|Date||11th October 2011|
|Venue||Weston General Hospital Academy|
Weston 11th October 2011
A very enjoyable meeting was held in the Academy at Weston General Hospital, hosted by John Dixon and colleagues. There was a healthy turnout from all grades, and 24 papers were read by trainees. The prize was awarded (by Bob Spencer – see pic) to Dani Piper, a medical student for her excellent presentation entitled “ACL bundle augmentation“.
The guest lectures had a strong local theme:
Patrick Case (introduced by his wife Ruth Case) updated us with his unparalleled experience on “The metal debris story so far”.
Lindsay Smith then shared the experience she has built up on “The long term follow up of hip and knee replacements”.
The Pridie Memoral Lecture was given by Duncan Whitwell (from the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford) on “Trends in the surgical management of pathological fractures”, including his insight into the potential option of mega-prostheses allowing early functional rehabilitation. Duncan was a previous Senior SHO in Weston in the 1990s.
Dinner was held at the Oak and Glass restaurant.
It was agreed that:
- A new website should be commissioned
- Future meetings should follow the BOA congress format of short (4 minute) presentations for the majority of papers, with additional time for discussion
- Papers submitted to future meetings should be rated by several consultants and trainees, preferably blinded
- In future, ballots for SWOC secretary / president posts will be organized independently of those standing for election
- That the Gary Hampson Memorial Prize will be re-advertised in 2012 once the current state of the fund has been determined. The Hon Sec will canvas suitable judges for this award
- That a new Bluespier prize (of a single user license worth £1500) will be advertised in 2012 for research proposals from trainees. The method of selection is still to be decided.
- That SWOC would benefit from having a trainee representative from each of the training rotations