MEDIC ST 4017AHO - Psychiatry Part 1

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2022

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 4017AHO
    Course Psychiatry 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, MEDIC ST 3000B, MEDIC 3102AHO, MEDIC ST 3102BHO, MEDIC ST 3103A, MEDIC ST 3103B, MEDIC ST 3104AOL and MEDIC ST 3104BOL in addition to all previous years core courses, 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 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: Associate Professor Scott Clark

    Course Coordinator: Dr Natalie Mills

    Course Timetable

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

    See CANVAS website
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course the students will be able to:

    1) Demonstrate Professionalism as evidenced by:
    a) Meeting attendance requirements for placements and programs
    b) Displaying reliability and responsibility in completing required tasks
    d) Showing respect for patients, staff and other students
    e) Maintaining appropriate boundaries and confidentiality
    f) Self-directed learning

    2) Knowledge base as demonstrated by a sound understanding of:
    a) Major groups of psychiatric disorders: Mood, Psychotic, Anxiety, Personality, Eating, Somatoform, delirium and dementia,    
        neuropsychiatric syndromes
    b) Major theories: Biological, Psychological, Psychodynamic
    c) Basic psychiatric management including: Psychopharmacology, Neurostimulation, Psychotherapies, Social interventions
    d) Key Legislation including: Mental Health Act 2009, Guardianship and Administration Act 1993

    3) Clinical skills as demonstrated by:
    a) A sound understanding of basic psychiatric phenomenology & terminology
    b) The capacity to display empathy in clinical encounters
    c) Competent interviewing skills including: appropriate conduct of an interview, adequate detail and organisation in history taking, and a
        basic understanding of transference and counter transference principles
    d) Use of a structured assessment model including: A Maudsley history structure, adequate aspects of physical examination and  
        assessment of organic differentials, competent mental state examination including the assessment of cognition, selection and accurate
        interpretation of appropriate investigations
    e) Data synthesis including: Development of valid DSM V primary, comorbid and differential diagnoses; biopsychosocial formulation and
        risk assessment
    f) Development of evidence based biopsychosocial management plans
    g) Competent communication skills including: case presentation, documentation, referral, and teamwork

    4) Independent & critical thinking (including integrative thinking & thinking in perspective) as demonstrated by:
    a) Efficient consideration of multiple appropropriate diagnostic hypotheses when formulating complex cases
    b) Ability to prioritise information in the context of the clinical presentation
    c) Consideration of ethical dilemmas in psychiatry
    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.

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    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
    All online lecture notes and multimedia resources are available via the year 4 psychiatry CANVAS website.
    Recommended Resources
    1) Castle DJ, Basset D. A primer of clinical psychiatry (2nd ed.) Churchill Livingstone: Sydney, 2013.
    or 2) Bloch S and Singh BS. Foundations of clinical psychiatry (4th ed). Melbourne University Press: Melbourne, 2017.

    Casey P and Kelly B. Fish’s clinical psychopathology. Signs and Symptoms in Psychiatry (3rd ed). Gaskell, London, 2007
    Oyebode F. Sims’ Symptoms in the Mind. An introduction to Descriptive Psychopathology (4th ed.). Saunders Elsevier: London, 2008

    Psychotropic Expert Group. Therapeutic guidelines: psychotropic (version 8). Therapeutic Guidelines Limited: Melbourne, 2021.
    Stahl SM. Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology. Neuroscientific basis and practical applications (4th Ed). Cambridge University Press: New York, 2013.

    Gelder MG, López-Ibor JJ, Andreasen NC. New Oxford textbook of psychiatry (2nd Ed). Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2012.
    Black DW, Andreasen NC. Introductory textbook of psychiatry (6th Ed). American Psychiatric Publishing: Arlington, 2016.
    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth edition (DSM-5). American Psychiatric Association: Arlington, 2013
    The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders. World Health Organization: Geneva, 1992
    Online Learning
    All online lecture notes and multimedia resources are available via the year 4 Psychiatry CANVAS website
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    During the first week of the rotation, all students attend an orientation week of lectures. After the first week, students attend placements at hospitals across Adelaide.

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

    Students will attend 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. There will also be 2 sessions per rotation where students are rostered to attend an Emergency Department on a weekday evening or weekend day.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Details will be made available on CANVAS.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Access to the year 4 psychiatry CANVAS website.
  • 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
    Full assessment details are included on the Canvas website.
    Assessment Task Task Type Assessment Weighting
    Hurdle Requirement
    Learning Outcomes  Assessed
    1. Phenomenology Quiz Summative


    No 3
    2. Activity Logbook Summative 20% No 1
    3. Clinical Case Report Summative 30% No 2, 3, 4
    4. Ward (Clinical Supervisor) Report Summative & Formative 20% Yes 1, 2, 3, 4
    5. End of rotation quiz Summative 20% No 2,4
    To pass this course and the Fourth 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
    • End of semester OSCE examinations (Short case and OSCE stations) and written examinations will also contain psychiatry content covering learning objectives 2-4.
    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 4000AHO and MEDIC ST 4000BHO Fourth Year MBBS Exam 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.

    In addition, the University has developed a Scope of Practice document which outlines appropriate activities for Year 4 students. Students should be familiar with this document, and adhere to its guidelines. The document can be found in MyUni and here.

    Assessment Detail
    Phenomenology Quiz (due in week 1): This quiz will be used to test and measure student’s understanding of key Phenomenology concepts and must be completed by the end of week 1 of the rotation.

    Activity Logbook: The logbook contains a list of experiences including: Ward rounds, case presentations, patient interviews, ward group activities, allied health assessments (occupational therapy or psychology), family/carer meetings, registrar tutoroials, consult liasion psychiatry, community psychiatry, electroconvulsive therapy, intensive care psychiatry (PICU), drug and alcohol services (DASSA), emergency psychiatry (after hours)

    Clinical Case Report: Students are requested to assess and follow a patient across their rotation and develop a case report following the Maudsley psychiatric history structure including a diagnostic and risk formulation, initial managment plan, progress and prognosis. 

    Ward Report: This report will be completed by student’s clinical supervisor at the completion of their rotation. It will include details of competencies achieved as observed from the student during their placement.

    End of rotation quiz: This Quiz will be used to test the est and measure student’s understanding of all topics covered in the course. 

    Students can find detail on assessment requirements on the course MyUni site. 

    Details will be made available on CANVAS.
    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.

    Submission details will be outlined at the beginning of the attachment.
  • Student Feedback

    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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