Upper Limb Cadaveric Workshop 2022

UDOTS Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) students participated in a full-day Upper Limb Cadaveric Workshop on Monday 28th November 2022.

This workshop, organised and run by Professor Arpit Jariwala (Consultant Upper Limb and Trauma Surgeon/Director of UDOTS), is held annually at the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID) at the main University Campus where students performed several cadaveric dissections under the direct supervision of Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons, Mr Douglas Robinson (NHS Tayside) and Mr Amit Putti (NHS Forth Valley), himself an MCh (Orth) graduate from 2005.

Pairs of students had a Thiel cadaver to themselves with faculty guiding them through various surgical techniques. Thiel embalmed cadavers are unique to the MCh (Orth) Dundee course and afford a more realistic, moveable, and flexible cadaver that better simulates real-life surgery.

The following shoulder and elbow surgical exposures were explored: (1) Deltopectoral approach & working around the Coracoid (2) McKenzie approach and Axillary nerve exposure (3) Anterior approach to humerus (4) Lateral approaches to elbow and lateral collateral ligament exposure (5) Medial approaches to elbow, medial collateral ligament, coronoid exposure and Cubital Tunnel Decompression (6) Exposure of radial tuberosity and PIN exposure (7) Posterior approach to the humerus with Radial nerve exposure (8) Scapular approaches and exposure of the posterior glenohumeral joint.

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MCh (Orth) Dundee class before the session with Professor Jariwala (in theatre clothes) and Mr Putti on his left. Please note that due to strict adherence to Thiel copyright and legal agreement we are restricted as to what imagery we can show in the public domain.

Mr Arpit Jariwala, Director of UDOTS and workshop convenor, commented:

“I am indebted to my NHS Tayside colleagues for their expert participation in making this workshop possible. It is fantastic that we can once again provide workshops in person. I would like to thank CAHID who continues to support UDOTS by making the Thiel cadavers available for our workshops. I would also like to thank all those who kindly donate their bodies to medical science for anatomical examination, education, and research. Without these generous and forward-thinking individuals, surgical understanding and research continue to advance.”



“It’s been a long time since I’ve done a cadaveric session. Everything from the venue, staff and condition of the cadavers was amazing! I learned a lot from this session and am looking forward to more similar sessions in the future to fine-tune my knowledge, helping me to provide better patient healthcare.” 

“I am very grateful to have a teacher like Professor Jariwala. I just want to thank you for all your support and efforts, the way you care about your students, paying attention to each student and helping them to improve.”

“It was an amazing experience sharpening our surgical skills during the cadaver workshop. The teachers taught step-by-step how to proceed in difficult situations and how to deal with any complications.”

“Professor Jariwala, the way you teach is outstanding and one appreciable thing is the environment actively you create in class. Special thanks to Mr Putti and Mr Robinson and the whole of UDOTS for providing such workshops for us.”

“The workshop was a very good revision of the anatomy of the important structures traversing the upper arm and elbow. Also, the Thiel embalmed cadavers were excellent. I would highly recommend such wonderful workshops to be carried out in the future.”

“All three consultants were excellent in regard to teaching style. Thiel Cadaver was a  wonderful experience, and I can't wait for the next workshop.”