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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on assessment of collective application of didactic knowledge and execution of surgical skills, surgical management and patient centred care. Students are able to demonstrate clear podiatric surgical capabilities in line with and

is designed to satisfy the requirements of the accrediting body.

Students demonstrate clear progression and safe practice in a surgical environment including informed consent, risk reporting and management, perioperative care and patient centred surgical planning, including incisional planning, safe use of medications throughout patient surgical journey, and application of AO fixation principles.

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AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) synthesise pre-operative findings to develop a patient centred surgical plan, including devising a provisional and differential clinical diagnosis and formalizing the process through the keeping of accurate medical records; (2) manage safe operating room etiquette and protocols, including handling of surgical instrumentation and equipment and fixation methods pre-operatively, peri-operatively and post operatively.; (3) formulate a patient-centred surgical treatment course, accompanied by accurate patient medical records and exhibit a professional approach to patient communication and informed consent in line with ethical and legal responsibilities; (4) demonstrate a proficient surgical management skill set covering foot and ankle trauma, complex patient profiles and podiatric surgery relevant complications; (5) reflect on personal experiences and feedback to identify areas of further professional development and growth as a competent and compassionate graduate level podiatric surgeon; and (6) formulate and implement patient centred, culturally sensitive surgical treatment plans that align with ethical and legal responsibilities ensuring the high standard of care and professional accountability.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examination OSCE

; (2) assessment multiple Choice; and (3) assessment practical. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Burke Hugo
Unit rules
Successful completion of
PODI6535 Surgical Practicum 2B
Successful completion of
PODI6536 Surgical Practicum 2C
Successful completion of
PODI6541 Surgical Practicum 3A
Successful completion of
PODI6542 Surgical Practicum 3B
Successful completion of
PODI6543 Surgical Practicum 3C
Contact hours
5 hours (2 hour written exam, 3 hour OSCE)
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