UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

RMED5311 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1

Credit 18 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodruralFace to face
Content 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.
Outcomes 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.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-training assessment during the clinical attachments including assignments, tutor ratings, structured clinical assessments, case presentations, quizzes; (2) an end of year clinical examination (objective structured clinical examination); (3) an end of year written examination; (4) professional behaviour and attendance rating; and (5) 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 standard(s) for the in-training assessment during the clinical attachments including assignments, tutor ratings, structured clinical assessments, case presentations, quizzes, an end of year written examination, professional behaviour and attendance rating, and portfolio-based assessment 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
Prerequisites: IMED4221 Integrated Medical Practice 1
Co-requisites: AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics or SRUR5311 Rural Specialisation—Research Project 1 or SMED5311 Research Project 1 or SAHE5312 Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 2 or SRUR5312 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 2 or SMED5312 Service Learning Unit 2 or PUBH4403 Epidemiology I or IMED5802 Principles of Assessment and Evaluation or IMED5803 Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education or IMED5393 Special unit: MBBS Scholarly Activity Research Unit or IMED5332 Special Unit: MBBS Scholarly Activity 2
Approved quota: 60—domestic students
Contact hours per site
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/RMED5311/TS-C-1/2017
Note 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.

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