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


Integrated Clinical Studies builds upon learning in the specialty clinical areas of Children's Health, General Practice, Psychiatry and Women's Health. Students will undertake clinical placements in each specialty clinical areas across the year. Learning activities specific to each specialty area will be linked to the specific clinical placement and may include lectures, tutorials, case-based learning, bedside tutorials, practical skills sessions, and specialty teaching clinics and directed learning activities. Students are expected to consolidate knowledge and skills through both experiential learning in clinical settings and self directed study.


Upon successful completion, for the disciplines relevant to each of the clinical placements undertaken, students should 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.


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.


Summative assessment tasks:
OSCEs (40%)
Written examinations (40%)
Written VIA (20%)

Attendance: 80% attendance at clinical attachments.

Workload requirements

This is a 24 point unit over 2 x18 week semesters in continuous rotations through clinical attachments. 80% minimum attendance hurdle requirement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


MED3051, MED3062, MED3200 or GMB3031, GMB3042 and GMB3200.


MED4000 and (MED4171 or MED4182). Must be enrolled in courses 0040, 1074, 3856, 3952, 4531, 4533 or 4532.