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ASiT Preconference Course 2020: Foundation Skills in Orthopaedics

ASiT Preconference course 2020: Foundation Skills in Orthopaedics 

Date & Time

Friday 6th March 2020


ICC Birmingham

Course convenors

Katie Hughes, Kirsty McLeod, Srinivas Cheruvu

Partner trainee organisation (if applicable)

British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (BOTA)

Target audience

Med student – CT2 (pre-SpR)



This all-day course aims to teach basic orthopaedic practical skills and knowledge to medical students and trainees interested in a career in orthopaedics.

We will be delivering a dynamic, hands-on day. It’s a great opportunity to get more comfortable with orthopaedic kit in a low-stress environment under close supervision from SpRs and consultants so when you get into theatre your knowledge can shine! We received excellent feedback for our 2019 course and aim to make 2020 even better. Attending this course is also an excellent way to demonstrate commitment to specialty for both Core Surgical Training and ST3 Orthopaedic entry.

Learning Outcomes 

Understand the basic principles and be able to demonstrate the following skills on sawbones: (**provisional** awaiting kit confirmation from Sponsor)

  • Dynamic Hip Screw
  • Ankle external fixator
  • Compression plating / lag screw on a long bone fracture
  • Intramedullary nailing of a tibia/femur

Talks on

  • Basic fracture management
  • Orthopaedic careers and CV building

***Provisional programme***

8:30 to 9:00    Registration / coffee                                   

9:00-9:10         Welcome

9:10 – 09:30    LECTURE: Immediate management of a broken limb

9:30 – 11:00    PRACTICAL 1

11:00-11:15     COFFEE                                                        

11:15-11:45     LECTURE: Principals of # fixation

11:45-13:15    PRACTICAL 2

13:15 – 14:00  LUNCH                                                        

14:00-15:15     PRACTICAL 3

15:15 – 15:30  TALK: ‘What is training in Orthopaedic surgery like & How do I get into it?’

15:30 – 15:45 COFFEE                                                        

15:45-17:00     PRACTICAL 4

1700 – 1710    TALK: ‘What BOTA can offer you’

17:15 – 17:30 Conclusion / Feedback / Course Evaluation

With thanks to Smith and Nephew for providing training kit

Contact e-mails for course enquiries:,

Please note this course is not a standalone course, and in order to be eligible to attend, you must register for the ASiT 2020 Conference.


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