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SURG5045: Orthopaedic Surgery

2024 unit information

Orthopaedics is the largest single specialty in surgery and includes a wide range of minor to life or limb threatening trauma, while joint replacement significantly impacts on the quality of life in Australia's ageing population. This unit of study will review the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system and the physiology of trauma and bone healing including relevant diagnostic imaging and the mechanism and management of common fractures. Common dislocations and ligamentous injuries as well as primary and secondary osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, shoulder and lumbar spine will be studied in detail.

Unit details and rules

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Code SURG5045
Academic unit Surgery
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify the anatomy, pathophysiology, biomechanics, material science, terminology, clinical features, investigations and treatments of common and/or important orthopaedic conditions and/or treatments
  • LO2. Describe the presentation, investigation and management (non-operative and operative) of both important and common orthopaedic conditions.
  • LO3. Understand the tools utilised by the Australian Orthopaedic Association in selection of orthopaedic trainees.
  • LO4. Understand the organisational hierarchy that orthopaedic training and surgery functions within.
  • LO5. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend and apply knowledge of common and important orthopaedic scenarios by analysing and evaluating simple simulated scenarios and creating management plans.
  • LO6. Demonstrate the ability to modify management plans when new information is obtained.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2023
Online Northern Clinical School
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Online Northern Clinical School
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2022
Online Northern Clinical School

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