Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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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24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Full year (extended) 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Full year (extended) 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)A/Prof Christopher Wright


Students who fail to progress in MED3051 in semester 1 must discontinue from MED3200. Unit discontinuation penalites will apply.


Introductory Clinical Studies integrates the learning across MED3051 and MED3062. Learning activities specific to each specialty area will be linked to the specific clinical placement and may include lectures, tutorials, case-based learning, bed- side tutorials, practical skills sessions, and specialty teaching clinics and directed learning activities.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to

  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.
  4. Explain the economic perspective on health issues and health care.
  5. Critique evaluations of a health intervention.
  6. Identify organisational factors which impact on patient care and participate in quality improvement processes.
  7. Identify the impact of public health policy on the delivery of health care to the individual.
  8. Identify relevant programs and community resources available to patients and their families.
  9. Identify relevant approaches to health education, illness prevention and rehabilitation.
  10. Apply the knowledge and concepts of basic biological, psychological and social science to common and important clinical conditions.
  11. Identify biological, psychological and social factors pertinent to understanding the illness and its management.
  12. Identify common and important illnesses, conditions and disorders.
  13. Elicit and record an accurate clinical history appropriate for the patients and the clinical context.
  14. Perform and accurately record an appropriate physical examination.
  15. Develop differential diagnoses and formulate problems.
  16. Competently perform selected clinical practices, techniques and procedures.
  17. Formulate appropriate patient-centred management plans and discuss management issues.
  18. Identify appropriate and cost-effective investigation strategies.


Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (55%)
Written examination (45%)

Hurdle: Satisfactory attendance of over 80%, satisfactory participation and performance in clinical skills activities.

Chief examiner(s)

A/Prof Peter Barton (Clayton), Prof Parasakthi Navaratnam (Malaysia)

Workload requirements

2 x 18 week semesters in continuous rotations through clinical attachments.


Must have completed 2 of MED2031, MED2042, GMA2000, GMA2022


MED3051 or MED3062; Students must be enrolled in 0040, 1074, 3856, 3952, 4531, 4533 or 4532