United Kingdom, London

Ability vs Disability: Guiding Growth and Function of the Musculoskeletal System

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

This module aims to explore, from a musculoskeletal viewpoint, the borderlines between function and dysfunction in the growing child and young adult looking at how impairment and handicap affect participation and involvement and the perception of ability vs disability. Through an understanding of the basic sciences of embryology and physiology the module will explore the effects of growth on the skeleton and how this alters function and quality of life. The module will explain both conservative and surgical methods of improving function and ability and the risks that may be associated with all treatment methods. Finally there will be an appreciation of how pain, its perception and the patient’s sense of wellbeing are intertwined with their orthopaedic difficulties.

Course leader

Deborah Eastwood is a Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at Great Ormond St Hospital for Children and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. She is a past president of the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon and current Secretary of the Briti

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Course aim

This module aims to explore, from a musculoskeletal viewpoint, the borderlines between function and
dysfunction in the growing child and young adult looking at how impairment and handicap affect participation
and involvement and the perception of ability vs disability. Through an understanding of the basic sciences of
embryology and physiology the module will explore the effects of growth on the skeleton and how this alters
function and quality of life. The module will explain both conservative and surgical methods of improving
function and ability and the risks that may be associated with all treatment methods. Finally there will be an
appreciation of how pain, its perception and the patient’s sense of wellbeing are intertwined with their
orthopaedic difficulties.

Credits info

7.5 EC
15 UCL credits, 7.5 ECTS, 4 US

Fee info

GBP 2100: There is a built-in tuition fee discount for students studying for 6 weeks (2 modules).
GBP 1100: Accommodation (optional) is available, close to campus in central London. The cost will be approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.