PODI5515 Podiatric Surgery Practicum

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
This unit gives students understanding of the scope of podiatric surgery in the Australian and global 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 podiatric surgery clinic and affiliated clinical and surgical placements under the supervision of an academic staff member or adjunct clinical supervisor. The unit will also involve laboratory based learning. Case based instruction in selected forefoot and soft-tissue procedures, wound biopsy, suture and below-knee casting techniques is undertaken
Students are able to (1) acquire an understanding of the scope of surgical podiatry in the Australian and global context; (2) demonstrate an understanding of materials used in surgery, selection of local anaesthetic agents and the therapeutic management of the perioperative patient including appropriate methods of resuscitation; (3) demonstrate competence in safe scrubbing, gowning, gloving and aseptic no-touch techniques and a selection of basic surgical procedures, such as wound biopsy and wound closure; (4) demonstrate safety in the clinical environment (e.g. infection control/biological hazards); and (5) display professional behavior in the educational and clinical setting.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-training assessment/s; (2) written examination/s; and (3) professional behaviour assessment. 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 professional behaviour assessment component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Hannah Chun
Unit rules
enrolment in Doctor of Podiatric Surgery 90830 or Doctor of Podiatry (90820)
Contact hours
clinical placement: 8 hours per week

Thomson, T. et al. Assisting at Podiatric Surgery: a Guide for Podiatric Surgical Students and Podiatric Theatre Assistants: Churchill Livingstone 2002

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