Donald Bramwell, Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Medicine

 Musculoskeletal Teaching

The activities of the Orthopaedic Department take place at Flinders Medical Centre, Repatriaiton General Hospital, Noarlunga Hospital and in non-metropolitan settings such as Angaston, Balaklava, Alice Springs and Murray Bridge

All sites provide opportunities for students, junior doctors, orthopaedic trainees, visiting fellows and consultants to develop their competence in caring for patients requiring management and care for trauma and elective injuries and conditions

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

1st Year Medical Students

2nd Year Medical Students

3rd Year Medical Students

4th Year Medical Students

Other Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Program

Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine

Master of Surgery



Continuing Education for Consultant Staff

Graduate Entrry Medical Program

Liaison between MD and Orthopaedic Surgery - Donald Bramwell

Shadowing and Observation - MD students at any year level are invited to contact the Department for an opportunity to observe the care of trauma or elective patients in orthopaedic wards, outpatient clinics and theatres

Audits and Research Projects - students at any year level are welcome to contact the Department to discuss developing research projects or carrying out clinical audits within the Department

1st Year Medical Students

Hosting students required to observe a doctor in action, focusing on the development of communication skills

2nd Year Medical Students

Musculoskeletal PBL Block - PBL tutorials, involvement in some Minicases, review of PBL cases

Acute Block - delivering lectures on trauma and common injuries

Transition to clinical practice - hosting students, exposure to activities in wards, surgery, and outpatient clinics

SCIMs - collaboration with Rheumatology in delivering structured activities in history-taking, examination and clinical practice


3rd Year Medical Students

Surgery and Anaesthesia term - 4 weeks attachment at RGH. Participation in patient care in wards, theatre and outpatient clinics, involvement in Unit teaching activities

PBL's - Specialist input for two of the Surgery and Anaesthesia PBL cases

Orthopaedic Tutorials - weekly tutorials on differential diagnosis and examination for common orthopaedic injuries and conditions.  These tutorials aim to provide a firm basis in musculoskeletal medicine and to prepare students for the end of year OSCEs.  The tutorials are supported by a video on Streamed Studies and a Handbook on differential diagnosis

GP Week - liaison on musculoskeletal content

Plastering and Splinting - students are invited to improve their skills in common plastering and splinting techniques


4th Year Medical Students -

Six week term in Orthopaedics at FMC.  Close involvement in activities of the orthopaedic team, with extensive involvement with patient care in wards, outpatient clinics and theatre.  Students participate in a managed program aimed at improving generic and specific skills and knowledge in musculoskeletal medicine and orthopaedic surgery.

Clinical Anatomy Sessions - students on placement attend small group sessions with senior consultants in the Anatomy Lab for focused tutorials on the anatomy underlying common injuries and conditions, mechanisms of injury, examination techniques and management options

Other Undergraduate Teaching

Lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate Physiotherapy, Nursing and Midwifery students

Australian Orthopaedic Association Undergraduate Workshop

This is a workshop held for those students in 4th Year with an interest in Orthopaedic Surgery.  A successful candidate, chosen by interview, attends the workshop in whichever state it is being held that year.  Expenses are paid by the Australian Orthopaedic Association

Postgraduate Programs

Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine

The 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine adn 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine are offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on a fee-paying basis.

Both courses aer open to health practitioners with an interest in musculoskeletal medicine and who hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification in a health-related area, eg medicine, nursing, occupational therapy

The course adopts a competence-based approach to education and training emphasising that an individual's practice reflects and requires appropriate knowledge, skills and professionalism to enable effective and efficient patient care.  The course emphasises the extent to which communication with a range of colleagues, health professionals adn agencies is central to the a patients' health and to a practitioner's professional achievement and satisfaction.

Most topics are offered in intensive in-service blocks with complementary reading, online and distance activities and discussions with a specific focus on a student's practice.  The topics may also be taken on a non-award basis.

Further information is available on the course page

Master of Surgery

The Master of Surgery is a 54-unit research higher degree.  The program comprises some coursework, but is predominantly independent research.  It is offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on a fee-paying basis for international students, Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia and New Zealand citizens are eligible for a Research Training Scheme place for the research component of the award.  There are two pathways:

Pathway 1:  FRACS Candidates or Equivalent

Applicants must hold the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM,BS) of the University or an equivalent qualification approved by the Faculty B oard and have had two years appropriate expereince in an approved teaching hospital and provided evidence of an ability to conduct original research related to the chosen Specialty.

 Pathway 2: Master of Surgery (Orthopaedics)

For qualified medical practitioners who are interested in undertakinga research project in a surgical specialty but who either do not have Specialist training as a surgeon, or have qualifications in surgery not recognised in Australia and who are not seeking Specialist registration as a surgeon in Australia.  This pathway is currenlty available only in the area of Orthopaedic Surgery.  Candidates must have a previous record of clinical experience in some aspect of orthopaedic or musculoskeletal medicine.  Closing date is 30 April each year.

The surgical specialty in which a candidate undertakes the research study component of the degree will, where appropriate, be reflected on the candidate's official academic transcript and degress testamur.

Further information is available on the course page


The interns that rotate through the clinical service have exposure to the management of elective and emergency orthopaedic conditions.  They have access to the    clinics and theatres.  They have the opportunity to have training in plaster application


The Orthopaedic Departemnt is accredited by the Australian Orthopaedic Association to train registrars for their Fellowship of the College of Surgeons

Weekly Departmental Meeting - Problem case, selected topic presented by registrars

Detailed procedure-based assessment is carried out in line with national and international practice in education and training

Continuing Education for Consultant Staff

Weekly meetings are held in the Department to encourage continuing education for the consultant staff.

The meeting consists of an Adverse Events Review, presentations on set topics (with literature review) and/or problem case discussions

A regular clinical audit is presented reviewing inpatient activity