The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


During the MEDI5016 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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Central Coast Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Hunter Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Tablelands Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Tamworth Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 2020

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 critical care.

3. Accurately, appropriately and safely perform procedural skills, prescribe and chart medication, fluids and other interventions, and be able to obtain informed consent for treatment.

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 and timely discharge from hospital, and be aware and able to advocate for the needs of the patient in complex health environments.

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

8. Demonstrate an ethical approach to practising medicine. The student will demonstrate professional behaviours, including truthfulness and reliability, as well as develop and implement plans for lifelong learning, personal wellbeing and contributing to and critically analysing research. The students will be 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, 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, for culturally and linguistically diverse patients, and to describe global and local health priorities.


The ESMS clinical attachment may include elements of:

  • Interactional and communication skills
  • Indigenous / Migrant Health
  • Integrated basic sciences
  • Ethical considerations and decision making
  • Population Health
  • Oral Health
  • Multidisciplinary approach in critical care
  • Practical skills in critical care
  • Anaesthesia / ICU
  • Management of the unconscious patient
  • Management of patients in the ICU
  • Use of equipment in the Emergency Department and ICU
  • Oncology
  • Public Health impact of cancer
  • Psychosocial impact of cancer
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pathology, anatomy and mechanism of injury of common orthopaedic presentations
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Airway management, applying oxygen therapy, external cardiac massage, ventilation, defibrillation
  • Identification of conditions requiring urgent referral

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 *

Online Learning Activity: Quality in Healthcare Online Learning Modules

Online Learning Activity: Prescribing Skills Assessment Attendance

Written Assignment: Indigenous Case Write Up *

Written Assignment: Clinical Oncology Remote Study *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Clinical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Attendance at all sessions is compulsory

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Portfolio: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

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

Central Coast Clinical School, Hunter Clinical School, Manning Base Hospital, Tablelands Clinical School and Tamworth Base Hospital


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