The University Orthopaedics, Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Cluster (UOHC) is responsible for the training of both undergraduate medical students, basic and advanced surgical trainees. Our cluster is at the forefront of advanced surgical techniques and we have the largest number of Singaporean patients who have undergone thoracoscopic "keyhole" scoliosis surgery, hip surface replacement, advanced cartilage repair using autologous cartilage implantation or mesenchymal stem cells, and artificial spinal disc replacement. This has attracted regional and international fellows who are seeking subspeciality training in their respective areas of interest to train with us and we have had a long and successful history of having trained international surgeons in the areas of Spine, Joint Replacements, Paediatric Orthopaedics, Microsurgery, Trauma and Sports. We have also recently started a well-subscribed musculoskeletal oncology fellowship for international fellows with the aim of improving care in this area in the region.
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Workshops and courses
We also frequently conduct workshops and courses to impart advanced surgical techniques to both local and international surgeons and some of these recent courses include:
- The Division of Spine Surgery successfully completed a course on Artificial Disc Replacement for cervical and lumbar disc disease
- The Division of Adult Reconstruction conducted Singapore's first cadaveric Hip Surface Replacement Course in the NUH STAR laboratory
- Adolescent Spinal deformity Course conducted by the Division of Spinal Surgery
- Asia's first International Cartilage Repair Society Surgical Skills Course
- Photos of past courses
The department is also active in the continuing medical education (CME) of our Family Physician partners and we frequently conduct CME lectures and updates for them. We recently completed the 6th in a series of cadaveric workshops for local GPs on office procedures and suturing and also recently hosted a GP Symposium entitled "Non-operative management of Osteoarthritis".
Finally, we also conduct frequent public symposiums on various topics related to bones and joints to empower our community with the knowledge to lead an active and healthy life.
Introductory Course in Knee Arthroplasty & Computer Navigation
This course covers the design rationale, preoperative planning, and technical principles of primary total knee arthroplasty. It also introduces participants to the use of computer navigation in knee arthroplasty. It consists of interactive lectures, slide presentations, small group discussions and practical workshop sessions using sawbones.
The course is directed at trainee medical officers, registrars and fellows, and participation is limited to 15 individuals to maintain an effective faculty-student ratio. Participants are given the opportunity to practise both standard and navigated total knee arthroplasty.
The course is held twice a year, in May and in November. The Course Director is Dr Lingaraj Krishna, who is also the Associate Programme Director of the NUHS Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programme.
R W H Pho Lectureship 2013
17 -20 July 2013
Each year, the University Orthopaedics, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Cluster hosts an invited lecturer for several days as part of the RWH Pho Lectureship.
The invited lecturer is Professor Scott Kozin of Shriner's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia. He holds the appointment of Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (Temple University) ansd is the Chief of Staff at Shriner's Hospital. He holds the appointment of President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand concurrently. His area of expertise is in injuries of the paediatric upper extremities, paediatric peripheral nerve injury, obstetric palsy and upper extremity reconstruction in obstetric palsy, cerebral palsy and teraplegia.
The lectureship spans from 17 to 20 July 2013 with the plenary lecture to be held on Wednesday, 17 July, 6 pm at the NUHS Auditorium. More details on the lectureship programme include a session on lateral condyle injuries, paediatric nerve injuries, complications of upper extremity injuries in children as well as a variety of topics on the palsied extremity.
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