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The Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGCertMSM) is specifically aimed at medical practitioners in general primary care, and trainees in associated specialist disciplines. It comprises a selection of five papers from ten papers offered, and can be completed on a part-time basis. The papers include both distance- and Internet-based theoretical teaching, and a practical 'hands-on', on-campus component.
The programme has been developed to reflect the expanding knowledge of pain control mechanisms, including advances in biomedical interventions and cognitive behavioural management. The academic components of the certificate are designed to provide an understanding and working knowledge of the structure, function, disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system; modern pain management methods; and scientific method and biostatistics.
The papers are clinically orientated, and practical clinical skills are taught in physical examination and musculoskeletal therapeutic modalities, including manual therapy and injection techniques, diagnostic interventions, and the psychosocial assessment of musculoskeletal pain problems. Papers taken for the certificate can be credited towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGDipMSM).
The Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGCertMSM) is also available through Distance Learning.
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University of Otago, Christchurch
Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGCertMSM)
Notes: Two papers are taught on campus (MSME 701, MSME 709) and the remainder by distance learning.
Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGCertMSM)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
- Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School.
- Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in the country in which the programme is taught.
Structure of the Programme
The programme of study shall consist of three compulsory papers (MSME 701, MSME 704, MSME 708) and one optional paper (selected from MSME 702, MSME 703, MSME 705, MSME 706, MSME 707, MSME 709, MSME 710, MSME 711; see Notes).
Duration of the Programme
The minimum time in which a candidate may complete the certificate is one year of half-time study, and the maximum time is three years from commencing study.
A candidate shall be examined in each paper. A candidate who fails an examination may, on the recommendation of the examiners, be admitted to a special examination.
The Board of Studies may recommend to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine that a candidate be exempted from one paper on the basis of work previously completed for a relevant course of study, to the satisfaction of the Board.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.