This unit introduces students to clinical examination, medical tests and osteopathic management and treatment techniques relevant to the conditions affecting the thorax. With this unit, students will further develop psychomotor skills in high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) spinal manipulation. Students will be able to develop their psychomotor skills in HVLA on peers under close guidance from educators. Students will build on previous knowledge on history taking skills and will learn how to develop focussed questions for a specific complaint. Clinical reasoning continues to be developed in this unit with a focus on patient presentations affecting the thorax, however there is an expectation students are now able to integrate information from a patient history, clinical examination and medical tests to justify their differential diagnoses relating to a presenting complaint.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HBS2002

Prerequisites

HBS2404 - Clinical Skills 4

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Relate the principles of advanced history taking to the recording of details for the presenting complaint  
  2. Exhibit and interpret a clinical examination of systemic health (vital signs) and systems of the thorax (cardiovascular, respiratory, vascular, musculoskeletal);  
  3. Interpret common medical tests that may be used in diagnosis and management of conditions of the thorax  
  4. Exemplify clinical reasoning for analysing common conditions of the thorax  
  5. Exhibit and explain osteopathic manual techniques of the thorax  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Quiz (30mins) (equivalent to 500 words) 15%
Test Online Quiz (50mins) (equivalent to 1000 words) 25%
Presentation Group presentation based on a case vignette 10%
Practicum Practical assessment of medical examination (15 minutes) and osteopathic technique (15 minutes) (hurdle requirements) 50%
90% attendance is required for practical workshop classes in the osteopathic program (hurdle requirement) as outlined in the AOAC accreditation documentation. The practical workshops in this unit are interactive and develop students' manual and examination skills for work as an osteopath. Students are able to seek feedback from the teachers on meeting the learning outcomes and planning for assessment tasks.

Required reading

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

Manipulation of the spine, thorax and pelvis: An osteopathic perspective. 4th Ed
Gibbons, P., & Tehan, P. (2016)
Australia: Elsevier.

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

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