• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medicine
  • Areas of interest Medicine
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicholas Taylor
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

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.

MEDI8030, MEDI8035, MEDI8040 and MEDI8045 form part of Phase 2 of the MCHD program.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Foundations of Internal Medicine and Surgery Block: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.
  2. Develop competency in basic procedures for patients presenting with conditions managed in a hospital setting.
  3. Recognise the appropriate indications for undertaking a diagnostic test, and interpret common diagnostic test results undertaken in the hospital setting.
  4. Outline the management options for medical/surgical conditions commonly presenting in hospital settings, including pharmacological and surgical treatments.
  5. Explain and elicit informed consent for investigations, surgical and interventional medical and pharmacological therapies.
  6. Discuss palliative strategies in end-of-life care for the patient, including avoidance of unnecessary tests and invasive treatments, instituting pain relief, and counseling.
  7. 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.
  8. Integrated Community and Child Health Block: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.
  9. 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.
  10. Take an appropriate history and conduct relevant examination for patients presenting with common conditions managed in community healthcare settings.
  11. Describe and apply Murtagh’s framework for undifferentiated presentations, be able to identify appropriate investigations and identify any need for referral.
  12. Outline management approaches for acute, chronic and co-morbid conditions in the community.
  13. Develop competence in procedural skills that are commonly applied in the community setting
  14.  Discuss current guidelines for prevention, early detection and health maintenance in the community.
  15. 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.

Work Integrated Learning


All students engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a major component of the course

Other Information

Inherent Requirement Descriptors continued:

Insight into their own health and behaviour

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to recognise when they experience poor health and put in place effective processes to ensure their own health or behaviours do not pose a risk to others.

Cognition, critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Medical students will be expected to have an aptitude for problem solving, based on scientific principles to understand and solve the complex medical needs of patients, whilst also considering the context of the patient’s circumstances and the health system they are working in.

Team work

  • Medical students will be expected to work willingly and cohesively as part of a team, taking responsibility for their actions as well as recognising and respecting the skills of other professionals.

Physical and observational capabilities

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to acquire information, carry out a range of procedures suitable to their level of capability, and understand and carry out their role in assisting during a medical emergency.

Sustainable performance

  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate both physical and mental performance at a consistent and sustained level to perform multiple tasks in an assigned period of time that provides safe and effective care without compromise.

Indicative Assessment

  1. During MEDI8030 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. (0) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15]
  2. Phase 2 Portfolio (hurdle requirement) (0) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15]
  3. Written Examination (hurdle requirement), made up of the following: (54) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15]
    • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQ, R-type)
    (null) [LO null]
    • Mini-cases (or Modified Essay Questions)
    (null) [LO null]
  4. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (hurdle requirement) (36) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15]
  5. Phase 2 Population Health Project (hurdle requirement) (10) [LO 8,14,15]
  6. Must meet 85% attendance at Clinical Skills and compulsory teaching sessions (hurdle requirement) (0) [LO 2]

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This course must be enrolled in twice over two consecutive semesters (24 units +24 units)

The general expectation in Year 3 is a minimum of 6 clinical sessions (4 hours per session) per week in addition to the structured teaching commitments e.g. all day Wednesday. Please see Class Summary for more information.

Inherent Requirements

During the Clinical placements, students will participate in the medical care of patients including vulnerable persons. This requires students to put into practice a range of professional competencies developed in earlier courses. These competencies are guided by the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand Inclusive Medical Education guidance note and require students to be able to:


Communication skills – verbal, non-verbal and written

  • Medical students will be expected to communicate effectively and sensitively with a range of different people to establish rapport, involve patients and carers in decision making, and practise in a culturally safe way to deliver high quality, safe care. This applies to listening, speaking, reading, writing, and the capability to use these different modes to elicit information from people, often under pressure and in difficult situations.


  • Medical students will be expected to demonstrate capabilities consistent with those of a medical professional, including a commitment to making the care of patients their priority, and to practise safely and effectively, treat people with dignity and respect, and be aware of the limits of their own knowledge, skills and health. They will also be required to comply with the law, regulations and any other university codes or policies.

Insight into their own health and behaviour

Cognition, critical thinking and problem solving skills

Team work

Physical and observational capabilities

Sustainable performance

(See the Other Information for the full descriptors of the final five areas).

It should be recognised that there may be cases where students will not be able to meet the requirements of the program, even with reasonable adjustments. Students unable to meet the course inherent requirements will be unable to complete the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery and will be offered a transfer to the Master of Preclinical Science.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (8950XMCHD), must have successfully completed MEDI8020 and either MEDI8022 or MEDI8023, and be concurrently enrolled in MEDI8035.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to the Class Summary.


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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $21120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $45072
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3490 22 Jan 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 07 Jun 2024 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8459 24 Jun 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 01 Nov 2024 In Person View

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