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Course Overview. Our online Acute Medicine courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning. Read more

Course Overview

Our online Acute Medicine courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning. With rapid growth within this specialty, the Acute Medicine course has been designed to improve the knowledge of healthcare professionals who assist in the delivery of care to acutely ill patients.

Acute medicine is the bedrock of hospital-based medicine and emergency care. In 1998, the Royal College of Physicians published a joint report emphasising the importance of appropriate care for patients with acute medical problems. This is a rapidly evolving specialty, and with many generalist healthcare professionals undertaking acute medicine as part of their daily routines, our course answers the demand for further tailored education (particularly at Masters Level). A distinctive aspect of our course is that it allows healthcare professionals to study at post-graduate level without release from work. With no lectures or webinars at set times, students can fit their studies flexibly around their personal and professional commitments.

The primary aims of the course are to equip students with a systematic understanding of acute medicine, skills in critical appraisal and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit. In addition to this, students will benefit from being taught life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to clinical practice in acute medicine.

Applicants taking our courses in Acute Medicine will typically be doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and radiographers. For healthcare professionals who successfully complete a qualification, career progression would likely be facilitated, as well as the direct opportunity to improve patient care.

Students may apply for the MSc in Acute Medicine as a two-year course, firstly completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).

Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a University of South Wales Postgraduate Diploma.

As this a rapidly evolving speciality and as many generalist healthcare professionals undertake acute medicine as part of their daily routines, there is a demand for tailored education, particularly at Masters Level. In response to this, we have developed our Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine, which has been specifically designed to enable students to consolidate their skills in the subject while fitting their studies flexibly around their personal and professional commitments. The ethos of the course is to develop a systematic understanding of evidence-based, protocol delivered practice, which is crucial in optimising acute care.

As per other specialties, acute medicine is multi-disciplinary, particularly with the advent of physician assistants and specialist nurse practitioners. This course is therefore aimed at the multi-disciplinary team, covering the major spectrum of disease areas that would present acutely. Thus, the PGDip in Acute Medicine is a theoretical course that aims to supplement the education of existing healthcare professionals, as opposed to a practical course in acute medicine.

On completion of the Acute Medicine postgraduate course, you will have:

  • Life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to clinical practice in acute medicine.
  • The ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of acute medical specialty-related care.
  • Ability to deliver leadership to teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Ability to critically evaluate the delivery of care to patients
  • A systematic understanding of evidence based medicine in relation to the acutely ill patient.
  •  A relevant understanding in methodologies and approaches to address complex issues of patient management across the spectrum of medical specialties that comprise acute medicine.
  • The ability to critically evaluate evidence and guidance across acute medical specialties and implement best practice and innovation in complex patient scenarios. 

Course Structure:

The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part-time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - Respiratory and Cardiovascular Emergencies

Module 2 - Diabetes and Endocrine Emergencies

Module 3 - Gastroenterological Emergencies

Module 4 - Acute Presentations with Infection and Sepsis

Module 5 - Acute Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Module 6 - Acute Renal, Metabolic and Toxicological Emergencies

MSc in Acute Medicine

The Acute Medicine masters course provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma course in Acute Medicine.

The MSc in Acute Medicine runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 12-week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, students then choose either the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional.

On completion of the Acute Medicine Masters, you will be able to:

  • Apply conceptual and practical understanding of acute medicine to the care of patients presenting with acute medical conditions.
  • Critically appraise current developments and guidance in acute medical specialties and have an ability to implement evidence based care.
  • Critically apply an advanced knowledge of acute medicine to decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the choice of research tools and/or other methods of enquiry to address research problems.
  • Critically evaluate current research in acute medicine.
  • Apply independent learning skills in the exploration of knowledge and enquiry to underpin practice.
  • Demonstrate reflection and creativity in addressing complex patient scenarios that involve many interacting factors in acute medicine.
  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate a variety of sources of information that underpin practice.
  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility in decision-making in complex and unpredictable acute scenarios.

Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methods and Critical Appraisal in Acute Medicine: Acute Medicine

Module 2 - Professional Project



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The role of pharmacists in the emergency department offers an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice. Pharmacists are also extending their scope of practice in urgent and acute medicine areas in primary and secondary care. Read more

The role of pharmacists in the emergency department offers an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice. Pharmacists are also extending their scope of practice in urgent and acute medicine areas in primary and secondary care.

Our six-month Advanced Clinical Skills short course enables trainee pharmacy practitioners to independently evaluate, assess and recommend or prescribe medicines for patients who present to emergency departments.

This will allow junior and senior medical staff to attend to more urgent medical patients in a clinical setting and aims to decrease waiting times for patients with minor injuries. Research has shown that hospital pharmacists with additional skills in independent prescribing and advanced clinical assessment could manage up to 35.7% of patients presenting to emergency departments.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to manage emergency and urgent patients in addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine and urgent care team.

Our course confers 30 postgraduate (Level 7) credits upon completion and can be taken as a standalone course by pharmacists who are already non-medical prescribers. If you are not already a non-medical prescriber, you can take this course before starting our Independent Prescribing short course . Completing both of these courses within two years of registering will lead to a PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine .

Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide you with the skills to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to the emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting;
  • enable you to independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for patients who present to the emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting;
  • enhance your knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency, acute medicine or urgent care patient.

Special features

Develop in-demand skills

This course was launched in response to a national pilot that identified clear demand for pharmacists with specific skills in emergency medicine.

Teaching and learning

You will learn using a blended approach that includes face-to-face sessions and online learning through our Blackboard platform.

This will allow you to continue to work in the NHS and study at a time that is convenient for you.

There will be on-campus study days to allow for face-to-face contact, teaching in groups, interaction with the other students, and practical skills demonstrations. You will also undergo supported learning in the emergency department where you are based.

2018 study days

Provisional dates for the February 2018 intake are:

  • 14 and 15 February 2018
  • 14 and 15 March 2018
  • 18 and 19 April 2018
  • 23 and 24 May 2018

Dates for the September 2018 intake are yet to be arranged and will be published here when confirmed.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress through:

  • a reflective practice e-portfolio;
  • a two-hour OSCE exam;
  • a patient case presentation;
  • sign-off by emergency department consultant to confirm satisfactory completion of 15 days of practice-based learning.

