Now in it's third year, the Arthroplasty Academy has rapidly gained stature. Newly qualified orthopaedic surgeons with an active interest in arthroplasty may apply via a written motivation to their HOD. The Heads of Department at the participating state hospitals then select and nominate their candidates who must be available to participate in the full year programme. The closing date for applications is 31 October each year.
"The Arthroplasty Academy is such a positive initiative by Smith & Nephew. Having the chance to go around the country and learn from the best surgeons is not something I would ever really get otherwise. Itmeant that I was trained to do these operations in the best way possible."
Dr Frank Peters, participating surgeon 2012
The orthopaedic surgeons selected to participate in the Arthroplasty Academy receive intensive training over a year. This includes a sawbones workshop and a cadaver workshop. Visiting surgeon programmes give candidates opportunity to go into theatre with leading hip and knee surgeons where they are exposed to technologies and different surgical techniques. The participating surgeons also spend time at the Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Implant Development Centre in Warwick, UK.
The Academy programme includes outreach projects at state hospitals where the surgeons operate on financially needy patients. Smith & Nephew donates top quality implants and wound therapies and the surgeons provide the expertise, working with the hospital’s orthopaedic faculty. In this way the Smith & Nephew Arthroplasty Academy also fosters a spirit of volunteerism that makes it possible to do quality elective surgery in underserved communities.
Dr Mike Barrow, who demonstrated Visionaire Patient Matched Technology to the academy candidates at Mthatha's Bedford Orthopaedic Hospital said:
"It's a great innovation for outlying places where they are not often able to perform knee and hip replacements so it's an educational exercise as well as a teaching opportunity."
Arthroplasty Academy faculty - Chairman: Dr Mack Rogan, Johannesburg Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Andrew Baker, VSP Host | Orthopaedic Surgeon, Durban, Dr Chris Snyckers, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Pretoria.
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