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MED5002 - Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics

20 points, SCA Band 3, 0.417 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Danielle Wilkins and Professor Richard Doherty


Not offered in 2007


Clinical teaching in a hospital environment including patient clerking, practise of history taking and examination, patient management and rostered activities in paediatric, and gynaecology wards. Specialty teaching clinics and tutorials and a lecture series covering principles concepts and problems peculiar to paediatrics. Experience in newborn care, paediatric emergencies and paramedical programs. Attachment to delivery suite. Antenatal clinic teaching with practice of history and examination skills and performing pap smears. Surgical teaching in gynaecological and special clinics in family planning, infertility, sexual counselling, sexually transmitted diseases, foetal diagnosis.


At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate appropriate communication skills and professional behaviour;
  2. complete relevant medical histories and perform appropriate clinical examinations for obstetrics and gynaecology;
  3. record an appropriate paediatric medical history;
  4. perform and appropriate paediatric physical examination;
  5. apply knowledge and concepts of children's growth and development to effective history taking and physical examination;
  6. identify illnesses and disorders occurring predominantly in children;
  7. discuss the management issues specifically related to paediatric patients;
  8. recognize the implications for the patient, family and community of paediatric conditions;
  9. identify the facilities available in the community for dealing with children;
  10. demonstrate competency in selected obstetric and gynaecological procedures/techniques;
  11. formulate reasonable investigation and management plans for patients in both obstetrics and gynaecology;
  12. observe relevant clinical practices in antenatal, postpartum and postnatal obstetrics;
  13. observe relevant clinical practices in general, fertility/infertility and oncological gynaecology; and
  14. demonstrate appropriate and sympathetic counselling to patients for selected obstetric and gynaecological contexts.


Continuous assessment (clinical skills, oral presentations and written reports - satisfactory completion required)
OSCE and written examination: 100%

Contact hours

An 18-week rotation. Continuous attachment in a hospital environment.


Pass all year 4 MBBS.


Must be enrolled in MBBS or MBBS/LLB


This unit is not available to students in the 5 year structure of the MBBS program.