Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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) 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Full year (extended) 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor 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 should 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 rehabilitatiom
  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.


This unit requires students to undertake off-campus clinical placements. In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision. Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit.


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

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

Workload requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Must have completed 2 of MED2031, MED2042, GMA1010, GMA2000.


MED3051 or MED3062. Must be enrolled in courses 0040, 1074, 3856, 3952, 4531, 4533 or 4532.