Why join?

Why join?

Benefits of Membership

BOTA is a not for profit organisation that works to promote and improve the standards of orthopaedic training in the United Kingdom and to represent the interests of trainees in orthopaedic surgery in the UK. We work closely with our parent organisation the British Orthopaedic Association.


BOTA Congress

  • Attendance at the free Annual Educational Congress
  • Opportunity to hear a wide variety of fantastic speakers
  • Orthopaedic practical skills workshops with opportunities for CBDs
  • Specific sessions for trainees at all levels from medical students to post FRCS exam
  • Opportunities for poster and oral presentations in audit and research
  • Top 10 abstracts published in JBJS America
  • Black tie Gala dinner and opportunity to network with trainees from across the UK
  • Announcement of the Trainer of the Year and biannual Training Programme Director of the Year Awards

BOTA Summer School

  • Opportunity to attend the BOTA summer school
  • Practical workshops with the opportunity for PBA sign off
  • Leadership and GCP courses provided for free


  • Opportunities for BOTA led Collaborative Research and Audit
  • Proven track record for trainee led publications and presentations
  • Heavily discounted Orthopaedic textbooks and courses
  • A copy of JOINT the Annual BOTA yearbook


  • BOTA is the voice of UK orthopaedic trainees on political issues affecting training
  • This year BOTA represented trainees on the contract negotiation, proposed shape of training reform and the cost of surgical training
  • We speak up for trainees at committee meetings at the BOA, RCS and JCST
  • You have opportunity to become a BOTA Committee member and lead the way in excellence in training
  • Monthly email updates on current developments affecting orthopaedic trainees via the BOTA Bulletin
  • BOTA census of trainee opinions to help guide our work

Prizes and Awards

  • Trauma and Orthopaedic Fellowship Bursaries >£5000 total
  • Medical Student Orthopaedic Elective Bursaries 3 x £500
  • Junior Essay Prize £300

Junior Members

  • Invitation to Annual BOTA Congress
  • Specific sessions and events to improve your CV and practical skills in orthopaedics
  • Networking and informal mentoring opportunities.