This two year part-time Masters programme in Urology, 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 Urology 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, compulsory core modules will cover the basic elements of the specialty of urology, including oncology, andrology, transplant nephrology, stone disease, neurourology, new technologies and minimal access developments. Each module is based around relevant surgical cases, and includes discussion boards and video master-classes.
In the second year, academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, as well as develop skills to ensure an ability to analyse published evidence and explore interactive and written clinical communication skills. Trainees will be required to complete an academic critique/dissertation 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.
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.
Compulsory modules will cover the basic elements of the specialty of urology, including oncology, andrology, stone disease, reconstructive urology, paediatric urology and renal transplantation.
Each module is based around relevant surgical cases, and includes discussion boards and video master classes.
Academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, as well as develop skills to ensure an ability to analyse published evidence and explore interactive and written clinical communication skills.
Trainees will be required to complete an academic critique/dissertation in an appropriate subspecialty area of work.
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 second year. A written examination (MCQs and EMIs) is held in the second year, following completion of core modules.
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Applications are made online (see Apply for guidance) and scans of supporting documentation will be required.
To be eligible you must:
Prospective entrants would normally have acquired their MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone) and be an Advanced Trainee in Urology (ST [specialist training years] 4 in UK or equivalent outside UK).
Eligible candidates will have completed a minimum of 18 months' specialty training in urology 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.
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