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Study program

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) runs over four years.

For Years 1 and 2, you will be based at a Flinders University campus in either Adelaide or Darwin. Clinical rotations of years 3 and 4 may be undertaken at various locations primarily in South Australia or the Northern Territory. There are three major themes integrated into all four years.


Doctor and Patient

You will learn practical communication, examination and procedural clinical skills essential for effective interactions between doctors and patients – and for constructive interaction with other health professionals.

In this area, you learn in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Unit and small group tutorials with clinical tutors.

Knowledge of Health and Illness

You will develop knowledge of the structure, function and development of the human body at all levels.

This will expand to teach you the causes and consequences of disease, injury and abnormal development; and of evidence-based strategies for treatment and prevention of disease.

Health Professions and Society

You will consider health and illness in the wider contexts of family, cultural group, community and political and economic influences in society.

You will focus on the ethical and legal frameworks for medicine and on personal and interpersonal skills appropriate to lifetime medical practice.


Study topics

YearDoctor & PatientKnowledge of Health & IllnessHealth Professionals
& Society
Clinical Performance

1A MMED8101

1B MMED8102

1A MMED8103

1B MMED8104

1A Socially Responsible Health Practice

1B Advanced Studies - Clinical Research Foundations

2 MMED8201
2 MMED8203

2A Socially Responsible Health Practice

2B Advanced Studies

Introduction to Clinical Performance

3A Socially Responsible Health Practice

3B Advanced Professional Practice: Evidence and Engagement

3A MMED8302

3B MMED8303

4     4 Evidence for Quality Practice

4A MMED8402

4B MMED8403

Professional Induction to Clinical Practice


Clinical experiences - Year 3

During Year 2, you will nominate your Year 3 study location preferences.

The following conditions apply:

  • Northern Territory students must be based in the NT.
  • Rural sub-quota students must be based in the Riverland.
  • The numbers of places in the NT and Riverland available to other students vary year to year.
  • All sites have a common emphasis on learning from interaction with patients and clinicians in a clinical setting.


Adelaide students
Potential locations
Adelaide Hills Flinders Medical Centre Noarlunga Hospital
Alice Springs South East /
South Western Victoria
Repatriation General Hospital
Barossa Valley Kangaroo Island Royal Darwin Hospital
Fleurieu Murray Mallee Riverland
  • A majority of students undertake their six clinical rotations within Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) or the Repatriation General Hospital.
  • Some Adelaide students can undertake Year 3 in Darwin and Longitudinal Integrated Flinders Training (LIFT) in Alice Springs.
  • The Parallel Rural Community Curriculum allows students to spend the entire year in rural communities.
  • The Onkaparinga Clinical Education Program within suburban Adelaide integrates community hospital and general practice attachments.
  • The LIFT program provides opportunities to undertake a Year 3 predominantly in a tertiary setting at FMC with additional general practice attachments.

More information: Learn about our rural, remote and urban programs on the clinical experiences webpage.


Northern Territory students

Northern Territory based students complete rotations at the Royal Darwin Hospital for half the year and Community Based Medical Education for the other half year in rural and remote general practices and hospitals.

This blend community and hospital training offers students exposure to the broad spectrum of health care from the primary to the tertiary level.

Core rotations and electives - Year 4

Fourth year is based around core rotations and electives rather than the three themes. Students complete five core rotation terms, two elective terms and one vacation term. Each term is six weeks in length.


Core rotations

Core rotations are guided options where you must choose attachments from the five nominated categories at hospitals or clinics in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

These are conducted as six week student internships which are designed to allow for inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary collaboration, experience in a range of locations and experience in specialties or sub-specialties.

 » Acute care

You will undertake two student-internships in a hospital based inpatient setting attached to clinical teams and undertake day-to-day care of patients including admissions, planning management, carrying out basic procedures and arranging discharge.

 » Ambulatory care

Your ambulatory care rotation involves an attachment to clinical services which are focused on providing services in an outpatient or ambulatory care context.

 » Rural health

You will undertake one attachment in a combination of hospital and community-based rural services.

  • Previous PRCC students are encouraged to undertake a mental health rotation in place of this.
  • This rotation is optional if you have undertaken six months or more in the Northern Territory Medical Program in your third year.
 » Mental Health

Your mental health rotation will provide a 'hands-on' experience in thorough assessment and the comprehensive management of patients with challenging mental illnesses, including community visits to patients' homes with the 'Hospital in the Home Team'.

 » Other

You will choose a further core rotation from any of those available in the categories above.


If you satisfactorily meet the course outcomes across all disciplines in third year, you will have the opportunity to undertake two elective terms in fourth year.

These electives:

  • Are undertaken at Flinders Medical Centre or at locations around the world.
  • In either a clinical or non-clinical discipline.
  • May be used for research.
  • Require full-time work for six weeks.
  • May be combined with each other and/or the vacation period to form an extended program.

More information:
International electives & exchanges


 » Directed term

If you do not satisfactorily meet the course outcomes across all disciplines in Year 3, you will be:

  • Provided with opportunities for supplementary clinical experience in areas of potential weakness.
  • Required to take these supplementary experiences in lieu of one or both elective terms


 » Remediation terms

Students with an unsatisfactory performance during Year 4 may be required to undertake one or more remediation terms (in place of elective terms where possible).

These are selected by the School of Medicine in a similar way to the selection of directed terms.


Northern Territory students

You may choose to complete your core rotations in Darwin, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy or Adelaide, or a combination of these locations.

There are also limited places available for the NT Rural Selective Package which includes two terms in Alice Springs and two terms in Nhulunbuy.

Semester dates