Clinical Learning and Assessment Committee

Sub-committee of the Medicine Curriculum Development Committee.


The minutes and documents for this committee are located on SharePoint. Access to the SharePoint site is for members or approved support staff only.


Membership is usually for a period of two years. The Presiding Member of the committee will be invited to become a member of the CDC.


  • Elected by the Committee


  • MBBS Program Authority (ex officio)
  • Two convenors of the Clinical & Communication Skills element
  • Representing the Medicine Education & Student Office
  • Coordinator of the Faculty's Clinical Skills Program
  • Additional members as suggested by the CDC to ensure broad representation on the committee from clinical teaching sites and the major clinical disciplines (Medicine, Surgery, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Mental Health and Primary Care)
    • Representative from Primary Care
    • Prince of Wales Clinical School
    • School of Public Health & Community Medicine
    • School of Women's & Children's Health
    • St Vincent's Clinical School
    • South Western Sydney Clinical School
    • Rural Clinical School
  • Representative for simulation in clinical teaching
  • A representative from the administrative staff of the clinical teaching sites
  • Undergraduate student representatives

Administrative Support

  • Representative of the Medicine Education & Student Office

Terms of Reference and Responsibilities

  • To continuously develop a framework or blueprint which effectively integrates clinical learning across all phases of the program, including opportunities for simulation.
  • To review teaching, learning and assessment activities, to ensure that assessments are integrated and aligned with graduate capabilities and teaching activities; the committee will have the authority to accept or reject such activities for a phase.
  • To convene groups to set assessments according to the requirements of the blueprint.
  • To develop standard-setting procedures and examiner training for clinical examinations.
  • To review evaluation and assessment data, and suggest modifications to content and design of teaching activities and assessment as appropriate.

Areas of Responsibility

  1. Design and implementation of teaching and learning activities including:
    • Phase 1 Clinical and communication skills sessions.
    • Phase 2 Clinical and communication skills sessions.
    • Phase 3 clinical teaching, including primary care.
    • Procedural skills sessions across all phases.
    • Simulation activities
  2. Design and implementation of clinical assessments including:
    • End of phase clinical examinations.
    • Mini-CEX for continuous assessment of clinical skills during phase 3.
  3. Training of examiners for clinical examinations.
  4. Development and continuation of standardized patient program involving:
    • Recruitment and training of simulated patients for teaching and assessment activities.
    • Development of standardized scripts for simulated patients.
    • Recruitment and training of standardized patients for teaching and assessment activities.
    • Selection of simulated and standardized patients for clinical examinations.
  5. Development and continuation of standardized teaching and assessment of procedural skills.
    • Development of standardized teaching program for procedural skills.
    • Acquisition of resources for clinical teaching sites for training in procedural skills.
    • Development of standardized assessment for procedural skills.