MCh (Orth) Vivas OSCE 2018 @TORT

Saturday 2 June was the date for this year’s Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE). The TORT Centre was the venue for 12 MCh (Orth) orthopaedic surgeons attending 10 manned examination stations for a ten-minute period each where they were examined and marked by specialists in the field of orthopaedics and biomechanics on a variety of topics taught throughout the year via clinical attachments, lectures, workshops and seminars.

An Examiners’ Board Meeting was then convened to discuss each candidate’s performance and marks and to select this years’ award winners. The board comprised Professor Rami Abboud (Convenor), Mr Stephen Parsons (External Examiner), Dr Tim Drew (Internal Thesis Examiner), Dr Weijie Wang (Internal Thesis Examiner) and examining Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons; Mr Bill Hadden, Mr Amar Jain, Mr John Dorgan, Mr Amit Putti, Mr Dave Nicoll, Mr Arpit Jariwala, Mr Manhal Nassif and Mr Sankar Sripada.

The day before, Friday 1 June, saw the students giving an eight-minute oral presentation on their research prior to having their Viva examinations. These were conducted by an expert panel including External Examiner, Mr Stephen Parsons (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Royal Cornwall Hospital – Past President of the British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery Society (BOFAS)), Dr Tim Drew and Dr Weijie Wang as Internal Examiners/Convenors with Professor Abboud convenor for the first three Vivas only.

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Left to Right: Dr Abhishek Annu, Dr Dune Apparao, Dr Syed Natiq Hussain, Dr Azeem Jabar, Dr Antariksh Waghmare, Dr Siddhartha Gupta.

“I’m proud to say that this OSCE has been run entirely in-house at the TORT Centre every year now for over a decade. Teaching faculty, NHS Tayside colleagues, academics and support staff all freely give up part of their weekends to ensure that the students are examined on a Saturday in a familiar environment. This in turn allows candidates to feel relaxed which lets them perform to the best of their abilities on what is after all an extremely stressful clinical exam and vitally important day for them all” stated Professor Rami Abboud, MCh (Orth) Course Director and Head of the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery.

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Left to Right: Dr Indukuri Sukin Reddy, Dr Karri Sandeep Reddy, Dr Ganapathy Koneri Murthy, Dr Gokul Krishnan Srinivasan, Dr Amitava Mukherjee, Professor Rami Abboud.

“I am always indebted to the examiners who freely give their time in support of the MCh (Orth) course and I can never repay my colleagues for their invaluable ongoing support. The ongoing success of the course is down to a devoted group of internal and external staff that without them the course would not be at the high accredited level it is perceived by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the various Medical Council States of India” added Professor Abboud.