IMED5421 Preparation for Internship

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This is an eight-week capstone unit starting in Year 4, Semester 2 in rotation for 240 students at a time and flows through to the end of the year. It consists of two blocks (Transition to Internship, which includes clinical shadowing placements in internal medicine, general surgery and emergency medicine; and, Extension, which is a student choice or remediation attachment). Students are expected to apply the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes gained in previous Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 learning within their clinical rotations.
Students are able to (1) display individual, interpersonal and work-­based professionalism in all aspects of professional life; display critical and insightful self-­awareness of their own personal values, well-­being, personal difficulties and professional performance and implement effective management strategies when necessary; and comply with and apply ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks in medical practice; (2) display appropriate medical leadership, management and effective team skills and behaviours; participate effectively in collaborative health care; discuss health organisations, healthcare systems and career pathways; and display the ability to assist patients/carers/families navigate their healthcare journey; (3) demonstrate advocacy for individual patients, groups, communities or populations; display culturally secure communication and comprehensive health care for Aboriginal people and communities taking into account the historical, geographical and socio-cultural context; provide sensitive and individualised health care to patients/carers/families/communities recognising diverse backgrounds and situations; and evaluate and apply health maintenance, promotion and prevention strategies; (4) inform medical practice with critical evaluation and application of biomedical, behavioural, epidemiological, clinical and translational sciences; perform an accurate, relevant, timely and prioritised patient assessment; apply justifiable diagnostic reasoning strategies to formulate a relevant and prioritised differential diagnosis and diagnostic strategy for core presentations and medical conditions; and apply logical clinical judgement and decision making in individual clinical situations; demonstrate the formulation, negotiation and implementation of a prioritised management plan in partnership with the patient/carer/families and other health professionals displaying logical clinical judgement and decision making; assess and respect the patient's values, preferences, context, perspectives and impacts of their health and health problems, and involve and inform the patient/carers/families during the decision-making and management process; display caring, compassionate and empathic behaviours with patients/carers/families and communicate professionally, respectfully, courteously and effectively with patients, carers, families and other health professionals; and apply a quality framework to medical practice and display a commitment to high quality clinical standards; (5) display capacity for critical self-reflection, lifelong learning and continuous professional development; establish effective mutually beneficial mentoring and support relationships; demonstrate effective teaching, education and counselling of patients/carers/families; implement teaching sessions guided by the principles of effective teaching and learning; display effective self-assessment skills, seek and effectively respond to constructive feedback, provide constructive feedback to others, and evaluate different assessment methods and strategies; and (6) evaluate and apply scientific, research and biostatistical methods and information and demonstrate a commitment to generation and dissemination of knowledge; apply evidence-based practice to individual patient, community or society health care; and use clinical information and support systems and resources in a relevant, effective and professional manner.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) Transition to Internship in-training assessment; (2) Extension in-training assessment; (3) transition to Internship professional behaviour and attendance assessment; and (4) Extension 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the Transition to Internship in-training assessment, transition to Internship professional behaviour and attendance assessment, and Extension professional behaviour and attendance assessment components.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Seng Khee Gan and Dr Fiona Lake
Unit rules
IMED5411/2 Integrated Medical Practice 3, Parts 1 and 2
Approved quota: 240—210 domestic and 30 international
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