Toward 2022: The new Doctor of Medicine

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s how to adapt to uncertain environments. This is particularly true for our medical and healthcare workforce.

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While we hope COVID-19 is soon behind us, the 21st century will continue to need medical graduates who thrive in difficult conditions and can lead in a rapidly changing world. That’s why we are redesigning the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.

Launching in 2022, the new program will allow students to start clinical experience and research much earlier and provide more flexible study options. Options to learn extra skills or take on a joint degree will help students tailor their medical course to their passions, and produce collaborative, multiskilled doctors who are ready for an ever-changing world.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the MD program this year, with the suspension of clinical placements for some students and a rapid shift to online delivery of all teaching. Professor Stephen Trumble, Head of the Department of Medical Education, believes the response to COVID-19 challenges has significantly progressed the plan for redesigning the program.

“While students learning directly from patients and their doctors will always be the focus of the course, the delivery of consistent, efficient teaching via online methods has proved to be both feasible and, in many cases, preferable to traditional large group teaching,” he says.

“Moving much of the core content to online delivery will increase flexibility for students and create opportunities for them to explore more confidently, discovering areas of particular interest and forming a closer connection with their mentors.”

There’s a lot of work still to do over the coming 18 months, but the challenges of 2020 have allowed the team to learn what does and doesn’t work online, which will be increasingly important as we adapt to the new model.

Visit the website to learn more about the new MD.