The Continuum of Training in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery was established by the Irish Institute for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in 1999, as a means to regularise Higher Surgical Training in Ireland. The Institute oversees the Continuum in Orthopaedics on behalf of the Irish Surgical Postgraduate Training Committee (ISPTC), which is responsible in turn to the Joint Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. These bodies work to set standards and provide a continuity of training for six years. On satisfactory completion of a designated course of study, all Trainees sit their Exit Examination, or Intercollegiate Examination in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and are awarded a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training.
Orthopædica Hibernica is now available to order
The launch of Orthopædica Hibernica took place on Saturday, 7th of July in the RCSI by Mr David FitzPatrick, Mr Ossie Fogarty and Mr James Nixon. Guest speakers were: Professor John Hyland, outgoing president of RCSI, Professor Clive Lee, Professor of Anatomy, RCSI, Professor John O’Byrne, President of the IITOS and Mr Gerry McCoy, previous president of the IOA. Thanks to the RCSI, the IITOS, the IOA and the North of Ireland Regional Orthopaedic Training Committee for their generous support.
Here is a write up which appeared on RTE.ie by Fergal Bowers, Health Correspondent.
“A new book on the development of orthopaedics in Ireland is being launched today in Dublin at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. It has been edited by Doctors David J Fitzpatrick, Esmond Fogarty and James Nixon. In the late 19th and early 20th century, orthopaedic surgery tended to be directed primarily towards the correction of deformities, both congenital and acquired.
Later the management of tuberculous problems were rampant and then Ireland had to deal with the polio epidemics of the 1940s and 1950s, which caused many limb and spinal deformities requiring surgical correction. As these problems became less prevalent, the development of anaesthetic techniques, antisepsis and the use of antibiotics enabled the successful performance of more complex orthopaedic procedures. Then total joint replacement, in its infancy in the 1950s and 1960s, became routine, beginning with hip replacement, one of the most successful procedures practiced in any field of surgery. In the field of trauma, the system of internal fixation of fractures was developed. Operative orthopaedics has changed beyond recognition and the level of morbidity and mortality has reduced here as a result. 'Orthopaedica Hibernica' is published by A&A Farmar.”
A Trauma System for Ireland: Report of the Trauma Steering Group
The Minister for Health today (6th February 2018) published the report of the Trauma Steering Group, A Trauma System for Ireland The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has said that the new Trauma System for Ireland will lead to better outcomes for patients by making sure they get to the right place, for the right care, first time.