Clinical Skills 2 introduces students to the osteopathic manual techniques, clinical examination and medical tests relevant to the lower limb. Students are able to further develop their patient communication and history taking skills by taking a systems history in addition to the presenting complaint for the lower limb. Clinical reasoning is a focus of this unit and students are encouraged to start to articulate their clinical thinking in relation to lower limb conditions.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HBS1204

Prerequisites

HBS1104 - Clinical Skills 1

HBO1004 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 4

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Relate the principles of basic & systems history taking to record details of the presenting complaint;  
  2. Perform and interpret a musculoskeletal physical examination of the lower extremity;  
  3. Review common medical tests that may be used in the diagnosis & management of conditions of the lower extremity;  
  4. Articulate basic clinical reasoning for conditions of the lower extremity; and  
  5. Exhibit and explain the principles of osteopathic manual techniques of the lower extremity.  

Assessment

The formative assessments for this unit are: - Practical examination (includes self and peer-review/per session);
Assessment type Description Grade
Report History taking (300 words) 15%
Other CBL Worksheets (300 words) 15%
Practicum Peer Marked Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (500 words equivalent) 10%
Practicum 30 minute Final Observed Performance in a Simulated Setting (1500 words equivalent) (Hurdle Requirement) 60%
Students are required to participate in practical sessions with at least 90% attendance except under extenuating circumstances (hurdle requirement). HBS1104 is a core clinical subject in an accredited program by the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC). HBS1104 provides key skills to meet threshold graduate capabilities for an osteopathic graduate (VU Assessment policy; clause 29.c). A minimum pass grade (50%) for the semester assessments and for the final observed performance in a simulated setting examination (30-minute practical examination) is required to satisfactorily complete the unit overall. The hurdle requirements are in place to satisfy the unit learning outcomes, and ensure safe practice and implementation of the skills learnt in this unit.

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Greenmans Principles of Manual Medicine. 5th ed.
DeStefano, L . (2017)
Philadelphia, US: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Orthopaedic physical assessment. 6th ed.
Magee, D. J. (2014)
St Louis, US: Elsevier.

Bates' guide to physical examination and history taking. 12th ed.
Bickley, L. S. (2017)
Philadelphia, US: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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