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Postgraduate Diploma in Gastroenterology

Team: Gastroenterology Team

The Postgraduate Diploma in Gastroenterology has been specifically designed to help physicians interested in the field of Gastroenterology to further their knowledge and improve their clinical judgement.

Course Information

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a University of South Wales Postgraduate Diploma.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Gastroenterology has been specifically designed to help physicians interested in the field of Gastroenterology to further their knowledge and improve their clinical judgement. We believe that the course answers the need for enhancing professional skills and knowledge in the field of gastroenterology, as there is increasing competition for employment in the healthcare arena, as well as increasing specialisation.

For healthcare professionals who successfully complete our Postgraduate Diploma in Gastroenterology, career progression would likely be facilitated, as well as the direct opportunity to improve patient care.

On completion of the gastroenterology postgraduate course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate professional decisions, incorporating an evidence based rationale, in a variety of diverse and complex situations related to gastroenterology.
  • Demonstrate the critical application of gastroenterology research to clinical practice.
  • Apply life-long learning and advanced problem solving skills to clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the delivery and advancement of gastroenterology related care.
  • Demonstrate leadership of teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Demonstrate evaluation skills in the delivery of care to patients

Course Structure

Aims of the module:

  • To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the oesophagus.

Synopsis of the module content:

  1. Oesophagus: anatomy and physiology.
  2. Oesophagus diagnostic test.
  3. Oesophagus and Barrett’s Oesophagus.
  4. Vomiting.
  5. Oesophageal dysmotility.
  6. Oesophageal Cancer.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the oesophagus to a variety of oesophageal diseases.
  • Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the oesophagus.

Aims of the module:

  • To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the stomach.

Synopsis of the module content:

  1. Stomach: anatomy and physiology
  2. Gastroscopy
  3. Peptic ulcer disease
  4. Helicobacter pylori
  5. Gastric cancer
  6. Pernicious Anemia

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the stomach to a variety of diseases affecting the stomach.
  2. Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the stomach.

Aims of the module:

  • To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the Pancreas

Synopsis of the module content:

  • Anatomy and physiology of Pancreas
  • Pancreatic function tests
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
    • Pancreatic Cysts
  • Pancreatic cancer
    • Neuroendocrine Tumours

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the pancreas to a variety of diseases affecting the pancreas.
  • Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the pancreas.

Aims of the module:

  • To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the Liver

Synopsis of the module content:

  1. Anatomy and physiology of the liver
  2. Liver function tests
  3. Cirrhosis and complications
    • Cancer
  4. Drug and alcohol induced liver injury
  5. Viral liver disease
  6. Biliary disease

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the liver to a variety of diseases affecting the liver.
  • Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the liver.

Aims of the module:

  • To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the small bowel.
  • Also to learn about basic principles of managing nutrition in health and disease.

Synopsis of the module content:

  1. Anatomy and physiology of the small bowel
  2. Basic principles of nutrition
  3. Coeliac disease
  4. Crohn’s disease
  5. PEG feeding
  6. Bile salt malabsorption

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the small bowel to a variety of diseases affecting the small bowel.
  • Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the small bowel.
  • Analyse the impact of nutrition on diseases of the small bowel.

Aims of the module:

  • To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the colon

Synopsis of the module content:

  1. Colonic anatomy and physiology
  2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  3. Ulcerative Colitis
  4. Infective diarrhoea
    • Clostridium difficle
  5. Colonic cancer
    • Stoma: colostomy and ileostomy
  6. Colonoscopy, screening and diagnosis

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically apply anatomical and physiological functions of the colon to a variety of diseases affecting the colon.
  • Critically appraise current methods of diagnosing and treating diseases of the colon.

Assessment

Online Diploma in Gastroenterology

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

  • Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
  • Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
  • Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).

Each week, students are presented with 2/3 clinical cases with associated questions.  These cases are designed to promote discussion within a specific clinical area. Students:

  • Complete the questions.
  • Discuss the cases and issues surrounding the cases in a discussion forum.

Students discuss the cases within their tutor groups, facilitated by their tutor.  They use an online discussion forum to write well referenced, scientifically written postings.

The individual portfolio or journal is a learning log/diary. The purpose is for the student to reflect on their personal progress throughout the module. Students would typically include the following:

  • Initial expectations of the course, reasons for undertaking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events/issues/learning points within their personal practice.
  • Examples of change in personal practice due to knowledge gained throughout the module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

Students are asked to think reflectively about what they are learning from each module, how this differs from their current practice, and how they can apply what they have learned through the course to their everyday practice as a health professional. Referencing would not typically be found in a learning portfolio nor would a simple list of points learned.

The group activity is designed to encourage group dynamics catering to the multidisciplinary nature within the field of Gastroenterology. Students are required to produce the following:

  • A group submission.
  • An individual submission.

Students are also marked according to their contribution to the group submission.

The group is given a specific task to accomplish over the 6 weeks of the module e.g. Develop an appropriate screening method for your clinic. Students are required to write well referenced, scientific reports.

  • 30 single best answer (SBA) questions.
  • One hour online assessment.
  • Questions are based on the clinical aspects of the module and their discussion topics.

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales)

The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

  • Scientific writing
  • Levels of evidence
  • Harvard referencing
  • Reflective writing

The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

Students are not required to attend the lectures however those who attend do benefit as they get a "jump start" to the course. Students who are not able to attend, should request a skype/telephone call to orientate them onto the course and are advised to review the lecture slides.

Entry Requirements

Health professionals working within a clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related Healthcare Science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the Post Graduate Diploma in Gastroenterology course.

Applicants without the above academic criteria but relevant/suitable experience can apply. Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at Postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at Postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference
  • English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) please see University of South Wales for further details

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