Double degree success at TORT

It takes dedication, sacrifice, intellect, aptitude and good support systems to be in place to successfully complete a University Degree, but to achieve two degrees in the same year is a truly remarkable feat. We are proud to say that two students from the TORT Centre have done just that.

Janie Giraudon and Hannah Lawrie were both awarded ‘Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and Master of Science (MSc) by Research’ at this year’s summer graduation on Friday 23 June. The double degree of MBChB and MSc by Research is unique to Dundee University and was instigated in 2006 by Professor Rami Abboud who carries on backing it.

Janie’s research was entitled “Can Hippotherapy Improve Gait in Spastic Cerebral Palsy” and was supervised by Professor Rami Abboud and Dr Graham Arnold. Hannah’s research was an investigation entitled “Novel Knee Pad Design” and was supervised by Professor Rami Abboud and Dr Tim Drew.

Both students enrolled on the Intercalated BMSc in Applied Orthopaedic Technology in 2014-2015 and graduated with 1st Class Honours before then undertaking their next challenges. Both presented their BMSc research at the 13th International Conference on Clinical Biomechanics at Staffordshire University. The same year, Janie was awarded Intercalated BMSc presentation skills award which is awarded annually to the student who has best presented their research, orally and visually. Her research on Hippotherapy was widely reported in local media and press.

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Left: Hannah and Professor Rami Abboud; Centre: the true joy of Graduation; Right: Janie with Professor Abboud.

I would like to also congratulate the other two students from the School of Medicine who also had double degree success, Lucy Littlejohn and Jonathan West, setting a record of four double degrees awarded since the launch of this initiative in 2006” stated Professor Rami Abboud.

It is a quite remarkable triumph achieving what all four guys have when you think about it. Not only long hours of study and research, but dedication to their areas of expertise, having to sacrifice the odd night out here and there and then juggling daily life with all that research entails; I take my hat off to them. Hannah and Janie have been exemplary students for over three years now at the TORT Centre. Their bubbly enthusiasm and friendliness are standout character traits which will help in their future careers and successes.

I am extremely proud and delighted to be able to refer to you both now as Doctors! Well done Dr Lawrie and Dr Giraudon from all at the TORT Centre”.