Introduction to Professional Practice

Course code MEDI1011Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Develops the essential clinical skills and knowledge that are required for a student to begin medical practice including occupational health and safety, infection control and interviewing skills.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Medicine program.

This course is offered in Semester 1 only.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. demonstrate an ability to communicate appropriately with patients, health professionals and the public;

2. describe the modes of delivery of healthcare services in Australia (in general) and in NSW (specifically);

3. demonstrate an appropriate, professional attitude as a medical student, recognising that the primary professional responsibility is to the health interest of the patient;

4. apply the basic ethical and legal constraints that structure the interaction between healthcare professionals and patients;

5. know how to interact safely with patients and professionals in the healthcare system, with due regard for hospital and system safety, and WHS standards including infection control measures;

6. recognise potential 'risk situations' and be able to respond appropriately;

7. demonstrate initial skills in conducting and writing up a structured medical history;

8. recognise key features of the history and communicate these to other healthcare professionals;

9. develop basic skills in the initial management of uncomplicated wounds and simple trauma;

10. demonstrate an understanding of the basis of clinical pharmacology and use of drugs in clinical medicine; and

11. apply a knowledge of basic anatomical pathology to clinical medicine.
ContentThe students will be introduced to a series of medical problems in tutorials.

Students will generate learning targets associated with professional practice during these sessions relating to topics such as infection control, Workplace Health and Safety (WHS), ethics and health law.

The students will then undertake their own learning, directed toward these learning targets. Various health professionals will then provide lectures, tutorials and information sessions as they relate to the professional practice problems being investigated.

Students will attend practical exercises relating to infection control and communication skills. Students will also attend clinical tutorials relating to medical consultation skills.
TransitionStudents must successfully complete all requirements of Year 1 before progressing to Year 2.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Problem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Formalwritten assessment using a variety of instruments (MCQ, SAQ)
Group/tutorial participation and contributionattendance and participation at PBL tutorials will be monitored throughout the course by tutors
Other: (please specify)certification of Infection Control practicals
Other: (please specify)Clinical Ethics Certification
Other: (please specify)attendance and participation at scheduled Medical Consultation sessions
Other: (please specify)completion of on-line Doc.Com modules
Other: (please specify)Patient Safety Certification
Other: (please specify)completion of online Academic Integrity Module (AIM)
Contact HoursPractical: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Problem Based Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine program.

WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate
Working with Children and Young People Declaration
ClinConnect compliance
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MEDI1011