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MCh Orthopaedics (Flexible learning)

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Entry requirements

Please see below for full details

This course is for you if you are a talented and ambitious mid-career clinician looking to gain state of the art knowledge in the specialist field of orthopaedics.

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Course mirrors the exam syllabus of the FRCS (Tr&Orth) and EBOT fellowship
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Gain state of the art knowledge required for all aspects of trauma and orthopaedic surgery along with a variety of specialist modules
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Flexible learning routes to suit your career needs
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Study as an MCh, PgDip, PgCert or standalone module/s

Mode of delivery: Part-time

Duration: 22 months (up to max 5 years) part-time (four weeks per individual credit module) 

Intake: 10 students per year*

On campus study: Friday and Saturday every four weeks for part-time during term time. 

Entry requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Have a first degree in medicine (an MBChB or MBBS) in addition to at least 12 months post qualifying experience in orthopaedics**
  • An additional MRCS or equivalent (e.g. D Orth or MS (Orth) or DNB (Orth) may be required**
  • Must show a desire to be an orthopaedic surgeon
  • Provide evidence of your current role within the NHS and a letter of reference
  • Students whose native language is not English will need to meet our English requirement with a qualification such as IELTS (minimum 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all sections). Students with an appropriate recognised high school qualification or those domiciled in a native English speaking county may be exempt**.

 *Subject to change

**Will be assessed on a case by case basis

Start dates: 

  • September (13 September 2017 for international and EU students; 18 September 2017 for UK students). 
  • PgDip, PgCert and standalone modules will have various start times in line with your chosen modules. Email medicalschool@aston.ac.uk for further information 

How to apply:

To apply for this programme please complete our online application form here

Part-time (per year of study):

  • Home/EU students £4,000
  • International fee paying students £5,000 (please note the part-time option is only available to international students currently working in the UK)

For PgCert, PgDip and standalone module fees please contact medicalschool@aston.ac.uk for further information.

As applicants will be working within the NHS in the UK they will have a current DBS check and will not be required to complete anything in addition. You will need to provide full details of your current position and suitable work references as part of your application.

This course will deliver the required knowledge base of all basic and advanced aspects of trauma and orthopaedic surgery, along with specialist modules in spinal surgery, orthopaedic oncology and paediatric orthopaedics, with case-based discussion and problem-based learning as a key component of modular learning.

To ensure you are ready for the challenges facing today’s clinicians, you will have the opportunity to select one of two optional modules. Medical Statistics and Clinical Governance will enable you to appraise published papers and to appreciate the importance of evidence based medicine.

Introduction to Learning and Teaching covers educational theory and philosophy using a range of practical learning and teaching skills. 

Created to mirror the exam syllabus of the FRCS (Tr&Orth) and EBOT Fellowship, along with the opportunity to take part in a practice viva, this course will provide you with a solid foundation on which to prepare for your exam of choice.

This MCh course includes 12 core modules and the choice of one of two optional modules.

Core modules:

  • Orthopaedic Basic Science (15 credits)

 

  • Orthopaedic Oncology (15 credits)
  • Trauma (15 credits)

 

  • Hand and Wrist (15 credits)
  • Shoulder and Elbow (15 credits)

 

  • Spine (15 credits)
  • Hip (15 credits)

 

  • Knee (15 credits)
  • Foot and Ankle (15 credits)

 

  • Paediatric Orthopaedics (15 credits)
  • Systematic Review (10 credits)

 

  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (10 credits)

Optional modules (select one):

  • Medical Statistics and Clinical Governance (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning (10 credits).

You can opt to study any of the above modules on a standalone basis or as a PgCert (60 credits) or PgDip (120 credits).

Applications to progress onto the full MCh (180 credits) can be made through recognition of prior learning (RPL) up to five years after completion of the PgCert or PgDip. Fees for this progression will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Our part-time course will be delivered over a period of 22 months, with teaching taking place on Friday and Saturday once every four weeks at our modern city centre campus.

Programme Directors:

In 2015, Ray joined Aston from Leicester Medical School where he taught medical students for seven years. He is an experienced lecturer having taught physiology and pharmacology at universities since 1991. During his time at Leicester he received a coveted Student Union Superstar Award in 2014 and since joining Aston he has won the Aston Achievement Award for Best Newcomer 2016. Ray has worked in research on the respiratory system and the reproductive system at a variety of hospitals and universities and has been published extensively. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

  • Mr Subodh Deshmukh, MS, Mch(Orth), FRCS(Eng & Glas), FRCS(Orth), Honorary Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery

Subodh is Consultant Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon at City Hospital, and The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in both India and the UK for the past 30 years and has extensively published both peer review articles and book chapters. He has been an examiner for the FRCS and MRCS and currently is an examiner for the FRCS(Orth).

