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Formal Regional Teaching

Trainees in their first 2 years of training tend to work on the “SHO” rota in most departments, although this does vary a little. They do not have weekly teaching sessions, but rather several study days throughout the year.  


Sessions include: 

  • One or two formal teaching days 

  • Cadaveric fracture fixation course at Glasgow University 

  • Plaster skills sessions 



All middle grade trainees at this level have mandatory Friday afternoon teaching, usually at either Glasgow Royal Infirmary or the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. If held at GRI, teaching will be usually be in the Ian Kelly Lecture Theater, located in the basement of the Gatehouse Building. If held at QEUH, the location varies between the Teaching and Learning Centre, the Labs building lecture theater or a seminar room within the hospital.


The teaching is mandatory. Trainees must attend >70% of the sessions, otherwise they risk an adverse outcome at ARCP. 15 days of the annual study leave allowance are allocated the teaching programme. Consequently, it is also mandatory for individual departments to release trainees on a Friday afternoon other than in exceptional circumstances. However, trainees who are 'on-call' usually need to return to their hospital to cover the evening shift.  


The teaching terms roughly follow the school holidays (Autumn, Spring, Summer) and follow a sub-specialty rotation, repeating every 3 years. This ensures that every trainee should go through the teaching cycle at least twice during their training. Both local and external speakers deliver the teaching. Many speakers prefer to deliver the teaching in an interactive manner and questions are common. It is conventional for peri FRCS exam trainees to sit on the front row for allow suitable targeting of questions, although the remainder of the audience may also be called upon.  


Sub-specialties covered (in running order): 

  • Spine 

  • Hip 

  • Knee 

  • Basic science - biomechanics / orthotics / prosthetics / investigations

  • Trauma

  • Orthopaedic pathology / tumour

  • Foot & ankle

  • Hand 

  • Shoulder & elbow

The current cycle started:

  • Sept. 2016 - Spine

  • Sept. 2017 - Basic science

  • Sept. 2018 - Foot and ankle


Paediatric teaching is usually covered within sub-specialty term. Miscellaneous paediatric conditions may be covered within the orthopaedic pathology term. 


Teaching sessions start at 2 pm and usually have a coffee break around 3 pm. We are usually finished by around 1630, although the occasional session does run on. If permission is granted from the speaker, relevant resources and presentations will be uploaded to the secure section of this website.  

The T&O 2017 Syllabus is available on the ISCP website. However, the following demostrates the curriculum for the regional teaching programme. 

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