Welcome to the 2014 edition of JOINT. The aim of the journal is to keep trainees up to date with the work of the committee but also to raise awareness of current topics that are relevant to all orthopaedic surgeons in training. I would like to thank all those who contributed so many interesting articles to the journal. It was fascinating to read Richard Rawlins article on the history of BOTA and to see that the struggle to maintain quality of orthopaedic training continues much the same today as it did 30 years ago. One of the biggest training issues over the last year has been the ‘Shape of Training Review’ and there is a very good article on this in the education and training chapter. This chapter also introduces Wikipaedics and the British Orthopaedic Network Environment, two websites that will only add to the improvement of training in the years to come. For those of you thinking of expanding your horizons there is food for thought in the review section with articles on the Royal Naval Reserves and Setting up a Medico-Legal Practice. I would like to thank industry for continuing to support BOTA and allowing us to produce this publication annually. I would also like to thank Ruth Halliday who has supported me in the final copy editing of JOINT. Finally a big thank you to Adam Hylands, whose skills in graphic design have allowed us to produce this professional high quality publication. I hope you enjoy reading on… I am off to practice my cognitive simulation!