Course content for year 1

There are two core units:

Advanced Clinical Assessment (mandatory)

Unit code: PHAR60231

Credit rating: 15

This unit aims to develop enhanced knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency, acute medicine and urgent care patient.

You will acquire the understanding and skills required to undertake and order a range of common practical assessment skills and diagnostic tests used in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting.

Your skills in interpreting results of commonly used diagnostic tests in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting will also be developed.

Emergency Medicine (mandatory)

Unit code:PHAR60241

Credit rating: 15  

The unit introduces pharmacists to the underpinning knowledge and understanding of the assessment and the management of patients who are requiring urgent care and who are at risk of becoming acutely unwell.

Working in the clinical environment (emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting), this unit will build on existing knowledge of the use of a structured and systematic approach in the assessment of the urgent care patient, identifying the need for physiological and holistic care.

Practitioners can develop competencies in a specific patient group and provide patient-centred care for cohorts of patients in emergency or urgent care whom they are likely to manage within their scope of practice.

Facilities

You will use a state-of-the-art SimMan to practice clinical skills during your face-to-face study days at the University.

The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

CPD opportunities

Our course will contribute to your annual continuing professional development (CPD) programme as part of the requirements for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Career opportunities

Our course offers career progression for experienced pharmacists to manage patients in the emergency department or acute medicine setting in addition to working as a member of the multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine or urgent care team.



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A Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust collaboration. Be the best you can – revolutionise your resuscitation care. Read more
A Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust collaboration

Be the best you can – revolutionise your resuscitation care

Resuscitation is a rapidly evolving area of medicine that crosses the boundaries of emergency medicine, intensive care medicine, anaesthesia and acute medicine. Early recognition of critical illness and resuscitation saves lives and reduces suffering for our patients. We are offering an MSc, Diploma and Taster MOOC to provide an opportunity for you to develop your skills in this area under the guidance of an international faculty. The level of study and knowledge will go beyond most specialist exit exams marking you as a potential leader in this field. We will bring together teaching on diagnosis, resuscitation, pathophysiology, imaging, toxicology, CRM and pre-hospital care/mass casualty medicine under a single umbrella. Resuscitation Medicine is arguably evolving into a subspecialty of medical care and with this course we aim to provide the skills to develop expertise in this field.

Who should apply?

The course welcomes students from medical, nursing and paramedic backgrounds from both overseas and Europe/UK. It is designed for trainees and consultants in Emergency Medicine and other acute care specialities,. It is also designed to assist advanced nurse practitioners and paramedics to gain skills in Resuscitation Medicine.

Why study Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine at QMUL and Barts Health?

-Delivered by a leading UK Medical School ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Guardian University Guide 2017)
-Delivered by a Russell Group university
-An excellent reputation in Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery and Critical Care
-Active research and teaching programmes in Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery and Critical Care.

Barts Health NHS Trust is home to:

-The largest Emergency Department under one R&D in the UK (approaching 1000 attendances daily)
-Europe’s largest Trauma Centre
-Europe’s busiest Heart attack Centre.
-Close links with Academic Critical Care, with research led by Professor Rupert Pearse (NIHR Clinical Scientist) and Academic -Trauma Sciences, research led by Professor Karim Brohi.

-The William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI) at QMUL has an international profile in Critical Care research

-The Trauma Sciences team are at the forefront of Trauma research with a special interest in trauma coagulopathy and resuscitation

-Excellent worldwide reputation for delivering successful online MSc courses

-The Emergency Department is home to London’s Air Ambulance, a world renowned pre-hospital care paramedic/doctor staffed trauma response team
-The Institute of Pre-hospital care was set up in 2013 and now runs a very popular BSc for undergraduates

-The successful Academic Department Emergency Medicine was set up in 2012 with the appointment a Professor Emergency Medicine. Since then the regional portfolio research has risen annually to be now third placed nationally for recruitment

The MSc and Diploma
The MSc is a 3-year 180 credit MSc, including a 60 credit 10000+/- 500 word dissertation in year 3. It offers two years of structured web based teaching via an online learning platform. For students who wish not to complete a dissertation in year 3, a 2-year Diploma is offered based on the lectures, tutorials and course work.

This course commences September 2017
The course is online, allowing you to study at your own pace and in your own time, enabling you to continue with your work commitments. It provides an excellent structured learning platform for trainees and specialists to develop skills in this area. Lectures are delivered by leading experts in the field with the same lecturer/course leads offering weekly tutorials.

In the first two years the course offers 8 modules covering different areas of critical care. Each of the eight modules runs over 10 weeks, In year 3 the 60-credit dissertation is completed by students completing the MSc.

The Taster MOOC – free online learning
The massive open online course (MOOC) is an opportunity for you to improve your skills and to learn about Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine from an international faculty of world class speakers. The MOOC will give you a taste of what is on offer at masters and Diploma level. The MOOC includes lectures on the recognition and treatment of shock and provides an introduction to statistics and critical appraisal.

The MOOC is a free to access, distance learning package allowing you to study at your own pace and in your own time. This taster course will allow you to access all the teaching material from modules 1 and 2 of the MSc including video lectures., The MOOC will not include content such as the MCQs, online lectures and tutorials, which are reserved for those studying the full MSc/PGDip programme.

If you enjoy the MOOC you may want to enrol in the associated MSc or PG Dip in Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine offered at QMUL. Click here to access the MOOC

Why Study at QMUL/Barts Health?

-A rich and diverse history
-Barts is a faculty of QMUL and has an unrivalled tradition of excellence in research and teaching. The London was the first medical school in England, founded in 1785, and Barts Hospital was established in 1123. Our location in the east of London and elsewhere in the East London Gateway will enhance your experience. Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live, we also serve a diverse local community where you will develop your clinical skills and knowledge.

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – in the most recent national assessment of research quality, we were placed ninth in the UK (REF 2014) among multi-faculty universities. This means that the teaching on our postgraduate programmes is directly inspired by the world-leading research of our academics.


* All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.

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This online programme will give you a comprehensive understanding of the processes, investigation procedures and treatment options for common diseases you encounter in general medical practice. Read more

This online programme will give you a comprehensive understanding of the processes, investigation procedures and treatment options for common diseases you encounter in general medical practice.

The programme is mostly for early postgraduate doctors. It complements the learning you need to achieve membership of the Royal College of Physicians and it may also be suitable for doctors in other specialties, or nurse consultants and other paramedical specialists with extensive clinical experience.

