Reproductive Medicine

Course code MEDI4014Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Encompasses the study and management of all aspects of human reproduction including human sexuality, pregnancy and childbirth and changes in the female reproductive system.

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

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 normal pregnancy and childbirth, the more common obstetrical emergencies, the principles of antenatal and postnatal core, and medical aspects of family planning

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.
6. the cultural factors that influence health and health-related behaviour
7. the factors that affect the quality and safety of health care.

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. the ability to interpret common diagnostic procedures
6. the capacity to communicate clearly and sensitively with patients and their families and with other health professionals.
7. the application of principles of health education, disease prevention and screening in womens health
8. the ability to choose from a range of clinical skills those that are most appropriate to use in a given situation

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

1. of 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. 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.
3. that it is not always in the interests of patients or their families to do everything which is technically possible to make a precise diagnosis or to attempt to modify the course of an illness
4. the importance of the need to work effectively in a team with other health care professionals
5. the need to recognise when a clinical problem exceeds their capacity to deal with it safely and efficiently and of the need to refer the patient for help from others when this occurs

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.
ContentObstetrics and Gynaecology.
Interactional Skills and Psychiatry.
Clinical Ethics.
Integrated basic science.
General Practice.
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
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalWritten papers using a variety of assessment instruments (MCQ, SAQ, MEQ, OSCA)
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)Clinical Supervisor Report
Other: (please specify)Gynaecology Professional Skills Certification - antenatal clinic/private rooms
Other: (please specify)Psychiatry log book
Other: (please specify)General Practice log book
Other: (please specify)Obstetrics/Gynaecology case reports
Other: (please specify)Clinical OSCA
Presentations - IndividualStudent Seminar
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Practical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 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.