Available in 2022
Course code



40 units


5000 level

Course handbook


During the MEDI5015 course, students will be undertaking the Embedded Senior Medical Student (ESMS) program which is designed to develop the skills that will be required for clinical practice by giving students the opportunity to review and apply previously learned topics. Through active participation in the clinical work of the medical teams to which they are attached, the course will permit students to refine their basic clinical skills and knowledge, to develop core practical skills that are necessary for internship, and to integrate their knowledge of basic science/physiology with clinical practice. Students will also learn the administrative skills required for internship including rational planning of investigations, appropriate referral to other medical and allied health services, written and verbal communication skills, discharge planning, and liaison with community services and general practitioners.


Hunter Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Effectively gather history, perform physical examination, and review past records efficiently and effectively.

2. Effectively integrate history, examination and other information to plan and order investigations, accurately interpret results, then integrate all information to generate and prioritise differential diagnosis, and to critically evaluate and use evidence to inform clinical care.

3. Accurately, appropriately and safely perform procedural skills, prescribe and chart medication, fluids and other interventions, obtain informed consent for treatment, and be familiar with medical tasks associated with pain and symptom management; understanding and prescribing analgesics; ethical issues; supporting families etc.

4. Effectively communicate and interact with patients and carers, colleagues and records systems, perform handover, discharge, and referrals to other colleagues and teams - demonstrates collaborative teamwork.

5. Recognise urgency, understand medical emergency team roles, perform initial management, initiate investigations and escalate appropriately.

6. Work with the patient, carers and other health providers to develop an effective plan that will assist the patient by managing their health condition/s, addressing their questions and concerns, and achieving a safe a timeline discharge from hospital, and to advocate for the needs of the patient in complex health environments.

7. Ensure confidentiality, practice infection control, and adhere to regulations on prescribing and other treatments. The student will be capable of completing basic medicolegal documents, demonstrate understanding of, and able to assist in the development of Advance Care Directives. as well as being able to describe clinical governance systems, their importance to safety and quality, and be able to advocate for system change.

8. Demonstrate an ethical approach to practising medicine, and professional behaviours, including truthfulness and reliability. The student will be able to develop and implement plans for lifelong learning, personal wellbeing and contribute to and critically analyse research, as well as being able to use self-reflection and effectively improve on own knowledge and other capabilities.

9. Demonstrate tolerance and respect for all people regardless of background, and be able to demonstrate they respect the history, culture and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The student will be capable of providing culturally competent, holistic, patient-centred care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and for culturally and linguistically diverse patients, and be able to describe global and local health priorities.


The ESMS clinical attachment may include elements of:

  • Addiction medicine
  • Aged care medicine
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Cerebrovascular medicine
  • Clinical pharmacology and toxicology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Haematology
  • Immunology & infectious diseases medicine
  • Neurology
  • Renal medicine
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Rheumatology and musculo-skeletal diseases medicine
  • Therapeutics and quality use of medicines

Students will develop the skills for assessment, diagnosis and management of patients with mental health problems and be aware of the common biological, psychological and social management modalities both from a hospital and community based perspective. Students will be aware of the responsibilities of doctors under mental health act legislation with specific reference to theĀ Mental Health Act NSW (2007). Students will understand dual diagnosis and relationship between mental illness and substance abuse. Students will have an understanding of the psychosocial and cultural issues which affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and how culture impacts on mental health and well-being.

Students will develop practical skills and be familiarised with medical tasks associated with pain and symptom management, understanding and prescribing analgesics; ethical issues and; supporting families.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine degree programs.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of all 4th year requirements

Assumed knowledge

Years 1 - 4 of the Bachelor of Medicine program.

Assessment items

Portfolio: ESMS Learning Portfolio including WBA, MiniCEX, Supervisor Term Assessments

Professional Task: Clinical: Medicine Case Based Assessment *

Online Learning Activity: National Standard Medication Chart

Online Learning Activity: Palliative Care Q Stream

Written Assignment: Primary Health Care Selective Task *

Written Assignment: Longitudinal Task *

Written Assignment: Medication Review Case Study *

Online Learning Activity: NPS Tasks *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider. - Students must hold a current WorkCover approved Provide First Aid Certificate or equivalent
  • 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.

Contact hours

Hunter Clinical School


Face to Face Off Campus 35 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.