Introducing the new Monash University Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine

The Monash University Medical School is internationally recognised for providing a world-class education with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to medical training.

Monash Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine
Learn more about the new Monash Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine degree

From MBBS to MD

Monash has announced that the combined Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine degree will replace the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) MBBS program as of 2017 entry. The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) is an internationally recognised, higher level qualification and has been accredited by the Australian Medical Association.

This new Monash medical program has been designed in close consultation with doctors, health care professionals and leaders in the health and research sectors in order to give students the scientific background and clinical expertise needed for a successful career as a doctor.

Deputy Dean of the MD program Professor Michelle Leech explained that “the new program will be focused as before on preparing graduates for medical practice with a strong focus on patient safety as well as enhanced research and professional practice skills to equip Monash graduates to improve the health of our communities locally and globally.”

The Monash MD has been accepted as a minor change by the Australian Medical Council. Students who commence the MD will undertake a Scholarly Intensive Project in the final year of the course. Medical students will undertake traditional research activities as well having the opportunity to increase learning opportunities around clinical and professional practice. The existing excellent Monash final-year Patient Safety (Intern Preparation unit) will be further enhanced with extended learning outcomes. An intensified research methods learning kit will be embedded in the university’s theme 2 (Population Health and Society), which is already well recognised for educational leadership in evidence-based practice of medicine.

Monash will continue to offer the 5-year direct-entry medical program (from high school), as well as the 4-year graduate-entry program, with the same number of places available in both courses.

The entry and selection requirements for both programs will also remain unchanged.

About the Monash Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine

The Monash University Medical School’s graduate-entry degree will focus on four themes:

Theme 1
Theme focus: Personal attributes and qualities needed as a medical student and, ultimately, a medical practitioner

Theme II
Theme focus: The social, environmental and behavioural contexts of illness and the practice of medicine, especially in rural and remote areas, and population and global health

Theme III
Theme focus: Human systems, and through them, the development of the knowledge and concepts that underpin both the basic medical sciences and in the clinical sciences

Theme IV
Theme focus: The whole range of clinical skills and the development of defined clinical competencies

Program: Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Round 1 – February 5, 2016; Round 2 – September 27, 2016

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