We cover basic physiology, pathophysiology, therapy and clinical management, as well as clinical skills, generic skills (including writing and research methods) law, ethics and prescribing ability.

Problem-based learning through clinical case scenarios will be used to enhance knowledge and clinical decision-making. We use a variety of e-learning resources and platforms, including a virtual classroom with online tutorials and lectures, online interactive resources and virtual patients.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

This programme is made up of compulsory and optional courses.

Compulsory courses

  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Science of Medicine
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Imaging in Medicine
  • Acute Medicine and Clinical Decision-Making
  • Clinical Skills (Communication, Examination and Medical Procedures)
  • Introductory Skills (IT Skills, Research/Literature Evaluation and Writing Skills)
  • Research Methods

Optional courses

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Translational Medicine
  • Clinical Education and Teaching
  • Medical Ethics
  • Palliative Care and Pain Management

Further programme information

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to help medical professionals gain the next step in their medical career, with a highly regarded qualification and first-rate expertise.



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The MSc Cardiology and Stroke programme is lead by a medical lead for cardiology and stroke medicine who are both senior doctors and offers the opportunity to study all aspects of clinical cardiology including expert assessment and management of a range of cardiac conditions, cardiac interventions, interpretation and practical skills. Read more
The MSc Cardiology and Stroke programme is lead by a medical lead for cardiology and stroke medicine who are both senior doctors and offers the opportunity to study all aspects of clinical cardiology including expert assessment and management of a range of cardiac conditions, cardiac interventions, interpretation and practical skills. Stroke content includes hyper acute stroke, thrombolysis, interpretation of CT and MRI, TIA management, maximising stroke care, rehabilitation and long term The programme can be regarded as vital training for the early stages of cardiology or stroke specialist training with clear learning objectives.

About the course

We welcome interest from junior doctors with career intentions in stroke or cardiology, general practitioners with special interest as well as acute medicine or emergency medicine physicians who want to enhance their understanding of stroke or cardiology. We also welcome interest from clinical nurse specialists and other healthcare professionals working in cardiology and stroke or emergency or acute medicine.

The MSc Cardiology and Stroke is a modular programme. Some of the modules are compulsory and some are optional. Learning may be shared in some core modules with healthcare professionals on other clinical programmes in Postgraduate Medicine.
If you are studying this course full time, please note it is typically studied over 12 months

The programme leads to the award of MSc Cardiology and Stroke, Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiology and Stroke, Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiology or Postgraduate Certificate in Stroke depending on the number of modules you choose to study.

Why choose this course?

The MSc Cardiology and Stroke programme has been developed in response to the local and national emergence of specialist ‘Stroke’ and ‘Heart Attack’ centres. The implementation of the national service frameworks and the development of national strategies and clinical guidelines for the diagnosis, initial management and rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease have advanced the quality of patient care. The technological and therapeutic advances in the treatment of cardiovascular illness places an increasing demand upon practitioners to develop knowledge, skills and clinical decision-making.

Simulation, (both high and low fidelity) is increasingly popular and a highly sought after method in learning and teaching practice, throughout the NHS and private health care sector and internationally. UH has state of the art simulation facilities including cardiovascular specific simulators, a rack record and the expertise in simulation education.

The MSc. Cardiology and Stroke aims to provide students with the requisite clinical assessment, decision-making skills and management for a range of cardiology conditions and stroke including pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutic interventions.

Structure

Optional
-Applied Clinical Assessment & Investigation in Cardiology and Stroke
-Applied Clinical Assessment and Investigation in Cardiology and Stroke
-Clinical Practice in Action
-Core Competencies in Medical Practice
-Decision Making & Management in Cardiology and Stroke
-Decision Making in Cardiology and Stroke
-Evidence Based Practice
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Expert Witness
-Health and Medical Education in the Workplace
-Health and Medical Simulation - Design and Delivery
-Healthcare Disciplines Project
-Leadership in Practice
-Leadership in Practice
-Medical Emergencies and Human Error- Managing Risk, Improving Services
-Service Improvement Project
-Specialist Masterclasses in Cardiology
-Specialist Masterclasses in Cardiology
-Specialist Masterclasses in Stroke
-Specialist Masterclasses in Stroke
-Work Based Learning
-Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice
-Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

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Are you interested in broadening your skills in Sports Medicine?. This Masters course is designed to provide enthusiastic professionals with practitioner-led training in the Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM). Read more

Are you interested in broadening your skills in Sports Medicine?

This Masters course is designed to provide enthusiastic professionals with practitioner-led training in the Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM). We are based in Yorkshire, home to the highest concentration of Sport and Exercise Medicine trainees and consultants in the UK. This is a flexible course compromising of blended learning opportunities suitable for applicants in full-time employment.

Benefits:

  • Provides specialised knowledge in sport and exercise medicine disciplines; functional sports anatomy, clinical assessment, musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine, sports injuries, exercise physiology and health, sports nutrition, physical activity and health, exercise prescription.
  • Strong emphasis on the development of technical skills necessary for SEM practice
  • Hands-on training in MSK clinics and pitch-side experience.
  • Access to brand new sports facilities and labs.
  • Wide range of supervised practical experience available via club placements and clinics
  • Extensive employment opportunities exist within: NHS Musculoskeletal, private sports medicine clinics and sports clubs

Sports and Exercise Medicine is now a recognised training route by the GMC for clinicians. SEM is a key deliverable in new government strategies, demand for training has increased with portfolio GPs and GPwSI specifically interested in training for Sports Medicine, and an increasing expectation amongst professional sports clubs that team doctors should have undergone structured training programmes to Masters Level.

Learn from industry experts

Dr Dane Vishnubala is the Curriculum Director for this course; he is a Sport and Exercise Doctor and General Practitioner (MRCGP) with 13 years Exercise Prescription experience.

"The University of Leeds has one of the best Sports Science departments in the UK and it's got one of the oldest medical schools as well. If you combined the two then you have a very interesting course led by some very high ranking individuals within this sector"

Dr Jon Powers is the Placement Director on this course; his current role in elite sport is working for the Football Association as England Men's Team Performance Medicine Doctor.

"The flexibility of the course allows you to continue doing a full time job whilst working around University studies without having huge amounts of face to face commitment at the University. The placements we have arranged mean that most of the clinical learning will be done in a real life sporting environment rather than in a lecture."

Course content

This Masters is available as both a full time course and as a two year part time course.

