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MD4012 - Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3

Credit points: 9
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MD4011 MD4012 MD4013
Administered by: School of Medicine & Dentistry

Available only to MBBS students

This subject continues the study of integrated medical and social sciences for the whole human body. The emphasis of this subject is on integrating clinical pathology knowledge, with an approach to obtaining and interpreting clinical information from patients. On completion of year 4 the student will be expected to be able to take relevant and focused histories from patients, examine patients, and seek relevant clinical investigations. The student will be expected to interpret and integrate this information with their knowledge of pathological processes.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the pathological basis of common and /or important human diseases;
  • obtain a focused history from patients and conduct a relevant and focused examination of patients with a range of health problems;
  • determine and interpret an appropriate range of clinical investigations relevant to each patient presentation;
  • formulate a list of health care problems relevant to each presenting patient;
  • develop an understanding of the personal and professional roles of medical practitioners.

Graduate Qualities

  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion.
Prerequisites: MD3010 and MD3020 and MD4011 ALLOW CONCURRENT FOR MD3010 and MD3020 and MD4011


As this subject is part of a subject chain, a final standard grade (e.g. P, C) will only be recorded for each subject after successful completion of all parts of the subject chain.

Townsville, Study Period 1, Limited
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Face to face teaching 20-Feb-2012 to 03-Jun-2012 (Lectures, tutorials and practical sessions)
Coordinator: Dr Paula Heggarty, Dr Nichola Davis
Lecturers: Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Assoc. Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Dr Shashidhar Venkatesh Murthy, Professor Richard Murray, Ms Poornima Roche, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 96 hours lectures - Introductory sessions for each system studied - these hours are spread across the Year 4 academic year.
  • 72 hours tutorials - Tutorial sessions in the clinical setting these hours are spread across the Year 4 academic year.
  • 96 hours practicals - Guided Learning Sessions use variable learning methods and formats, these hours are spread across the Year 4 academic year.
  • 32 hours workshops/Seminars - Synthesising Sessions integrate concepts and content these hours are spread across the Year 4 academic year.
  • 320 hours clinical placement
  • 12 hours professional experience
Assessment: integrated assessment across subject chain (%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Satisfactory attendance is required at community and clinical placements.. Satisfactory completion and professional documentation is required of all Clinical Attachments and Assessments throughout the year. Satisfactory academic and professional standards, as determined by the academic coordinator, must be achieved in order to progress to the next year.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.