Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research 3

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

REHA2123

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Sharyn Burke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6647

Course Coordinator Email: sharyn.burke@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Osteopathic clinical Practice and Research 2


Course Description

This course is designed to consolidate the skills developed in the first year of the masters program. It consists of two modules:

  • Osteopathic Clinical Practice
  • Research portfolio

Osteopathic Clinical Practice is intended to support the students development of practitionership including taking responsibility for patient treatment and management. In this module students continue to put theory and classroom teaching into practice in the clinical setting. Academic courses in year two cover the organ systems of the body in greater depth, and their understanding assists students with differential diagnosis and clinical problem solving.

Research

In this phase of the research modules students undertaking project work will  be collecting data, updating their literature review and undertaking preliminary analysis. They will also be producing early drafts of their conference paper.
Regular tutorials with the supervisor will enable constant feed back and process monitoring to occur.

Students who have chosen to complete the Research component by assignment will complete assignments on specific topics related to research literacy, building upon learning tasks in MATH2125 and REHA2121


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Level 4: At this level of capability application, integration and synthesis of all relevant factors enable unfamiliar situations to be researched and dealt with in an appropriate manner. The clinical applications incorporate all previous approaches to arrive at an appropriate patient care and management plan and the capacity to implement it or oversee it’s implementation.

Functional Capabilities
FC1 - Diagnose the patient’s clinical presentation
FC2 - Perform osteopathic manipulative therapeutic procedures effectively, where appropriate
FC3 - Apply management strategies in order to produce positive outcomes for patients

Knowledge / Cognitive Capabilities
KC1 - Have a basis for understanding the scientific literature in manual medicine and related fields and the ability to put this understanding into effective use
KC2 - Information, locating, critically evaluating, managing and using a range of information
KC3 - Knowledge of when to refer the patient for other medical intervention

Personal / Behavioural Capabilities
PC1 - Adopt appropriate behaviours in dealing with patients’ concerns, including socially and ethnically sensitive communication skills and empathy
PC2 - Engage personally with a body of knowledge by ongoing learning, reflection and analysis and to implement best practice evidence-base practice where the evidence exists
PC3 - Working independently or as part of the team in a multi-disciplinary setting

Values / Ethical Capabilities
VC1 - Engage in ethical clinical practice
VC2 - Make sound judgements, evidenced-based where possible in order to show duty of care to patients
 


Objectives
1. Consolidate clinical decision-making processes.
2. Consolidate patient management skills.
3. Introduce treatment approaches for specific groups; including the pregnant, paediatric and geriatric patient.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students shall be expected to:
1. Display willingness to accept responsibility for the patient’s welfare.
2. Have established satisfactory relationships with patients and be able to competently communicate with the general public.
3. Recognise situations in which a patient should be referred and exercise judgement in deciding on appropriate care.
4. Be able to competently and professionally communicate with other health care professionals.
5. Exhibit a high level of competence in diagnosis, examination and treatment.
6. Exhibit a high level of competence in providing rehabilitative and preventative health care.


Overview of Learning Activities

Students are responsible for patient care in the university teaching clinics.
Lecture
Tutorial


Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended texts: (These are useful texts which support and complement the core material).
Copies of recommended texts will be placed on reserve in the Bundoora campus library for the period during which they are likely to be in high demand. Students wanting other references to be placed on reserve should consult the relevant lecturer


Overview of Assessment

Students are required to attend their rostered clinic shifts and complete the observations worksheets, assignments and treatment quotas to receive a pass in the course. Students are required to pass all assessment components.

Particular attention is given to reports made regarding the students by the clinical supervisor. This assessment is a significant component of this course. Students should be aware that they are being assessed on their professional conduct, which includes their punctuality for rostered shifts and their professional appearance and behaviour. Students may receive demerit points for unprofessional conduct. In addition students are encouraged to undertake RMIT University approved activities will such as external / community (treating) events; external private practice observation; participation in extra curricular clinical, promotional and professional activities such as community events, RMIT SOMA & AOA related activities. Participation in these events may assist a student in receiving a higher grade.

ONGOING ASSESSMENTS
Ongoing assessments may occur at any time at the discretion of the clinical supervisor. It is the treating student’s responsibility to ensure that these assessments are completed during semester.

a. Mini Clinical Examinations
b. Direct Observations of Procedural Skills
c. Professional Conduct
d. Record Review of case notes
e. Referral Letters


THE CLINIC COMPETENCE EXAMINATION

Mini Clinical Examinations
Direct Observations of Procedural Skills
Case Review
Record Review of case notes

Students are required to bring:
• Clinic jackets and name badges
• Diagnostic equipment
• A model (students will be informed if a model is required).
• Some students may be required to remain after their examination to model for the next student.

Clinic Portfolio
Students must maintain a portfolio of all their clinical activities for the year. This must include their student manual, a copy of their current first aid certificate, copies of on-going assessment forms, referral letters, case studies and completed clinic statistics forms.

The Discipline of Osteopathy has special requirements regarding assessment.

Attendance Requirements:
In order to prevent potential injury to participants in practical examinations students must attend 90% of all osteopathic technique practical classes. Students who attend less than 90% of classes will be required to do make up work as directed by the supervising lecturer. Students who attend less than 70% of classes may not be eligible to sit practical examinations. Students who have an injury that prevents them from participating in practical classes, e.g. a broken arm, must attend classes and observe

Requirement to pass both practical and theory components:
In osteopathy courses with technique modules, students are examined for both their theoretical understanding and for their development of competence in osteopathic technique. Students must obtain a passing grade in all practical modules as well as the theoretical component of this course

Requirements regarding written assessment:
Students are requested to take particular note of the completion dates for assignments, as penalties for late submission will apply. Extensions may be available at the discretion of the lecturer concerned and dependent upon the circumstances of the request.
All assignments must be handed in with a completed “Cover Sheet for Submission of Individual or Group Assignments”
Special Requirements
Students are required to attend their rostered shifts and complete the clinic manual and assignments to receive a pass in the course. Particular attention is given to reports made regarding the students by the clinician.

Ongoing assessment of students by supervising clinicians is a significant component of this course. Students should be aware that they are being assessed on their professional conduct, which includes their punctuality for rostered shifts and their professional appearance and behaviour. Demerit points will be given for infractions at the supervisors discretion. .

In addition students are encouraged to undertake RMIT University approved activities will such as external / community (treating) events; external private practice observation; participation in extra curricular clinical, promotional and professional activities such as community events, RMIT SOMA & AOA related activities.

Grades of High Distinction -HD, Distinction -DI, Credit -CR, Pass -PA and Fail -NN will be awarded in accordance with RMIT procedures.