RMED5311 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1

18 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodRural and remote sitesFace to face
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) course is based around six themes—professional, leader, advocate, clinician, educator and scholar. This unit provides teaching in all of these themes within the rural clinical attachments and related teaching in Year 3 of the MD course. This consists of student attachments to rural medical practitioners and includes exposure to, and practice in, a variety of clinical disciplines including, but not restricted to, surgery, psychiatry, internal medicine, general practice, ophthalmology, paediatrics and child health, and women's and infants' health.

Students undertake clinical care of patients under the supervision of experienced clinicians in a real rural clinical environment including ward rounds, operating theatre, outpatient clinics, emergency department attachments, community practices and other clinical encounters. Students engage in small group learning sessions to discuss evidence-based practice in related clinical disciplines in the rural health contexts. Students are expected to apply the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes gained in a rural context.
Students are able to meet the learning outcomes for the cognate urban unit (IMED5311/IMED5312 Integrated Medical Practice 2), with additional competence in rural generalist practice and Aboriginal health care.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-term training assessment; (2) an end of year written examination; (3) professional behaviour and attendance rating; and (4) portfolio-based 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 in-term training assessment, an end of year written examination, professional behaviour and attendance rating, and portfolio-based assessment components.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Denese Playford
Unit rules
IMED4221 Integrated Medical Practice 1
AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics
SRUR5311 Rural Specialisation—Research Project 1
SMED5311 Research Project 1
SAHE5312 Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 2
SRUR5312 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 2
SMED5312 Service Learning Unit 2
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I
IMED5802 Principles of Assessment and Evaluation
IMED5803 Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education
IMED5393 Special unit: MBBS Scholarly Activity Research Unit
IMED5332 Special Unit: MBBS Scholarly Activity 2
Approved quota: 60—domestic students
Contact hours
clinical sessions: 7; Practical Classe sessions: 2; personal study session per week: 1
This is a full-year unit, split into two semester parts (Part 1 and Part 2) worth 18 points per semester. The one unit outline incorporates both parts.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.