MEDIC ST 4015AHO - Medical Home Unit Part 1
Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code MEDIC ST 4015AHO Course Medical Home Unit Part 1 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 3000A/B, MEDIC ST 3101A/B, MEDIC ST 3102AHO/BHO, MEDIC ST 3103A/B, MEDIC ST 3104A/B or by approval of the Dean of Medicine. Restrictions Available to MBBS students only Course Description The clinical attachments are a program of clinical education through a selection of placements so that students can gain competence 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 in a rural or remote setting.
Course Coordinator: Professor Hubertus Jersmann
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Students are strongly advised to check MyUni prior to the commencement of their rotation. Further information can be found in the Course Handbook and students also need to consult with their allocated home team to determine which clinical activities they are required to attend.
The School of Medicine Teaching Series (SMTS) also runs during the MHU/SHU semester and students. The SMTS is an examinable component of the course and attendance is compulsory.
Course Learning OutcomesThe course objectives from the course handbook are replicated in part below. For a full listing of the course learning objectives, particularly the system specific history and examination skills, please consult the course handbook.
1. Simple procedural skills• Handwashing and universal precautions• Assessing vital signs – pulse, respiratory rate and BP• Urinalysis• Venepuncture• Injection techniques – subcutaneous and IM• ECG lead placement• Basic life support skills• Blood glucose testing
2. Ordering and interpretation of basic investigations, including correlation of results with clinical setting• ECG ordering and interpretation• Radiology – chest, abdominal and skeletal XRs• Ordering and interpretation of basic blood tests – complete blood picture, urea and electrolytes, liver function tests, iron studies
3. Prescribing skills• Write a prescription on the National Inpatient Medication Chart• Give advice to a patient on common and serious adverse events and drug interactions • Antibiotic prescription – based on microbiological sensitivity, empiric therapy• Analgesics – simple and opioid• Antihypertensive therapy• Oral rate control therapy for atrial fibrillation• Aspirin for cardiovascular disease prevention• Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis• Topical therapies for common dermatological conditions, including steroids and antifungals• Inhaled therapy for asthma – preventers and relievers
4. Presentation skills• Clear and efficient oral and written presentation skills• Formal and informal oral case presentations on the ward• Formal case write ups• Use of abbreviated ISBAR format for oral handover
5. System-specific history and examination skills for common presenting problems
• Non-specific systemic symptoms• Tiredness• Fever• Confusion• Cardiovascular system• Chest pain• Shortness of breath• Palpitations• Ankle swelling• Claudication• Comprehensive cardiovascular examination including peripheries• Respiratory system• Dyspnoea• Cough• Wheeze• Chest pain• Haemoptysis• Comprehensive respiratory examination• Gastrointestinal system• Abdominal pain• Altered bowel habit• Nausea and vomiting• GIT bleeding• Jaundice• Comprehensive gastrointestinal examination• Neurological system• Fits, faints and funny turns• Headache• Weakness and paraesthesiae• Memory loss• Visual and speech disturbance• Tremor• Comprehensive neurological system examination including cranial and peripheral nerves and mini-mental state exam• Endocrine system• Diagnosis and complications of diabetes mellitus• Features of thyroid and parathyroid disease• Examination of a diabetic patient• Physical examination with a view to detecting signs of endocrine disease (thyroid, parathyroid, Cushing’s etc)• Musculoskeletal system• Painful joint• Soft tissue pain• Stiffness• Limitation of movement• Deformity• Musculoskeletal examination relevant to joint or presenting complaint• Haematological system• Excessive bleeding• Lymph node enlargement• Pallor• Recurrent infection• Comprehensive haematological examination• Renal/urological system• Dysuria• Haematuria• Prostatic disease• Sexually transmitted infections• Renal failure• Comprehensive renal examination• Ears/Eyes• Competent use of ophthalmoscope• Competent use of auroscope• Skin• Onset, evolution and features of a rash including systemic features• Able to describe the features of a skin lesion or rash• Psychiatry• Basic psychiatric history including symptoms of psychosis, depression and anxiety• Psychiatric mental state examination• Sexual Health• Have knowledge of the components of a complete sexual health history• Understand the importance of taking a sexual health history as part of the routine medical history• Have knowledge and understanding of the communication skills and techniques required to initiate, discuss, diagnose and manage sexual health issues and complaints• Have knowledge of the ways sexual health issues can present• Have knowledge of how chronic disease can affect sexual health• Have knowledge of the history and examination required for assessment of erectile dysfunction• Understand the PLISSIT model used in sexual health interventions
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)
1,2,3,4,5 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
5 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
3,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4,5 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
5 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
Required ResourcesNot applicable
Recommended ResourcesGeneral Medicine is a broad field, and students are advised to seek out resources that will assist them in consolidating their clinical learning.
Online Learning4th year MHU is delivered in the same semester as the School of Medicine Teaching Series and there is a wealth of online content available through MyUni. Students are highly encouraged to work through this material as it is examinable content.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe primary mode of teaching and learning in this course is in the clinical context. This includes ward rounds, consultant rounds, outpatient clinics and bedside tutorials with the student’s preceptor.
Learning is supplemented with the School of Medicine Teaching Series lectures, lectures and tutorials organised as part of the MHU schedule and online content delivered via MyUni.
Students are also advised to participate in academic teaching occurring at the hospital – journal clubs, unit meetings and grand rounds.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Workload for the individual students will vary from week to week but students can assume that on average they will work a 45 hour week which will include clinic sessions, lectures (both delivered and online), seminars, tutorials and private study but does not include after hours call.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.See above - Learning and Teaching Modes
Learning Activities SummarySee Teaching & Learning Modes above
Specific Course RequirementsIt is an MBBS entry requirement to obtain a police checks as set out in letters of offer to prospective students. Other requirements will be advised at the start of the course.
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 SummarySummative Assessment
Ward Reports (one midterm and one at the end) 35% Two Case Reports (structured written case histories) 30% Two Observed clinical long cases (direct bedside interaction with a supervisor) 20% Diary of Learning experiences (documentation of patient encounters with peer review) 5% MCQ exam item writing 5% Pharmacology IPL reflection 5%
Details regarding the assessment items listed above can be found in the course handbook and on the MHU page in MyUni.
Assessment Related RequirementsMost of the learning in this course occurs in the clinical setting and thus, students must attend 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. Core structured learning activities in this course include: ward rounds, clinical unit educational activities, tutorials
Assessment DetailSee Assessment Summary above.
SubmissionDetails regarding submissions can be found in the course handbook.
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.MEDIC ST 4015 AHO
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme: GS8
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.Any submission details will be outlined at the beginning of the attachment.
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