General Practice and Subspecialties 1

Course code MEDI3017Units 40Level 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 Primary Health Care, Inpatient and Outpatient services, with a particular focus on chronic diseases and subspecialty areas, as well as exposing students to factors affecting health equity. Part of this term involves exposure to rural general practice which is often quite different from urban practice.

This course also reinforces the continued integration of medical and clinical sciences which underpin student learning.

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
1. the ability to take an accurate, organised and focused medical history for a range of chronic and lifestyle diseases;

2. the ability to appreciate and integrate questions regarding demographic, educational and psychological factors into the medical history, regardless of the presentation;

3. the ability to perform a systematic and confident physical examination of each system;

4. the ability to recognise common presentations in all fields of medicine and surgery;

5. the ability to interpret and integrate the history and physical examination findings to develop appropriate differential diagnoses;

6. the ability to select and use the most appropriate and cost effective diagnostic procedures, including an appreciation of principles of efficient and equitable resource allocation and use of finite resources;

7. the ability to formulate a management plan that integrates relevant factors affecting the physical and psychological wellbeing of patients (eg. demographic, educational, psychological factors) along with management of their physical condition, and to plan management in conjunction with the patient;

8. the ability to communicate with patients and their families in a respectful, sensitive manner, which is also mindful of demographic and educational issues relevant to the family;

9. the ability to work effectively in a team with other health care professionals;

10. the ability to identify and critique research literature relevant to a persons presentation and apply this clinical evidence appropriately in therapeutic choices;

11. the ability to integrate relevant prevention and screening practices (including risk factor management) into the management plan of a patient.

12. an appreciation and understanding of how to deal with diagnostic uncertainty often inherent in primary health care;

13. an appreciation and understanding of interaction between humans and their social and physical environment, and ways in which these factors may impact on a persons clinical presentation, access to health care and ability to comply with a management plan;

14. an appreciation and understanding of the effect of resource maldistribution in the delivery of health to a population, and how this may impact on prevention, risk factor management;

15. an appreciation and understanding of the role of primary health care in Australia and internationally;

16. an appreciation and understanding of epidemiology, public health issues, evidence-based medicine and risk factor management of common conditions seen in primary health care;

17. an appreciation and understanding of principles of prevention and screening for common disease in primary health care including risk factor management and public health issues;

[refer to Course Rationale for Course Objectives 18 to 29]
ContentClinical skills, including history taking, physical examination, diagnosis, formulation of management plans, communication skills and teamwork, with specific consideration to:

General Practice
Public Health
Risk Factor Management
Clinical Ethics
Evidence-Based Medicine
Access to Health Care
TransitionStudents must successfully complete all requirements of Year 3 before progressing to Year 4.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014, MEDI1015, MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013 and MEDI2014
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Problem Based Learning
Individual Supervision
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsGeneral Practice Case Write-up
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Task
Examination: FormalMCQ, OSCE, SAQ
Other: (please specify)Log Book
General Practice Supervisor Report
Contact HoursCase Study: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 12 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Practical: for 12 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Problem Based Learning: for 4 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 MEDI3017