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The British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (BOTA) and the British Orthopaedic Medical Students Association (BOMSA) are excited to announce and open bookings for our National Medical Student Course 2022!

This national pre-congress course has been designed in collaboration with BOMSA to teach basic orthopaedic practical skills and core knowledge to those interested in a career in orthopaedics. We will be delivering a dynamic, hands-on day with a morning of short career-focussed talks, portfolio workshops and teaching focussing on x-ray interpretation and basic fracture management. The afternoon will allow delegates the opportunity to get comfortable with orthopaedic practical skills using dry sawbone and bone cementing kits in a low-stress environment under close supervision from course faculty, including orthopaedic trainees and consultants. There will also be an opportunity to hone your suturing skills and so when you get into theatre your knowledge and skills can shine!

Attending this course is also an excellent way to demonstrate commitment to the speciality for both CST and ST3 applications.

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Course Programme (Subject to Change):

Morning Lectures

Case-Lead Teaching

Practical Workshops:

  • From Medical Student to T&O Surgeon (Life as a T&O FY/CST/SpR and Consultant)

  • Portfolio Workshop

  • Surviving the Trauma Meeting & X-Ray Interpretation

  • Basic Principles of Fracture Management

  • Open Fractures

  • Upper + Lower Limb Trauma

  • Elective Hip Series

  • Wound Management

  • Lag Screw + Dynamic Compression Plating

  • Dynamic Hip Screw (DHS)

  • Bone Cementing

In addition to the above sessions you will have access to:

  • Unrivalled Networking Opportunities

  • BOMSA Social

  • Certificates of Attendance (upon completion of feedback)

Complimentary lunch, teas, and coffee are provided to all course delegates - please email with any dietary requirements.

Course bookings will be on a first-come first-serve basis. If oversubscribed, a waiting list will be kept and delegates will be informed of any cancellations. Please email if this is the case.

FREE for BOTA/BOA Members: Please note that £10 for General Admission is a deposit and will be refunded upon attendance for BOA/BOTA Medical Student Members. You also need to register for the BOTA Congress to attend.

Please note, if you have recently applied for membership and it is pending review/confirmation, you are still eligible to book a place on our course. We will be verifying active membership status upon attendance.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Shiv Kolhe - BOMSA Vice President ( or Khadija Mahmoud - BOTA Med Student Rep (

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