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Unit Overview


The Global MD 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 course, students will undertake their clerkships in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgery, Ambulatory Medicine/Geriatrics/Palliative Care and Psychiatry. Students undertake clinical care of patients under the supervision of experienced clinicians in a real 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. Students are expected to apply the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes gained in context within these clinical rotations.

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

Students are able to (1) display professional behaviour in the educational and clinical settings, discuss challenges to professionalism in specified clinical disciplines, and reflect on professional behaviours in the clinical setting; comply with medicolegal responsibilities and recognise and discuss complex ethical and legal issues in medical practice; (2) work effectively in a team, explain the roles and boundaries of different health professions and participate effectively in interprofessional teams; compare the Australian, U.S. and global health systems using economic methods, and explain the journey of the patient within the health system in specified disciplines; (3) discuss the role of the doctor in advocacy at an individual and organisational level in the delivery of health care; discuss how to provide culturally secure, comprehensive, multidisciplinary heath care and health services; display a culturally secure clinical approach and discuss contributing factors and consequences of health inequalities; and explain health maintenance, promotion and disease prevention strategies with patients and colleagues; (4) integrate knowledge of the classification, epidemiology, aetiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, diagnostic principles and therapeutic principles with specified core medical conditions and presentations; perform an accurate, relevant and timely clinical assessment for the specified core presentations and for individual health status; derive a prioritised and justifiable differential diagnosis or problem list; discuss the integration of scientific knowledge, clinical findings and patient preferences when formulating a management plan; communicate professionally, respectfully, courteously and effectively with patients, carers, families and other health professionals; display caring, compassionate and empathetic behaviours with patients/carers/families; outline the principles of health management including business planning, resource planning, healthcare reform and human resources; and apply a quality framework to medical practice; (5) display critical and insightful self-reflection of their own personal values, wellbeing, personal difficulties and professional performance; discuss and apply effective approaches to developing mentoring and support relationships; plan and implement patient education based on the principles of patient education and counselling; and (6) Evaluate and apply scientific, research and biostatistical methods and information and demonstrate a commitment to generation and dissemination of knowledge; apply evidence-based practice to individual patient, community or society health care; select and use therapies under supervision applying their evidence base to individual patients; 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
Unit rules
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
48 points
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
45 hours per week of clinical contact
  • 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.