Professional Practice 4

Course code MEDI3015Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

This course is designed to allow students to continue to develop clinical skills and knowledge required to deal with patients with disorders common to inpatient, outpatient and community practice, with a particular focus on chronic diseases and subspecialty areas of ophthalmology and dermatology.

This course is offered in both Semester V and Semester VI, on a rotating basis. Full-time students who enrol in Professional Practice 4 must enrol concurrently in Clinical Science and Medicine. In exceptional circumstances, such as when a student fails one of the concurrent courses, enrolments outside of these concurrent arrangements may be approved by the Head of School.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAt the end of the course, students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

1. how to take an accurate and organised medical history in the areas of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal tract, neurology, diabetes/endocrinology, rheumatology (incl. orthopaedics), immunology and infectious diseases, haematology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, dermatology and sexuality.

2. how to perform an accurate physical examination where indicated in the areas of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal tract, neurology, diabetes/endocrinology, rheumatology (incl. orthopaedics), immunology and infectious diseases, haematology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, dermatology and sexuality.

3. the use of counselling skills in relation to cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal tract, neurology, diabetes/endocrinology, rheumatology (incl. orthopaedics), immunology and infectious diseases, haematology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, dermatology and sexuality.

4. the use of diagnostic aids where necessary as an adjunct to physical examination in the areas of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal tract, neurology, diabetes/endocrinology, rheumatology (incl. orthopaedics), immunology and infectious diseases, haematology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, dermatology and sexuality.

5. selecting appropriate diagnostic procedures in the areas of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal tract, neurology, diabetes/endocrinology, rheumatology (incl. orthopaedics), immunology and infectious diseases, haematology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, dermatology and sexuality.

6. how to formulate a management plan for common problems in the areas of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal tract, neurology, diabetes/endocrinology, rheumatology (incl. orthopaedics), immunology and infectious diseases, haematology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, dermatology and sexuality.

7. how to incorporate epidemiology, public health issues, evidence-based medicine and risk factor management of common conditions into formulation of managment plans.

8. the principles of prevention and screening for common diseases in General Practice, including risk factor management, evidence-based medicine and public health issues.

9. the priniciples of amelioration of suffering and disability, rehabilitation and the care of the dying.

10. the interpretation of medical evidence in a critical and scientific manner, and to use libraries and other information resources to pursue independent inquiry relating to medical problems.

11. applying principles of health law and ethics to common diseases seen in general practice.

Student should also demonstrate the following professional attitudes:

1. an appreciation of the need to master high standards of medical practice.

2. an awareness of the need to communicate with patients and their families in a respectful and sensitive manner.

3. a recognition that the doctor should have the necessary professional support, including a general practitioner, to ensure his or her well being.

4. an appreciation of the complexity of ethical issues related to human life and death.
ContentClinical skills, including history taking, physical examination, formulation of management plans, communication skills and teamwork, with specific consideration of the role of:

General Practice - history taking, communication skills, diagnosis and management of common conditions
Public Health
Palliative Care
Risk Factor Management
Clinical Ethics
Evidence-Based Medicine

in relation to the following body systems:

cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal tract, neurology, diabetes/endocrinology, rheumatology (incl. orthopaedics), immunology and infectious diseases, haematology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, dermatology and sexuality
Replacing Course(s)MEDI3011
TransitionBecause courses MEDI3011 and MEDI3012 are being modified for 2005, students who fail both these courses in 2004 will be required to enrol in both MEDI3015 and MEDI3016 in 2005. Students who fail either MEDI3011 or MEDI3012 in 2004 will be required to enrol in the new course that contains content and assessment items the student failed. The student will be advised by the Head of School which course they must enrol in.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents must have successfully completed MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014, MEDI1015, MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013 and MEDI2014.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Practical
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignment
Examination: FormalWritten assessment using a variety of assessment instruments (eg: MEQ, SAQ, MCQ, OSCA)
Group/tutorial participation and contributionAttendance and participation in problem-based learning tutorials will be monitored by tutors throughout the course. Students are expected to attend all tutorials. Unsatisfactory attendance will be considered as unprofessional behaviour and may result in a student being unsatisfactory for this course.
Other: (please specify)Certification of Professional Skills
Other: (please specify)Long Case
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Problem Based Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Practical: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThe enrolment is limited by the program enrolment in B Med.

Students must have completed MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014, MEDI1015, MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013, MEDI2014