JCU MBBS program “domains”

The JCU MBBS specializes in rural and remote medicine. The medical program is undertaken entirely in northern Australia and has an emphasis on tropical medicine, the health of rural and remote communities, and of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. The medical program is informed by a concern for social justice, innovation and excellence in medical education, research and service.

JCU MBBS program
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The 6-year Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery is governed by “domains.” In the example of communication skills, students begin in Year 1 with basic patient interview techniques. In Year 2 in the Cardiovascular Medicine subject, students learn the basics of cardiovascular history taking. In the Rural, Remote, Indigenous and Tropical Medicine subject students learn about a patient interview with an Indigenous Australian. There is more practice in Years 3 and 4, and by Year 5, students are taking full medical histories and reporting these to colleagues. In Year 6, JCU MBBS students put these skills into practice while on their 8-week Rural Internship.

Applied Basic and Clinical Science
Includes the application to medical practice of the knowledge and understanding of anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and sociology.

Communication, Clinical, Critical Reasoning and Information Management Skills
Includes a range of thinking and manual skills.

The Health of Rural and Remote, Indigenous and Tropical Communities
Examples of community and population health that are important to the region James Cook University serves. This domain includes understanding health needs, illness prevention, health promotion and epidemiology.

Ethics, Personal and Professional Development
Includes demonstration of the attitudes and behaviours necessary for competent medical practice.

The health of Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples
The teaching about the health of Australia’s two groups of Indigenous peoples is of increasing importance in Australia as the nation attempts to Close the Gap between the health of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples and the rest of the population.

JCU Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was Aug. 30, 2015.

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