BOTA is a non-profit organisation that works to promote and improve the standards of orthopaedic training in the United Kingdom and to represent the interests of orthopaedic trainees and medical students considering a career in surgery. We work closely with our parent organisation the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA).

For more information about BOTA click here

BOTA Educational Congress

  • FREE invitation to attend the BOTA Educational Congress which takes place every year in November. A reservation charge will be made prior to the event which will be refunded on attendance.
  • Poster and Oral presentation opportunities for medical students
  • Top 10 abstracts published in JBJS America
  • Interesting talks and practical skills workshops tailored to medical students on the medical student stream of the Congress.
  • Opportunities to volunteer at the Congress. Additional certificates provided for your portfolio! To volunteer please contact Shiv Kolhe – BOTA Medical Student Rep ([email protected])
  • Speed Mentoring

Medical Student Essay Prize

Apply for the annual BOA Medical Student Essay Prize 

The winning essay will receive the following:

  • BOA-recognised certificate
  • £100 prize money
  • Invited to sit on the BOA Education and Careers Committee for 1-year as a student representative
  • Oral or Poster presentation at the BOA Annual Congress 2020

Medical Electives Bursaries

Apply for the annual BOTA Medical Student Elective Bursary.
See ‘Prizes’ tab above for more information about this opportunity.

(1 x £500 and 2 x £250)

Tailored Advice

Need career advice or help finding speakers for your undergraduate event?
Contact Shiv Kolhe – BOTA Medical Student Rep ([email protected])


Updates on Research and Audit Opportunities via BOTA Bulletin

How To Join?

Membership with BOA includes a membership to BOTA for medical students (£16 annually).

To join BOA (and BOTA) for only £16 annually just follow this link:

We are offering 1 x £500 and 2 x £250 bursaries to help fund a medical elective, in Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery, either in the UK or abroad this academic year (2020/2021).

The bursaries are open to all undergraduate medical students in a UK medical school. The Deadline for application is 14.02.2020 @ 23:59.

Applicants will be informed by 14.03.2020


Medical Student Elective Prize

Thank you very much for your interest in collaborating with BOTA. We would love to work with you at your event and help our shared goal of increasing medical student involvement within Trauma & Orthopaedics.

Affiliation scheme:

  • BOTA is a non-profit organisation that works to promote and improve the standards of training in the UK and to represent the interests of orthopaedic trainees and medical students considering a career in surgery.
  • We are NOT set up to provide any funding, as we ourselves rely heavily on industry sponsorship throughout the year.
  • We are keen to affiliate with undergraduate surgical societies and support your event through our new affiliation & advertisement policy (please see below)
  • In return, we kindly ask for a BOTA stall and a 10-minute presentation at the advertised event.

Advertising policy:

  • We will advertise national undergraduate surgical events for free through our website and via email to surgical societies only (i.e. we will not be sending emails to our members)
  • Events will be advertised at four times per year (1st January, 1st March, 1st June, 1st September)
    • Quarterly emails to all undergraduate surgical/T&O societies.
    • Quarterly website updates to the medical student portal section.
    • Regularly through BOTA social media accounts.
  • If you wish to advertise your event please ensure you send an event banner + short description to our BOTA Medical Student Representative by any of the four dates above.
  • We kindly ask for the following in return:
    • BOTA affiliation and logo displayed on the event programme/poster.
    • A BOTA stand.
    • A short 10-minute talk/presentation at your event, to speak about what opportunities BOTA can provide medical students with.
  • For any further queries, please contact Shiv Kolhe – BOTA Medical Student Representative ([email protected])

The London Undergraduate Orthopaedic Society (LUOS):

The National Undergraduate Orthopaedic Symposium 2020

On Saturday 15th February 2020 The London Undergraduate Orthopaedic Society (LUOS), a collaboration of all London-based medical schools, is hosting it’s second annual conference ‘The National Undergraduate Orthopaedic Symposium 2020′ at Kings College London (Guy’s Campus, London). An award winning conference in association with BOTA, NUOS20 is set to be the largest undergraduate orthopaedic conference in the UK for the second year running – a full day of inspirational talks, workshops and CV building opportunities. 
With over 100 confirmed delegates already, only limited tickets remain. Grab one before they’re gone at
What’s included:
  • Lunch, refreshments and a drinks reception
  • Inspirational talks from high profile consultant orthopaedic surgeons
  • Three hours of workshops on sawbone models
  • Student poster and oral presentations 
  • Networking, mentorship and research opportunities & more!
  • Certificates of attendance to add to your portfolios 
Please visit our event page here: Or visit our website for more details:
We look forward to welcoming you to NUOS20,


The University of Sheffield Orthoplastic Society

Inaugural Sheffield Orthoplastics Conference

22nd of February 2020.

