Year
2019
Units
13.5
Contact
1 x 3-hour lecture weekly
1 x 3-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 24-hour clinical placement weekly
Prerequisites
1 Admission into BCLSMD-Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine
1a Admission into MD-Doctor of Medicine
1b Admission into MDC-Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine
1c Admission into MDJ-Doctor of Medicine
2 MMED8200 - Second Year Medicine Aggregate (36 units)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c) and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
1 of MMED9350, MMED9352 has been successfully completed
Assessment
Assignments; Examination; Placement; Seminar; Tests.
Topic description
This topic is taught and assessed as a continuum with MMED8303 (Clinical Performance 3 B).

Students are provided with supervised experience within the disciplines of Medicine, Surgery, Anaesthesia, Paediatrics and Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Practice and Psychiatry in a continuum over Years 3 and 4. Students will participate in a range of activities in clinical settings, attend lectures and tutorials and undertake self-directed learning. During their attachments, they will focus on the acquisition of important knowledge and principles in each of the clinical disciplines and the development of abilities in the diagnosis and management of common clinical problems.

Students gain competence in communication and patient interaction skills, clinical skills and minor procedures in medicine, surgery and anaesthesia, women's and children's health, general practice and psychiatry. The clinical skills learned in previous years are extended and applied within the clinical settings and new skills and procedures developed. Teaching and learning takes place within ward attachments, outpatient clinics, community settings and in general practice. There is a combination of structured clinical skills workshops, bedside and ambulatory teaching and individually supervised sessions.
Educational aims
This topic aims to provide students with a range of clinical experiences supported by a formal program of tutorials and workshops. Students will have the opportunity to develop a clinical approach to working through common presentations and achieve the following learning outcomes. Assessments are all based on clinical presentations requiring a clinical process of working.

In this topic students gain competence in communication and patient interaction skills, clinical skills and minor procedures in medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, women's and children's health, general practice and psychiatry. The clinical skills and procedures learned in previous years are developed within the clinical settings and new skills are acquired.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of health, illness and end of life care, including aetiology, pathology, clinical features, natural history and prognosis of common conditions and presentations; demonstrate knowledge of medications and other therapeutic options, knowledge of population health, social determinants of health, preventive health, screening, surveillance and risk factors.

  2. Demonstrate competency in clinical skills including communication, history-taking, physical examination, skills in simple clinical procedures and in-hospital emergency management skills.

  3. Demonstrate higher level clinical skills including clinical reasoning, interpretation of clinical findings, formulation of differential diagnoses, selection, justification and interpretation of common investigations, identification and justification of management options, and the use of evidence-based medicine.

  4. Communicate clearly, appropriately, professionally, effectively and empathetically with patients and their families / carers, be culturally safe, involve patients in decision-making and give clear advice and information in a sensitive manner.

  5. Communicate clearly, appropriately, professionally, effectively and empathetically with other health professionals; undertake accurately and efficiently inter-professional tasks including clinical handover; and learn from and work with inter-professional teams.

  6. Understand health care systems and the practice of medicine in the context of the health care system; use clinical data systems effectively and appropriately; understand the roles of, and relationships between, services; and understand and demonstrate appropriate adherence to clinical safety requirements such as infection control, adverse event reporting.

  7. Exhibit professional behaviour and attitudes at all times in the clinical setting as is expected of medical practitioners and outlined in the Australian Medical Board's document: Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia July 2010. http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Policies.aspx