Joint academic trainees subcommittee

The JATS (joint academic trainees subcommittee) represents academic trainees on behalf of both the medical academic staff committee (MASC) and the junior doctors committee (JDC).

Location: UK
Audience: Junior doctors Medical academics
Updated: Monday 7 September 2020
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An academic trainee is a junior doctor with an academic or research component to their training. The JATS (joint academic trainees subcommittee) has the responsibility of considering and addressing issues of concern to academic trainees and of ensuring that academic training is taken into consideration by the MASC (medical academic staff committee) and the JDC (junior doctors committee).

Our role involves:

  • advising the MASC and JDC on matters affecting academic trainees, including on possible courses of action, and facilitating the sharing of information between MASC and JDC
  • leading on developing BMA policy specifically for academic trainees, apart from contractual negotiations on which the subcommittee will advise both MASC and JDC
  • leading on developing guidance for academic trainees for approval by MASC and JDC
  • leading on developing and enhancing communications with academic trainees.


Our priorities

  • To ensure that the revisions to the 2016 junior doctor contract on pay are translated into the pay and contracts of academic trainees employed by universities.
  • To ensure revision of the guidance on eligibility for the academic pay premium.
  • To ensure enhanced supervision and governance of university-employed academic trainees when working in the NHS.

A key role of JATS is to plan and organise the BMA’s clinical academic trainees conference. The most recent conference was held in February 2019. If you have suggestions for content and speakers for future conferences, do get in contact at [email protected].


Our people

Chair: Bala Karunakaran

Deputy chair: Yanushi Wijeyeratne


Three trainee members of the MASC
Dr Ella Mi
Dr Carmen Soto
Dr Yanushi Wijeyeratne

Three members of the JDC
Dr Catherine Atkin
Dr Melody Redman
Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya

One officer of the MASC appointed by MASC
Professor David Katz

One officer of the JDC appointed by JDC
Dr Lucie Cocker

One member of MSC, appointed by MSC

One academic trainee appointed by the GPC trainees committee
Dr Georgina Neve

One academic trainee appointed by the PHM registrars subcommittee

Four academic trainees not otherwise involved as members of a BMA committee, elected by the Clinical Academic Trainees Conference
Melany D’Costa
Emily Donovan
Julia Zollner
Catherine Dunlop

One academic trainee from Scotland
Subbra Palaniappan

One academic trainee from Northern Ireland

One academic trainee from Wales
Ernest Wong

JDC rep to MASC
Claire Brash

Co-chairs of MASC
Dr Peter Dangerfield
Dr David Strain

Chair of JDC
Dr Sarah Hallett

Scottish academic trainees rep to MASC

Representative of dental academic trainees
Dr Stefan Serban

Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of JATS, or in getting involved, please contact [email protected].