UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PODI5307 Podiatric Surgery

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit develops a patient-centred approach to the investigation and management of common foot pathologies of the forefoot, mid-foot and rearfoot. Students undertake advanced tuition in the selection of elective podiatric surgical procedures, the principles of internal fixation and post-operative care of the surgical patient. The diagnosis and management of post-operative complications is considered in a multidisciplinary context.

The unit gives students understanding of the scope of surgical podiatry in the Australian context by strategic podiatric clinical and surgical placements and hospital rotations. Students observe the appropriate selection of surgical procedures, observe operative procedures and perioperative patient management and are instructed in basic wound biopsy, wound closure and below-knee immobilisation techniques. The unit involves introductory podiatric surgery practical experience within the UWA Podiatry Clinic and selected clinical and surgical placements under the supervision of an academic staff member or designate. Theoretical instruction in selected forefoot and soft-tissue procedures, wound biopsy, suture and below-knee casting techniques is undertaken.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the scope of surgical podiatry practice in Australia; (2) discuss the principles of internal fixation and post-operative care in the surgical management of the podiatric patient; (3) demonstrate competence in sterile technique, scrubbing and gowning, wound biopsy and wound closure techniques; (4) demonstrate competence in wound biopsy, sharp ingrown nail surgery, digital tenotomy and wound closure in a cadaver model; (5) identify and manage post-operative complications of the podiatric surgical patient in a multidisciplinary context; (6) demonstrate an understanding understanding of therapeutic drug prescribing to manage the podiatric surgical patient; and (7) demonstrate the ability to provide verbal and written consent to surgery and to write an appropriate postoperative record.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written assignments; (2) exam; and (3) structured clinical assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Alan Bryant
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/PODI5307/SEM-2/2017

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