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Clinical Endocrinology Online MSc

Part of: Medicine

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Study options

Starting in
September 2021
Location
Distance Learning
Fees
UK/EU: £11,250
International: £23,950

What you'll study

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Programme changes for 2020

At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.

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Please note that the modules listed below are for students starting the programme in September 2020.

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Compulsory/Core modules

Clinical Portfolio

In this module students will participate in a range of observership activities and other skill-building sessions, tutorials, journal clubs, research seminars etc that are relevant to clinical endocrinology and supportive of the taught curriculum. This module aims to support the student in recording their participation, reflections and broader reading in a reflective portfolio. This is an important way to demonstrate engagement with such activities and also to demonstrate engagement with learning outcomes across the breadth of the programme. It also builds a skill that is vital to clinical trainees in their day-to-day development and is something they will be required to do at all stages in their career.

Endocrinology: Core Knowledge and Key Skills

This module provides the foundation knowledge and skills to progress to the subsequent modules in the course. The rationale for the course overall is outlined in the overall proposal which the module proposal accompanies. This module aims to develop an understanding of the basic science underpinning clinical endocrinology, together with the assessment of the endocrine patient and the principles and pitfalls of endocrine evaluation. It also focuses on the development of skills which are important for maximising benefit from the forthcoming modules, including a development of critical appraisal skills and experience in the purpose and application of evidence-based medicine. Techniques for approaching clinical cases will be developed, together with an approach to writing structured essays and reviews. The content of the module and the course as a whole maps to the syllabus set by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board as a specialty curriculum for Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, in particular to the part of the syllabus assessed in the knowledge-based exam set by the Royal Colleges.

Hypothalamus and Pituitary

This module covers the physiology and pathology of the hypothalamus and pituitary. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to cover the molecular and clinical features of the relevant hormones, glands and their disorders.This includes physiology and disorders of the gonadotrophs, prolactin, growth hormone and the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis, as well as disorders of the posterior pituitary and structural disorders of the pituitary.

Thyroid

This module covers the physiology and pathology of the thyroid. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to cover the molecular and clinical features of the relevant hormones, glands and their disorders. This includes anatomy, physiology and disorders such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, goitre, thyroid nodules and thyroid cancers. During the module, students are encouraged to attend and observe relevant clinical activities such as clinics and academic meetings and to add to module-specific sections of their reflective portfolio.

Calcium and Bone

This module covers the physiology and pathology of the calcium homeostasis, parathyroids and bone. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to cover the molecular and clinical features of the relevant hormones, glands and their disorders. This includes anatomy, physiology and disorders such as hyperparathyroidism, hypercalcaemia of malignancy, hypocalcaemia, osteomalacia and osteoporosis. During the module, students are encouraged to attend and observe relevant clinical activities such as clinics and academic meetings and to add to module-specific sections of their reflective portfolio.

Reproductive, Pregnancy and Paediatric Endocrinology

This module covers physiology and pathology of disorders of the reproductive axis, pregnancy and the growing child, . A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to cover the molecular and clinical features of the relevant hormones, glands and their disorders. This includes normal growth and development and the physiology of puberty, disorders of growth, development and puberty. The module will also cover menstrual disorders, hirsutism, fertility, contraception, male and female gonadal dysfunction and endocrinology in gender dysphoria. In addition topics will include principles and practice of male and female hormone replacement therapy, endocrinology of normal pregnancy and the management of endocrinopathy in pregnancy. During the module, students are encouraged to attend and observe relevant clinical activities such as clinics and academic meetings and to add to module-specific sections of their reflective portfolio.

Clinical Chemistry, Gut and Metabolism

This module covers physiology and pathology of disorders of metabolism, energy balance and lipids. Inborn errors of metabolism, proteins, enzymes and toxicology are all related topics. Pancreatic hormones and diabetes mellitus are critical aspects of endocrine medicine. The module will extend to the related disciplines of metabolic medicine and chemical pathology and include laboratory techniques, quality assurance, principles of screening, audit and governance in biochemistry. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to cover the molecular and clinical features of the water and salt homeostasis, lipid biology and pathology, gut hormones, diabetes mellitus and disorders of body weight and metabolic pathologies. The laboratory and public health aspects of these areas will also be reviewed. During the module, students are encouraged to attend and observe relevant clinical activities such as clinics and academic meetings and to add to module-specific sections of their reflective portfolio.

Adrenal Cortex and Medulla

This module covers the physiology and pathology of disorders of the adrenal cortex and medulla. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to cover the molecular and clinical features of the relevant hormones, glands and their disorders. This includes anatomy, physiology, adrenal development, homeostatic control, the glucocorticoid receptor and the use of steroid therapy in replacement as well as adrenal investigations and imaging. This also includes disorders such as Conn's syndrome, Cushings syndrome, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and phaeochromocytoma. During the module, students are encouraged to attend and observe relevant clinical activities such as clinics and academic meetings and to add to module-specific sections of their reflective portfolio.

Endocrine Oncology and Genetics

This module covers the genetics of endocrine disorders, neuroendocrine tumours and other aspects of endocrine oncology such as paraneoplastic syndromes and the late effects of cancer treatments on the endocrine system. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to cover the molecular and clinical features of the relevant hormones, glands and their disorders. These include inherited aspects of endocrine disorders, multiple endocrine neoplasias and inherited disorders of hormone resistance. Neuroendocrine tumours of the GI tract, pancreas and lung will be covered as well as the role of investigations and imaging and current and emerging therapies. During the module, students are encouraged to attend and observe relevant clinical activities such as clinics and academic meetings and to add to module-specific sections of their reflective portfolio. During the module, students are encouraged to attend and observe relevant clinical activities such as clinics and academic meetings and to add to module-specific sections of their reflective portfolio.

Clinical Endocrinology Dissertation

In this module students will research and write up a dissertation on a topic relevant to clinical endocrinology. Exposure to relevant clinical topics and materials will form part of this module with a timetabled observership alongside their taught modules including additional attendance at clinics and ward-based activities in order to enable students to develop a particular topic of interest for their dissertation. The final dissertation may be based on (for example) independent clinical research, research allied to an existing or ongoing project, the development of a clinical audit, the construction of a formal systematic review on a topic of clinical interest, a case series or a group of four independent case reports of patients from their clinical practice. Students will develop skills in presenting information objectively, whilst producing a well-organised document, using a scientific approach. The final dissertation should be up to 15000 words in length; where 4 individual case reports are submitted these should be of a quality equivalent to that publishable in a case reports journal and therefore should be compatible with such a format, namely each case should be of 2000-3000 words including a detailed discussion, with a maximum of 15 references and 3 figures for each case.

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