Study with us

Study with us

The Flinders Medical School was the first in Australia to develop a four year Doctor of Medicine as an alternative to traditional 5-6 year courses for school leavers. This was an opportunity to rethink curriculum design and the way in which students are selected.

The majority of medical school places in Australia are now graduate-entry and as the Australian Medical Council noted in renewing the Flinders Medical School's accreditation recently, "the curriculum is nationally and internationally recognised and has been adopted by other schools in Australia".

'Tradition' at Flinders involves building on the strengths of our widely-adopted curriculum via continued review and innovation to create or capture the best new ideas in medical education.

Learn about the study program


Features of our medical program

  • A co-operative and collaborative learning environment with a strong emphasis on team work.
    This is underpinned by the moderate size of the School, selection of a talented, motivated student group with varied prior experience, learning in small groups and a supportive Faculty.
  • A strong focus on developing hands-on clinical skills.
    From the outset, students build clinical skills with clinical tutors, using the resources of the clinical skills and simulation laboratories and through patient contact.
  • Integration of clinical medicine with a strong underpinning of the relevant biomedical science.
    This is facilitated by the problem-based format of first and second years but also the physical co-location of science and research laboratories and the clinical activities of Flinders Medical Centre.
  • Options for gaining clinical experience in varied settings, including hands-on involvement in patient care.
    Students in third and fourth year can select from a large range of clinical experiences - from traditional rotations in big city hospitals; single rotations or year-long involvement in health care delivery in outer urban, rural or remote communities; to electives almost anywhere in the world.


Roshenka Jayawardhana

Roshenka Jayawardhana - Sri Lanka

The Flinders School of Medicine is attached to a major hospital – the Flinders Medical Centre, so from Year 1 we get early hands-on learning not only in simulation situations, but in the hospital with genuine patients. There is quite a big focus on clinical skills, so when we are on placement, we’re already well equipped with a variety of fundamental skills.

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Flinders also has access to several rural health learning opportunities, from taking weekend sessions in a rural clinic, to being able to spend a year on placement in rural medicine. This allows students to experience medical life outside the hospital, where resources are often more scarce.

A typical day for me in Year 3 of the medical course might involve starting the day on placement in the hospital. I join the medical team at the morning handover, where we hear about what has happened overnight with our patients. We then do ward rounds, going around to see each patient and assessing whether anything needs to change regarding management of their condition. After the rounds, we undertake the tasks required to care for the patients.

Some afternoons I have a tutorial session with other students, where we meet to discuss a patient case as part of our learning, or attend lectures from specialists on various topics.

If I ever have doubts about my learning, I know the Flinders staff are approachable and always willing to help. Because the medical program has a big focus on Problem Based Learning, this helps encourage medical students to work together to achieve the best learning outcomes. The relationships you develop are important – it would be very difficult to get through medicine alone.
Adelaide is a great place to live and study. I personally like the outdoors, so the mid-coast surf and its close proximity to the city is particularly appealing to me. Adelaide and wider South Australia provides many hikes and camping options, and is also well known for its wineries.

After graduation, I hope to continue with my internship and further training in South Australia, and would also like to work in developing countries where possible.

A piece of advice I would give to students considering studying medicine in Adelaide, is that while starting life in another country can be difficult, you will have plenty of support if you need it. Enjoy your time studying. Don’t spend all your time in the library, but be sure to make friends and enjoy the country and culture!


Harmonie Wong

Harmonie Wong - Canada

Despite being on the other side of the world, I am very happy with my decision to come here. Flinders offers so many great opportunities to learn from experts in the field and to obtain first-hand experience in many hospitals across South Australia. In particular, the small class sizes allow for an engaging learning experience.

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Before I came to study medicine at Flinders University, I had never been to Australia, but I was aware that the Australian healthcare system (besides private hospitals) was quite similar to Canada's healthcare system.

Adelaide is a great place for studying since it combines the close proximity to the beach and ocean as well as great hiking trails and wineries. I'm very satisfied with my decision to come here.

There are plenty of experiences to get involved with both local and international projects as well as research. It has been great participating in various student committees and building partnerships with the Aboriginal, refugee, and environmental groups on the community. There are many opportunities and activities to expand your knowledge outside of medicine too!