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Medicine 1 (24 points)


Leader: Professor R Doherty, Associate Professor T Luff

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: MED1011 will introduce students to the four themes (sub-units) upon which the five-year curriculum is based: THEME I: Personal and Professional Development: students will participate in a three-day residential program, focusing on transition to university life, personal ethics, healthy lifestyle, group support and communication skills. This will be followed by a Health Enhancement program concentrating on self care (stress management, relaxation training, coping skills), other aspects of healthy lifestyle and group support, and introduction to the science of Mind-Body Medicine. Also included: an introduction to Ethics and Medical Law. THEME II: Population, Society, Health and Illness: Health, Knowledge and Society. A series of 'hypotheticals' (debates and discussions) will provide a framework of inquiry allowing analysis of the social aspects of medicine, utilizing the 'sociological imagination'. The sociological imagination refers to a framework of inquiry into the social phenomena that examines events in historical, cultural, structural and critical terms. THEME III: Foundations of Medicine: The Fabric of Life provides students with foundation knowledge in genomics and cell biology in health and disease. An integral part of this theme will be the weekly patient-centred learning activity (PCL). Each PCL integrates material presented to students in this and other themes throughout the week. THEME IV: Clinical Skills: introduces students to practical clinical skills, including scrub, gloving, sharps disposal; Basic Life Support (Level 2) First Aid Program; subcutaneous and intramuscular injecting. Students will interact with health care professionals during medical contact visits, and will be introduced to the medical interview, taking a family history, ethical aspects of medical contact visits.

Assessment: Examinations and written assignments to account for 20% of the end of year one mark.

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