MS Oncoplastic Breast Surgery


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Part Time
Award
Degree of Master of Surgery



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Delivered entirely online, our course is designed to provide surgeons the world-over with access to high-quality education in oncoplastic breast surgery.

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Using training techniques developed over seven years by a specialist team at Norwich Medical School, our course is comprised of six core modules. Each module will allow you to acquire selective CPD accreditation and can also be used to build towards a full Master’s award in Breast Oncoplasty.

Delivered entirely online, our course is designed to provide surgeons the world-over with access to high-quality education in oncoplastic 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 selective CPD accreditation and can also be used to build towards a full Master’s award (MCh/MS) in Principles of Breast Oncoplasty.

Overview

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. As a student on the Specialist Professional Development (SPD) programme, 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 oncoplastic 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 breast surgery consultants with demonstrable experience in core breast oncology.

Course Structure

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

  • Applied Basic Sciences and Benign breast disease
  • Management of Malignant Breast Cancer
  • Integrated Research
  • Oncoplastic Breast Conserving Surgery
  • Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction
  • Clinical Leadership and Management

Each module is delivered in two-week topics, with learning outcomes mapped to the UK ISCP breast surgery curriculum. You will also be required to undertake approximately 10 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

Teaching and Learning

Teaching>

All teaching takes place online and includes the use of validated postgraduate clinical methods, including advanced case-based discussions and formative script concordance testing.

Our tutors are all experienced senior clinicians working both in the UK and internationally, maximising your exposure to global discussions and comparisons of best practice.

Independent Study

The course works best where modules are undertaken in parallel with your clinical duties in breast surgery however, this is not essential.

Assessment

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. If you then decide to complete a 60 credit Master’s dissertation project, you’ll achieve 180 credits in total, and a Master’s degree. The assessment format is a reflective essay, which will be submitted and marked online, and which can also be utilised as evidence towards your professional portfolio. Your research and management modules will involve the online submission of a piece of written work, marked according to the UEA postgraduate senate scale.

After the course

Our course is set at the level required of a first year UK consultant in oncoplastic breast surgery. You will be applying the knowledge and skills you acquire on the course assisting your working cases as your learning progresses.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have entered a number of fields, including:

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

Course related costs

You will be responsible for covering your costs of travel and accommodation for any optional study days you may wish to attend at UEA.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

MODULES AVAILABLE COMMENCING IN JANUARY EACH YEAR

Name Code Credits

APPLIED BASIC SCIENCES AND BENIGN BREAST DISEASE

This module covers Benign Breast Disease and Mastalgia, Family History and Imaging, Congenital and Acquired Breast Anomalies, Nipple Discharge and Breast Infection, Screening and QA Process, Patient Declining Treatment / B3 Lesions and the Lymphatic System

MED-7061E

20

INTEGRATED RESEARCH MODULE

The module examines service improvement and innovation and provides the scope and skills for you to undertake an evidence-based service improvement project. At the start of this module you will begin to think about your Research Dissertation. It will be your responsibility to find a local Supervisor, who will be the primary contact during the dissertation, to arrange sponsorship, funding and ethics.

MED-7065E

20

ONCOPLASTIC BREAST CONSERVING SURGERY

MED-7062E

20

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

MODULES COMMENCING IN MAY EACH YEAR

Name Code Credits

BREAST RECONSTRUCTION

This module covers: Principles of Implant Selection Implant / ADM Immediate and Delayed Reconstruction LD Reconstruction TRAM / DIEP Reconstruction Other Free Flap Reconstruction Options and LN Transfer Secondary Breast Reconstruction Symmetrisation and NAC Reconstruction

MED-7064X

20

MANAGEMENT OF MALIGNANT BREAST DISEASE

This module covers Screening and DCIS, Management of the Axilla, Postmenopausal and Premenopausal Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer in High Risk Patients, Locally Advanced Breast Cancer, Metastatic Breast Cancer

MED-7063X

20

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

MODULES COMMENCING IN SEPTEMBER EACH YEAR

Name Code Credits

CLINCAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

The aim of the module is to develop a depth of knowledge of designing audit, service evaluation and practical research.

MED-7066D

20

ONCOPLASTIC BREAST CONSERVING SURGERY

TBC

MED-7062D

20

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

DISSERTATION MODULE - CAN ONLY BE COMMENCED FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF 6 OTHER MODULES

Name Code Credits

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

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)
PTE: 65 (minimum 65 in all components)
All scores must be less than two years old.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course running from Jan 2021 will be:

£1000/module

£1500 for the dissertation

For illustration purposes, the total cost should a student wishing to complete a masters is therefore 6 x £1000 taught modules + £1500 dissertation = £7500

Part-time students can pay per module studied. However, module fees may be subject to an annual increase.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515