PODI4202 Progression of Clinical Practice 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Students rotate through the UWA Podiatry Clinic, podiatry departments of the main teaching hospitals, community health centres and selected private practices and are instructed in the podiatric treatment of common foot conditions. Students perform biomechanical, vascular and neurological assessments of the lower extremity; learn how to diagnose and manage diabetic and neurovascular foot problems; and assist with minor podiatric surgical procedures of skin and nail conditions under local anaesthesia.
Students are able to (1) integrate knowledge of epidemiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical presentations, progression, diagnostic and therapeutic principles with specified core conditions and presentations in the high-risk foot; (2) interpret appropriate medical imaging techniques for high-risk foot conditions affecting the foot and ankle; (3) demonstrate the appropriate patient assessment skills affecting the high risk foot, including neurovascular, dermatology and wound assessments.; (4) assess impact of presenting problem on patients health acknowledging their individual context and preferences.; (5) demonstrate the practical aspects of accommodative and functional foot orthoses ; (6) utilise gait assessment equipment correctly.; (7) consolidate biomechanical principles and how they can be applied to evaluate and treat foot/leg conditions ; (8) integrate the application of scientific knowledge for the assessment, management and treatment of common high-risk foot conditions whilst also utilising suitable risk assessment tools where available; (9) develop clinical problem-solving skills to formulate differential diagnoses and recognise clinical priorities; (10) presents cases in a logical and systematic manner in the clinical setting, documenting medical care.; (11) display professional behaviour in a variety of clinical/educational settings; and (12) applies principles of evidence-based medicine to dermatology, soft tissue tumours, bone tumours, rheumatology and diabetic foot conditions..
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written examination; (2) clinical assessment; and (3) in-training assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jennifer Bryant
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
"Clinical: 3 hours per week for 16 weeks"; "Laboratories/workshops: 4 hours per week for 16 weeks"; "External clinical placements: 4 hours per week for up to 16 weeks".
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