Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.
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This subject is not offered in 2014.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 27 hours of clinical practice per week; 22 x 1-hr tutorial / debate sessions (organised across the year) |
Total Time Commitment:
Estimated total time commitment - 1100 hours over a 40 week clinical year.
Study Period Commencement:
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For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.
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Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry.
The main aim of the Doctor of Optometry internship year is to integrate the optometric knowledge gained by the students during their first three years of study with clinical work in a variety of clinical settings (including a capstone experience), in a way that will consolidate what they have learned and help them develop and improve the clinical skills necessary to practice optometry and serve patients in a safe and satisfactory way. Students will undertake clinical rotations based in the central University of Melbourne teaching clinics, and metropolitan Melbourne hospital and practice placements. They will also undertake a rotation at an overseas placement site, and a further rotation at rural or specialist practices. Students will gain experience in the areas of contact lenses, paediatrics, ocular disease, clinical therapeutic management of disease, low vision and binocular vision clinical specialities during their placements.
Patient Care: Students must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective. At the end of the internship year they should be able to:
Optometric Knowledge: Students must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving basic and clinical science, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care. At the end of the internship year they should be able to:
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Students must be able to investigate and evaluate their approach to patient care, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and continuously improve patient care based on self-evaluation and life-long learning. At the end of the internship year they should be able to:
Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Students must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, patients’ families, and professional associates. At the end of the internship year they should be able to:
Professionalism: Students must demonstrate adherence to ethical principles, and a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities in the best interest of the patient and the community. At the end of the internship year they should be able to:
Assessment is in the form of a learning portfolio, which is reviewed throughout the year and submitted at the end of semester 2. The learning portfolio must include:
- A personal reflective essay that demonstrates evidence of clinical practice experience, and of clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes at a level appropriate to a newly graduated optometrist, as outlined in the subject objectives (4,000 words).
- Evidence compiled throughout the year (expected to be based on over 1,000 hours of clinical practice, and to comprise over 10,000 words of documentation), such as:
Hurdle Requirement: 100% attendance at clinical placements
This subject is assessed as Pass/Fail
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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Upon completion of this subject students should:
Doctor of Optometry |
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