I was happy and thrilled when I got the news about my fellowship from SRS office. I was happy that I would be able to work with likes of Prof Kenneth Cheung, Prof Wong and Prof Keith Luk and learn from them. Moreover the centre Queen Mary Hospital has been a legacy to one of the best and finest spine surgeons of the world.
I reached on 8th of January at Hong Kong. My fellowship duration was for three weeks. I took rest for a day and was on to my work next day. My work involved observing spine surgeries in two hospitals Queen Mary hospital and Duchess of Kent Children’s hospital. I was staying in a hotel, which was not far away from hospital. All my travel, accommodation and meal expenses were born by Scoliosis Research Society. On my first day I met Dr. Paul who is a young dynamic spine surgeon. I found Dr. Paul a very well informed, amicable and an unpretentious person. I learnt a lot from him especially examining scoliosis patients, distal radius and ulna classification to assess maturity, ITB pump and other fine tricks of clinical examination.
I had an opportunity to work with Dr Keith Luk, Dr Wong and Dr Kenneth Cheung. I had an opportunity to observe transarticular C1C2 fixation with Prof Keith Luk, which was new for me. I had an opportunity to attend grand rounds and was impressed with the academic discussion that follows on rounds. I was also mesmerized with the emphasis on the research in the hospital. I had an opportunity to work in out patient department with Dr Wong. He is a great teacher and a fine human being. He taught me the conservative aspects of spine surgery and strengthened my belief that not all spine ailments require surgery. I had also an opportunity to observe one AIS correction with him in OR.
Dr Kenneth cheung being the chief of the department of spine and orthopaedics still took time to greet me and introduce me to the other members of the department. I had never thought that in my young age as a spine surgeon I will be working with SRS president. It was a dream come true for me when he asked me to join him in a Shilla deformity corrective procedure for early onset scoliosis.
On the week end I went to see the tourist spots in the city and enjoyed the flavors of the Hong Kong. I took my flight back home on 27 JANUARY. It was a very memorable trip in my career. I will like to thank Scoliosis Research society for giving me this opportunity to be one of the proud HONG KONG fellows.
Dr. Rajat Mahajan
Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi, India