Knowledge Guides articulate the baseline level of knowledge that trainees need to acquire by the end of their training.
The Knowledge Guides provide detailed guidance to trainees on the important topics and concepts they need to understand in order to pass their assessments and become competent physicians.
The Guides are a basis for knowledge acquisition; they do not outline the range of experience expected of all Basic Trainees.
Knowledge Guides for Basic Trainees in Adult Internal Medicine (PDF 1.3MB)
Knowledge Guides for Basic Trainees in Paediatrics & Child Health (PDF 1MB)
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Some parts of the curriculum standards relate to content in other curriculum standards. For example, in the Key presentations and conditions section you can access links to related Entrustable Professional Activities and related Competencies. View the related content within each of the following domains by clicking the '+' symbol.
Adult Internal Medicine
Patients seen during general medicine rotations often present with undifferentiated illness, multiple comorbidities, and complex psychosocial needs. Trainees will see common presentations leading to diagnoses across multiple specialty areas.
The General Medicine Knowledge Guide captures the presentations and conditions trainees are most likely to encounter during general medicine rotations, and the approach required to assess and manage patients with these presentations and conditions. The more in-depth knowledge required to manage these conditions is contained within the relevant specialty knowledge guides.
Key presentations and conditions
Basic Trainees will have a comprehensive depth of knowledge of these presentations and conditions.
Less common or more complex presentations and conditions
Basic Trainees will understand these presentations and conditions.
Basic Trainees will understand the resources that should be used to help manage patients with these presentations and conditions.
Epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical sciences
Basic Trainees will describe the principles of the foundational sciences.
Investigations, procedures and clinical assessment tools
Basic Trainees will know the indications for, and how to interpret the results of these investigations, procedures, and clinical assessments tools.
Basic Trainees will know how to explain the investigation, procedure, or clinical assessment tool to patients, families, and carers.
Important specific issues
Basic Trainees will identify important specialty-specific issues and the impact of these on diagnosis and management.