MEDIC ST 6000A - Final (Sixth Year) MBBS Assessment Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

This is the final year of the MBBS degree. This course also includes the Dean's elective, a compulsory 4 week elective experience often taken overseas.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MEDIC ST 6000A
    Course Final (Sixth Year) MBBS Assessment Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions MBBS Students only
    Course Description This is the final year of the MBBS degree. This course also includes the Dean's elective, a compulsory 4 week elective experience often taken overseas.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Campbell Thompson

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The Year 6 MBBS course aims to prepare students for their role as interns the following year, and more broadly for their work as doctors, initially in junior positions then continuing the lifelong learning required to work in the medical profession.
    There are no formal examinations in Year 6, and the Year 6 course consists of a series of clinical placements. Students undertake clinical duties under supervision, working as part of the multi-disciplinary team. There is a focus on work ethic and professional behaviour. Students are expected to maintain 95% attendance, and any absences require pre-approved leave or a medical certificate.

    There are two semesters. The internship semester has three six week placements, specifically designed to enable students to learn to perform intern duties. These are an emergency internship (sometimes combined with ICU or acute medical unit); a medical internship; and a surgical internship. During the internship semester, students attend the Transition to internship program (TTIP). This  formal teaching program focusses on the development of practical skills required for internship.

    The second semester includes the Dean’s elective, and four selective placements. The Dean’s elective is a 4 week placement organised by individual students which allows them to pursue their specific interests within medicine. Many students travel overseas for the Dean’s elective. The four selective placements are in medicine, surgery, psychiatry and primary care. There is a wide range of selective placements available, working in the community as well as hospital-based medicine. In some cases students can create their own selective placement.

    Professional practice development is facilitated through sessions with a “learning coach” throughout the year. The sessions utilise a set of questions each month to provide a framework for discussion and debrief. Additionally, the learning coach may provide practical advice in the use of resources for learning and clinical practice.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of Year 6, and the MBBS Course, students will:

    1.  Demonstrate professional behaviours including advocacy and leadership in healthcare
    2.  Evaluate individual and population health status, and where necessary, formulate, implement and monitor management plans in consultation with other health professionals, patients, carers and communities
    3. Promote and optimise the health and welfare of individuals and populations
    4. Retrieve, critically evaluate, interpret and apply evidence in the performance of health-related activities
    5. Deliver safe and effective collaborative healthcare
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Medicine is not localised. Educational and medical practices are both influenced by worldwide trends and research, and you can gain enormous benefit from this cross-fertilisation of knowledge and practice. Most institutions are pleased to be able to offer attachments to students from other institutions or countries and value the opportunity to work with students from different cultures and educational approaches.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The Dean’s elective provides an opportunity for students to experience healthcare provision in a different setting or to work in a speciality or sub-speciality in which they have a particular interest. 

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

    Year 6 students are required to undertake a 4 week Dean’s elective. There is 4 weeks allocated during the selective semester for the Dean’s elective, but students may (with prior approval from the Course Coordinator) arrange to complete the Dean’s elective during the break between Year 5 and Year 6 or during the mid-semester break. The Dean’s elective cannot be undertaken at the end of Year 6 as this time may be needed for remedial placements.
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    The aim of the Dean’s elective is to allow you the greatest flexibility in selecting an experience that will meet your particular needs and interests. The Dean’s elective provides an opportunity for you to undertake a clinical placement of your choice in an institution of your choosing. Many students undertake their electives overseas; some take placements in other parts of Australia whilst a few students work in South Australia itself.
  • 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
    To complete Year 6 students must successfully complete the 2 hurdle assessments as per below and have successfully completed all year level component course placements (24 units).
    Description Assessment Task
    Dean's Elective Reflection and certificate of completion 0% hurdle
    Professional Practice Development Canvas learning coach session submissions 0% hurdle

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

    •    a satisfactory result in the assessment components 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
    Professional Requirements
    All medical students are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Board of Australia. The staff of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences manage student registration by providing a list of enrolled medical students to the AHPRA. Students do not need to register individually.

    Students must adhere to the codes, guidelines and policies of these agencies. Further information about your obligations as registered members of the medical profession can be found on the websites of the registration bodies:

    The University of Adelaide has developed a Code of Conduct in consultation with the Medical Board of Australia to guide students and clarify expectations of student conduct on a range of issues and in various situations. The Code of Conduct is found in the canvas course associated with this course.

    Attendance Requirements
    All courses in the MBBS program have attendance requirements that are clearly outlined in the respective Course Outlines.
    Assessment Detail

    Professional Practice Development

    Students are required to engage with the learning coach sessions. Completion of all Canvas learning coach session submissions are a hurdle requirement

    Dean's Elective

    Students are required to complete a two page report (about 1200 words) reflecting on how this elective has contributed to their learning. These reports may be made available to subsequent year groups to inform them about what host institutions have to offer our students. Students do have the option to ask for their report not to be made available to other students.

    You are required to submit a certificate of completion form, signed by the supervisor of your Dean’s elective placement. Supervisors will be contacted to confirm that students completed their elective satisfactorily and that there were no issues or concerns.

    To graduate a student must have achieved a NGP in 24 units of the clinical placement courses and have completed both hurdle requirements as per above.

    If a student has not completed all required 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 prior to graduation.

    No information currently available.

    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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    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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  • Policies & Guidelines
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