Oral Presentations at TORT Centre

Candidates studying on three different postgraduate/undergraduate courses today gave oral update presentations regarding their research progress to an audience comprised of the teaching faculty at the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery at the TORT Centre.

A total of 24 candidates attending courses on MSc in Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth), Intercalated BMSc in Applied Orthopaedic Technology and Science without Borders presented on a number of interesting and novel clinical and audit-based research topics. For many this was the first opportunity to present their work in a second language, in front of an audience, especially one made up of their peers, so it was an interesting exercise for all on several levels; to give candidates valuable experience in presenting, to gauge how particular research projects were progressing, to see how each candidate presented their work and handled the situation, and for the faculty to give constructive feedback and advice where necessary.

Dr Graham Arnold, Mr Ian Christie, Mr Sadiq Nasir and Mr Gordon Spark (Academic Skills Centre) all give guidance to students throughout the year in the form of lectures, workshops and face-to-face sessions on best practices of presenting scientific research and academic communication. This coupled with some great work from the students resulted in many well-structured and fascinating eight-minute presentations followed by two minutes of Q&A.

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MCh Orth students Mohammad Alqubaisi and Xiaoming Zhao presenting their research at TORT Centre

Ian Christie, Postgraduate Skills Tutor, stated:

“This gives our students the valuable opportunity to practice their oral presentations in front of an experienced audience whilst gaining tremendous feedback and ironing out any rough edges prior to their pre-Viva presentations in Semester Two. It is another valuable skill they learn whilst studying at the Department and hopefully, like many previous intakes, they can present their research at future conferences around the country.”

Professor Rami Abboud, Head of Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery, added:

“I was pleased at how far our students have progressed with their respective research projects in such a short space of time. Each year the standard of candidate remains exceptionally high for all our courses which is continually reinforced by the clinically important research being conducted at the TORT Centre. The close working relationship the students have with our small team of dedicated staff fosters a great learning environment and I very much look forward to attending the final oral presentations later in the year.”