British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (BOTA)
The British Orthopaedic Trainees Association, BOTA, was set up in 1987 following a meeting in Oxford when 45 Senior Registrars met at a symposium entitled ‘Planning a career in Orthopaedic Surgery’. It subsequently became affiliated to the British Orthopaedic Association. Since its foundation its membership has increased from the founding 45 to more than 1000 Specialist Registrars (and recently appointed consultants).
Orthopaedic surgeons make up around 40% of the membership of the Royal Colleges, and as the largest surgical subspecialty BOTA devolved from ASiT, the Association of Surgeons in Training, to represent the views of T&O specifically. However, ASiT and BOTA have a strong relationship, and work together on many issues to represent surgical trainees as a collective.
Currently, full membership is available to all doctors holding an NTN in T&O. As of 2010, junior membership is available to all other qualified doctors in approved training programmes (i.e. FY, CT or non-RTT ST).
More details about BOTA may be found at: www.bota.org.uk