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    Trauma and Orthopaedic

Medical Student Information Pack


1-3    Letter of introduction

4      Student Partnerships

5      Outline of Student Teaching Sessions

6      Clinic Attendance Sheet

7      Feedback questionnaire
Welcome to Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at Warwick. We are looking forward to introducing you to our world of musculoskeletal disease and
injury, and its treatment. During this attachment you will also be able to spend time with an anaesthetist, and therefore see surgery from both sides.

The Learning Objectives for this attachment are described in detail within the WMS Course Document, (the relevant section is Chapter 4: Locomotor and
Trauma.) These are quite extensive, but you should focus on the most common problems. The key skills you should have at the end of the attachment are:

      The ability to take a relevant history of common musculoskeletal problems.
      The ability to perform a focused examination of the major joints.
      The ability to elicit the physical signs of common conditions.
      The ability to describe the early management of common fractures.
You will have several opportunities for learning during your attachment:

   1. Consultant Partnerships: Each pair of students is attached to a pair of consultants: one orthopaedic surgeon and one anaesthetist (see Student
      Partnership List for details).
   2. Special Clinics: Orthopaedic surgery is increasingly sub-specialised so your consultant’s practice may not expose you to the full range of orthopaedic
      problems. Previous groups have found that it is particularly helpful to attend a specialist spine clinic and a specialist paediatric clinic. Kerry Kyte (ext
      25072) can book you into these specialist clinics at UHCW, regardless of which hospital is your principle attachment. In order to ensure you gain
      broad experience we will provide you with a sign off sheet for the main categories of clinic. Make sure that you get to at least one of each of these and
      have your sheet signed off and bring that sheet with you to the exam at the end of the block.

   3. Teaching: We do provide some centralised Formal Teaching Sessions every Wednesday afternoon in addition to that you will receive with your own
      consultants. On alternate Wednesdays, this is part of the Regional Orthopaedic Professional Development Session which is held at the Clinical Sciences
      Building at Walsgrave Hospital. During the intervening Wednesday afternoons we will provide additional teaching around common musculoskeletal
   4. Portfolios: We expect you to complete 3 orthopaedic portfolio case reports during your attachment and these should be presented verbally to your
      consultant during the first half of your attachment. Of the 3 portfolios, 1 should be extended to explore the evidence behind diagnostic technique or
      treatment. There will be a £100 prize for the best extended portfolio. If you would like one of your portfolio cases to be considered for this prize,
      please submit a duplicate of that case to me via Kerry Kyte
   5. Feedback: We would ask you to be very honest with us about what you believe to be the strengths and weaknesses of the course and we will give you a
      formal feedback form about half way through the block. Please complete it and bring it with you to the exam at the end of the block.
In response to requests from previous students we have developed an assessment at the end of the block. This exam has 3 parts:

   1. You need to return a completed clinic signature sheet to show that you have at least seen the whole range of orthopaedic practice. The sheet should be
      brought to the exam and handed in with your completed feedback form.
   2. There is a short answer written exam which tests your factual knowledge about common musculoskeletal problems, including interpretation of
   3. There is an OSCE including several simulated patients in which you are expected to demonstrate basic history taking and clinical examination
      techniques. Any student who fails the exam would be required to sit an extended ICE. However, we do not expect anyone to fail the examination and
      have included it in the course as a focus and a means to give you some summative assessment.

If you have any further questions or need any help at any stage during your attachment please feel free to contact me via my secretary. Alternatively you can
contact me directly via my university e-mail address Please note the following people are also Orthopaedic Representatives for
this block: Mr M Costa and Mr S Turner, both Honorary Senior Lecturers at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, Mr R Reddy, Honorary Senior Lecturer at
George Eliot Hospital and Mr M Stanislas, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at South Warwickshire Hospital.

Once again a very warm welcome to your Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery attachment.

Yours sincerely

Professor Damian Griffin
                                                        TRAUMA AND ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY

                                                       MEDICAL STUDENT CLINIC ATTENDANCE



Please demonstrate that you have attended a full range of clinics across the whole speciality by completing this sheet for one clinic in each sub-speciality. Bring
it with you to the exam in the final week of the block.

Plaster Room Session

Paediatric Elective Clinic

Adult Fracture Clinic

Upper Limb Clinic

Hip and Knee Clinic

Spine Clinic

Name of Consultant:                                         Date of attachment:

Please complete the form below and hand it in to Kerry Kyte on the day of your exam:
                                    Good          Average Poor            Comments

PDS Teaching Sessions and
Student Tutorials
Warwick Orthopaedics Web Site
(Student Area)
Clinic based experience

Ward based experience

Theatre based experience

Please detail one aspect of your placement that was good:

Please detail one aspect of your placement that could be improved:

Please note: The information provided is strictly confidential.

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