This two year part-time Masters programme in Trauma & Orthopaedics, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and is designed to run alongside clinical training and complement in-the-workplace assessment.
Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, the programme provides the opportunity for trainees in Orthopaedics to select those advanced modules relevant to their declared specialty, and supports learning for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examinations.
Trainees will be taught by experienced tutors, all leading clinicians in their field, and will have access to a large structured learning resource of educational material, including an unparalleled online library facility. Illustrative cases will cover technical skills and procedures as well as core knowledge and clinical skills.
In the first year of the ChM in Trauma and Orthopaedics programme, students have the opportunity to undertake academic modules to explore research and teaching methodology, as well as developing their 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 undertaken during the two year period of study, 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 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.
On completion of this programme trainees will be able to:
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 online distance learning nature of this programme is perfect for doctors working unsociable shift patterns.
You will have access to high quality, interactive online resources, e-journals and online textbooks, as well as dedicated technological support.
Students have the opportunity to undertake academic modules to explore research and teaching methodology, as well as developing their 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 a peer reviewed journal article.
Compulsory modules cover the core elements of the subsections of the 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.
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Upload a scan of an acceptable basic medical degree certificate, MBChB (or equivalent), as recognised by the General Medical Council.
Upload a final degree transcript for your basic medical degree (this is an official university document, normally though not always issued at the same time as the degree is awarded. It lists all the courses and grades you received during your degree).
Provide contact details of one referee. You will be given the opportunity to enter your referee's email addresse to the online form; the system will then email your referee automatically. This allows your referee to upload your reference electronically to your application. If you obtain your reference personally, the reference MUST be on the headed paper of his/her institution and must be signed by the referee.
Prepare a personal statement confirming you are continuing your learning in a supervised clinical environment.
If English is not your first language, you also need to provide evidence of proficiency in English. such asan IELTS or TOELF, any English language qualification tests must have been passed at the required level within two years of the start date of the programme. English language qualifications dated over two years ago are not acceptable. (see link below).
Prospective entrants would normally have acquired their MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone) and be an Advanced Trainee in Orthopaedics (ST [specialist training years] 5-6 in UK or equivalent outside UK).
Eligible candidates will have completed a minimum of 4 years' specialty training in Trauma & Orthopaedics before the proposed date of admission to the programme and will be pre-FRCS status.
If based in a training programme on commencement of ChM then you would be eligible to apply. For those candidates who already hold FRCS status, we will look at each application on a case-by-case basis and may accept if there is a substantive training element in their current post.
This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)
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