CREDPG SPECIALIST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (SPD) - AESTHETIC BREAST SURGERY


Attendance
Part Time
Award
Postgraduate Credit (non-award bearing)



Delivered entirely online, our course is designed to provide surgeons the world-over with access to high-quality education in aesthetic breast surgery. Using training techniques developed over seven years by a specialist team at Norwich Medical School, our gold award-winning course is comprised of six core modules. Each module will allow you to acquire CPD accreditation supporting your professional appraisal, and can also be used to build towards a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma award in Aesthetic Breast Surgery. This challenging and rewarding programme has a flexible structure designed around the working lives of busy surgical practitioners. It is facilitated by our dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which hosts a thriving online community of students and senior specialists from all over the world.

Overview

As a Specialist Professional Development (SPD) student you’ll take part in fully-online, tutor-mediated discussions, centered around realistic cases, within our VLE.

This innovative course is based around six advanced modules, covering all areas of aesthetic  breast surgery and a host of relevant transferrable skills. The course is designed to complement your day-to-day clinical practice, so each session is delivered asynchronously, meaning that you won’t need to log-on at set times.

For each module you will be expected to actively contribute to the online forum, which will focus on clinical discussions of cases. Each module comprises several topics spanning the knowledge base in that specialist area, each bringing with it new expertise and insights, which will prove directly applicable to your own clinical practice. As such, each forum discussion will take on a life of its own, fueled by the shared reading, personal experience, and tutor guidance. This will then form the basis for further learning.

Your online learning will be supported by continual formative assessments of your surgical knowledge, critical thinking and decision-making.

This course is ideal for senior breast and plastic surgery trainees, as well as practicing consultants with an aesthetic breast practice.

Course Structure

Our course is comprised of six 16-week-long online modules, providing advanced learning in the following specialist areas:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Reduction
  • Mastopexy
  • Congenital Breast anomalies
  • Secondary aesthetic surgery
  • Breast lipomodelling

Each module is delivered in two-week topics, with learning outcomes mapped to the UK ISCP plastic surgery curriculum. You will also be required to undertake approximately 15 hours of independent study each week, including:

  • Reading core texts and the latest clinical papers
  • Discussing an online clinical case with your peers to draw out learning opportunities and evidence-based practice
  • Completing formative assessments to aid your learning, including multiple choice questions and script concordance tests
  • Constructing a personal management plan for the clinical case to demonstrate your understanding of the topic

You will need to demonstrate a minimum of 80% online engagement to receive CPD accreditation for each module.

You will also have the option to take a summative written assessment for each module; complete it successfully and you’ll be awarded 20 university credits. Acquire 60 credits and, in addition to your CPD accreditation, you’ll also be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate. Successfully complete assessments for 6 modules and you’ll acquire 120 credits and receive a Postgraduate Diploma.

Teaching

All teaching will take place online, using range of teaching techniques, including peer-group (PBL) discussion and specialist formative testing.

Our e-tutors are all highly experienced senior clinicians working both in the UK and internationally, so you will be able to maximise your exposure to global discussions and comparisons of best practice.

Independent study

You will complete the course in parallel with your clinical duties in breast or plastic surgery. We allocate time for background reading and will provide you with access to the UEA online library to facilitate your evidence-based learning.

Study Abroad

Not applicable for this course

After the course

Past students undertaking the UEA specialist clinical mastership courses have cited benefits such as improved communication with peers, senior colleagues and patients, and increased clinical confidence in their decision-making.

You can expect to apply the knowledge you’ll gain immediately in your clinical practice.

Career Destinations

The course develops critical thinking and decision-making skills, which are the key skills for consultants in specialist medicine

Course related costs

Core recommended textbooks are cited throughout the modules, which can be obtained locally through medical libraries, but you may wish to purchase your own.

Teaching and Assessment

Each module can be undertaken without an assessment component, allowing you to gain CPD evidence for your portfolio. However, if you do want to obtain formal university credits to contribute towards a postgraduate qualification, you will need to successfully complete a written assessment for each module. The summative assessment is a written reflective 4000 word essay, which will be submitted and marked online.

Course Modules 2019/0

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject MBBS or overseas equivalent
  • Degree Classification Pass, merit or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements MRCS examination or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study – which are conducted in English - we require evidence of proficiency in English.  Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in each section )

  • PTE (Pearson): 65 (minimum 65 in each section)

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests. 

Fees and Funding

An 'early bird' rate of £800 is available for the first twenty students who accept their place on a module in Aesthetic Breast Surgery for the inaugural year (2019) of the course. This rate will apply to any module available during the first year, but is limited to one discounted module per student.

We also offer module packages that provide further savings following completion of your first module. These may be attractive if you wish to study for a Postgraduate Certificate (3 modules) or Diploma (6 modules)

•         Sign up for a further two modules at the combined rate of £2500 (a saving of £300)

•         Sign up for a further 5 modules at the combined rate of £6000 (a saving of £1000)

The standard price of each individual module will be £1400.  

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University. Students apply for one stand-alone module initially by applying online. Students wishing to take additional modules in the future can then do so through the UEA Learning and Teaching Service, without needing to reapply.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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