MED3200 - Foundation clinical studies - 2018

24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Peter Barton (Clayton)
Professor Parasakthi Navaratnam (Malaysia)


Associate Professor Christopher Wright
Dr Subathra Sabaratnam

Unit guides



  • Full year (extended) 2018 (On-campus)


  • Full year (extended) 2018 (On-campus)


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


MED3100 or MED3062. Must be enrolled in courses M6011, M6018, 4531, 4533 or 4532.


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 MED3100 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. Comply with the code of conduct for Monash medical students.
  2. Use key ethical and legal principles to discuss and evaluate issues relevant to public health, clinical research practice, and professional standards for patient care.
  3. Communicate effectively and appropriately with others in academic and clinical settings (patients, family and carers, peers, and health care professionals).
  4. Interact appropriately and work collaboratively with others in clinical settings.
  5. Identify, develop and use strategies to meet academic and personal challenges and needs. THEME II

  6. Explain the impact of social and environmental determinants of health on health status in marginalised groups, including the Indigenous population.
  7. Evaluate available programs, interventions and community resources for prevention and health promotion to determine their suitability for a patient or community.
  8. Apply key concepts in population health, epidemiology and measurement of health and disease in populations.
  9. Describe how the delivery of health care services has its impact on the health of individuals at all levels of the health care system.
  10. Effectively search, appraise and implement information from medical research literature, lay press and clinical practice guidelines. THEME III

  11. Explain the structure and function of the human body at cellular, organ, system and whole body levels.
  12. Apply the knowledge and concepts of basic biological, psychological and social science to common and important clinical conditions.
  13. Relate presenting complaints and clinical signs to common and important illnesses, conditions and disorders.
  14. Explain the pathological processes and causes underlying clinical signs and symptoms for specified illnesses and conditions.
  15. Discuss appropriate pharmacological approaches to the management of specified conditions and diseases. THEME IV

  16. Elicit and record an accurate clinical history appropriate for the patient and the clinical context.
  17. Perform and accurately record an appropriate physical examination.
  18. Synthesise symptoms and signs to determine the most likely diagnosis and relevant differentials.
  19. Competently perform specified clinical procedures.
  20. Explain investigations and select appropriately for the patient's presenting problems or conditions.
  21. Describe management principles for specified clinical problems.
  22. Effectively communicate medical information to patients.


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.Students must be aware of the faculty's Clinical Placement Guidelines.Students will not be permitted to attend any clinical placements unless they have current valid Working with Children and Police checks, and have a satisfactory immunisation status, all of which must be submitted to Faculty.


  1. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (50%)
  2. 2 x Written examination - Paper 1 (3 hours) (35%) and Paper 2 (2 hours) (15%) (EMQ/EMS)
  3. Attendance Hurdle: Although students are expected to have 100% attendance, the Faculty has determined 90% as a minimum attendance HURDLE requirement for specified activities. If you are unable to attend a session, you may be eligible for In Semester Special Consideration.

    In order to pass MED3200, students must pass the OSCE examination, pass the combined written examination and pass the attendance hurdle.

    The Borderline Group method is used to determine the pass score and borderline range for the OSCE, and the Ebel method is used to determine the pass score and borderline range for the combined written examination.

    The MED3200 Unit Guide contains a glossary of terms, information regarding additional assessment in this unit, and details of the specified activities for the attendance hurdle.

Workload requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

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