1 x 25-hour clinical placement weekly
1 x 5-hour industry placement weekly
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
^ MMED8402 - Clinical Performance 4A
Enrolment not permitted
1 of MMED9451, MMED9453 has been successfully completed
Course context
The topics Clinical Performance 4A & 4B are taught and assessed as a continuum.

The topics consist of a program of clinical placements, including 2 elective placements.
Placements; Project; Test(s).
Topic description
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 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.
Educational aims
The aim of the topics Clinical Performance 4A and 4B is to achieve the course aims by building on the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed over the previous three years of the program in a series of work based clinical placements. The course aims are to:

  • practise competently, with empathy for patients and with recognition of their own limitations, and who will integrate health promotion and disease prevention with the management of illness and injury

  • understand that modern medical practice is based upon an integrated body of knowledge derived from the physical, biological, behavioural and social sciences

  • practise with due regard to available resources and cost-effective measures in a manner which encourages patients to assume increasing responsibility for their own health and to participate in decisions about their health care

  • be willing to undertake further training for any branch of medicine, including medical research, and maintain a lifelong commitment to continuing medical education

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

  1. Demonstrate clinical skills including communication, history-taking, physical examination, skills in clinical procedures and in-hospital emergency management skills to the level of an intern.

  2. 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; and demonstrate knowledge of population health, screening, surveillance and risk factors.

  3. Demonstrate clinical reasoning including interpretation of clinical findings, formulation of differential diagnoses, selection, justification and interpretation of common investigations, and identification and justification of management options.

  4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly, appropriately and empathetically with patients and their families/carers, from diverse cultures in Australia and international health systems, involving patients in decision-making and giving clear advice and information in a sensitive manner. Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and effectively with other health professionals including clinical handover, and an ability to learn from and work with interprofessional teams.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of 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; understand and demonstrate appropriate adherence to clinical safety requirements such as infection control and adverse event reporting.

  6. Demonstrate the professional attitudes and behaviour of a clinical practitioner ready to undertake intern duties, including high moral and ethical standards of clinical practice.