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Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

To be eligible to undertake PEP, all students must be “Verified” as meeting College of Health and Medicine PEP Safety in Practice Compliance as per the Course Entry Requirements. Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.


CAM304 rounds out the fundamentals of systems-based clinical science, covering neuroscience, endocrinology and pathology. Concurrently, students undertake clinical rotations in hospital and community settings, integrating their scientific knowledge with clinical practice, developing their skills in history taking, examination and basic clinical procedures and extending their knowledge of professional ethics and the Australian health sector. Third year includes four clinical rotations: Medicine, Surgery, Primary Care, and Clinical Specialties (Psychiatry, Paediatrics and Child Health, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology). In addition to discipline-specific teaching, the rotations introduce students to the hospital setting, diagnostic reasoning, investigations and simple management plans.

All students complete a two-week rural clinical placement in the Primary Care rotation, and a Medical Research Opportunity project engaging with research activity in the School of Medicine and Menzies Research Institute.

Special Note: Before commencing workplace learning outside of the University (including clinical placements and visits) students must demonstrate compliance with the relevant Faculty of Health and School of Medicine policies. These include the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct and Student Placement Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be allowed to commence or complete placements and therefore will not pass third year. Students who have not complied, or are unsure of the policies, should seek guidance from the School.

Summary 2020

Unit name Fundamentals of Clinical Science 3
Unit code CAM304
Credit points 50
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine

Dr Hayder Al-Aubaidy

Teaching staff

CAM304 is delivered by academic and honorary clinical staff of the School of Medicine.

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Teaching Pattern

Small group and whole group teaching and learning activities, and two 8-week supervised clinical rotations (allocated from Medicine, Surgery, Primary Care & Clinical Specialties; the other two are undertaken during CAM305).


There are three components to assessment in CAM304: Written Examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and in-course requirements.

Written examinations - The academic program in CAM304 is assessed by interim written assessments, and written and applied examinations at the end of semester. These examinations assess the lecture, practical and dissection material using multiple choice, extended-matching and short answer written questions. Subject matter from the clinical rotations is assessed in the CAM305 written examination.

OSCEs - Students' clinical skills are assessed in an integrated 6-station OSCE session at the end of semester, covering material from both their rotations that semester; the same occurs in second semester. Students must pass a total of nine OSCEs across the two OSCE sessions to pass the OSCE component for the year. Students falling below expectations after the first OSCE session will be offered remedial opportunities in Semester 2.

IN-Course Requirements - The third year requirements for the Kids and Families Program, several  competencies required by the rotations, and other requirements details in the Unit Outline must be completed in order to pass third year. These requirements include minimum satisfactory standards for many of the required items.

At the completion of CAM304 an IC (Interim Completion) grade is awarded because of the year-long nature of some assessments. The result for successfully completing both CAM304 and CAM305 is an ungraded pass (UP).

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