MED1100 - Introduction to medical practice - 2019

24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

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


Dr Richard Loiacono (Clayton)
Dr Amudha Kadirvelu (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Full year 2019 (On-campus)


  • Full year 2019 (On-campus)



Must be enrolled in course code 4531, 4533, M6011, M6019


This unit reflects an introduction to the four themes of the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) curriculum: Theme I (Personal and Professional Development), Theme II (Society, Population, Health and Illness), Theme III (Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice) and Theme IV (Clinical Skills).

Students begin to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required by a medical student. Content is focused on basic medical and behavioural sciences and is organised to assist students to integrate and apply learning related to clinical and other problems through integrated cases.

Clinical Skills introduces students to key concepts and techniques in clinical practice. Site visits introduce students to the health care system and clinical practice.


Theme I - Personal and Professional Development

  1. Comply with the code of conduct for Monash medical students
  2. Describe key ethical and legal principles to discuss issues pertinent to health care and clinical contexts.
  3. Communicate effectively and appropriately with others (patients, peers, staff, and community members).
  4. Interact appropriately and work collaboratively with others.
  5. Identify, develop and use approaches to meet academic and personal challenges and needs

    Theme II - Society, Population, Health and Illness

  6. Identify key social, economic and environmental determinants of health on status and outcomes in marginalised groups, including the Indigenous population.
  7. Identify key concepts in prevention science and approaches used in health promotion.
  8. Identify key concepts in population health, epidemiology and measurement of health and disease in populations.
  9. Describe the role of health care services in maintaining health and in monitoring, managing and preventing disease.
  10. Collect, record and evaluate information from specified medical research literature and popular information sources using prescribed methodologies and critiera.

    Theme III - Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice

  11. Describe the structure and function of the human body at cellular, organ, system and whole body levels.
  12. Describe biological, psychological and social factors pertinent to understanding human development, health, illness and behaviour.
  13. Identify common and important illnesses, conditions and disorders.
  14. Describe fundamental pathological processes and causes underlying specified illnesses and conditions.
  15. Describe the principles of drugs and their actions.

    Theme IV - Clinical Skills

  16. Elicit and summarise a structured, comprehensive and logical history in simulated environments.
  17. Perform and summarise an appropriate examination for specified systems in simulated environments.
  18. Propose and discuss the reasoning for a differential diagnosis (list) at a basic level for specified systems.
  19. Competently perform specified clinical procedures and tasks in simulated environments.
  20. Identify relevant investigations for specified problems or conditions.
  21. Describe elements of a basic management plan for specified problems and conditions.
  22. Use principles for effectively communicating medical information to patients in simulated settings.


4 x half day clinical site visits per academic year (2 per semester - Domestic travel).


  • 4 x Written assignments (8,000 words total) (40%)
  • Oral presentation (30 minutes) (5%)
  • Rural group assignment (3,000 words) (5%)
  • 6 x On-line quizzes (6 hours total) (30%)
  • 2 x Practical assessments (10 minutes each) (10% total)
  • Reflective journal (2,000 words) (5%)
  • Tutor reports (5%)

Hurdle requirements:

  • Students must attend a minimum of 80% of designated teaching activities to pass this unit.
  • Students must achieve an overall pass in the written assignments, quizzes and competency based practical assessments to pass this unit

Workload requirements

Note: This is a 24 credit point unit delivered across a full year which equates to a 12 credit point workload per semester.

12 hours of teacher directed study per week including tutorials, workshops, practical sessions, site visits and integrated case based tutorials each week plus 12 hours of on-line and self-directed study.

Total per week = 24 hours

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