- Code MEDI8020A
- Unit Value 21 units
A masters level course offered by the ANU Medical School as part of the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD).
This course encompasses the second year of the ANU medical program. During year 2 students study the digestive system, circulatory system, haematology and immunity, musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Students also learn about pathological processes of metabolic imbalance, inherited disease, infection, immunity, neoplasm and degenerative disease. Students continue their learning of the themes and frameworks of the ANU medical program in the context of the physiological systems and the associated population and social determinants of health and medical ethics and the law. The Consolidation block is designed to synthesise the learning of Phase 1 in preparation for learning in clinical environments in Phase 2.
Course Structure and Content
Block 4: Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
Block 5: Haematology, Oncology and Infectious
Block 6: Musculoskeletal and Neuroscience
Block 7: Consolidation
Learning OutcomesLearning Outcomes for Phase 1
During Phase 1 you will develop your understanding of normal human biology, the range of factors affecting health and disease, and the skills and tools needed to obtain, analyse and apply information that is relevant to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. You will develop competency in history taking and clinical examination in preparation for Phase 2 as well as develop effective methods of knowledge and skill acquisition to meet your individual learning needs. You will be able to discuss the structure and functions of the Australian health care system, and demonstrate knowledge of Australian Indigenous culture and history, and the impact this has on health. You will extend and integrate key principles of ethics, law and human rights in health and disease, and you will design and complete a research project.
At the end of Block 4 will be able to describe and explain the structure and function of the gastrointestinal system and the role of nutrition in promoting health and preventing disease. You will:
• Have developed your knowledge of the relevant medical sciences and apply this to an understanding of the gastrointestinal system in health and disease.
• Be able to apply your growing knowledge of psychological, social and cultural factors to clinical encounters relevant to the gastrointestinal system.
• Use your knowledge of the gastrointestinal system to inform your approach to clinical encounters and examination.
• Be able to apply the tools of population health to questions concerning health and disease of the gastrointestinal system.
At the end of Block 5 you will be able to describe and explain the haemopoietic and immune systems and the fundamentals of oncology. You will:
• Have developed your knowledge of the relevant medical sciences and apply this to an understanding of haematology, infectious disease, and oncology.
• Be able to apply your growing knowledge of psychological, social and cultural factors to clinical encounters in haematology, infectious disease and oncology.
• Use your knowledge of haematology, infectious disease and oncology to inform your approach to clinical encounters and examination.
• Be able to apply the tools of population health to questions concerning health and disease relating to haematology, infectious disease and oncology.
At the end of Block 6 you will be able to describe and explain the structure and function of the muscles, bone and joints, the peripheral nervous system, and the central nervous system. You will:
• Have developed your knowledge of the relevant medical sciences and apply this to an understanding of the muscles, bone and joints, the peripheral nervous system, and the central nervous system in health and disease.
• Be able to apply your growing knowledge of psychological, social and cultural factors to clinical encounters relevant to muscles, bone and joints, the peripheral nervous system, and the central nervous system.
• Use your knowledge of muscles, bone and joints, the peripheral nervous system, and the central nervous system to inform your approach to clinical encounters and examination.
• Apply the tools of population health to questions concerning health and disease of the muscles, bone and joints, and the nervous system.
During Block 7 you will integrate learning from Blocks 1 to 6 and apply your knowledge and skills to derive a better understanding of complex, multi-system diseases.
By the end of Block 7 you will be able to:
• Apply knowledge you have acquired during Blocks 1 to 6 from the four Themes (Medical Sciences, Clinical Skills, Population Health, Professionalism and Leadership) and Frameworks (Indigenous Health, Rural Medicine, Social Foundations of Medicine, and Research) to complex, multisystem medical problems.
• Explain and demonstrate how your learning in the four themes and frameworks of the program informs:
- clinical consultation, communication, history taking and examination.
- the clinical reasoning that leads to effective diagnosis and management of disease.
- health promotion, disease prevention and screening.
- provision of health care in remote and rural communities, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, for individuals from other cultural backgrounds and for hard-to-reach populations.
an understanding of the impact of disease, illness and death on individuals and society.
- the ethical and legal responsibilities of health care professionals.
Other InformationThe Medicine 2 course is split into MEDI8020A and MEDI8020B for administration purposes only. The ANU Medical School views Medicine 2 as the course for year 2, particularly in regards to learning outcomes and assessment.
End of semester 1 written Test
End of Block 6 OSCE
End of Block 6 written test
Population Health Assignment
Professionalism and Leadership Assignment
Laboratory Practical Test
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WorkloadStudents are expected to devote a minimum of 40 hours per week to scheduled course activities and independent study. Scheduled activities, some of which have minimum compulsory attendance requirements, comprise 20-22 hours per week.
Prescribed TextsPlease refer to http://medicalschool.anu.edu.au/students/
Assumed KnowledgeTo enrol in this course you must have successfully completed MEDI1001 and MEDI1002, or the post graduate equilavent, MEDI8011 and MEDI8012 and, be concurrently enrolled in MEDI8013.
You will need to contact the ANU Medical School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.
- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 3
- Unit value:
- 21 units
If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees. Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.
Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|3552||19 Feb 2018||26 Feb 2018||31 Mar 2018||25 May 2018||In Person|