Visiting Faculty give Orthopaedic lectures

There was a day of orthopaedic lectures on December 11, 2019, for students studying the MCh (Orth) programme at the University Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery (UDOTS).

In the morning, Mr Harvinder Singh, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS trust, gave a series of lectures on the Hand and Wrist, whilst the afternoon was devoted to Mr Ashish Mahendra, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, who gave a series of talks on Orthopaedic Oncology.

Mr Singh’s talks included:

  • Wrist biomechanics: evolving concepts
  • Partial wrist fusions and proximal row carpectomy: do they work?
  • Scaphoid fracture: current practice and case discussions

Mr Mahendra’s talks included:

  • General principles of management of orthopaedic tumours
  • Upper limb orthopaedic oncology case discussions
  • Lower limb orthopaedic oncology case discussions
  • Advances in orthopaedic oncology

Mr Harvinder Singh first lectured on the MCh (Orth) programme in 2015, when he was invited by the Director of UDOTS, Mr Arpit Jariwala. Mr Singh completed his primary medical qualification and Master’s degree in Orthopaedics from India, and undertook higher surgical training in Orthopaedics from Leicester (East Midlands south rotation). He completed an Upper Limb Fellowship in Wrightington and Royal Northshore Hospital, Sydney, Australia and returned to Leicester as Upper Limb Orthopaedic Consultant. His interests include shoulder (osteoarthritis, impingement syndrome, rotator cuff pathology and unstable shoulder), elbow (arthritis and instability) and hand and wrist disorders.

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Mr Harvinder Singh (centre) with the MCh (Orth) students.

Mr Ashish Mahendra has been teaching on the MCh (Orth) programme since 2010 again invited on the course by Mr Arpit Jariwala, Director of UDOTS. He gained his Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. He has a special interest in bone tumours, both benign and malignant, and soft tissue tumours in extremities. He is a member of the National Musculoskeletal Tumour Service and has experience in diagnosis and treatment of more than one thousand patients of musculoskeletal tumours during the past three years.

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Mr Ashish Mehendra (fourth from left) with the MCh (Orth) students.

Mr Arpit Jariwala, Director of UDOTS, stated:

“It was certainly a busy day for our MCh (Orth) Dundee students, with a full day of quality lectures from two experts in their particular fields of orthopaedics. Both these fields are topics which are usually difficult to grasp from textbooks and to teach and having these knowledgeable and experienced lecturers on the teaching faculty is in itself an achievement.

I know Mr Mahendra from back home in India as we both hail from the same town. He is an excellent surgeon, brilliant lecturer and a good friend. We are fortunate to have him on the MCh (Orth) Dundee Course despite his busy schedule.

Mr Singh is also a good friend as we both trained at the ‘Wrightington Upper Limb Unit’. We constantly keep in touch and discuss complex cases. He has been an excellent faculty member on the course and MCh Students love his style of teaching and his presentation, especially from his PhD Thesis. The photograph below shares with you an old memory of me and Mr Singh at our fellowship days in Wrightington in 2012-13 discussing an interesting case seen during the day whilst sitting in front of our residences.

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