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Macquarie University Medical School in Australia

Program Overview - Doctor of Medicine

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University and Faculty: Macquarie University
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Program: Doctor of Medicine
University Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
City Population: 5 million
Student Population: 40,209
Campus Location: North Ryde
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $71,000 AUD (2019) (inclusive of most travel and accommodation costs for clinical placements in Hyderabad, India, in Year 3)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $297,480 AUD (based on 2019 fees, with increases)

The Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine (Macquarie MD) is a new 4-year program embedded within an established university that has a culture of transformative learning, and within MQ Health—an academic health sciences centre that integrates patient-centred clinical care, teaching and research.

Global focus
The Macquarie MD includes extended international clinical experiences for all students, including all-expenses-paid clinical rotations in Hyderabad, India. Macquarie University recognises the need for future doctors to be globally engaged clinicians, and the significant benefits of these experiences: for the student, for health systems and for the health outcomes of local and global communities.

Macquarie aims to prepare their medical graduates for the predicted environments in which they will practice as future leaders in health care, who are patient and safety focused, culturally responsive, globally aware and equipped to work within increasingly digital health systems.

The Macquarie MD

  • teaches students in an environment where learning is fully integrated with outstanding patient-centred clinical care and active health and medical research;
  • provides students with a quality-assured international education, which recognises the value of international study abroad for learners, society and the health care system;
  • aims to graduate culturally responsive, engaged, globally aware medical professionals, who understand the health systems they work within; have respect for, and sensitivity towards, the cultural needs of diverse populations, including Indigenous Australian; and are aware of the impact of their own culture and values on their medical practice.

Early years of the program integrate clinical, scientific, professional and cultural learning around cases, placing patient-centred care as a central concept in all learning. Later years of the program provide rich clinical learning opportunities with established clinical partners.

Unique Features of the Program

Clinical Year in India

One of the unique features of the Macquarie medical program is its core clinical placements, where students will participate in international clinical learning experiences in both Australia and India.

Clinical placements give you the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge and enhance your practical skills. Embedded throughout the program are structured Australian and international clinical experiences that allow you to experience different health systems, cultures and clinical presentations.

Macquarie's Australian clinical learning environments

MQ Health - Is the first university-led integrated health campus in Australia. MQ Health brings together clinical care, teaching and research to provide an integrated approach to holistic patient treatment, discovery and continuous learning.

Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD - Has an established reputation for providing exceptional clinical training to medical students. Clinical experiences within NSLHD provide students with the full range of clinical presentations, opportunities to interact with patients and health care teams in inpatient and outpatient settings, and exposure to a high-volume and varied case mix. Students will primarily have clinical experiences at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

MindSpot Clinic - Australia's first free online and telephone mental health clinic and is located on campus.

Macquarie's international clinical learning environments

Apollo Hospitals Group - Recognised as the pioneer of private health care in India, and was the country's first corporate hospital. Founded in 1983 with a 150-bed hospital by Dr Prathap C. Reddy, it now has 9,200 beds across 64 hospitals.

The mission of Apollo Hospitals Enterprises is to bring health care of international standards within the reach of every individual. Apollo is committed to the achievement and maintenance of excellence in education, research and health care, and has longstanding experience in the delivery of medical education and post-graduation training. Apollo clinicians are highly trained having affiliations with a number of international medical education organisations.

Apollo's first Health City campus in Hyderabad offers an integrated health care model with 470 inpatient beds and extensive outpatient clinics, including Centres of Excellence for Heart Diseases, Cancer, Joint Diseases, Emergency, Renal Diseases, Neurosciences, Eye and Cosmetic Surgery. Underpinned by a significant focus on training and research aimed at preventing disease and improving patient outcomes Apollo offers every patient high quality care.

Extended international experiences are optimised through online communities of practice across the globe to provide comparative learning opportunities that will help students

  • apply public health thinking;
  • see the differences between health systems;
  • discuss unique presentations and diseases;
  • develop cultural responsiveness and patient safety focus.

Compulsory international clinical learning experiences

  • Year 3 – 21 weeks
  • Year 4 – Up to 16 weeks


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine program is accredited by the Australian Medical Council.

In Canada, each province/territory is responsible for licensing physicians to practise medicine within its boundaries. Licensure to practise medicine requires the completion of an accredited postgraduate training program, as well as the completion of national qualifying exams. Each province may have different requirements; it is your responsibility to meet the necessary requirements for licensure in your province.

Each year, OzTREKK hosts its annual Canadian Medical Licensing Seminars across Canada, which are exclusive to students who submit their Australian medical school application via OzTREKK. These seminars provide the latest information regarding the accreditation and medical licensing process in Canada, as well as outline options for internships in Australia and other destinations.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at Macquarie University is a graduate-entry program. As such, all applicants are to have completed or be in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree before they are eligible to apply for entry.

Macquarie MD candidates must have the following in order to be considered:

1. A completed a degree with a minimum weighted GPA of 5.0 out of 7.0.

2. Completed the required prerequisites (or groups of units) in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology. To check if you have met the prerequisite study requirements for the Macquarie MD visit Prerequisite Checker. If the units (or groups of units) you have completed are not listed in the prerequisite checker, you can submit units for assessment as part of your application.

Human Anatomy
Applicants must study the basic concepts of anatomical sciences including gross anatomy, histology, radiology and embryology. In summary, the following systems of the human body must be studied – cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal and endocrine (hormonal). Specifically, content must include the terminology of topographic anatomy; the principles related to key anatomical structures: skin, fascia and skeletal muscles, bones and joints, vessels, nerves and viscera; the organisation of the body into regions and the anatomy of the major organ systems.

Human Physiology
Applicants must study physiology and functioning of the major systems of the human body. In summary, the following systems of the human body must be studied: cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal and endocrine (hormonal). Specifically, content must cover control mechanisms and homeostasis in humans.

3. Must have achieved a minimum MCAT score of 500. The MCAT must be completed within three years of intended enrolment. GAMSAT will also be accepted with minimum of 50 in each section.

4. Provide a personal statement demonstrating their preparedness and capacity to attend the compulsory international clinical placements.

Interviews - By Invitation Only

Applicants are selected for interview based the following criteria:

  • Performance in a qualifying degree (as indicated by GPA)
  • Performance in MCAT / GAMSAT
  • Performance in the Personal Statement
  • Meeting English language requirements

Macquarie University uses the Personal Statement as a hurdle, then ranks applicants based on a selection rank derived from a 50 / 50 combination of weighted GPA and overall MCAT / GAMSAT score.

If selected, you will need to attend and perform a multiple mini interview (MMI). Interviews may be conducted via Skype or similar platform.

Ranking and selection of applicants for interview is based on

  • GPA 50%
  • MCAT (or GAMSAT) 50%
  • Satisfactory completion of personal statement

Please see the Macquarie MD International Admissions Guide for more information.


Total Number of Places in the Program: 60

Total Number of Places for International Students: 20

Application Deadline: August 30, 2019

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Amanda Rollich

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