Independent Learning Project (ILP)

Independent Learning Project (ILP)

Overview

Overview

The Independent Learning Project (ILP) is intended to provide UNSW medical students with a period of in-depth study that engenders an approach to medicine that is constantly questioning and self-critical. The ILP aims to promote lifelong learning patterns and skills which will enable them to approach future medical challenges in their careers with a rigor and depth not possible without a detailed knowledge of the formal processes of research, literature appraisal, data collection, analysis and presentation. By the end of the ILP the students will be expected to achieve the following specific goals:

  • An ability and inclination to question the basis of current scientific thinking in relation to medical and public health practice.
  • To retrieve literature on a topic and demonstrate a familiarity with the use of medical databases.
  • To evaluate current knowledge in a field and to provide a critical appraisal of that body of knowledge.
  • To identify a problem in their chosen field and to understand and participate in the process of designing a scientific investigation of the problem.
  • To be aware of the ethical issues involved in medical research as applied to their area of study.
  • To critically evaluate data including the appropriate use and application of analytical procedures.

Structure

ILP Structure

The courses comprising the ILP (MFAC4508 to 4509) must be taken consecutively. Progression from one course to the next can only occur when all the assessment requirements have been satisfied. In order to progress from one course to the next each student must attain satisfactory grades. Additionally, MFAC2507 - Clinical Transition course will be run at the end of the ILP.

  • ILP and General Education courses

Students are required to undertake 12 units of credit of general education courses prior to the start of Phase 3. Students are advised to enroll in 6 UoC extra courses in semester 1 and 2 concurrently with the ILP enrolment.

  • Exemptions

Students who complete the BSc (Med) Honours program are exempted from undertaking the ILP.

  • Rules of Progression

ILP Rules of Progression

Getting Started

Information Session


Key Dates



Dates Activities
March 2018                Negotiation Process Commences
Monday 12 March 2018      Expressions of interest for BSc(Medicine) Honours closed
End of March 2018         Notification of Honours students
Tuesday 12 June 2018      Due Date for ILP Application Form (eMed)              
  Due Date for Honours Application Form (ilp@unsw.edu.au)            
August 2018  (TBC)        ILP Student Form will be available on eMed
  Allocated ILP projects will be listed on eMed for students to browse and select
September 2018 (TBC)      Due Date for ILP Student Form
October 2018              Allocation emails will be sent to students/supervisors
Monday 4 February 2019    ILP/Honours Commenced  - MANDATORY Induction day
Friday 25 October 2019 Last day of ILP/Honours course

 


Criteria for Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor

  • The supervisor and co-supervisor must be an UNSW staff member or have a conjoint appointment with UNSW (no exceptions to this rule).
  • The supervisor and co-supervisor must have a PhD and/or a medical degree (unless specifically exempted by the committee).

  • The supervisor and co-supervisor should have academic/medical qualifications relevant to the project.


Application Form

  • ILP application is available in eMed from March to Tuesday 12 June 2018.
     
  • Application Form [word] (To avoid unexpected loss of data entry, it is recommended to complete this form in a word version and then paste your responses into an online application form)

Scholarships


Projects

How projects are generated

Students are encouraged to negotiate an ILP with prospective supervisors. Some projects will also be designed by supervisors and listed on the ILP web page on eMed for students to view. In both cases the ILP application form must be completed by the supervisor.

UNSW Medicine affiliated staff members (either academic or conjoint staff member) who are interested in taking up ILP students can advertise this by updating their staff profile at the Faculty website (see instructions here). For more information on this, please contact Ms Linh Luong ( ILP@unsw.edu.au. )

How projects are allocated

In the beginning of year 3, an ILP/Honours information session will be held to provide information on how to negotiate a project with supervisor. The following two months, students are encouraged to contact potential ILP supervisors and negotiate an ILP.

Students who negotiated an ILP will be allocated to that ILP. Students who do not negotiate an ILP will be allocated according to the Phase 2 allocation system. The same allocation process will be used to allocate students to clinical courses and ILPs.

How to negotiate

  • How to negotiate a project

Previous ILP/Honours projects

Examples of previously completed project submission forms

Example of work contract

Examples of previous year students ILP final report

Location of ILPs

Location of ILPs

ILP is designed to be undertaken in one of UNSW Medicine's Schools or a UNSW affiliated research institute or centre.

Every year, projects offered at different rural clinical schools are available for students to choose. Students interested in doing projects in certain rural clinical school campuses are strongly advised to contact the Head of Campus for more information.

The following Rural Clinical Schools offer ILP projects to students -

Coffs Harbour - Coffs Harbour Rural Clinical School - more information, please click here

Port Macquarie - Port Macquarie Rural Clinical School - more information, please click here

Wagga Wagga - Wagga Wagga Rural Clinical School - more information, please click here

Albury - Albury Rural Clinical School - more information, please click here

Interstate or Overseas ILPs will not be considered.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

For Supervisors

  1. I am interested in supervising ILP students. How do I make students aware of this?

UNSW Medicine staff and conjoint who are interested in supervising ILP students need to update their research profile. To do this, you need to access your research profile and make sure that you add your topics in the ILP section which is located near the end of your profile page. For more information, please read the instruction available here.