During your studies you’ll focus on the following modules:

  • Functional sports anatomy and clinical assessment
  • Musculoskeletal medicine and sports injuries
  • The sport and exercise medicine practitioner
  • Exercise physiology, health and sports nutrition
  • Physical activity, health and exercise prescription
  • Project work and dissertation

You’ll attend a two-day Immediate Care in Sport course in your induction week and arrange MSK clinics and club placements to give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge through practical experience.

You’ll also have access to our brand new sports facilities and labs, where Olympic athletes train.

The course will equip you with strong team working skills through its interdisciplinary approach to training. You’ll be equipped to work in teams of professionals with complimentary expertise such as strength and conditioning, team coaches, physiotherapists and acute injury settings.

Compulsory modules

  • Musculoskeletal Medicine and Sport Injuries 30 credits
  • Functional Sports Anatomy and Clinical Assessment 20 credits
  • The Sport and Exercise Medicine Practitioner I 15 credits
  • Project Work and Dissertation 60 credits
  • Exercise Physiology, Health and Sports Nutrition 20 credits
  • Physical Activity, Health and Exercise Prescription 20 credits
  • The Sport and Exercise Practitioner II 15 credits
  • Project Work and Dissertation 60 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc full time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc part time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Attendance is compulsory and will be approximately one and a half days a month (you will not be expected to be in every week). Recorded lectures of shared modules with other courses will be available to be viewed online, along with specified eLearning material.

Seminars will be recorded, where appropriate. Some practical sessions, group tutorials and specific teaching sessions will be compulsory.

Placements at appropriate professional clubs and NHS clinics will be organised, with some flexibility to negotiate clinic dates and times, and contacts will be provided for self-organised additional experience opportunities. Predominantly we use a case based approach; the eLearning each week will have a relevant case or scenario identified, and required reading and practical tasks set.

Assessment

There will be a variety of assessments, appropriate for vocational character of the course and the nature of the subjects studied. These will include

  • Tutor observed assessment (case study presentation)
  • Reflective log
  • Summative MCQ
  • Short essay
  • Clinical competency sign-off
  • Pre-hospital qualification
  • eLearning completion (eg FIFA diploma in football medicine, World Rugby concussion, WADA doping course)
  • OSCE stations
  • Project dissertation.

You'll have access to a wide range of supervised experience via placements. They are available at NHS Bradford & Airedale MSK clinics; York City FC, Leeds United FC, Hull City FC; options also include GB Swimming, GB Basketball and more.

Career opportunities

This course is designed to train enthusiastic professionals wishing to pursue a career in the relatively new discipline of Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM). With this Masters, you'll be able to apply what you have learned to any physical activity, exercise or sporting event that requires qualified SEM cover, with immediate effect.

Overall, the course aims to equip you with the skills and expertise to enhance the value of previous training to those organisations.

Employment opportunities exist within NHS musculoskeletal and private sports medicine clinics, as well as sports clubs. Sports and Exercise Medicine is now a recognised training route by the GMC for clinicians.



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The Doctor of Medicine is a research degree which will prepare you for publication of high-quality clinical research. It will also provide intensive clinical training which is ideal preparation for completion of MRCP(UK). Read more
The Doctor of Medicine is a research degree which will prepare you for publication of high-quality clinical research. It will also provide intensive clinical training which is ideal preparation for completion of MRCP(UK). This is an exciting opportunity to join a novel training course developed by the University of Chester along with the Countess of Chester Hospital in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians, London (including support for the candidates to obtain General Medical Council registration at the beginning of the course). The course constitutes a combination of three years of rotational hands-on training in all the major clinical specialities (e.g. Cardiology, Acute Medicine, Stroke Medicine and Neurology and others) in a top UK hospital, alongside comprehensive development of research skills.

Why Study Internal Medicine with us?

You will join a team of clinical, educational and research supervisors from Countess of Chester Hospital and the University of Chester in a well-developed three-year structured course, in which you will have opportunity to gain theoretical, clinical and research skills in all main specialities of Medicine. The research topic will be jointly run by the research team at the Institute of Medicine and the medical staff at one of the Countess of Chester Hospitals.

You will have the opportunity to:
- Stay and work in one of the oldest universities in the UK.
- Gain experience in a variety of research projects and methodologies, leading to publication(s) in peer reviewed journals.
- Gain hands-on training in all major specialities of clinical medicine supported by named supervisors.
- Clinical training portfolios akin to the UK local training programme in partnership with RCP London, enabling completion of MRCP.
- Work as a junior doctor (paid work up to 20 hours a week) alongside the local graduates.

This course is ideal for ambitious International Doctors who will benefit from a Clinical MD, intensive clinical training, MRCP, options for working in the NHS and research training. We expect graduates from the course to become prominent clinical academics in their country of origin.

What will I learn?

You will design and complete a variety of research studies with the support of our researchers and clinicians. You will also compete a rotation through the clinical specialities, developing your clinical knowledge and skills.

The dissertation comprises a portfolio of publishable works.

How will I be taught?

You will be fully supported and encouraged to prepare and obtain the MRCP as well as producing a portfolio of research outputs suitable for publication. These will include clinical audits, systematic reviews and research papers. You will also have the opportunity to complete specialist modules from our MSc courses.

On average students should expect to be in clinics, clinical simulations, lectures, seminars, tutorials or data collection for 30 hours per week.

How will I be assessed?

Degrees will be rewarded after successful completion of the dissertation, including viva voce examination and the final examination at the end of three years.

Work Based Learning

You will have the opportunity to gain intensive clinical experience.

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme is designed to prepare students for leadership in scientific and management roles in Public Health. Read more
The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme is designed to prepare students for leadership in scientific and management roles in Public Health. It attracts students from clinical and health related disciplines from all over the world.

Why study Public Health at Dundee?

This course provides high quality training in the application of epidemiological, statistical and behavioural techniques used in public health practice and research.

You will have the opportunity to improve generic and transferable skills and will be ideally placed to pursue a career in research or public health practice. The MPH also provides an ideal springboard for further postgraduate study at PhD level.

What's so good about studying Public Health at Dundee?

