The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
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.

Pathways to Medical Practice is the Year 4 component of a student directed selective, chosen from a broad group of special topics that are designed to extend the capabilities of a student beyond, and in more depth than, core threshold learning outcomes. The pathway choice will be informed by material covering the different pathways in medical practice that has been studied by students in Years 1-3 as part of the required courses in the MD program. The Year 4/5 pathways will be provided and supported by different groups of staff across the Faculty and in the clinical workforce. The areas to be chosen from are: Rural Health, Indigenous Health, Laboratory Medicine, Global Health and Health Education. In their chosen pathway, students, in conjunction with a mentor or mentors, will spend the majority of Year 4 expanding knowledge and skills in a pathway area, as well as planning and negotiating an activity to be undertaken in Year 5. It is envisaged that for most students, the pathway will articulate with an identified career path or special interest. For some 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.


Central Coast Clinical School

    Hunter Clinical School

      Manning Base Hospital

        Tablelands Clinical School

          Tamworth Base Hospital

            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.

            Replacing course(s)

            This course replaces the following course(s): MEDI6102. Students who have successfully completed MEDI6102 are not eligible to enrol in MEDI6102B.

            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

            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 topics: Rural Health, Indigenous Health, Laboratory Medicine, Global Health, and Health Education. In Year 4 studies will be focused on how professional practice in the chosen topic needs to be underpinned by extended knowledge and skills, professional values appropriate to the tasks of the professional. This would include a body of knowledge encompassing the extended understanding of recent developments in the chosen topic/discipline and its professional practice including, where relevant, knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the discipline / topic and its professional practice.

            In constructing a strategy and operational plan for activities in Year 5 the student will be expected to demonstrate;

            • excellent understanding of the theoretical knowledge in the field and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice
            • cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories, and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
            • cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
            • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
            • technical and communication skills to evaluate, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice
            • design and negotiation skills salient to the construction of their personal learning plan


            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

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

            Assessment items

            Professional Task: Supervisor Engagement and Progress Report *

            Presentation: Peer to Peer Presentations *

            Report: 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:

            • Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
            • Report: 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

            Online Activity

            Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

            Self-Directed Learning

            Self-Directed 20 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1


            Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1