Hey Fam, decided to write these subject reviews as a couple of things in Pi’s subject review are outdated with the introduction of the new Monash MD course. DEFINITELY still check it out as I don’t think my review will be as nearly as thorough. Subject Code Name: MED1011 – Medicine 1 Workload: Typically 22-28 contact hrs (varies each week) of lectures, tutorials and PBL combined. 2 site visits during the semester. Assessments: For the MD course, assessments for MED1011 and MED1022 are combined. Hence for the year - 10% Case Commentary Assignment, 8% Mid-Semester Written Test, 15% End of semester Written Test, 8% Competency-Based Assessments (CBA) and Clinical Skills Simulated Encounters (CSSE), HEP Journal (Hurdle). Recorded Lectures: Yes! Recordings start 5 mins past the hour and end 5 mins to the next hour. Be wary of lecturers talking past over the recording time as it does happen often, though you might only miss the last 2-7 mins of a lecture. Also, if you are allocated for a back to back lecture, you will miss 10 mins of a lecture if lecturer doesn’t pause for the recording to start again. E.g. if I had a 2pm-4pm lecture, the recording will miss from 2:55 to 3:05. Past Exams Available: Only released 1-2 exams at least 7 years back so not TOO useful as the course has changed significantly. Still suss them out though. Textbook Recommendation: Pi’s Textbooks list would most likely be good enough if you have the $$$. Personally, I didn’t use textbooks for sem 1 so I have no clue XD. Could easily find PDFs floating around on the web too. Lecturers: Various lectures depending on the subject content e.g. biochemistry, cancer, immunology Year & Semester Completed: Semester 1, 2017 Comments: Pi’s comments on high-school- uni transition were pretty good so I won’t say too much about it. However, I will stress do something other than study. It literally does wonders for your mental health and will keep you sane . 1st year is easy to pass if you put in at least SOME effort. As of 2017, to pass 1st year, one needs to reach at least achieve 50% across year 1 total + Hurdle requirements (attendance and HEP journal). Hence by the time the last exam rolls around in Sem 2, you *technically* will pass if you skip the last exam have a 50% total over year 1 (wouldn't recommend). So don’t kill yourself if you don’t get a HD average as year 1 counts for like ~2% of your final mark for the degree anyway. Anyway, onto the actual course structure. Like the MBBS, it is again split into 4 themes Theme I: Personal and Professional Development Theme II: Population, Society, Health and Illness Theme III: Foundations of Medicine Theme IV: Clinical Skills Theme III and Theme IV were probably the most enjoyable themes. The main way Theme IV is delivered is through weekly tutorials. The main skills they teach this sem is injecting, vital signs and history taking. There is a LOT of history taking tutes so by the end of this sem you will be sick of it (though it is a pretty important skill TBH). Problem Based Learning (PBL) have largely remained unchanged from the MBBS. PBL tuts usually run for 3.5 hrs and are ‘supposed’ to be student-led with tutors overlooking the discussion. PBLs are run by GPs so the tutors are of high standard. Vertically Enhanced Study Program Approach (VESPA) groups are super helpful study groups run by higher year levels (2nd yrs for 1styr students). Usually run weekly, these groups provide informal teaching to help re-consolidate or even techahead content. These VESPAS were well run and there were 5-6 Vespa’s that ran in the med building between or after lectures. During O-week we got given a list of their FB pages, or even do a simple fb search, so definitely join them as they often post their content notes (FREEE NOTESSSS) after their sessions. Now to the NEW aspect of the MD course. Throughout the whole of year 1 clinical skills are not assessed via an OSCE but though a CSSE and CBAs. A CSSE differs from an OSCE in the sense that OSCES runs for 8 mins, whilst a CSSE will run for 12 minutes. However, reading the prompt is a part of the 12 minutes of a CSSE, hence once you begin to read the prompt inside the examining room the 12 minutes will begin. There is 3 mins of feedback at the end of a CSSE so the whole thing lasts for 15 mins. Personally, a CSSE is a LOT easier than OSCEs due to the fact one has more time, and we get feedback on how to improve which is useful. However, as (I think) we inevitably do OSCEs in 2nd year, we will be less prepared for OSCEs. Other than CSSEs and the new assessment rubric, nothing else from this unit really differs from the old MBBS.