MEDIC ST 5018HO - Paediatrics and Child Health Inbound 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 5018HO
    Course Paediatrics and Child Health Inbound Exchange
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Units 6
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    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 Nicholas Smith

    Dr Nicholas Smith
    Senior Lecturer
    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.

    Full details are located in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate an understanding 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.

    Demonstrate a 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.

    Demonstrate 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. (A detailed list of common organ system disorders will have been provided to each student)

    Demonstrate the knowledge of the emergency care of children, common surgical conditions, resuscitation procedures, and competency in common procedures such as blood sampling, urine sample collection.

    Demonstrate 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.

    Identify the role of the family and the community in providing for the needs of the child with an clear understanding of the rights of children and young people and the relevant health and welfare agencies and their roles.

    Demonstrate an understanding 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)

    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, 2, 4, 5

    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.

    3, 5

    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.


    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.

    6, 7

    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.

    5, 6, 7

    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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Essential reading
    Practical Paediatrics   (7th ed, 2012)                             
    ISBN: 9780443102806

    Paediatric Handbook (2004)
    Women’s and Children’s Hospital
    Dist: Available from the Emergency Department

    Recommended Resources
    Recommended reading
    Paediatric Clinical Examination Made Easy (5th ed revised, 2006)  
    ISBN: 9780443103957

    Great Ormond Street Colour Handbook of Paediatric Medicine and Surgery (2007)
    ISBN: 9781874545279    

    Jones’ Clinical Paediatric Surgery (6th ed, 2008)
    ISBN: 9781405162678

    Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics (4th ed, 2011)
    ISBN: 9780723435655

    Paediatrics and Child Heath (3rd ed, 2011)
    ISBN: 9781405194747

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

    Further useful reading
    Apley’s Concise System of Orthopaedics and Fractures (3rd ed, 2005)
    ISBN: 9780340809846

    Lecture Notes on Diseases of the Ear, Nose and Throat (10th ed rev, 2007)
    ISBN: 9781405145084

    Nelson’s Essentials of Paediatrics (6th ed, 2010)
    ISBN: 9781437706437
    Vaughn and Ashbury’s General Ophthalmology (18th ed, 2011)
    ISBN: 9780071634205

    Lecture Notes – Paediatrics   (8th Ed, 2011)
    ISBN: 9781405145091

    Major text references
    Nelson’s Textbook of Paediatrics (19th ed, 2011)
    ISBN: 9781437707557

    Useful websites
    Online Medelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)

    American Academy of Paediatrics 

    Online Learning

    Online Lectures:   

    Formative MCQ’s in relation to lecture topics are available through MyUni:

    Spotting the Sick Child:   

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    History 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 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. 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 history

                Development status and history

                Playgroup/Kindergarten/School history

                History of growth and nutrition

                Immunisation 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 stages

                e.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

    Internships 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 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. Structure: •    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, 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.

    Structured Learning
    Lectures (online): 30 x 45 minute sesssions
    Tutorials: 40 x 1 hour sessions
    Practicum Placement: 35 x 3 hours

    Assessment Tasks (Expected Preparation Time
    Summative Tests: 30 hours
    Supervisor's Report: 75 hours
    Project Report: 15 hours

    Non Contact Learning
    Weekly Reading/Other Study: 8 x 3 hours = 24 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Full details can be found in MyUni.
    Specific Course Requirements

    Police 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.

    Identification badges 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.

  • 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





    1. Three (3) Internship Supervisor Final Assessments


     N/A (Submitted/Not Submitted)

     1 - 7

    2. Log Book

    Compulsory Formative

     N/A (Submitted/Not Submitted)

     1 - 7

    3. Paediatric Mental Health (attendance, participation, written reflective exercises and formulations)



     1 - 7

    4. OSCE (Medical and Surgical)




    5. MCQ



     1 - 7

    6. Observed Clinical Assessment



     1 - 3

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation, modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    1. Three Internship Supervisor Final Assessments - No change
    2. Log Book - No change
    3. Paediatric Mental Health - NOT continuing for Semester 1
    4. OSCE - NOT continuing for Semester 1 - this will now be REPLACED with Case Based Discussions (40%)
    5. MCQ - % Weighting increased (40%)
    6. Observed Clinical Assessment - this will now be REPLACED with Paediatric Life Support MCQ (10%)
    7. NEW: Completion of Child Protection Module (10%)
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Assessment Related Requirements

    Internship 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. Attendance at ICU, Plastering and Pathology Teaching Sessions is compulsory.

    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

    Assessment Detail

     Log 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 Clinical Studies 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 in the final clinical skills tutorial.

     OSCE (Medical & Surgical) The Medical OSCE consists of 5 stations each 5 minutes in duration testing core competencies in Paediatric Medicine.  There may be a combination of 4 active stations (with examiners) and 1 static station (written responses to questions). The Surgical OSCE consists of 3 stations each 7 minutes in duration on Paediatric surgical topics.  There may be a combination of 2 active stations (with examiners) and 1 static station (written responses to questions).

    Full information is located in MyUni.
    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.

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

    Students should familarise themselves with the University Policy on Additional Assessment/Replacement Assessment.

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