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Unit Overview


The Doctor of Medicine course is based around six themes of professional, leader, advocate, clinician, educator and scholar. This unit provides teaching in all of these themes within the first semester of Year 2 of the course. This includes a clinical body systems course and a longitudinal attachment in general practice occurs in parallel with the other clinical rotations. 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 subsequent clinical rotations.

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

Students are able to (1) display professional behaviour in the educational and clinical settings and outline some challenges to professionalism; reflect on own 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; comply with medicolegal responsibilities and recognise common ethical and legal issues in medical practice; (2) identify and respect the skills of other health professionals, and work effectively in a learning group; describe the clinical roles of health professionals and some health teams; explain the organisation of the health care system and its delivery in Australia including the roles of doctors and medical students; (3) identify the role of the doctor and medical student in supporting and advocating for individual patients, the local community and society; Identify the components of a culturally secure, accurate and comprehensive history and physical examination with Aboriginal patients; and discuss some Aboriginal health issues; Identify the components of a culturally secure clinical approach and explain contributing factors and consequences of health inequalities; outline health maintenance, promotion and disease prevention strategies for specified organ system medical conditions; (4) discuss clinically relevant normal and abnormal human structure, function, behaviour, and development for specified organ systems, and explain the classification, epidemiology, aetiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, common clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, diagnostic principles and therapeutic principles for specified organ system medical conditions; perform systematic problem-focussed history-taking and physical examination, explain the diagnostic role of some investigations for specified organ systems, and discuss the principles of clinical reasoning and decision- making; explain generic principles of patient management including pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies, and explain the use of therapies for specified organ system medical conditions, and perform specified procedural skills; demonstrate adherence to infection control and safe patient handling; explain the influence of behaviour, lifestyle, environment, psychological, cultural and spiritual factors on human behaviours, relationships, health, diseases and suffering and outline the process of shared decision- making with patients; display professional, concise and accurate oral, written and electronic biomedical communication skills and respectful, courteous and effective communication including in interactions with and about patients, carers and families; explain elements of the quality care and clinical audit processes in hospital and community settings and their role in improving health outcomes; demonstrate knowledge of cost-effective and sustainable health care as applied to community settings; (5) explain and apply principles of life-long learning; apply effective approaches to mentoring relationships from the mentee perspective and discuss the importance of role-modelling; demonstrate principles of patient education and counselling; demonstrate skills to facilitate teaching and learning in one to one, small and large group sessions; seek and effectively respond to constructive feedback and provide constructive feedback to others; and recommend changes contributing to curriculum effectiveness; and (6) Outline how knowledge of research and biostatistical methods can inform clinical learning; use an evidence-based approach to critically evaluate scientific literature of specified organ system medical conditions; Explain how clinical information and support systems and resources can be used in a relevant, effective and professional manner.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-semester assessments; (2) end of semester assessments; (3) professional behaviour and participation assessment (PBA); and (4) MD portfolio. 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 end of semester assessments, professional behaviour and participation assessment (PBA), and MD portfolio components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Narelle Kealley
Unit rules
Successful completion of
IMED3112 Integrated Medical Systems 2
Approved quota: 240—domestic (206) and international (34)
Contact hours
Approximately 25 contact 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.