Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester (extended) 2012 (Day)
Sunway Second semester (extended) 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Prof Christine McMenamin


Specialty Clinical Practices II provides clinical teaching in Children's Health, General Practice, Psychiatry and Women's Health. Students will undertake clinical placements in at least 2 specialty areas across the semester. Learning activities, tailored to the specific placement, may include lectures, tutorials, case-based learning, bedside tutorials, practical skills sessions, and specialty teaching clinics and directed learning activities. Students are expected to attend clinical settings, undertake independent learning activities and consolidate knowledge and skills from previous learning. EBCP and Health Economics components will be integrated with placement activities.


On successful completion, for the disciplines relevant to each of the clinical placements undertaken, students are expected to be able to:

Theme I: Personal and Professional Development

  1. Demonstrate appropriate communication, and interpersonal and professional skills for hospital and community clinical settings
  2. Recognise legal and ethical issues relevant to the practice of medicine.
  3. Recognise the principles of team-work, and the role of doctors in clinical teams.

Theme II: Population, Society, Health and Illness
  1. Explain the economic perspective on health issues and health care.
  2. Critique evaluations of a health intervention.
  3. Identify organisational factors which impact on patient care and participate in quality improvement processes.
  4. Identify the impact of public health policy on the delivery of health care to the individual.
  5. Identify relevant programs and community resources available to patients and their families.
  6. Identify relevant approaches to health education, illness prevention and rehabilitation.

Theme III: Foundations of Clinical Practice
  1. Apply the knowledge and concepts of basic biological, psychological and social science to common and important clinical conditions.
  2. Identify biological, psychological and social factors pertinent to understanding the illness and its management.
  3. Identify common and important illnesses, conditions and disorders.

Theme IV: Clinical Skills
  1. Elicit and record an accurate clinical history appropriate for the patients and the clinical context.
  2. Perform and accurately record an appropriate physical examination.
  3. Develop differential diagnoses and formulate problems.
  4. Competently perform selected clinical practices, techniques and procedures.
  5. Formulate appropriate patient-centred management plans and discuss management issues.
  6. Identify appropriate and cost-effective investigation strategies.


Summative assessment tasks (written and practical) specific for the discipline area of the clinical attachments (ie Children's Health, General Practice Women's Health, Psychiatry) with a total of 12 assessment workload points for in-semester assessment. Weighting 100%
Hurdle requirements for each area of clinical attachment (ie Children's Health, General Practice Women's Health) such as specified clinical tasks and completion of logbooks. Successful completion of web-based Evidence-Based Clinical Practice and Health Economics components.
80% minimum attendance hurdle requirement

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Shah Yasin

Contact hours

This is a 12 point unit over 18 weeks in continuous rotations through clinical attachments.


MED3051, MED3062