Doctor of Medicine

Course summary

Medicine is potentially one of the most exciting and challenging of all professions. A Doctor of Medicine aims to produce knowledgeable, caring and competent graduates, who are well prepared to practise medicine under supervision as interns and subsequently to commence vocational training in any area of medicine. We offer a four-year program of study and encourage applications from high-performing graduates from a diverse range of backgrounds. No preference is given to any particular undergraduate degree.

This degree

Our curriculum reflects the latest approach to medical education, and incorporates extensive use of existing and emerging medical education and information technologies. Local medical and other health practitioners are extensively involved in all aspects of the educational, clinical, and research and governance components of the program. The curriculum is delivered using a combination of teaching approaches:

  • clinical teaching in hospitals, clinics, and general practice surgeries
  • large and small group clinical presentations
  • seminars, tutorials and small group work

In addition, the curriculum includes activities directed at the personal and professional development of medicine students.

What you will study

The Doctor of Medicine is a four-year course, with each academic year being approximately 42 weeks in length. In the first year you will participate in approximately 25 hours of structured teaching and learning experiences each week, with an additional 20-30 hours being self-directed. As the course progresses and the clinical exposure increases, by the fourth phase the face-to-face requirement resembles full-time clinical work.

Participation in scheduled small group learning activities, clinical skills laboratories, anatomy laboratories and clinical placements are an integral part of your learning. There is a high level of online structured learning activities. This complements the learning experiences in the clinical environment that help you learn by doing.

Course information

Study area

Graduate School of Medicine, Health & Medicine, Research

Campus

Wollongong, Shoalhaven

Course Code

1646

Duration

4 years (full-time study)

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

089196C

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be in their final year or have a successfully completed a recognised Bachelor degree. Candidates must also successfully complete the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) and participate in an interview process.

For full information regarding admission criteria and compliance with other additional requirements, please refer to Admission Information for Future Students.

Students will need to indicate their campus of preference at the time of interview. The campus offered will be determined by the Faculty with consideration given to the student’s place of residence. Unfortunately, the preferred campus is not negotiable; if the campus is declined, the offer will be withdrawn and a second-round of offers will be issued.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be in their final year or have a successfully completed a recognised Bachelor degree. For full information regarding admission criteria and compliance with other additional requirements, please refer to Admission Information for Future International Students.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

100

22

22

22

22

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$29,760 (2019)

$238,080 (2019)

Shoalhaven

On Campus

$29,760 (2019)

$238,080 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2018.

Applicant background

2018 intake

2018 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2018

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 GSM Ph1 S1

Wollongong, Shoalhaven

Session commences 28 January 2019

Visit the School of Medicine website for the latest information on how to apply and relevant key dates.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Integrate knowledge of research and critical analysis principles cohesively within the practice of medicine.
2 Demonstrate coherent knowledge of the principles and concepts of medical science within the context of the medical profession
3 Effectively employ evidence based practice, use critical thinking, and perform as a collaborative, reflective practitioner and health advocate
4 Demonstrate clinical competency at the level expected of an intern.
5 Display and practice professional and personal behaviour expected of a medical practitioner.
6 Integrate knowledge of medical science, clinical medicine, research and critical analysis and professional and personal behaviour into the practice of medicine.
7 Demonstrate the knowledge skills and attitudes required of a medical intern.

Prospective domestic candidates will be expected to provide evidence of having lived in, or have had significant ties to areas 2 - 7 on the Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas (RRMA) classification scale in order to demonstrate a commitment to regional, rural and remote Australia.

Offers to the program are made for a specified year only and course commencement can only occur in Autumn Session. There is no possibility of deferring an offer; applicants who do not, or are unable to accept an offer, must re-apply if they wish to undertake the course in a subsequent year.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Doctor of Medicine, a candidate must successfully complete at least 192 credit points in accordance with the table below.

The program takes four years to complete and is divided up into 4 phases which each contain an integrated program of coursework and clinical experience.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
MEDI991 Medicine 1 24 GSM Ph1 S3, GSM Ph1 S1, GSM Ph1 S2
MEDI991 Medicine 1 24 GSM Ph1 S3, GSM Ph1 S1, GSM Ph1 S2
Year 2
MEDI991 Medicine 1 24 GSM Ph1 S3, GSM Ph1 S1, GSM Ph1 S2
MEDI992 Medicine 2 24 GSM Ph2 S2, GSM Ph2 S1
Year 3
MEDI992 Medicine 2 24 GSM Ph2 S2, GSM Ph2 S1
MEDI993 Medicine 3 24 GSM Ph3 S1
Year 4
MEDI993 Medicine 3 24 GSM Ph3 S1
MEDI994 Medicine 4 24 Not available in 2019

Each Phase must be completed satisfactorily before students may progress to the next Phase. Grades for each Phase will be declared at the end of the Phase.

The Doctor of Medicine is a prescribed course with specific course rules regarding course progression including minimum rate of progress. Students are advised to refer to the University Course Rules for further information.

Note: That the Doctor of Medicine works on extended Academic year, generally commencing in late January, early February and concluding early December.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components

This course contains a total of 2760 hours over 115 weeks of compulsory work-based placements. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

The UOW's medical program is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and graduates are eligible for registration as a medical practitioner.

After completion of the Doctor of Medicine degree, Australian graduates are required to complete an intern year in an Australian hospital as a prerequisite to full medical registration. These internships may not be available to graduates who are not Australian citizens.

The UOW Doctor of Medicine is an internationally recognised medical degree and students may undertake postgraduate training in a number of countries outside of Australia including Canada, USA, UK and New Zealand.


Australian citizens who hold Commonwealth Supported Places in medical schools are guaranteed an internship upon graduation from a medical program within NSW; however, this guarantee does not extend to international students. Please visit the NSW Health Education & Training Institute (HETI) website for information on Internships in NSW.


 

Why choose this course

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 14.9% to employment growth from 2018 to 2023. With this brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. (Source: Employment Projections)

Working in health requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW, we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. You'll benefit from practical placements where you'll develop your skills on real people, in the real world.

Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers and experienced clinicians, so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future. Our professional health degrees are accredited by industry, so the qualifications you earn will be recognised and highly sought-after when you graduate.

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