To support the Programme Directors in the development and delivery of this course, we have attracted a highly qualified team of staff from clinical backgrounds:

  • Prof Seggy Abudu, MD, FRCS(orth), Consultant Orthopaedic Oncological surgeon, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham
  • Mr Neil Ashwood, FRCS(orth), Consultant Shoulder and Elbow surgeon, Queen’s Hospital, Burton upon Trent
  • Mr Hari Prem, FRCS(orth), Consultant Paediatric and Foot and Ankle surgeon, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham
  • Mr Michael Parry, MD, FRCS(orth), Consultant Orthopaedic Oncological surgeon, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham
  • Mr Rik Kundra, FRCS(orth), Consultant Knee and Sports Medicine surgeon, Walsall Manor Hospital, Walsall, West Midlands
  • Mr Divya Prakash, FRCS(orth), Consultant Knee, Hip and Sports Medicine surgeon, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals, West Midlands
  • Mr Nikhil Kharwadkar, FRCS(orth), Consultant Hip and Knee surgeon, Heart of England Foundation Trust, West Midlands

Orthopaedic basic science

  • Mr Shreeram Deshpande, FRCS(Tr & Orth), Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton. Special Interest: Lower Limb arthropasty

  • Dr Ian Barros D'sa, FRCR, Consultant Radiologist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals, Birmingham. Special Interest: Musculo-Skeletal radiology

Orthopaedic Oncology (Orthopaedic Microbiology and Orthopaedic Neurology and Nerve injuries)

  • Mr Michael Parry, MD FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham. Special Interest: Orthopaedic Oncological surgery

  • Mr Jonathan Stevenson, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham. Special Interest: Orthopaedic Oncological surgery

  • Dr Mrs Tranprit Saluja, FRCP, Consultant Microbiologist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals, Birmingham. Special Interest: Musculo-Skeletal Microbiology

  • Mr Dominic Power, FRCS(Tr & orth), Consultant Hand, Microvascular and Peripheral nerve surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Level One Trauma Centre, Birmingham. Special Interest: Reconstructive Peripheral Nerve and Brachial plexus surgery, reconstruction of Tetraplegia

Trauma

  • Mr Ravichandran Karthikeyan, FRCS(Tr & Orth), Consultant Trauma surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Level One Trauma Centre, Birmingham. Special Interest: Trauma Pelvic reconstruction and Hip surgery.

  • Dr Anand Arora, FRCA, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals, Birmingham. Special Interest: Intensive care

Hand and Wrist

  • Mr Mark Brewster, FRCS(Tr & Orth), Dip Hand surgery (Manchester and BSSH), Consultant Hand and Wrist surgeon, Birmingham Hand Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Level One Trauma Centre, Birmingham. Special Interest: Hand and Wrist surgery.

  • Mrs Jill Webb, FRCS (Plast), Dip Hand  surgery (Manchester and BSSH), Consultant Plastic Hand and Wrist surgeon, Birmingham Hand Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Level One Trauma Centre, Birmingham. Special Interest: Microvascular and Hand and Wrist surgery

Shoulder and Elbow

  • Mr Neil Ashwood, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, Queens Hospital, Burton upon Trent. Special Interest: Shoulder and Elbow surgery

  • Mr Maneesh Sinha, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley. Special Interest: Shoulder and Elbow surgery

Spine

  • Mr Jwalant Mehta, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Spinal surgeon, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham. Special Interest: Spinal deformity surgery

  • Mr Matthew Newton–Ede, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Spinal surgeon, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham. Special Interest: Lower back surgery and Spinal deformity surgery

Hip

  • Mr Manoj Sikand, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals, Birmingham. Special Interest: Primary and Revision Hip arthroplasty

  • Mr Ashok Sinha, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton. Special Interest: Primary and Revision Hip arthroplasty

Knee 

  • Mr Divya Prakash, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals, Birmingham. Special Interest: Knee arthroplasty, Knee preservation surgery and soft tissue knee surgery
  • Mr Sanjay Mulay, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, Queens Hospital, Burton upon Trent. Special Interest: Knee arthroplasty, Knee preservation surgery and soft tissue knee surgery

Foot and Ankle 

  • Mr Melwyn Pereira, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon, Alexandra Hospital, Redditch. Special Interest: Foot and ankle surgery
  • Mr K P Meda, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham. Special Interest: Foot and ankle surgery

Paediatric Orthopaedics

  • Mr Ramanan Vadivelu, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham and New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton. Special Interest: Paediatric Lower Limb surgery
  • Mr C E Bache FRCS, (Tr & Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, and Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley. Special Interest: Paediatric and Adolescent hip surgery

Systematic Review

  • Mr Subodh Deshmukh, FRCS (Orth), Mch(orth), PGCME, Consultant Hand and Upper limb surgeon, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals, Birmingham
  • Mr Ashwin Pimpalnekar, FRCS (Orth), Consultant Knee and Shoulder Surgeon, Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

Introduction to Teaching and LearningClinical and Medical education (Surgeons as Educators) (Optional Module) 

  • Dr Ray Carson, BSc, PhD, FIBMS, SFHEA, Senior Lecturer, Aston University, Birmingham

Medical statistics, Research Methodology & Clinical Governance (Optional Module) 

  • Mr Rik Kundra, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, Walsall Manor Hospital, Walsall. Special Interest: Knee arthroplasty, Knee preservation surgery and soft tissue knee surgery

  • Mr Kanthan Theivendran, BSc, FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Upper limb surgeon, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals, Birmingham. Special Interest: Shoulder, Elbow, hand and wrist surgery

"It is my view that this course provides teaching and experience in all areas of modern orthopaedics. Students will obtain a knowledge base consistent with a “day one consultant in the NHS”. The course will allow students to apply their knowledge, systematically evaluate a problem, arrive at a diagnosis and consider treatment options.”

Mr David Stanley FRCS, Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon, Ex President of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society, Ex Hon. Sec. British Orthopaedic Association, Ex Chairman of The Intercollegiate Examination Board in Orthopaedics and Trauma, and External Advisor to this course.

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  • Telephone: +44 (0)121 204 3284
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