For Students

  1. I am interested in negotiating ILP project. How should I start?
    The best place to start negotiation process is to check ILP supervisors list. You can either search by research area or by the staff list.
     
  2. What is the difference between an ILP and a BSc (Med) Hons for 2008 onwards cohort students?
    The ILP is 30 Units of Credit (UoC); the BSc (Med) Hons is 48 UoC. Therefore undertaking a BSc (Med) Hons normally adds a semester to the time for which you will be enrolled – your combined MBBS and BSc (Med) Hons will be 6.5 years in length. The BSc (Med) Hons can only be undertaken after Year 3 i.e. if you wish to enrol for a BSc (Med) Hons instead of an ILP, you can only do so in Year 4. The work involved in an Honours project is substantially more than an ILP and the expected outcomes are more advanced. In addition, there will be additional HECS fees. The Honours program is reserved for students who have excelled in their studies over years 1-3, demonstrated by a minimum average of at least 70 for Phase 1 Medicine courses (excluding end of Phase 1 exams and portfolio).

The BSc (Med) Hons is designed for an enrolment over one full academic year whereas the ILP is the equivalent of 24 weeks full time (or 30 weeks when undertaken concurrently with 12 UoC general education courses). Students cannot enrol in any other courses while enrolled in the BSc (Med) Hons Program.

  1. I am interested in applying to do the BSc (Med) Hons Program. Who is eligible to apply?
    Students who wish to apply for the BSc (Med) Hons Program must have completed at least 3 years of BMed MD degree requirements and obtained an average of at least 70 in their Phase 1 Medicine studies. Please note however that this information may change in the future.
     
  2. What are the requirements for consideration to the BSc (Med) Hons program for entry?
    This information is current at the time of updating this information however it may change in the future.
    Students need to have:
  • completed at least 3 years of BMed MD degree requirements
  • obtained a minimum 70 average, calculated by taking a straight mean of Medicine subjects only from Phase 1 (excluding portfolios and end-of-phase exams)
  • acceptance by a supervisor
  • approval by the BSc (Med) Hons Committee to undertake the proposed topic with the proposed supervisor

For more information on the BSc (Med) Hons Program, please see the BSc (Med) Hons website.

  1. Can I start an ILP and upgrade to the Honours Program?
    As a rule, the Faculty will not allow ILP's to be upgraded to a Bsc (Med) Hon program once the ILP has commenced.
     
  2. Can I do an ILP jointly with other students?
    No, the ILP is designed to be undertaken as an independent area of research. Some ILPs may be similar or part of a bigger project, but each ILP is undertaken and assessed independently.
     
  3. Can I take an ILP at a location other than a UNSW campus or a UNSW teaching hospital?
    The ILP is designed to be undertaken at a UNSW campus, a UNSW teaching hospital, or a UNSW affiliated research institute or centre (including Rural Clinical Schools). An application for a negotiated ILP at any other location in Australia will be considered by the ILP Committee on a case by case basis. Overseas ILPs will not be considered.
     
  4. I started my Medicine course in 2010 and interested in applying to the BSc (Med) Hons Program in 2013. Can I still complete my Medicine studies in 6 years?
    The combined BMed MD/ BSc (Med) Hons program is designed to take a minimum of six and a half years to complete. The extra six months allows for completion of the 12 units of general education courses. The Faculty discourages students from overloading in earlier years to complete the extra-Faculty elective courses prior to commencing the BSc (Med) Hons Program. Students will need to apply to the Faculty for approval to take more than the standard load (usually 24 Units of Credit).
     
  5. Are there any scholarships for ILP students?
    A limited number of scholarships are available for students undertaking ILP in certain areas. For more information please check the scholarships page.
     
  6. If I complete my Medicine studies mid year, when do I graduate and when can I start my internship?
    The main graduation ceremony takes place in December. However, students who complete their studies in mid-year can attend another graduation, usually in October. In the past, students who have completed their studies in mid-year have been able to commence their internship mid-year.

There are some changes affecting internship. Students are advised to read the IMET website

3MT

UNSW ILP - Three Minutes Thesis (3MT)

ILP students will have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance, in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specilaist audience. Each presentation will be assessed by a panel with the mark contributing to the overall ILP grade and also as a competition (with a $500 gift voucher prize) voted by the audience.

Publications

Our ILP and Honours students succeed in their research projects through publications and presentations. Below is a list of achievements.

