MEDIC ST 1103B - Medical Professional & Personal Development I Pt 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

Through this stream students will develop competency in communication with patients, patients' relatives, peers and other health professionals. Alongside communication competency; students are assisted to develop ethical and medico-legal knowledge; strategies and skills for stress management and self care. and an understanding of the professional competencies needed for life as a medical practitioner. Knowledge of the broader context of health care is encouraged through an understanding of public health, epidemiology and population health issues

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MEDIC ST 1103B
    Course Medical Professional & Personal Development I Pt 2
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Weekly lectures, CBL sessions & resource sessions
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MEDIC ST 1103B in previous Semester
    Restrictions Available to MBBS students only
    Course Description Through this stream students will develop competency in communication with patients, patients' relatives, peers and other health professionals. Alongside communication competency; students are assisted to develop ethical and medico-legal knowledge; strategies and skills for stress management and self care. and an understanding of the professional competencies needed for life as a medical practitioner. Knowledge of the broader context of health care is encouraged through an understanding of public health, epidemiology and population health issues
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tiana Della-Putta

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tiana Della-Putta
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6221
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Further details of the timetable structure will be made available at the start of the course. 
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1.    Professional Communication skills:

    Doctor-Patient Communication:
    •    Develop knowledge and understanding of core communication skills required when interacting with patients;
    •    Demonstrate doctor-patient communication skill competencies appropriate to Year 1;
    •    Knowledge and understanding of the phases and components of the medical interview (also called the patient interview or consultation);
    •    Understand the rationale and importance of different aspects of the medical interview;
    •    Understand what is meant by ‘confidentiality’ in the context of patient care;
    •    Demonstrate capacity to maintain appropriate confidentiality;
    •    Understand what is meant by ‘informed consent’;
    •    Demonstrate capacity to seek ‘informed consent’ appropriate to Year 1;
    •    Understand what is meant by an ethical approach to patient care;
    •    Demonstrate an ethical approach in simulated patient interviews.

    Communication with peers/tutors:
    •    Develop capacity to participate actively and constructively in small groups;
    •    Understand what is meant by peer feedback;
    •    Learn and demonstrate appropriate peer feedback skills.

    2.    Ethical Basis and Social Responsibilities of Medical Practice:

    Medical Ethics Year 1
    •    Learning Objectives focus on understanding the ethical principles and concepts that govern the doctor-patient relationship. See separate Medical Ethics Handbook for details.

    Population Health/Public Health
    •    Understand the importance of epidemiological information (incidence, prevalence, demographics, risk factors) in assessing individual patients’ problems;
    •    Understand some basic principles of public health and preventive medicine;
    •    Understand basic statistical principles to allow informed reading of medical literature.

    3.    Professional/Personal Development for Medical Practice:
    •    Develop capacity to work in teams
    •    Demonstrate capacity for professional behaviour
    •    Development of time/workload management; stress-management and self-care strategies
    •    Develop self-directed learning strategies.

    4.  Indigenous cultural understanding:
    .   
    Develop an understanding of  the diversity of Aboriginal peoples in relation to histories, cultures, identities, languages, beliefs and 
         spirituality·      
    .    Develop and understanding of the historical context of Aboriginal peoples and its relation to contemporary health inequities

    (In addition there are MPPD case objectives as part of Case Based Learning.)

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1,2,3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,3
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Texts

    Lloyd, Margaret & Robert Bor (2009)  Communication Skills for Medicine, Churchill Livingston
    (Please note that many of your tutorial readings will be set from this text.)


    Reference texts

    Silverman, Kurtz &Draper (2005)  Skills for Communicating with Patients, Radcliff Publishing

    Kerridge I, M Lowe & J McPhee (2005) Ethics and the Law for the Health Professions, The Federation Press
    Online Learning
    Online research
    Reliable sources of reference journal articles on MPPD related topics are available online through the University Barr Smith Library (BSL) and various search engines.

    Wikipedia can be a useful guide for definitions, but it is generally an unreliable source of medical and technical information. You are recommended instead to search PubMed or Google Scholar for peer reviewed articles and research evidence on topics related to MPPD.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There are numerous teaching and learning methods used in MPPD with the emphasis on active learning methods.

