PODI5307 Podiatric Surgery

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate the ability to produce written pre- and postoperative information to podiatric surgical patients; (2) demonstrate a knowledge of common podiatric surgical procedures; (3) identify and describe the management of post-operative complications of the podiatric surgical patient; (4) demonstrate knowledge of the legal requirements of drug prescribing relating to podiatric surgery; (5) demonstrate safe scrubbing and gowning, wound closure and soft tissue surgical procedure technique; and (6) display professional behaviour in variety of clinical/ educational settings.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) structured clinical assessment; and (3) end of semester exam. 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 in-training assessment component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Hannah Chun
Unit rules
successful completion of PODI5301 Podiatric Medicine 5, PODI5302 Consolidation of Clinical Practice 1, PODI5303 Anesthesia and General Surgery, PODI5308 Podiatric Seminars
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