This event aims to shed light and bring an appreciation to the Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery, as individual specialities, but also to the way both often have to work in tandem. It is open to medical students of all years, as well as foundation doctors with an interest in Orthoplastics.

The day will include:

– Inspiring speakers in the field of Orthoplastics

– Podium and Poster presentations

– Afternoon workshops, exploring different skills and techniques including a Black Belt suturing session, CV workshop and skin graft workshop.

– The chance to network with surgeons in the field of Orthoplastics

– Refreshments and Lunch

– Certificate of Attendance

This is a FREE event, however, you will need to buy a £5 ticket that is REFUNDABLE upon registration at the conference. This can be purchased through this link:

We are also accepting abstract submissions for our podium and poster presentations. There will be a cash prize of £50 to the best overall presentation, with Nando’s vouchers for 2nd and 3rd place. Please email submissions to [email protected] (please indicate if you wish to apply for an podium/poster presentation or both) by the 8th of Feb *** Extended closing date for submissions: 20th February 2020 ***

Please join our Facebook event page for more updates on the conference, and we hop to see you there! to the Sheffield Orthoplastic Society 2020 student conference.



Bristol University Trauma and Orthopaedic Society:

National Research and Innovation in Orthopaedics Conference 2020

A yearly conference for medical students and foundation doctors hosted by Bristol University Trauma and Orthopaedics Society consisting of:

Interesting talks given by leading consultants in their field

  • T&O workshops
  • Portfolio sessions
  • Opportunities for podium/poster presentations
  • Plus the chance to win assorted prizes!

Saturday 29th February 2020
Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK

Abstract Submission:  Opens on 8th January 2020. Deadline on 8th February 2020

Tickets: £10 non-members £5 members. Please note that Eventbrite adds on a small charge for booking. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for tickets release date.



Queen’s University Belfast SCRUBS:

Surgical Skills Conference 2020

Saturday 29th February 2020

QUB Scrubs is delighted to announce the launch of their brand new Surgical Skills Conference!

The conference will give students, for the very first time at QUB, a unique hands-on experience of four different surgical sub-specialties through the use of high-fidelity workshops.

Professor Keith Gardiner, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Postgraduate Medical Dean of NIMDTA, will be opening the conference and discussing surgical training and opportunities for medical students within Northern Ireland. Following this, we have arranged 4 different practical workshops to run throughout the day.
These have been specifically designed to maximise hands-on surgical exposure. Students will be allocated to 2 workshops (am & pm) out of the 4 available:

  • General Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery.

We have been working very closely with our surgical colleagues from Stryker & Ethicon to secure state-of-the-art equipment which is aimed to encapsulate what it feels like to operate in theatre!

On the day we’ll doing:

  • Buttress plating on radial & ulna fractures
  • Bowel anastomosis on real animal tissue
  • Decompressive craniectomy on skull models
  • Reconstructive flaps on real animal tissue
  • … & more

Each workshop will be led by consultants and/or senior surgical trainees in their corresponding specialities to ensure the highest calibre of teaching throughout the day. The practical workshops will include a brief introduction from the workshop-lead offering insight into the daily life of a surgeon and how to start thinking about surgical applications following medical school. This will be followed by practical sessions which will give you the chance to improve and build open your basic surgical skills through hands-on experience and detailed feedback.

Volunteering at BOTA Educational Congress

Information for Applicants

Who can volunteer?

Medical students based in a UK medical school

When and where is the Congress?

BOTA Educational Congress takes place at the end of the year (normally in November). Exact place and location will be announced in our website.

What does it involve?

As a volunteer you will help with registration and you will be guiding people to their rooms between sessions. Sometimes you may be asked to act as a time-keeper in some of the sessions. You will be needed from 8:00 until 17:00 each day.

How many days can I volunteer?

We normally ask medical students to commit to the three days of the Congress. If you need evidence of volunteering at the Congress for your University, please let us know as we can provide you with this.

Do I receive a certificate?

Yes! You will receive a certificate of Medical Student Assistant at BOTA Educational Congress which you can add to your portfolio.

Can I attend sessions/workshops whilst I volunteer?

Yes, you can! You are very welcome to attend some of the sessions during the congress as long as it does not interfere with your role of guiding people between sessions or acting as a timekeeper in some of the sessions. There are multiple streams running each day.  Some sessions are open to specific trainee grades whilst others are open for any grade. The medical student stream will be taking place on Friday and you are welcome to attend all sessions and workshops then.

Do I need to register online if I volunteer?

Yes, you will need to register online if you wish to volunteer. The cost of registration for medical students is £10.00 which is fully refundable on attendance to the Congress for all three days (remember to re-scan your badge each day). Delegates can cancel their registration and a refund will be issued if this is done within the time limits specified by the Congress website section. Refunds will not be issued if cancellations are made after that time or if the delegate doesn’t attend the congress. Please note that Eventbrite add on an administrative fee which is non-refundable.

