Teaching - Paediatrics and Child Health

Doctor of Medicine

Students in the Flinders University medical course receive the bulk of their teaching in Paediatrics and Child Health in Year 3. They participate in a ‘Transition to Clinical Practice’ (TCP) block towards the end of their second pre-clinical year, which prepares students for clinical encounters.

Our department provides an introductory segment in TCP in which students obtain an overview of the range of conditions they will encounter the following year in the field of Paediatrics and Child Health. It also prepares them on how to interact with children and their families.

During there the paediatric specialty terms, students at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) rotate through the following units:

  • Paediatric unit
  • Neonatal unit
  • Paediatric emergency department
  • Paediatric clinics


Rural, Northern Territory and OCEP students

Students in the Parallel Rural Clinical Curriculum (PRCC) program in regional locations learn paediatrics in a horizontally integrated fashion throughout the year.

Northern Territory Medical Program students at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) and in the Onkaparinga Clinical Education Program (OCEP) receive exposure to paediatrics via a combination of a specialty paediatric hospital term and a community attachment. Wherever the site, third year students are expected to acquire skills in history taking and examination of children and adolescents, and to fully participate in their clinical care under close supervision.

In fourth year of the MD program, many students choose to undertake selectives or electives in paediatrics at FMC, RDH, Alice Springs Hospital, Women’s and Children’s Hospital in North Adelaide, as well as several sites in developing and developed countries.

Paediatric education MD student