MEDIC ST 5016BHO - Human Reproductive Health Part 2

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 2 - 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MEDIC ST 5016BHO
    Course Human Reproductive Health Part 2
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Units 6
    Contact Attachments, common program & research
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MEDIC ST 5000AHO, MEDIC ST 5005AHO, MEDIC ST 5006AHO MEDIC ST 5007AHO, MEDIC ST 5009AHO, MEDIC ST 5014AHO, MEDIC ST 5015AHO and MEDIC ST 5016AHO 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.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Catherine McCormack

    Course Coordinator

    Name Phone Email Location
    Professor Jodie Dodd +61 8 8313 7619 Women’s and Children’s Hospital

    Additional Acacdemic Staff
    Name Phone Email Location
    Professor Gus Dekker +61 8 8182 9306 Lyell McEwin Hospital

    Name Email Location
    WCH & CALHN Precinct Support Officers Women’s and Children’s Hospital
    LMH Precinct Support Officers Lyell McEwin Hospital
    Course Timetable

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

    The course timetable for the rotation is made available by Clinical Placements and supplementary material provided by precinct support staff following your arrival.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

    1.   Demonstrate knowledge of:

    1.1.    the physiology and pathology of the female reproductive system in childhood, adult life and old age.
    1.2.    the physiology of pregnancy, parturition and the puerperium and its effect on medical and surgical disorders.
    1.3.    the diagnosis and management of simple gynaecological disorders and an understanding of the principles and essential   
    features of more complex gynaecological conditions.
    1.4.    the application of the principles of evidence based medicine in obstetrics and gynaecology
    1.5.    the epidemiology of the major health and social problems related to obstetrics and gynaecology.
    1.6.    the embryology, developmental, physiological, biochemical, anatomical, endocrinological, immunological, morphological, pathological and psychological aspects underpinning obstetrics and gynaecology.
    1.7.    the pharmacology of drugs commonly used during pregnancy and in gynaecology.
    1.8.    the cultural, legal and social variation in attitudes towards obstetrics and gynaecology.
    1.9.    the effect of the woman’s social circumstances on pregnancy or a gynaecological condition.
    1.10.  the effect of drugs (prescribed or other) on pregnancy or gynaecological conditions.

    2.  Demonstrate competence in the performance of:

    2.1    an interview that considers the special physical, psychological and social characteristics required to take a full history relevant to human sexuality, obstetrics and gynaecology.
    2.2    a physical examination which will take into account the special problems encountered in human sexuality, obstetrics and gynaecology, in order to confirm or refute an hypothesis or diagnosis.
    2.3    counselling of a woman, her partner and family about common problems in human sexuality, obstetrics and gynaecology.
    2.4    the provision of specific advice to the woman of the arrangements necessary for the woman to be confined in the appropriate setting including referral to a Specialist Obstetrician for further management if risk factors have been identified
    2.5    the provision of specific advice to the woman on the potential hazards of drugs to the conceptus.
    2.6    the requesting of appropriate laboratory, psychological or social data in order to reach an appropriate diagnosis.
    2.7    observation and recording of the progress of labour, delivery and the early puerperium.
    2.8    the maintenance of the dignity and privacy of the woman
    2.9    the formulation of a plan for care of the patient(s).
    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.

    1.1 - 1.10

    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.

    1.1 - 1.10

    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.

    1.1 - 2.9

    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.

    1.1 - 2.9

    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.

    1.3, 1.5, 1.8, 1.9, 2.1 - 2.9

    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.

    2.3 - 2.5, 2.8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required resources. Recommended resources will be advised as appropriate.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended resources are regularly updated to reflect changes in knowledge and practice. There is a substantial component of online material. We do not recommend text books for purchase. However, a small range of online and hard texts are identified for those interested in pursuing such options. Full details are provided in the Academic Resources section of the My Uni course accessible to enrolled students approximately one week prior to commencemet of studies.
    Online Learning
    Please refer to My Uni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    We emphasise active learning methods including: case based learning, large group lectures, seminars, tutorials and clinics and other sessions in our teaching hospitals. Self-directed research and/or study, case presentations, and critical analysis are encouraged.

