NT Medicine Program Course Details

A full four-year graduate entry Doctor of Medicine (MD) is delivered by Flinders University through the Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP).

For more information on the NTMP, including admission options and information, please refer to the Admission Information page.

The NTMP is made up of the following:

Years 1 and 2
From 2011, students enrolled in the NTMP study Years 1 and 2 of Flinders University's Doctor of Medicne (MD) from the CDU campus in Darwin.  The focus is on basic sciences; clinical skills; professional and societal perspectives of health; and the normal function and disease in individual body systems e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory, etc. At the end of Year 2 there is a period of intensive training that prepares students for direct involvement in patient care in Years 3 and 4.


Year 3
Year 3 is the major clinical year of the medical course. Most students enrolled in the NTMP spend one semester based at Royal Darwin Hospital and one semester in either the Community Based Medical Education (CBME) Darwin program or at one of our remote sites, either Katherine or Alice Springs. This blend of a semester in a local community, combined with a semester at Royal Darwin Hospital offers students exposure to the broad spectrum of health care from the primary to the tertiary level.  A limited number of Adelaide based students may have the option to join the NTMP cohort for Year 3.  Written exams and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are held in Darwin at the end of third year.


Year 4

The final year of the medical course requires students to complete five Core Rotations, two elective units and one holiday term. Students can choose to complete their Core Rotations in Darwin, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy or Adelaide, or a combination of these locations.

After having successfully completed these 4 years, the students will have completed a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and will go on to work in hospitals as interns.

NT Medical Program Sites in the NT

The Flinders University NT Medical Program is taught at the following sites in the NT:

NTMP Building at Charles Darwin University

Year 1 and Year 2 of the NT Medical Program are taught from a purpose-built building at the Casuarina Campus of Charles Darwin University.  The NTMP Building was completed in 2011 and was funded by a Health and Hospitals grant from the Federal Government.  Students based at this building utilise its PBL rooms, Video-Conference rooms, wireless study area, student common room and landscaped gardens. 

Royal Darwin Hospital

Although Darwin is a capital city, Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) services a large area of the Top End and has a diverse clinical mix. This provides students with a fabulous opportunity to learn sound clinical skills and to practice in a multi-cultural environment. More than 50% of hospital inpatients are Indigenous, and along with other patients from neighbouring countries, provides learning opportunities in tropical, indigenous and cross-cultural health. Almost all hospital clinicians are involved in teaching and students form an integral part of clinical teams.

The NT Medical Program will locate to a brand new Health and Hospitals funded building in 2014 on the grounds of the Royal Darwin Hospital.

"From my experience in the last three months, it has been superb, both because of the range of different patients you get to see and the range of experiences; and the one on one tutorial situations, by the bed, by the surgical table. A lot of other young doctors who have come up from Melbourne, trained in Melbourne, are saying that they never got to do things like that. I'm having these amazing experiences, putting in canulas, putting in catheters, the experience has been extraordinary. On top of that, in the Northern Territory we get to see the most unique types of problems and issues; tropical diseases, the different sorts of fevers, the snake bites, traumatic wounds, crocodile bites; and it is just an amazing place to learn. On top of that, the staff at the NT Clinical School couldn't be more helpful. They're a wonderful bunch. They've made us all feel very welcome, very supported."

Year 3 Medical Student, Royal Darwin Hospital, 2006.


Community Based Medical Education (CBME) Program

The Darwin CBME program derives from the internationally recognised parallel rural community curriculum (PRCC) model and was first offered in Northern Territory in 2008. Learning in the general practice setting forms the core of the program, and is complemented by exposure to a range of other community based health care providers such as community paediatrics and community midwifery. This program offers a broad spectrum of learning opportunities including Indigenous Health, multicultural health issues, and the socioeconomic determinants influencing health outcomes in the NT. Students will continue to enjoy the facilities and support structure of the NTMP while based in the community setting.


NT Remote Clinical School

See the NTRCS pages for more information.

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