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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
OfferedClayton Second semester (extended) 2010 (Day)
Sunway Second semester (extended) 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Prof. Christine McMenamin


MED5092 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 (learning modules). Furthermore, 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 MED5092, the student will demonstrate:

Clinical sciences (Themes III and IV)

  1. appropriate clinical history and physical/mental state examination skills required of an intern;

  1. the clinical skills necessary to competently assess emergency and non-emergency conditions;

  1. an ability to identify and assimilate presenting problems in the development of appropriate therapeutic treatments and a management plan;

  1. an understanding of the acute, chronic, ambulatory and psycho-social contexts of illness and how these influence the clinical presentation and management;

  1. an understanding of the 'continuum of care' in patient management across diverse settings including rural health;

  1. 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 (Themes I and IV)

  1. an ability to work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary health care team;

  1. effective communication skills, advocacy skills and social understanding with patients of all ages and their families within diverse and multicultural contexts;

  1. appropriate written and verbal communication skills with members of the health care team;

  1. appropriate professional, ethical and gender competent behaviour with patients and members of the health care team;

  1. familiarity with the medico-legal responsibilities of being an intern; and

  1. a comprehension of the broad diversity of career options.


There will be multiple approaches to assessment in MED5092 as follows: Apart from the PIA 'in-training' assessment, which will be graded, all assessment tasks will be a 'hurdle' requirement. Each assessment item will need to be successfully completed to Pass the unit. 1. Formative assessment; 2. Moderated online discussions; 3. Case presentations; 4. Clinical Knowledge Test; 5. Pre-Intern Appraisal (PIA); 6. Portfolio. Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 80% tutorials and clinical placements to pass this unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Christine McMenamin


MED4071, MED4082 and MED4000


Must be enrolled in the MBBS or MBBS/LLB