UDOTS Pelvis & Acetabulum Trauma Symposium 2021

Mr Arpit Jariwala (Director of the University Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery - UDOTS) and Professor Abhay Elhence (Professor and Head of Department of Orthopaedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur) organised and ran a day-long online symposium on Friday 16th July 2021.

This year’s event was held entirely online with live lectures from an internationally renowned teaching faculty. Each year consultants, MCh (Orth) candidates, postgraduate medical students, trainees, physiotherapists, and allied healthcare workers attend talks on tips and tricks and current concepts on pelvic and acetabular fractures.

The highlight of the symposium was the interactive nature of the event with Live Polls and discussion with the learned faculty which included the President-Elect of Indian Orthopaedic Association (IOA) India, Professor Ramesh Sen, President of Association of Pelvic and Acetabular Society (AOPAS) India, Dr Rakesh Rajput and experienced faculty from the UK and Egypt. Hosting the symposium again is a continuing coup for the School of Medicine as it is the only such event in the country that has now been running successfully in Dundee for the last few years and going from strength to strength.

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Several members of the Teaching Faculty giving thanks prior to ending the online symposium.


  • Dr Ramesh Kumar Sen (Professor and Senior Director & Head of Institute of Orthopaedics, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Mohali, India)
  • Mr Mehool Acharya (Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, Bristol Royal Infirmary, UK)
  • Dr Rakesh Rajput (Director and HOD Dept. Orthopaedics, CMRI Hospital, Kolkata, India / President AOPAS)
  • Mr Nikhil Shah (Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, Wrightington Hospital, UK)
  • Mr Faz Alipour (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK)
  • Mr Ben Clift (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK)
  • Dr Osama Farouk (Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma Unit, Assiut University Hospitals, Egypt)
  • Dr Ashok Gavaskar (Clinical Lead, Rela Institute of Orthopaedics and Spine Surgery, Chennai, India)
  • Mr Graeme Nicoll (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK)
  • Dr Abhay Elhence (Professor and Head of Department of Orthopaedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodhpur, India)

Mr Arpit Jariwala commented:

“A huge thank-you to my good friend and fellow MCh (Orth) Dundee Alumnus Professor Abhay Elhence for co-organising and chairing the symposium. I’d like to extend my gratitude to the marvellous teaching faculty from Dundee, UK and around the world who freely gave up their valuable time even when on-call. Also, this year’s symposium was honoured to have Professor Ramesh Sen and Dr Rakesh Rajput, another MCh (Orth) Dundee Alumnus who is now the President of the Association of Pelvic and Acetabular Surgeons of India. Huge respect to all the learned faculty. Also, a big thanks to Sadiq Nasir and Ian Christie for marketing and running everything so smoothly despite local, national, and international faculties, multiple video sessions and differing time zones.

The event was well-attended by a wide mixture of orthopaedic surgeons and other healthcare professionals. The quality of topics and speakers were exceptional, and I hope everybody enjoyed the symposium as much as I did. The constantly updating Teams Chat content was informative and the use of several Live Polls throughout the day made delegates feel integral to proceedings, and not just merely viewers. Here’s to next year when we can hopefully all meet in person for another fantastic event, and perhaps even go for dinner together!”

Professor Ramesh Sen, President-Elect IOA & World Expert Pelvic Group member and faculty, commented:

“After the enforced restrictions of Covid, it was refreshing to be together for another course (albeit virtually) with Dundee. I enjoyed listening and interacting with faculty. Such a course teaches a lot and it was unfortunate that due to restrictions it was impossible to practice on cadavers, but our expectations remain for such a hands-on symposium in 2022. Thanks, Dr Arpit, for all the efforts and Dr Abhay for making it come alive.”

Professor Abhay Elhence, Secretary Asia Pacific Hip Society and Symposium Co-ordinator, added:

“Like it is with all good things in life, professional life also gives us opportunities and possibilities to live, conduct and be part of beautiful things. Most of these are areas of work that define human beings and allow us to live a life of passion and zeal. Pelvis and acetabular fracture surgery is one such sub-speciality and the Dundee symposium is indeed one such program.

As much as we would have enjoyed this course to be face-to-face and address a larger gathering of trainees and involve a cadaveric program along with a drybone workshop, we were happy to conduct the program entirely online. The faculty participation was global, and the quality of the event was state of the art. We hope to have the continued support of UDOTS and hope to take this event to the next level in the coming years. My special gratitude to Mr Arpit Jariwala for being the motivation and pillar of strength behind this event.”



“Thank you all. Has been a really interesting and educational day.”

“The teaching session was excellent with an international group of brilliant and accomplished speakers. I particularly enjoyed the video surgical approaches sessions, which were a great way to learn tips and tricks from the speakers.”

“Thank you, faculty, for the wonderful program!”

“Thanks all, superb talks from all, it’s more of a learning experience for me than teaching.”