School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care

Foundations of Clinical Practice, Year 1

The Foundations of Clinical Practice units span the first three years of the medical course.

The purpose of this year-long unit is to introduce and develop students’ knowledge, attitudes and skills in population health and clinical practice, as well as introducing students to some of the major health issues in our Australian society.

The General Practice department runs the clinical skills component of this course in Semester 2. Students will learn the principles of history-taking and clinical examination that will be used throughout their medical career. They will specifically learn how to discuss cardiovascular and respiratory problems with patients and how to perform a cardiovascular and respiratory system examination.

Students are taught in small groups by practising general practitioners who are passionate about medicine and teaching.

They get an opportunity to develop these skills by visiting hospital wards and having volunteer patients come in and speak to them. At the end of semester they are expected to know how to ‘take a history’ from a patient and perform a cardiovascular and respiratory system examination on a normal subject.

 

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