Paediatrics

Course code MEDI4013Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Students will gain an appreciation of acute paediatric medicine, assessment of child health, outpatient and community paediatrics, disease recognition and its management.

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

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThe Student must understand the Scientific Basis of Clinical Medicine:
At the end of the course, 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.

The student must have a High Level of Professional Skill:
At the end of the course, students should have developed the ability to demonstrate:

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

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

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

The student must have an Adequate Knowledge of Clinical Medicine:
At the end of the course, students shall demonstrate detailed knowledge of:

1. the aetiology, epidemiology, pathology, symptoms and signs, natural history and prognosis of common mental and physical ailments.

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

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

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

5. common diagnostic procedures.

The student's Practice must be Ethical and Socially Responsible.
At the end of the course, the student shall demonstrate understanding of:

1. 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 responsibilities.

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

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

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

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.
ContentPaediatrics.
Interactional Skills and Psychiatry.
Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Clinical Ethics.
Integrated basic science.
General Practice.
Indigenous & Multicultural Health.
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 AssignmentsNew Baby in the Family Report
Examination: FormalWritten examinations using a variety of assessment instruments (OSCA, MCQ, SAQ, MEQ)
Group/tutorial participation and contributionStudents must be satisfactory in all asssessment 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. Attendance and participation in tutorials.
Other: (please specify)Clinical Supervisors Report
Other: (please specify)Clinical Log book
Other: (please specify)Psychiatry Log Book
Other: (please specify)Community/GP attachment log book
Other: (please specify)NPS curriculum tasks
Presentations - IndividualStudent Directed Seminar
Presentations - IndividualObserved Long Case
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Practical: for 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: 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 degree programs.