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Hobart, Cradle Coast


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.


CAM305 strengthens the foundations for clinical practice as students develop and apply their clinico-pathological knowledge and history taking and examination skills in the clinical setting. Concurrently, students undertake further clinical rotations in both hospital and community settings, with an emphasis on integrating scientific knowledge and clinical skills. Students advance their skills in history taking and examination and their understanding of professional ethics and the Australian Health Sector. Students continue the clinical rotations across CAM304 and CAM305 in the areas of Medicine, Surgery, Primary Care and Clinical Specialties (Psychiatry, Paediatrics and Child Health, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology). Students develop differential diagnostic formulations based upon clinical findings; formulate rational investigation plans based upon diagnostic formulations and develop skill in appraisal of diagnostic test results. Students begin the process of formulating management plans. The principles of health economics are reinforced. The CAM305 lecture series encompasses clinical applications of knowledge presented in previous units, with emphasis on multi-system and complex disease.

It is a unit requirement that all students undertake a two week rural clinical placement as part of the Primary Care rotation.

In order to commence workplace learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health and School of Medicine policies relevant to workplace based learning. 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 placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not be able to complete this unit. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.

Summary 2021

Unit name Functional Clinical Practice
Unit code CAM305
Credit points 50
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine

Dr Hannah Jackson

Teaching staff

CAM305 is delivered by academic and honorary clinical teachers of the disciplines of Pathology, Neuroscience, Medicine, Surgery, General Practice, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Child Health and Psychiatry.

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



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Teaching Pattern

Small group and whole of year teaching and learning activities, and 2 x 8-week supervised clinical rotations (allocated from Medicine, Surgery, Primary Care and Clinical Specialties).


There are four components to assessment in CAM305: Written Examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), Rotation and Domain Requirements, and the Personal and Professional Development Portfolio.

Written examinations - The academic program in CAM305 is assessed by an end of semester written examination. The four clinical rotations are assessed by the rotation written exam at the end of semester two. The examination may include Extended Matching Questions (EMQ), Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Short Answer Questions (SAQ). A formative mid-semester written examination of similar format will be offered to students.

OSCEs - Students' clinical skills are assessed in an integrated 12-station OSCE, covering material from both their rotations that semester. Students must pass a set number of OSCEs in the two integrated OSCE sessions (two sets of 6 OSCEs) to pass the OSCE component for the year.

Rotation and Domain Requirements - The third year requirements for the Kids and Families Program, as well as a number of competencies required by the rotations, must be completed in order to pass third year. These requirements include minimum satisfactory standards for many of the required items.

Personal and Professional Development Portfolio - Students will complete a number of descriptive and analytical documents outlining their personal and professional development across the first three years of the MBBS. Students must complete all of these PPD Portfolio requirements satisfactorily to pass third year overall.

The final result for CAM305, in combination with CAM304, is an ungraded pass (UP). Each category of summative assessment, as outlined above, must be passed in order to pass the year.

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