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Semester 6: Perinatal

Course outline for third year Perinatal Health rotation

In this three week period students are introduced to the mother and her child, both antenatally and in the newborn period. The block focuses on the healthy pregnancy. However, students are introduced to common minor problems of pregnancy, as well as more serious conditions that are common in our population, such as diabetes and gestational proteinuric hypertension. The overall aim of this block is for students to become familiar and comfortable with interviewing and examining a pregnant woman (both before and after birth), and examining her normal newborn infant. We wish for students to learn the process at a primary level of care. Obstetricians, neonatologists, general practitioners and nursing staff guide students through this process, but students are required to engage in self-directed learning by reading and researching on their own.

Students are taught through lectures, peer-to-peer teaching, sessions in the skills laboratory, videos, tutorials, and clinical exposure. Clinical exposure includes visits to primary level community Midwife Obstetric Units (MOUs) to see healthy pregnant woman and to attend the neonatal screening clinics. Students also have an opportunity to interview and do abdominal examinations on inpatient women in the antenatal wards of the secondary and tertiary hospitals. They also see neonates on the wards, and present these cases to their peers. Another learning activity sees students choosing topics from paper patient cases to present to their peers in a Power Point format. Feedback is given by both an obstetrician and a neonatologist.

The curricular 'golden threads' of professionalism, communication skills, respect for patients and similar are included as explicit learning outcomes in the course, so as to build on students' earlier exposure to the importance of these issues, and guide them on their paths towards becoming young professionals. A workshop on abuse in the workplace is held for students to discuss any instances of abuse or maltreatment of patients that they may have witnessed.
Course requirements
Duly performed (DP) requirements

Students must complete a logbook of learning activities in order to be allowed to write their exams. We expect a minimum of 80% attendance overall and 100% attendance at all bedside sessions.

(I) Portfolio:

Students must complete 4 antenatal and 4 neonatal case reports.

(II) Power Point presentations:  

These will be assessed by the tutors according to the their content, appearance, accuracy and referencing.

(III) End of course multi-disciplinary portfolio oral:

An oral assessment based on the Portfolio for the entire 15 weeks of the overall introduction to clinical medicine course. Students see two examiners for 10 minutes each. They may be asked to present any case they have seen and the assessors will be able to enquire about any clinical case or other material contained in the portfolio.

(IV) End of course:

Multi-disciplinary MCQ examination based on all work covered in the preceding 15 weeks.

Course administrators' contact details

Ms Maxine Wheeler



Dr C Nelson

Mr Jason Marcus