"My experience with the MPH course was positive in every respect. From the quality of the teaching to the academic support by members of the department, it was a highly rewarding experience. I would strongly recommend the MPH course at the University of Dundee"
Dr Thaofiq Olatunde Ijaiya (MPH, 2007)

"The MPH provides an invaluable experience of being taught by inspiring academics with excellent research experience in the field"
Tony Barr, Programme Manager - Nursing (MPH, 1996)

"The design and execution of the MPH programme was very good. However, I was most fulfilled during the research dissertation stage. It was a wonderful experience and I am prepared for the future research challenges."
Dr Ekwem Divine (MPH, 2010)

Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught predominantly by staff from the School of Medicine and guest lecturers from further afield.

The full time MPH course lasts for one year. The taught component takes nine months and is followed by research leading to a dissertation. All students initially enrol on a diploma programme (DipPubH) which includes the taught component only. To progress to the Masters programme and undertake the Masters dissertation students must obtain an overall pass of 60% in the taught component. Both programmes may be undertaken on a part-time basis.

This course has one start date - September

How you will be taught

The course is focussed on the academic needs of its students but also provides emotional and pastoral care as required. The inclusion of optional modules creates flexibility, which allows students to tailor the MPH to their specific requirements.

A variety of teaching and assessment methods are used to give students the best possible learning opportunity
Students are given formative assessment on all assignments

Students have a spacious teaching room with networked computers at their disposal

Lecturers operate an open door policy and students are encouraged to seek advice/help at any time

Students are given the opportunity to choose a dissertation topic which reflects their interest, then advised on the most appropriate supervisor

The rich research environment within the Division gives students the opportunity to work on a range of topics

The Division has weekly research seminars during term time, to which students are invited to attend
What you will study

The programme consists of the following modules

Core:
Public Health
Epidemiology
Introduction to Clinical Statistics
Research Methods
Behavioural & Social Science
Applied Epidemiology
Statistics for Clinical Trials
Applied Statistics with Routine Health Datasets
Introduction to Systematic Reviews
Data Visualization
Spatial Epidemiology

Optional:
Students studying for a Master of Public Health then undertake research and write a dissertation.

How you will be assessed

The student's performance is monitored by continuous assessment throughout the programme. Written and oral examinations are held in December, March and May. Examinations are graded passes (A to D) or fail.

Students must obtain grade D or above in all written and oral examinations in order to be awarded the Diploma.

To be eligible to progress from the Diploma onto the Masters, students must pass the examination of each subject and achieve a minimum overall pass at B or above (60%).

Careers

The MPH prepares students for research and management careers in public health and also a variety of medical and health related disciplines.

Previous students graduating with the MPH from Dundee have taken up management positions in public health practice, nursing, professions allied to medicine, education, government, WHO and NGOs; and research positions within academic public health, general practice, acute medicine, nursing, professions allied to medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and environmental health.

The MPH also provides an ideal springboard for further postgraduate study at PhD and MD level.

"I had a wonderful time during my stay at Dundee. Scotland as a whole and Dundee in particular have very friendly and hospitable people. This course is a well-balanced general MPH course. It will provide the prospective students with a good foundation and skill set to advance their career in research, management or academics.
Syed Asif Shah, MD. MPH. MBA. FACC. FACP, Assistant professor of Cardiology (MPH 1990)

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Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Read more

Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They are trained to perform a number of roles including: taking medical histories, performing examinations, analysing test results, and diagnosing illnesses under the direct supervision of a doctor.

To understand what a Physician Associate does on a day-to-day basis, Health Education England have produced this informative Day in the Life of a Physician Associate video.

We also run a flexible MSc Physician Associate programme for those who already have their Postgraduate Diploma from a UK or Irish institution.

Please note: the British Physician Associate programme does not qualify you to work in the USA.

Course details

The University of Birmingham has been training Physician Associates (formerly Physician Assistants) since January 2008.  As one of the longest running programmes in the country, we are delighted to offer this opportunity to graduates to make a valuable contribution to the nation’s health. We work in partnership with hospitals and practices in the Midlands and beyond.

The development of the profession has been led by the Department of Health and has involved the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of General Practitioners as well as the profession itself through the former UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA) which is now the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. University of Birmingham staff have taken a key role in the development of the programme at a national as well as a regional level in response to need identified by local healthcare providers. Successful completion of the programme will qualify you to practise as a Physician Associate in the UK.

Please note: the UK PA training programme does not qualify you to work in the USA.

The course 

The course leaders regard integration of theory and practice as fundamental to clinical learning.

  • This course is two, full time, calendar years in duration, each lasting approximately 48 weeks, plus an additional month. You can expect to be studying 50+ hours per week.
  • Theory is learned mostly through case/problem based learning and you will experience medicine in both hospital and community attachments.
  • The rich ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the 5.5 million strong West Midlands population offers unrivalled opportunities for clinical learning, with placements seeking to optimise this.
  • Right from the beginning, you will have contact with patients, as during the first term, students are placed for up to five days of clinical experience within a General Practice in either the West Midlands or beyond.  
  • This is followed by a fourteen-week hospital attachment in the second term, and a further few days of General Practice in the third term. Students will use the cases collected during the second term as the basis of their learning within the third term.
  • The second year continues the problem-based learning approach and integrates further learning and placements in Acute and Emergency Medicine, Child Health General Practice, Mental Health, Reproductive Health and Surgery.
  • Throughout the course, you will receive teaching in a variety of forms, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, and bedside demonstrations. 
  • Simulation is fundamental to this course, using simulated patients (who will teach you communication and examination skills, including gynaecological and urological examination). Simulation aims both to prepare you for the clinical world and to train you in a safe, non-threatening environment.
  • Progression exams are undertaken at the nine months mark, and again at twenty-three months into the course. Students are required to pass both sets of examinations prior to entry into the National Assessment. 
  • Assessment types will include Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper(s), Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), Case Write-Ups, Presentations and Professional Behaviour sign-offs. 

Regulation

All students will be registered with the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. Graduates currently join a Managed Voluntary Register.

Learning and teaching

This is a very intense course with a large amount of knowledge and skills to acquire in a relatively short time. You will need to dedicate at least 50 hours each week to learning, much of it by yourself and with your learning set.

At the University of Birmingham we believe in very close integration between the theory learning (‘the hip is a ball and socket joints and the femur anatomy is as follows’ and clinical learning (‘when people fracture their hips it happens like this, they present like this, and your understanding of the hip anatomy enables you to understand why and how hips fracture’). You will also link theory and practice by learning, say, how to examine a hip on each other, on a simulated patient and (often) on a real patient before you see such a patient in a clinical environment.

