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News Article 5

Friday, March 22, 2013

Reinforcing key principles and having the opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ can be the key to a student feeling fully prepared for their exams and this was the goal of the recent Cadaveric Workshop held at St George’s University on the 22nd March 2013.

The event was organised by MatOrtho® on behalf of Mr Gil Railton, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon of Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, and Mr Paul Trikha, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon of Ashford and St Peter's NHS Trust. Mr Railton and Mr Trikha both wanted to offer students the chance to support their long term educational goals by offering an event with a programme focusing on the core topics relating to Total Knee Replacement, but additionally invaluable operating time on cadaver specimens.

“I believe it’s important to make courses like these accessible to trainees; anything we can do, as professionals in our field, to share our knowledge can only help to deliver a more accomplished surgeon into the field.“ Mr Paul Trikha

Delegates took short lectures during the first half of the day from experienced faculty from all over the UK who shared their extensive expertise on the key topics of the programme which included Kinematics, Surgical Approaches and The Basic Science of Total Knee Replacement.

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A full afternoon of cadaveric dissection followed with delegates working in small groups to implant the Medial Rotation Knee™, supplied by MatOrtho®. Supported by one faculty member, this offered delegates plenty of time to ‘get-to grips’ with the specific instrumentation and also allow time for  questions with the experienced team of surgeons; an element purposely built into the programme to ensure a thorough understanding of the task in hand.

“Giving delegates the opportunity to work on cadaver specimens under close supervision allows them to really grasp the procedure from a whole new perspective, I enjoy seeing a trainee take the initiative and really get involved.” Mr Gil Railton

Feedback on the event has proved the day to be a ‘huge success’. The course objectives were more than fulfilled and requests have been received for similar events to be organised.

“An excellent day with very informative presentations, the low ratio of delegates to faculty during dissection gave me the opportunity to take things at my pace - this was one of the best knee courses I have been on.”  Mr Koushik Ghosh, Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Mr Railton, Mr Trikha and MatOrtho® would like to thank Mr Philip Mitchell FRCS, Mr Chris Evans FRCS, Mr Doug Dunlop FRCS, Mr Simon Lewthwaite FRCS, Mr Yega Kalairajah and Mr Alex Trompeter for dedicating their time and professional assistance to this event.

Thanks are also extended to additional sponsors Heraeus Medical and De Soutter Medical for their kind support.

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