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September full time intake module timetable   Sports cardiology sept full time
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Lecture Dates Core Modules
12 - 16 September 2016

Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology

You will gain an appreciation of cardiac anatomy and cardiovascular physiology. You will study the basic principles of exercise physiology, the interaction between the cardiovascular and respiratory systems during exercise, and the impact of different sports and training regimes on the cardiovascular system. You will explore the long term structural and functional adaptations of the cardiovascular system to exercise, and how these are influenced by different demographic factors. You will also appreciate the impact of exercising under extreme environmental conditions. This module will outline the health benefits of exercise in different populations (sedentary individuals, athletes, former athletes, individuals with cardiovascular risk factors, individuals with established cardiac or respiratory disease). The module will also explore potential risks, as well as the notion of overtraining.

10 - 14 October 2016

Principles of cardiovascular evaluation of athletes

This module will provide you with comprehensive knowledge relating to the principles of cardiovascular evaluation of athletic and non-athletic individuals with suspected cardiac disease. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to differentiate between physiological adaptation to exercise and phenotypes of cardiac disease. You will explore the indications and interpretation of a number of investigative modalities, including 12-lead ECG, ECG monitor, signal averaged ECG, exercise ECG and cardiopulmonary exercise testing, echocardiography, cardiac MRI, CT coronary angiography and drug provocation testing. You will also gain an understanding of the value and challenges of genetic testing and potential implications for the athlete. Finally, you will gain an understanding of current recommendations relating to sport participation of individuals with inherited, congenital and acquired cardiac conditions.

7 - 11 November 2016

Practice of cardiovascular evaluation of athletes

This module will provide you with comprehensive practical experience of cardiovascular evaluation of athletic and non-athletic individuals with suspected cardiac disease. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to evaluate athletes within different clinical scenarios and how to differentiate between physiological adaptation to exercise and phenotypes of cardiac disease. You will explore the indications and interpretation of a number of investigative modalities, including 12-lead ECG, ECG monitor, signal averaged ECG, exercise ECG and cardiopulmonary exercise testing, echocardiography, cardiac MRI, CT coronary angiography and drug provocation testing. You will also gain an understanding of the value and challenges of genetic testing and potential implications for the athlete. Finally, you will gain an understanding of current recommendations relating to sport participation of individuals with inherited, congenital and acquired cardiac conditions.

This module includes an additional week of clinical placement.

9 - 13 January 2017

Principles of cardiovascular screening

In this module you will gain an insight into the principles of pre-participation cardiovascular screening, as well as different perspectives and practices around the world. You will explore the potential benefits and risks of a widespread screening programme and its application in different populations. You will evaluate the advantages and limitations of different screening modalities. Finally, you will review the psychological impact of screening and the ethical and legal considerations associated with screening and with the disqualification of athletes with heart disease from competitive sport.

6 - 10 February 2017

Practice of cardiovascular screening

In this module you will have the opportunity to gain first hand experience of cardiac screening of various populations, including elite athletes, amateur athletes, master athletes, schoolchildren who exercise and sedentary individuals. You will evaluate the advantages and limitations of different screening modalities and gain competencies in performing cardiovascular preparticipation screening in order to prevent acute cardiovascular events and potential worsening of cardiovascular disease. You will appreciate the logistical, financial, ethical and medicolegal challenges of organising a widespread screening programme. Finally, you will gain an appreciation of the psychological, ethical and legal considerations associated with the disqualification of athletes with heart disease from competitive sport.

This module includes an additional week of clinical placement.

15 - 19 May 2017

Cardiac rehabilitation of athletes and patients with cardiac disorders

This module is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to organise, manage and deliver a Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation programme within a hospital or community setting. The module will provide special focus to rehabilitation of athletes or individuals with cardiac disorders who wish to return to exercise and work, learn to manage their condition and deal with activities of daily living. The module will be based on the European Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation, which promote evidence-based practice for individuals who have had a known cardiac event. You will be equipped with knowledge of aspects of cardiac disease, be exposed to the multidisciplinary nature of effective cardiac rehabilitation services, and learn to modify rehabilitation programmes for athletes and older people with cardiac disease.

 

MSc research module

You will select an area of interest, develop a research question and identify an appropriate method to answer that question, undertake a research project and present your findings. You will be allocated a supervisor for your project who will contribute background knowledge on your subject and methodological expertise to support you throughout the module. Although the primary supervisor will be from the faculty of the MSc to ensure quality and consistency, you will be able to choose a second supervisor outside St George’s University with appropriate research and clinical background.

Lecture Dates Optional modules

20 - 24 March 2017

Emergency response planning

In this module you will gain insight into the current state of safety measures in sport facilities around Europe, ranging from major football arenas to schools. You will critically appraise evidence supporting the use of automated external defibrillators. You will review current recommendations from scientific and sporting bodies regarding safety measures in sport arenas as well as outdoors competitions in city streets, open water and motor sports. You will have the opportunity to participate in small group sessions where organisers of large events (medical directors and team doctors) will provide you with first hand experience of the challenges of ensuring the safety of athletes and spectators in such events. Finally, you will have the opportunity to participate in large events as part of the medical team, depending on background and advanced life support accreditation.

 

Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics

This module aims to provide a framework for ethical understanding of medical genomics. Students will be provided with a platform of ethical understanding from which to consider issues of human confidentiality, autonomy, disclosure, informed consent and natural justice.

 

Counselling skills in genomics

The aim of this module is to equip students with the knowledge, communication and counselling skills and appropriate attitudes and behaviours towards the diagnosis and management of patients whose care will be influenced by genomic investigations.

 

Cardiovascular genetics and genomics

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the role of genomics in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease, both in terms of common and rare disease, and will discuss the impact our growing knowledge of the genomic aetiology of these conditions is having on management.


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