UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PODI5305 Podiatric Medicine 6

Credit 6 points
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Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This final semester unit aims to consolidate the theoretical aspects of podiatric medicine to enable students to diagnose and manage common disorders of the lower limb with particular emphasis on the latest foot and ankle treatment modalities. A number of guest lecturers are invited to share their knowledge in various areas of the podiatric medicine. Lectures and tutorials are given on topics related to personnel and professional development.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the indications for ankle foot orthotics in the management of complex pathologies such as posterior tibial dysfunction, drop foot, ankle arthralgia and lateral ankle instability; (2) understand the classification systems involving the ankle, talus, and calcaneal fractures; (3) discuss clinical presentation and management of avascular necrosis, delayed union and non-union of fractures.; (4) understand and apply various physiotherapy techniques in the management of foot and ankle pathologies; (5) demonstrate high standard of practice in management of podiatric pathologies; (6) demonstrate effective assessment of complex foot deformities such as plantar plate injuries, lesser metatarsal phalangeal joint instability, lateral ankle instability and arthropathies; (7) interpret various blood tests in management of podiatric pathologies; (8) interpret X-ray, CT scan, MRI and ultrasound scans effectively for selected podiatric pathologies; (9) demonstrate clinical reasoning in management of podiatric pathologies discussed in CBLs; (10) discuss management of traumatic injuries involving the ankle, rear and forefoot; (11) discuss management of podiatric conditions using various therapies such as PRP, CT and ultrasound guided injection techniques; (12) discuss the indication and contraindication for nail surgery procedures such as phenolization and winograd; (13) achieve proficiency in prescribing various prescription drugs used to treat infection, pain and dermatological conditions; (14) apply effective and rational communication skills in discussing CBL topics; (15) research and discuss selected Podiatric pathologies and their managements; (16) describe the principles of audit in private practice; (17) research and discuss the evidence based practice management of advanced Podiatric pathologies; (18) discuss patient education when prescribing drugs for management of infection, pain and dermatological conditions; (19) demonstrate patient education for after care of nail surgeries; (20) demonstrate effective teaching and learning skills leading and participating in CBL discussions; (21) discuss preventative care of all podiatric conditions in this unit; (22) demonstrate ability to develop a business plan for starting a private practice with colleagues; (23) understand various private insurance companies covering podiatry care; (24) discuss reflective practice principles relevant to private practice; (25) discuss legal responsibilities involved in establishing a private practice in podiatry; and (26) discuss essential features of writing a resume and how to participate in a job interview.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignment; (2) case-based learning (CBL) sessions; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Reza Naraghi
Unit rules
Prerequisites: PODI4205 Progression of Clinical Practice 2 and PODI4206 Podiatric Medicine 4 and PODI4207 Pharmacology for Podiatrists and PODI4208 Research Methods
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/PODI5305/SEM-2/2017

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