MEDIC ST 5015AHO - Paediatrics and Child Health Part 1
Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code MEDIC ST 5015AHO Course Paediatrics and Child Health 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 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 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 Coordinator: Garth HargreavesCourse Coordinator: Dr Nicholas Smith
Phone: +61 8 8161 7308
Location: University Department of Paediatrics, Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Discipline Head: Professor Jennifer Couper
Phone: +61 8 8161 6242
Location: University Department of Paediatrics, Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Administrative Contact: Precinct Officer
Phone: +61 8 8161 7619
Location: University Department of Paediatrics, Women’s and Children’s Hospital
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.The course timetable for the rotation is made available to students on the first day of the placement.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Knowledge of normal growth, development, puberty, immunisation, sleep, feeding requirements with demonstrated competency in identifying normal and abnormal variations in these areas. Competency in the ability to carry out developmental assessments. 2 Knowledge of common general paediatric conditions such as fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, UTI’s respiratory infections, asthma, cardiac murmur, rashes, obesity, failure to thrive, abdominal pain, enuresis, seizures and development problems. 3 Knowledge of the common chronic conditions of childhood with demonstrated ability in taking a detailed clinical history, examination, discussion of appropriate differential diagnoses, investigations and treatment for each organ system with an understanding of the different roles and responsibilities of the treating clinical team. 4 Knowledge of the emergency care of children, common surgical conditions, resuscitation procedures, competency in common procedures such as blood sampling, urine sample collection. 5 Knowledge of child and adolescent mental health with the demonstrable ability to take a psychiatric history from children and their families, the ability to engage e.g. with a reluctant or angry young person and the formulation of appropriate treatment plans. The demonstrable ability to understand the responsibilities and approaches to revelations of child physical/sexual abuse and the structure of Psychiatric services in South Australia. Knowledge of attachment theory and its implications for psychological health and the principles of transference and counter transference and how this is applied in a paediatric setting. 6 Knowledge of the role of the family and the community in providing for the needs of the child with a clear understanding of the rights of children and young people and the relevant health and welfare agencies and their roles. 7 Knowledge of the privacy issues that apply to children, proven ability to communicate and empathise with children and their families
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)
1,2,4,5 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
3,5 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
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
6,7 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
5,6,7 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 ResourcesThere are no required resources
Recommended ResourcesEssential reading
Practical Paediatrics (7th ed, 2012)
Paediatric Handbook (2004)
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Dist: Available from the Emergency Department
RRP: $25.00 (folder), $15.00 (insert only)
Paediatric Clinical Examination Made Easy (5th ed revised, 2006)
RRP: $ 47.00
Great Ormond Street Colour Handbook of Paediatric Medicine and Surgery (2007)
Dist: Woodslane Pty Ltd
RRP: $ 120.00
Jones’ Clinical Paediatric Surgery (6th ed, 2008)
Dist: Wiley and Sons
RRP: $ 130.00
Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics (4th ed, 2011)
RRP: $ 62.00
Paediatrics and Child Heath (3rd ed, 2011)
Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
Claveirole, Anne & Martin Gaughan
Further useful reading
Apley’s Concise System of Orthopaedics and Fractures (3rd ed, 2005)
Lecture Notes on Diseases of the Ear, Nose and Throat (10th ed rev, 2007)
Dist: Wiley & Sons
Nelson’s Essentials of Paediatrics (6th ed, 2010)
RRP: $ 104.00
Vaughn and Ashbury’s General Ophthalmology (18th ed, 2011)
Dist: McGraw-Hill Education Aust
RRP: $ 100.00
Lecture Notes – Paediatrics (8th Ed, 2011)
Dist: Wiley & Sons
Major text references
Nelson’s Textbook of Paediatrics (19th ed, 2011)
RRP: $ 150.00
Online Medelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)
American Academy of Paediatrics
Online LearningOnline Lectures:
Formative MCQ’s in relation to lecture topics are available through MyUni:
Spotting the Sick Child:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesHistory taking and physical examination
During the first 5 weeks of the Paediatrics and Child Health attachment, there will be small group (3 to 5 student) clinical tutorials on history taking and examination in children from 0-18 years. These tutorials are conducted by clinicians at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital. They will involve learning and practice of clinical skills in taking histories in Paediatrics, and undertaking physical examination of children at different ages.
