Trauma care is one of the most rapidly evolving areas in modern medicine. Improvements in the immediate (damage control) resuscitation have improved survival, underpinned by the lessons learnt from the most effective trauma systems in the developed world. Post-injury reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation now offer potentials for recovery which were previously inconceivable. Thus a sound grasp of the theory and practice of trauma surgery make this one of the most rewarding fields of medical endeavour. The Trauma Surgery programmes are constantly revised and refreshed in the light of new developments. The programmes are unique in course design, delivery and assessment with the innovative use of increasingly sophisticated simulation methods to enhance learning. Previous student experience has confirmed that these Trauma Surgery programmes offer a robust practical and academic springboard for those committed to a career in trauma care.
Open to medical graduates (MBCHB, MBBS and equivalents), Post MRCS or equivalent and those with ATLS provider or instructor status, this innovative, highly practical and academically rigorous programme is aimed at those committed to a career devoted to improving trauma care. The part-time taught component (Part 1) consists of 5 clinical and 2 research methods modules which are delivered in 5 and 3 day blocks respectively. The clinical modules are arranged sequentially to take the students from immediate management, critical care, and on to healing recovery in the first 3 modules. The subsequent modules are devoted to Military Operational Surgical Training & Combat Surgery, delivered at the ADMST.
The first of the research methods modules focuses upon effective literature searches, critical appraisal of literature and the development of a portfolio reflecting this, and the second is dedicated to the preparation of a dissertation proposal. Part 2 is the completion of the dissertation itself.
Modules on the Trauma Surgery (Military) programme typically include:
• Trauma: the disease • The turning point • Healing and rehabilitation • Military operational surgical training • Combat surgery: clinical and logistics • Evidence-based health and social care • Health research methods and preparation for dissertation • Dissertation
Additional alternative modules are under development, including Immediate Management of Burns, and Civilian General & Vascular Surgery in Trauma.
Each clinical module follows a similar template with core knowledge being delivered in topic areas by means of lectures, and consolidated with case discussions and practical simulations/workshops. Assessment is based upon the ability of the students to apply their knowledge both in simulations, short answer written papers, essays and case presentation. There are two exit points: Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.
The Trauma Surgery (Military) programme is open to medical graduates who are post MRCS (or equivalent) and have also successfully completed the ATLS programme. The Military programme is open to regular and territorial personnel from any surgical specialty. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a credible commitment to a career in trauma surgery/care irrespective of their chosen specialty. Supportive references are required.
Recipient: Swansea University
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