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Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine

Team: Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Team

The course is loosely based on the General Medical Councils sub-specialty Sexual and Reproductive Medicine curriculum, and the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists training curriculum, and Royal College of Nursing competencies.

Course Information

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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.

Delivered over one year, the online part time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine is specially developed for busy health professionals. Comprising of 6 modules (120 credits), each of 6 weeks duration; the course is designed to be practical and clinically focused.

Our Diploma in Sexual and Reproduction Medicine has been developed for GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and other suitably qualified individuals with an interest in sexual and reproduction medicine.

On completion of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Postgraduate Diploma, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the care of patients in sexual and reproductive medicine.
  • a critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking treatments in sexual and reproductive medicine.
  • advanced knowledge of sexual and reproductive medicine that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
  • an ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of healthcare systems.

Course Structure

The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part-time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Aim of the module:
  • To develop a critical understanding of the anatomy, physiology and endocrinology of reproduction.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Female reproductive physiology
  • Male reproductive physiology
  • Fertilisation
  • Pregnancy
  • Embryogenesis
  • Placental function
On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
  1. An understanding of the anatomical, physiological and endocrine function in relation to reproduction
  2. An awareness of normal physiology in relation to conception, implantation and pregnancy
Aims of the module:
  • To develop an in-depth understanding of the physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying Sexual function.
  • To develop a functional understanding of the pathophysiology of sexual disorders.
Synopsis of module content:
  • The psychology of sex, attraction and orgasm
  • Female psychosexual dysfunction
  • Erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation
  • Hypoactive sexual disorder
  • Psychosexual counselling
  • Medical management of sexual disorders
On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
  1. A critical understanding of the psychology and pathophysiology of sex
  2. A critical awareness of the management strategies of male and female sexual disorders
Aims of the module:
  • To develop an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying male infertility, including abnormalities of semen analysis and endocrinology of gonadal function.
  • To develop an understanding of the therapeutic options related to male infertility.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Interpretation of semen analysis
  • Pathophysiology of semen generation
  • Primary hypogonadism
  • Secondary hypogonadism
  • Medical management of male infertility
On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
  1. A critical awareness of the diagnosis, investigation and causes of male sub- and infertility.
  2. A critical awareness of the causes and diagnosis of primary and secondary hypogonadism.
  3. An ability to understand the management of male subfertility and infertility.
Aims of the module:
  • To develop an in-depth knowledge of the causes of female infertility, both anatomical and endocrinological.
  • To develop an understanding of the clinical management of female subfertility/infertility.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Menstrual abnormalities
  • Primary and Secondary ovarian failure
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Structural abnormalities leading to female subfertility
  • Medical management of female subfertility
On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
  1. a critical awareness of the diagnosis, investigation and medical management of female subfertility/infertility
  2. critically understand the potential consequences of anatomical causes of reduced female subfertility/fertility
Aim of the module:
  • To develop an understanding of the investigation and management of the couple presenting with fertility issues.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Defining infertility
  • Counselling of the infertile couple
  • Referral to fertility services
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • Genetics and genetic counselling
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. develop a critical understanding of the epidemiology and definition of infertility.
  2. develop a critical awareness of the diagnosis and investigation of recurrent miscarriage.
Aims of the module:
  • To develop an understanding of the different forms of assisted reproductive methods that are currently available and the indications of when to utilise each type of treatment.
  • To develop an understanding of expected conception rates of the different treatments depending on the underlying aetiology to enable improved patient counselling.
  • To develop an understanding of the ethical considerations involved in assisted conception.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Understanding IUI, IVF and ICSI, including basic embryological procedures.
  • Selection of patients for assisted conception and treatment pathways depending on the underlying physiological or anatomical disorder.
  • Understanding the complications of Assisted Reproduction treatments including the potential genetic abnormalities in the resultant offspring.
  • The indication and appropriate use of donor eggs and sperm, in addition to the use of a surrogate.
  • Understanding expected treatment success rates depending on age, aetiology of subfertility and how this relates to expectations.
  • Ethical considerations surrounding Assisted Reproduction Selection/Treatment and Subsequent Child Birth.
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. develop a critical awareness of infertility treatments currently available; the indications for their use, the success rates and the associated potential complications.
  2. develop an awareness of the ethical dilemmas surrounding assisted reproduction and broadly how it relates to different political and religious sensitivities.

Assessment

Online Postgraduate Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine

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 Sexual and Reproductive Medicine. 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 PG Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine 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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