Employability

Birmingham-trained Physician Associates have been very successful in the NHS jobs market with most of our graduates on NHS Agenda for Change Band 7 (starting at £31,383 p,a.) or higher.

Our graduates are working all across the UK (although about half have stayed in the West Midlands) and in a wide range of specialties including: general medicine, acute medicine, cardiology, paediatrics, breast surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, mental health, emergency medicine and General Practice. Many have also chosen to go into teaching and research (part-time while maintaining clinical duties), with five of our graduates currently teaching here at Birmingham.

The number of NHS Trusts and Practices seeking Physician Associates (and the average number working for each Trust/Practice) has increased rapidly throughout the last few years, and we would expect that number to continue to increase at a similar pace over the next few years.



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Overview. Respiratory illnesses affect all children. Almost every child in the UK attends their GP in the first 5 years of life with a respiratory infection. Read more

Overview

Respiratory illnesses affect all children. Almost every child in the UK attends their GP in the first 5 years of life with a respiratory infection. 1 in 10 children have some chronic respiratory condition of which asthma is the most common. Despite the commonness of respiratory disorders, the presence of good evidenced-based guidelines care and outcomes vary widely. Provision of care is even more varied for rarer conditions and where there have been recent important advances in technology. There is a pressing need to facilitate training in primary, secondary and tertiary care to ensure that children achieve the best possible health outcomes.

This course allows students to learn how to provide optimum care for children with acute and chronic respiratory diseases. Each of the four modules has been designed to complement clinical experience and accelerate learning and professional development. The modules tackle asthma and allergy, cystic fibrosis, infection and immunity and non-invasive ventilation and sleep. Taken in combination they cover the breadth of knowledge required to deliver secondary care services for children and they complement the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Special Interest module in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine. Delivered by an experienced local faculty with an enthusiasm for teaching and national and international reputation for paediatric respiratory medicine this course offers a combination of self-directed, interactive and practical learning. 

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to help clinicians in primary and secondary care settings to develop their knowledge base, enhance their skills and motivate and empower them to act as effective leaders in the delivery of respiratory healthcare for children. 

Career Development

This course recognises that clinicians require a combination of knowledge, skills and experience to support the delivery of optimal healthcare for children. Whilst completion of all four modules will be particularly helpful to secondary care paediatricians with a stated special interest in paediatric respiratory medicine individual modules are likely to be of particular interest to those working in specific environments. For instance, doctors and nurses working in primary care are likely to find the module on asthma and allergy particularly helpful. Similarly, the module on non-invasive ventilation and sleep may be particularly valuable to clinicians working on high dependency units or those who support community teams who look after technology-dependent children.

Course Content

Each module is given a credit rating within the national Masters framework. These may be transferable from or to other institutions where the learning outcomes are comparable. Undertaking all four currently available modules will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate in Medical Science. Individuals who wish to proceed to higher degrees may choose to undertake further credits as part of other Masters programmes.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science: 60 credits 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science: 120 credits
  • Masters in Medical Science: total 180 credits

(The Masters Degree must be completed within five years of registration, the Diploma within four years and the Certificate within three years. It will be possible to complete a Masters Degree in Medical Science in two years.)

It is not necessary to carry out a piece of original research to complete the award. The final 60 credits can be for a practice-based project, a teaching project such as robust evaluation of a programme you might be running, or it may be possible to accumulate credits from independent studies or a reflective portfolio. Individual programmes will be constructed for you at this stage through negotiation with the award leader.

Course Modules

Teaching & Assessment

This is a modular part-time programme, designed to meet the needs of full-time health professionals, able to take study leave in short blocks (2-days face-to-face teaching for each module) and augmented by background reading and independent study. The modules are offered on a regular basis throughout the year, usually repeated annually, and students can join the programme at any stage. It is possible to complete the PG Certificate within one year, though up to three years are allowed.

Most teaching is based on interactive small group methods, interspersed with practical tasks and supplemented with background reading and materials developed by the course faculty. A variety of assessment methods are used, including essays skills and completion of a portfolio.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/



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This Postgraduate Diploma has been designed to enable you to develop the skills required to become a competent and confident Physician Associate (PA). Read more

This Postgraduate Diploma has been designed to enable you to develop the skills required to become a competent and confident Physician Associate (PA). The programme of study provides an opportunity for you to develop mastery in a range of core PA qualities for example; holistic assessment techniques and appropriate therapeutic interventions, with the ability to diagnose and or manage an agreed range of clinical problems.

The programme aims to develop you to be a flexible and adaptable practitioner, enabling you to engage in new ways of working in relation to health care priorities and to lead and develop practice to ensure high quality patient care delivery. Physician Associates are pivotal to the provision of optimal, higher level care delivery in current and future health arenas; to contribute to this agenda the programme has been designed to develop your core PA characteristics as a critical enquirer and a professional with confidence and competence to challenge, lead and innovate at different levels of care delivery, within a dynamic, inter-professional health care context.

You may go on to specialise in a range of areas including surgery, emergency medicine or primary care.

The programme has been developed in response to identified and anticipated demands for increasing the number PA’s with advanced skills and critical understanding. For the award of the Postgraduate Diploma you will study six 20 credit modules which will include an option module for study in an area of your choice.

What happens on the course?

  • Foundations of Clinical Practice for the Physician Associate
  • Foundations of Clinical Medicine
  • Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making for the Physician Associate
  • Personal and Professional Development of the Physician Associate
  • Foundations of Primary Care for the Physician Associate
  • Applied Pharmacology

You will also be able to select an elective module form a range of topics. You will have an opportunity to develop your practice skills in a range of clinical settings.

Placements

Physician Associate’s are required to work mainly 9.00 am -5.00 pm Monday – Friday, however on occasions they may work outside of these hours including evenings, nights, weekends and Bank Holidays if required. You will be working alongside medical staffing and the shift patterns they work too.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course aims to meet professional development needs in the field of Physician Associate Studies. The programme has been designed in collaboration with clinical stakeholders, service users and carers and members of the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing academic team, which has over many years provided Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes for a range of healthcare staff.

It is envisaged that medical colleagues will work in partnership with academic staff who have achieved advanced professional qualifications and who are now subject specialists involved in advisory and research roles; locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

There will be contributions in modules from the Medical Professoriate who are actively involved in research that is influencing care in local, regional, national and international arenas.

