MEDIC ST 6017AHO - Emergency Department Internship VI Part 1

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2022

Students undertake a 6 week placement in a major teaching hospital.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MEDIC ST 6017AHO
    Course Emergency Department Internship VI Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Contact 6 week placement
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MBBS5 In addition to all previous years core courses, or by approval of the Dean of Medicine
    Restrictions Available to MBBS students only
    Course Description Students undertake a 6 week placement in a major teaching hospital.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Andrew Giles

    Clinical teaching staff in the hospitals
    Course Timetable

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

    Student will be allocated a roster for the 6 week term. It comprises a  variety of day and evening shifts and is designed toprovide them with  experience in all facets of Emergency medicine
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    General Objectives
    * To practice and apply information synthesis and evaluation
    * To develop further skills in medical decision making
    * To assume greater responsibility for patient care

    Student should be familiar with the management of patients presenting with:
    * Abdominal pain:
    * Chest pain:
    * Acute respiratory distress
    * Dehydration* Diabetes
    * Vomiting and diarrhoea
    * Drug overdose
    * Renal colic
    * Behavioural disturbance
    * Collapse
    * Fractures
    * Soft tissue injury
    * Multi-trauma
    * Alcohol/Drug Intoxication and Withdrawal
    * Common Eye and ENT problems
    * Vaginal bleeding

    When possible students should observe the management of patients with:
    * Cardio-Respiratory arrest
    * Cardiac Arrhythmias
    * Acute Pulmonary Oedema
    * Coma
    * Shock
    * Acute blood loss
    * Severe multi-system trauma
    * Acute psychiatric emergencies 

    Technical procedures that should be performed:
    * Venipuncture
    * IV cannulation
    * Arterial blood gases
    * Suturing
    * NGT Placement
    * Bladder Catheterisation
    * Performing an ECG
    * Plaster application

    Students should learn to interpret the following tests:
    * Common blood tests
    * ABGs
    * ECGs
    * Plain radiographs

    The Emergency Department experience should also be used to develop the following communication skills:
    * Patients and relatives:Information transfer, reassurance, explanation of tests and procedures, preparation for tests and procedures
    * Learning to work as part of a team
    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.

    All of the above

    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.

    All of the above

    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.

    All of the above

    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.

    All of the above

    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.

    All of the above

    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.

    All of the above
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There are numerous teaching and learning methods used, with the emphasis on active learning methods including, but not limited to: lectures,  bedside tutorials, case presentations, write-ups and other sessions in  hospital. There will be  self-directed research and/or study.
    Year 6 students also take part in the Year 6 teaching program during their internship semester. This work-ready program aims to equip students for  internship through a mixture of didactic sessions, online preparation and face-to-face workshops.

    The core element of the emergency medicine internship program is based on providing students with a basic understanding of emergency medicine.  Students are encouraged and expected to involve themselves in the department’s activities. Following orientation, students should begin evaluating patients on a semi-independentbasis. During their term, they will be expected to see at least 8 of the 10 patient problems listed in the student handbook. Students will be expected to see patients and perform a full history,  examination and formulate a management plan. It is an expectation they will perform all the necessary tasks (under
    supervision) required to  manage the patient in ED. This includes completing all the necessary  paperwork, procedures (where appropriate)  and monitoring the patient’s progress whilst in ED (including handover of patient, if applicable)

    Students will receive a copy of the Trainee Medical Officer Handbook. Tutorials  are designed specifically for students. Times may vary between  hospitals; studentsshould check with their supervisor for specific  tutorial times.
    Students are expected to attend the tutorials whether or not they are scheduled to work that day. Tutorials involve a  mixture of didactic, interactive and skills sessions. Topics that may be covered include but are not limited to: ED procedures, toxicology, airway workshop, ALS/BLS, Assessment of the deteriorating patient and  trauma assessment.

    Student interns should work the same hours that interns are rostered on their Units including attending “Takes” and post take ward rounds

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

    Please refer to MyUni.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Student interns need to obtain initial direction/orientation from their  supervisor at the commencement of the internship regarding the
    appropriate learning activities
  • 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
    Supervisor report (70%) SUMMATIVE

    Clinical cases x5 (30%) SUMMATIVE

    Clinical cases x3 (0%) FORMATIVE

    Academic Progression Requirements
    To pass this course and the Final (Sixth Year) MBBS Assessment Part 1 and Part 2 courses, students must obtain:

    •    a satisfactory result in the components of the summative assessment in semesters 1 and 2

    If a student fails one course or placement, they must undertake a remedial course or placement and must obtain a pass.

    If a student fails two courses or placements, they will fail the year and must repeat the entire 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 activites for Year 6 students. Students should be familiar with this document, and adhere to its guidelines. The document can be found in MyUni and here.

    Core structured learning activities in this course include: ward rounds, clinical unit educational activities, tutorials.
    Assessment Detail
    Please refer to MyUni.
    Please refer to 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.

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