Discovery 2: Application

Application is a second-year Discovery subject where students take their foundational knowledge and apply it to a workplace setting. This subject is worth 12.5 credit points.

What will I achieve?

Students completing MD Discovery – Application will be able to:

  • Appraise the key concepts and knowledge bases underpinning their topics
  • Apply these concepts to the medical practitioner’s role
  • Demonstrate how their chosen topics enhance their role as a health advocate
  • Demonstrate how their chosen topics inform their professional practice

What will I study?

You have a wide range of exciting areas to choose from to study. All have been carefully selected to reflect and align with the graduate outcomes of the MD Redesign course. You can choose either a Discovery Topic or a Faculty Selective that is run by other Schools in the Faculty of MDHS.

The MD Discovery  Application subject includes 10 bespoke Discovery topics for students to choose from.  These topics have been created by clinician experts across the Melbourne Medical School domain specifically for you. Close consideration has been given to what students are learning in their core subjects in the development of the topics and extending this learning appropriately in an area of interest.

Alongside the purpose-built new Discovery topics, the Doctor of Medicine has approved Faculty selective subjects as elective options that can be taken in place of MD Discovery  Application.

Discovery Topics

Click on the topic areas below to learn more about each one. When you meet with your Course Advisor you’ll be able to discuss your choice of topic selection and where it might take you.

  • Topic 1: Communicating with the Machine

    Learn about biomedical devices, their application in clinical settings and explaining them to patients. Read more.

  • Topic 2: Diagnose Cancer

    Learn about the range of diagnostic tools and techniques to aid in cancer diagnosis. Read more.

  • Topic 3: Death and Dying: When is Dead Really Dead

    This topic builds off Death and Dying: Lifting the Lid, focusing on the clinical aspects of managing the dying process. Read more.

  • Topic 4: First Nations Health on Country

    Explore First Nations Health to enhance your understanding of thriving First Nations communities to meaningfully impact your practice. Read more.

  • Topic 5: Hearing Impairment – the Hidden Disability

    Gain a clinical understanding of hearing impairments, and the impacts on patients and their families. Read more.

  • Topic 6: Making Healthcare Work: From Home to Hospital and Back Again

    Explore care pathways and build an understanding of community and hospital-based care environments. Read more.

  • Topic 7: Application of Point of Care Ultrasound

    Develop your understanding of point of care ultrasound using an ultrasound simulator. Read more.

  • Topic 8: Narrative Medicine

    Narrative medicine is a new field in health humanities, designed to help health workers find nourishing meaning in their work. Read more.

  • Topic 9: Sexual Health Across the Clinical Contexts

    Extend your communication skills and knowledge in Sexual Health Care. Read more.

  • Topic 10: Translational Medicine

    This topic continues the theme of translation science, focusing on a case summary to grow your competency in clinical translation medicine. Read more.

Faculty Selectives

There are a wide range of selectives from other schools in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences for you to choose from.

Some of these are core or elective subjects in the Master of Public Health (MPH) and some are subjects from other award programs, such as Master of Science (Epidemiology), Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, Master of Epidemiology and the Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health.

Your successful completion of selectives may provide credit towards another award.

Please note, the handbook listing includes information and advice that is applicable to all students who are enrolling in the subject – for example those doing the MPH. As such, some of the information is relevant for students from other programs  and doesn’t apply to you as a MD student (for example information about whether the subject is core for another course or the ideal timing to undertake the subject).

If you have completed a Faculty subject you may be eligible to undertake a broader range of Faculty Selectives. You should review the University handbook to determine what you may now be able to enrol in. Bring the subject information, confirm you have the pre-requisites completed and reference this information in your Course Advice form for discussion.

Please note: The information provided above about the Discovery Topics and Faculty Selectives is correct at the time of publishing, but late changes, including cancellation of a topic or selective, are possible due to unforeseen circumstances. In such an eventuality, students would be notified as soon as possible, and we would work with you to enroll in another available topic or selective.