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

 

2013 Achievements

Student: Bui, David
Supervisor:  Prof William Walsh
Title:  The Effect of Sterilisation Protocol on Meniscal Allograft
Oral Presentation: New South Wales Australian Orthopaedic Association Annnual Scientific Meeting, 2013
Authors:  Bui D, Lovric V, Oliver R, Bertello N, Broe D, Walsh W

Student: Iyer, Dushyant
Supervisor:  Dr Scott D’Amours
Title: INTRA-ABDOMINAL HYPERTENSION AND ABDOMINAL COMPARTMENT SYNDROME: Pathophysiological and non-operative management
Article:  Minerva Anestesiologica, 2013
Authors:  Rastogi P, Iyer D, Aneman A, D'amours S

Student: Iyer, Dushyant
Supervisor:  Dr Scott D’Amours
Title: The Natural History of intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome
Oral Presentation: Australian Medical Student Association Convention, Gold Coast, 2013,
Authors:  Iyer D, Rastogi P, D’Amours S, Aneman A

Student: Iyer, Dushyant
Supervisor:  Dr Scott D’Amours
Title: Cardiothoracic surgery and intra-abdominal hypertension: An undervalued association?
Oral Presentation: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) Annual Scientific Meeting, Singapore, 2014
Authors:  Iyer D, Rastogi P, Aneman A, D’Amours S

Student: Iyer, Dushyant
Supervisor:  Dr Scott D’Amours
Title: Early Experiences with the Resuscitation with Angiography, Percutaneous Techniques and Operative Repair (R.A.P.T.O.R) Hybrid Suite
Oral Presentation: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) Annual Scientific Meeting, Singapore, 2014
Authors:  Iyer D, Rastogi P, Aneman A, D’Amours S

Student: Iyer, Dushyant
Supervisor:  Dr Scott D’Amours
Title: A predictive tool for the development of intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome in critically ill patients
Poster: International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Brussels, Belgium, 2014
Authors:  Iyer D, Rastogi P, Aneman A, D’Amours S

Student: Lawrence, Renae
Supervisor:  Dr Claire Wakefield
Title: Comparing the models of care utilised by Australia and New Zealand childhood cancer long term follow-up clinics
Oral Presentation: Australian New Zealand Children’s Haematology and Oncology Group (ANZCHOG), Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, 2013
Authors:  McLoone JK, Wakefield CE, Lawrence R, Cohn RJ

Student: Lawrence, Renae
Supervisor:  Dr Claire Wakefield
Title: Transition practices in paediatric hospitals: providing cancer survivorship care from childhood to adulthood
Oral Presentation: National Youth Cancer Services Network Meeting, Melbourne, 2013,
Authors:  McLoone JK, Wakefield CE, Lawrence R, Cohn RJ

Student: Lee, Jia Li
Supervisor:  A/Prof William Sewell
Title: Flow cytometry of T cells and the role of V-beta assessment
Oral Presentation: Australasian Flow Cytometry Group Annual Meeting, Wellington, NZ, 2013,
Authors:  Sewell WA, Lee LJ, Smith SABC, Brown DA

Student: Mason, Emma
Supervisor:  Dr Lynne Wray
Title: Sexually acquired reactive arthritis at Sydney Sexual Health Centre 1992-2012
Oral Presentation: Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Darwin, 2013,
Authors:  Mason E, Wray L, Foster R, Donovan B

Student: Newton, Sally
Supervisor:  Dr Renée Morris
Title: The Differential effects of Rubrospinal Tract and Red Nucleus Lesions on Skilled Reaching
Poster:  Annual Neuroscience Society, Melbourne, 2013,
Authors:  Newton SS, Kearsley AP and Morris R

Student: Pillay, Megan
Supervisor:  Dr Mark Harris
Title:  Quality of care measures in multimorbidity
Article: Australian Family Physician, 2014, 43(3):132-6
Authors:  Pillay M, Dennis S, Harris MF

Student: Pillay, Megan
Supervisor:  Dr Mark Harris
Title: Multimorbidity: negotiating priorities and making progress
Article:  Australian Family Physician, 2013, 42(12):850-4
Authors:  Harris MF, Dennis S, Pillay M

Student: Pillay, Megan
Supervisor:  Dr Mark Harris
Title:  Multi-morbidity and low health literacy in general practice: double trouble
Oral Presentation: Health Literacy Network: Crossing Disciplines, Bridging Gaps, 2013
Authors:  Pillay M, Dennis S, Harris MF

Student: Ryan, Amitée
Supervisor:  A/Prof Rebecca Dignan
Title: The PAINLESS trial (Painbuster Length of Stay) - Redefining Pain Management After Cardaic Surgery: A Randomised Pilot Trial
Oral Presentation: Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, 2013
Authors: Dignan R, Ryan A, Mann K, Patterson E, Gebski V, Keech A, O’Regan W, Hong S, Aty W, French B, Wolfenden H, Vallely M, Bannon P, Rajendran S, Turner L

Student: Tan, Kevin
Supervisor:  A/Prof Jia Lin Yang
Title: Uncovering a key to the process of metastasis in human cancers: a review of critical regulators of anoikis
Article:  Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology, 2013, 139(11):1795-805
Authors:  Tan K, Goldstein D, Crowe P, Yang JL

Key Contacts

ILP & Honours Convenor and Coordinator
Dr Barbara-Ann Adelstein
T +61 (2) 9382 8890
E b.adelstein@unsw.edu.au

ILP & Honours Administrator
Ms Khanh Vo
T +61 (2) 9385 1317
E ILP@unsw.edu.au

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