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Thoughts of a past MCh (Orth) student

My name is Dr Harshavardhan and I am writing this whilst in the middle of my Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) Dundee 2015-16 course as I am eager to share my operating theatre experience working with Mr. Arpit Jariwala, a past MCh Orth Dundee graduate and a consultant upper limb orthopaedic surgeon. I have learnt some of the new operating techniques such as treating AC Joint reconstruction using Surgi ligament, fixing osteoporotic greater tuberosity humerus fracture using Helix anchors and peek sutures, Biceps repair using Endobutton and dislocated lunate fixation using Suture anchors. Although these types of fractures are common in my home country, India, I am delighted to see and assist in these advanced techniques in treating them. I have always believed shoulder arthroscopy to be more exciting, and here in the UK, I gained the opportunity to learn the entire spectrum of shoulder arthroscopic procedures from Mr Jariwala. I would like to add that working with Mr. Jariwala is a complete treat due to his vast experience of upper limb surgeries and thorough scholarly knowledge.

Recently I assisted one more rare case with Mr. Gillies Avison, consultant orthopaedic arthroplasty surgeon. A Hybrid Total Hip Replacement for degenerative arthritis secondary to SCFE in which the femoral head was completely arthrodesed to the acetabulum. Although it’s a very challenging surgery, it looked very simple in the expert hands of Mr. Avison. I even remember Mr. Avison saying, he himself was unsure whether he is going to see another case like this. Working with Mr. Avison has further increased the depth of my knowledge in hip and knee arthroplasty.

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Left: Dr Harshavardhan with his lead supervisor Mr Avison; Right: Dr Harshavardhan, Mr Arpit Jariwala, and Surgical Trainee, Mr Alistair Mayne.

I am thoroughly enjoying my course and learning new surgeries in the operating theatre and I hope to experience a few more rare operations such as the one mentioned above. This way I will be confident enough to implement these techniques when I return to India.

This MCh (Orth) course in Dundee allows for hundreds of hours of operating theatre assistance and experience without the need for GMC recognition, which was a major factor in me choosing this long-established and respected MCh (Orth) degree which is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

I hope others, like myself, will make the right decision and choose to pursue and enhance their orthopaedic knowledge by choosing the University of Dundee.