    Clinical Learning

    Obstetric Duties
    Attendance at antenatal clinics, conduct of normal labour and delivery and observation of abnormal cases gives insight into the spectrum of common conditions, most of which will be met at some time in practice.

    Students’ personal cases and deliveries require detailed observation of antenatal, labour and postnatal care and infant care. Postnatal care includes observation of lactation, involution and the psychological development of the mother-child relationship.

    Labour Ward
    Students are rostered to the labour ward on multiple occasions during their rotation. These are all day sessions and include weekend and after-hours work. They aim to provide students with the opportunity to observe the process of labour and delivery, to participate in the routine intrapartum observations of the mother and fetus, and to conduct spontaneous vaginal deliveries including management of the third stage under the direct supervision of the staff in charge. Sound obstetrics practice requires a multi-disciplinary team approach. This includes an important component of interprofessional learning, including direct supervision in labour ward by midwives of medical students.

    Gynaecological duties
    Students are rostered to attend gynaecological outpatient sessions where there will be the opportunity to take a history and examine outpatients with the Consultant/Registrar attending the Clinic. Students will attend operating theatre sessions and participate in the immediate preoperative round before attendance in the operating room. Students should ensure a familiarity with the commonly performed gynaecological procedures. The postoperative progress of the patient(s) who have been clerked should be followed and the pathology reports should be examined before discharge

    Neonatal Medicine
    Students will have regular neonatal tutorials and will also be rostered to follow neonatology staff for a session. Students should be able to demonstrate skills in the examination of the normal neonate and knowledge of common problems that occur in the neonatal period.

    Friday Afternoon Tutorials
    Members of the academic and affiliate staff will run whole-of-class tutorials in selected topics, between 2:00pm and 5:00pm on many Fridays during your rotation.

    Students are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves thoroughly with all of the sections in the My Uni course and to access the eLearning modules.


    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. After hours and weekend work may also be required to meet clinical requirements.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The thematic structure of the Year 5 MBBS Program will be provided and discussed at the start of the program and is discussed in detail in My Uni.

    Specific Course Requirements
    All students will be allocated to Lyell McEwin Hospital or the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in the metropolitan area. Although allocated to one hospital all students should expect to travel to other hospitals (Modbury, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Royal Adelaide Hospital) and other places for specialty sessions.

    All students undertaking studies in clinical environments in adult and paediatric medicine must have in-date certification including a criminal history check and cetification for work with vulnerable persons both adult and child. Full details are provided by the Clinical Placements office.

    All students will be required to do some after-hours and weekend work. Any other requirements will be advised.
  • 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

    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting
    Clinical Core Competencies Log Summative 20%
    Clinical Care Assignment Summative 30%
    Case presentations Summative 20%
    Online module exams Summative 10%
    Assessment of knowledge, performance and professionalism in simulation sessions Summative 20%

    Formative Assessment
    A wide range of formative assessment oportunities is provided, including in one-to-one teaching in clinical environments, teaching of examination of the female genital tract, and in the online resources in My Uni.

    Full details of the formatibve and summative assessment tasks are available in the Assessment section of the My Uni 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.

    The University has developed a Scope of Practice document which outlines appropriate activities for Year 5 students. Students should be familiar with this document, and adhere to its guidelines. The document can be found in MyUni and here.

    Assessment Detail
    See assessment section of the my Uni course website.
    For details please refer to My Uni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    RP Result Pending

    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.

    Please refer to My Uni.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    For details please refer to My Uni.
  • 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.

    A student course evaluation is completed online by all students at the end of the rotation.  SELTS of individual teaching are done on a regular basis.
  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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