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Why Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences?

Trauma is one of the world's leading killers and is responsible for a significant proportion of the global burden of disease. Tens of thousands of people die from traumatic injuries every day and an even greater number may survive but are left with permanent disability. The Masters in Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences has been developed to produce graduates with a broad and critical understanding of the science and practice of orthopaedic trauma care, with a particular focus on orthopaedic and ortho-plastic management. It is designed to provide high quality learning no matter where you are in the world, in order to develop the future leaders in orthopaedic trauma.

Testimonial Ashley Simpson, Orthopaedic Trainee Barts & The London Trauma Sciences Masters Programme:

“As an orthopaedic trainee, it has been incredibly rewarding to engage in an international masters programme delivered by the renowned Royal London Major Trauma Centre. I have found the knowledge and skills I have gained to be invaluable in my day to day practice and have particularly enjoyed the orthopaedic modules. The online nature of the course means that I can fit it around my work and view lectures whenever it is most convenient for me. The Summer School in London was great fun and a unique opportunity to meet like-minded people from around the world.”

Overview:

Improving survival and outcomes following traumatic injury has been identified as a key priority by the World Health Organization and orthopaedic injuries pose a major clinical challenge world-wide. This two year online distance-learning course commences in October 2014 and uses novel teaching and assessment techniques. It will provide a broad and critical understanding of the most up-to-date science and practice of trauma care, with a particular focus on orthopaedic and ortho-plastic management. It combines an international expert faculty with technology-enhanced learning so that students can readily access knowledge from around the world at a time and place of their choosing. Interactive discussion forums and one to one tutor sessions help to engender an inclusive and supportive community, as well as facilitating a worldwide network of contacts with shared interests. This is further developed by an optional 2-week residential summer school at the end of the first year in London. This incorporates simulated scenario training to complement the didactic learning and to provide practical knowledge and experience of decision-making and the safe, professional delivery of core clinical functions in the management of seriously injured patients. The second year of study entails a written dissertation on a specific area of knowledge or original research.

The largest growth area for jobs in orthopaedics has been in trauma over recent years. This course is tailored to meet the needs of international graduates from all healthcare and health sciences backgrounds including surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, operating department staff, allied health professionals and those with a specialist interest in orthopaedic trauma education and training. It is intended to provide high-quality learning, no matter where (or when!) you are in the world, in order to develop the future leaders in the science and practice of orthopaedic trauma.

What are the aims of this MSc?

• to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide safe and high quality medical care.

• to produce graduates with a broad and critical understanding of the science and practice of orthopaedic trauma care

• to guide graduates in developing the knowledge, technical skills, decision-making and professionalism to safely deliver a core set of clinical functions in the management of injured patients, consistent with their scope of practice.

• to produce graduates equipped to meet local, regional and national needs for managing orthopaedic trauma

• to prepare graduates for future careers in and around orthopaedic trauma

• to provide training in research skills and to encourage pursuit of independent study

• to widen access to higher education

• to ensure a supportive and inclusive learning environment

Why study your MSc in Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences at Queen Mary?

This MSc is run in collaboration between the Centre for Trauma Sciences at the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal London Hospital at Barts Health and trauma.org. The Blizard Institute is the largest institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, one of the top medical schools in the UK for teaching and research. The Institute offers a world-class biomedical research environment with innovative programmes that provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to flourish in their chosen fields.

The Royal London Hospital is London’s oldest and best established major trauma centre and offers world class care as evidenced by some of the best clinical outcomes and survival rates in the NHS. It has a rich history in medical education and training dating back several centuries. It was founded in 1740 and moved into the largest hospital building in Europe with state of the art facilities in 2012. The hospital has a close association with the Medical School, which has a rich history and strong pedigree having been founded in 1123. In 2011 The Centre for Trauma Sciences was a leading recruiter for international multicentre clinical studies and was recognised as the UK’s lead centre of excellence for research into Complex Trauma Care by an independent report commissioned by the Department of Health. The Barts Health Orthopaedic department has an unparalleled experience of dealing with complex orthopaedic trauma cases, both acute and tertiary referral, that often require multi-disciplinary working. Together, these units will combine with key international speakers to provide a strong, experienced and diverse faculty to ensure that students receive the highest quality instruction from leading scientists and clinicians in their fields.

Programme Structure:

The MSc in Orthopaedic Trauma sciences is a two-year, part-time, distance-learning programme delivered online. It comprises 8 taught modules and a Summer School in year 1 (to the total value of 120 credits). Students wishing to obtain an MSc degree must complete a dissertation (equivalent to 60 credits) in the second year of study. Students are required to complete 180 credits comprising taught and research modules. Each 15 credit taught module involves approximately 30 hours of contact time plus 120 hours of independent study.

Core modules (15 credits each):

Semester 1

  1. Trauma: the disease

  2. Haemorrhage and the response to injury

  3. Trauma of the pelvis and torso

Semester 2

4 . Spine, spinal cord and nerve injuries

5 . Fracture biology and limb trauma

6 . Open fractures and ortho-plastic surgical care

Semester 3

OPTIONS: 7a . Limb reconstruction and paediatric trauma - or 7b . Trauma nursing

8 . Research methods

Summer Session

There is an optional 2-week residential Summer Session in London at the end of the first year. This incorporates simulated scenario training to complement the didactic learning and provide practical knowledge and experience of decision-making and the safe, professional delivery of core clinical functions in the management of seriously injured patients.

Second Year - Dissertation / Research Project (60 credits):

The second year of study entails a written dissertation on a specific area of knowledge or original research.

Click http://blizard.qmul.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate-taught-courses/39-teaching/postgraduate/924-ortho-traum.html for more information and how to apply.

For enquiries about the course, please contact the Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences MSc Course Directors:

Mr. Kash Ahktar email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Prof. Susan Brundage email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences Administrator email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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