International prize in Orthopaedics

My intercalation year at Imperial College London was one of novelty, excitement and well…hard work. However, once making it past the hardest exams of my life, I was lucky enough to begin a 12-week research project in the MSk lab at Charing Cross Hospital. Under supervision of world renowned surgeon Professor Justin Cobb and the fantastic Dr Kartik Logishetti and Dr Edouard Auvinet, I worked on an innovative project investigating the plausibility of using augmented reality (AR) technology to improve simulation training for orthopaedic surgeons.

The premise was that AR could provide high fidelity simulation while maintaining tactile feedback, making for effective simulation, so far unachieved for total hip arthroplasty – allowing safe, high volume training for novice surgeons. I submitted the project for an oral presentation at the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS) conference in Munich, September 2017, and was accepted.

Whether it be my youthful enthusiasm or auspicious confidence, EORS awarded me Best Overall Oral Presentation for the conference. I was hugely honoured. Not only was I one of the youngest present, but this was also my first conference participation. It was a great affirmation to me that if someone works hard, they can reap what they sow, irrespective of their status. I was then invited to present my research as a poster at the Orthopaedic Research Society in New Orleans, March 2018. Intercalating has been a great personal experience and opportunity and I can only hope this award is one of many to come.

Luke Western BSc (Hons) Year 3 Medical Student