The Clinical Skills Tutorials will provide information regarding the unique features of the Paediatric History.
Differences in the Paediatric History
• History often from third party
• Same problem may have different presentation at different ages
• Additional parameters:Pregnancy, Birth and Neonatal historyDevelopmental status and historyPlaygroup/Kindergarten/School historyHistory of growth and nutritionImmunisation History• Impact of illness on family unit
• Relevant social history
• Detailed family history including siblings
And ensure that students have strong abilities in the following.
Differences in Paediatric Examination
• Assessment of growth
• Plotting percentiles on relevant charts
• Assessment of development
• Understanding of assessment techniques at different stagese.g. neonate, toddler, school aged child, adolescent• The need for observational skills in examination
• The need for patience and opportunism
• Ability to measure blood pressure, perform ENT and eye examination at different ages
Each student will undertake 3 internships which will each be of 3 weeks duration. These will be clinical attachments, where the student will be part of the clinical unit providing patient care. Each of the internships will be with a different clinical unit/s. For some internships students will be attached to clinical units in pairs. Attachments will be at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Lyell McEwin Health Services. Students will be responsible to the unit Registrar and Consultant. Students will take part in all unit activities i.e. acute and elective admissions, outpatient sessions and other ambulatory care, operating theatre sessions, unit audit and teaching meetings, etc.
Learning in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Students will add to their knowledge of child and adolescent mental health by:
• Learning how to take a developmental and psychiatric history from children and their families
• Being able to assess mental health symptoms in children and adolescents, and generating a relevant management plan
• Gaining an understanding of the inter-relationship between the mental health of children and adolescents and other health problems, family problems and social circumstancesDeveloping a working knowledge of other health and welfare agencies
• Gaining confidence in approaching clinical situations that contain an element of risk e.g. self-harm and suicidality
• Developing an approach to interviewing young people and their families with a focus on enhancing therapeutic alliance and obtaining accurate historical information.
• Students will have an opportunity to practice interviewing and generating management plans for young people facing emotional challenges in a simulated clinical environment. This interactive component of the course will take place twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays in iLab (Norwich Building). Structured feedback and on-the-fly review of interview footage is undertaken after each session to enhance skill development for students.
• Seminars in child and adolescent mental health will cover common issues in developmental mental health and illness.
• Students join clinicians for outpatient appointments in the Department of Psychological Medicine, and observe live video streams of clinical reviews with an associated tutorial.
The Department of Psychological Medicine is a Consultation-Liaison psychiatry service for the WCH.
Seminars, Tutorials; Paediatric Ressuscitation, Pathology Session, Plastering Sessions & ICU Sessions
Over the student’s 9 week attachment seminars, tutorials, and group learning exercises will be provided. These will be held at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. These sessions will involve specific aspects of Paediatric Medicine, Paediatric Surgery, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Paediatric Emergency Care, Pathology, ICU & practical skills.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.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.
Students are also expected to participate in at least three on-call evenings throughout their attachment.
Timing of Assessments:
The following provides details of the timing of the assessment processes, in chronological order for completion of the assessment tasks.
1. End of Internship Supervisor Final Assessments:
Timing: Assessment forms titled ‘Summative Clinical Assessment” which are the Internship Supervisor Final Assessments are required for each of the three internships. They are due on the Friday at the completion of each internship.
2. Observed Clinical Assessment:
Timing: In Week 6 of the Clinical Attachment in Paediatrics and Child Health.
3. Log Book
Timing: Submission of the Log Book to the Clinical Studies Officer in the Department of Paediatrics is required by the last Friday of internship 3 of the Clinical Attachment in Paediatrics and Child Health.
Timing: The OSCE will be on the Friday morning of Week 9 of the Clinical Attachment in Paediatrics and Child Health.
