The 31st Annual meeting of the Seddon Society took place in September 2021 and was an excellent opportunity for trainees to present their work and compete for prizes. Following the success of last year, it was held virtually due to COVID restrictions remaining in place at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. There were 60 participants including both trainees and consultants.
The pandemic has presented challenges to training with the reduction of elective operating and clinics. For this reason, ‘Simulation in Orthopaedic Training’ was selected as the theme. Mr Akash Patel, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, as guest speaker gave a dynamic and insightful presentation on this topic.
The quality of registrar abstract submissions was excellent and 10 were selected for presentation. Topics ranged from limb lengthening and endoprosthetics to hallux valgus and amputation. Each presentation was followed by lively questions and answers. It was a fantastic display of the research in progress across the rotation.
The panel, including Professor Hart, Professor Eastwood and Mr Hanny Anwar selected the winner of the WJ Little Medal following the meeting. Mr Michael Stoddart won the award for his presentation on ‘Time to full weightbearing following intramedullary limb lengthening is overestimated by using the Pixel Value Ratio’.
Ms Chichi Menakaya was the runner up with her presentation on ‘Achieving Distal Fixation and Early Mobilisation in Patients with Severe Femoral Bone Loss Using an Internal Proximal Femoral Replacement Prosthesis’.
This year the competition for the travelling fellowship returned with a live vote on the webinar from participants. Out of the three candidates, Mr Shez Khan received the most votes for his travelling fellowship to visit Professor Philip Shoettle at the Hip and Knee Institute in Munich, Germany.
The winners were announced following the meeting with drinks at the Stag Pub in Hampstead. The next Seddon meeting is set to return as a face-to-face meeting, which we look forward to with great enthusiasm.