Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology

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This postgraduate diploma in rheumatology course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate, and disseminate the evidence base related to rheumatology. It will develop problem-solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in rheumatology. This diploma in rheumatology is fully flexible and you can complete your studies around your family, work and lifestyle commitments. You will also work with students from all over the world from a range of disciplines giving you clinically accurate and relevant information you can take straight into your clinical practice.

PgDip Rheumatology

Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
Format
100% Online
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Ailments associated with rheumatology are common throughout a wide range of the population. As a result of this, healthcare professionals need to be familiar with rheumatological related conditions.

Having specialist knowledge in the field of rheumatology is an increasingly important role and responsibility of medical personnel globally.

Our 100% online and fully flxible diploma in rheumatology course is designed to meet this ever growing need. On completion of the diploma in rheumatology, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the care of patients in rheumatology
  • Critically evaluate current research in rheumatology
  • Apply a critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking rheumatology treatments
  • Much more…


Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Duration
12 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
Fees
TBA

Why Study a Rheumatology Postgraduate Diploma with Learna

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Who is this course for?

This Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology is aimed at health professionals who are interested in a leadership role including:

  • Doctors
  • GPs
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Practice Nurses
  • Those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

Curriculum

Our online post graduate diploma in rheumatology allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module Aims
To give an overview of the current state of Rheumatology, critically examining the underpinning science, as well as the diagnosis, treatment and healthcare/organisational delivery of common rheumatic disorders.

Module Summary

  • Introduction: epidemiology, genetics, pathophysiology and immunology of common rheumatic disorders
  • Role of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) in rheumatology services – specialist nurses, physiotherapy, hand therapy, podiatry, orthotics, clinical psychology, social workers, therapists, dietetics
  • Disease activity scores used in clinical practice for common rheumatic disorders
  • Imaging in rheumatology – X-rays, US, MRI, CT, bone scans, PET, vascular imaging, capillaroscopy, thermal etc
  • Drugs & therapeutics – common agents used, mode of actions
  • Drugs & therapeutics – adverse effects, drug monitoring requirements

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the pathophysiological science of common rheumatology disorders.
  2. Critically evaluate the contribution of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) services, disease activity assessments, diagnostic imaging and drugs and therapeutics used in rheumatology.

Module Aims
To develop a critical understanding and in-depth knowledge of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and its associated disorders (polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and palindromic rheumatism).

Module Summary

  • Immunology, genetics, clinical presentation and diagnostic criteria in RA
  • Biochemistry, serology and imaging in RA
  • Complementary therapy, self-management techniques, psychological care in RA
  • Conventional and biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (cDMARDs & bDMARDs) in RA
  • Complications of RA
  • Palindromic rheumatism, polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)

Learning Outcomes

  1. To critically evaluate the science, diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
  2. To differentiate, diagnose and treat complex complications of rheumatoid arthritis and the associated conditions of polymyalgia rheumatica and palindromic rheumatism.

Module Aims
Develop a critical understanding and in-depth knowledge of the seronegative spectrum inflammatory disorders, crystal arthropathies and infection-associated arthritic disorders.

Module Summary

  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis & non-radiographic spondyloarthropathies
  • Reactive arthritis, enteropathic inflammatory arthritis
  • Gout & other crystal arthropathies
  • Septic arthritis
  • Infective arthritis – HIV, hepatitis, viral arthritis, Lyme, TB etc.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an evidence-based critique of the science, diagnosis, treatment and complications of seronegative spondyloarthropathies and other inflammatory arthropathies.
  2. Demonstrate an evidence-based critique of the science, diagnosis, treatment and complications of crystal arthropathies and infection-associated arthritic disorders.

Module Aims
Develop a critical understanding and in-depth knowledge of the wide range of connective tissue disorders (CTDs) seen in rheumatology.

Module Summary
Indicative content to include topics on a range of connective tissue disorders such as:

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Raynaud's disease
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Vasculitis
  • Scleroderma

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the presentations, immuno-patho-physiologies, diagnostic criteria and diagnostic investigations of CTD.
  2. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of multi-system management, disease activity assessments, potential multi-system complications of CTDs.

Module Aims
Develop a critical understanding and in-depth knowledge of multi-system rheumatic disorders, common paediatric rheumatology disorders and paraneoplastic rheumatic conditions.

Module Summary

Indicative content to include topics outlined below and/or any other relevant current topics to fulfil the module aims and learning outcomes:

  • Sarcoidosis
  • Behçet's disease
  • Myositis & anti-synthetase syndromes
  • Adult-onset Still's disease, familial Mediterranean fever and other autoimmune systemic inflammatory disorders (Ig4-related disease, TRAPS, CAPS etc.)
  • Common conditions in paediatric rheumatology e.g. juvenile arthritides, dermatomyositis, vasculitides (HSP, Kawasaki disease), SLE, fibromyalgia, hypermobility, scleroderma
  • Paraneoplastic syndromes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an evidence based critique of the science, diagnosis, treatment and complications of complex multi-system rheumatic disorders.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to assess and manage common Paediatric rheumatological disorders.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to assess and manage the relation of adult rheumatic disorders and cancers (paraneoplastic associations).

Module Aims
Develop a critical understanding and in-depth knowledge of a range of non-inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders.

Module Summary
Indicative content to include topics outlined below and/or any other relevant current topics to fulfil the module aims and learning outcomes:

  • Soft tissue disorders – plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendinopathies, carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal neurogenic disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypermobility syndromes
  • Osteoporosis & metabolic bone disorders
  • Metabolic and neurogenic disorders – haemachromatosis, diabetes, alkaptonuria, charcot's arthropathy

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically appraise the clinical assessment and diagnosis of common rheumatological non-inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders.
  2. Critically appraise the current management strategies of common rheumatological non-inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders.

Assessment Methods

The postgraduate diploma in rheumatology places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the diploma in rheumatology course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor.

Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.

These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Tutors will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Entry requirements

Since our rheumatology courses are 100% online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree.

Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference.This can be a work colleague, employer, or former tutor
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below)

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on admissions@diploma-msc.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.

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