Timing: The OSCE will be on the Friday afternoon of Week 9 of the Clinical Attachment in Paediatrics and Child Health.
Learning Activities SummaryLectures, seminars and tutorials are scheduled for Friday afternoons and three Wednesday mornings over the students’ 9 week attachment. These sessions cover information regarding Paediatric medicine, Paediatric surgery, Child and Adolescent Mental Health & Paediatric Emergency Care. The lecture topics are:
Surgical Quiz 1- Mr Sanjeev Khurana
The Acute Abdomen in Children- Mr Sanjeev Khurana
Lumps and Bumps- Mr Chris Kirby
Neonatal Surgery- Dr Cathy Cord-Udy
Surgical Quiz 2- Mr Sanjeev Khurana
Inguino-scrotal Pathology / Hypospadias- Mr Tony Sparnon
Acute Infections of Bone and Joint- Mr Phil Brook
Principles of Fractures, Common Fractures of Upper & Lower Limbs- A/Prof Peter Cundy
Back Pain and Spinal Deformity- A/Prof Peter Cundy
Neonatal Orthopaedics- Mr Bruce Foster
Pain in the Hip & Knee Joint- Mr Joff Middleton
Lower Limb Development in Children / Bone Tumours- Dr Peter Viiret
ENT Lecture- Dr John Ling
Plastic Surgery- Dr Roger Woods
Neurosurgery Lecture- Mr Stephen Santoreneos
Asthma, Pneumonia, Bronchiolitis & Croup- Dr Declan Kennedy
Audiology Lecture – Hearing Assessments- Dr Tony Marciano
Physical & Sexual Abuse of Children- Dr Jane Edwards
Gastroenteritis, Diarrhoea & Malabsorption- Dr Richard Couper
The Atopic & Allergic Child- Dr Michael Gold/Dr Patrick Quinn
Childhood Immunisation- Dr Christina Boros
Heart Disease- Dr Terry Robertson/Dr Malcolm Richardson
Diabetes and Obesity- Professor Jennifer Couper
Imaging 1- Dr Tony Smith
Imaging 2- Dr Robyn Grant
Neurology Lecture- Dr Nicholas Smith
Genetic Counselling- Dr Eric Haan
Acute and Chronic Renal Disorders- Dr Paul Henning/Dr Sam Crafter
Growth & Puberty- Dr Jan Fairchild
Acute Leukemia and Major Clotting Disorders- A/Prof Tom Revesz
Paediatric Ophthalmology- Dr Theresa Casey
Serious Infections (Sepsis, Meningitis, Osteomyelitis, UTI)- Professor John Turnidge
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Behavioural Disorders- Prof Michael Sawyer
The Distressed Mother & Child: Perinatal & Infant
Mental Health & COPMI - Dr Ros Powrie
Mental Health in Indigenous Youth- Dr Emma Hanieh
A Sick Child – What About the Family?- Dr Simon Hein
Drugs, Alcohol and the Difficult Adolescent- Dr Ben Wells
A Depressed Adolescent. How Do I Know if it is Serious?- Dr Prue McEvoy
Paediatric Emergency Care
Resus4Kids Simulation Workshop- Dr Lesley Woodard-Knight/Leanne Stacy
Bedside Teaching Tutorials
During the first 5 weeks of the Paediatrics and Child Health attachment, there will be small group (3 to 5 student) clinical tutorials on history taking and examination in children from 0-18 years. These tutorials are conducted by consultant clinicians at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital. They will involve learning and practice of clinical skills in taking histories in Paediatrics, and undertaking physical examination of children at different ages.
Extra small group teaching sessions
Each student will also attend one Plastering Teaching Session, one Pathology teaching session and one ICU teaching session throughout the 9 weeks, students will be split into small groups for these sessions.
Specific Course RequirementsPolice Check
All students are required to submit a Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Criminal History Check to the Clinical Studies Officer on the first day of their attachment. This will need to be the original and not a copy.
