Another successful MCh (Orth) year

Published on 3 July 2023

It is with immense pride that UDOTS can announce that all Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) candidates were awarded their degrees on 23 June 2023.

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Students and UDOTS staff at the ‘MCh Orth’ bench outside the TORT Centre where the official class photograph has been taken since 2001. Back to Front, Left to Right: Dr Aamna Athwal, Dr Ajitabh Mishra, Mr Ian Christie (Postgraduate Skills Tutor), Dr Darshan Shah, Mr David Ridley (Project Supervisor), Dr Abhijit Bandyopadhyay, Mr Sadiq Nasir (Specialist Postgraduate Tutor), Dr Syed Mussadique Ali, Dr Weijie Wang (Project Supervisor), Mr Alan Duncan (Senior Teaching and Operations Support Technician), Work Experience student, Dr Kiran Kumar Shah, Mrs Linda Johnston (Clinical Audit Manager), Dr Tim Drew (Senior Lecturer), Professor Arpit Jariwala (UDOTS & MCh Orth Director), Mrs Sheila MacDonald (Senior Programme Administrator).

2024 will be the 30th anniversary of the first MCh (Orth) student intake. The programme, accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, has now educated 450 orthopaedic surgeons from numerous countries around the world, many of whom have continued to be ambassadors and champions of the programme and the University of Dundee.

The Professor Ian Smiley Class Award of Distinction for the best overall student this year goes to Dr Ajitabh Mishra. His research investigated the use of constrained acetabular liners to prevent instability after primary and revision hip arthroplasty performed in NHS Tayside hospitals and was supervised by Mr Alasdair MacInnes and Mrs Linda Johnston. Dr Mishra also won the David Rowley Award for his research presentation.

Dr Mishra commented:

“It is with great honour and humility that I accept this prestigious award. Receiving this award has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to pursue my academic goals and have my efforts acknowledged in such a remarkable manner. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery for the trust and confidence you have placed in me by recognising my achievements. This recognition will keep on motivating me to strive for excellence in all my academic endeavours. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to my teachers, mentors, supervisors and advisors, whose guidance and support have been invaluable throughout my educational journey. I also want to thank my classmates, who have been a continuous source of support, and companionship throughout the journey. Lastly, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to my family for their unconditional love, constant support, and sacrifices they have made throughout this journey.”

A group of candidates in attending a workshop

MCh (Orth) candidates attending cadaveric hand surgery workshop led by Professor Arpit Jariwala and Mr Simon Johnson and a paediatric spinal surgery workshop with Mr Thanos Tsirikos.

A group of candidates attending a workshop in Orthopeadics

Left: Mr Stephen Dalgleish (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Director for NHS Tayside Orthopaedics) teaching the MCh (Orth) students about ligamentous injuries around the knee; Right: Thiel cadaveric foot and ankle workshop with Ms Triin Nurm and Pete Hutchison (Consultant Orthopaedic & Foot and Ankle Surgeon).

Professor Arpit Jariwala commented:

“Very well done on successfully gaining your MCh (Orth) Dundee degrees. I’d like to congratulate you for all your hard work, excellent research, and your keenness to learn and progress yourself. I must applaud you for the personal sacrifice that comes with studying in a foreign country especially leaving your job, family and friends behind. I’d like to thank you for your understanding during the past year and for working with us. It has been a demanding nine months, but I’m delighted you all managed to attend studies in person here at Dundee. 

This year we were able to introduce trauma meetings every morning to the curriculum to help you gain more experience in decision making, introduce a Thiel cadaveric workshop for Spine and Foot and Ankle which had excellent feedback. We were fortunate to add more distinguished lectures for various orthopaedic sub-specialities to further the breadth of your skills and knowledge.

I’d like to thank our amazingly talented teaching faculty and examiners who freely give their time in support of the programme. I can never hope to repay the MCh (Orth) Dundee team and my UDOTS colleagues for their invaluable support again this year. The ongoing success of the course is down to these devoted lecturers and staff members without whom the course would not further develop.

I am sure that you’ll take away many fond memories of Scotland and the new lifelong friendships you have made. You are now our trusted Alumni ambassadors based throughout the world and we will continue to support you from afar and would love to keep in touch with you and see you rise high. All the best for your continued success in your future careers from all of us here in UDOTS.”


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