PODI4102 Introduction to Clinical Practice 1

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit introduces students to the relevant ethical and legal responsibilities within the practice of clinical podiatric medicine. During laboratory sessions students are taught the principles of taking a podiatric history and performing a podiatric physical examination. The practitioner-patient relationship, record keeping and time management skills are introduced. An introduction to neurological and vascular examination of the lower limb is undertaken. The impact of historical, cultural and social factors on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health and health care is discussed. Students spend time observing patients being assessed and treated in hospital and/or private podiatry practice.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) apply knowledge of podiatric anatomy and physiology knowledge to basic clinical practices; (2) demonstrate the selection, safe and effective use of a range of podiatric instruments, including infection control, when performing nail and skin debridement in practice; (3) demonstrate developing effective patient-centred interviewing skills; (4) Perform basic assessment of a patient of the lower extremity including neurovascular and biomechanical assessment; (5) demonstrate basic clinical skills in podiatric practice, including callus and nail debridement, therapeutic taping and the use of ortho-digital devices; (6) display professional behaviour in a variety of clinical/educational settings; (7) appreciate role and responsibilities of health care professionals in a variety of settings; (8) understand ethical responsibilities and dilemmas in podiatric medicine; (9) demonstrate developing skills of a life-long learner including self-reflection.; and (10) demonstrate developing skills with history and physical examination techniques of patients with neurological and vascular diseases.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written exam; (2) clinical assessment; and (3) in-training assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for students currently enrolled in the unit who obtain an overall mark of 45 to 49%, providing no other unit is failed.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Laurie Foley
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (90870)
Contact hours
1x 1 hour lecture per week
1x1 hour tutorial per week
2x1 hour lab per week
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