Important Information

 

Resources

 

All students need to read and be familiar with the information in the Program Guide (available for download above).

The information below provides essential information. Please ensure you have read this information.

Policies

Make sure you familarise yourself with the policies related to you on the UNSW Medicine website at: http://med.unsw.edu.au/policies

These include:

Goverment Policies on -

UNSW Medicine Policies on -

  • Allocation of Students to Clinical Environments
  • Allocation of Students to Phase 2 courses
  • Extra-curricular Activities affecting attendance in MBBS Program
  • Health Records and Information Privacy – Guidelines for medical students
  • Immunisation and Blood-borne Viruses:  Overview | Policy
  • Medical Students Fitness to Practise Policy
  • Special Consideration for Illness or Misadventure affecting Assessments
  • Overseas Travel Advice

Fitness to Practice

UNSW Medicine has established a policy and process to assist students who have, or who may develop physical or mental impairments that are likely to detrimentally affect their physical or mental capacity to practice medicine. Studying to be, and working as a doctor are both physically, psychologically and emotionally demanding. You will be exposed to stress and disease. If you have any concerns about these issues or if you are aware of any reason (such as a chronic illness, a disability or mental illness) or any impairment that might make it difficult for you to gain medical student registration with the Medical Board of Australia or to practice as a doctor after graduating from UNSW, we urge you to speak about these important matters in confidence with UNSW Medicine Student Wellbeing Advisor or the UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services.

As a student of the medical profession, you have duties and responsibilities to yourself, the patients you encounter, the community, and the profession. Early in the program, these issues will be discussed with you, and you should be aware of UNSW Medicine’s Fitness to Practice Policy, which can be found at ‘Current Students=>Policies’ at:  http://med.unsw.edu.au/policies

As all students are registered with the Medical Board of Australia, jurisdiction applies with respect to the process of evaluating and assisting impaired students if and when required.  If any student has an impairment that, in the course of clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm, the student is obliged to inform the Medical Board.  Furthermore, UNSW Medicine must notify the Board if it reasonably believes that a student may be impaired and they may be a risk to patient safety.

The predominant aim of UNSW Medicine and the Medical Board is the provision of assistance and remediation for students with the desired outcome being the successful completion of the BMed MD and subsequent successful practise of medicine.


Student Code of Conduct

Students and staff are governed by the normal laws that regulate our daily lives, but in addition the University has its own code of rules and conduct expressed through its policies and procedures. Good conduct and academic honesty are fundamental to the mission of the University as an institution devoted to the pursuit of excellence in scholarship and research, and to the service of society. These principles apply to the whole University community, including students and staff and have been developed over many years. Further information is available at: https://student.unsw.edu.au/policy

UNSW Medicine and the University take any form of student misconduct, including bullying and harassment, very seriously. The University has policies on equity and diversity, anti-racism and equal opportunity. If any student feels that he or she has been subject to behaviour, from another student(s) or staff member, which would be in breach of any of these policies, it should be reported to the Student Well-being Advisor or Course Convenor or a senior staff member from the Medical Education Student Office (MESO) or an official complaint can be lodged (https://student.unsw.edu.au/complaints). Students should be particularly careful with conduct related social media. Please be aware that what you or your peers may think is “funny or trivial” may be offensive to other students. Even if the post or links are taken down immediately, the offended party can obtain screen shots. If this post has occurred on a UNSW official website or a website linked to UNSW, or the student(s) identify themselves as UNSW students, or it relates to teaching activities, it may breach the UNSW Student Code of Conduct Policy (see link – https://student.unsw.edu.au/social-media-guidelines

https://www.gs.unsw.edu.au/policy/documents/studentcodepolicy.pdf).

Students are also required to abide by the codes or regulations of NSW Health and its facilities governing behaviour during clinical placements. (http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/northern/electives/pdf/nswhealth-code-of-c...). If a student feels that during a clinical placement they are subject to bullying and harassment,by an employee of NSW Health who is not a conjoint member of UNSW Medicine, the relevant Clinical School Administrator or Clinical Tutor should be notified immediately. NSW Health takes bullying and harassment of any student or staff member very seriously as outlined in the Policy links:

http://www0.health.nsw.gov.au/policies/pd/2011/pdf/PD2011_018.pdf

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/workforce/culture/Publications/respectful-culture-in-medicine.pdf


Attendance at Classes

You are expected to attend all classes and it is to your advantage to do so. UNSW Medicine expects students to attend all scheduled activities.  UNSW has set minimum attendance requirements for each course or term during the three phases of the program which is generally 80%, to allow for illness or misadventure. You are also expected to be punctual for all classes. If you fail to comply with the attendance requirements for a course or term, UNSW Medicine may refuse to allow you to sit the relevant end-of-course or end-of-phase examination. As a result, a Fail will be recorded for the course.

