Our Student Placements:
The Department of General Practice is committed to enhancing general practice and primary health care through excellent education that engages with the community and the wider health care system.
Doctor of Medicine (MD) students at the University of Melbourne undertake general practice placements throughout the course. All students have a previous undergraduate degree, usually (but not always) from a biomedical, science or allied health field.
MD Year 1: Longitudinal University of Melbourne Integrated Clerkship (LUMIC)
Launching in 2020, LUMIC is a longitudinal community-based clinical placement. It is the students’ first clinical exposure. First year students will spend one Thursday a fortnight at their LUMIC practice. Taking into account exams and holidays this amounts to between 12 and 13 days across the year.
During this placement, students will:
- focus on the community context of health care;
- learn about the management and prevention of chronic long-term health issues in the community context;
- follow and understand the patient's journey through the health care system and gain some experience of inter-professional practice; and
- concentrate on specific aspects of the communication between the doctor and the patient
During each placement day, each student will spend one session consulting and the other half of the day doing various learning activities (see below).
We strongly promote a ‘whole of practice’ approach to learning. Practices may wish to consider putting forward multiple GP supervisors and students will be encouraged to spend time with various other clinical and non-clinical staff in the clinic.
As the students will be in first year there will be no obligation for them to have their own consulting room. Where supervisors and students decide together and there is capacity, independent consulting could be integrated into learning as the year progresses.
Students will be assessed on what they learn in LUMIC through both assignments and exams.
Example activities include:
- Longitudinal Patient Program
Students early in their placement will work with their supervisor to identify a longitudinal patient to follow up over the year. This ideally will be a patient with complex needs. Students- directed by the department, will engage their longitudinal patients and co-develop a plan for the activities they will do over the year. Learning activities could include home visits (in pairs), consulting in clinic and attending allied health/specialist appointments.
This will help students to direct their learning and structure their time while on placement. Required domains will include a list of core conditions that students are expected to have encountered during consulting. These will be drawn from BEACH data and include the common chronic conditions and multimorbid presentations.
- Spending time with non-medical clinic staff
We are strongly encouraging a ‘whole of practice approach’ approach to learning. We will be encouraging students to spend time shadowing nurses, reception, pathology and allied health staff.