NT Medical Program Course Information

The 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 admission options to the NT Medical Program, please refer to the Admission Information page.

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 first major clinical year of the medical program. 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.

For Flinders University Doctor of Medicine course details, please refer to the School of Medicine website .


Teaching Sites

The NT Medical Program has teaching sites in Darwin , Katherine , Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy .  Particular attention is paid to ensuring that the learning at each site reflects the local cultural and environmental context and health care delivery systems.

Students are linked across the sites with each other and with students and academic staff by high quality videoconference links in both group and individual settings. Specially equipped student and hospital-based health libraries, with the most up-to-date access to research materials round out excellent study aids for students.

All campuses have dedicated study areas, in both practice and site offices. Individual practices in which students may spend up to two days per week have been especially equipped to offer consulting space and learning resources. Additionally, clinical supervisors in community-based settings are actively and fully supported by local academic staff to enable them to be effective and efficient preceptors. All placement sites have been selected on the basis of their commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching medical students.

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