MEDI 7009 Clinical Allergy

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401064

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Description This is a 20 credit point year-long subject taken over two terms (10 credit points in each term). This yearlong subject will consist of 50 hours of supervised consultation of patients with allergic diseases within the setting of a specialist Immunology/Allergy clinic. The purpose of Clinical Allergy is to apply previously acquired knowledge of allergic diseases to patient care in real time. Students will be supervised by experienced Clinical Immunologists/Allergists and develop skills in allergy diagnosis and management of children and adults. Clinical experiences will include history taking, physical examination, skin prick testing and spirometry interpretation, and management of various allergic conditions. Students will need to participate in online case conference discussions also, and attend two course workshops, the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) Annual Scientific Meeting and the Macarthur Series in Immunology.

School Medicine

Discipline Internal Medicine

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 3 10cp

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) MEDI 7002 AND
MEDI 7003

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 7792 - Clinical Allergy 1 LGYA 7793 - Clinical Allergy 2


Students must be enrolled in 4689 Graduate Certificate in Allergic Diseases or 4753 Master of Medicine (Allergic Diseases)

Assumed Knowledge

Must have completed a medical degree (MBBS, MBChB or equivalent qualification) and be practising as a medical practitioner in clinical practice.  Also, must have sound knowledge and understanding of immunological concepts and clinical aspects of allergic diseases including diagnosis and management.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Examine aspects of the professional practice required of doctors caring for patients with allergic diseases, including their limitations, referral pathways for complex patients, and reflection and collaboration with other health professionals.
  2. Recognise and interpret patient history, physical examination and test results.
  3. Diagnose and manage patients with allergic diseases with a safe, caring, ethical and professional practice.
  4. Perform and analyse common tests used to investigate and monitor patients with allergic diseases.
  5. Communicate relevant clinical information about allergic diseases to patients, their family and health professionals.
  6. Perform self-directed learning strategies to enhance evidence based clinical practice.

Subject Content

This subject consists of the following clinical experiences:
1. History and physical examination of patients with allergic diseases
2. Investigation of patients with allergy including skin prick testing and spirometry
3. Management of patients with allergic diseases including anaphylaxis


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Participation x 12: Online video case conference participation 1.5 hrs x 12 S/U Y Individual
Professional Task x 2: Written case management plan 30 mins each S/U Y Individual
Professional Task: Face to face clinical consultation Variable time per patient (total 50 hours of clinical consultation during placement) S/U Y Individual
Case Analysis x 4: Face to face oral case presentations 30 mins each x 4 S/U Y Individual
Professional Task (minimum x 15): Written letter to referring doctor 300 words each x 15 S/U Y Individual
Logbook (clinical cases): Written log of cases seen in clinic Throughout the year (all clinical consultations undertaken during placement) S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

1st Half



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