The British Orthopaedic Trainees Association, BOTA, was set up under the direction of Mr Richard Rawlins in 1987 following a meeting in Oxford when 45 Senior Registrars met at a symposium entitled 'Planning a career in Orthopaedic Surgery'. It subsequently became affiliated to the British Orthopaedic Association. Since its foundation its membership has increased from the founding 45 to the current level of in the order of over 1000 Specialist Registrars (and recently appointed consultants).
Orthopaedic Surgeons make up around 40% of the membership of the Royal Colleges, and as the largest surgical subspecialty we devolved from ASiT, the Association of Surgeons in Training, to represent the views of Orthopaedics specifically. However, ASiT and BOTA have a very good working relationship, and work together on many issues to represent surgical trainees as a collective.
Currently, full membership is available to all doctors holding an NTN in Trauma & Orthopaedics. As of 2010, junior membership is available to all other qualified doctors in approved training programmes (ie FY, CT or non-RTT ST).
The pages in this section detail the benefits of joining BOTA, our structure, and regular activity, and give some insight into what further involvement, either as a linkman or committee member has to offer.