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This subject is the first in a series of four MD Discovery subjects embedded within the Doctor of Medicine course. Students will engage in 87.5 credit points of discovery-based learning in areas of interest across their course. Discovery learning allows medical students to engage in flexible, personalised and increasingly complex situational learning as they progress, providing opportunities to reflect on the professional practice of medicine in a variety of contexts and settings.
Every medical practitioner has areas in which they have a particular interest, both within medicine and more broadly. Discovery learning allows medical students to explore in greater depth an area of interest within which they would like to develop expertise, enhancing their professional practice and life experience.
Discovery learning in the first year of the Doctor of Medicine provides students with opportunities to engage with and explore their chosen area of interest at a foundational level. Learning advisors support students in selecting their discovery pathway from a curated range of options, including complete subjects that may be substituted as well as smaller modules. The Learning Advisors will also ensure that any option or combination will meet the subject learning outcomes. Each of the option will also align with the overarching Doctor of Medicine Course Intended Learning Outcomes and are designed to enhance the student’s personal and professional growth. Students with limited prior learning in the enabling biosciences will be encouraged to choose options that address these areas, based on a learning needs analysis, although their choices will remain broad.
This subject, “MD Discovery 1: Foundation” may be taken as a stand-alone learning experience or as part of a vertical thread throughout the course.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should:
- Develop a critical understanding of the relevant theory and knowledge that underpin the nominated area of interest
- Relate their chosen topics to the medical practitioner's role, including patient assessment, clinical reasoning and partnership with patients
- Draw on their learning to reflect on the role of the of the medical practitioner as a health advocate
- Effectively communicate the relationship between Discovery learning and future professional practice.
Students completing MD Discovery subjects will display skills in:
- Choosing educational pathways that best prepare them for professional practice
- Analysing the content of a wide variety of educational options and integrating it to their professional development
- Managing their time and clinical responsibilities in order to meet the requirements of these subjects
- Understanding health as broader concept beyond the individual clinical interaction, including, community, national and global aspects.
Last updated: 12 November 2022