Join us for the annual presidential address ‘Aiming for GOLD’ and the chance to listen to original colorectal research papers submitted by surgical trainees and medical students for the Coloproctology Section: John of Arderne prize. This half-day meeting is a celebration of trainee and student research and collaborative working in coloproctology. The medal award will be followed by the presidential address. RSM’s new Coloproctology Section President for 2019-20, Helen Chave, will talk us through her experiences in colorectal surgery, her fascinating career-path and the role the RSM has played for her along the way. Prior to her career as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Chave was part of Great Britain’s Olympic Archery team. She draws parallels between the two careers with the theme of aiming for gold in care, looking at patient-centred and best evidence-based care. She will also outline the details of the academic programme for the year.Presidential dinnerWe invite delegates and guests to join us for the presidential dinner following the meeting. John of Arderne prizeThis is an excellent opportunity to present at an international meeting and to be awarded the prestigious John of Arderne medal. The prize winner will also be awarded a year’s RSM membership and be invited to council for the 2019-20 academic year. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their abstract at the Presidential address Coloproctology meeting on 23 October 2019. The judges will select the best clinical and best academic presentations, both of whom will receive £500 towards a travelling fellowship to Guernsey. The overall winner of the John of Arderne medal will be selected from these two. Other applications will have the opportunity to be invited for a poster presentation of their research on the day of the Presidential Address, 23 October 2019. Each will be awarded £50.Prize: First place – The John of Arderne medal, one year free RSM membership, invitation to council for the 2019-20 academic year and £500 towards a travelling fellowship to the Coloproctology Section’s overseas meeting in GuernseySecond place – £500 towards a travelling fellowship to the Coloproctology Section’s overseas meeting in GuernseySubmission deadline: Tuesday 3 September 2019Open to: All coloproctology and surgery trainees and medical studentsApplication guidelines: Submit a 200-word abstract on a coloproctology research paper. Abstracts should state briefly and clearly the purpose, methods, results and conclusions of the work.