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MDMP5511: Medical General Foundation Knowledge 1

Upon completion of this module, students will have gained Foundation knowledge and clinical skills to understand the normal to spectrum of Musculoskeletal, Respiratory and Cardiovascular systems. There will be a particular focus on 1. The processes responsible for the maintenance of homeostasis in the human body. 2. The etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, and natural history of common diseases. 3. Investigations that can aid in diagnosis. 4. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options and prevention strategies to manage common diseases. Foundations is covered over 3 weeks and each system is covered over four weeks duration. The content incorporates themes relevant to the topic, including Basic and Clinical Sciences, Clinical Skills, Therapeutics and Diagnostics, Population Health, Ethics Law and Professionalism, Interprofessional Teamwork, and Indigenous Health. Learning will be based on authentic clinical scenarios using team-based learning with integration of core biomedical sciences including anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology. This will ensure a sound biomedical foundation for clinical learning in Year 2 and beyond. One day per week will be reserved for flexible learning. With the increasing utilisation of a flipped classroom approach, students will have time to independently review online material. Students will spend one day per week at their clinical schools learning foundation clinical skills in history, examination, and procedural skills with a mixture of supervised clinical experience, simulation and near peer teaching.

Code MDMP5511
Academic unit Central Clinical School
Credit points 24
Assumed knowledge:
Foundational Knowledge in Anatomy, Physiology and Biology

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the normal development, anatomy, biochemistry and physiology of human structure and function in the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and renal systems throughout the life continuum to understand the normal status of homeostasis
  • LO2. outline the etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features and natural history of common diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and renal system from birth to end of life to develop clinical reasoning skills
  • LO3. describe the roles of individuals, groups, organizations and communities to promote healthy human development, including screening of early detection of disease (social behavioural sciences)
  • LO4. identify the deficiencies in their biomedical science knowledge and use relevant learning resources, including discussion with experts in the field, to address any gaps in knowledge
  • LO5. obtain an accurate and structured basic medical history and perform a systematic examination of healthy adults (or patients where appropriate) in simulated or clinical environments
  • LO6. identify, select and interpret appropriate investigations of the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and renal systems to identify significant abnormalities in results and describe principles of management
  • LO7. perform basic clinical procedures relevant to the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and renal systems on simulated patients/models or healthy adults to develop practical clinical skills
  • LO8. outline the importance and principles behind patient-centred care to prepare for best clinical practice and patient safety
  • LO9. identify high-quality evidence from the available literature and integrate this evidence with health informatics and biological mechanisms to formulate and solve theoretical clinical cases
  • LO10. describe the social, cultural, historical and political context of population health to identify systemic issues that impact health and the provision of effective healthcare locally and globally
  • LO11. apply basic epidemiological principles and interpret data to measure and monitor the health status of individuals and populations (surveillance)
  • LO12. demonstrate methods of assessing the cost-effectiveness, sustainability and impact of medical interventions and prevention programs implemented by organisations or individuals (evaluation)
  • LO13. reflect on the role of the doctor as an advocate or activist for the health of individuals or communities they serve and critique examples of health promotion, advocacy and activism (health promotion)
  • LO14. acquire and acknowledge the cultures, experiences, strengths and health needs of indigenous individuals and communities to address indigenous health challenges in a holistic manner
  • LO15. build informed critical thinking skills to identify strengths and health needs of indigenous individuals and communities through active listening and collaboration with the patient, family, community to co-produce improved health care outcomes
  • LO16. acquire insight into the professional behaviours (e.g. empathy, social awareness, integrity, humility, curiosity, equity and open-mindedness) required for future engagement inpatient and community-centred, team-based healthcare in an indigenous healthcare context
  • LO17. recognise the theoretical principles and practical implications of Ethics Law and Professionalism (ELP) for the provision of high-quality professional and equitable health care
  • LO18. explain the mechanistic rationale for the choice of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options of cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, renal diseases determined by the clinical condition, local or national evidence-based guidelines and patient preference
  • LO19. describe the pharmacological, metabolic and immunological basis to build knowledge of drug action, drug interactions and adverse drug reactions of cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, renal drugs
  • LO20. engage, collaborate and communicate effectively, provide and receive constructive feedback in a respectful manner with all team members to develop a high standard of inter-professional behaviours.

Unit outlines

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