Two courses within the University’s School of Medicine have been re-accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng). The MSc in Orthopaedic Science degree and Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) degrees, which are run from the Tayside Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology Centre (TORT), were both conferred with this accolade following a review by a committee from the RSCEng last December.
During the re-accreditation process, Professor Rami Abboud, who is Course Director for both degrees, was able to detail a number of changes and improvements that have been made to the courses since their initial accreditation. These include the implementation of workshops using Thiel-embalmed cadavers, which allow students to practise their techniques on cadavers that retain life-like qualities such as soft tissue and full joint articulation, and the continued offering of practical research projects that have led to five patented devices originating from the Centre in the last three years.
The panel of representatives from RCSEng, which consisted of Professor Peter Kay (Chair), Professor Roger Vaughn and Mr Salim Nazir, met with a variety of staff and students who are engaged with the course to examine the standards throughout.
Alongside staff within the department, the panel met with the current external examiner for the courses, Mr Peter Briggs, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon & Clinical Governance Lead at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Newcastle, and Mr John Dorgan, who was previously an external examiner on the courses. Consultant orthopaedic surgeons at NHS Tayside, Mr Arpit Jariwala, Mr David Nicoll, Mr Sankar Sripada and Mr Neil Valentine, were also able to give an insight to the clinical and theatre experiences that students on the MCh (Orth) course participate in during their studies.
“The reaccreditation from the Royal College today is extremely important for the MCh (Orth) course and the University as a whole,” said Professor Abboud. “It reinforces our continued efforts to improve an already world-renowned degree and it highlights the dedication of the small team here at the TORT Centre, the excellent teaching faculty and the external lecturers who continue to return year upon year to support the courses and promote an unrivalled teaching experience. I look forward to our continued working relationship with the RCSEng for many years to come.”
For more information about these courses, and the TORT Centre visit the TORT website.