Course Title: Clinical Internship

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Internship

Credit Points: 48.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COTH2042

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

COTH2042

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Workplace

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007

COTH2042

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Tony Zhang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7758

Course Coordinator Email: tony.zhang@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.078


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

OR


Course Description

COTH2042 Clinical Internship is a one-semester course. It comprises a capstone experience - a culmination and application of all the knowledge and skills in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine you have learnt within your Program. You will consolidate, extend and holistically integrate your learning in an internship involving observation and treatment of patients with a variety of clinical conditions. You will be supervised closely by registered and qualified Chinese medicine practitioners. You will diagnose and differentiate clinical conditions of internal medicine, gynaecology, paediatrics, traumatology/tuina and dermatology according to both Chinese and Western medicine. You will formulate appropriate acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine treatment plans.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) in the following way:

  • PLO 1: Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework;
  • PLO 2: Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment;
  • PLO 3: Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner;
  • PLO 4: Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care;
  • PLO 5: Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals);
  • PLO 6: Work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
  • PLO 8: Understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Elicit from patients their reasons for seeking treatment, respond to their inquiries about Chinese medicine and advise them with consideration of cultural diversity and cultural safety on their health condition and lifestyle.
  2. Collect and record diagnostic information and treatment details which include questioning the patient regarding their medical history, their current symptoms and signs and the results of your physical examination.
  3. Explain and justify the formulation of your diagnosis and treatment plan and demonstrate the management of materials for acupuncture, moxibustion and related techniques; and apply and comply with legal and ethical responsibilities as a Chinese medicine practitioner.
  4. Determine when referral to other health professions is warranted and use reflective practice to evaluate your own diagnoses, treatment approaches and communication skills.


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to engage you actively in the learning process, to aid development of both theoretical knowledge and clinical practice skills. You will be required to complete this course and treat patients in a wide range of conditions including but not limited to Internal Medicine, Traumatology, Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Dermatology based on the clinical roster at RMIT Health Clinic, virtual clinic, community clinic and/or hospital clinic.

Final Clinical capability assessments will be conducted at the conclusion of the internship.


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to students. Lecture material will be delivered via online media. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulations. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Chinese Medicine library subject guides are available via http://rmit.libguides.com/chinese-medicine 


Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program. Visit http://www.chinesemedicineboard.gov.au/ for all relevant polices and guidelines set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Clinical Practicum (HURDLE)

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: ePortfolio

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Acupuncture competency test (HURDLE)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Clinical competency tests (HURDLE)

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4