ISORM Diploma in Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Medicine

This is the basic course in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue lesions offered by ISORM. It is usually incorporated into the Post Graduate Diploma Course in Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Medicine at NUI Galway taking up the first 2 modules of same or it may be delivered as a stand-alone ISORM Diploma course.

Due to Covid-19 all 2020 courses are cancelled.
We hope to resume courses in 2021. 

Please note it is necessary to complete all modules sequentially and in the same semester.  

A doctor or intern studying a skeletal model of the human kneeAims of course

The primary aim is to give the participant a system of examination and treatment that simply differentiates between lesions of joints and soft tissues at all parts of the body. Particular emphasis is laid on understanding of Pain mechanisms, particularly, Referred Pain and unique Cyriax concepts such as Capsular Pattern and End-Feel. During the course, participants will examine and sham-treat each other so that as broad as possible an experience of the variations in tissue types is gained.

Learning Outcomes

Included in each course is input from a Rheumatologist and Musculoskeletal Radiologist, as well as General Practitioners and Physiotherapists who have practised for many years in the primary care setting. The clinical approach is primarily, but not exclusively based on the Cyriax method of assessment and is very much ‘hands-on’. Participants will learn to recognise ‘capsular’ from ‘non-capsular’ lesions, appreciate ‘inherent likelihoods’ in the history and examination, learn awareness of ‘yellow’ and ‘red flags’, be guided towards appropriate treatment depending on irritability of the lesion and learn how to carry out common injection therapy and soft tissue mobilisations. In that Doctors and Chartered Physiotherapists work together, there is a unique learning experience for both parties.

Full course outlinedownload here

Syllabus for Rheumatological Component of Diploma in Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Medicine – download here

Curriculum for Diploma in Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Medicine – download here

Course Overview

2 practical sessions each of 3.5 days (usually running from Wednesday to Saturday) as well as required pre-modular and inter-modular work and formal assessment at the end of the course or semester. Details of course outline here.


Details of Part 1 and Part 2 to be announced.  

Admission Requirements

This course is open to all registered medical practitioners, all chartered physiotherapists and advanced nurse practitioners seeking to broaden their expertise. Trainee GPs will find the techniques of examination taught to be of lifelong benefit.

How to apply
Complete the online application form by clicking below.
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Students who want to take individual parts of the above course, please contact info.isorm@gmail.com


€1,500  *fee covers both modules and all training materials. 
Examination Fee: €200

The course content is accredited with NUI Galway and the credits (30) gained on achieving the Diploma, can be used towards gaining a Masters in Medical Science in NUIG. For purposes of achieving the Diploma, the entire course must be taken.

Further Study

Participants must complete and pass the Diploma examination before progression on to the Post Graduate Diploma or Masters in Medical Science at NUIG.
Participants who wish to take the Post Graduate programme must register with NUIG on completion of the first 2 modules which are required for the Diploma course. Click here for more information
The time frame for the Post Graduate Diploma Course is a continuation of the Diploma Course into the following semester in NUIG:
Part 3 – mid September 2019 (dates to be announced shortly)
Part 4 – November 2019 (dates to be announced shortly) 
Exam – to be announced…
Participants have the option to take Part 3 and Part 4 within three years of completing Part 1 and 2.

Course Tutors: Dr Tom Nolan, Edel Walker, Aisling Brogan, Dr Kandan Loganathan, Rosie Quinn
Extern Examiner: Dr Pierce Molony

For enquiries or further details please contact Course Administrator: info.isorm@gmail.com