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Unit Overview


The Doctor of Medicine (MD) 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 rural clinical attachments and related teaching in Year 3 of the MD course. This consists of student attachments to rural medical practitioners and include 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 experience, 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.

18 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodNorthamFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodEsperanceFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodKalgoorlieFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodBusseltonFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodBunburyFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodNarroginFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodGeraldtionFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodCarnarvonFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodKarrathaFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodPort HedlandFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodBroomeFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodDerbyFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodKununurraFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodBlackwood WarrenFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodCollieFace to face

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, quizzes, workbooks, case discussions; (2) end-of-year written examinations; (3) professional behaviour and attendance assessment; (4) portfolio assessment; and (5) objective 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, quizzes, workbooks, case discussions, end-of-year written examinations, professional behaviour and attendance assessment, portfolio assessment, and objective clinical skills examination components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Kirsty Freeman
Unit rules
RMED5311 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1
Any one of: AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics
, SRUR5341 Rural Specialisation—Research Unit 2
, SRUR5342 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 2
, SMED5341 Research Unit 2
, SMED5342 Service Learning Unit 2
, IMED5803 Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health
Approved quota: 60—60 domestic students. Student request for allocation, followed by interview if excess applicants.
Contact hours
clinical sessions: 7
tutorial sessions: 2
personal study session per week: 1
To pass year 3 students are required to achieve a pass in:
^ the combined written examination component of the unit mark, AND
^ the objective structured clinical skills examination, AND
^the professional behaviour and participation component, AND
^ the portfolio component, AND
^ the in-training assessment component.
  • 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.