The course will introduce, in a defined manner, inter-professional learning in both academic and clinical modules. It will have, as its central focus, the integration of theory with clinical practice with opportunities for interprofessional learning with other health care professionals to provide a comprehensive clinical teaching programme. The clinical placements will span the spectrum of podiatric medicine including experience with patients from various medical/surgical disciplines to ensure a high level of quality practice education for students.
The programme is taught using a range of teaching methodologies such as lectures, small group tutorial sessions, workshops, problem-based learning, one-to-one personal tutoring, seminars, practicals and personal assessments.
What subjects will I study?
Level 4 (September – March)
- Podiatric Dermatology
- Podiatric Medicine 1 (Introduction and orientation to clinical placements)
- Applied anatomy and physiology
- Lower Limb Kinetics and Kinematics
- Podiatric Medicine 2 (In house block placement)
At Levels 5 and 6 the theory is delivered prior to the professional practice, which mainly occurs outside the university, to allow the application of theory to practice in a real-world setting.
Level 5 (April – December)
- Musculoskeletal assessment
- Medicine and pathophysiology
- Health and Behaviour
- Pharmacology (POM-S)
- Musculoskeletal diagnosis & management
- Podiatric Medicine 3 (Assessment and diagnosis of the complex patient in practice)
- Podiatric Medicine 3 (Block placement)
Level 6 (January – September)
- Evidence based practice
- Local Anaesthesia and Surgery (POM-A)
- Research Methods and Design
- Leadership and innovation in practice
- Research dissertation
- Podiatric Medicine 4 (Management of the complex patient in practice)
- Podiatric Medicine 4 (Block placement)
The introduction of 5 longitudinal themes within the curriculum allows for greater integration of related subject matter.
- Core Medical Knowledge
- Professional Development/Lifelong Learning
- Clinical Skills
- Multidisciplinary Team Working & Interprofessional Education
How will I be assessed?
The assessment strategy utilises a range of methods designed to meet both the programme and modular learning outcomes. ‘Assessment for learning’ (rather than ‘examination of learning’) is the core concept for teaching and learning at all levels in our programme level.
This 2 year accelerated podiatry programme introduces synoptic assessment for learning as the primary summative outcome assessment strategy, which encourages each student to better understand the connections between the interrelated modules and subject areas within each academic level (across one or more terms).
- Written examinations
- Clinical focused examinations:
- Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
- Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE)
- Personal Development Portfolio
- Clinical assessment
- Individual/ group presentations
- Written Assignments
- Pre-Clinical OSCE/ OSPE