Orthopaedic Surgeon at Ysbyty Gwynedd praised for delivering excellent training programme

A surgeon at Ysbyty Gwynedd has been recognised for providing excellent learning opportunities and improving the surgical skills of his trainees.

Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, Mr Muthu Ganapathi is nominated for the annual ‘Trainer of the Year’ award, which is chosen by trainees across Wales.

Mr Ganapathi, who has been nominated for the award by one of his former registrars, is the Orthopaedic Education Lead at Ysbyty Gwynedd, and oversees the teaching and training programme for the surgical trainees within the Trauma & Orthopaedic department.

He said: “I feel very honoured to be nominated by one of my former trainees, it’s always good to hear positive feedback about the teaching offered here at Ysbyty Gwynedd.

“Over the last couple of years we have adapted our programme which has helped to deliver the highest quality of training for our trainees.

“When the trainees join us here at Ysbyty Gwynedd for their first rotation we assess their level and ensure we set goals and objectives as part of their training.

“It is important for us as a department to provide learning and development opportunities for trainees in any clinical environment, whether it’s on ward rounds or in theatres.

“As a trainer it’s always a pleasure for me to see our future surgeons develop during their time with us and see them improving their surgical skills.”

Mr Ganapathi’s current registrar, Mr Luke Nugent, is extremely complimentary of the training offered at the hospital.

He said: “I’m currently in my second year at Ysbyty Gwynedd and the training I’ve received has been excellent.

“I feel extremely supported by the Consultants and as well as our normal clinical duties we are offered a number of ways to develop our knowledge such as attending bi-monthly Arthroplasty meetings where we can discuss interesting cases.

“There is a culture of teaching here that you don’t see in most hospitals and I feel I have really improved my skills and knowledge under the guidance of the Orthopaedic department.”

Clinical Director for Medical Education at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Dr Damian McKeon said: “The Orthopaedic Department at Ysbyty Gwynedd has had a huge cultural transformation in terms of being one of our premier educational departments over the last 18 months.

“The team have looked at all grades of doctors and physician associates and embraced their training needs that have brought them together as a team, which in turn has delivered excellent care for our patients.”

Dr Karen Mottart, Medical Director at Ysbyty Gwynedd, added:  “I would like to congratulate Mr Ganapathi on his nomination – it’s fantastic to hear such positive feedback from our trainees.

“I’m especially pleased that our Trauma and Orthopaedic department are being recognised for an educational award – it’s great to see recognition for all the efforts that have been made to improve sustainable education within their department.”