MCh Orth WhatsApp
No, the title of this news item is neither some strange hieroglyph nor a hostile takeover bid for WhatsApp! It simply relates to the successful launch of a WhatsApp social media group for graduates of the Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) course here at the School of Medicine, University of Dundee. The creation of the group came about following an alumni meeting attended by 15 alumni members at this year's Indian Orthopaedic Association Conference in Kochi.
The course currently has over 400 alumni members and this is just another way of allowing them to stay in regular contact with each other and with staff at the TORT Centre. Already over 60 have joined up to the group and are trading stories and photographs, reminiscing about their time in Dundee, sharing surgical experiences, planning to meet up in the future and most importantly work together along with Professor Rami Abboud to organise the 25th Anniversary of the Dundee MCh (Orth) degree in 2017/18; one party in Dundee and one in India. The city for the latter is to be finalised accordingly.
If you don’t already know, WhatsApp is a free to use, cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging client for smartphones. It uses the Internet to make free voice calls and text messages on phones all over the world. You can even share photographs, documents, PDF files and videos. So if you have not yet joined the MCh (Orth) Dundee WhatsApp group please email Sadiq Nasir your mobile number and year of graduation and he will gladly and promptly add you to this elite MCh Dundee alumni ‘family’.
Professor Abboud, MCh (Orth) Course Director and Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, School of Medicine, stated: “Our Alumni are our valued ambassadors so any way of keeping in touch with them, whilst also allowing them to interact with each other in a relaxed and friendly manner, should be embraced. We are always willing to go the extra mile to meet our graduates and the Department already uses Facebook and LinkedIn to stay in touch with our alumni, where we regularly post items of interest, academically and socially. Please keep us informed about your news and successes so that we can populate them accordingly as we are proud of your successes”.
Professor Abboud demonstrating the WhatsApp group to an informal get-together of MCh (Orth) alumni at this year’s Indian Orthopaedic Association Conference in Kochi