The aim of this unit is to develop the skills required to conduct a clinical examination of the musculoskeletal system to detect the presence of key rheumatologic diseases. The unit further develops students' knowledge and skills of clinical examination in the osteopathic context. The topic areas for this unit are clinical examination schemas for the main rheumatological and autoimmune conditions that will be encountered in osteopathic clinical practice and the key diagnostic procedures, tests and investigations used to diagnose pathology of the joints, bones and connective tissues. 

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HHY4185 - Pathology 5 (Rheumatology)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Role play clinical examination of the neurological system  
  2. Develop and demonstrate the cognitive skills enabling the exercise of critical thinking and judgement in the context of the clinical presentation;  
  3. Demonstrate the application of knowledge of examination skills thorugh their ability to critically review and appraise clinical findings; and  
  4. Select relevant investigative procedures to confirm or exclude a differential diagnosis.  


Practical sessions have a hurdle requirement of at least 90% attendance. All formative and assessment tasks are hurdle requirements.
Assessment type Description Grade
Examination 15 minute practical examination (equivalent of 1500 words) 50%
Examination 2 hour written exam (equivalent of 1500 words) 50%
Total combined word equivalence is approximately 3000 words for this six-credit point unit. The practical examination is equivalent to 1500 words and reflects the requirement of the student to draw on a range of skill sets including communication, psychomotor skills, interpersonal skills and the knowledge of theory and anatomy.

Required reading

Required texts

Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary. (31nd ed.).
Dorland, W. A. N., (2011)

Clinical Diagnosis and Management 5 (Rheumatology) lecture manual. 2014
Kiatos, J. (2014).
Osteopathy, College of Health and Biomedicine

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