Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
Prerequisites
1 MDSC1102 - Skills for Medical Scientists 1
2 1 of MDSC2101, MDSC2000
3 Admission into BMS-Bachelor of Medical Science
3a Admission into BMSLM-Bachelor of Medical Science (Laboratory Medicine)
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2 and (3 or 3a))
Enrolment not permitted
MDSC3101 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Knowledge of basic medical sciences topics
Assessment
Examination; Assignments;
Topic description
This topic is designed to give students an appreciation of the issues and complexities of medical science and research in the current climate of funding imperatives. The student will also learn of the bridges and networks that operate between university-hospital, research institutes and commercial companies. Students will learn to research a topic important in medical science and communicate their view in written form to critical review.
Educational aims
The aims of the topic are to gain an understanding of:

  • the impact of disease on the individual and community

  • protection of intellectual property and commercialisation of discovery

  • the nature of clinical trials, medical ethics and legal issues related to ownership and use of human tissue

  • diagnostic laboratory accreditation

  • the issues of quality assurance and quality control in a diagnostic laboratory

  • the conduct of point of care testing in clinical pathology

  • the forces and current expectations impacting on medical research and the researcher

  • how to analyse, research and communicate your opinion on an important question that impacts on current day medical science and research.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students are expected to be able to:

  • have an understanding of the impact of disease on the community and the individual and the need to conduct medical research to improve health and well-being

  • have an understanding of the conduct of clinical trials, medical ethics and legal matters impacting on body ownership and the use of human tissues in medical research

  • understand the legal rights of postgraduate students and experienced medical researchers for the commercialisation of their research discovery

  • understand and appreciate the legal requirements for the conduct of medical research in a university laboratory environment and diagnostic pathology laboratories

  • conduct a review of the scientific and lay opinion on an important, current medical issue and communicate their review findings in a written piece and a presentation in an open forum.