The Doctor of Medicine (MD) runs over 4 years.
For Years 1 and 2, all students are based at the Flinders University campus in Adelaide or in the Northern Territory. The 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
The 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, learning in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Unit and small group tutorials with clinical tutors complements involvment in patient care.
- Knowledge of Health and Illness
Knowledge of the structure, function and development of the normal human body at all levels of organisation, from molecular and cellular to the whole individual. Knowledge of the causes and consequences of disease, injury and abnormal development; and of evidence-based strategies for treatment and prevention of disease. In Years 1 and 2, problem based learning, centred on weekly clinical cases, provides the framework for student directed learning. In Years 3 and 4 the framework for learning is direct involvement in patient care in varied clinical settings.
- Health Professions and Society
Consideration of health and illness in the wider contexts of family, cultural group, community and political and economic influences in society. A focus on the ethical and legal frameworks for medicine and on personal and interpersonal skills appropriate to lifetime medical practice.