Towards 2022: The new Doctor of Medicine*

The 21st century requires medical graduates who can thrive in complex environments and be the leaders of change. That’s why we are redesigning the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, for launch in 2022.

We know – not least because our students tell us – that two things need to start earlier in the Melbourne MD: clinical experience and development of students’ capacity to undertake high quality, collaborative research. And we need to create the right conditions so that students can pursue their passions, while still gaining a solid, consistent core of knowledge and practice across our campuses.

If there’s one word that captures where we need to go, it’s diversity: diversity in our students, the life experiences they bring to their studies, their special interests, and their ability to relate to the communities they serve. Diversity in how they build their own degree, and how we enable them to do that. And diversity in the opportunities we co-create with the Medical School’s 30+ key partner organisations across Victoria and beyond, including the vibrant Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

There’s a lot of work still to be done, but you’ll see in this video below where we are headed.
Join us as we shape the health leaders the world needs.

Build your own unique medical degree

The MD redesign allows you to build your own unique medical degree. Practical time in clinics and research options will start in the first year. The core units will be available online, allowing flexibility. And discovery subjects offer a chance to explore a wide range of topics or deep dive into a future specialty – the choice to learn extra skills and even take part in a joint degree.

Recognising prior knowledge

A key aspiration of the new Doctor of Medicine (MD) is to recognise prior knowledge and learning. Therefore, your choice of undergraduate studies would set you up to maximise the potential flexibility of the new MD. The Melbourne Medical School (MMS) aims to recognise prior knowledge for core content.  This frees you up so that you’ll have more time to explore the clinical, research and discovery tracks and create your own distinct path. You’ll be able to take full advantage of the innovative MD curriculum by jumping higher and faster.

Removing prerequisites for 2022 **

The MMS is also removing prerequisite subjects as a selection criteria. This further diversifies the MD cohort to reflect the multiplicity of doctors required in society. It removes any disadvantage students may have in accessing science and health subjects in their previous degrees, especially in rural areas. Most medical degrees at Australian universities do not require prerequisite subjects as an entry requirement, allowing students to study the undergraduate degree that suits them best. The new Melbourne MD entry requirements will still involve MMI, GPA and GAMSAT components.

In case you’re wondering about other graduate courses at Australia’s leading health and medical faculty

The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) and Doctor of Optometry (OD) have not changed their entry requirements.

Below is an indicative list of the various blocks that will make up the new Doctor of Medicine.

  • Core Curriculum: To train quality evidence-based doctors

    Modular design for progress at each student’s optimal pace

    Online platforms for consistent delivery across all sites

    Continual assessment to reinforce knowledge

    Curriculum will include:
    • Applied medical sciences
    • Clinical knowledge and skills
    • Professional practice
  • Clinical Training: Achieving multidisciplinary clinical competence

    Starts Semester 1 of year 1

    Rotations across rural and clinical sites

    Learn the art and practice of medicine from clinician-teachers

    Peer teaching and learning

    Graded development of clinical skills, through simulation and contribution to patient care

    Immersive understanding of the health system as a valued member of the health care team

  • Research: Advanced research capability for every graduate

    Developing clinician-scientists

    Self-determined, defined, short or long research projects

    Research through a combination of coursework modules, such as ethics and clinical trial design

    Opportunities for additional qualifications

    Any medically relevant research is possible, from wet lab to dry lab, to public health and community projects

    Undertaken across the University, in our partnering hospitals and clinics, or in our affiliated medical research institutes as well as interstate or internationally

  • Discovery: Personalise your MD

    Tailored, self-directed discovery to pursue specific interests and passions

    Gain extra clinical and/or research exposure and training to prepare for future specialty training

    Co-design an individualised program of activity

    Local, national, global opportunities across the University, partner hospitals, affiliated medical research institutes or elsewhere

  • Optional Diversions: A flexible MD

    Diversions allow for life experiences and attainment of extra professional skills. Diversions are not constrained by the standard academic year.

    Examples include:

    • Parental leave
    • Paid or volunteer employment
    • Parallel or intercalated degrees
    • Additional qualifications
    • National or international clinical and research immersions
  • New Pathways: Collaborations for success

    An established MD-MPH program

    Intercalated PhDs and other degrees are encouraged

    Postgraduate clinician-scientist track

    Commercialisation and entrepreneurship

    Growing slate of scholarships and opportunities

*Subject to ongoing consultation and regulatory approval

**Approved by Academic Board  05-12-2019