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Unit Overview


This is the third unit in the Global MD primary care longitudinal stream which extends over the first 2 years of the GMD program. This Unit progresses student knowledge about the philosophy and foundational principles of Primary Care. There is a focus on AMC Domain 2: Clinical Practice, Domain 3: Health and Society, Domain 4: Professionalism & Leadership?.

In Primary Care 3, students will consolidate understanding and practice of professional behaviour, communication and consultation skills, systems-specific history taking, physical examination and clinical reasoning covered in the concurrent Integrated Medical Systems units, via observership in primary care (four clinical placements per semester) and small group learning (four times per semester). Students will present cases from their primary care visits in TBL format, with application of Integrated Medical Systems scientific and clinical learning. OSCE practice and USMLE preparation will become a greater focus in this semester in relation to the clinical aspects of primary care. Topics selected will emphasise core clinical conditions of primary care, such as common acute illness, chronic disease assessment and management, early recognition and diagnosis of serious illness and health promotion.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) define and demonstrate professional behaviour in the educational and clinical settings; (2) demonstrate the principles of reflective practice, and recognise personal abilities, challenges and health needs; (3) work effectively in a learning group; (4) outline the classification, epidemiology, aetiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, common clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, diagnostic principles and therapeutic principles for specified medical conditions relevant to primary care; (5) demonstrate an organised approach to taking a medical history and physical examination, and integrate findings into clinical reasoning; (6) explain the influence of behaviour, lifestyle, environment, psychological, cultural and spiritual factors on human behaviours, relationships, health, and outline the benefits of shared decision- making with patients; (7) describe the organisation of primary health care systems and their delivery, including the clinical roles of health professionals and some health teams; (8) identify personal learning needs, and implement a personal learning plan; and (9) merge clinical and scientific knowledge in preparation for OSCE and USMLE step 1.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-semester assessment; (2) end of semester assessment; 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
Unit rules
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED4202 Primary Care 2
GMED5301 Integrated Medicine 2
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).
Contact hours
2-3 hours per week averaged over the Semester
  • 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.