Virtual Training Orthopaedic Trainers (V-TOTs)
VIRTUAL TRAINING ORTHOPAEDIC TRAINERS (V-TOTs)
In response to the recent restrictions on face to face meetings, the BOA have created the Virtual Training Orthopaedic Trainers (V-TOTs) programme. Lisa Hadfield-Law, our education advisor, is a trained virtual teacher and has created a programme which aims to improve the standard of teaching for those in trauma and orthopaedic (T&O) training and practice entirely online. The underlying premise of V-TOTs is that if T&O trainers understand how people learn and how the T&O curriculum works, by translating that understanding into action, they should improve their teaching.
The BOA has run V-TOTs programmes since March 2020. Much of the work can be done at a time, place and pace convenient to participants, with attendance at live virtual meetings to supplement personal learning. Learning is monitored through learning logs with written feedback from expert faculty.
Please note: The learning materials for this event booking will be available through Microsoft Teams from 3rd May onwards; this is the official start date of this event, however, there will be scheduled dates for when the live online learning sessions are to be held.
When booking onto the course, please be aware that there are two virtual live sessions you must attend to complete this course. The dates and time for these sessions are:
- 24th May 6-9pm
- 1st June 7-8pm
Please ensure you are available on these dates before you book onto the course.
We will use:
- Microsoft Teams and Zoom to achieve learning outcomes through a set of screencasts and activities that you complete at your own pace.*
- An online ‘learning log’ with feedback from the moderator and cohort colleagues.
- Microsoft Team Call/Zoom for at least one 3-hour live session for teaching simulations with feedback, and discussions.
*Participants should complete the programme within 6 weeks of the start date. The total course duration (number of hours you need to allocate to the course entirely) is approximately 17 hours.
There will be prep work to be completed before the virtual live online sessions which will be available through Microsoft Teams.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Identify personal development needs as a trainer
- Focus on relevant issues arising from the T&O curriculum
- Apply principles of learning including feedback to improve teaching
- Help learners develop capabilities:
- Working with the multidisciplinary team
- In the operating theatre
- During an unselected emergency take
- Caring for in-patients
- In an outpatient’s clinic
- Maximise opportunities in practice for:
- Small group teaching
- Simulation & technology enhanced learning
- Supporting learners with additional needs
There will be 8-16 participants on each course and although not summatively assessed, we offer peer and educator led feedback. ISCP Workplace Based Assessments can be completed incorporating this feedback.
Lisa has had excellent feedback from previous course participants who have made the following comments:
“Excellent and enjoyable course. For one who thought of himself as a conscientious teacher, I realised the usefulness of modern teaching methods.”
“All doctors need exposing to this at an early stage in their careers.”
“I’ve just had a formal feedback summary from our education lead, and I’ve seen a huge increase in quality scores. All thanks to the techniques I learned.”
“Much more useful and applicable as this was a course aimed at training orthopaedic trainers and not simply a generic teach the teacher course – specifics of the curriculum, technical skills, cases/teaching topics selected.”
An established T&O surgical trainer and our educational advisor, Lisa Hadfield-Law, facilitates each course. Over the last 20 years, Lisa has trained over 15,000 surgeons, from 68 countries within Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.
The course fee is £400 for BOA members (£700 for non-members).
Fees are payable at the time of registration. Your place is only treated as confirmed once payment is received.
By booking onto this course you consent to:
- The use of Microsoft Teams, Whatsapp and Zoom for all communication and learning material needs