RMED5321 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 2

18 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) 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 rural clinical attachments and related teaching in Year 3 of the MD course. This consists of student attachments to rural medical practitioners and include 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 experience, 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 (1) discuss and manage conflicts of interest, be accountable to patients, community and society, demonstrate mature self awareness, discuss complex ethical and medico-legal issues in clinical practice; (2) describe and participate in the shared leadership model of care, describe and practice conflict resolution skills, participate in inter-professional teams, assess and analyse processes using systems improvement methodologies; (3) demonstrate advocacy, describe how to provide culturally secure health care for Aboriginal people, provide sensitive health care recognising diverse backgrounds and situations, apply health maintenance, promotion and screening strategies; (4) demonstrate accurate evaluation of biomedical knowledge in clinical practice, demonstrate an ability to recognise and prioritise illness and injury, apply research-based knowledge as the basis for clinical practice, use clinical judgement in individual clinical circumstances, perform procedural skills appropriately, safely and effectively, help patients navigate their healthcare experiences, select and use appropriate therapies, discuss the differences between rural and urban environments, evaluate health care and causes of medical error, communicate effectively with other health professionals; (5) plan and provide patient education, prepare effective teaching resources, provide constructive feedback to others, evaluate different assessment strategies; and (6) critically appraise scientific evidence, communicate results of research to others, and select and use reliable sources of medical information.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-term assessments; (2) examinations; and (3) professional behaviour. 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 in-term assessments, examinations, and professional behaviour components of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

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
SAHE5321 Research Aboriginal Health Unit 3
SRUR5321 Rural Specialisation
Research Project 2
SMED5321 Research Project 2
SAHE5322 Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 3
SRUR5322 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 3
SMED5322 Service Learning Unit 3
PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics
IMED5803 Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning
IMED5333 Special unit: MBBS Scholarly Activity 3
Approved quota: 60—60 domestic students. Student request for allocation, followed by interview if excess applicants.
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