Program of the Month: Australian Medical Schools

Program of the Month: Australian Medical Schools
Get the stethoscope ready, OzTREKKERs! This edition of Program of the Month is sure to get student heart rates pumping. OzTREKK is highlighting the top-notch medical schools at our Australian Medical Schools.

Australian Medical School
Upon culmination of a graduate-entry Australian Medical Schools, students complete a residency in their field of choice/specialization and then become licensed doctors. OzTREKK hosts information seminars about attending Australian Medical Schools, highlighting your options for practicing medicine following graduation. These are being held this month!

We break down what each school has to offer, the benefits of attending each school, curriculum and what the program focuses on to help potential students narrow down choices according to their needs.

University of Queensland Medical School, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): Designed to produce doctors able to meet the challenges of the new century, this four-year curriculum captures the enthusiasm and maturity of its graduate entrants and helps them develop into highly- skilled medical graduates capable of entering the wide variety of career options open to them. The UQ medical school emphasizes problem-based learning (PBL) in a clinical context and encourages learning exercises in big and small groups. This program is popular for Canadians, and OzTREKK has developed a close working relationship with the School of Medicine staff.

University of Melbourne Medical School, Doctor of Medicine (MD): The University of Melbourne Medical School offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, the first of its kind in Australia and the world. The four-year program is slightly different from the MD presently offered throughout North America as it has a higher designation. The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne Medical School’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

Monash University Medical School, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): The medical curriculum provides an interdisciplinary program, organized to provide integration of structure and function within the biomedical sciences. The four-year program presents a continually expanding level of medical experience, starting as early as possible in the first semester of the course. In the first year, the basic medical sciences are taught in the context of their relevance to patient care. Later in the course, clinical teaching builds upon and reinforces this strong scientific foundation. An emphasis on clinical communication skills as well as early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals is a feature of the four-year, graduate-entry Monash degree. All students will spend the majority of their time in rural and regional areas in eastern Victoria as part of a health-care team.

University of Sydney Medical School, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): The four-year program includes early weekly clinical experience in leading hospitals, regular problem-based learning exercises in small groups, traditional lectures with expert practitioners, and ongoing opportunities to participate in research. There are also compulsory independent learning activities (with numerous international opportunities), an eight-week rural rotation and pre-internship training, including preparation for North American registration if you intend to practice in the USA or Canada.

James Cook University Medical School, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): The James Cook University Medical School MBBS degree produces graduates who will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, as well as tropical medicine. The James Cook University Medical School combines integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine, and incorporates the best aspects of student-centred, problem-based learning combined with systematic instruction. Clinical experience, particularly in the rural and remote context, commences at an early stage in the six-year program and science remains integrated across later years. Small-group learning and close relationships with academic staff and clinical preceptors are program features. The program is unique in length, being six years so students can begin the program directly from high school.


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