetings also include an action-packed social programme. For the Spring Meeting, this includes a 5km fun run around Cardiff, a walking tour and a special three-course conference dinner for £35, with two drinks included. Tickets can be purchased when you register, or by emailing conferences [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk.

8. Gain CPD

The meeting offers up to 18 hours of CPD in total (6 hours per day). After attending any of our meetings you will receive a CPD certificate via email to add to your professional portfolio. You can also access your past certificates on the BGS website, plus slides from the event if you wish to refresh your memory.

9. Share your work

As well as attending the event as a delegate, BGS meetings offer the opportunity to present your own work and share your experiences with peers from across the rest of the UK and beyond. Abstract submissions have now closed for the BGS Spring Meeting, but will be opening shortly for the BGS Autumn Meeting. For more information about this process, click here. You can now also submit abstracts presented elsewhere for consideration at BGS meetings to help give your previous work an additional boost.

10. Value for money

Members rates start from as little as £63, and BGS Members can also apply for a travel or study grant from the BGS to cover some or all the cost of attending. Click here to find out how to become and member and take advantage of the best rates. BGS also offers competitive rates on accommodation via BCD Meetings & Events.

There are volunteering opportunities for medical students to assist in the daily running of our annual meetings. Responsibilities include assisting with registration, greeting and directing attendees to key points and providing microphone support during Q&A sessions in presentations. The opportunity to observe the sessions and meet with geriatricians is invaluable when deciding whether to pursue geriatric medicine as a specialty. Interested candidates should email registrations [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk with their interest as soon as possible. Reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed and subsistence at the event is offered too.