PODI4211 Integrated Clinical Practice

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This is an introductory unit and starts with exploring the history and development of podiatry in Australia and selected countries, as well as the scope and practice of podiatry and its role in the healthcare system. Normal anatomy of the foot, ankle and lower extremity is discussed in detail. In addition, students learn about the biomechanics of the foot, ankle, lower extremity and selected common podiatric pathologies. Students are introduced to foot and ankle radiology and learn how to correlate X-ray findings with biomechanical parameters. During the laboratory sessions students are taught the principles of taking a history and 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.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the history and scope of practice of podiatric medicine; (2) understand the application of evidence based research to the application of podiatric practice; (3) understand clinically relevant normal and abnormal foot and ankle structure, function, and development, and explain the classification, etiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, common clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, and introduction to clinical measurements, diagnostic principles and conservative treatments.; (4) demonstrate developing effective patient-centred interviewing skills; (5) describe the aetiology, clinical features and introduction to management of selective dermatological conditions.; (6) perform basic assessment of the lower extremity including neurovascular and biomechanical assessment; and (7) demonstrate the selection, safe and effective use of a range of podiatric instruments, including infection control, when performing nail and skin debridement in practice..
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written examinations; (2) clinical assessments; and (3) in-training assessments. 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 written examinations and in-training assessments components.

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)
Catherine Crabb
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 90870 (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine)
and
either PODI4112 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2
or
(IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III
and
IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV).
Co-requisites:
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
Contact hours
4-6 hrs/week
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