Use of the new and highly innovative Physician Associate Laboratory featuring some world-leading technology to help explore anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. This includes an 'Anatomage Table’ which allows digital dissection of gross anatomy and human (and animal) body system specific images.

The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit http://www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures

Career path

Following graduation form the course you may be able to apply for an internship at one of the local, regional or national healthcare providers which are designed as a period of employment following qualification within which the Physician Associate receives a higher level than normal of supervision and clinical experience. It provides an opportunity to consolidate your learning from initial training and demonstrate its translation into competence in practice.

Physician Associates have been employed locally in the Midlands as follows:

Dudley Group of Hospitals Russells Hall Hospital

  • Emergency department, vascular Surgery.

George Eliot Hospital

  • Acute medical unit
  • General medicine

Sandwell and West Birmingham/ City Hospital

  • Emergency department

Solihull and Birmingham Mental Health

  • Various sites
  • Mental health, including subspecialties: mother and baby,
  • Liaison psychiatry and female forensic psychiatry

Mid Staffordshire Stafford

  • Emergency department
  • Cardiology

University Hospitals Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital

  • Neurosurgery
  • Clinical decision unit
  • Cardiology
  • Acute medicine

Birmingham Children’s Hospital

  • Liver transplant Unit

Education Opportunities

Following completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you would be able to progress to one of our Top-up Masters Awards such as MSc Health and Social Care or a Professional Doctorate programmes



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Programme description. This programme is aimed at high-calibre graduates in medicine involved in the management of clinical emergencies in children. Read more

Programme description

This programme is aimed at high-calibre graduates in medicine involved in the management of clinical emergencies in children.

It is ideal for trainees in paediatrics and emergency medicine, and also highly relevant for anaesthetists who wish to develop skills in paediatric anaesthesia or paediatric intensive care.

It will also help primary care practitioners who work in remote and rural areas without paediatric support.

The programme is designed to give you the educational background you need to manage medical emergencies in children, throughout the world.

The final year of the programme can be tailored to your circumstances and career goals.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

You may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level.

In Year 1 (certificate), you will study a wide range of specialities in Fundamentals in Paediatric Medicine.

In Year 2 (diploma), you will take the following compulsory courses:

  • Medical Emergencies
  • Surgical Emergencies & Trauma/Anaesthesia & Sedation
  • Additional Topics in Paediatric Emergency Medicine

In Year 3 (masters), you will study the compulsory course Management Issues in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and will undertake a written reflective element from a number of suggested topics.

Read more about how the programme is structured:

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help you achieve a successful career in paediatric emergency medicine with a high quality qualification and the latest understanding and knowledge.



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This intensive and exciting new programme provides all the essential skills and knowledge necessary to become a Physician Associate in the UK. Read more

About the course

This intensive and exciting new programme provides all the essential skills and knowledge necessary to become a Physician Associate in the UK. In addition, it provides the challenges of enhanced knowledge synthesis and research to produce academic clinicians equipped to lead and develop the profession.

The Department of Health's Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Assistant (now Physician Associate) defines the Physician Associate as:

…a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.

Physician Associates (PAs) are part of a new and growing profession within the NHS. PAs work alongside doctors in hospitals and GP surgeries to provide safe and quality care to patients. PAs, under supervision of doctors, may obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, carry out diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, request and interpret test results, diagnose illnesses and develop treatment and management plans.

The Physician Associate MSc programme includes over 1,800 hours of professional practice and will fully prepare you to practise in a wide variety of specialties and settings. Currently PAs work in General Practice, Emergency Medicine, and multiple Adult Medical and Surgical specialties.

Successful completion of the Physician Associate MSc programme provides eligibility to sit for the Physician Associate National Examination and join the Managed Voluntary Register.

If you are considering studying the Physician Associate MSc Programme at Brunel University London then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the constitution.

NHS Values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

Aims

The aim of the Physician Associate MSc programme is to prepare you as a medical professional who strives for excellence in clinical practice. To achieve this aim, the programme provides you with a strong scientific foundation and encourages the development of excellent practical and clinical reasoning skills. All of this is essential for you to treat patients safely and effectively.

The programme also provides you with the means to critically evaluate your own patient care – a skill which is vital to continuing evidence-based practice. A sound working knowledge of research methodology provides the basis for this evaluation process and also the tools to develop your own research interests at any stage of your professional career.

In addition, it helps develop vital communication skills and soundly embeds the essential core values of professionalism. Indeed, the Master's programme aims to produce highly professional graduates with excellent communication skills. Graduates are able to function as adaptable clinicians and fully interactive members of the multidisciplinary health care team within a changing health and social care setting.

Course Content

Our Physician Associate Master's course is an exciting and innovative modular programme, delivered full-time over two years.
Applicants should be aware that the programme is delivered over a period 45 weeks in Year 1 and 48 weeks in Year 2. In addition the course is intense, with significant contact hours. Students should expect to be studying on campus from 9am - 6pm five days a week. All students must be ready to assume responsibility for their own learning.

Clinical placements will start in the first term of Year 1 with weekly one-day GP placements. In Year 2 the majority of time will be spent on clinical placement in various practice settings. You should broadly expect to adopt the working patterns of the supervising clinician (clinical educator). Generally, you are expected to complete 42 weeks of clinical experience. You should expect to be working roughly a 40-hour week whilst on placement.

Compulsory Modules:

Foundations of Clinical Medicine (Year 1 & 2)
Personal and Professional Development for the Physician Associate (Year 1 & 2)
Applied Pharmacology (Year 1)
Principles and Practice of Evidence-Based Healthcare (Year 1)
Approaches to Research (Year 1)
Dissertation (Year 1 & 2)
PA Applied Clinical Knowledge & Skills (Year 2)

For the award of MSc Physician Associate, students must pass the UK Physician Associate National Certification Examination.

Work Placements

Clinical placements will include rotations in the following areas:

• Accident and Emergency
• Acute Medicine
• General Practice
• Mental Health
• Obstetrics and Gynaecology
• Paediatrics
• Surgery
• Electives

Whilst on placements you will be supervised by doctors and physician associates. You will be assessed on placement by your supervising clinician(s). The assessment score from clinical placement modules will contribute to your final degree classification.

All clinical placement modules are organised on the student's behalf by the clinical co-ordination team. This allows us to provide you with a balanced clinical experience both in terms of the specialties/patient groups you have worked with and the range of health care setting you have worked in. It is important that you are exposed to a variety of health settings, which are reflective of current clinical practice.

