RMED5311 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1

18 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodNorthamFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodBunburyFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodBusseltonFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodNarroginFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodKalgoorlieFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodGeraldtonFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodCarnarvonFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodKarrathaFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodPot HedlandFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodBroomeFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodDerbyFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodKununurraFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodEsperanceFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodBlackwood WarrenFace to face
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) course is based around six themes—professional, leader, advocate, clinician, educator and scholar. This unit provides teaching in all of these themes within the rural clinical attachments and related teaching in Year 3 of the MD course. This consists of student attachments to rural medical practitioners and includes exposure to, and practice in, a variety of clinical disciplines including, but not restricted to, surgery, psychiatry, internal medicine, general practice, ophthalmology, paediatrics and child health, and women's and infants' health.

Students undertake clinical care of patients under the supervision of experienced clinicians in a real rural clinical environment including ward rounds, operating theatre, outpatient clinics, emergency department attachments, community practices and other clinical encounters. Students engage in small group learning sessions to discuss evidence-based practice in related clinical disciplines in the rural health contexts. Students are expected to apply the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes gained in a rural context.
Students are able to meet the learning outcomes for the cognate urban unit (IMED5311/IMED5312 Integrated Medical Practice 2), with additional competence in rural generalist practice and Aboriginal health care.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-training assessment during the clinical attachments including case presentations, structured clinical assessments, quizzes, workbooks, case discussions; (2) end-of-year written examinations; (3) professional behaviour and assessment; (4) portfolio assessment; and (5) end of year clinical skills examination (objective structured clinical skills examination). 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 in-training assessment during the clinical attachments including case presentations, structured clinical assessments, quizzes, workbooks, case discussions, end-of-year written examinations, professional behaviour and assessment, portfolio assessment, and end of year clinical skills examination (objective structured clinical skills examination) components.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit, as per the MD progression rules.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Denese Playford
Unit rules
IMED4220 Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part A and IMED4222 Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part B
Any one of the following Scholarly Activity units: PUBH4403 Epidemiology I, SRUR5331 Rural Specialisation—Research Unit 1' SRUR5332 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 1, SMED5331 Research Unit 1, SMED5332 Service Learning Unit 1 or IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning.
Approved quota: 60—domestic students
Contact hours
clinical sessions: 7; tutorial sessions: 2; personal study session per week: 1
This is a full-year unit, split into two semester parts (Part A and Part B) worth 18 points per semester. The one unit outline incorporates both parts.
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.