Where a significant absence is anticipated during course time (such as conference attendance, important cultural or personal commitments) it is imperative that the student contact the Faculty as soon as possible so that leave of absence can be considered and alternative arrangements for study/assessment put into place. Failure to provide sufficient notice may result in an Unsatisfactory Fail grade for that course.

If a student is absent from any learning activity it is their responsibility to learn the material they missed independently. If a student fails a course they cannot use absences from learning activities, for any reason, as grounds for appeal.

It is your responsibility to frequently check the eMed timetable for assigned classes and any changes.  Ignorance of class timetables or changes, which are scheduled in eMed, is not an acceptable excuse for non-attendance.

You can only attend classes to which you are allocated. You may not attend practical or other classes at different times to your timetable. Tutors may ask you to leave if you are not in the correct class.

See also Policy on Extra-curricular Activities affecting attendance in BMed MD Program


Equity and Diversity

The University’s Student Equity and Disabilities Unit (SEADU) provides the following services to students:

  • advice and information on anti-discrimination legislation, policies and practice
  • assistance with grievance handling under UNSW’s discrimination and harassment grievance procedures
  • disability services
  • support for ACCESS students
  • guest lectures and presentations to students

You can contact the Unit at any time to talk confidentially about any issues relating to equity and disability in your study. 

http://www.studentequity.unsw.edu.au


Academic Integrity at UNSW

UNSW has an ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of learning informed by academic integrity. All UNSW staff and students have a responsibility to adhere to this principle of academic integrity. Plagiarism undermines academic integrity and is not tolerated at UNSW. Plagiarism* at UNSW is defined as using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own.

The UNSW Student Code [https://www.gs.unsw.edu.au/policy/documents/studentcodepolicy.pdf] provides a framework for the standard of conduct expected of UNSW students with respect to their academic integrity and behaviour. It outlines the primary obligations of students, and directs staff and students to the Code and related procedures.

In addition, it is important that students understand that it is not permissible to buy essay/writing services from third parties as the use of such services constitutes plagiarism because it involves using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. Nor is it permissible to sell copies of lecture or tutorial notes or give them to a third party, such as a website, as students do not own the rights to this intellectual property.

Where a student breaches the Student Code with respect to academic integrity the University may take disciplinary action under the Student Misconduct Procedure

[https://www.gs.unsw.edu.au/policy/documents/studentmisconductprocedures.pdf].

*Examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks.  This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement.

Inappropriate paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time, paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own, stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it, offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work. This should not be confused with academic collaboration.

Inappropriate citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure.  In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

More information on the use of Turnitin.

Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism

You are expected to read the University’s policy on Academic Misconduct (including plagiarism) which are available on the following myUNSW site:

https://www.gs.unsw.edu.au/policy/documents/studentcodepolicy.pdf

https://www.gs.unsw.edu.au/policy/documents/plagiarismpolicy.pdf

Plagiarism may lead to failure of an assessment and a course and may also lead to a charge of misconduct which could result in exclusion from the University. It is imperative you understand how seriously the Faculty and University view plagiarism. UNSW Medicine will scan all items submitted to the eMed: Portfolio system using a commercial plagiarism engine. Items submitted are also compared to other items already in the system.


UNSW Work Health and Safety Policy

There are many locations in UNSW Medicine, its teaching hospitals and clinical placements, and many activities that you may be involved in during your studies that are potentially dangerous to your health and safety and to the health and safety of others. You should at all times observe the requirements of the UNSW Work Health and Safety Policy is available at:  http://www.gs.unsw.edu.au/policy/documents/ohspolicy.pdf


Student Wellbeing Advisor

There are several ways that you can obtain support for problems related to your studies or personal issues that may impact upon you getting the best out of your time in the Medicine program.  If you are having difficulties with your studies, you should contact the relevant course convenor or the phase convenor if the problem is not related to just one course.  UNSW Medicine also has a Student Wellbeing Advisor.The role of the Student Wellbeing Advisoris to provide support and assistance to students in all 6 years of the medical course who experience difficulties of a personal, psychological, psychiatric or medical nature. The Student Wellbeing Advisorprovides a “first port of call” for students; she assesses the student’s problem and needs, gives confidential advice, coordinates appropriate help (on or off campus), and acts as an advocate for the students in their interaction with the Faculty, or other authorities, as needed.

Information given to the Advisor will be regarded as confidential.  Health problems, unrelated to your studies, can be a major stress and the Student Wellbeing Advisor can assist with advice about where to seek help and the possible impact of a health problem for studying and practising medicine. 

Further information about the Advisor is available in the Current Students section on UNSW Medicine website. http://med.unsw.edu.au/student-wellbeing-advisor

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