Last week, I organised the first London pelvis trauma course to give registrars and surgical fellows an introduction to pelvis surgery and encourage them to join the specialty.
Over 30 delegates attended from all over the UK at the London Transport museum depot which was one of the few places big enough for the huge Stryker teaching lab on the bag of a lorry.
We had 12 faculty members including the legendary Martin Bircher, Pete Bates, Paul Culpan and John Dwyer (President of AO UK, www.aouk.org) who all gave up their valuable time to teach. Orthopaedic Research UK (www.oruk.org), Stryker (gold sponsor, www.stryker.com), LEDA Orthopaedics (www.ledaortho.com) and Siemens all kindly donated to this educational event so that we could keep the costs down for delegates.
The registrars learnt the fundamentals of pelvis and acetabular trauma cases and tips and tricks to surgical approaches. We debunked to the teaching lab where 8 dry-bone stations allowed the students to practice fixing posterior wall fractures and open book pelvis fractures.
My personal favourite was getting the delegates to play with the the image intensifier C-arm where they could practise their wire and screw orientation using a Starr frame. This video which brings what we were practicing to life (www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXzsZr_mtA8).
There was great feedback and so the plan is to run the course every year.