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MSME709 Clinical Therapeutics

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This paper is a progression from MSME701. This is an on-campus, hands-on course, designed to teach postgraduate medical students specific practical clinical skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, including the assessment of efficacy according to the current evidence-based principles.

In this paper the principles of musculoskeletal diagnosis, as covered in MSME 701 Clincial Diagnosis, are used to provide the basis for therapeutic intervention. Injection techniques, manual therapy, appropriate pharmaceutical intervention and spinal intervention techniques to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction are examined in detail.

Paper title Clinical Therapeutics
Paper code MSME709
Subject Musculoskeletal Medicine
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,628.63
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,337.00

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MSME 701 or MSMX 701
MSMX 709
Limited to
MSME 709 is restricted to registered medical practitioners.Enrolments for this paper are limited and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.

Teaching staff

Dr Jim Borowczyk, Dr Geoffrey Harding

Paper Structure

This paper centres around a 7-day practical course focusing on developing expertise in techniques used to treat musculoskeletal problems. Students will have opportunities to practise clinical skills, and the course is concluded with an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). There is also an essay requirement for this paper.

Teaching Arrangements

This paper includes a compulsory 7-day practical, on-campus course held in Christchurch, New Zealand, on the 7 - 13 August 2021 (to be confirmed).


No textbooks are required for this paper. Readings will be supplied electronically, and students will be expected to access these online via the Library.

Course outline

The 7-day programme covers hands-on practical skills in manual medicine and injection procedures for managing common musculoskeletal disorders. Included in this is the use of pharmaceuticals and an overview of spinal injection techniques.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will have developed skills in

  • Safe and accurate diagnostic techniques
  • Formulating appropriate clinical intervention strategies
  • Applying effective manual intervention strategies
  • Correctly using injection techniques and pharmaceuticals for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems
  • Applying the knowledge relevant to referring people with pain to other agencies for further appropriate intervention

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system