    Large Group
    lectures, seminars, and workshops

    Small Groups 
    case based learning, discussion, role play with students and simulated patients, brainstorming, patient Interviewing, tutor feedback, peer feedback, journal article analysis, oral presentations, and lectures

    Individual
    self-directed research or study, online communication course, written assignments, and tutorial presentations

    Learning by doing
    Learning is more effective with active strategies such as ‘practice doing’. To be a competent doctor you will need to learn and appropriately use a complex set of skills. You cannot learn these skills by simply reading a book or going to a lecture. You will need repeated practice , constructive feedback and then practice again. Many of the teaching and learning methods used in MPPD will require you to actively participate and actively practice skills. MPPD closely links to activities in case-based learning and in clinical skills.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. While lectures are not compulsory, the material presented in a lecture will assist your ability to participate in tutorials and will provide examinable material. The development of time management skills is important for future medical practice. Students are expected to develop study skills and allocate time to self-directed learning and preparation for tutorials.


    Learning Activities Summary
    Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. While lectures are not compulsory, the material presented in a lecture will assist your ability to participate in tutorials and will provide examinable material. The development of time management skills is important for future medical practice. Students are expected to develop study skills and allocate time to self-directed learning. In Years 1-3, the standard total student workload for 24 units is 48 hours a week.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students must meet the requirements set out in the letter of offer. Students will be required to obtain a first aid certificate by the end of semester 1. As a medical student you will be registered with the Medical Board of Australia. All commencing students in Medicine, Dentistry, Oral Health and Nursing will be required to obtain a satisfactory criminal history clearance (CHC). Information on acquiring the clearance is outlined in the letter of offer.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The predominant learning method for the MBBS Program is small group discovery learning.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Students are required to take both the Part A and the matching Part B course.Requirements to achieve a NGP in MEDIC ST 1103A/B are as follows:

    As per  Medic ST 1103A the Assessment Task, Task Type, Timing, Weighting are reproduced below:

    Ethics Tutorials:  Tutor assessment of demonstrated knowledge and understanding
    Summative  Semester 1  15%

    Ethics Tutorials: Tutor assessment of professional competencies*
    Summative Semester 1  5%

    Essential Clinical Communcation Skills
    Summative Semester 1 10%

    Indigenous Cultural Workshops: Online quiz, Tutorials, Presentation
    Summative Semester 2 15%

    Medical Practice Workshops: Guided reflection
    Summative Semester 2 20%

    Medical Practice Workshops: online quizzes
    Summative Semester 2 20%

    Medical Practice Workshops: oral assessment
    Summative Semester 2 15%


    There are no units associated with the Part A (Semester 1, Part 1). Assessment for MEDIC ST 1103A/B is combined. Students will be awarded a Continuing Grade for MEDIC ST 1103A. Students must complete both MEDIC ST 1103A/B to gain a pass mark. All assessment items will be standard set for competency and the marks used to calculate the composite score adjusted according to standard  setting. Students are required to attain an overall composite score from all assessment tasks equal to or greater than 50% to achieve an NGP.


    Assessment Related Requirements

    There are attendance requirements which must be met. Students should also note the requirements for professional behaviour standards which are set out in the year level assessment documents.

    Students must learn and appropriately use a complex set of skills to achieve the learning outcomes in the MBBS courses. These skills cannot be learnt without repeated practice, constructive feedback and then practice again. In addition, the professional competencies required of a medical professional need to developed.  Development of competency is through discussions, observing, practicing and demonstrating. Attendance at the mandatory learning activities is essential for the progressive development of the attributes and competencies required of a medical professional. As such, attendance at core structured learning activities is mandatory as per the Assessment for Coursework Policy – Procedures Section 1c.

    Students must attend 90% of the core structured learning activities to achieve a pass in this course. Exemptions to mandatory attendance requirements may be granted by the Program Coordinator in consultation with the relevant course coordinator and  year level advisor if there are exceptional medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances as defined by the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. 

    Mandatory core structured learning activities for this course are:
    - Ethics tutorials/SGDE
    - Indigenous cultural workshops and presentations
    - Aboriginal Knowledge Circles

    - Medical Practice tutorials/SGDE
    Assessment Detail
    Complete assessment requirements for this course are detailed in the corresponding Canvas Course. 

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme: GS4 Non-graded pass.


    Submission
    Students may be required to submit assessments via Turnitin.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    RP Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme: GS4 Non-graded pass.


    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Students should familarise themselves with the University Policy on Additional Assessment/Replacement Assessment.
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    The MBBS Program has a regular program of evaluation. In addition, student representatives are appointed to MBBS committees and are encouraged to report on issues of importance to students.
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