BOA EdComm Report – January 2016

This month’s EdComm meeting was opened by Zaamin Hussain, a medical student from Cambridge University and founder of the Cambridge Orthopaedic Society, who reported on his work with the Career Development team at RCS to promote a career in orthopaedic surgery in schools. The Committee recognizes the recruitment issues facing surgery, and the importance of early introduction and encouragement of school and medical students towards a career in surgery. Plans are afoot for medical student sessions at the upcoming BOTA and BOA congresses, and we will be working together to engage this group of potential future orthopaedic surgeons.

Technical problems encountered with the recent UKITE exam were identified, and solutions are already in the pipeline. The role of the BOA in supporting SAS doctors was also discussed, and you may have seen a survey circulated in the last few weeks: SAS doctors provide vital service provision to facilitate training, and we would be grateful to BOTA members if they could please circulate the survey to our SAS colleagues, whether they are BOA members or not.

If you haven’t already heard, the BOTA Educational Congress will be taking place from 16-19th June 2016 at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island: with the support of the BOA we will be introducing industry-led basic science content, as well as sponsored prizes. Watch this space…