Orthopaedics, Traumatology & Rehabilitation
The Department of Orthopaedics, Traumatology and Rehabilitation was set up in 2000 with only 3 lecturers. Since then it has grown and now has over 20 staff. The Department of Orthopaedics is primarily involved in the teaching of the undergraduate programme. 12 weeks of posting are provided in phase III (Year 4) of the medical programme. During year 1 and year 2, some basic aspects of orthopaedics are taught, namely the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system. This programme will introduce an integrated approach to the disciplines of orthopaedics, traumatology and rehabilitation.
During this posting, the students will gain the basic knowledge of orthopaedic problems, trauma, rehabilitation and related disorders. The Department started postgraduate programmes in 2008. Now, there are 3 students for Master's in Orthopaedic Surgery (M.Orth). The programme is divided into 4 years aimed at allowing progressive mastery of knowledge, skills and attitude, increasing responsibilities and independence.
The Department has its Orthopaedic Research Laboratory and collaborates closely in its studies on biomaterials. The laboratory is located on level 3 of the Kulliyyah of Medicine. The main research activity in this laboratory is hard tissue processing by using the Exact Machine System. There is also an animal operating facility, and the Department utilizes these animal services in its large and small animal research programs.
Currently, the Department is planning to set up an Advanced Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, which consists of four subunits namely:
- The Musculoskeletal Tissue Bank laboratory
- The Biomaterial Research Laboratory
- The Tissue Engineering Laboratory
- The Biomaterials Laboratory
These laboratories are also as a place to educate and assist students and researchers both from within our department and from external locations for research in the orthopaedic sciences. The Department also has numerous collaborative research programs such as the Advance Materials Centre (AMREC).
Our commercialized medical products include GranuMas and IIUMmy Fix. GranuMas is commercially marketed by GranuLab Sdn Bhd, while IIUMmy Fix is marketed by Advance MSR Sdn Bhd.
- Ensure that students have the ability to recognize common Orthopaedic problems and to be able to formulate clinical diagnoses, propose appropriate investigations, and outline an adequate management plan for the patient
- Encourage and facilitate staff to develop sub-specialties in an area of interest, including Spine Surgery, Arthroplasty, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Paediatric Orthopaedics, Hand & Upper Limb Surgery, Micro & Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery, Trauma Surgery and Rehabilitation
- Develop expertise and facilities for performing world class basic scientific and clinical research, with multi-disciplinary and multi-institution collaboration in accordance to the needs of the nation and the Orthopaedic industry
- Instill understanding of Islamic rules and regulation (syariah) pertaining to the performance of Ibadah following musculoskeletal injury and surgery in Orthopaedics, and to incorporate this understanding into the appropriate management of the patient