Course Title: Clinical Medicine 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Medicine 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Ray Myers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257263

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

036739 Clinical Medicine 3

Course Description

This course continues to develop an understanding of the medical approach to diagnosis of conditions that commonly present to primary-contact health care practitioners. Conditions that require referral are covered. This course emphasises the integration of medical diagnosis covered in earlier courses with the material in these modules to enable students to formulate a safe and appropriate management plan for patients. It is closely integrated with the student’s activities in the student teaching clinic. The course seeks to develop an understanding and appreciation of the pregnant, paediatric, and adolescent patient in society and clinical practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Level 4: At this level of capability application, integration and synthesis of all relevant factors enable unfamiliar situations to be researched and dealt with in an appropriate manner. The clinical applications incorporate all previous approaches to arrive at an appropriate patient care and management plan and the capacity to implement it or oversee it’s implementation.

To be able to diagnose common conditions that affect patients at different stages of life from a medical perspective and to recognise when there is a need for referral

Capabilities contributed to:
FC1 diagnose the patient’s clinical presentation
FC2 perform osteopathic manipulative therapeutic procedures effectively, where appropriate
FC3 apply management strategies in order to produce positive outcomes for patients
KC1 have a basis for understanding the scientific literature in manual medicine and related fields and the ability to put this understanding into effective use
KC2 Information, locating, critically evaluating, managing and using a range of information
KC3 knowledge of when to refer the patient for other medical intervention
PC1 Adopt appropriate behaviours in dealing with patients’ concerns, including socially and ethnically sensitive communication skills and empathy
PC2 Engage personally with a body of knowledge by ongoing learning, reflection and analysis and to implement best practice evidence-base practice where the evidence exists
PC3 Working independently or as part of the team in a multi-disciplinary setting
VC2 Make sound judgements, evidenced-based where possible in order to show duty of care to patients

Overview of Learning Activities

Group discussions and presentation
Self directed learning

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed text:
Copies of recommended texts will be placed on reserve in the Bundoora campus library for the period during which they are likely to be in high demand. .

Overview of Assessment

Attendance Requirements, Direct Observation of Procedural Skills, Objective Standardised Clinical Examinations, Professional Behaviour, Assignments and Written exams that may be online
Materials covered in this course are also eaxaminable in the Osteopathic Clinical courses