PODI4205 Progression of Clinical Practice 2

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (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 vascular and neurological assessments of the lower extremity; learn how to 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 the normal human physiology to presenting podiatric and related systemic conditions; (2) integrate knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical and pathological manifestations, progression, diagnostic principles and therapeutic principles.; (3) perform aseptic techniques.; (4) apply OCHS guidelines; (5) demonstrate ability to safely and effectively perform patient assessment; (6) provide appropriate health education for high-risk patients.; (7) recognise clinical priorities in patient care management; (8) discuss and demonstrate appropriate strategies to meet the healthcare needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.; (9) demonstrate ability to conduct a consultation using a problem solving approach.; (10) perform conservative management of common foot conditions in a safe and efficient manner.; (11) demonstrate developing skills of a reflective practitioner in seeking to identify and address gaps in knowledge and practice.; (12) ability to discuss and form logical clinical treatment plans; (13) understand when and where to refer patients appropriately.; (14) describe and engage in multidisciplinary management of conditions of the foot and ankle (lower limb).; (15) ability to understand the comorbidities of presenting conditions.; (16) demonstrate effective communication skills with fellow students and supervisors.; (17) demonstrate effective clinical problem solving skills to formulate differential diagnoses and propose short and long term treatment plans; (18) select appropriate investigations for a range of podiatric presentations; (19) demonstrate the ability to explain diagnoses, investigations, management options and prognosis.; (20) demonstrate effective communication skills; (21) develop clear and effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with patients and families, across different ages and backgrounds.; (22) display professional behaviour in a variety of clinical/educational settings; and (23) prescribe, manufacture and modify accommodative and functional foot orthoses..
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 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 Jennifer Bryant
Unit rules
Successful completion of PODI4201 Podiatric Medicine 3 , PODI4202 Progression of Clinical Practice 1 , PODI4203 General Medicine and Pathology , PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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