• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medicine
  • Areas of interest Medicine
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

A masters level course offered by the ANU Medical School as part of the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD).

Medicine 3 is the third year of the ANU Medical program.  Medicine 3 is delivered in two semester long blocks over the course of the third year of the program:  Integrated Child and Community Health (ICCH) and Foundations of Internal Medicine and Surgery (FIMS).


The Year 3 blocks are designed to immerse students in a clinical environment and to introduce them to the practice of Medicine, Surgery, Community Medicine and Child Health. It builds upon the biomedical foundations of these disciplines and the clinical skills developed in the first two years of the course.

The emphasis throughout each term is on self-directed, experiential learning and deep involvement in the day-to-day care of their patients. Students will have clear requirements for attendance, patient clerking and unit involvement. Prior to commencing Year 3, students will be expected to be proficient in the basic skills of history taking and clinical examination. The prolonged attachments will allow them practise in the synthesis of information and the development of concise management plans for their patients. Elements of Population Health, Professionalism and Leadership, Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Skills will be integrated into all parts of each term.  

Rural stream: (students can apply to undertake Year 3 in a parallel curriculum)

Students will have a total of 39 weeks of clinical attachment in a single rural location to allow them to build relationships with the medical, nursing and allied health staff, as well as the wider community to which they are allocated.  The rural placement for the year is an opportunity to observe and participate in the provision of health through general practice, specialist care, hospital car and community care.  The focus of the curriculum is on general practice, medical and surgical care, paediatric, geriatric, sexual health and Indigenous health.  Students will have the opportunity to follow patients with multiple health needs and this experience and learning will contribute to meeting the curriculum requirements of both the Integrated Community and Child Health (ICCH) and Foundations of Internal Medicine and Surgery (FIMS) terms.  Throughout Year 3, rural students are required to attend a number of compulsory formal teaching blocks, and will not be expected to attend clinical activities during these periods.


Course Structure

Two curriculum blocks comprised of a series of clinical rotations:


Foundations of Internal Medicine and Surgery
Integrated Community and Child Health
Each student will have an individual timetable and unique placement sequence.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Learning Outcomes

Foundations of Internal Medicine and Surgery

By the completion of the FIMS Block, a student must demonstrate knowledge, comprehension and application of the fundamental principles and skills of internal medicine and surgery in a clinical setting, including:

a. Examine the system/s relevant to patient’s medical/surgical complaint, elicit physical signs and integrate the physical findings in relation to the history and likely underlying pathophysiology of the patient’s illness.

b. Develop competency in basic procedures for patients presenting with conditions managed in a hospital setting.

c. Recognise the appropriate indications for undertaking a diagnostic test, and interpret common diagnostic test results undertaken in the hospital setting.

d. Outline the management options for medical/surgical conditions commonly presenting in hospital settings, including pharmacological and surgical treatments.

e. Explain and elicit informed consent for investigations, surgical and interventional medical and pharmacological therapies.

f. Discuss palliative strategies in end-of-life care for the patient, including avoidance of unnecessary tests and invasive treatments, instituting pain relief, and counseling.

g. Formulate a management plan for the patient's major problems in the short, medium and long term, integrating aspects of acute and chronic disease management, and recognise the value of palliative strategies in end-of-life care for the patient.

Integrated Community and Child Health

At the end of the ICCH Block you will be able to:

a. Discuss healthcare delivery within Australian communities, in particular access to healthcare for vulnerable and hard to reach populations, effective use of resources and partnerships with allied health providers in the community, and the value of holistic care and longitudinal relationships between patients and health care professionals.

b. Demonstrate inclusion of the patient’s concern and agenda in clinical decision-making, with an understanding of the importance of family, support systems, culture and community.

c. Take an appropriate history and conduct relevant examination for patients presenting with common conditions managed in community healthcare settings.

d. Describe and apply Murtagh’s framework for undifferentiated presentations, be able to identify appropriate investigations and identify any need for referral.

e. Outline management approaches for acute, chronic and co-morbid conditions in the community.

f. Develop competence in procedural skills that are commonly applied in the community setting

g. Discuss current guidelines for prevention, early detection and health maintenance in the community.

h. Describe the common and complex issues facing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples in community health settings, and be able to identify health services and support systems specific for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Other Information

The Medicine 3 course is split into MEDI8030A and MEDI8030B for administration purposes only. The ANU Medical School views Medicine 3 as the course for year 3, particularly in regards to learning outcomes and assessment.

Indicative Assessment

During Medicine 3 students will undertake periodic formative assessments and are required to fulfill the requirements of the year 3 clinical skills and experiential learning portfolio.  An Academic Supervisor is assigned to each student to assist the student to develop their Learning Plan for the blocks and to formally review and sign off on the portfolio.  The end of semester summative assessments comprised of a written examination and OSCE contribute 100% to the final Medicine 3 mark.

The summative examination will include the following assessment types:

- Written Examination (60% - Hurdle requirement):   Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Case-based Modified Essay Questions (Minicase)

- Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (40%: Hurdle requirement)

Coursework requirements

- Must meet minimum attendance requirements (85%) at Clinical Skills and Fixed Resource Sessions

- Must be in good standing with the Professional Behaviours Committee

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The general expectation in Year 3 is a minimum of 6 clinical sessions (4 hour sessions) per week in addition to the structured teaching commitments eg. all day Wednesday.  Sometimes attendance of 7-8 sessions a week may be required, in addition to formal teaching.  Clinical learning and teaching is different to your more structured experiences in Years 1 and 2.  The clinicians you are attached to expect you to be there when they are seeing patients - this may be at an 8 am teaching ward round, or it may be attendance with your rural GP when they are on call at the local hospital.

Rural rotations include 7-8 sessions per week in addition to the Wednesday teaching.  The rural placement is an immersion in rural practice and where the General Practitioners (GP's) have hospital and after hours commitments.  Students will be expected to do after hours work.  During Northern Territory placements, students are expected to be involved full-time.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to http://medicalschool.anu.edu.au/students/

Assumed Knowledge

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed Medicine 1A, Medicine 1B, Medicine 2 and the Student Research Project.

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
24 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $19920
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $42576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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