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Reconstructive Microsurgery (MSc)

  • Distance Learning
  • Part Time

 

This is the first dedicated UK microsurgery degree in this innovative and rapidly developing field.

This Distance Learning programme will provide surgeons with comprehensive training in microsurgery and clinical management. It will improve confidence in microsurgery for both the trainee microsurgeon and the more experienced surgeon. Modules will enable surgeons to develop a thorough knowledge of clinical anatomy and physiology relevant to microsurgery which can impact on operative decisions.

There will be hands-on training through Microsurgery and Flap courses providing crucial and invaluable training which will broaden surgeons’ skills and expertise. (Basic microsurgery, advanced microsurgery, perforator flap and live animal flap courses).

The importance of evidence-based practice will be developed through critique of microsurgery literature and synthesis of balanced views, impacting on surgeons' practices.

An international microsurgery fellowship will be facilitated with a highly reputable microsurgery team. This includes centres such as in Seoul (Korea), Okayama (Japan), Naples (Italy), Timisoara (Romania) and St Andrews (Broomfield Hospital, UK). However, students will also have the option to participate in a fellowship at their local unit.

 

Why study Reconstructive Microsurgery at QMUL?

The needs of reconstructive microsurgery have increased exponentially in the last 10 years . Microsurgery is a rapidly developing area which is crucial in surgical specialities such as Plastics, Maxillofacial, Gynaecological, and General surgery. It has revolutionised procedures such as free tissue transfer used in reconstruction after cancers and trauma, transplant surgery, and limb or tissue replantation. In December 2012 the first upper limb transplant in UK was performed in Leeds with the use of microsurgery skills.

This course will improve knowledge and skills in microsurgery, allowing advancing of practice and promoting better surgical outcomes. It will help to improve confidence in microsurgery operating for both the trainee microsurgeon and the more experienced surgeon. QMUL (Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry) has an excellent reputation if the area of Medical training and is well recognised internationally. Studying at QMUL will be a unique and enriching opportunity. Furthermore, this course run by  the The Barts and the London’s Academic Plastic Surgery Group is based at The Centre for Cutaneous Research (CCR) at The Blizard Institute (BICMS). The CCR is composed of the academic unit of Dermatology and the Cancer Research UK Skin Tumour Laboratory, and is one of the largest cutaneous research centres in Europe. Hence this group has a strong academic and research background and will be able to provide strong support for students undertaking this programme.

  • This will be the first dedicated UK microsurgery degree in this innovative and rapidly developing field.
  • This programme will provide surgeons with comprehensive training in microsurgery and clinical management.
  • Modules will enable surgeons to develop a thorough knowledge of clinical anatomy and physiology relevant to microsurgery which can impact on operative decisions.
  • There will be hands-on training through Microsurgery and Flap courses providing crucial and invaluable training which will broaden surgeons’ skills and expertise. ( Basic microsurgery, advanced microsurgery, perforator flap and live animal flap courses)
  • The importance of evidence-based practice will be developed through critique of microsurgery literature and synthesis of balanced views, impacting on Surgeons' practices
  • An on-line platform provides module study materials, videos and literature and allows completion of summative assessments. Surgeons will be supported by on-line tutors and student discussion forums will enable group discussions
  • An international microsurgery fellowship will be facilitated with a highly reputable microsurgery team. This includes centres such as in Seoul (Korea), Okayama (Japan), Naples (Italy), Timisoara (Romania), St Andrews (Broomfield Hospital, UK). However, students will also have the option to participate in a fellowship at their local unit.

Who should apply?

This programme is designed for Plastic surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, general surgeons or other surgeons practising microsurgery.

Applicants are required to possess:

  • Completion of Medical Degree (MBBS or MD) recognized by Queen Mary University of London

 English requirements should be any of the following:

  • Grade B at A-Level
  • IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.5 in the Writing and Speaking modules)

Overseas students attending clinical days will require an appropriate visa according to QMUL regulations (holiday visas are not permitted). A copy of the appropriate visa will need to be sent to the department prior to attending any clinical days. Further advice is obtainable via the QMUL International Students Adviser in the Advice and Counselling Services


Careers

Students either continue or enter into practicing in the field of reconstructive microsurgery with a well-known expert with further understanding, solid theoretical background and improved technical skills.

Programme Overview

  • Completion and passing of all modules is compulsory in order to achieve progression
  • Each taught module includes a written assignment and multiple choice question (MCQ) tests
  • The OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) will be held at the end of each academic year. It is mandatory to pass the OSCE in order to be awarded your degree.
  • The 15,000-word dissertation needs to be submitted at the end of the 2nd year for the MSc programme

Programme Structure

Year 1 - Modules 1-4 Compulsory, 15 credits/module – 60 credits

  • Basic principles of microsurgery (Basic microsurgery course)
  • Advanced physiology in microsurgery (advanced microsurgery course)
  • Anatomy applied to reconstructive microsurgery (Perforator and flap course)
  • Evolution of reconstructive microsurgery (perforator flap course in living models)

Year 2 - Modules 5-8 Compulsory, 15 credits/module – 60 credits

  • Limb reconstruction (upper and lower limb)
  • Head and neck reconstruction
  • Trunk and genitalia reconstruction
  • Fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery

Dissertation – 60 credits

In order to be awarded the MSc students must successfully complete a 15,000 dissertation on a Reconstructive Microsurgery-related topic by the end of their 2nd year of study. Students will be able to discuss their ideas with the course lead and international faculty prior to embarking on their research and write-up.

As this is a long-distance course we do not expect students to undertake lab-based research on-site, encouraging you instead to explore literature-based projects or projects pertaining to students’ on-going clinical practice and experience.

We may publish dissertation work of extremely high quality with student consent.

MSc 180 credits

 

Programme Director:

Dr Simon Myers

Programme Lead:

Mr Ali Ghanem

Programme Administrator:

Catherine Mclean

Centre for Cutaneous Research
Blizard Building
4 Newark Street
London
E1 2AT

academic-plastics@qmul.ac.uk 

+44 20 7882 3789

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