Course Overview

The programme aims at establishing: methodology in clinical musculoskeletal assessment; evidence-based clinical reasoning in diagnosis; and a high level of physical manual handling skills, procedural skills, and informed pharmacological treatment proficiency. The scope of programme delivery will include structured face-to-face small group teaching, formal didactic lectures, practical skill sessions, distance-learning, and self-assessment sessions. The programme is particularly suited to those intending to deliver care at the Primary level, e.g., General Practitioner, Chartered Physiotherapist and allied professionals.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Programme is open to Registered Medical Practitioners, Chartered Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, and Nurse Practitioners.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, part-time

Next start date

August 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

25 August 2019

NFQ level

9

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

60

Award

CAO

Course code

1ORM3

Course Outline

The Postgraduate Diploma in Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Medicine is a one-year part-time, 60 ECTS, level 9 programme, consisting of three modules per semester, delivered over two consecutive semesters. Each module comprises three full days.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Required MD1580: Musculoskeletal Examination and Diagnosis at the Upper Limb


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The focus of this module is on the general principles underlying assessment of function, differential diagnosis, interpretation of pain patterns generally and of the cervical and upper limb in particular
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply the skill of an examination template to any musculoskeletal lesion in the body and in particular to those of the upper limb.
  2. Recognise the mechanisms of pain production, the role of manual and injection therapy and appreciate the need to consider an underlying undisclosed rheumatological basis for symptom presentation.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MD1580: "Musculoskeletal Examination and Diagnosis at the Upper Limb" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD1581: Musculoskeletal Examination and Diagnosis at the Spine and Pelvis


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The focus of this module is on cervical and shoulder pathology and the treatment of scapulo-thoracic syndromes.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Undertake a systematic history and examination at the spinal joints.
  2. Appreciate ‘red flags’ in the presentation, develop clinical reasoning in formulating a diagnosis, undertake appropriate mobilisation, or referral for same, for mechanical lesions of the spine, when indicated.
  3. Demonstrate a high degree of expertise in physical handling of the spine
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MD1581: "Musculoskeletal Examination and Diagnosis at the Spine and Pelvis" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD1582: Musculoskeletal Examination and Diagnosis the Lower Limb


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The focus of this module is on the examination, differential diagnosis, and options in the treatment of lesions of the pelvis and lower limb
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Interpret the concepts of referred pain into the lower limb and be confident in diagnosing the source of lower limb pain and its management.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of lower limb syndromes across a range of age groups.
  3. Interpret radiological investigation in the area of stress fracture, meniscal and labral injury.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MD1582: "Musculoskeletal Examination and Diagnosis the Lower Limb" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD1585: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment II: the Lower limb


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

The focus of this module is on Differential Diagnosis and Treatment,including Injection Treatment, of Orthopaedic and Rheumatological conditions at the Lower limb
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Appraise their role within the multidisciplinary rheumatology team and recognise the need for interdependence.
  2. Identify biomechanical factors in causation of lower limb syndromes and of the myriad of overlapping disease elements that may contemporaneously present.
  3. Comprehensively and safely deal with any warm swollen joint or periarticular structure.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MD1585: "Differential Diagnosis and Treatment II: the Lower limb" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD1584: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment I: the Upper limb


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module combines advanced techniques and treatments at the Cervical Spine and upper limb with practical elements of Injection treatment in these areas.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the procedure relating to consent and recording of consent
  2. Identify the rationale for injection and the choice of needle and syringe and injection material required
  3. Communicate instructions for aftercare and rehabilitation.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MD1584: "Differential Diagnosis and Treatment I: the Upper limb" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD1583: The Spectrum of Spondyloarthropathy


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module will focus on the spectrum of Spondyloarthropathy including Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of spinal conditions.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate expertise in spinal assessment and offer early effective management of any spinal condition.
  2. Initiate and monitor treatment with DMARDs without the delay in onward referral to Rheumatological clinics leading to better outcomes for patients
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MD1583: "The Spectrum of Spondyloarthropathy" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This programme is designed to enhance the professional development of healthcare practitioners to meet the challenges of future models of care delivery in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and rheumatological medicine.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,500 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€3,276 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

Dr Micheál Newell
T: +353 91 494 313
E: micheal.newell@nuigalway.ie