Outreach at the BOA Annual Congress 2023

Published on 12 October 2023

As part of the recent British Orthopaedic Association Congress, two of our orthopaedic trainees/honorary clinical fellows gave a session for high school students with a particular interest in science.

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Mrs Samantha Downie gave a talk on what it’s like to be an orthopaedic surgeon, and Miss Ha Phuong Do Le demonstrated simple suturing techniques for the students. Everyone got a chance to try out their suturing skills using supplied kits, and the day was deemed a great success by all the students. The Congress took place in Liverpool at the Arena & Convention Centre under the theme of sustainable systems.

Mrs Samantha Downie noted, “It was a real pleasure to meet the school pupils and hear about their career aspirations. It was great to see how much they enjoyed the practical suturing session, and I was amazed by how quickly they learned the skills we were teaching.” Miss Ha Phuong Do Le added, “It was a delight to chat with the bright young students of Liverpool about the exciting world of orthopaedics. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and I was thrilled to hear some of them express their eagerness to embark on a surgical career journey!”

Professor Arpit Jariwala commented, “It’s wonderful to see Samantha and Ha Phuong supporting high school students as a part of the BOA initiative. I am sure students would have loved the session and gained useful skills. It’s a great way to give back to the Society and stimulate the next generation of medical students.”


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