PODI4205 Progression of Clinical Practice 2

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (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 will be learning podiatric clinical skills via hands on training, practical classroom demonstrations, role plays and simulated patients. Students demonstrate developing skill and knowledge of podiatric anatomy and biomechanics to the prescription and manufacture of orthotic devices. 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) develop an understanding of comorbidities related to podiatric conditions; (3) develop clinical problem-solving skills to formulate differential diagnoses, propose short- and long-term treatment plans recognise clinical priorities to provide a patient-centred management plan; (4) develop skills of a reflective practitioner in seeking to identify and address gaps in knowledge and practice; (5) demonstrate skills to select appropriate investigations for a range of podiatric presentations; (6) develop an understanding of when and where to refer patients appropriately; (7) demonstrate the ability to safely administer local anaesthetics; (8) demonstrate the appropriate patient assessment skills of the high risk patient, including neurovascular assessment; (9) demonstrate the skill of manufacturing accommodative and functional foot orthoses; (10) understand the effective use of various techniques used in myofascial therapy and joint mobilisations applied to the lower limb; and (11) demonstrate 'hands on' conservative treatment of common foot conditions in a safe and efficient manner.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessment/s; (2) clinical assessment/s; and (3) in-training assessment/s. 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 examination and in-training assessment/s 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)
Dr Sarah Carter
Unit rules
Successful completion of UWA MJD-MEDSC Medical Sciences
PODI4111 Integrated Clinical Sciences 1, PODI4112 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2, and First semester DPM 2 Units: PODI4211 Integrated Clinical Practice, PODI4212 Integrated Podiatric Medicine 1, PODI4202 Progression of Clinical Practice 1
PUBH4401 Biostatistics.
Contact hours
14 hours per week
clinic and labs conducted every day and times are according to allocated groups
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