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SWOTS - South Wales Orthopaedic and Trauma Showcase 2016

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June 2016 saw the running of the 3rd South Wales Orthopaedic and Trauma Showcase, an event where students and foundation year doctors had the opportunity to present work, get hands on experience in practical workshops and be lectured by some of South Wales’ most inspiring consultant orthopaedic surgeons. SWOTS was set up and hosted at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff by the WelshBone Society, an organisation set up by the orthopaedic surgeons in Wales to promote the career, education and research. The event has grown since 2013, with growing numbers of students and junior doctors getting involved and the event receiving continued support from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. The workshops were sponsored by Stryker® and JRI Orthopaedics. The combination of informative lectures and hands on experience demonstrated to the attendees the demands and rewards of a career in orthopaedics. 


The day started with a warm welcome from event organiser Dr Paul Lee, the President of the WelshBone Society, who encouraged students and junior doctors to get thoroughly involved in the day and take home as much as possible. This lead us into a series of short talks from leading consultants interspersed with practical workshops. Our first speaker was Mr Sanjeev Agarwal (RCSed regional surgical advisor) who spoke about his experiences in hip and knee arthroplasty giving students an update on the ‘latest and greatest’ procedures. This was a useful talk helping aspiring orthopods to gain insight into current techniques and the pioneering research underpinning them.  Our next talk was from Mrs Judith Murray who gave an enlightening talk on Synovial Plica Syndrome, a diagnosis many attendees may not have come across. In between talks were short breaks for students and doctors to move between workshops, which will be covered later.  Over lunch was the opportunity for students and junior doctors to present posters and ask questions with the senior orthopaedic trainees and speakers. Of course as with any WelshBone event, there was ample supply of pizza to keep everyone going and morale high. After lunch saw the most active talk of the day from Mr Hiro Tanaka who had people up and about, interacting in teamwork scenarios. This talk highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of various leadership types; important skills for any doctor. The next break saw the SWORN Research lecture by Dr Paul Lee, who advertised the importance of collaborative research in South Wales and invited 3 selected posters to present orally. For more information on the mission of the South Wales Orthopaedic Research Network visit the WelshBone website. The 3 presenters were Hallam Amos and Kate Thomas, James Brock and Jeet Peehalwho all gave confident presentations and insight into how to organise and efficiently complete a research project. Our next speaker was Ms Clare Carpenter, a consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, who got students thinking about the scientific principles underlying congenital bone disorders and the responses of bone to loading during infant life. The final talk was from Mr Manav Raghuvanshi who spoke about T&O emergencies on call; this was particularly useful for junior doctors, highlighting important diagnoses not to be missed.

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Between the talks saw a rotation of 4 varied orthopaedic workshops; Brachial Plexus Examination, Finger and Wrist External Fixation, Research and Career Planning in T&O, Cemented hip hemi arthroplasty. The workshops were run in a relaxed environment with WelshBone Faculty on hand to help and answer any questions aspiring orthopods had about the lectures, career planning or research opportunities. The cemented hip hemi arthroplasty got students involved using electric saws and hammers, with the finger and wrist external fixation using K-wires and drills. This was all great hands on experience that was hugely enjoyable for everyone involved.  The brachial plexus examination again provided a practical demonstration of orthopaedics, giving students another examination in their arsenal that is often not taught at medical school. The career planning workshop was particularly useful, as many will not stop to think about their applications for surgical pathways, and to do this planning in a friendly environment with people to ask who have been successful was invaluable.

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Overall, the 3rd South Wales Orthopaedic and Trauma Showcase was another roaring success. We at WelshBone hope the day inspired students and junior doctors alike with a passion for orthopaedics and thus encourage them to be confident in their applications to surgical pathways. The day gave exciting hands on experience, careful thought about basic principles underlying orthopaedics and an opportunity to engage in varied orthopaedic research. From here WelshBone aims to continue to inspire medical students and junior doctors alike to engage in orthopaedic research and build the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons.


 James Brock  

 Paul Y F Lee

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