- undergraduate via double degree with Flinders University Bachelor of Clinical Sciences
- undergraduate via double degree with Bachelor of Clinical Sciences offered jointly in the Northern Territory by Flinders University and Charles Darwin University
- Admission requirements
- Course aims
- Learning outcomes
- Program of study
- Double degrees
- Combined degrees
This pathway is for applicants who have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) and who do not have a record of study at higher education level. It is not available to international applicants. Applicants must sit The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT). Final ranking is determined by combining scores for the test and Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), or equivalent. In the first two years of the program of study, students must pass all topics and gain a Grade Point Average of 5 (Credit) or above, in order to be eligible to progress to the BMBS component.
Undergraduate Pathway via Bachelor of Clinical Sciences offered jointly in the Northern Territory by Flinders University and Charles Darwin University
This pathway is for applicants who have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) and who either do not have a record of study at higher education level or who have studied at higher education level for one year or less. It is not available to international applicants. Applicants must sit The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT). Final ranking is determined by combining scores for the test and Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), or equivalent. In the first two years of the program of study, students must pass all topics and gain a Grade Point Average of 5 (Credit) or above, in order to be eligible to progress to the BMBS component in the Northern Territory.
Should a vacancy occur in the first two years of the course, either because of attrition or a shortfall in commencing enrolments, the vacancy may be filled by a student who is enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Charles Darwin University, in accordance with approved policy.
Applicants must hold an approved degree from an Australian university or tertiary institution deemed to be of equivalent standard, or be due to complete such a degree before starting the course. Applicants who are Australian citizens or permanent residents must sit for the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT) unless they are eligible to apply in the Indigenous Entry Stream. International applicants may choose to sit either the GAMSAT or the North American Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Selection for interview is based largely on performance in the Admissions Test. Final ranking is determined by combining scores for the test, performance in the first degree and personal qualities, as assessed at interview.
Indigenous Entry Stream (IES)
Applicants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who hold an approved degree from an Australian university or tertiary institution deemed to be of equivalent standard, or who are due to complete such a degree before starting the course may apply for admission through the Indigenous Entry Stream. There are three elements in the IES selection process: a written application, an interview and a 4-5 week Preparation for Medicine Program (PMP). Selection for interview will be based on assessment of the written application. Selection for admission will be based on performance in the interview and in the Preparation for Medicine Program. IES applicants who have satisfactory results in GAMSAT and at interview may be exempt from the PMP.
At the same time, the course fosters autonomous learning and provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in preparation for diverse career choices after graduation.
The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery aims to:
- integrate basic science and clinical disciplines and recognise the importance of exposure to the principles, practice and findings of medical research
- provide a structured approach to the acquisition of clinical skills and competencies through laboratory and simulated learning and early patient contact made possible by the physical location of the School within the Flinders Medical Centre and the integration of patient care teaching and research in that environment
- give students the opportunity to undertake clinical learning in diverse hospital and community environments in Adelaide, country South Australia, western Victoria and the Northern Territory
- recognise the importance of basing medical practice on a social and community view of health and illness
- support the advocacy of patient care and service as a central focus in medical practice
- ensure students gain an understanding of the professional roles and responsibilities of doctors and experience in group learning and developing collegial relationships.
- in the clinical context;
- a proficiency in basic clinical and communication skills which will enable graduates to practice competently with empathy for patients and with recognition of their own imitations
- an understanding of the integrated body of knowledge derived from the physical, biological, behavioural and social sciences that form the basis of modern medical practice
- the application of skills and abilities in clinical reasoning and critical appraisal to data gathering and interpretation and in clinical problem formulation;
- in the context of individual health attitudes and perceptions;
- an ability to apply an understanding of the psychological and behavioural dimensions of health and illness;
- in the population health context;
- an understanding of population health patterns and distribution in Australia and internationally and the methods and process by which population health information is accumulated
- an understanding of the context of causation - determinants of disease, injury, illness and disability
- an ability to integrate health promotion and disease prevention with the management of illness and injury;
- in the socio-cultural context of medical practice;
- a sensitivity to the diverse cultures and contexts in the Australian and international health systems and the impact of different cultures and contexts on health outcomes and patient care;
- in the professional context;
- personal and professional behaviour which indicates development towards high standards of medical practice and patient care; and a commitment to life-long learning and self-enhancement
- an understanding and an ability to work within the legal and ethical frameworks which determine Clinical Practice
- the ability to work in teams with medical and health professional colleagues
- a readiness to perform the duties of an intern, to proceed to the next stage of medical training
- In the informational context: research, evaluation and measurement
- skills and abilities in self-evaluation, audit, safety and quality monitoring and research;
- in the health services structural and functional context;
- a recognition that medical practice should be undertaken with due regard to available resources and in a manner which encourages patients to assume increasing
- responsibility for their own health and to participate in decisions about their health care.
