UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PODI4203 General Medicine and Pathology

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit introduces students to the theoretical and clinical aspects of systemic diseases, their medical management, their manifestations and/or how they affect the management of podiatric disorders. The unit consists of a didactic lecture series, interactive group tutorials as well as smaller clinical practice tutorials within a hospital setting. Students are able to understand and apply the general principles of pathology to systemic pathology; appreciate the interrelationships between certain systemic and lower limb diseases and how systemic pathology can affect the management of patients; and understand pathology reporting.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe common diseases that may affect podiatric practice; (2) detect common diseases using history taking and podiatric examination techniques; (3) recognise and manage medical emergencies in podiatric practice; (4) provide guidelines for referral of patients with systemic diseases to the appropriate health practitioner; (5) demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and other health professionals; (6) identify and explain the general principles of pathology; (7) identify and explain the interrelationship between certain systemic and lower limb diseases; and (8) explain biopsy reporting in simple terms for patients.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) mid-semester assessment (general medicine); (2) mid-semester assessment (pathology); (3) end-of-semester practical examination; and (4) end-of-semester written examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Brendan McQuillan
Unit rules
Prerequisites: completion of all Level 1 units within the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (90870)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/PODI4203/SEM-1/2017

  • 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.