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Monash University Medical School

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Monash University Medical School

Program Overview - Bachelor of Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine (Undergraduate Entry)

University and Faculty: Monash University
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Program: Bachelor of Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine
University Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
City Population: 4.8 million
Student Population: 73,807
Campus Location: Clayton, Melbourne, Victoria
Program Duration: 5 years (undergraduate entry)
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $77,000 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $385,000 AUD (estimated over 5 years based on 2019 fees; fees subject to increase)

The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine at Monash University has been designed in close consultation with doctors, health care professionals and leaders in the health and research sectors to give students the scientific background and clinical expertise to ensure that graduates are prepared for their future as a doctor.

In the Bachelor of Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine, students will

  • learn the basic medical science through patient based presentations and discussions in small groups;
  • gain real clinical experience in various locations including metropolitan and rural hospitals;
  • learn about integrated medicine, surgery and pathophysiology; and
  • consolidate their knowledge through further clinical practise and an intensive research or professional practice project.

The course develops through theme studies in personal and professional development; population, society, health and illness; scientific basis of clinical practice; and clinical skills, all of which come together in professional practice demonstrated in the clinical placement units.

Theme 1
Theme focus: Personal attributes and qualities needed as a medical student and, ultimately, a medical practitioner.
Major Elements of Study: Health enhancement, professional responsibilities, communication skills, information technology, medical informatics and computing skills, ethics and legal issues, and clinical effectiveness

Theme II
Theme focus: The social, environmental and behavioural contexts of illness and the practice of medicine, especially in rural and remote areas, and population and global health
Major Elements of Study: Health promotion, epidemiology, public health, community diversity and evidence-based medicine

Theme III
Theme focus: Human systems, and through them, the development of the knowledge and concepts that underpin both the basic medical sciences and in the clinical sciences
Major Elements of Study: Anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, histology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology and physiology

Theme IV
Theme focus: The whole range of clinical skills and the development of defined clinical competencies.
Major Elements of Study: Clinical aspects of communication skills, history taking and physical examinations and procedural skills


Unique Features of the Program

The medical curriculum provides an interdisciplinary program, organized to provide integration of structure and function within the biomedical sciences. It presents a continually expanding level of medical experience, starting in the first semester of the course. In the early years, the basic medical sciences are taught in the context of their relevance to patient care. Later in the course, clinical teaching builds upon and reinforces this strong scientific foundation.

An emphasis on clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals is a feature of the Monash medical degree. All students will spend significant time in rural areas as part of a health-care team.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The Monash University Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine 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.


Why Canadians Love this Program

Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the Monash University undergraduate medical program!

"The people are extremely friendly and welcoming. It is really easy to make friends and share facts, Learning about others' great life events. The weather has also been terrific so far. I love the approach to the subect. I have loved Medicine since I was a kid, but now that I have started this program I fell even more in love with it. The tutorials that are run in small classes are terrific and allow students to have their doubts solved. Questions can be asked and answered not only by the professors, but also by the peers, which makes the whole thing more interesting and interactive. The program stimulates thiking and this is great. The only thing that I don't especially like is the huge amount of pre-reading we have to do to prepare for some tutorials. Although this is tiring sometimes, I do understand the importance of it and why we do it. Monash is a great place where live and make friends. It is more than just studying, indeed there are an infinite number of clubs to join and different activities to do. The MBBS program is very careful about its students well-being and correct coping with the amount of studying to do. Students are then constantly monitored, to be sure that all the support they need is given to them."

"Studying medicine at Monash is fascinating, engaging and challenging. The program strives to immerse students in the clinical environment right from the start by presenting us with the opportunity to apply our knowledge and skills obtained from lectures and tutorials. This is done through short placements throughout the year that provide us with a glimpse of what clinical practice and the hospital environment is like. I find that these placements in conjunction with tutorials that are heavily focused on student discussion and group learning are aspects of the course that are very engaging. So far I have found the challenges of the program to lie mostly in self-directed learning and keeping up with the quick pace of the program. Nevertheless, staff and senior students of the medical program are always willing to go out of their way to support first years, so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance."



Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

The undergraduate-entry Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine program at Monash University is only available to
- current Grade 12 students; or
- applicants who have completed Grade 12 (or equivalent) no more than two years previously and have not since undertaken any post-secondary studies.

Selection will be made up of three components:

1. Grade Point Average (GPA)
Grade 12 English and Chemistry (minimum of 80% in each), and a minimum of 89% - 92.5% overall average in Grade 12 subjects. Calculations vary depending on province:

  • Ontario - 92.5% in the best six academic Grade 12 subjects (excluding workplace preparation courses and open courses)
  • British Columbia - 90% score calculated by the overall average of Grade 12 subjects indicated in the 'Final %' column
  • All Other provinces - 89+% score calculated by the overall average of Grade 12 subjects indicated in the 'Final %' column

2. ISAT Results
International applicants are required to undertake the International Student Admissions Test. Individual sections of CR and QR no lower than 165 and overall no lower than 170.

3. Interview Results
Selection into the Monash Medical School is based upon a combination of the applicant's aptitude test, academic studies, and performance in a multi-mini interview (MMI). This interview format allows the faculty to better determine applicants who possess the desired personal qualities required to succeed in the medical program. The MMI format allows each applicant to be assessed by trained interviewers. MMI stations comprise a series of scenarios and associated questions focusing on an applicant's relevant personal qualities including motivation, communication skills, critical thinking and ethical/empathetic reasoning.

Please note Monash University charges international applicants a $100 AUD application fee. Your OzTREKK admissions officer will advise you how to make this payment directly to the university.


Admissions Timeline for the 2020 Intake

Interview Dates for Canadian applicants
August 14 & 15, 2019 (Vancouver)
August 18 & 19, 2019 (Toronto)

Offers to be made from mid-September.

Last date to sit ISAT: July 26, 2019 (in order to have your results issued by the application deadline)


Total number of places in the program: 305

Number of places available for international students: approximately 60 – 65

Application Deadline: July 26, 2019

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Amanda Rollich

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