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Unit Overview


The Global MD program is based around six themes of professional, leader, advocate, clinician, educator and scholar. This Unit provides teaching in all of these themes within the clinical attachments and related teaching in Year 2 of the course. This includes a clinical preparation phase, completing the integrated teaching on the core body systems that was commenced in year 1 of the Global MD and preparing students for transition to the clinical placement environment. Subsequently, students undertake 6-week clinical placements throughout the year in Indigenous Health (Indian Health Service), Internal Medicine, Family & Community Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine and Ambulatory Medicine – geriatrics and Palliative Care. In this unit, students will undertake their clerkships in Internal Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Paediatrics, and Indigenous Health (Indian Health Service). Students undertake clinical care of patients under the supervision of experienced clinicians in a clinical environment, including ward rounds, operating theatre experience, outpatient clinics, community practices and other clinical encounters. Students engage in small group learning sessions to discuss evidence-based practice in related clinical disciplines in hospital and community health contexts. In addition, students are introduced to concepts and supports relevant to the Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum which prepares them for GMED5602 (Semester 6). Students are expected to apply the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes gained in context within these clinical rotations.

24 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) display professional behaviour in the educational and clinical settings, outline challenges to professionalism, and reflect on own and others' professional behaviours; (2) demonstrate objective self-reflection and insight to recognise effects of own personal values, well-being and difficulties on professional performance and access support services when necessary; and comply with medicolegal responsibilities and recognise and discuss common ethical and legal issues in medical practice; (3) display team skills by respecting, valuing and utilising the expertise, opinions and skills of other health professionals and participate in interprofessional teams. Outline the requirements of team leadership, followership and the shared leadership model of care; and explain the roles and functioning of hospital and community health care settings and staff; and outline career pathways in medicine; (4) outline the role of the doctor and priority issues in supporting and advocating for individual patients, the local community and society; display the ability to obtain and record a culturally secure, accurate and comprehensive history, physical examination and diagnostic plan; and display a culturally secure clinical approach and explain contributing factors and consequences of health inequalities; outline health maintenance, promotion and disease prevention strategies with patients and colleagues; (5) discuss the classification, epidemiology, aetiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, diagnostic principles and therapeutic principles for specified core body systems and medical conditions; perform an accurate, systematic and timely clinical assessment for the specified core presentations and derive a relevant differential diagnosis or problem list; and select or perform and interpret specified investigations under direct supervision; outline the management principles for the specified core medical conditions; and perform specified procedural skills under direct supervision; assess and respect the patient's values, preferences, context, and perspectives, and explain the effects of these on shared decision-making, diagnosis and management; display professional, concise and accurate oral, written and electronic clinical communication skills with colleagues and respectful, courteous and effective communication with patients/carers/families; and explain elements of the quality care and clinical audit processes in hospital and community settings and their role in improving health outcome; (6) explain and apply principles of life-long learning, identify personal learning needs, implement and evaluate a personal learning plan and effectively use appropriate educational resources; apply effective approaches to mentoring relationships from the mentee perspective and discuss the importance and effects of role-modelling; assess patient understanding of their health and health problems and effectively respond to questions from patients/carers/families; demonstrate skills to facilitate teaching and learning in one to one, small and large group sessions, including clinical teaching with patients; and display effective self-assessment skills, seek and effectively respond to constructive feedback, and provide constructive feedback; and (7) apply knowledge of research and biostatistical methods to inform clinical learning; apply evidence-based-practice strategies and tools to specified core medical conditions and presentations; and use clinical information and support systems and resources in a relevant, effective and professional manner.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-semester assessments; (2) end of semester assessments; and (3) professional behaviour 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 professional behaviour assessment component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Helen Wilcox, Dr Sean Elliott, Dr George Fantry and Dr Carlos Gonzales
Unit rules
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED5403 Preparation for Medical Practice
and Successful completion of
USMLE Step 1
Approved quota: 105—selection for the Global MD will be overseen with the Medical School's Medicine and Dentistry Admission and Selection Committee and be consistent with the approved and advertised selection processes for the standard UWA MD (course code 91850).
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.