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Tayside Orthopaedic Research Club 2019

The Tayside Orthopaedic Research Club’s (TORC) annual meeting took place on Friday 22nd November 2019, at the Gannochy Lecture Theatre in Ninewells Hospital & Medical School.

TORC President, Mr Joe Littlechild, welcomed everyone before proceedings began with a day of informative talks and poster presentations. Guest speakers this year were Professor Matthew Costa (Professor of Orthopaedics, Oxford University) and Miss Louise McCullough (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, NHS Grampian) who gave excellent, informative and entertaining talks entitled ‘Why do we bother with big trials in trauma?’ and ‘SAS: who dares wins, my experience’, respectively.

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Left: Mr Joe Littlechild (Specialty Registrar and TORC President) opening the meeting; Centre: Professor Matthew Costa; Right: Miss Louise McCullough giving their keynote lectures.

The judging panel for awards consisted of Mr Simon Johnson (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at NHS Tayside and Training Programme Director for East Scotland T&O), Mr James Simpson (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, NHS Highland), Mr Ian Mawhinney (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust) and was supported by Professor Matthew Costa and Miss Louise McCullough.

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Left to Right: Mr James Simpson, Mr Ian Mawhinney and Mr Simon Johnson enjoying the oral presentations.

This year’s prize winners were:

  • Miss Vicki Cherry - 1st Prize, £100 voucher and TORC Shield for Best Presentation for her research ‘Patient reported outcome measures following Brostrum repair in patients with radiological versus functional chronic ankle instability’. R Lewis, J Cherry, T Nurm, F Harrold.
  • Mr Alastair Faulkner - 2nd Prize and £75 voucher for his research ‘Tourism and the Highlands: a descriptive epidemiological study on trauma and orthopaedic service use by tourists in 2017’. A Faulkner, T Harding, C Miller, PSE Davies, C McNair.
  • Dr Pamela Brodie - TORC Trophy and £50 voucher for Best Foundation Doctor for her research ‘Creating a GP referral pro-forma for on-call orthopaedics’. P Brodie, A Walter, J Cherry.
  • Mr Andrew Martin (Intercalated BMSc student with UDOTS in 2018-19) - Best Medical Student Presentation and £50 voucher for his research ‘The effect of splinting and simulated movement on the dispersion of a steroid injectate in the carpal tunnel: a cadaveric study’. AJ Martin, CA Wigderowitz, T Wilkinson.
  • Dr James Lucocq - Best Scientific Poster.
  • Dr Jennifer Dunn - Industry Speed Dating Prize and £40 voucher.

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L to R: Miss Vicki Cherry (1st Prize and TORC Shield), Mr Alastair Faulkner giving Mr Donald Campbell a thank-you gift from Trainees for being TPD for the last six years, Mr Andrew Martin giving the Best Medical Student Presentation, and Miss Anna Riemen from the Orthopaedic Research Club of Aberdeen (ORCA).

Mr James Berwin, a specialty registrar from the Severn Training Region, and World Orthopaedic Concern (WOC) Representative on the British Orthopaedic Trainee Association committee gave a talk entitled ‘Overseas orthopaedics: Why bother?’ Mr Berwin’s work on behalf of WOC has taken him to areas including Ethiopia where he has established links to the local orthopaedic trainee cohort based there.

A new feature of the TORC programme this year was a guest appearance from the inaugural winner of the Orthopaedic Research Club of Aberdeen (ORCA) research prize, Miss Anna Riemen who gave a presentation on ‘The Synovium after Trauma’.

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TORC 2019 was sponsored by Zimmer Biomet (Platinum Sponsor), Smith & Nephew (Gold Sponsor) and Stryker (Gold Sponsor), and Depuy Synthes (Silver Sponsor) and Acumed (Silver sponsor) who each had well-attended trade stands.

An enjoyable evening was had at the after meeting dinner held at Forgan’s in Broughty Ferry.

Mr Arpit Jariwala, Director of University Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery (UDOTS), stated:

“This year’s TORC meeting was a pure educational treat. Fantastic speakers in Professor Matt Costa and Ms Louise McCullough both educating and entertaining the trainees, MCh (Orth) students and other participants in their own unique ways. The quality of papers was exceptionally good and congratulations to the prize winners. Unfortunately, due to prior commitments, I could not attend the evening jollities at Forgan’s but I’m told it was very well organised. My best wishes to Joe and his organising team for this year’s TORC. Also a big thank you to all the industry partners who supported the event.”