What is your current job title?
Territory Manager Arthroplasty
Where do you currently work?
What exactly does your job entail?
My job sees me working with Orthopaedic Surgeons, Nurses and other hospital staff in the planning and execution of joint replacement surgeries. My role within the process varies depending on the case, surgeon, hospital & nursing staff. In some cases my involvement may be as little as just providing the equipment for the case. In other instances it may be as much as assisting with a pre-operative plan, advising on suitable or compatible prosthesis, attending the surgery & assisting with equipment.
A large part of my role is facilitating the training of staff on the surgical equipment used in the procedure. This is both on the surgical approaches as well as the instrumentation. Surgeon & registrar training may involve the use of cadaver labs, or surgical simulation labs. This is particularly important for learning different surgical approaches, using technologies such as computer navigation & robotic surgeries as well as teaching the fundamental approaches for registrars.
Training for nursing staff on both procedural & instrumentation is also critical to the efficient running of surgeries. Having nursing staff that are familiar with the procedure allows them to have the next instrument assembled & ready, before the surgeon even needs it. Having a team that is in sync is invaluable to the smooth running of any operation.
What part of your work inspires you the most? Why do you find it interesting?
I really enjoy working with such hard working, highly intelligent, diverse people. I am very fortunate to be able to see some really fantastic surgeries that really change people’s lives. It is an interesting time in the industry too; with so many advancements in technologies with regard to the design & manufacture of implants & instruments.
How did you get to your current role?
When I graduated I worked at UTS in the Anatomy Lab, doing some research and teaching for UTS science students and Notre Dame Medical students. I also have a degree in Human Anatomy, so being able to combine my love for teaching and all things medical science was great!
I loved my time working at UTS; making some life-long friends in the process! I decided to make the change to the medical devices industry as I was able to utilise my knowledge in a different application.
Do you find the skills you learnt during your degree useful and versatile? If so how?
My time both studying and working at UTS was a really positive experience. I was encouraged to think critically and examine the evidence before me - both physical evidence in the case of my forensics study, but also to analyse data presented.
I read a lot of clinical papers as part of my current role; some have a lot of probative value, others not so much. Being able to discern the differences is critical.
I also found the academic staff at UTS approachable and very keen to assist if anyone had a query. I try to emulate this when I am running training now, as the sharing of knowledge in a respectful environment can have an impact on the effectiveness of the training, amount of knowledge retained and level of engagement.