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What does BOTA do for me? What benefit is there in joining?
On a simple level this can be answered with the line BOTA is the voice of the orthopaedic trainee.
This doesn’t really answer the question though.
BOTA’s work can be divided along two lines. The first is the medico-political and the second is the educational. These two are interlinked as many of the training issues that effect our education are intertwined with the ever changing political landscape.
BOTA’s remit is to represent the orthopaedic trainees views in a number of fora; at the last count, committee members attended a total of between 60 and 70 meetings in each twelve months. This enabled the orthopaedic trainee’s opinion to be heard at the BOA council, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh, and the BMA. In addition to this, there is representation on the SAC and ISB to discuss training issues and to insure the quality and fairness of the FRCS (T&O) examination.
Two of the three devolved regions of the UK have their own representatives who attend regional committees on behalf of trainees in Scotland and Wales. Numerous other committees are attended by BOTA representatives to insure the voice of the trainee is heard.
But BOTA is more than a political mouthpiece. There is a fundamental interest in helping trainees attain the best education whilst on the training programmes around the country. We help with individual issues where possible and refer to other agencies where it is out with our expertise.
We use our website to act as a conduit for communication between trainees and to alert the trainees to educational opportunities available to them either as courses or useful websites.
We have recently managed to secure funding for those who are trying to undertake research from Joint Action with a number of grants for small projects ring fenced for trainees. There have also been prizes awarded for presentations at the BOA Annual Conference supported by industry; in 2008, there were two awards of £1,000 and £500 for the first and second placed presentations in the BOTA/BORS/APOS session. In addition to this funding, there is also now funding secured through BOTA with the Furlong Research Charitable Foundation to support trainees to who wish to undertake MD or PhD research degrees.
Our annual Instructional Course always attracts high quality speakers from around the country and generally covers topics of relevance to the FRCS (T&O) examination. We also produce a Yearbook annually to report on the activities of the previous twelve months, which is open to receive contributions from any of the members.
BOTA is there to be a voice for trainees but it is only as strong as its grassroots support. There is a lot to be gained and little to be lost, so get involved and have your say.