Medicine - Inherent Requirements
The University of Adelaide medical program aims to provide its graduates with the basic knowledge, skills and competencies required for the practice of medicine as a junior hospital doctor.
These attributes form the foundation for future career options and ongoing self-directed learning. A broad-based, experiential and patient-oriented curriculum is necessary for the development of such knowledge and skills. In this sense the program is different from many other programs offered by the University.
The approaches to individual learning, academic values and teaching methods used are designed and used with this aim in mind. In particular, the importance of functioning as part of a team, the ability to communicate effectively, habits of ongoing, self-directed learning and the adoption of a high standards of professional and ethical conduct are repeatedly emphasised.
The University of Adelaide's medical program is a strongly experiential course: simply acquiring knowledge is not sufficient. Rather, students actively participate in practical learning experiences which will prepare them for their future careers as doctors, should they wish to practice. Because the award does entitle graduates to obtain medical registration, the University must ensure that those upon which it confers this award can present themselves as having the appropriate knowledge, experience and expertise.
Timeliness is a key factor in relation to many elements of the medical program. The ability of a medical practitioner to carefully observe, communicate, formulate judgements and then act in a timely manner may be crucial in the performance of their duties. An appreciation of the importance of timeliness and the ability to perform in a timely manner is therefore emphasised repeatedly during the medical program. Assessments during clinical placements and in the form of examinations (e.g. oral and/or practical examinations) usually include some assessment of timeliness.
The medical program places substantial demands on its students. The learning style and assessment techniques are likely to be different from those experienced elsewhere. Clinical placements can require significant time commitments of students, which may include time periods normally regarded as 'after hours'. Students will need physical and mental stamina, as well as flexibility with respect to hours of attendance. Placements are undertaken at a range of locations around South Australia, some of which will be in rural and/or remote areas.
Find a detailed statement of the skills that students require as a part of the University of Adelaide medical program, together with some examples of where and how these skills may be required. The program teaches and assesses these skills and they are core/inherent learning requirements of the program.
The University of Adelaide supports the inclusion of students with disabilities by providing reasonable adjustments. In determining whether an adjustment is reasonable, the University will take into account:
- the nature of the disability
- the effect of the adjustment on the student’s ability to achieve and demonstrate the required learning outcomes and participate in the program
- the effect of the proposed adjustment on anyone else, including staff and other students
- the reasonability of costs and logistical impact.
Reasonable adjustments may include modification to assessment and provision of additional support services; however, adjustments cannot be provided which would undermine the core or inherent learning required and thus compromise the academic integrity of the Program.
Once enrolled in a course at the University of Adelaide, students with disabilities have access to the University’s Counselling and Disability Services, whose role is to collaborate with other University staff to provide adjustments required for courses and examination, and to provide information and advice to assist students to achieve their learning outcomes.
Find the inherent requirements statement for the University of Adelaide's medical program below.
Dyslexia: Tom’s story
Having been diagnosed with dyslexia from a young age I didn’t think I would be able to study medicine. I thought it was beyond me.
However, I decided to give it a try and I ticked the disability box on enrolment and from then on I was able to receive some assistance. My problem is my writing speed, I understand the concepts, but getting them down on paper takes me longer than other students. I have been able to have additional time in some of my written exams and now I finish the exam papers instead of running out of time.
Medical condition: Sarah's story
Sarah was concerned that she would be excluded from studying medicine due to an ongoing medical condition. She met with the Disability Advisor and explained some of the difficulties she experiences.
The Disability Advisor, with her permission, then met with the academic staff at the Adelaide Medical School and they designed an Access Plan to assist her with her clinical placements.
Sarah was permitted to work afternoons and evenings when she felt physically stronger to manage her shifts. She has been doing well with her placements and is pleased that she sought advice on how to manage her medical condition.
Hearing impairment: Jake's story
Jake thought he wouldn’t be able to study medicine because of a hearing impairment. He uses hearing aids and with the use of an amplified stethoscope Jake manages well with his clinical placements.
Jake has successfully completed his degree.
Physical disability: Roshmeen’s story
A couple of years ago I injured my wrist and it is now an ongoing condition that I have to manage. The pain can be extreme when I have to do write for long periods of time.
I am able to cope with my studies well but I have difficulty completing my exams. I met with the Disability Advisor and I now have alternative exam arrangements with the use of a computer, an ergonomic keyboard, and extra time for rest breaks.