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.
This curriculum-based FRCS level resource is being developed to provide future users with knowledge and higher-order thinking content. Paul Banaszkiewicz and colleagues have successfully involved all T&O specialist societies in writing and approving content prior to inclusion on the Wikipaedics website. Pre-launch focus groups (with the assistance of BOTA members) have provided useful guidance on what trainees would like to see. The website is due to be launched at the BOA Congress later this year. It is hoped that support costs will be at least in part met by industry.
Enhanced bootcamp-style inductions for ST3 trainees are being developed. It is hoped that both technical (e.g. cadaveric surgical approaches) and non-technical skills will be covered during a multi-day program. It was noted that many training regions already deliver successful and funded enhanced inductions (for example, Severn deanery) and these will not be replaced but act as a model for the planned BOA Bootcamps. It is hoped that industry will provide financial support, however the program will be developed by the BOA without the influence of industry.
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. Numbers for the next cohort are likely to match or exceed numbers allocated previously. The Clinical Leaders Program provides fellows with training in clinical leadership and quality improvement for use in their consultant careers. Past fellows are to be contacted in the coming months to ascertain how they the used the skills learnt.
It was recognised that most new consultants find the transition from trainee to consultant a difficult time in their careers. The incidence of GMC investigations are highest during the first two-years of a consultant’s career. It was agreed that new consultants would be invited to voluntarily opt-in to a mentor partnership with an established consultant, most likely located at a department separate to their own. Consultant mentors will be recruited on a voluntary basis.
The topics for special consideration during the next BOA Instructional course in January 2018 will likely include: periarticular foot and ankle fractures, pelvic and acetabular fractures, knee dislocations, soft tissue cover, the basic science of prosthesis wear and lubrication, and orthopaedic considerations in cerebral palsy. Registration will open in early July 2017.
This informative series of podcasts continues to grow. The latest podcast discusses methods for approaching MCQ assessments. Forthcoming podcasts will discuss ‘how the foot works’ and the relevance of resilience in our workplace.
Orthopodcasts can be downloaded at https://www.boa.ac.uk/training-education/orthopodcasts/.
It was noted that TPDs have been informed of UKITE 2017 date options. The delivery platform will be changing to Moodle, which will match the Wikipaedics platform and permit future integration.
A session for SAS surgeons at the BOA Congress will address specific professional aspects of relevance to SAS surgeons, with a view to providing future support that is both useful and sustainable. It was noted that wide variation exists in the career paths and aspirations of SAS surgeons.
Medical student engagement
The BOA is committed to engaging medical students and sixth form students. It is recognised that the early experiences of this group will influence their future career choices. The BOA has previously created a model undergraduate T&O curriculum for use by UK medical schools, and early feedback has been positive. It was agreed that inspirational media content would be produced for medical students and sixth formers, which would likely be hosted on the BOA website and forwarded to medical school surgical societies. The last day of the BOA Congress will again host a session for medical students.
Cut It Out / Hammer It Out
There was consensus that the findings of the BOTA Census need to be pro-actively addressed. It was noted that bullying and undermining behaviours can be experienced by both trainees and trainers. A working group comprising BOTA and BOA representation will convene to decide a statement of intent and future initiatives, which will likely include podcasts and screencasts.
FORTE Summer School
Three trainee places will be sponsored by the BOA. Details will follow soon.