MEDIC ST 5017HO - Human Reproductive Health Exchange

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 5017HO
    Course Human Reproductive Health Exchange
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Units 6
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to Aarhus inbound exchange 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: Tristan Hardy

    Paediatrics and Reproductive Health
    Women's and Children's 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
    OUTCOMES (Curriculum Mapping)

    1. On completion of Year 5 Human Reproductive Health, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the:

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

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate competency, as expected of a Year 5 student under appropriate supervision, in the following areas of clinical skills and reasoning:
    • conducting an interview that considers the special physical, psychological and social characteristics required to take a full history relevant to human sexuality, obstetrics and gynaecology
    • conducting a physical examination which takes into account the special problems encountered in human sexuality, obstetrics and gynaecology, in order to confirm or refute an hypothesis or diagnosis
    • providing specific advice to the woman about the arrangements necessary for confinement in an appropriate setting, including referral to a Specialist Obstetrician for further management if risk factors have been identified
    • providing specific advice to the woman on the potential hazards of drugs to the conceptus
    • requesting appropriate laboratory, psychological or social data in order to reach an appropriate diagnosis
    • observing and recording the progress of labour, delivery and the early puerperium
    • formulating a plan for care of the patient(s)

    3. Students will be able to demonstrate the following professional attributes:
    • applying the principles of evidence based medicine in obstetrics and gynaecology
    • maintaining the dignity and privacy of the woman
    • practising empathetic medicine
    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 -3

    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 - 3

    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 - 3

    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 -2

    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

    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
  • 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
    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

    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.

    Summative Assessment
    There are four items of summative assessment: a Core Competencies requirement (10%), a 3,500 word case write up (20%), an online MCQ test (35%) and an OSCE (35%).

    Full details of the formatibve and summative assessment tasks are available in the Assessment section of the My Uni course.
    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.
    Assessment Detail
    Clinical Competencies
    This is a record of observed participation in the clinical activities specified. Supervisors sign off each successfully completed activity. Submission of copies of signed consent forms for each vaginal examination you have undertaken is required.

    Case Write Up
    This is a 3,500 word analysis of a self-selected case in either obstetrics or gynaecology. You should choose a case that you have had close involvement in, both in the hospital and/or clinic setting and in the post-hospital/clinic community setting and that demonstrates significant health care requirements. Full details including a detailed marking rubric are available in My Uni.

    MCQ test
    A single best answer MCQ test is undertaken online and covers a broad range of topics as detailed in My Uni.

    This multi-station clinical examination has questions of 8 minutes’ duration plus 2-minutes' of reading time. The OSCE covers a range of skills including history taking, examination, requesting and interpretation of investigations, diagnosis, management, explanation and counselling. Questions may be in obstetrics, gynaecology or neonatology. Stations will be standardised using surrogate patients and anatomical simulations, where applicable. Each of the stations carries equal weighting. Examiners when present remain silent for the duration of the question. All sessions are recorded and in some instances there may be no examiner present in the examination room.

    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.

    For details please refer to My Uni.

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

    For details please refer to My Uni.
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    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.

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