Phase 3

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Upon completion of the Medicine course students should be able to:
- apply an understanding of abnormalities in human structure and function to the diagnosis of medical conditions;
- gather clinical data through history and examination and demonstrate clinical reasoning in the interpretation of the data to derive a provisional diagnosis and differential diagnosis in patients;
- formulate a rational approach to the investigation and treatment of medical conditions;
- critically evaluate literature on medical topics;
- demonstrate appropriate skills and attitudes working as a medical student as part of a clinical unit.

Medical Students Guide to the Medicine Term by Michael Liu


Upon completion of the Surgery course you should be able to:
- apply an understanding of normal human anatomy and function to the diagnosis of surgical conditions;
- analyse clinical data to formulate a management plan for common surgical presentations;
- evaluate literature on contentious surgical topics;
- demonstrate competency in working as a junior doctor on a surgical team;
- demonstrate proficiency in surgical skills required as a junior doctor

Critical Care (Emergency/Selective)

St Vincent's Clinical School run the Emergency/Selective term as an integrated Critical Care term. Students have placements within the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Anaesthetics.

Upon completion of the Emergency attachment you should be able to:
- recognise the clinical features of a patient whose life or health is threatened by an acute illness;
- identify and understand the pathophysiological processes which are occurring in acute presentations;
- appreciate the urgency of priority setting in the acutely ill patient;
- intervene to interrupt the processes which are threatening life (ie: apply the skills of cardiopulmonary-cerebral resuscitation);
- plan the management of patients with common acute life threatening or serious problems;
- feel comfortable in the emergency care environment;
- understand the principles in the effective interaction with patients and relatives in th critical care environment;
- be aware of ethical dilemmas in emergency care;
- appreciate that acute emergency care is a multidisciplinary endeavour.


Students may choose from a range of clinical attachments in any of the core disciplines or in other areas of clinical practice offered by the clinical school. Allocations are at the discretion of the Clinical School staff but all efforts are made to ensure students have some preference in their terms. Students may also organise a selective course with the approval of the relevant school, including campus-based schools. Each attachment should be a minimum of 4 weeks. The attachments must be in sites affiliated with UNSW.

PRINT (Preparation for Internship)

The final course, after satisfactory completion of the Phase 3 assessments, is Preparation for Internship (PRINT). This will comprise two 3-week clinical attachments.

This term is to assist in refining skills required for future practice as an intern including clinical skills (assessment and management of common clinical problems encountered by interns), procedural skills and professional or work-related skills including understanding role of intern in care of inpatients, working as part of a team and developing good work practices.

Learning will be based primarily on actively participating as a "sub-intern" during attachments to medical and surgical units at the Hospital.

Assessment will include satisfactory completion of the clinical placements and participation in the case-method tutorials.


Refer to eMed for Phase 3 timetables. Bedside Tutorial information will be provided via email.