Student welcome & open evening

An official student welcome and open evening event was held at the Gait Analysis Laboratory at the University Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery (UDOTS), based at the TORT Centre, on Tuesday 1st October, 2019.

A total of 36 students, studying six different courses were welcomed by Mr Arpit Jariwala (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon/Honorary Clinical Reader), Professor Rory McCrimmon (Dean, School of Medicine/Professor of Experimental Diabetes and Metabolism), Dr Stella Howden (Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching/Senior Lecturer in Medical Education) and Dr Tim Drew (Senior Lecturer, UDOTS).

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Left: L to R, Mr Sankar Sripada (Clinical Care Group Director Lead for Orthopaedics, NHS Tayside), Mr Arpit Jariwala, Professor Rory McCrimmon, Dr Tim Drew (Senior Lecturer), Mrs Lesley Lindsay (Postgraduate Manager, School of Medicine); Right, Dr Tim Drew chatting with Dr Jeremy Linskell and Dr Craig Kirkwood, from the Assistive Technology Service at the TORT Centre.

Staff and students were joined by a team of Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons from the NHS branch of the department who were introduced by Mr Sankar Sripada (Clinical Care Group Director, Orthopaedics & Surgery). Dr Graham Arnold gave a brief overview of the Gait and Motion Analysis Lab and the varied research that has been carried out in the department.

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Left: Mr Arpit Jariwala welcoming students with a background on UDOTS; Right: Dr Graham Arnold explaining what research can be done at the Gait and Motion Lab.

After the informal introductions, all present had refreshments of hot and soft drinks, and a buffet including some ‘Indian Nibbles’ cooked by Mr Jariwala’s wife, Shweta, which were greatly appreciated.

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Left: Dr Stella Howden addresses the students; Right: Mr Sankar Sripada welcoming the students on behalf of the NHS Tayside orthopaedic consultants.

Mr Jariwala stated:

“I’d like to welcome each and every one of you to the Department. I’d like to thank all members of staff for attending the event after normal working hours, especially my NHS colleagues, some of whom were on call, busy in theatres or clinics, with some even attending although they are now retired. This goes to reinforce what the University Orthopaedic Department means to the clinicians and how dedicated they are in supporting our courses and research activities. I’d like to say thank you for the Dean of the Medical School, Professor Rory McCrimmon, and Dr Stella Howden for taking time from their busy schedule to attend the event.

We hope that your time with us is rewarding, successful and enjoyable. We have a rich tradition of teaching that spans close to thirty years so take full advantage of the expertise of the staff and the renowned visiting teaching faculty.

You’ll make lifelong friendships during your time in Dundee, and I for one, hope you take advantage of what Scotland has to offer. Over the years I’ve made a point visiting as many places in Scotland as I can so make time to travel around Scotland. They don’t call me MacJariwala for nothing! It is a truly beautiful country with very friendly people. I wish you every success with your studies.”

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Left: Mr Jariwala chatting with students at the welcome event; Right: Mrs Jenni Dalgleish (Gait Service Physiotherapist), Mr Stephen Dalgleish (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon), Mr Manhal Nassif (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon).