The aim of this unit is to build on students experience of osteopathic practice achieved in HHU4185 through continual clinical placement in the student led, patient centred, evidence informed osteopathic teaching clinic. Students will continue to lead consultations with patients with support from clinical educators and third year students. This unit provides additional opportunities for students implement their specialised body of knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions and management strategies within the clinical setting. In this unit students take a more formal mentoring role of third year students including the junior students in aspects of the patient treatment and management.     

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HHU4185 - Clinical Practicum 5

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Adapt patient-centred communication skills to meet the needs of diverse patient populations;  
  2. Plan and execute patient management strategies in the student-led, on-campus clinic;  
  3. Reconstruct the diagnosis and prognosis in response to changes in patient presentation; and  
  4. Quantify patient outcomes.  


Participation in practical sessions with at least 90% attendance unless well-documented acceptable reasons are provided (hurdle requirement). This unit is clinical placement and students need to ensure they meet hour requirements for the unit. All summative assessments are hurdle requirements as they directly correlate to the nature of osteopathic practice. The assessment for this unit is not graded due to the professionalism nature of the learning outcomes and teaching and learning strategies. The focus of clinical practicum units is on developing competency in the clinical domain of osteopathy, which students develop at varying rates across the program. The assessments in this unit are designed to ensure students are deemed safe to continue their progression to subsequent clinical units and preparation for osteopathic practice. A student fails if they do not achieve the minimum expected level of competence for a fourth year osteopathic student.
Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Clinic portfolio reporting completion of hours, patient consultations, clinical activities, clinical record assessment (equivalent to 3500 words) Pass/Fail
Practicum 15 minute Practical assessment in clinical setting (equivalent of 2000 words) Pass/Fail
Whilst professionalism is not formally assessed within this unit, students are expected to maintain a level of professionalism in all their clinical activities. A demerit point system applies in all clinical units. The demerit point system has been introduced to record incidences of unprofessional behaviour in the clinical setting and applies in all clinical units. Attainment of more than 20 demerit points within the one semester will result in a fail grade.

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