Clinician nominated for Cullen Awards, 2019

The 2nd presentation of the Cullen Awards took place today, Thursday 24 January at 1:00pm at the Gannochy Lecture Theatre in Ninewells Hospital.

Mr Arpit Jariwala, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon / Honorary Clinical Reader, was nominated for his design and implementation of the Tayside Carpal Tunnel Syndrome management protocol: evidence based service improvement initiative. This initiative was solely driven by Mr Jariwala and has sped up waiting times for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome and reduced the need for review appointments, freeing up hand clinic appointments, whilst at the same time saving cost for NHS Tayside.

The Cullen Awards are organised by the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh to celebrate excellence in teaching or service provision in the various regions around Scotland. Not limited to Physicians, the awards look to highlight the great work done across the whole of the service.

There were 9 high quality applications this year, judged by a local scoring panel. The 4 highest scoring submissions presented their work at Grand Rounds and the winner was Evolution of laparoscopic endometrial cancer surgery in a cancer unit - improving patient outcomes.

The theme nominees were:

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome Effective Care Pathway (ECaP) - Improving a key process and developing an approach to pathway design
  • Evolution of laparoscopic endometrial cancer surgery in a cancer unit - improving patient outcomes
  • NHS Tayside and North East Fife Motor Neurone Disease Service
  • Tayside Carpal Tunnel Syndrome management protocol - Evidence based service improvement initiative

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Left: Mr Jariwala presenting his work on carpal tunnel syndrome management at the Cullen Awards; Right: Mr Jariwala leading a cadaveric upper limb workshop on the MCh (Orth) course.

Mr Jariwala is an Alumni from the MCh (Orth), Master of Orthopaedic Surgery course, and best overall student from 2003, winning the top prize, the Ian Smillie Class Award of Distinction. He is travelling to India next week as one of only four International Faculty, as a keynote speaker and judge/panellist, at the 37th annual Gujarat Orthopaedic Association (GOA) meeting on 1st - 3rd February, 2019 at the YMCA International Centre, Ahmedabad. Mr Jariwala publishes extensively, both in peer-reviewed publications and presenting orally around the world.

Over the past two years Mr Jariwala has introduced cadaveric workshops on Shoulder & Elbow Surgical Exposure and Hand & Wrist Surgery to the MCh (Orth) course, which have been universally praised by students. Last year he organised a Mini-Symposium on Shoulder Instability which was so successful he plans to make this an annual event.

Most recently, along with with Professor Rami Abboud, he has been organising a Pelvic & Acetabular Symposium which will take place at the Wolfson Lecture Theatre (Guest Speakers) and the Clinical Skills Unit (Saw bone Workshops) on 3rd May 2019, 8:00am - 4:30pm. A faculty of renowned overseas orthopaedic surgeons will be giving keynote lectures and participating in workshops.

Professor Rami Abboud, Head of the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery stated:

“Arpit has become an integral member at the TORT Centre and his drive, dedication and skill as a clinician is a great example to all. He has become my trusted right-hand man regarding the MCh (Orth) and is travelling to India to promote the course. Just to be nominated among the top four candidates is as good as winning the award. Arpit is a fully accomplished surgeon and scholar committed to his patients as well as the future doctors giving his time freely to the academic unit. A true loyal alumnus who is going the extra mile to pass on his knowledge to our MCh (Orth) candidates. Thanks, Arpit for your loyal and unconditional support”