Available in 2021
Course code



5 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Student enrolment is semester based, MEDI6202A (Semester 1) and MEDI6202B (Semester 2), with the delivery of the academic content occurring across the full year.

Pathways Experience is the Year 5 component of a student directed selective, chosen from a broad group of special topics, that are designed to finalise the extension of student capabilities beyond, and to greater depth than core threshold learning outcomes. In Year 5, the student will be following a negotiated learning plan around the chosen topic/specialty created during the Pathways to Medical Practice course in Year 4 (MEDI6102A & MEDI6102B). 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 undertake an extended period of study that may include a clinical attachment, community placement, laboratory setting or other contexts appropriate to topics/specialties. 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 contemplate, for example, an alternative or supplement to an envisaged career path such as neonatology for paediatrics, or Indigenous health as a component of global health.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Central Coast Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Hunter Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Tablelands Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Tamworth Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 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. evaluate the relationship between professional practice and their lifelong learning and apply a systematic process to learn and develop as a professional.

2. integrate knowledge from Years 1-4 of the program into the conduct of one major area of medical practice.

3. operationalise a plan for the development and fulfilment of individual learning needs around a topic of interest through a well-articulated capstone experience.

4. differentiate and establish priorities for self and, if appropriate, patient management in one context of medical practice.

5. communicate effectively, and with empathy and sensitivity, with the major stakeholders/constituents in a complex and difficult health care setting

6. identify the extent of achievement of the 5 negotiated objectives nominated in the Pathways to Medical Practice Plan.

7. evaluate the effectiveness of the individual learning plan in terms of objectives achieved.

8. identify issues that inhibited achievement of the learning objectives

9. diagnose how the learning plan could be improved so that the objectives could have been achieved more efficiently/effectively.

10. identify issues, plan and implement a solution.


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 5 studies will be focused on engagement with the area of professional practice for the chosen topic. The student will seek to understand the clinical, social and intellectual challenges to be met in the topic area, and how extended knowledge and skills, and professional values, underpin the scope of practice in that topic/specialty. 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 are applicable to the discipline/topic, and its professional practice.

During Year 5 the student will be expected to demonstrate excellence in;

  • an increased understanding of the key intellectual, clinical and social challenges in their chosen area of study
  • extensive reflection on the linkage between the activities undertaken and the student's understanding of the theoretical knowledge in the field
  • critical reflection on theory and professional practice
  • contextually appropriate 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
  • more general meta-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 in the context of the clinical, community or scientific workplace
  • evaluative skills salient to the construction of their personal learning plan, and its performance in practice as a guide to personal, professional development


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 and have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in MEDI6202A.

Assumed knowledge

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

Assessment items

Professional Task: Supervisor Engagement and Progress Report *

Presentation: Oral Presentation *

Exhibition / Poster: Poster *

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:

  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Exhibition / Poster: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Presentation: 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.
  • 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

Individual Supervision

Face to Face Off Campus 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term


Face to Face Off Campus 30 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1

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