MEDIC ST 1102A - Clinical Skills I Part 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
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General Course Information
Course Code MEDIC ST 1102A Course Clinical Skills I Part 1 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 Restrictions Available to MBBS students only Course Description From the first week of the course, students are introduced to the skills required for medical practice. Emphasis is placed on developing the clinical interviewing skills required to elicit and record a clinical history and to perform a physical examination. Clinical skills will be gained within a state-of-art Clinical Skills Laboratory located within the Medical School building.
Course Coordinator: Dr Hugh KildeaCourse Coordinator: Dr. Inta Rudaks
Phone: +61 8 8313 8362
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 outline, recognise the consequences of and apply good OH&S and infection control practices; 2 understand and appreciate the importance of the team approach to health care; 3 identify the behaviours, characteristics and communications skills of a doctor that would promote an effective doctor patient relationship; 4 appreciate and practice confidentiality regarding patient information; 5 demonstrate knowledge of interviewing skills; 6 describe the content, structure and function of a complete health history; 7 apply clinical reasoning to the data gathered and thereby form a hypothesis about the patient’s condition; 8 demonstrate an understanding of vital signs and the implications for a patient’s health; 9 develop interviewing and history taking skills in the designated body systems; 10 develop physical examination skills in the designated body systems; 11 demonstrate ability to record assessment data using a prescribed framework; 12 develop strategies to ensure doctors cope with their encounters with difficult patients; 13 understand the requirements for appropriate professional behaviour; 14 develop a commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life.
University Graduate Attributes
No information currently available.
Required ResourcesStudents will be required to purchase a standard medical examination kit and textbooks.
The kit comprises a stethoscope, watch and pen torch.
Recommended textbooks will be discussed at the first tutorial.
Other required resources will be advised as appropriate.
Recommended ResourcesExtensive electronic and paper-based resources will be advised as the course progresses.
Online LearningMaterial for the course will also be provided through the dedicated medical curriculum website: http://curriculum.medicine.adelaide.edu.au/index.asp
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will comprise both structured and self-directed learning. Hands-on small group tutorials will link to the specific case being undertaken by the students. Students will be required to develop a portfolio of guidelines.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students will be required to attend weekly 2 hour tutorials in the clinical skills laboratory. Students will also be expected to assimilate learning from the Medical Personal and Professional Development tutorials, Case-based Learning tutorials and the didactic lectures provided throughout the course, as well as and directed and self-directed study and translate this learning to the weekly tutorials and required assignments. In Years 1-3, the standard total student workload for 24 units is 48 hours a week.
Learning Activities SummaryStudents will be required to attend weekly 2 hour tutorials in the clinical skills laboratory. You will be given the learning objectives and the guidelines to be developed the week prior to the tutorial. This means that prior reading is compulsory. You will also required to develop a Portfolio of Clinical Guidelines. Each few weeks a different body system will be covered. Within the few weeks students will work through History Taking (HT), Physical Examination (PE), the relationship between HT and PE. Students will work with a tutor and Standardised Patients. There will be additional skills to be learnt – such as Blood Pressure – and these will also be assessable throughout the year, and in the end of year CS Practical Exam, the OSCE (observed structured clinical examination).
Specific Course RequirementsStudents must meet the requirements set out in the letter of offer. It is an MBBS entry requirement to obtain a valid first aid certificate. 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 ExperienceThe predominant learning method for the MBBS Program is small group discovery learning.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryStudents are advised to read in detail the information in the Year Level Assessment Document - Part A and Part B. Students will be expected to be aware of the contents of these documents and to abide by the requirements as stated. Students should note that requirements for professional behaviour standards are set out in the year level assessment documents. As medical students, you are registered with the Medical Board of Australia. Students are required to maintain the expectations of the professionalism standards and associated behaviours required of the profession.
Students should note that in addition to integrated exams as set out in the year level assessment documents, there are formative and summative tasks which must be completed.
Assessment and the assessment methods used for the medical program will be based on the objectives for: Case Based Learning (CBL) cases (supplied after each case), Clinical Skills (supplied in handbook and as posted online on the Bulletin Board), lectures (supplied in lecture material), MPPD (supplied in handbook), Resource sessions (supplied with resource session notes).
Complete assessment requirements for the MBBS Program are set out in the year level assessment documents distributed at the start of each year.
Assessment Related RequirementsThere are attendance requirements which must be met. Students should also note that requirements for professional behaviour standards which are set out in the year level assessment documents.
Assessment DetailComplete assessment requirements for the MBBS Program are set out in the year level assessment documents distributed at the start of each year.
SubmissionStudents may be required to submit assessments via Turnitin.
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.
For the purpose of feedback to students a banded result will be provided for each course and examination. This result will not appear on students’ academic transcripts.
Bands of achievement are:
A Above expected competency for year level
B Clearly at expected competency for year level
C Just reaches expected competency for year level
D Below expected competency for year level
E Far below expected competency for year level
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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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