Collaborative Specialization in Musculoskeletal Health ResearchBone and Joint Institute

Graduate Course Work

The two courses are offered in a conventional classroom environment and students will be required to take each course only once in their graduate career. At the discretion of the student’s home program, MSK 9000 and MSK 9100 may be considered as replacements for required departmental credits (See CMHR Western Graduate Participating Program List ); MSK 9000 and MSK 9100 are each half-course equivalents; taken sequentially they represent one full course.

MSK 9000: Musculoskeletal Health Research A – Biomedical and Bioengineering Concepts

This course deals with fundamental biological and engineering concepts relevant to the musculoskeletal system. Topics include musculoskeletal anatomy, cell biology, biomechanics, physiology, pathology, biomaterials, tissue engineering and genetics. Students will gain experience in the critical appraisal of published studies. Emphasis is placed on the skills and knowledge needed to function as members of transdisciplinary research teams. Fall term: Two 1.5-hour sessions per week. This course will be held online via Zoom and OWL in response to Covid-19. 

MSK 9100: Musculoskeletal Health Research B – Fundamental Concepts in Clinical and Health Services Research

This course deals with the epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and interventions for common musculoskeletal conditions. As well, fundamental aspects of the design and conduct of clinical and health services research will be presented. Students will gain experience in the critical appraisal of published studies. Emphasis is placed on communication, teamwork and the principles of knowledge translation. Winter term: Two 1-hour sessions per week. This course will be held online via Zoom and OWL in response to Covid-19. 

Graduate Course Work

Course material will be presented in a manner that can be understood by trainees from a range of backgrounds – from molecular biology to biomechanical engineering to health services research. Classroom time provides an opportunity for trainees to meet and become familiar with each other’s work, to meet mentors from a variety of research areas and to provide valuable feedback.

Students admitted to this Collaborative Training Program are required to complete the mandatory course requirements of the Home Department or Program in which they are registered. Additionally specific core concepts will provide a foundational knowledge base for all graduate students in the Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research. These concepts are integrated in two required half-courses: 

These tables contain the course instructors and brief descriptions for the MSK9000 and MSK9100 courses

Graduate Courses Offered by the Program

Course

Faculty member(s) expected to teach the course

Frequency of Course

MSK 9000

Musculoskeletal Health Research A: Biomedical and Bioengineering Concepts

Dr. C. Séguin  (course director)

Dr. F. Beier

Dr. J. Dixon

Dr. L. Ferreira

Dr. D. Hamilton

Dr. M. Grol

Dr. Y. Hosein

Dr. A. Nelson

Dr. A. Rizkalla

Offered annually in the fall term, with each student enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization completing the course once in their graduate career

MSK 9100

Musculoskeletal Health Research B: Fundamental Concepts in Clinical and Health Services Research

Dr. T. Birmingham (course director)

Dr. D. Holdsworth (course director)

Dr. J. MacDermid (course director)

Dr. J. Marsh (course director)

Dr. L. Barra

Dr. E. Cairns

Dr. B. Chesworth

Dr. A. Lorbergs

Dr. M. Maly

Dr. M. Pest

Dr. D. Walton

Offered annually in the winter term, with each student enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization completing the course once in their graduate career