As BOTA’s representative for education, I attend the BOA’s Education Committee, more formally known as the Education & Revalidation Committee.
Herein I include brief summaries of those aspects of the committee’s work that are relevant to our membership.
Following the trainee focus group during the recent BOA Instructional meeting in Manchester, the team developing the Wikipaedics website identified areas of trauma that trainees find most difficult and would like included. The Orthopaedic Trauma Society (OTS), in addition to other UK specialist societies, is kindly producing some of the high-quality content. It is likely that the Wikipaedics website will be launched at the BOA Congress in September.
It is noted that variation exists between the educational content of T&O training programs across the UK. It has been the intention of the BOA to develop induction ‘bootcamps’ for new T&O registrars, along the lines of that offered by the Severn T&O training rotation. Although in the early phases of development, the multi-day bootcamps are likely to be developed as regional or national events, which will likely cover anatomy, surgical approaches, management principles and human factors and skills related to successful surgical practice. A regional pilot program is likely to be developed in the first instance.
Clinical Leaders Program
The BOA’s Clinical Leaders Program, a 1-year leadership program comprised of masterclasses, tutorials and expert coaching, is now well established. It is open to ST8+ trainees and newly appointed consultants and SAS surgeons. The existing three entry routes will continue (Trust-appointed fellows, specialist society fellows and individual applications requiring self-payment), however it was agreed that all future applicants would be appointed through interview, including individual applicants.
BOA Travelling Fellowships
Although applications for 2017 are now closed, it was agreed that applications for 2018 at the end of the year, perhaps in November. Shortlisted candidates are invited to interview. The interviews traditionally occur over the weekend of the BOA Instructional in January.
Rebuild of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
It was highlighted that during the planned rebuild of the Royal College of Surgeons of England at Lincoln’s Inn Fields (with all but the listed façade and main staircase preserved) educational activity will be reduced to a small number of courses, such as ATLS. These courses will be delivered at alternative venues in London. The rebuild is scheduled to start later this year and reopen in Summer 2020. It was noted that the number of courses offered by the College from 2020 would be dramatically reduced, with no speciality-specific courses being offered. It was unfortunate to learn that no cadaveric laboratories are included in the new designs, ending many decades, if not centuries, of cadaveric teaching.
An MRCS e-learning platform is being developed by the Royal Colleges.
The 2016 UKITE examinations were well received, with data suggesting that 93% of candidates believing the questions to be relevant to the T&O curriculum in the UK. It was noted that some training regions use UKITE scores during ARCP appraisal, however it is also the case that all candidates sitting UKITE are provided with the option of keeping their scores confidential when registering. It is the opinion and advice of the education committee that UKITE assessment is not intended or designed for use as evidence at ARCPs. Trainee feedback has indicated that breaking down scores for each sub-specialty would be welcome and the UKITE organisers will look at this for future years.
The committee has been chaired for the past 3 years by Mr Mike Reid, consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon in Northumbria, and the chairmanship for the next three years will pass to Mr Hiro Tanaka, consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon in Newport, Wales. BOTA would like to thank Mr Reid for his hard work and support for trainees over the years. We would also like to congratulate Mr Tanaka on his appointment.