To qualify for the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery a student must complete the following program of study with a grade of NGP or P or better in each topic.
Core - Year 1 topics
MMED8100 First Year Medicine Aggregate
MMED8101 Doctor and Patient 1A (4.5 units)
MMED8102 Doctor and Patient 1B (4.5 units)
MMED8103 Knowledge of Health and Illness 1A (9 units)
MMED8104 Knowledge of Health and Illness 1B (9 units)
MMED8105 Health Professions and Society 1A: Socially Responsible Health Practice (4.5 units)
MMED8106 Health Professions and Society1B: Introductory Professional Practice: Evidence and Engagement (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
MMED8200 Second Year Medicine Aggregate
MMED8201 Doctor and Patient 2 (4.5 units)
MMED8202 Introduction to Clinical Performance (9 units)
MMED8203 Knowledge of Health and Illness 2 (13.5 units)
MMED8204 Health Professions and Society 2A: Socially Responsible Health Practice (4.5 units)
MMED8205 Health Professions and Society 2B: Advanced Professional Practice: Evidence and Engagement (4.5 units)
Core - Year 3 topics
MMED8300 Third Year Medicine Aggregate
MMED8302 Clinical Performance 3A (13.5 units)
MMED8303 Clinical Performance 3B (13.5 units)
MMED8304 Health Professions and Society 3A: Socially Responsible Health Practice (4.5 units)
MMED8305 Health Professions and Society 3B: Advanced Professional Practice: Evidence and Engagement (4.5 units)
Core - Year 4 topics
MMED8400 Fourth Year Medicine Aggregate
MMED8402 Clinical Performance 4A (13.5 units)
MMED8403 Clinical Performance 4B (13.5 units)
MMED8404 Health Professions and Society 4: Evidence for Quality Practice (4.5 units)
MMED8405 Professional Induction to Clinical Practice (4.5 units)
Progression through the course is determined on the basis of a student's performance in each whole year aggregate. A student must obtain:
- a non-graded pass in the whole year aggregate for First Year and Second Year and a grade of pass or higher in the whole year aggregate for Third Year in order to be permitted to proceed to the subsequent year;
- a non-graded pass in each of the topics in First Year and each of the topics in Second Year in order to pass in the whole year aggregate for each year;
- a grade of non-graded pass, pass or higher in each of the topics in Third Year in order to pass the whole year aggregate;
a grade of non-graded pass, pass or higher in each of the topics in Fourth Year in order to pass the whole year aggregate.
First and Second Year topics and the topic MMED8405 are graded on a NGP:Fail basis only.
Except with the permission of the Faculty Board, the course must be completed within seven consecutive years. Failure to do so may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's policy on Student Progress.
Students who have interrupted their studies in the course may be required to resume at such point in the program and/or undertake such additional or special program of study as the Faculty Board deems appropriate.
A student who receives a failing grade in any individual topic may be offered a supplementary examination or assessment and/or, under certain circumstances, be permitted to proceed to the next year of the course provided he/she completes satisfactorily any prescribed remedial work.
A student who fails in the work of any year of the course may be required to show cause why he/she should not be precluded from further studies in the course.
A student who at any time withdraws from, is precluded from, or fails to re-enrol in the BMBS shall be permitted to re-enrol in the course only with the prior approval of the Faculty Board.
Registration with the Medical Board of Australia
Students are required to register with the Medical Board of Australia as a condition of their enrolment in the course. A student whose registration is suspended will not be permitted to continue in the course until such time as their suspension is lifted. The student's re-enrolment may be subject to conditions imposed by either the Medical Board of Australia or the Faculty Board.
The Faculty Board may approve the award of degrees with honours to students who have demonstrated distinguished performance in the course.
Bachelor of Clinical Sciences / Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at Flinders University and based in Adelaide
The program of study is prescribed in the course rule for the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences / Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.
Bachelor of Clinical Sciences / Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in the Northern Territory
The program of study for the first two years is prescribed in the course rule for the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences offered at Charles Darwin University. The program of study for the BMBS component is the same as above.
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery / PhD
BMBS students who have a particular interest in research and who meet the entry requirements for enrolment in a PhD, may apply to undertake the two degrees concurrently.
Eligible students may opt to take the combined degrees program at any time up to the end of the Third Year of the BMBS and the combined degrees program will normally be completed in six years. Preliminary work on the research project may begin in Years 1 and 2 of the BMBS, when students may define a research project, undertake a literature review and learn relevant research techniques during the time normally allocated for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery electives.
Students will take leave from The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery after the successful completion of the Third Year of that course in order to work full-time on their research, normally for a period of two years. The students will then complete the writing-up phase during the final year of the BMBS, during the time allocated for vacation and elective terms.
Students undertaking the combined degrees program will complete the program of study for the BMBS as outlined above and they will enrol in the PhD for the equivalent of at least two years full-time.