Welcome from the Head of School


Professor Nicola Lautenschlager

Professor Nicola Lautenschlager

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Melbourne Medical School.

The Melbourne Medical School has more than 1,000 academic and professional staff members located at the Parkville campus or embedded within health services throughout metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria. Our staff are privileged to work alongside over 2,700 honorary appointees from the health sector who generously contribute their time, knowledge, research and clinical expertise.

The Melbourne Medical School is committed to improving community wellbeing through the discovery and application of new knowledge. The School’s research effort is highly collaborative, spanning programs from basic to translational. The School has research collaborations across the 47 partner organisations in the vibrant Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, as well as nationally and internationally. Melbourne Medical School has over 600 higher degree by research candidates located both within Departments and across its network of partners.

The School’s flagship Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree was the first Masters level entry-to-practice qualification of its kind developed in Australia, setting a new benchmark in medical education. A program re-design launched in 2022 has created more responsive, modular, technology-enhanced learning for state-of-the-art curriculum delivery. Continuous research and discovery options, and an ability to tailor the degree, allows each student to gain deeper experience in areas of greatest interest.

The School also utilises the Department of General Practice’s continually expanding network of general practitioners and primary healthcare providers in the community to ensure Doctor of Medicine students are also provided with quality community-based medical education. The newly introduced MD Rural Pathway offers students the opportunity to undertake their entire program in rural Victoria.

In addition, the Melbourne Medical School has an ever-expanding portfolio of other vocationally oriented programs. These teach research skills, leadership and continuing professional development in specific disciplines. An emphasis on the clinician-scientist and clinician-educator career trajectories – with training, support and ongoing career pathways at graduate and postgraduate levels – is central to the School’s development of future leaders in all aspects of healthcare, education, research and policy.

I invite you to explore the Melbourne Medical School’s website.

Professor Nicola Lautenschlager
Head, Melbourne Medical School

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