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Transition to Practice (VET615)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: TS13E-internal
Description This is an integration unit, focussed primarily upon the student developing skills in the areas of clinical reasoning, clinical problem solving and clinical decision making. The unit will employ a multi-disciplinary approach to guide students working through complex cases and presenting problems, whilst encouraging the student to develop clinical reasoning skills. This unit is designed to integrate learning from all DVM units in fourth year, as a preparation for clinical practice in the final year of the DVM.
Unit Learning Outcomes By the completion of Transition to Practice, students will have:

1. Developed and demonstrated a reasonable level of competence in clinical reasoning, clinical problem solving and clinical decision making.
2. Engaged in an integrated approach to the solving of clinical problems by the deliberate involvement of multiple disciplines in case discussions and workshops.
3. Utilise all their prior knowledge and learning to enable them to solve clinical problems.
4. Appreciate the role that client communication plays in the solving of clinical problems. Explore and apply the client's perspective (financial or circumstantial) to the outcome of the clinical problem.
5. Use clinical reasoning to apply diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to common presenting problems across domestic species
6. Use critical thinking and evidence-based medicine in the management of clinical cases.
7. Be able to perform necropsy techniques to assist in post- mortem diagnosis of clinical problems.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture/Workshops: 3 x 1 hour per week during Trimester 2 and 3. Two 3hr workshops will be timetabled during Trimester 1, to align with content from other units.
Unit Learning Experiences Each three hour session will be interactive in nature, working through presenting problems, cases or syndromes under the guidance of the appropriate clinical teaching staff. Some sessions may require revision of lecture materials from other units, prior to the session, in order to maximise the benefit to the student. Online materials and references will be made available to students as required.
Assessment Clinical Problem Solving Examinations - 60%. Two progressive disclosure exams which are computer-based, one each at the end of Trimester 2 and Trimester 3. Each exam is worth 30%.
Problem Solving Cases
Equine Clinical Problem Solving Case projects - 20%. Group project, case problem solving, progressive disclosure.
Primary Care case problem solving tutorial - 20%. Group project, case problem solving, progressive disclosure.
Necropsy practical - attendance is mandatory in order to demonstrate an expected level of competence in performing this clinical skill. This session is pass/fail and does not contribute a mark towards your unit total, but must be passed in order to pass the unit.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM; Successful completion of all 2nd and 3rd year units.
Previously 2016: 'Transition to Clinical Practice'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
VET615
Dr Melinda Bell
Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Primary Care

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7344
e: M.Bell@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.109 - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
VET615

MURDOCH: TS13E-Internal
Dr Melinda Bell
Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Primary Care

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7344
e: M.Bell@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.109 - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
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