MEDIC ST 5015ARU - Paediatrics and Child Health Part 1

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 5015ARU
    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 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 Paediatrics Course Coordinator - Dr Shirley Sthavan
    Location: Paediatric Unit, Lyell McEwin Hospital

    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.

    Course component 1: Online Theory Modules
    Duration: 1 hour
    Enrolment capacity: na
    Quantity: 1 x 1 hour

    Course component 2: Video Conference Tutorial
    Duration: 1 hour
    Enrolment capacity: na
    Quantity: 16 x 1 hour

    Course component 3: Rural Paediatric Specialist Clinical Placement
    Duration: 2 weeks
    Enrolment capacity: na
    Quantity: 20 sessions of 4 hours

    Course component 4: Rural General Practice Clinical Placement
    Duration: semester
    Enrolment capacity: na
    Quantity: 16 weeks

    Course component 5: Rural Group Learning Tutorial
    Duration: 1 hour
    Enrolment capacity: na
    Quantity: 16 x 1 hour
  • Learning Outcomes
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Essential Reading:

    Practical Paediatrics (7th ed, 2012)
    ISBN: 9780443102806
    Dist: Elsevier
    RRP: $153.00
    Full text available online and free through university of adelaide library

    Adelaide Rural Clinical School – online learning and ePBL tutorial resources through MyUni and Zoom videoconferencing platforms
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Reading

    Paediatric Clinical Examination Made Easy (5th ed revised, 2006)
    ISBN: 9780443103957
    Dist: Elsevier
    RRP: $ 47.00

    Great Ormond Street Colour Handbook of Paediatric Medicine and Surgery (2007)
    ISBN: 9781874545279
    Dist: Woodslane Pty Ltd
    RRP: $ 120.00

    Jones’ Clinical Paediatric Surgery (6th ed, 2008)
    ISBN: 9781405162678
    Dist: Wiley and Sons
    RRP: $ 130.00

    Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics (4th ed, 2011)
    ISBN: 9780723435655
    Dist: Elsevier
    RRP: $ 62.00

    Paediatrics and Child Heath (3rd ed, 2011)
    ISBN: 9781405194747
    Dist: Wiley
    RRP: $77.95

    Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
    Claveirole, Anne & Martin Gaughan
    ISBN: 9780470723456
    Dist: Wiley

    Further useful reading

    Apley’s Concise System of Orthopaedics and Fractures (3rd ed, 2005)
    ISBN: 9780340809846
    Dist: Cengage
    RRP: $87.95

    Lecture Notes on Diseases of the Ear, Nose and Throat (10th ed rev, 2007)
    ISBN: 9781405145084
    Dist: Wiley & Sons
    RRP: $49.95

    Nelson’s Essentials of Paediatrics (6th ed, 2010)
    ISBN: 9781437706437
    Dist: Elsevier
    RRP: $ 104.00

    Vaughn and Ashbury’s General Ophthalmology (18th ed, 2011)
    ISBN: 9780071634205
    Dist: McGraw-Hill Education Aust
    RRP: $ 100.00

    Lecture Notes – Paediatrics (8th Ed, 2011)
    ISBN: 9781405145091
    Dist: Wiley & Sons
    RRP: $47.95

    Major text references

    Nelson’s Textbook of Paediatrics (19th ed, 2011)
    ISBN: 9781437707557
    Dist: Elsevier
    RRP: $ 150.00

    Useful websites

    Online Medelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)

    American Academy of Paediatrics
    Online Learning
    MyUni Online Course
    Content: Online Interactive Modules, PBL cases and Video lectures delivered via MyUni.
    Communication: Announcements and discussion boards will be used for asynchronous communications.
    Assessment: Placement and assessment report forms will be submitted and marked online.

