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HME202 - Medicine 2B

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Medicine Semester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):4
EFTSL value:0.500
Cohort rule:

Available to H311 Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery students only

Unit chair:

Melanie Sullivan-Gunn and Tamara Browne


Must have passed HME201



Incompatible with:



Laptop computer requirement

Students enrolled in the BMBS require a wireless-enabled, personal laptop computer* to undertake scheduled learning activities. Wireless access to the Deakin network is available within the teaching spaces of the Deakin Medical School.

* Information about minimum computer standards will be communicated to students upon acceptance into the BMBS.

Police Clearance and Working with Children requirements

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. Students will also be required to hold a current Working With Children Check and will also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience.

* Department of Human Services, Service agreement information kit for funded organisations 2006–2009, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, retrieved 26 May 2009.


HME202 represents Semester 2 of Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) course and consists of a single unit of four credit points. The curriculum throughout the BMBS course is organised into four themes: Ethics, Law and Professionalism; Public Health Medicine; Doctor and Patient; and Knowledge of Health and Illness.

In order to comply with Commonwealth Department of Health requirements for rural clinical placements, all students will need to complete at least 4 weeks of a dedicated rural attachment within their clinical years. For students attached to Geelong and Eastern Health Clinical Schools throughout year 3 and 4, this is most likely to occur within the GP rotation in HME401 or the Elective/Selective/Pre-internship program in HME402. There will likely be a necessity for directed Selective placements in the event that the rural criteria is not met during the preceding placements. John Flynn Scholarship placements occurring outside of Deakin semester periods cannot fulfil these requirements.

Ethics, Law and Professionalism (ELP)

The Ethics, Law and Professionalism theme in HME202 enables students to further develop their skills in investigation, analysis and management of issues in health ethics, law and professionalism, in preparation for clinical rotations in third year.

Students will be introduced to complex issues in health policy and clinical practice. Topics covered may include: mental health, euthanasia, patient safety and risk management, open disclosure, and leadership.

Public Health Medicine (PHM)

The Public Health Medicine theme in HME202 explores equity in the context of delivering health care to diverse populations. Understanding will be developed through topical public health content areas such as  disability, ageing and refugee health. In preparation for training aligned with hospitals, health services and clinics in the third and fourth years of the BMBS course, teaching in the theme also answers the question 'Who does Public Health?' by exploring roles and relationships within Victoria's health sector from primary through to tertiary care and also the role of the World Health Organization in global public health. Recognising that multiple sectors influence health, the role of non-government and community-development organisations is also explained.

Doctor and Patient (DP)

The Doctor and Patient theme in HME202 continues the development of history-taking, examination and procedural skills in the context of the Brain and Behaviour topic. In Transition to Clinical Practice this theme includes an intensive period in the Clinical Skills Learning Unit consolidating clinical and procedural skills and has been specifically designed as preparation for Year 3, ensuring a seamless transition to learning in a clinical setting. Students also undertake further studies relating to acute and chronic medical and surgical conditions, with a focus on subspecialty areas such as Surgery, Medicine, Children's Health, Ear, Nose and Throat, Dermatology and Ophthalmology; as well as Clinical Pharmacology and Radiology.

Knowledge of Health and Illness (KHI)

The Knowledge of Health and Illness theme continues the exploration of basic sciences within the Brain and Behaviour topic covering the nervous and sensory systems and relevant disorders, beginning with a revision of basic cellular neurobiology and progressing to neurobiological and behavioural views of the whole person. Basic science and clinical knowledge is integrated with concepts from the systems units through study of multi-system acute and chronic disease, focusing on management and treatment as well as investigation of underlying mechanisms and causes of disease. The topic also provides students with an increased awareness of the need for accurate and thorough patient assessment and recognition of the role of other health professionals in the patient management. The mental health component of Brain and Behaviour is taught as an integrated block with input from other themes, in recognition of the particular need to employ clinical, public health, ethical and philosophical approaches to this area of learning.


Assessment in the BMBS course is designed to demonstrate attainment of competency in biomedical and clinical knowledge, clinical skills and professional standards. While the relative amount of assessment among the four themes is in proportion to what each theme contributes to the curriculum of HME202, students must pass the KHI topic Brain and Behaviour (37.5% of unit marks) and each of the DP (37.5% of unit marks), ELP (12.5% of unit marks) and PHM (12.5% of unit marks) themes as academic hurdles in order to be eligible for an overall pass grade in HME202. Standard setting is used to determine the pass score in written assessments. Students who are awarded a borderline fail result for a hurdle requirement will be considered for reassessment. Note: Assessment in HME202 is an ungraded pass (UP) or Fail (N) grade only.

Intra-semester assessment:

Ethics, Law and Professionalism:

  1. Satisfactory professionalism report from IPL placement supervisor (hurdle)
  2. Short answer scenario-based written examination (90 min, 60% of theme marks);

Public Health Medicine: Research proposal (30% of theme marks), 60 minute intra-semester test (40% of theme marks), presentation (30% of theme marks).

Doctor and Patient: Students will complete logbook entries (15% of theme marks), a case presentation (15% of theme marks), and an in-training assessment form (10% of theme marks) during the course of the semester.

Knowledge of Health and Illness: Brain and Behaviour Topic (45 minute class test, 20% of theme marks).

End of semester assessment:

Ethics, Law and Professionalism: Individual video presenting results of a clinical ethics case analysis (approximately 10 minutes equivalent 1000 words per student, 40% of theme marks).

Doctor and Patient: OSCE (weighting 60% of theme marks): 10 x 8 minute stations, 0.5 day examination (hurdle requirement).

Knowledge of Health and Illness: Brain and Behaviour topic (2 hour examination, 80% of theme marks), Progress test (3 hour examination-formative assessment).

Note: The Public Health Medicine theme does not involve end of semester assessment in HME202

Prescribed texts

Students will be provided with a booklist detailing prescribed and recommended textbooks. Students will also be directed to supplemental electronic resources within the Deakin University Library. Self-directed learning through investigations of the literature is an important learning strategy for all themes of the Deakin medical course.

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