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  • University of Western Australia Medical School

University of Western Australia Medical School

Program Overview - Doctor of Medicine (MD)

University and Faculty: University of Western Australia
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
University Location: Perth, Western Australia
City Population: 2.1 million
Student Population: 24,500
International Student Population: 5,200
Campus Location: Crawley campus, Perth
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: January each year
Next Avail. Intake: January 2021
Est. Annual Tuition: $78,100 AUD (2018)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $312,400 AUD (based on 2018 fees)

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the University of Western Australia is a highly integrated and contextualised course with many innovative features to equip graduates with the capabilities to work as a doctor in Australian and around the world.

The overall aim of the MD program is to prepare students to become accountable, scholarly, capable and caring doctors, committed to the well-being of the patient, of the community and of society. This includes teaching in professionalism, leadership, advocacy, education and scholarly practice.

The Doctor of Medicine is structured around six core themes: Professional, Leader, Advocate, Clinician, Educator, and Scholar (PLACES). The PLACES curriculum structure encourages students to learn about the humanistic and non-technical aspects of being a doctor, while continuing to emphasise the importance of developing clinical competence and scholarly capabilities.

UWA's MD program utilises outcomes based education as its framework. Each of the unit and graduate learning outcome statements is aligned with assessment strategies and a range of teaching methods and learning experiences to facilitate student achievement of the intended outcomes.

There are differences in the proportions of various learning methods used according to the phase of the course.

The Foundations and Systems Phases have similarities due to the more formally structured and didactic nature of the units. A blend of face-to-face and online delivery methods are used. For the small group tutorial sessions these including Case Enhanced Learning (CELs) integrate learning of science and clinical material and introduce students to clinical reasoning strategies.

The Clinical Phase has a higher proportion of clinical attachments with authentic and experiential learning in the clinical environment and less formal teaching.

In the Scholarly Activity, coursework units are delivered mostly online so that they do not interfere with the clinical attachments being undertaken simultaneously.

The philosophy of the UWA MD program involves the doctor's role centred on patients, the local community, and the global society.


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Unique Features of the Program

UWA Faculty of Medicine has two mentoring programs for medical student mentoring: Student MeDMentor and Clinician-Student mentoring program. Each program has a different emphasis and requirements.

Student MeDMentor
In the first week of the program students are allocated senior student peer mentors who can assist them with the practical aspects of university life, insights into the medical course, learning strategies and social aspects of being a medical student.

Clinician-Student Mentoring Program
UWA MD Professional Development and Mentoring (PDM) forms part of our clinician student mentoring program.

UWA is the only Australian medical school to have a longitudinal mentoring program whereby all medical students have a clinical mentor involved in the student’s professional development for the duration of the course.

By the end of Year 1, all students are paired with experienced clinician mentors and keep this relationship throughout the course. Students learn the importance of mentorship, can discuss both their future career paths, and any professional and ethical issues they have encountered as well as any discipline specific issues depending on the discipline area of the mentor.

In many medical schools this is part of the hidden curriculum but at UWA the Clinical-Student Mentoring and the Student MeDMentor Programs are a formal part of the curriculum and are structured and commence from the first week in the course.

MD portfolio
A portfolio is a collection of a student's work composed of a selection of content (assets) which demonstrates that learning has occurred over time. The main effects of portfolio use are reported as being; improvement in student knowledge and understanding, greater self- awareness and encouragement to reflection, and the ability to learn independently. Some studies also suggest that use of portfolios improves feedback to students and gives tutors a greater awareness of students' needs, may help students to cope with uncertain or emotionally demanding situations, and prepares students for postgraduate settings in which reflective practice and collection of evidence over time is required.


Professional Certification/Accreditation

The UWA Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree is accredited by the Australian Medical Council and and has been approved by the Medical Board.

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

To be eligible to apply for the University of Western Australia Medical School's Doctor of Medicine (MD), eligible applicants must

  • have completed a bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7;
  • have completed the GAMSAT or MCAT: with overall MCAT minimum of 492 with 123 in each section.

In addition, it is recommended that applicants have undertaken the following units/subjects:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first-year university level (including completion of Grade 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or human biology at first-year university level

For the 2020 intake, results must be from tests written no earlier than June 1, 2017. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based equally on GAMSAT/MCAT and GPA.

Interview Schedule: end of July - beginning of August


Total Number of Spaces for International Students: Approximately 20

Application Deadline: May 30 each year; however, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Amanda Rollich

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