UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PODI4201 Podiatric Medicine 3

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content Students are taught all aspects of the aetiology, diagnosis and management of various podiatric conditions of the high-risk foot. In particular, diabetic foot pathology, and peripheral vascular and neurological conditions affecting the foot and lower limb. Students gain clinical insight through rotations in podiatry and vascular surgery hospital clinics.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) integrate knowledge of normal lower limb anatomy, function and biomechanics with lower limb musculoskeletal presentations.

Integrate knowledge of epidemiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical presentations, natural history, diagnostic and therapeutic principles with specified core conditions and presentations in foot and ankle musculoskeletal medicine and ankle.

Identify and describe appropriate medical imaging techniques for common musculoskeletal conditions affecting the foot and ankle including MRI, ultrasound and X-ray.; (2) demonstrate appropriate patient assessment skills including biomechanical assessment of the hip, knee and foot and the assessment of common musculoskeletal conditions affecting the foot and ankle.

Assess impact of presenting problem on patients health and/or sporting activity acknowledging their individual context and preferences.; (3) integrate the application of scientific; knowledge for the assessment, management and treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions affecting the foot and ankle and the implications of different sporting activities.

Develop clinical problem-solving skills to formulate differential diagnoses and recognise clinical priorities; (4) develop effective communication skills with patients, colleagues and other health professionals: presenting in a logical and systematic manner; demonstrate the ability to explain diagnoses, investigations, management options and prognosis.; (5) develop the ability to critically evaluate the literature relevant to biomechanical principles and treatment options of common musculoskeletal conditions affecting the foot and ankle.; (6) demonstrate the application of the principles of evidence-based medicine to biomechanics and musculoskeletal conditions.; (7) demonstrate effective learning skills

Demonstrate the ability to teach individual patients and/or your peers selected material in biomechanics and musculoskeletal medicine.; (8) actively seek and integrate feedback into professional development.; (9) advise patients on the pathology, treatment and management of common musculoskeletal conditions

Refer patients to appropriate resources for further education; (10) develop an understanding of diversity within the population in its aetiology in common
musculoskeletal conditions affecting the foot and ankle.

Develop an understanding of diversity in different population groups in biomechanical assessment.; (11) demonstrate an understanding and respect for the roles and competencies of other professionals.; (12) develop the ability to show initiative and leadership to in the management of musculoskeletal conditions affecting the foot and ankle.; (13) identify opportunities for collaboration and teamwork with other health professionals in delivering patient centred healthcare.; (14) apply principles of professionalism in academic and clinical work.

Demonstrate the professional behaviours of integrity respect empathy and commitment to high-quality care.

Assume responsibility for own actions in clinical and academic settings.
Demonstrate developing skills and management of conflicts of interest.; (15) demonstrate the ability to be a reflective practitioner in the development of professionalism in clinical practice.; (16) recognise own personal and professional limitations in clinical practice and seek settings resources for development.; and (17) demonstrate the ability to maintain patient confidentiality and privacy in relation to workshop discussions of case studies..
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) short online tests; (2) cased base learning activities; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Ms Renee Silvester
Unit rules
Prerequisites: Completion of all Level 1 units within the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (90870)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/PODI4201/SEM-1/2017

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