The Doctor of Medicine provides a unique combination of clinical, scholarly and professional expertise.

Philosophy behind the course

The course has been developed to enable an innovation integrated program that focuses on the development of students as professionals, leaders, advocates, clinicians, educators and scholars (PLACES).

The PLACES curriculum structure encourages students to learn about the humanistic and non-technical aspects of being a doctor, while continuing to emphasise the importance of developing clinical competence and scholarly capabilities.

Early professionalisation through early clinical experiences and professionalism training is important so students recognise their privileged relationship with patients, and encourages learning of professional behaviours and patient-centred care.

The teaching and assessment structure integrate learning from all of the preparatory science disciplines together with clinical training so that learning is contextualised, relevant and more efficient and effective.

Choice in the curriculum to recognise the diverse backgrounds and interests of students is catered for by the Scholarly Activity program, portfolio, Selectives and Elective.

Graduates are expected to be work-ready, and this is achieved by the inclusion of a Preparation for Internship Phase at the end of the course which enables a smooth transition to working as a doctor.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are abilities that students must possess to successfully complete the Doctor of Medicine (MD) course.

These abilities are reflected in the achievement of the course learning outcomes and are necessary to fulfill the role of a medical student and to prepare for medical practice. They are based around providing safe, effective and professional patient care. Students must have an ability to acquire high volumes and complexity of knowledge, apply this knowledge to diverse situations and problems in a timely manner with a high level of problem-solving, judgment and reasoning, and display high level interpersonal skills, professional behaviours and attitudes.

Achieving these outcomes could be challenging for students with certain disabilities who may require adjustments in teaching and assessment to accommodate their needs. Some of these disabilities may be permanent, but others may be temporary and occur during the course such as acute illnesses or injuries.

The Faculty is supportive of the inclusion and assistance of students with disabilities by providing reasonable adjustments to the teaching and assessment processes. Often an agreed support plan is implemented to assist the student within reasonable boundaries. Students intending to apply for the medical course should consider whether they might experience challenges in meeting these requirements and seek advice from student and disability services together with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Students obtain the full set of MD Outcomes when commencing the course. The inherent requirements are based around the following capabilities:

  • Professional and ethicolegal behaviours
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Non-verbal communication skills
  • Written communication skills
  • Knowledge and cognition
  • Sensory abilities
  • Mobility and motor skills
  • Sustainable and timely performance

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For more detail about the inherent requirements, contact the Faculty.

Course prerequisites are detailed on our Faculty website.