We are sympathetic to your needs when we assign clinical placements. However, we are unable to guarantee that any student will be located close to their home or term-time address and you may have to commute or live away from home for the duration of a placement or two. We do try to give special consideration to students whose personal circumstances fall within specified criteria, ie they have young children, are a main carer, or have a declared disability etc.

Teaching

A mix of teaching/learning approaches are used including: classroom based learning, problem/evidence-based learning, peer-assisted learning, clinical practice learning, independent learning, e-learning, assimilated learning in clinical labs, and the use of trained teaching associates for intimate examinations. Emphasis will be placed on active student participation, reflection and learning.

As a Physician Associate MSc student we expect you to come to us with specific academic skills and abilities. Your learning will rapidly become self-directed. We will build upon your ability to perform literature searches and critically appraise the evidence base and so prepare you for your commitment to continued professional development and lifelong learning after qualifying.

Assessment

Assessments will include single best answer/multiple choice questions papers and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) to begin early preparation for the National Examination. Other assessments will include written assignments, oral presentations, reflection papers, and a portfolio of evidence.

All modules must be passed in order to proceed through the course. Normally students will have two attempts at passing each assessment.

Special Features

You’ll study in purpose-built facilities in our multi-million pound health sciences building and you’ll share elements of your course with Master’s students from other health-related disciplines.

You’ll enjoy our campus university, where you’re never more than a ten minute walk from halls of residence, catering, social, sports and study facilities, lecture theatres, the Library and support services.

You’ll be taught by experts in delivering accredited programmes such as Biosciences, Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy.

You’ll complete 1800 hours of clinical placement during the course.

On successful completion of the Physician Associate MSc programme, you will be eligible to sit for the Physician Associate National Examination and join the Managed Voluntary Register.

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The PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Medical Toxicology is a distance learning course for medical personnel. Read more
The PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Medical Toxicology is a distance learning course for medical personnel.

It is particularly designed for clinical pharmacologists in training, specialist trainees in accident and emergency medicine or acute medicine and other disciplines, and those intending to enter or already working in the pharmaceutical industry.

It is also designed for those working in poisons centres, for health professionals, including hospital and community pharmacists and for those with a degree in Life Sciences or other individuals seeking a career in the government regulatory bodies or the pharmaceutical or chemical industry.

Structure

• PgCert:

This Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Toxicology is a part-time distance learning course that takes 2 years to complete.

The Postgraduate Certificate consists of one stage: stage T.

This stage lasts for one academic year and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7

Core modules:

Diagnosis and Management in Poisoning
Poisoning by commonly used pharmaceuticals
Poisoning by non-pharmaceuticals

At the end of stage T, students who have obtained a minimum of 60 credits at Level 7, including the award of credit for all required modules may exit with the award of Postgraduate Certificate or may apply to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma. 

• PgDip:

This Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology consists of six 20-credit modules which can be completed in 1 year with full-time distance learning or in 2 years by part-time distance learning.

Core modules:

PgCert core modules PLUS

Mechanisms of Toxicity
Preventive and Regulatory Toxicology
Environmental and Industrial Toxicology

If students successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology to an acceptable standard they may be eligible for entry to the MSc in Medical Toxicology (dissertation stage). However, places are limited and may be allocated on a competitive basis taking past performance into account.

• MSc:

The MSc in Medical Toxicology consists of one stage (post-diploma) – “stage R” (research dissertation stage), which lasts for one year and will include a dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a combined total of 180 credits (including 120 credits from the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology) to achieve the MSc.

Your dissertation, which will normally be of not more than 20,000 words and supported by such other material as may be considered appropriate to the subject, will embody the results of your period of project work. The subject of each student’s dissertation will be approved by the Chair of the Board of Studies concerned or his/her nominee.

The dissertation is worth 60 credits and, in combination with the Postgraduate Diploma taught stage(s), is weighted 50% for the purpose of calculating the final mark:

Taught modules (from Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology) 50%.
Dissertation (stage R) 50%.

Career prospects

The course is suitable for clinical pharmacologists in training, specialist registrars in other disciplines, those working in the pharmaceutical industry, those working in the National Poisons Information Services, pharmacists, nurses and other life science graduates. The course may be of interest to individuals seeking a career in the government regulatory bodies or the pharmaceutical or chemical industry.

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Course outline. The Master of Medicine (MMed) is a comprehensive 2-year medical training programme providing structured postgraduate training in General Medicine leading to the award of a . Read more

Course outline

The Master of Medicine (MMed) is a comprehensive 2-year medical training programme providing structured postgraduate training in General Medicine leading to the award of a Master of Medicine from the University of Buckingham.

It is designed to deliver core training for specialty training by the acquisition of knowledge and skills as assessed by the workplace based assessments and the MRCP. The programme is broad-based consisting of four to six placements in medical specialties. These placements must include direct involvement in the acute medical take.

The key features of the MMed are:

  • Student-led – we will use an ePortfolio to encourage a learner-centred approach with the support of Educational Supervisors. The ePortfolio contains tools to identify educational needs, enables the setting of learning goals, reflective learning and personal development.
  • Competency-based – the curricula outline competencies that trainees must reach by the end of the programme. The curriculum is directly linked to the ePortfolio as it defines standards required for good medical practice and formal assessments including the MRCP exams.
  • Continuation of Good Medical Practice – building on existing training the curriculum contains important emphasis on generic competencies necessary for practice as a physician.
  • Supervision – each student has a series of people with clearly defined roles and responsibilities overseeing their training including Clinical Supervisor, Educational Supervisor, University Tutor, Pathways to Postgraduate Training in Medicine Director, and Dean of Postgraduate Medicine.
  • Appraisal meetings with supervisor – regular appraisal meetings and review of competence progression are set out in the ePortfolio.
  • Dissertation – Literature review 10,000 words.
  • Workplace-based assessments – regular workplace-based assessments are conducted throughout training. These include the Acute Care Assessment Tool (ACAT), Case-Based Discussion (CbD), mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX) and multisource feedback (MSF) with additional assessment methods to assess Audit (AA).
  • MRCP examination – the various parts of our curriculum have been mapped to the MRCP (UK) curriculum and this provides a knowledge base assessment.

The current training hospitals are Milton Keynes University Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham.

We encourage candidates to obtain MRCP.

Download the course brochure.



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