Available in 2021
Course code



35 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Student enrolment is semester based, MEDI6201A (Semester 1) and MEDI6201B (Semester 2), with the delivery of the academic content occurring across the full year.

This course is designed to reflect the first year of internship whereby students complete the same four compulsory specialty placements as a Junior Medical Officer together with an elective specialty which makes a total of five placements over the academic year. The compulsory specialty placements are Medicine, Surgery, General Practice, and Critical Care and Trauma. Unlike placements in previous years, students are expected to follow an intern shift pattern and workload. The course provides a platform for engaging with the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors (ACFJD).

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Central Coast Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Hunter Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Tablelands Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Tamworth Base Hospital

  • Semester 1 - 2021

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. explain the aetiology, pathophysiology, presentation and prognosis of common medical, surgical and psychiatric conditions

2. demonstrate an appropriate use of common diagnostic procedures including an understanding of their limitations

3. identify the principles of assessment and management of common medical, psychiatric and psychosocial problems

4. demonstrate an understanding of the most common medical, surgical, psychiatric and psychosocial problems that require urgent assessment and treatment

5. obtain an accurate, problem oriented and organised history tailoring it to the presentation

6. perform accurate and organised examination specific to the patient presentation and information gathered during the history

7. interpret and integrate the history and physical examination findings to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis and differential diagnosis, and to identify the personal and social problems which may contribute to illness

8. formulate a plan addressing the investigation and management of the patients’ illness, and the personal and social problems to which the illness may give rise

9. recognise serious illness and perform common emergency and lifesaving procedures, such as caring for the unconscious patient and CPR

10. maintain contemporaneous patient notes

11. communicate clearly and sensitively with patients, their families and other healthcare professionals

12. function in a health care team, involving collaboration and cooperation with other team members and understanding the role of each member

13. describe the principles of ethics related to healthcare and their applications to the care of patients, and the legal responsibilities with respects to patients with medical, surgical or mental illnesses

14. appreciate the responsibility to maintain standards of medical practice at the highest level throughout a professional career


Rotations in the below as part of and at the level of a pre-internship:

  1. Medicine
  2. Surgery
  3. General Practice
  4. Student Selected Pathway (Placement Experience)
  5. Critical Care and Trauma

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
  • Clinical information gathering, diagnosis and management of common and important presentations to medicine and surgery departments, to general practice, and to emergency and trauma departments.


Students must be active in the Doctor of Medicine [40047] and have successfully completed Year 4 of courses MEDI6101A, MEDI6101B, MEDI6102A, MEDI6102B, MEDI6103A, MEDI6103B of the JMP to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Years 1-4 of the Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine program.

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Workplace Based Assessments *

Professional Task: Clinical Supervisor Reports *

* 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:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Practical Demonstration: 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.
  • 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 24 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Online Activity

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

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.