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Trauma and Orthopaedics

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University of Edinburgh
07 March 2012
Online Distance Learning
Masters Courses

Further information

This two year part-time Masters programme in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and leads to the degree of Master of Surgery (ChM).

Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, the programme provides advanced training for surgeons preparing for the intercollegiate fellowship examination and approaching consultancy.

The ChM provides advanced training for surgeons preparing for the intercollegiate fellowship examination and approaching consultancy.

On completion of this programme students will be able to:

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their chosen surgical subspecialty, and be able to apply this knowledge to the systematic assessment and management of surgical patients in the elective, urgent and emergency clinical setting;
  • recognise the leadership contribution and responsibilities of the surgeon in the multidisciplinary management of complex surgical disease;
  • critically reflect upon day-to-day surgical practice in the context of recent advances, and engage in critical dialogue with peers and experts in other specialties;
  • apply the general principles of clinical study design, ethics, and statistics to critically evaluate the scientific literature in surgical research, and make informed judgements on new and emerging issues in surgery;
  • exercise a high level of autonomy and initiative in professional activities at a level of independent surgical practice.

The programme runs on a semester basis over two years and involves approximately 10 hours of study each week in a flexible modular manner.

It is anticipated that some of this study would receive credit or mirror "in-the workplace" activities.

The programme is delivered using a purpose-built learning environment that supports a variety of learning styles, and allows students flexibility in their study patterns.

In the first year of the ChM in Trauma and Orthopaedics programme, students have the opportunity to undertake academic modules (core and specialist) exploring research and teaching methodology, as well as develop skills which ensure an ability to analyse published evidence and explore interactive and written clinical communication skills. Students are required to complete an academic critique in an appropriate subspecialty area of work, such as that resulting from a publication in a peer reviewed journal.

In year 2, compulsory modules cover the core elements of the subsections of the Trauma and Orthopaedic syllabus. These are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material.

Having gained experience from the academic modules in the previous year, students will be expected to critically analyse reference material and where appropriate relate to their own work. The course will end with a formal MCQ exam designed to replicate the trainees upcoming exit exams.

Students are supported throughout the programme through asynchronous discussion with e-tutors, - all leading clinicians in their field. And have access to a large learning resource, including subscriptions to key online books and journals. Students on this course will be expected to lead e-seminars and e-journal clubs, and will produce an e-dissertation in the first year.

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