BASO Trainees

BASO Trainees formerly known as Surgical Oncology Trainee Association (SOTA) is an association for surgical trainees. The association provides assistance during members' training and represents all branches of cancer surgery in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Benefits of becoming a member of BASO Trainees (SOTA) include;

• Discounted fees to attend the BASO Trainees Meetings,  BASO ~ ACS Scientific Conference and other BASO~ACS events.

• Opportunity to become a member of the BASO Trainees committee.

• Access to the BASO Trainees Mentor and the Clinical & Research Fellow Grant.

• Access to the BASO~ACS and the ESSO Educational Portfolios, Fellowships and Awards.

• Digital access to the BASO~ACS online Journal the EJSO.

• Affiliate Membership to the ESSO and the EYSAC.

• 50% reduction in Full members Fee for the first two years of the BASO~ACS Full Membership for any new member who have been the BASO Trainees members for atleast two years.

• Affiliate Membership to the ESSO and the EYSAC.

• Claim tax relief on membership subscription.

Our trainees membership is now open to Medical Students and Foundation Year Trainees wishing to pursue surgical training. We support our trainees with their surgical career and help guiding surgical portfolio via our regional representatives.



BASO~The Association For Cancer Surgery is an HMRC approved (List 3) professional body. If you are a UK taxpayer, the fee you pay for your membership may be tax-deductible (eligible for tax relief). We suggest that if you wish to claim tax relief against your professional fees, it would be best to contact your local HMRC office, noting to them that the BASO~ The Association For Cancer Surgery is an approved (List 3) professional body.

Join Membership

(Complete and return the membership form with the Direct Debit Mandate to the BASO Office)

A Byelaw has been passed to amend name SOTA with immediate effect as BASO Trainees and to introduce an Annual Subscription for Membership for the Surgical Oncology Trainee Association (SOTA) category of Membership in the amount of £50 per annum with effect from 1 July 2016, click here to view the byelaw


Global Health Medal awarded to BASO's 'Director of Education'


BASO~ACS  are delighted and proud that their Director of Education, Dr Afsana Elanko was awarded the Global Health Medal for her valued contributions to medical education and healthcare at the Global Health Awards in London on 5th October. This is a prestigious prize awarded only once a decade. The award was given in recognition of the work that Afsana has done for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. The oration was given by Professor Robert Kirby, President of BASO~ACS.  Other members of the National Council were in attendance to support her.

Afsana has built and maintained  links at the highest levels with other surgical societies, the surgical Royal Colleges and the main regulatory body, the General Medical Council. BASO benefits from Afsana's links as well as her drive and initiative. The President and National Council of BASO~ACS congratulate Dr Elanko on this well deserved award.

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