MD Discovery Subject program update

There are now a total of 17 Discovery topics running this year, following an additional nine subjects being launched for students in Discovery 2, and one for students in Discovery 1. Planning and development for Discovery 3 and 4 is now well underway, with students to choose between the Research Scholar or Clinician Scholar pathways for their final two years of Discovery.

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There are a total of 17 Discovery topics running this year.

Research Scholar pathway students will spend Discovery 3 planning for a project that they will undertake in Discovery 4, while Clinician Scholar pathway students will undertake a Discovery topic or faculty selective in Discovery 3 before commencing an integrated clinical placement during Discovery 4.

You can view all Discovery topics currently running and the eight new topics due to be released next year in the table below:

MD Discovery topics

Discovery 1

Discovery 2

Discovery 3 (to be released 2024)

Death and Dying: Lifting the Lid

Cardiac Point of Care Ultrasound

Advances in Cancer Diagnostics

Discover Cancer

Communicating with the Machine

Developmental Disability: Life span approaches to health care

Foundations in Translational Clinical Medicine

Death and Dying: When is Dead Really Dead

Immersion in Robotic Surgery

Foundations of Point of Care Ultrasound

Hearing Impairment – the Hidden Barrier to Communication

Integrating Rural Health

Human Health in the Space Environment

Making Healthcare Work: From Home to Hospital and Back Again

Law and Ethics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Rural Health – Foundations

Narrative Medicine

Medical Humanities

Sexual Health across Clinical Contexts

On Country for Health

Rainbow Mob Health

Teaching and Learning in Medical Education

Sexual Health across Clinical Contexts

Sexual Health across Clinical Contexts


Translational Medicine


The successful development and operation of these topics, which involves a huge amount of work from over thirty academics, is a credit to the efforts of all involved including the Learning Design team headed by Wes Bennett, the Redesign team led by Michelle Curtis, and the Academic Programs team led by Aleisha Cox.

In each newsletter, we will highlight a topic to give you a glimpse of the various programs on offer, starting with Narrative Medicine: the Pen and the Stethoscope.