This unique course enables specialist registrars to acquire a scientific and analytical approach to orthopaedic practice, and engenders a class of orthopaedic surgeon with a depth and breadth of skills, knowledge and attitude based on a solid foundation of science and clinical expertise.
The postgraduate certificate aims, in exceptional circumstances, to allow those who withdraw from study at the end of one year to exit with an award for demonstrating a limited range of science, clinical skills, service delivery and research awareness.
Course structure The course is designed for part-time study and is delivered on Wednesday afternoons each week with 14 mandatory skills days taught throughout the year. The taught component is delivered over a two-year rolling programme with Year 1 and Year 2 students studying modules together. Students will normally be expected to be working as an SpR or in a senior non-training post in trauma and orthopaedics. All applicants will be expected to undertake dissection. Teaching staff are nationally and internationally renowned experts and provide a broad range of learning experiences through lectures, student presentations, group work and discussion. Throughout the course, confirmed employment in relevant clinical activity is crucial in integrating the acquired science and clinical skills into the reality of clinical practice.
Areas of study The underpinning science for trauma and orthopaedics will cover: gross and microscopic anatomy (presented specifically for this clinical setting); relevant physiology including biochemistry, genetics, biomechanics and bioengineering; the pathology and pathophysiology of both acute and chronic conditions; and a clear focus on treatment options. Studies in clinical and surgical techniques will address in detail both assessment and therapeutic approaches.
Syllabus Year 1 Scientific Basis of Trauma and Orthopaedics Clinical Skills in Trauma and Orthopaedics
Year 2 Core modules: Scientific Basis of Trauma and Orthopaedics Clinical Skills in Trauma and Orthopaedics
Year 3 MSc Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (may be taken in Year 1 or 2) Dissertation
Career and progression opportunities This course prepares students well for undertaking the examinations for entry to the Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons.