RMED5801 Rural Clinical Education Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1ExternalFace to face
This unit builds on the practical skills of rural clinicians as educators. It begins with a discussion forum about the principles of successful teaching based on clinicians' prior experience. Students identify an educational topic of interest in their practice and/or professional development. They are then guided through current educational literature on this topic to develop achievable learning objectives. The students spend time together and with lecturers to develop a short course that could be taught in their practice community. Discussions about how to assess the efficacy of their course enables the selection of appropriate evaluation tools and methods. As practicable, students are invited to implement their course and receive feedback. They are invited to systematically reflect on their practice. Finally, real and dummy data are used to assist students to consider how they would prepare a report, conference presentation or publication of their education project.
Students are able to (1) apply educational principles and theories to a practice setting; (2) critically review current educational literature in relation to a topic of interest to rural and remote medicine; (3) develop learning objectives in an area of interest to rural and remote medicine; (4) design a brief educational program deliverable in a rural/remote setting; (5) use and critique existing assessment and evaluation tools; (6) summarise project results in publication format; and (7) apply reflective skills in professional practice.
There are no formal examinations. Assessment is based on assignments (20 per cent) and a project (80 per cent).

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Denese Playford
Unit rules
for part-time enrolment: RMED5803 Principles of Clinical Teaching and Learning (Rural) [formerly RMED8803 Principles of Clinical Teaching and Learning (Rural)]
for full-time enrolment: RMED5803 Principles of Clinical Teaching and Learning (Rural) [formerly RMED8803 Principles of Clinical Teaching and Learning (Rural)]
Contact hours
video conference seminars/workshops: 2 hours per fortnight

A reading list is available through Associate Professor Denese Playford, The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

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