TORT Summer graduation 2018

A total of 26 students studying five different programmes at the TORT Centre, School of Medicine, graduated on 22 June 2018. Also graduating as Bachelor of Clinical Medicine were 14 past BMSc students.

Graduation is an extra special day not only for the graduates and their families and friends but also for the staff who do so much throughout the academic year to teach and help students during their time at the University of Dundee. It is always extremely rewarding to see our students’ happy faces as they make their way up on stage during the graduating ceremony in Dundee’s impressive Caird Hall.

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Left: three MCh (Orth) pose for the camera within the packed auditorium of the Caird Hall; Right: the main stage with Principal (seated in Chancellor’s chair) and Honorary degree recipients Dr Saleyha Ahsan and Lord Naren Patel standing far right.

Not only would we like to extend our congratulations to our graduates but also to the thousands of University of Dundee students who felt the tap of the Dundee bonnet over the course of the week! The traditional Dundee bonnet is used each year by the Chancellor to symbolically confer, or ‘cap’, degrees upon graduates. Unfortunately the new Chancellor, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, could not make the event so The Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Pete Downes, bestowed the honours upon graduates.

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Left: Professor Rami Abboud and Mrs Sheila MacDonald (MCh Orth Course Administrator) share a laugh with Patrick Porter and Jeremy Telford; Right: the same with Dr Siddhartha Gupta and Dr Syed Natiq Hussain.

Honorary degrees awarded this year were to Dr Saleyha Ahsan (Doctor of Laws) presented by Professor Gary Mires and to Lord Naren Patel (Doctor of Science) presented by Professor Sir Pete Downes.

The City of Dundee was once again in a celebratory mood with ecstatic students, proud parents and staff, and delighted friends attending the graduation ceremony, Garden Parties on Campus and family celebrations in and around the city after the ceremony.

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Joy, excitement, friendship and happy smiles and hugs were the order of the day. And the sun shone too!

“I’d like to congratulate each and every one of our Graduates. You should all feel justifiably proud of all the hard work and effort you have put in to gain your degrees”, stated Professor Rami Abboud, Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching.

“For our TORT graduates, remember that your association with TORT does not cease when you leave the building for the last time. You are now our trusted ambassadors and on behalf of everybody at the TORT Centre, I wish you every success in your future careers and onwards and upwards life journey. Please keep us informed of your future successes and do try to visit when you can. You are now valued members of our extended TORT family”, added Professor Abboud.

Other award winners associated with the TORT Centre included the The Sir James Black Prize being awarded to Iona Robertson (School of Medicine). Iona was an Intercalated BMSc in Applied Orthopaedic Technology in 2015-2016. This is an annual award presented to each School of the University to the final year undergraduate making the most outstanding contribution to research and scholarship in their field.

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Left: Professor Abboud presents Iona Robertson with the Sir James Black Prize for 2018; Right: all the winners from the different Schools.

Dr Amitava Mukherjee, an MCH (Orth) student was given the Principal’s Commendation in recognition of his contribution to the life of the University in 2017-2018.

Sports awards (Blues and Colours) went to Antony Shek (Half Blue: Fencing), Alison Young (Merit: Hockey Women) and Thomas McConkey (Merit: Rugby Men).

Chris Owen and Eildh Gillen were the recipients for the John Carvell Premier Prize in Musculoskeletal/Orthopaedic Surgery and the Hugh Cameron Award in Surgery respectively. Chris received his prize for his essay in musculoskeletal/orthopaedic studies, whilst Eilidh’s award was for the student with the highest marks in orthopaedic and trauma surgery in the final exams.

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Left: Professor Abboud presenting Chris Owen with the John Carvell Premier Prize; Right: Eilidh Gillen receiving the Hugh Cameron Award from Professor Abboud.

TORT Centre graduates are listed below.

Bachelor of Clinical Medicine

  • Fraser Cullen
  • Shaina Dillon
  • Eilidh Gillen (winner of Hugh Cameron award)
  • Calum Gray
  • Seraj Haque
  • Douglas MacLeod
  • Scott Miller
  • Chris Owen (winner of John Carvell award)
  • Fraser Paterson
  • Iona Robertson (winner of Sir James Black award)
  • Blair Wallace
  • Jordan Wardrope

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Left: Professor with MCh (Orth) graduate Dr Antariksh Waghmare whose family came over from India especially for graduation; Right: Intercalated BMSc students, Frances Feeley, Emily McKenzie and Catherine Hunter with Ian Christie (Academic Skills Tutor). Ian is the one with the beard!

Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth)

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Bachelor of Medical Science in Applied Orthopaedic Technology

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Audit & Research for Healthcare Professionals

  • Michael Cukierman (in absentia)

Postgraduate Certificate in Sports & Biomechanical Medicine

  • Adam McIlwaine (in absentia)

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Left: Dr Graham Arnold (Project Co-Supervisor and IMAR Technical Manager) arriving at Graduation, and Right: Professor Rami Abboud leaving the Caird Hall.

We are proud to say that 2017-2018 has been another successful year at the TORT Centre as you can see from the impressive list of achievements below:

  • 6 Oct 2017 - Professor Rami Abboud international keynote speaker at Cochin International Orthopaedic Summit (CIOS) in Kochi, India. more
  • 8 Nov 2017 - Dr Sangram Belagodu Sundresh, a MCh (Orth) Dundee graduate from 2017, presented his research at the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) Trainees’ Day Meeting in Edinburgh. more
  • 22 Nov 2017 - Institute of Motion Analysis & Research’s role in Court Room Science Primers. more
  • 2 Dec 2017 - MCh (Orth) and MSc in Orthopaedic Science re-accredited by Royal College of Surgeons of England. more
  • 19 Jan 2018 - Nine members of TORT Centre staff awarded Long Service Awards from the University. more
  • 2 Feb 2018 - Professor Rami Abboud invited Chief International Faculty and keynote speaker at Indian Association of Sports Medicine, Pune, India. more
  • 3 Feb 2018 - Professor Rami Abboud awarded Honorary Professor of Orthopaedics from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and the Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation. more
  • 1 Mar 2018 - Two members of staff and one current student from the TORT Centre were nominated for a Faculty of Medical Educators (FaME) Award. more
  • 1 Mar 2018 - Mr Amit Putti, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Stirling (and MCh Orth Graduate 2008) appointed External Examiner for Intercalated BMSc in Applied Orthopaedic Technology course.
  • 16 Mar 2018 - Professor Rami Abboud formally elected Honorary Fellow (ad hominem) of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). more
  • 16 Apr 2018 - PhD student, Mr Raed Alzahrani, gave a podium presentation at the 20th International Conference on Biomechanics (ICB) in Lisbon, Portugal. more
  • 26 Apr 2018 - Five BMSc students presented at the 16th International Conference on Clinical Biomechanics at Staffordshire University Campus, Stoke-on-Trent. more
  • 15 May 2018 - IMAR motion analysis re-accredited by the Clinical Movement Analysis Society of UK and Ireland (CMAS). more
  • 17 May 2018 - New upper limb cadaveric workshop made available to MCh (Orth) students by Mr Arpit Jariwala. more
  • 2 June 2018 - Celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the MCh (Orth) course with an celebratory dinner. more
  • 2 June 2018 - Mr Arpit Jariwala official announcement for promotion to Honorary Clinical Reader in Orthopaedics & Trauma Surgery.