Advanced Foot & Wound Care Practice Based Fellowship

Advanced Foot & Wound Care Practice Based Fellowship

Program at a glance:

Credential(s) Earned

Graduate Certificate

Program Length

Semester 1: 13 weeks (3 days per week in a clinical environment 22.5 hours weekly) Semester 2: 13 weeks (3 days per week in a clinical environment 22.5 hours weekly + seven hours per week dedicated to a final research project)

Delivery Method

Full time enhancing clinical practice through dedicated advanced practice in an interprofessional practice site.

Start Date

September 16, 2019

Application Deadline

June 15, 2019

Career Opportunities

Health Quality Ontario has recognized the care gap faced by people living with Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU). The Advanced Foot & Wound Care Practice-Based Fellowship Program offers fellow (or learner) the opportunity to specialize in an interprofessional team advanced clinical care for patients. Working under the clinical supervision of a wound care Chiropodist, the learner will experience new approaches in advancing best practice foot and wound care. Significant health impacts can be made through advances in wound care practice and scholarly research to promote wellness and standardization.

This specialized program will support Chiropody/Podiatry graduates who are caring, progressive practitioners with a desire to push care forward. Exploration of patient focussed techniques for prevention, and treatment of patients with high-risk feet and limb preservation. Emphasis on conservative management, utilizing a large variety of dressings, products and modes for individualized treatment. Data collection and analysis to inform quality improvements.

How long does it take?

Semester 1:
In the first semester, the Advanced Foot and Wound Care program is offered in a clinical environment three (3) days per week over 13 weeks. Online didactic learnings will occur concurrently to support the students in their clinical fellowship learning. Didactic material covered will include cultural sensitivity to underserviced clients who are impacted by Diabetic Foot Ulcers, and protocols and peer-reviewed materials related to best practice in foot and wound care.

Clinical practice will emphasize conservative management, utilizing a large variety of dressings, products and modes for individualized treatment.

The foot and wound care Fellow will explore areas of interest to investigate in a scholarly manner for their final research project to be completed in Semester 2.

Semester 2:
In the second term, the Fellowship will continue to explore advances in foot and wound care clinically three (3) days per week. Additionally, seven hours a week will be dedicated to the Fellow’s approved area of research that will advance protocol development or improvements in standards of care. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge sharing.

What is an Advanced Foot and Wound Care Fellow?

A Fellow is a licensed healthcare professional who undertakes specialized clinical training and education. A component of a Fellowship includes researching best practice and opportunities for improving quality care. The advanced foot and wound care practiced based Fellowship will emphasize sharing of knowledge to advance the quality of care for Ontarians, especially those living with Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU).

The Advanced Foot and Wound Care Fellow will be immersed in clinical Interprofessional learning and care teams based at Toronto General Hospital’s vascular foot wound chiropody clinic. UHN has outstanding leadership in vascular, infectious disease, foot/ankle orthopedics and diabetes – all the essential departments to support a Centre of Excellence in foot and wound care. The learner in the new Advanced Foot and Wound Care fellowship program will be embedded within the Chiropody Clinic in the Vascular clinic at TGH so that they are learning with patients, physician specialists, chiropodists and specialist nurses to offer a unique but tangible opportunity to impact patient outcomes that are positive to an individual, community and society.

The Program will focus on the delivery of excellent care that is holistic, coordinated and prevention focused. As a “Clinical Fellow” in the Advanced Foot & Wound Care Practice Based Fellowship, students will be paid for the clinical care provided as part of the program.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from a recognized Chiropody/Podiatry program
  • A minimum of two (2) years of clinical practice recommended
  • Member in good standing with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario (COCOO)
  • Resume and Chiropody wound care portfolio
  • Admissions interview.

Admission Requirements subject to approval.

Notes:

  1. Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, access to the Internet and an e-mail account.
  2. Computer literacy is highly recommended.
  3. In the event that this program is oversubscribed, applicants will be ranked based on clinical experience and/or education.

Preference will be given to applicants who submit a complete application by the set deadline.

Program Costs

Tuition To Be Determined.

Financial support may be available for the Fellow thanks to the generosity of donors through the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation who raise funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care.

What will I learn?

Semester 1:
In Semester 1, you will strengthen the technical expertise, knowledge and interprofessional skills needed to become a valuable member of the interprofessional foot and wound care team.

Semester 2:
In Semester 2, you will continue to explore new technical applications, advanced knowledge and interprofessional skills needed to become a valuable member of the interprofessional foot and wound care team. Clinical reasoning and decision making skills will be deepened, focussing on customizing treatment plans for patients.

Additionally, time will be dedicated to the Fellow’s approved area of research that will advance protocol development or improvements in standards of care. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge sharing.

Advanced skills in treating foot and wound care emphasizing best practices in care using evidence-based approaches.