MSc Principles of Regional Anaesthesia


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Part Time
Award
Degree of Master of Science



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

As a student on this course, 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 Regional Anaesthesia 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.

Overview

Course Structure

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

  • Anatomy and applied anatomy applicable to regional anaesthesia
  • Neuropharmacy/physiology of perioperative pain medicine
  • Applications of regional anaesthesia
  • Delivering a high quality service in regional anaesthesia
  • Integrated Research 
  • Clinical Leadership and management     

Each module is delivered in two-week topics, with learning outcomes mapped to current UK practice. 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
  • 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 dissertation project, you’ll achieve 180 credits in total, and a Master’s in Principles of Regional Anaesthesia degree.

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 Regional Anaesthesia. We allocate time for background reading and will provide you with access to the UEA online library to facilitate your evidence-based learning.

After the course

This course attracts both trainees and senior consultants seeking to acquire or hone skills and credentials in an ever-more competitive, global arena. Our graduates tell us that they feel more confident, knowledgeable and better equipped for their roles. To discover more about the course, please email the admin team on: specialist.courses@uea.ac.uk. If you have a specific question about your eligibility for the course in terms of your clinical experience, please contact the course leader, Dr Ben Fox on benjaminfox@doctors.org.uk

Course related costs

TCore recommended textbooks are cited throughout the modules, which can be obtained locally through medical libraries, but you may wish to purchase your own. If you choose to undertake the summative assessment for each module, and if this is in the form of a face-to-face written paper, you will need to cover any travel and accommodation costs associated with this.

Teaching and Assessment

Each module is undertaken in isolation 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 comprises of a written reflective essay-style assessment, which will be submitted and marked online.The research and management modules will require the online submission of a piece of written work, which will be marked according to the UEA postgraduate senate scale, the national scale for higher education marking.

Course Modules 2020/1

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

MODULES COMMENCING IN JANUARY EACH YEAR

Name Code Credits

ANATOMY AND APPLIED ANATOMY APPLICABLE TO REGIONAL ANAESTHESIA

This anatomy module includes immersive clinical case discussions to develop in-depth knowledge around the anatomical considerations for the regional anaesthetist. Topics include: 1.Awake Shoulder Surgery 2.Elbow Replacement Surgery 3.Complex Dupuytren's Release 4.Mastectomy 5.Revision Hip Surgery 6.Anterior Cruciate Reconstruction / Complex foot surgery 7.Complicated Patients, Abdominal Operations 8.The Cervical Plexus / Anatomical Variations

MED-7073E

20

DELIVERING A HIGH QUALITY SERVICE IN REGIONAL ANAESTHESIA

This module covers Quality, Training, Assessment, Human factors and non-technical skills, Safety and sterility, Risk, consent and contraindications to regional anaesthesia and Enhanced recovery and perioperative medicine

MED-7076E

20

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

MODULES COMMENCING IN MAY EACH YEAR

Name Code Credits

NEUROPHARMACOLOGY, NEUROPHYSIOLOGY AND PERI-OPERATIVE PAIN MEDICINE

This module provides in-depth knowledge of the mechanisms and causes of pain, perception, neurotransmission and anaesthetic drug pharmacology. The topics include: Mechanisms of normal pain and nociception Blocking peripheral pain Toxicity of local anaesthetic drugs Nerve Injury associated with regional anaesthesia Complex and Neuropathic pain Amputation and CRPS pain Multimodal strategies to enhance recovery Strategies to improve long term survival

MED-7074X

20

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

MODULES COMMENCING IN SEPTEMBER EACH YEAR

Name Code Credits

APPLICATIONS OF REGIONAL ANAESTHESIA

This module covers ultrasound principles and needle technology, peripheral nerve stimulator and landmark techniques, catheters, choosing and managing your block, extremes of age, centroneuraxis and modern techniques.

MED-7075D

20

REASEARCH METHODOLOGY APPLICABLE TO REGIONAL ANAESTHESIA

This module covers service evaluation and audit, statistics, research governance and research conduct.

MED-7078D

20

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

DISSERTATION MODULE - CAN ONLY BE COMMENCED FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF 6 OTHER MODULES. AVAILABLE FROM MAY 2020

Name Code Credits

RESEARCH DISSERTATION - PRINCIPLES OF REGIONAL ANAESTHESIA

MED-7096X

60

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

Fees and Funding

The fee for a single module (not including the dissertation) is £1,000, which includes all tuition and assessment associated with the module. Modules undertaken as CPD only (without formal assessment) will be the same cost as the fully assessed module.

  1. Completion and passing of 3 modules can lead to a PG Certificate in Principles of Regional Anaesthesia

  2. Completion and passing of 6 modules can lead to a PG Diploma in Principles of Regional Anaesthesia

  3. Completion and passing of 6 modules plus the dissertation can lead to a Masters of Principles of Regional Anaesthesia

The dissertation component, should you wish to complete a Masters qualification, lasts a complete year and can only be undertaken once the required number of taught modules has been successfully passed. The dissertation fee of £1,500 includes formative e-tutor support and assessment of your dissertation thesis.

 

Fees for the full course running from Jan 2020 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. 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.

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