The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



25 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Student enrolment is semester based, MEDI6101A (Semester 1) and MEDI6101B (Semester 2), with the delivery of the academic content occurring across the full year.

In this course, students focus on specialty practice in medicine to acquire essential clinical skills, knowledge and professionalism to prepare them to diagnose and manage patients with particular healthcare needs. The course guides students through learning about common and important conditions and illnesses in specialty medicine in order to enhance students’ ability to participate in healthcare teams managing these disorders. The course requires students to demonstrate competence to a pre-intern level in diagnosing and managing patients in specialty areas of practice and to be able to identify how this knowledge and skills are transferred across different healthcare contexts. Learning in the course is acquired predominantly in the clinical setting however online learning modules and simulated experiences may be used to complement clinical experience.


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

Multi-term sequence

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.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse the aetiology, pathophysiology, presentation and prognosis of patients.

2. Demonstrate appropriate skills in history taking, physical examination, investigation and diagnostic technique for diagnosing conditions.

3. Interpret and integrate history, physical examination and investigative findings to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis and differential diagnoses.

4. Articulate the basic principles of management including the use of appropriate, evidence based therapies including pharmacological, medical, surgical, physical, nutritional, psychological and other therapies.

5. Discuss the cultural significance of the illness and demonstrate awareness of cultural differences in response to the illness.

6. Formulate a management plan in concert with the patient that is clearly communicated and culturally appropriate, addresses the investigation and management of the patients’ illness and the personal and social problems that may arise from the illness.

7. Choose from a repertoire of clinical skills, using those that are appropriate and practical to apply in a given situation.

8. Recognise and respond to representations that require urgent assessment and treatment, including emergency procedures.

9. Assess the public health impact of the clinical signs associated with the condition.

10. Describe the epidemiology of common risk factors and early intervention strategies.

11. Describe and discuss co-morbid conditions and demonstrate an ability to consider and manage these in conjunction with the primary condition.

12. Identify and demonstrate application of knowledge of the legal responsibilities and principles of ethics for medical practitioners.

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

14. Maintain standards of medical student practice and fitness to practice.

15. Pursue independent enquiry about illnesses presenting in the clinical setting.


Rotations in:

  1. Obstetrics and gynaecology
  2. Paediatrics
  3. Medicine
  4. Psychiatry
  5. Student Selected Pathway (Coursework & Experience Design)
  6. Research Project (Implementation Intensive)

Coverage of Themes:

  1. Science & Scholarship
  2. Clinical Practice
  3. Health, Society & Environment
  4. Professional Development


  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Health Behaviour Science
  • Interprofessional Care and Patient Centred Care
  • Perinatal, infant, child and adolescent health including mental health
  • Sexual health
  • Screening and preventative care in maternal and child health
  • Indigenous and multicultural maternal, infant and child health
  • Clinical information gathering, diagnosis and management of common and important presentations to medicine departments
  • Biological, psychological, social/community based models of treatment of psychiatric illness
  • Legal and ethical issues related to population with special needs including Mental Health Act and guardianship
  • Prescribing medication for specific illnesses and people with co-morbidities
  • Pain and other symptom management associated with illness, including palliation and end of life care
  • Medical practitioner health and wellbeing including managing emotional and other stressors in professional environments
  • Factors that affect safely and quality of health care for given populations and in particular settings
  • Discharge planning, referral, liaison with healthcare providers in the community setting

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 active in the Doctor of Medicine (40047) program and have successfully completed MEDI1101A, MEDI1101B, MEDI2101A, MEDI2101B, MEDI3101A, MEDI3101B, MEDI4101A, MEDI4101B, MEDI6001A and MEDI6001B.

Assumed knowledge

Bachelor of Medical Science (40046).

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Workplace based assessments *

Professional Task: Clinical Supervisor Reports *

Formal Examination: MCQ *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Practical Demonstration: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • 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 22 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term