- To offer a curriculum of rigorous, current post-entry-to-practice basic science, clinical science and therapeutic management learning experiences as they relate to the musculoskeletal/arthritis care fields.
- To facilitate the participant’s learning of best practices through extensive clinical experience in the musculoskeletal/arthritis care fields.
- To develop and prepare select healthcare practitioners (Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, and Chiropractors) to be competent, independent clinicians who engage in extended practice roles in selected areas of musculoskeletal/arthritis care fields.
- To develop and prepare healthcare practitioners to triage patients with osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
- To promote a novel model of arthritis/musculoskeletal management and care that optimizes scarce healthcare resources by utilizing highly trained health professionals to promote and implement interprofessional patient-centred collaborative care.
System Level Goals
- To improve accessibility to musculoskeletal/arthritis care, as a result of the participant’s expanded ability to identify, assess and manage (treatment and referral) selected disorders associated with these conditions.
- To develop and prepare the ACPAC program trained practitioners to become leaders in interprofessional patient-centred education and care in the management of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.
- To continue to monitor and evaluate these roles in the context of health services delivery as new models of arthritis/musculoskeletal care develop.
After active engagement in the ACPAC Program you will be better able to:
- Integrate the basic and clinical science underlying arthritis/musculoskeletal disorders.
- Identify and assess patients with musculoskeletal disorders to formulate a differential diagnosis.
- Differentiate inflammatory from degenerative arthritic disorders.
- Evaluate and interpret plain musculoskeletal radiographs.
- Apply acquired knowledge and skills to triage patients with musculoskeletal disorders across diverse clinical settings.
- Communicate more effectively and collaborate with others in the health care system.