Course code MEDI4012Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Provides an opportunity for students to study both general and sub-specialty surgical problems, and to acquire essential clinical skills and knowledge, basic science understanding and practical skills.

This course is offered in both Semester VII and Semester VIII, on a rotating basis. Full-time students who enrol in Surgery must enrol concurrently in Medicine.

Not available in 2015

Objectives1. The Student must understand the Scientific Basis of Clinical Medicine:

At the end of the course, the student should have knowledge and understanding of relevant biological, statistical, behavioural and social sciences at a level adequate to provide a rational basis for medical practice.

2. The student must have a High Level of Professional Skill:

At the end of the course, students should have developed the ability to demonstrate:

a. the capacity to obtain an accurate, problem-oriented, tactful and organised medical history.

b. the capacity to perform an accurate, problem-oriented, tactful and organised physical and mental state examination.

c. the capacity to interpret and integrate the history and physical examination findings to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis and differential diagnosis, and to identify the personal and social problems to which the illness may give rise.

d. the capacity to formulate a plan addressing the investigation and management of the patient's illness, and the personal and social problems to which the illness may give rise.

e. an appreciation of the importance of taking into account the values and preferences of the patient when considering the investigation and management of illness, and of the need, in all cases, to plan management in concert with the patient.

f. knowledge of the cultural factors that influence health and health-related behaviour.

g. the capacity to communicate clearly and sensitively with patients and their families and with other health professionals.

3. The student must have an Adequate Knowledge of Clinical Medicine:

At the end of the course, students shall demonstrate detailed knowledge of:
a. the aetiology, epidemiology, pathology, symptoms and signs, natural history and prognosis of common mental and physical ailments.

b. the management of common conditions, including the use of appropriate pharmacological, physical, nutritional, psychological and unorthodox therapies.

c. those common conditions that require urgent assessment and treatment.

d. those conditions whose management current practice places within the responsibility of new graduate medical practitioners.

e. common diagnostic procedures.

4. The student's Practice must be Ethical and Socially Responsible.

At the end of the course, the student shall demonstrate understanding of:

a. the principles of ethics related to health care and shall demonstrate the capacity to apply those principles to the care of patients and the legal responsibililties.

b. the factors that affect the quality and safety of health care.

c. how the cost of care may affect optimal patient care and the benefit to the community of available resources.

d. the interaction between the health of individuals and the well-being of populations.

5. The student's practice must Take Account of New Knowledge.

At the end of the course, students shall demonstrate the capacity to evaluate and interpret medical evidence in a scientific manner and to use information sources to pursue independent inquiry.
ContentGeneral Surgery
Interactional Skills and Psychiatry
Integrated basic science
Clinical Ethics
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents must have successfully completed MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014, MEDI1015, MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013 AND MEDI2014.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Problem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: OralGeneral Surgery Long Case
Examination: FormalWritten assessments using a variety of instruments including OSCAs, MEQ, SAQ, MCQ.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionStudents must be satisfactory in all assessment instruments to pass the course. Assessment instruments are designed to test three aspects of the student's professional development: the acquisition of knowledge, the development of skills and the development of appropriate professional attitudes and behaviour. Satisfactory attendance, participation and professional behaviour during problem based learning tutorials will be monitored by tutors throughout the course.
Other: (please specify)Psychiatry Certification
Other: (please specify)Psychiatry log book (case summary)
Other: (please specify)Clinical Supervisor Report
Other: (please specify)NPS prescribing curriculum tasks
Presentations - IndividualStudent Directed Seminar
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Problem Based Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Practical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine degree programs.