Phase 1 refers to the initial two years of the UNSW Medical program.
MedSoc runs several events to engage and enrich the lives of Phase 1 students, not limited to:
The emphasis is not on diagnosing or treating problems but on practicing the skills necessary to do so by recognising the normal and the abnormal
First 7 weeks of each course consist of:
The 8th week consists only of the exam, leaving 2 – 3 days of exam preparation
Each 8 – week term is based around 3 – 4 ‘scenarios’- each scenario examines one of the course themes and teases apart various aspects of it based on an introductory story which is developed in tutorial classes (scenario groups).
A scenario on heart disease may be about a middle-aged male smoker with chest pain and a suspected heart attack.
To understand what has happened, you will learn about:
These will be taught over a series of:
and in scenario group sessions will be integrated with the following:
An introduction into concepts in medicine and easing the transition of high school students into teaching and learning at university.
Foundations is the first course in first year, which is designed to ease new students into the structure and assessment style of the medical program.
In addition, Foundations, is assessed using a pass-fail examination. Assessments are the same kinds of tasks are completed but the marks will not be counted towards passing or failing Phase 1 (as opposed to the subsequent 7 courses) – it must still be satisfactorily completed to move onto the next course.
Each term or course in Phase 1 is assessed in the following:
Failure of two or more exams within a year requires:
At the end of Phase 1, there are 4 barrier assessments in which you must achieve at least a P- in order to proceed to Phase 2:
A large multiple choice theory exam covering material from all 8 courses. Material from Foundations is not directly examined but most of it appears in the other courses, from where it can be examined.
By the end of Phase 1, each capability should have at least 1 result, preferably 2 results. At the beginning of Year 3, a 3500 word reflective essay about your learning and development in each of the 8 capabilities over Phase 1 must be completed.
The OSCE or Objective Structured Clinical Examination is a clinical skills exam covering history taking and basic examination skills on actors, covering material from all 8 courses.
The practical exams consist of three components, held at the end of Year 1 and the end of each semester in Year 2. An overall pass (75/150) is required in each of the following discipline areas: