Musculoskeletal Trauma

10 Units

The Musculoskeletal Trauma Course will discuss both low-energy and high-energy injuries of the extremities. This course will cover all diaphyseal, metaphyseal and articular fracture management of both the upper and lower limb.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Recognise limb threatening injuries
  2. Describe typical injury mechanisms of upper and lower limb fractures
  3. Discuss optimal timing, complications and priorities

The Course will be organised for one semester in 13 weeks with 2 topics per week as follows:

Introduction to musculoskeletal trauma (8 topics)

Week 1

  • Significance (on physiology and on resources), magnitude of the problem
  • Anatomy/histology/biomechanics and regeneration of bone, cartilage, muscle and tendon
  • Quiz

Week 2

  • Rationale of musculoskeletal diagnostics
  • Open fracture management
  • Quiz

Week 3

  • Compartment syndrome
  • Mangled extremity amputation versus salvage
  • Quiz

Week 4

  • Damage control orthopaedics vs early total care
  • Models of care for orthopaedic trauma
  • Quiz

Lower limb injuries (5 topics)

Week 5

  • General principles of lower limb trauma, overview of classification and management
  • Injuries around the hip and femur
  • Quiz

Week 6

  • Injuries around the knee
  • Tibia, foot and ankle injuries
  • Quiz

Week 7

  • Other infection related complications (UTI, acalculosus cholecystitis, sinusitis etc)
  • Quiz and Mid-semester Assignment

Upper limb injuries (6 topics)

Week 8

  • General principles of upper limb trauma, overview of classification and management
  • Brachial plexus injury and scapulothoracic dislocation
  • Quiz

Week 9

  • Injuries around the shoulder and humerus
  • Injuries around the elbow and forearm
  • Quiz

Week 10

  • Wrist and hand fractures
  • Soft tissue injuries of the hand, principles of microsurgery
  • Quiz

Special aspects of orthopaedic trauma (4 topics)

Week 11

  • Paediatric fractures
  • Geriatric/osteoporotic fractures
  • Quiz

Week 12

  • Non-unions (orthobiologics)
  • Outcome measures in orthopaedic trauma
  • Quiz

Week 13

  • Final Assignment
Assumed Knowledge Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology
Assessment Items
  • Quiz: Online quiz
  • Written Assignment: Written assignment
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case studies

Contact Hours



Online 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for TRAU6004
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