Derby is a busy city in England, located in the east midlands region - around 115 miles north of London. It is home to one university, The University of Derby, as well as a graduate medical school associated with the University of Nottingham. There are around 25,000 students in the city.
Derby was the site of many important engineering innovations during the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century industrial revolution, with many new mill technologies being pioneered in the city. Since then it has continued to be an important manufacturing centre, home to famous UK companies such as Rolls-Royce.
Postgraduate students in Derby benefit from easy access to its wide range of universities, whilst living in a city with a strong local history and vibrant regional culture.
Derby retains many museums and heritage sites associated with its industrial heritage, as well as a range of famous public parks and gardens (Derby Arboretum was actually England's first public park).
Sport is also an important feature of the city's identity, with a large local football club (Derby FC) and successful cricket and rugby teams.
The University of Derby has its origins in the mid-nineteenth century, but was granted its university charter in 1992. It offers a range of postgraduate courses in various subject areas.
High quality postgraduate education in medicine is also offered by the University of Nottingham's graduate-entry medical school, located within the Royal Derby Hospital.
Finally, Derby's convenient location and strong road and rail transport links also place it within reach of various other famous English universities in nearby cities such as Nottingham and Leicester, as well as Coventry, Birmingham and Sheffield.
Why choose this course?
- When you've successfully completed this short course you'll have the reporting skills for interpreting DXA scans.
- You can study it as a stand alone course, or as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in DXA Reporting.
- You'll be supported by a range of healthcare professionals who reflect the clinical diversity in the management of fracture risk.
About this course
The course is equivalent to two modules at masters level 7. The course lasts for about 36 weeks, but is dependent on the time you need to develop your portfolio of evidence.
We've taken a multidisciplinary approach to developing this course, so you will benefit from learning with people from different professions, to improve your knowledge and understanding of DXA scans.
You'll attend a minimum of four study days which will support your learning, provide keynote lectures, case study discussions in small groups, and viewing of scan sessions. These interactive study days are an integral part of this course.
Following the study days, you'll develop a reflective portfolio of 100 cases, where you have independently reported on BMD results and commented on normal variants, artefacts and appearances in the image. You'll need to include a broad range of examples that reflect the diversity of your patient populations. Twenty of your reports will need to include detailed reflective practice. Your report should include treatment recommendations to agreed local protocols, which you'll need to include in your portfolio. You must present an audit of your reports compared with those of a trained practitioner. Your portfolio will need to be signed off by the trained practitioner who is your mentor in practice. You must ensure you have the support of a suitably appropriate mentor prior to admission on to the programme.