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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

21 points, SCA Band 3, 0.4375 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Assoc. Prof Robyn Hill


GMD5071 is focused on facilitating the transition of students into the medical workplace as beginning interns. Students will participate in a range of learning experiences which are designed to substantially enhance their clinical reasoning, diagnostic and case management skills. Students will participate in supervised clinical practice and related learning activities (modules). Further, students will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills in self selected areas of clinical practice which may include electing a remote community, health or medicine related field.


At the completion of GMD5071, the student will demonstrate:
Clinical sciences: (Themes III & IV)

  1. appropriate clinical history and physical/mental state examination skills required of an intern;
  2. the clinical skills necessary to competently assess emergency and non-emergency conditions;
  3. an ability to identify and assimilate presenting problems in the development of appropriate therapeutic treatments and a management plan;
  4. an understanding of the acute, chronic, ambulatory and psycho-social contexts of illness and how these influence the clinical presentation and management;
  5. an understanding of the 'continuum of care' in patient management across diverse settings including rural health;
  6. competence in relevant clinical procedures;
Biosciences: (Themes II and III)
  1. an understanding of the causative factors and pathophysiological basis of health and disease;
Knowledge of health care systems: (Theme II)
  1. an awareness of health care quality improvement activities;
Professional attributes and behaviour: (Theme I and IV)
  1. an ability to work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary health care team;
  2. effective communication skills, advocacy skills and social understanding with patients of all ages and their families within diverse and multicultural contexts;
  3. appropriate written and verbal communication skills with members of the health care team;
  4. appropriate professional, ethical and gender competent behaviour with patients and members of the health care team;
  5. familiarity with the medico-legal responsibilities of being an intern;
  6. a comprehension of the broad diversity of career options.


There will be multiple approaches to assessment in GMD5071 as follows:
Students will not be individually graded, but all assessments will be a "hurdle" requirement. Each assessment item will need to be successfully completed to pass the unit.
1. Formative assessment
2. Moderated online discussion group
3. Case presentations
4. Clinical Knowledge Test
5. Pre-Intern Appraisal
6. Portfolio

Contact hours

Completion of clinical orientated learning modules together with other negotiated, self directed clinical activities, will form the basis of the pre-intern experience for the student which constitutes a total workload of 30 hours per week.


GMC4051, GMC4062



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