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AADO Scholarship 2008
A Report on Edinburgh Instructional Trauma Course
Edinburgh, Scotland
11-15 August 2008

It is a report from Dr. Aggarwal Sameer, one of the successful applicants of AADO Scholarship 2008, who attended the Edinburgh Instructional Trauma Course in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 11-15 August 2008.

First of all I would like to thank AADO who has given me an opportunity to attend Edinburgh International Instructional Trauma Course held at Edinburgh from 11-15th August, 2008. I started my journey from Chandigarh on 10th August, 2008 and reached Edinburgh on 11th morning. From the Airport I went directly to the venue of the Conference, The Sheraton Hotel. Mrs. Carol Hajducka symposium Co-ordinator helped me to complete all formalities of registration and I was handed over a conference bag containing all details. The first session of Paediatrics Fractures was very informative, especially the Pelvic and Hip Fractures in children. After the lunch break, Adult Fractures session started which was also very good. Lecture by Prof. Mark Kuster was very interactive. After this there was a small group sessions by TO White on "How I do it Pilon fracture fixation" where three case presentations were discussed in detail and tips for early management of these fracture were given. After the end of a long day, I went to Pollock Hall, University of Edinburgh where I was allotted a room in Briad House as it had been a very hectic day for me I went to sleep quite early.

Edinburgh Instructional
Trauma Course Venue


Next morning after break fast at 7.00 a.m., there was a buswaiting to take delegates to the venue. First lecture was on "Clavicle fractures" by MD Mckee followed by three lectures of shoulder region. The lecture by TE Hems about Brachial Plexus was an eye opener. Next session on Proximal Humerul Fractures and Humeral shaft fractures was very interesting and educative. The best part of all the presentations was that every fact was supported by a publication in the reputed journal. The elbow dislocation and terrible triad by L Rymaszewski was excellent. At 5.00 p.m. there was an again a small group session on proximal humeral fractures fixations where three cases were discussed at length. As it was raining we went back to Polack Hall in a cab. After taking some rest we went to city center for sight seeing then we had dinner in an Indian Restaurant.


Dr. Sameer (left) and
Other Participants


On 13th August the first session on digital radial fractures was extremely good. Again the presentations by MD Mckee and T Lindau were excellent. It has given me important tips to manage these factures. It was followed by a session on spinal injuries. After the lunch break, there was a quiz by SJ Mathews in which we were supposed to answer 20 questions. In the evening we went to see the military tattoo program at the palace which was a very great and memorable experience. On 14th August, the lower limb injuries were discussed in detail. I was able to interact personally with AD Patel, SJ Mathews, P Giannoudis. In the evening there was a lecture on Brachial plexus injuries by Rofle Birch who was Professor of Orthopaedic Neurological Surgery in the Centre of Academic Orthopaedics at University College, London. His oration on Brachial plexus was an academic feast. On the last day, first pelvic fractures were discussed. I had quite a long interaction and discussion with A Ganssien. It was followed by session on Foot and Ankle and multiple injuries patients. After the lunch there were few lectures on complications and its management.

The best part of this course was the discussions in detail and interactions with very renowned orthopaedic trauma surgeons of the world. After the course we handed over the feed back forms to the Organizers and were given the certificate of participation. Next morning I started my journey back home.

Once again I wish to convey my gratitude and sincere thanks to AADO for giving me this scholarship and also for partially sponsoring my expenses.

With greetings from INDIA.

Dr. Aggarwal Sameer
01 September 2008



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