Extend knowledge in functional anatomy and biomechanics
Develop competence in joint examination, assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment including manual treatment, exercise and injection techniques
Enhance critical reasoning and evaluation supported by relevant references
The SOMM Foundation Course comprises 3 units 1, 2 and 3. An exam is usually taken after unit 3 and this, with completion of a portfolio reflective essay and professional development plan leads to the SOMM Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine. This SOMM Diploma (worth 60 credit points at Level 11) is the first step of SOMM’s MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine.
The Foundation course provides core training that enables doctors and physiotherapists to examine, diagnose and treat the common musculoskeletal disorders accurately thereby enhancing patient care and service delivery.
As well as being really useful clinically, the units provide the starting point for an academic pathway that will help to further develop clinician skills and knowledge.
The Foundation course will benefit clinicians working with musculoskeletal patients in all settings including hospital out-patients, sport, general practice, orthopaedics or private practice.
KEY REQUIREMENTS TO QUALIFY FOR THE DIPLOMA IN MUSCULOSKELETAL MEDICINE
Units 1 & 2 can be taken in either order, followed by unit 3 and the completion of an exam. This plus a portfolio reflective essay and personal development plan leads to the SOMM Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Cervical spine and upper limb
Unit 1 comprises a 4 day course covering the cervical spine, shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand.
The course is highly practical and combines this with theory lectures, clinical reasoning and a review of functional anatomy.
Lumbar spine and lower limb
Unit 2 is a 4 day course covering the lumbar spine, hip, knee and ankle/foot which aims to extend knowledge in functional anatomy and biomechanics and develop competence in joint examination, assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment including manual treatment, exercise and injection techniques.
Thoracic spine and sacroiliac joint.
Unit 3 comprises a 5 day course covering the thoracic spine and sacroiliac joint, advanced techniques, principles of lumbar injections plus a review of units 1 & 2 in preparation for the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine membership examination on the final day.