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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 Clinical 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Clinical Therapeutics
    Subject Musculoskeletal Medicine
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,823.63
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    MSME 701
    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.

    Further information:

    Administrator Client Services
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
    University of Otago, Christchurch
    PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Tel +64 21 279 1423

    Teaching staff

    Dr Grant Thompson, Dr Geoff 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 throughout the course.  The course is concluded with an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), there is also an essay requirement.  Some material is provided electronically, or via Zoom, prior to attending.

    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper centres around a 7-day practical, on-campus course held in Christchurch, New Zealand, (Saturday 24th August 2024 - Friday 30th August 2024).


    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.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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