MEDIC ST 5014ARU - Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine & Intensive Care V Pt1

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2021

The clinical attachments are a program of clinical education through a selection of placements so that students will be competent in history-taking, patient examination and management. This includes problem formulation, investigations, treatment (pharmacological and non-pharmacological), counselling, good communication skills, the practice of empathetic medicine, and a sound knowledge base that allows diagnosis and management of common disorders to be carried out under appropriate supervision. Some students will have the opportunity to undertake their training for an extended period of time in a rural or remote setting.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MEDIC ST 5014ARU
    Course Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine & Intensive Care V Pt1
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Contact Attachments, common program & research
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MEDIC ST 4000AHO/BHO, MEDIC ST 4013AHO/BHO, MEDIC ST 4014 AHO/BHO, MEDIC ST 4015 AHO/BHO, MEDIC ST 4016 AHO/BHO, MEDIC ST 4017 AHO/BHO, MEDIC ST 4018 AHO/BHO, or by approval of the Dean of Medicine
    Restrictions Available to MBBS students on rural placement only
    Course Description The clinical attachments are a program of clinical education through a selection of placements so that students will be competent in history-taking, patient examination and management. This includes problem formulation, investigations, treatment (pharmacological and non-pharmacological), counselling, good communication skills, the practice of empathetic medicine, and a sound knowledge base that allows diagnosis and management of common disorders to be carried out under appropriate supervision. Some students will have the opportunity to undertake their training for an extended period of time in a rural or remote setting.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Katrina Morgan

    Rural Apic Course Coordinator - to be appointed

    Year 5 Rural Program Coordinator: Bronwyn Herde
    Phone: +61 8 8313 4528
    Location: Adelaide Rural Clinical School, The University of Adelaide
    Course Timetable

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

    • Pain management during O-week
    • Advanced life care support (ALS) simulation workshop in O-week
    • Faciltitation of theatre sessions with local anaesthetists throughout the year (rural location dependant)
    • Anaesthetic and Pain (PBL) tutorials during mid-year workshop
    • Virtual theatre simulation program mid-year workshop
    • Palliative Care Telehealth Simulation Session and case discussions
    • Online training resources 
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Competencies expected of a fifth-year medical student
    1. Conduct a preoperative assessment
    2. Identify significant co-morbidities and outline strategies for perioperative investigation, optimisation and management
    3. Understand the principles of perioperative patient monitoring and recognition of early deterioration
    4. Overview of anaesthesia principles, including emergency anaesthesia
    5. Application of clinical pharmacology to safely deliver local anaesthesia to patients.
    6. Utilise difficult airway algorithm that incorporates professional boundaries
    7. Perform advanced life support skills, with effective use of airway aids
    8. Use a framework to diagnose and manage common post-surgical problems
    9. Develop an approach to the management of critically ill patients including 
      a. Essentials of identification, triage and management of critically ill patients
      b. Principles of life-support and monitoring systems
    10. Assessment of pain in relation to clinical diagnosis, classification and response to therapy
    11. Knowledge of the pharmacology of drugs commonly used in pain management
    12. Familiarity with drug and non-drug techniques commonly used in pain management
    13. Develop pain management strategies required to competently fulfil the role of an intern.
    14. Outline principles and professional medical responsibilities in patient palliative care
    15. Learn effective interaction with multi-professional teams involved in the APIC disciplines
    16. Practice the APIC disciplines according to ethical principles.
    17. Utilise advanced communication techniques in difficult and challenging staff and patient encounters
    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)
    All of the above
    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
    All of the above
    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
    All of the above
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    All of the above
    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
    All of the above
    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
    All of the above
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    Online Textbooks (note that you must be logged into the Library first for the link to work):

    Lecture Notes : Clinical Anaesthesia (5)
    by Gwinnutt, Carl L. & Gwinnutt, Matthew

    Acute Pain Management : A Practical Guide, Fourth Edition (4) by Macintyre, Pamela E., Schug, Stephan A.
    See chapters 3,4,6,7 and 16

    Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence 3rd edition, 2010:;res=IELHEA;isbn=9780987323675

    Therapeutic Guidelines: Palliative Care: available via the University of Adelaide Library
    Australian Medicines Handbook: available via the University of Adelaide Library

    Online Learning
    See MyUni Rural APIC Course
    Content: Online Interactive Modules, PBL cases and online lectures delivered via MyUni.
    Communication: Announcements and discussion boards will be used for asynchronous communications.
    Assessment: Formative online assessments.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Rural APIC syllabus and educational activities are integrated across the rural year, orientation and midyear workshops and are uniquely customised to the rural location.

    Educational activities include:-
    - Lectures - pain management
    - Advanced Life Support course - O week
    - Facilitation of operating theatre anaesthetic sessions with local anaesthetists (rural location dependant)
    - Online tutorials
    - PBL tutorials
    - Virtual anaesthetic theatre simulation sessions - mid-year workshop
    - Emergency simulation sessions throughout the year
    - Palliative care case-based discussions
    - Advanced Communication | Pain | End of Life Simulation Workshops
    - Online training resources

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

    Please refer to MyUni.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Please refer to MyUni.
  • 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
    This course is the first semester of the community based, integrated Adelaide Rural Clinical School Rural APIC course and assessment continues over the 36 week MBBS calendar year.  Students who successfully complete this course will be awarded a CN (Continuing) grade awarded for the Part 1 course and a NGP (Non Graded Pass) grade for the Part 2 course.

    Summative assessment:
    See MEDIC ST 5014BRU for assessment of the full year course

    To pass this course and the Fifth 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 5000AHO and MEDIC ST 5000BHO Fifth 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.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    It is compulsory for students to attend clinical placements and their specific activities in line with the principles and guidelines outlined in the Medical Student Clinical Hours document.

    Exemptions to mandatory clinical placement 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.

    Assessment Detail
    Please refer to MyUni for detailed descriptions of assessment and marking rubrics.

    Please refer to MyUni.
    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.

    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 ( 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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