    Web Conference Tutorials
    Weekly video/web conference tutorials will be held with students at all rural placement sites.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Rural Placement
    This course is part of an community based, longitudinal, integrated year of clerkship, clinical placement and training in rural hospitals and clinical settings. This comprised experiencing and learning about community, emergency, inpatient and specialist paediatrics, that follows the core competencies of the Department of Paediatrics fifth year medical program. Each student is based in an ARCS rural training centre for the two semesters of the full year. These will be clinical attachments, where the student will be part of the clinical unit providing patient care in general practice, and hospital inpatient and emergency care. This includes a two week rural specialist paediatric intensive placement at Pt Augusta hospital. 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.

    Throughout the semester, there are scheduled ePBL tutorials with a specialist paediatrician and facilitated small group tutorials with a community doctor with paediatric expertise.They will involve learning and practice of clinical skills in taking histories in Paediatrics, and undertaking physical examination of children at different ages. The tutorials will provide teaching around the core competencies in paediatric knowledge, skills, attitudes and attributes, expected of a fifth year medical student. These sessions will also involve specific aspects of Paediatric Medicine, Paediatric Surgery, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Paediatric Emergency Care, Resuscitation, Pathology, neonatology & practical skills.

    Structured Learning Program
    Whilst on placement, a formal paediatric learning program will be delivered. This course will take a ‘flipped classroom’ approach to learning. The WCH Paediatric Competencies inform this approach which consists of a high yield online interactive module or video lecture followed by a problem based learning tutorial facilitated by a paediatrician.

    Learning in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (iLAB)
    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 circumstances
    • Developing 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.
    • 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.

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

    Clinical Placement 20 4 hours 80 hours
    Online Modules 16 1 hour 16 hours
    Video Conference Tutorial 16 1 hour 16 hours
    Rural Group Learning Tutorials 16 1 hour 16 hours
    TOTAL 128 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    Week 1:  Course Overview and Paediatric Psychiatry iLab
    Week 2:  Introduction to Paediatrics, Assessment and Growth
    Week 3:  Respiratory Illness
    Week 4:  Cardiology
    Week 5:  Haematology
    Week 6:  Recognition of a Sick Child
    Week 7:  Renal
    Week 8:  Gastroenterology
    Week 9:  Seizures
    Week 10:  Orthopaedics
    Week 11:  Paediatric Emergencies
    Week 12:  Endocrine (Diabetes)
    Week 13:  Neonatology
    Week 14:  Childhood behavioural Problems
    Week 15:  Asthma
    Week 16:  Paediatric Surgery
    Week 17:  Puberty and Thyroid
    Specific Course Requirements
    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 Paediatrics and Child Health course and assessment continues over the 36 week MBBS calendar year. A CN (Continuing) grade will be awarded in Part 1 and summative assessment with be carried out in Part 2.

    Summative Assessment:
    See MEDIC ST 5015BRU for the assessment for this 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.

    Compulsory attendance at tutorials and all clinical sessions.
    Assessment Detail

    Tutorial participation:
    Students engage in interaction in class activities and the cooperative sharing of materials and information

    Placement Supervisor - Final Assessments
    The ‘Summative Clinical Assessment' form is 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 placement supervisor (Unit Consultant or Registrar) at the end of the placement, 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 MyUni. If a student receives a Borderline/ Unsatisfactory assessment from a supervisor, they should discuss remediation with their Clinical Academic at the earliest opportunity.

    Observed Clinical Assessment (OCA)
    This assessment is undertaken with a clinician. 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 in the final clinical skills tutorial.

    OSCE (Medical & Surgical)
    The Paediatric Medical and Surgical OSCE consists of 5 stations, each with 2 minutes reading time and then 8 minutes interaction, testing core competencies in Paediatric Medicine and Surgery. 

    Mental Health Attachment – iLab component

    Details will be posted on 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.

  • 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.

    SELT forms will be given to each student on the last day of their attachment.  In addition, all students will be asked to complete a short "Surveymonkey" questionnaire that specifically requests feedback on their experience with clinical tutours, internship placements, lectures, and tutorials.   

    An iLab evaluation form will be given to all students on the last day of their attachment.
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