Available in 2022
Course code



5 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Student enrolment is semester based, MEDI6102A (Semester 1) and MEDI6102B (Semester 2), with the delivery of the academic content occurring across the full year.

The Pathways program is undertaken over Year 4 and 5 of the BMedSc and MD program, where students are required to complete MEDI6102 Pathways to Medical Practice In Year 4, and MEDI6202 Pathways Experience in Year 5.

Students are allocated to one of a number of priority topic areas, with continuity of supervision in both courses. The Pathway topic areas include:

• Laboratory Medicine

• Indigenous Health

• Global Health

• Health Professional Education

• Rural Health

The broad group of priority topics are covered in the core curriculum of the BMedSc and MD program. However the Pathway program is designed to extend the capabilities of a student beyond, and in more depth than, related core threshold learning outcomes. In each Pathway, students, in partnership with a supervisory team, will spend the majority of Year 4 undertaking extended learning as well as planning and negotiating a placement experience for Year 5.

It is envisaged that for many students, the Pathway will articulate with an identified career path or special interest. For other students it may be used to gain an insight, or to set themselves a challenge in an area that they might ordinarily not have contemplated, for example, as an alternative to an envisaged career path.

This Year 4 course is designed to orientate students to their Pathway via a comprehensive teaching and learning program. Each is delivered across the Joint Medical Program Clinical School footprint with a mix of face to face, streamed, online, and self-directed learning.

The knowledge, skills, attitudes and attributes addressed in this Year 4 Course, are designed to optimising learning and safety in the Year 5 Pathways Experience course.


Central Coast Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Hunter Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Tablelands Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Tamworth Base Hospital

  • Semester 1 - 2022

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. Part A cannot be completed as a standalone course, it will only count towards your program once you have successfully completed Part B.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Recognise the relationship between professional practice and lifelong learning, and apply a systematic process to learn and develop as a professional

2. Integrate knowledge from the Bachelor of Medical Science with the exploration of an area of personal interest and focus in medical practice

3. Design a plan for the development and fulfilment of individual learning needs around a topic of interest through a well-articulated capstone experience to be completed the final year of the program


The content will focus on in depth study of one of the following priority areas: Laboratory Medicine, Indigenous Health, Global Health, Health Professional Education, or Rural Health.  This course focusses on how professional practice in the chosen topic needs to be underpinned by extended knowledge and skills, and professional values appropriate to the tasks of professionals in a given area.

This includes a body of knowledge encompassing the extended understanding of recent developments in the allocated Pathway which may link to knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the Pathway.

To help prepare for constructing a strategy and operational plan for placement experience in Year 5, this content covered in this Year 4 course will include;

  • theoretical knowledge in a Pathway, and critical reflection on theory and application in professional practice
  • common problems, concepts, theories in a Pathway, and applying these established theories to different bodies of knowledge or professional practice in a Pathway
  • technical and communication skills to evaluate, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice in a Pathway
  • design and negotiation skills salient to the construction of a personal learning plan


Students must be active in the Doctor of Medicine [40047] to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Years 1-3 of the Bachelor of Medical Science program (MEDI1101A, MEDI1101B, MEDI2101A, MEDI2101B, MEDI3101A, MEDI3101B, MEDI4101A, MEDI4101B, MEDI6001A and MEDI6001B.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Placement Outline *

Written Assignment: Placement Forms *

Report: Pathway Portfolio *

Written Assignment: Placement Proposal *

Professional Task: JMP Supervisor Report *

* 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:

  • Written Assignment: 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.
  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Report: 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.

Contact hours

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

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face Off Campus 6 day(s) per Term Full Term

Attendance as timetabled during the Pathway Rotation (6 weeks) in a mix of sessions facilitated by experts.


Online 6 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Online attendance as timetabled during the Pathway Rotation (6 weeks) in a mix of sessions facilitated by experts, with students connecting from their allocated Clinical School

Online Activity

Online 8 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Expected during the Pathway Rotation (6 weeks)

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 16 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Expected during the Pathway Rotation (6 weeks)

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