Women’s and Children’s Hospital identification badges will be issued to each student on the first day of their attachment. Students will need to pay a $20 deposit to receive their ID. The deposit will be given back to the student on return of their ID badge at the end of their attachment. These are to be worn by students at all times within the hospital. This is a security requirement and access to hospital facilities may be refused if identification badges are not available. All badges are to be returned to the Clinical Studies Officer of the Department of Paediatrics before the commencement of the end of term examination.
Students are requested to dress neatly at all times. Parents, who are often under considerable stress because of the illness of their children, have certain expectations of professionals. As many children are often frightened by white coats, staff do not wear them. Therefore, students are not expected to wear white coats.
Out of Hours Work
All students will be required to do out of hours on-call work at some time during their attachment.
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 Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed 1. Three (3) Internship Supervisor Final Assessments Summative N/A
1-7 2. Log Book Compulsory Formative N/A
1-7 3. Paediatric Mental Health (attendance, participation, written reflective exercises and formulations) Summative 20% 1-7 4. OSCE (Medical and Surgical) Summative 40% 5 5. MCQ Summative 30% 1-7 6. Observed Clinical Assessment Summative 10% 1 - 3
• a satisfactory result in each of the components of the summative assessment in semesters 1 and 2; and
To pass this course and the Fifth Year MBBS Examination Annual Examination Part 2 course, students must obtain:
• 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 RequirementsInternship Supervisor Final Assessments and Log Books need to be submitted by their due dates in order for a student to be able to sit the OSCE’s in Week 9. Students need to receive a satisfactory grade on all 3 of their Internship Supervisor Final Assessments and have all 12 signatures completed on their Log Book.
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.
Attendance at ICU, Plastering and Pathology Teaching Sessions is compulsory.
Assessment DetailLog Book
The Log Book is provided on the first day of the student’s attachment. It is for documentation of the minimum number of unit and ambulatory service responsibilities during the internships. The entire front page of the log book is to be completed and signed by the appropriate supervisors, the back page is beneficial and completion of the majority of these exercises should be attempted.
Internship Supervisor - Final Assessments
The ‘Summative Clinical Assessment' forms for each internship are provided on the first day of the student’s attachment. Guides to performance (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills) are also provided. Forms should be given to the internship supervisor (Unit Consultant or Registrar) at the end of the internship, and the supervisor will complete these with the student, using the guide provided. Forms will be signed by the supervisor and the student, and will be submitted by the student to the Precinct Officer by the last day of each internship. If a student receives a Borderline/ Unsatisfactory assessment from a supervisor, they should discuss remediation with their Clinical Tutorial Group tutor/ mentor at the earliest opportunity.
Observed Clinical Assessment (OCA)
This assessment is undertaken with a member of the Department of Paediatrics. Each Clinical Skills Tutorial group will be allocated to one of the members of the Department of Paediatrics for assessment. Each student will be observed performing a 10-minute clinical short case. These cases could be, for example, examination of the chest of a child with asthma, or examination of the abdomen of a child with an enlarged liver. It is expected that students will demonstrate competence in their examination technique and be able to detect important signs such as wheeze or hepatomegaly. Assessments will encompass the domains of Clinical Examination technique, and identification and interpretation of clinical signs. Feedback regarding performance in this assessment will be provided.
OSCE (Medical & Surgical)
The OSCE consists of 5 stations each 10 minutes (2 minutes reading time and 8 minutes examination) in duration testing core competencies in Paediatric Medicine and Surgery. In general, the OSCE will involve interviewing a surrogate parent, interpretation of laboratory or radiological investigations and explanation of the diagnosis, differential diagnosis and management of key paediatric conditions. There will be 3 or 4 Medical Stations and 1 or 2 Surgical stations - the total will always be 5 stations.
SubmissionAll assessment components must be submitted to the WCH Precinct Officer by the due date.
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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An iLab evaluation form will be given to all students on the last day of their attachment.
Students are encouraged to meet with the Clinical Studies Officer if they have any problems or queries while on their Paediatrics attachment.
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