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Surgery and Interventional Science

Doctorate in Orthopaedics

Professional Doctorate in Orthopaedics

The Doc Orth (Professional Doctorate in Orthopaedics) is designed to train the next generation of academic orthopaedic surgeons. This programme will bring together all three elements of training under one professional doctoral programme:

  1. a taught element.
  2. a reflective clinical competence and
  3. high quality research. 

It complements clinical training, up-regulating the scientific and ORIGINAL research content. Combined with the existing Higher Surgical Training programme, this course will offer students both an excellent preparation for FRCS(Orth) and a doctorate with an original research element. The main driver is greater integration of clinical service, research and education in the NHS, as exemplified by the development of the various Academic Health Sciences Centre models, in order to speed the development of improvements in patient care.

The target group for this course are orthopaedic surgical trainees with National Training Numbers (which implies also GMC registration and the MRCS), who are interested in pursuing academic career and/or those who have a keen interest in research. Intake is restricted to 2-3 per year.  This is a Ph.D level (8) degree. i.e. a professional Doctorate.

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