RMED5802 Philosophy of Rural and Remote Medicine

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1ExternalExternal
Semester 2ExternalExternal
In this unit, students explore paradigms as explanatory models, Kuhn's paradigm shift, and whether medicine is 'in crisis'. They become familiar with the range of concepts embedded in the terms primary, comprehensive, coordinated and continuing care and the implications of these concepts for rural generalism. They are able to discuss patient's paradigms in terms of 'illness', the nature of suffering, the concept of 'meaning' and the concept of healing. Students are prepared for advanced consultation skills with respect to advanced empathic listening and emic inquiry.
Students are able to discuss issues and responses to the topic of rural and remote medicine as a specialty; demonstrate familiarity with literature relevant to rural and remote practice; and critically assess the impact of different models of rural practice with respect to both practitioner and patient.
This comprises a reflective journal (40 per cent), presentations (30 per cent) and observations in practice (30 per cent). There are no formal examinations in this unit.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Geoff Riley
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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