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Diploma in MSK

Upcoming Dates

27 September 2019 (Dublin)




Member – €2,750
Non-Member – €4,290


This course will not run in 2020/2021.

The course is run jointly by the ICGP and the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (RCSI and RCPI).

Musculoskeletal problems constitute a substantial ever growing burden on society, on the medical services and all personnel dealing with these conditions. Bone and joint disorders account for more than half of all chronic conditions in people over 50 years and the most common cause of severe, long‐term pain and disability. In Ireland, the average GP practice consists of almost 20% musculoskeletal problems.

With this in mind, a diploma course in musculoskeletal care that is driven by learning outcomes and with a huge emphasis on practice skills, is being offered to meet general practice needs in the future.

Course Principal: Dr John O'Riordan
Course Tutors: Dr Michael Griffin, Dr Joseph Conway and Dr Nathan Wall

What is the overall aim of the course?

This course aims to deepen the GPs understanding of MSK soft tissue dysfunction as it presents in the surgery. It also aims to further prepare the GP in recognising, assessing and managing these disorders. The central role of clinical joint examination is core to the course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of each learning module, the learner should be able to:

  • List incidence/prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Recognise their presentations
  • Be aware of 'red flags'
  • Demonstrate musculoskeletal examination
  • Outline relevant diagnostic test
  • Outline management plans for common conditions
  • List/describe relevant referral options
  • Describe rehabilitation options for common conditions
  • Be aware of personal implications of this disability

Admission requirements

This course is open to 3rd and 4th year GP trainees and registered medical practitioners.

Compulsory workshops

There will be four two‐day practical workshops followed by a final external exam. Each weekend is separated by a number of modules in set. The main focus of the workshops will be practical education in joint examination.

The workshops will also include small group discussion on review of literature of either a diagnostic option or rehabilitation treatment.

Workshop dates 2019-2020

  • Workshop 1: Friday & Saturday, 27-28 September 2019, Ashling Hotel, D8
  • Workshop 2: Friday & Saturday, 8-9 November 2019, Ashling Hotel, D8
  • Workshop 3: Friday & Saturday, 17-18 January 2020, Ashling Hotel, D8
  • Workshop 4: Friday & Saturday, 6-7 March 2020, Ashling Hotel, D8
  • Workshop 5 / Exam: Friday (night) 24 and Saturday, 25 April 2020, Ashling Hotel, Dublin 8

What does the assessment consist of?

Assessment is carried out by way of practical examination. At the beginning of each workshop (excluding the first), participants will be examined on topics studied at previous workshop.

The final workshop will begin with a final practical examination carried out by an external examiner on any aspect of the course studied.

Course Content

  • MSK Course Material
    • Rehab Exercises
    • Topic 01: Introduction to Musculoskeletal Examination and Injury Management
    • Topic 02: The Shoulder Joint
    • Topic 03: Shoulder Girdle
    • Topic 04: Elbow and Forearm
    • Topic 05: Cervical Spine
    • Topic 06: Thoracic Spine
    • Topic 07: Wrist and Hand
    • Topic 08: Lumbar Spine
    • Topic 09: Hip Groin and Pelvis Problems
    • Topic 10: The Knee
    • Topic 11: Lower Leg inc Ankle, Shin and Lower Leg
  • MSK Workshop Timetables
    • MSK Timetables
  • MSK Course Handbook
    • MSK Course Handbook