This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed after completion of Part A and within the twelve month period from commencement of Part A to meet the requirements of the sequence.
This course builds on foundational skills and knowledge gained in MEDI1101 to examine specific content related to endocrinology; the musculoskeletal and nervous systems; ear, nose and throat; ophthalmology; reproduction; emotion and behaviour; clinical haematology; chemistry; immunology; microbiology; genetics and cell pathology. The course presents students with a series of problem based learning (PBL) scenarios in order to further develop students’ knowledge and skills for clinical practice. PBL scenarios are used to drive student learning and begin the student’s integration of the sciences that inform medical practice. PBL content continues to be presented using the organising framework of the extended family and their experiences of health, illness and medicine.
Skills that are related to clinical practice are taught and assessed throughout the course using simulation and clinical placement experiences. Students apply more complex knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics to management of the patient with conditions related to the above. Students apply the concept of diagnostics through the integration of history taking, physical examination and use of appropriate, readily available diagnostic tests. Elements of the course have a particular focus on the elements of medical practice related to the role of doctors as advocates for the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2021
This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A. Part A cannot be completed as a standalone course, it will only count towards your program once you have successfully completed Part B.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the normal human development through life stages, with a particular focus on biomedical concepts of structure and function relevant to control systems, circulation, respiration, energy, excretion, defence, repair, movement, sensation, reproduction, growth, emotion, and behaviour.
2. Demonstrate a foundational understanding of human anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, genetics, pathology, and pharmacology relevant to the practice of medicine, with a particular focus on the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal, renal, immune, dermatological, musculoskeletal, reproductive, neurological and neuropsychological systems.
3. Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the social, behavioural, educational and clinical sciences relevant to the practice of medicine.
4. Describe the core concepts and rationale for evidence-based healthcare, including the roles of research and epidemiology in informing healthcare at an individual and population level.
5. Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the processes of research including study designs, principles of statistical interpretation and critical appraisal.
6. Locate, manage and evaluate appropriate scholarly resources to inform current and lifelong learning, academic writing, and decision-making, whilst maintaining academic integrity in learning processes and submitted work.
7. Demonstrate core skills of effective patient-centred communication and teamwork in healthcare settings.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the core principles of cultural competence and the skills for sensitively identifying patients of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.
9. Demonstrate the appropriate, patient-centred gathering of a system based medical history, followed by a concise and ordered communication of findings.
10. Demonstrate introductory skills relating to patient safety, infection control, and basic life support.
11. Perform basic physical examination techniques of major regions and body systems, followed by a concise and ordered communication of findings.
12. Describe, select and justify basic consultation oriented diagnostic investigations and procedures.
13. Demonstrate basic clinical reasoning skills of integrating information from all forms of patient assessment to reach justifiable differential diagnoses.
14. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the core concepts of health promotion and population health, with a particular focus on promoting health and wellbeing, preventing disease and injury, and identifying and modifying biological and behavioural risk factors.
15. Demonstrate an understanding of the socio-cultural-environmental determinants of health and their impact on the health of individuals and populations including sub-groups based on geographical location, age, gender, culture, spirituality, and social setting.
16. Apply fundamental tools and principles of epidemiology to identify and measure the burden of illness of major health challenges facing Australia and other countries, including the gaps in health status and outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
17. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the factors contributing to an epidemic, and the public health strategies available as part of prevention, and response.
18. Describe the important elements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, cultural identity and beliefs and the potential impact these have on the health of unique communities.
19. Demonstrate an understanding of the development of programs and policies to promote and protect health, as well as prevent disease, and their application through a diverse range of organisations and communities.
20. Demonstrate an introductory level of knowledge on equity of access to health care, and approaches to quality and safety in health care.
21. Demonstrate appropriately respectful behaviour to staff, students, and members of the public in the role of a medical student.
22. Demonstrate an understanding of the broad roles of a doctor; in particular understanding the expectations of individual patients and the community; understanding and respecting the roles of other health professionals; and understanding the need to work in interdisciplinary teams.
23. Demonstrate a foundational understanding of moral thinking and the implications for medical practice.
24. Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the Australian legal framework for medical practice, with specific reference to the laws in NSW.
25. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance to medical practice of personal qualities, including truthfulness, commitment to confidentiality, fidelity, compassion and an ability to self-reflect.
26. Demonstrate knowledge of, and commitment to, the policies and procedures governing medical student conduct.
27. Demonstrate awareness of the factors that are likely to impact on the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students, particularly with regard to mental health.
28. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of patient-centred decision-making, including the importance of communicating risks and benefits to a competent patient; and an understanding of the ethical and legal basis for decision-making in an emergency or when a patient is not competent.
- Overview of normal gross and cellular anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology
- Pathogenesis and psychosocial aspects of disease including applied clinical pathology, psychology and sociology
- Pathophysiology of selected body systems including endocrinology; musculoskeletal and nervous system; ear, nose and throat; opthalmology; clinical haematology; chemistry; immunology; microbiology; genetics and cell pathology
- Patient assessment, differential diagnoses and management
- Effects and interactions of complementary therapies
- Complex ethical and legal issues in medical practice including advanced care directives, end of life decision making and organ donation
- Breaking bad news to patients, family or carers
- Diagnosis and management planning
- Referrals - pathways and processes
- Documentation and records management including e-records
- Working with patients including patient education, patient autonomy, role of complementary therapies
- Health policy and medical practice
- Management of complaints, grievance and disciplinary matters including open disclosure, dealing with your own mistakes and unsafe practice by others
- Tools of clinical governance
- Community advocacy and working with consumer groups in medicine (particularly marginalised and at-risk groups)
- Cultural empathy and culturally appropriate healthcare delivery
- Communicating for patient safety
- Using interpreters
- Communicating for health behaviour change
- Public health ethics
- Interprofessional communication (handover)
- Dealing with sensitive issues with patients
To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed MEDI1101A and MEDI1101B and be active in the Bachelor of Medical Science (40046) program.
MEDI1101A and MEDI1101B
Formal Examination: MCQ 1 *
Formal Examination: MCQ 2 - Anatomy and Histology *
Formal Examination: OSCE 1 *
Written Assignment: Health Societies and Environment Research *
Participation: General Practice Supervisor Report *
Participation: Community Placement Supervisor Report *
Participation: Structured Cinical Skills Tutorials Participation and Contribution *
Participation: PBL Tutorial Participation and Contribution *
In Term Test: Formative MCQ Exam *
Quiz: Online Formative MCQ Quizzes *
Participation: Contribution to Monitoring and Evaluation *
Participation: PBL Facilitator One on One Feedback Meetings *
Participation: Attendance at Compulsory Requirement Sessions *
Participation: Professional Behaviour Reflection *
Participation: Pre-Placement Verification *
Professional Task: General Practice Log Book, Case Report and Presentation *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Participation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
- Participation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
- Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
- Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
- NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
- Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.
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