ACF in Trauma and Orthopaedics
Dr Adrian Kendal
Pathway to an ACF position
Adrian had previously deferred entry into core surgical training to complete a DPhil in therapeutic immunology. This had been an area of personal interest to him since he had been an undergraduate. Having obtained a Specialist Registrar post, Adrian wanted to continue biological research but with a greater emphasis on orthopaedic surgery. The trauma and orthopaedics ACF programme offered a way of completing some post-doctoral research while continuing his specialist surgical training.
What does the work involve?
Adrian feels fortunate to have been very well supported by his academic educational supervisor, programme director and research supervisor. This allowed him to begin with 18 months of trauma and orthopaedics training before taking a 6-month block for research. The final 3 months were part of a 6-month job share with another trainee, arranged by the program director to ensure NHS provision. Without these dedicated periods of research time it would have been difficult to complete a laboratory-based project.
Adrian chose the University of Oxford as it provides an excellent research environment, in general. In addition, the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMs), in particular, is a national and international leader in orthopaedic research. Adrian also believes that Oxford greatly benefits from partnership with the Kennedy Institute and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC), with access to patient samples.