Clinical Skills 5 introduces students to case history-taking, clinical examination, osteopathic manual techniques, and medical tests relevant to the abdomen. It further develops students' skills in examination, treatment and management of conditions of the spine with a focus on HVLA techniques for junctional regions.

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HBS2002 - Clinical Skills 4A

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history taking process and record key components of a presenting complaint relating to the abdomen;  
  2. Exhibit and interpret a physical examination of the spine, abdomen and selected viscera;  
  3. Identify common and serious abdominal conditions and determine medical tests that may be used to diagnose them; and  
  4. Exhibit osteopathic manual techniques and management strategies for conditions of the spine and visceral complaints.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Abdominal examination (hurdle requirement) (20 mins, in-class) 15%
Exercise History-taking activity (500 words, 45 mins in-class) 15%
Test Quiz - Multiple Choice (90 mins in-class) 30%
Examination Practical examination (hurdle requirement) (45 mins) 40%
90% attendance is required for classes in the osteopathic program (hurdle requirement) as outlined in the AOAC accreditation documentation. The practical examinations are a hurdle requirement and as such a minimum pass grade for these assessments is required to satisfactorily complete the unit overall.

Required reading

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

Greenman's principles of manual medicine 5th ed.
DeStefano, L. A. (2017)
Philadelphia, PA. : Wolters Kluwer.

Bates' guide to physical examination and history taking 12th ed.
Bickley, L. S. & Szilagyi, P.G. (2017)
Philadelphia, PA. : Wolters Kluwer,

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

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