BJS wishes to encourage young surgeons to take an interest in medical publishing. To this end the BJS Society has established Editor Assistant bursaries. Successful candidates are usually at or near the end of higher surgical training, or recently appointed to a substantive post. Although no previous publishing experience is expected, the successful candidate has scientific curiosity, writes well and has a facility for constructive criticism.

In position, each Editor Assistant is assigned a project to work on throughout their year of service and which they present at the BJS Council summer meeting in early June. These projects are presented here for your interest, along with some brief details of the authors.

Volker Fendrich (2007-2008)

Volker Fendrich is based at the Klinik für Viszeral-, Thorax- und Gefäßchirurgie, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg in Germany and his project was An analysis of the BJS impact factor.  His presentation can be viewed here.

Kjetil Søreide (2008-2009)

Kjetil Søreide served as an Editor Assistant when he was a surgical trainee in the Department of Surgery at Stavanger University Hospital and held the position of Associate Professor at the Institute of Surgical Sciences, University of Bergen. With several publications and projects in GI oncology and a keen interest in trauma and emergency surgery, he has editorial experience from national/Scandinavian journals (co-Editor-in-Chief for Scandinavian Journal of Trauma Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine), and serves as editorial board member and peer reviewer for several journals. He has been an editor with the BJS since 2010.  His project was on Factors influencing surgeons' choice of journal for article submission.  Click for the background first and then for the results.

Bas Wijnhoven (2008-2009)

Bas Wijnhoven is a staff surgeon at the Erasmus MC Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  His clinical interests are benign and malignant diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract.  Research is focused on studies on clinical outcome after surgery for cancer and the molecular biology of Barrett's oesophagus and oesophageal adenocarcinoma.  Moreover, preclinical and clinical studies on neoadjuvant treatment for oesophageal and gastric cardia cancer is another area of great interest.  Dr Wijnhoven is now editor for the journal Digestive Surgery.  He has authored and coauthored over 60 articles in national and international peer-reviewed jornals.  His project was on the Fate of manuscripts declined by the BJS.  Click here to view his presentation.

Stewart Walsh (2009-2010)

Stewart Walsh studied at University College Dublin, before taking up posts as a specialist registrar in vascular surgery in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and Norfolk & Norwich Hospital in the UK. His project looked into the Scientific Surgery database built up on the BJS website since 1997. View his findings here.

Florian Dick (2009-2010)

Florian Dick is a consultant vascular surgeon at Berne University Hospital, Berne, Switzerland.  His project was entitled Importance of reporting quality in the process of publishing surgical research and the findings can be read here.

Rob Hinchliffe (2010-2011)

Rob Hinchliffe qualified from the University of Bristol and performed general surgical training in Nottingham where he also completed an MD thesis on endovascular repair of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms.  He undertook an endovascular fellowship in Malmo, Sweden and became a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Surgery at St George’s, London in 2008. He received a Clinical Senior Lectureship award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and took up post as a Honorary Consultant in Vascular Surgery at St George’s Vascular Institute in 2011.  Other clinical interests are endovascular surgery and diabetes related complications of the lower limb, and research interests are focussed on clinical trials and the introduction of new technology in to surgical practice, receiving grants from the British Heart Foundation and NIHR HTA.  His project was Factors associated with citation impact of papers published in BJS and can be viewed here.

Malin Sund (2010-2011)

Malin Sund received her MD from the University of Oulu, Finland.  She obtained a PhD in molecular biology from the same university in 2001.  During 2003-2005 she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA.  She received her surgical training at the University of Umeå, Sweden.  Currently she works as a surgeon and assistant professor at Umeå University Hospital with a focus on breast surgery.  Her research interests are tumour stroma, matrix biology and cancer biomarkers.  During her time as an editor assistant on BJS, Malin Sund produced a project evaluating experimental papers in the BJS.  Click here to view the presentation.

Mike Silva (2011-2012)

Mike Silva worked as an HPB surgeon in the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust.  His project looked at the BJS Clinical Library, which hosts figures, videos and podcasts.  His results and views can be seen here.

Olaf Schouten (2011-2012)

Olaf Schouten was a vascular surgeon who worked in the Reinier de Graaf hospital in Delft, the Netherlands.  During his tenure with BJS he studied the value of Commentaries, which appear alongside some articles in the Journal.  See what he discovered here.

Dan Carradice and Steven Oosterling (2013-2014)

Dan Carradice, an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Hull, UK and Steven Oosterling, a surgeon from Erasmus University Medical Centre, worked jointly on a project looking at the history and methods of peer review.  Read their results here.

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