Do I need to be a BOA/BOTA member if I want to volunteer?

Yes! In order to be able to volunteer and receive a certificate you will need to be a BOA/BOTA member. To become a BOA/BOTA member please follow this link: (membership for medical students £16).

Can I run for BOTA medical student rep at the Congress if I volunteer?

Yes, you can! Elections take place on the last day of the congress. During the three days of volunteering you will have the chance to meet the rest of the committee and find out more things about the role.  The role of medical student rep lasts one year, and you will still need to be in medical school by the time your role ends (i.e. final year medical students cannot apply). This is a great opportunity for you to help students to get involved with the specialty as well as to score more points in your portfolio. Please note that this role is a national leadership role and as such will have a great impact on your CV.

Can I present a poster if I volunteer?

Yes, you can!

Can I attend the Gala Dinner?

Yes, you can! This is a great opportunity for you to speak with trainees at different stages of their career and to get to know other medical students wishing to pursue a career in Trauma and Orthopaedics. In addition, if you wish to run for BOTA Med Student Rep this is your opportunity to get to know other BOTA members and find out what makes a great applicant.

Summary of things you will need to do if you want to volunteer:

  1. Become a BOA/BOTA member (if you are not already one) by following this link:
  2. Register online at the Congress (Med Students £10) and select the option which states you wish you to volunteer
  3. Email our BOTA Medical Student Rep ([email protected]) if you have any questions
  4. EXTRA: If you wish to attend the Gala dinner please register online. Each year, med student volunteers attend the Gala dinner and we have lots of fun! But you do not need to attend it if you don’t want to.

How to become the new BOTA Med Student Representative


Application process:

To be elected onto the committee, each candidate must put himself or herself forward for the position at the BOTA annual Educational Congress which takes place in November. This is done by writing your name on a large board under the position(s) you wish to be considered for. To be an eligible candidate, one must be a full BOTA member (i.e. paying member and ST3+ with a National Training Number, NTN), except for the position of Junior Representative (FY1-CT3, without a NTN) and medical student. Secondly, to be eligible for any position, 2 full BOTA members must put themselves forward as your proposer and seconder. The election then takes place for each committee position at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is also held at the BOTA annual Educational Congress and it normally takes place during the last day of the Congress. At the AGM, each candidate for each position will be invited to present a short (<1 minute) speech as to why they wish to take up the position they have put themselves forward for, and what makes them suitable for the role. This is done for each candidate for a particular position, and then after the candidates have left the room, his or her proposers stand up and propose why the electorate should vote for their candidate. Voting then commences and the candidate with the most votes wins. If two or more candidates are tied, then a run-off vote is held until a clear majority winner is elected. If only one candidate is put forward for a particular position, then voting will continue with an option to vote for “no confidence”. All full BOTA members are allowed to cast their vote or abstain. Medical students can only cast their vote for the candidates running for the position of Medical Student Rep.


Important information for medical students:

  • The role of BOTA Medical Student Rep lasts one year, and you will still need to be in medical school by the time your role ends (i.e. final year medical students cannot apply).
  • If you sign up for volunteering at the Congress it will give you the opportunity to talk with other committee members and with the current BOTA Student Rep which will give you a better understanding of what the role entails as well as the opportunity to ask committee members to act as your proposer and seconder.



The Medical Student Representative is responsible for hosting and planning the Medical Student Day at the annual BOTA Educational Congress.  Making and maintaining connections with multiple undergraduate surgical and orthopaedic societies are key responsibilities of the Medical Student Representative; advertising events and ensuring that students nationwide are aware of and are encouraged to interact with BOTA is the primary aim. Attending undergraduate events such as conferences and workshops to talk about BOTA is also a significant responsibility which requires a certain amount of flexibility on one’s personal timetable.  The role lasts one year (from November to November).


Meetings & Events per year:

  • Meetings per year: 5/6
  • BOTA Events: 3 (Summer School, BOA Congress, BOTA Congress)
  • Undergraduate events: the amount you attend depends on you.

Note: BOTA will cover your travelling costs but we do ask you to try to book things in advance to try to reduce the costs.


What is in it for you?

It is a great experience which will allow you to get insight into the world of Orthopaedic Surgery. It will also allow you to meet lots of new people at different stages of their career – from medical students to consultant. This will allow you to get a good insight of a career in T&O. You will also gain lots of transferable skills which is great for your CV. In addition, this is a national leadership role which will allow you to gain as many points possible in the leadership section of the surgical portfolio. At the end of your role, a certificate will be provided stating all the things you have been doing as a medical student rep which you can add to your portfolio.

To provide a platform from which relevant information related to T&O surgery can be disseminated to medical students across the UK.

Updated quarterly with relevant info medical student e.g. elective prize, events and general updates