IMED4221 Integrated Medical Practice 1

18 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
The Doctor of Medicine course is based around six themes of professional, leader, advocate, clinician, educator and scholar. This unit provides teaching in all of these themes within the clinical attachments and related teaching in Year 2, Semester 2 of the course. This includes clinical placements in surgery, psychiatry, internal medicine and geriatrics/rheumatology. A longitudinal attachment in general practice occurs in parallel with the other clinical rotations. Students undertake clinical care of patients under the supervision of experienced clinicians in a real clinical environment including ward rounds, operating theatre experience, outpatient clinics, community practices and other clinical encounters. Students engage in small group learning sessions to discuss evidence-based practice in related clinical disciplines in hospital and community health contexts. Students are expected to apply the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes gained in context within these clinical rotations.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate professional behaviour with and respect for the care of patients, recoginse and discuss ethical and medicolegal issues in clinical practice; (2) discuss the function of clinical teams and review team performance, share knowledge of other cultures and value systems to inform patient-centred care, participate in interprofessional practice, analyse the Australian healthcare market and demonstrate knowledge of the quality improvement cycle; (3) describe the role of the doctor as a health advocate, demonstrate the ability to work in partnership with Aboriginal people, recognise the importance of individualised health care, knowledge of the factors contributing to healthcare inequalities, identify recommmended screening and health promotion activities for patients; (4) use critical thinking to evaluate scientific and medical knowledge, demonstrate effective history, examination and presentation skills when working with patients, and formulate an appropriate and prioritised management plan, select and perform selected investigations and skills, demonstrate the elements of quality care, manage interpersonal interactions; (5) demonstrate effective self assessment skills, describe the principles of patient education and counselling, discuss effective strategies to facilitate teaching and learning; and (6) interpret systematic reviews and meta-analyses and use selected statistical software, formulate well constructed clinical questions for interogating medical evidence, evaluate biases in scientific literature and critically evaluate information.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-training assessment during clinical attachments, including assignments, workbooks, structured clinical assessments, case presentations; (2) end-of-semester OSCE and written examination; and (3) professional behaviour and attendance assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the professional behaviour and attendance assessment component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 40 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Marina Wallace
Unit rules
IMED4211 Systems-based Learning 2 needs to be passed
have supplementary assessment granted prior to commencement of this unit.
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Approved quota: 240—domestic (210) and international (30)
Students are required to achieve a pass in the combined written examination component of the unit mark, AND a pass in the end-of-semester OSCE component, AND a pass the in-training assessment component, AND the professional behaviour and attendance component, to pass the unit.
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