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Unit Overview


The Scholarly Activity Unit comprises Scholarly Activity, Primary Care and Wellness. This is a longitudinal integrated curriculum throughout Years 3 and 4. Students will spend 1 day per week participating in this course and pursuing the following activities:

(1) Half-day clinic seeing primary care patients, including mental health disorders, at the clinic of their longitudinal clinical preceptor. This experience is designed to provide the experience of continuity-of-care with a stable patient cohort and under the mentorship and tutelage of the student's identified preceptor.

(2) Half-day protected time for shared wellness activities with the student's classmates, participate in didactic learning sessions in a longitudinal curriculum, and pursue scholarly activities with the Director of Research, Dr. Vanderah.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024

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; 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; (2) outline the requirements of team leadership, followership and the shared leadership model of care; and display team skills; respect, value and utilise the expertise, opinions and skills of other health professionals and participate in interprofessional teams; and explain the roles and functioning of hospital and community health care settings and staff; and outline career pathways in medicine; (3) describe 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; (4) discuss the classification, epidemiology, aetiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, diagnostic principles and therapeutic principles for specified core 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 outcomes; (5) 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 to others; and (6) 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) documentation of student participation in all longitudinal clinics and assigned didactic learning sessions; (2) formative and summative feedback provided by the student's longitudinal clinic preceptor; and (3) completion of a scholarly project as assessed by the Director of Research. 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 documentation of student participation in all longitudinal clinics and assigned didactic learning sessions and completion of a scholarly project as assessed by the Director of Research components.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Scott McCoombe and Dr Sean Elliott and Dr Todd Vanderah
Unit rules
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED5220 Medical Practice 1
GMED5601 Medical Practice 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
8 hours per week
  • 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.