PODI4201 Podiatric Medicine 3

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Students develop confidence as podiatric practitioners in practicing through a broad-range approach to musculoskeletal medicine. Students are able to apply a broad range of treatment perspectives, from preventative, self-management to managing appropriate surgical referrals. This is achieved through a patient-centred approach and collaborative partnerships with other professionals. This unit focuses on developing clinical knowledge and skills with regard to the interpretation and application of biomechanical principles and assessment and the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
Students are able to (1) identify and describe appropriate medical imaging techniques for common musculoskeletal conditions affecting the foot and ankle including MRI, ultrasound and X-ray; (2) integrate knowledge of epidemiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical presentations, progression, diagnostic and therapeutic principles/management with specified core conditions and presentations in foot and ankle musculoskeletal medicine; (3) integrate knowledge of normal lower limb anatomy, function and biomechanics with lower limb musculoskeletal presentations; (4) demonstrate the appropriate patient assessment skills affecting the hip, knee and foot; (5) assess impact of presenting problem on patient's health and/or sporting activity acknowledging their individual context and preferences; (6) develop clinical problem-solving skills to formulate differential diagnoses and recognise clinical priorities; (7) display professional behaviour in a variety of clinical/educational settings; and (8) use principles of communication with patients, colleagues and other health professionals and present cases in a logical and systematic manner.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written examination; (2) assignment; and (3) in-training assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the in-training assessment component.

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)
Deborah Schoen
Unit rules
successful completion of PODI4105 Podiatric Medicine 2, PODI4106 Introduction to Clinical Practice 2, PODI4107 Normal Systems 2, MICR5814 Epidemiology and Infection
Contact hours
2 hours per week
Unit Outline
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.