MEDIC ST 2103A - Medical Professional & Personal Development II Pt1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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; use ethical principles to analyse and resolve ethical dilemmas; develop strategies and skills for stress management and self care; and professional capabilities for life as a medical practitioner. Cross cultural capabilities and skills in managing complex doctor-patient interactions are also developed . 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 2103A
    Course Medical Professional & Personal Development II Pt1
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact weekly lectures, CBL sessions & resource sessions
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completion of all core courses in MBBS Year 1, or by approval of the Dean of Medicine
    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; use ethical principles to analyse and resolve ethical dilemmas; develop strategies and skills for stress management and self care; and professional capabilities for life as a medical practitioner. Cross cultural capabilities and skills in managing complex doctor-patient interactions are also developed . Knowledge of the broader context of health care is encouraged through an understanding of public health, epidemiology and population health issues.
    Course Staff

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    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
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain and apply principles of patient centred healthcare, and patient centred communication skills, including interprofessional practice, shared decision making, explanation and planning.
    2 Reflect on and apply medical ethical principles and frameworks to analyse, synthesise and resolve ethical dilemmas.
    3 Develop skills in managing complex patient interviews.
    4 Describe the concept of health equity and reflect on and discuss the role of the health system, and individual medical practitioners.
    5 Explain the role and influence of the social and cultural determinants of health in the context of health inequities experienced by Aboriginal peoples.
    6 Practice effective and culturally safe communication in a clinical setting with Aboriginal patients.
    7 Develop skills in self-evaluation of their professional practice.

    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lloyd and Bor. Communication Skills for Medicine. 3rd edition. 2009
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Texts

    Lloyd, Margaret & Robert Bor (2009)  Communication Skills for Medicine, Churchill Livingston
    (Please note: many of the tutorial  readings are set from this text.)

    Reference texts

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

    Tierney, Lawrence & Mark Henderson (2005)  The Patient History, Lange Medical Books
    Online Learning

    Online learning: learning materials will be available online through MyUni.

    Students will be kept informed of available learning materials via MyUni announcements.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    MPPD related lectures are scheduled throughout the year. Lectures, seminars and set readings aim to give key background or conceptual information on a topic. These will often be scheduled at the beginning of a semester or topic. Lectures are not compulsory but missing them may mean that you miss out on important orientation and foundation information.
    Although not compulsory the content of the lectures is examinable.

    Medical Practice Tutorials
    In MPPD2 Medical Practice tutorials you will further develop the skills you gained in MPPD1 to enable you to manage more complex doctor-patient interactions. These more challenging interactions will include breaking bad news; interviews with patients from different cultural backgrounds; patients who are distressed or angry; patients who have different views and opinions from your own.

    The focus skills for this year will be ‘patient-centred interview’ skills; information giving skills and skills for the ‘explanation and planning’ phase and closing phases of the medical interview.

    As for Year 1, most of the tutorials will have simulated patients (SPs) to assist you in your learning. A reminder that for tutorials with SPs dress code standards apply.

    Active participation is an assessment criteria and strongly encouraged.

    Medical Practice Tutorial Session notes
    Session notes will be available on the Year 2 website timetable attached to the relevant MPPD tutorial of the approximately one week before each tutorial. Please ensure you read the session notes prior to the tutorial and do any pre-reading or preparation requested.

    MPPD Online Learning: Effective Clinical Communication
    You will use the online clinical communication program to develop your knowledge and
    understanding of clinical communication skills and the tasks and phases of the medical interview. Further details will be provided at the introductory lecture .

    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.

    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. In Years 1-3, the standard total student workload for 24 units is 48 hours a week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will be required to attend small group tutorials, as well as lectures and workshops and undertake directed and self-directed study. Students are expected to translate this learning to weekly tutorials and required assignments. Students will also be expected to assimilate learning from the CBL and Clinical Skills tutorials and spend considerable time in practicing skills. Completion of an on-line tutorial program in communication is also required.
    Specific Course Requirements
    It was an MBBS entry requirement to obtain a police check as set out in letter of offer to prospective students. You may be required to update these depending on the clinical activities or other activities in which you participate. As a medical student you will be registered with the Medical Board of Australia. Any other requirements will be advised.
  • 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 2103A/B are as follows:

    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome Assessed
    Medical Practice reflection; Ethics Summative 25% 1, 2, 7
    Indigenous Cultural Workshops: Online quiz, Tutorials, Presentation Summative 15% 4, 5, 6
    Ethics Quizzes Summative 20% 3, 7
    Medical Practice Reflection; Advanced communication skills Summative 25% 2
    Medical Practice Advanced communication skills online modules Summative 15% 1, 3, 4

    There are no units associated with the Part A (Semester 1, Part 1). Assessment for MEDIC ST 2103A/B is combined. Students will be awarded a Continuing Grade for MEDIC ST 2103A. Students must complete both MEDIC ST 2103A/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. An additional assessment will be offered to students who fail MEDIC ST 2103A/B with a composite score of 45-49%.

    In addition to the above, in order to pass this course and the Second Year MBBS Examination Annual Examination Part 2 course, students must obtain:

    •    a satisfactory result in each of the components of the summative assessment in semesters 1 and 2; and
    •    a satisfactory performance in the examinations overall

    If an overall borderline grade is achieved in the examinations, a student may be offered an opportunity to sit a Replacement/Additional Assessment examination.

    Academic Progression Requirements
    Progression from one year to the next in the MBBS is dependent on the student successfully completing a compulsory annual examination course in which a full year’s learning is assessed.

    To successfully complete the MEDIC ST 2000A and MEDIC ST 2000B Second Year MBBS Examination Part 1 and Part 2 courses, the student must pass the end of year examinations and have successfully completed all year level component courses (24 units).

    IF a student fails the compulsory examination course no passing grade will be received for any core medical studies courses.

    IF a student has not completed all required MEDIC ST units of the year they must successfully complete an appropriate remedial course of the same or greater value as specified in Term 4 of the same academic year.

    A student will only be eligible for summer school if the following criteria are met: 
    • The student does not have a recorded breach of genuine academic misconduct;
    • The student has completed all formative and summative assessment tasks within the failed course;
    • The student has attended more than 80% of teaching activities for which attendance is recorded across the academic year, within the failed course.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    There are attendance requirements which must be met. Students should also note that there are also requirements for professional behaviour standards which are set out in MEDIC ST 2000A/B - Second Year MBBS Examination Part1/2 assessment criteria.
    Assessment Detail
    Complete assessment requirements are contained within the relevant MyUni course.
    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:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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 University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    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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