Discovery 1: Foundation

In the first year of the medical course, students can choose to study one topic within the Discovery - Foundation subject which will build the basis of knowledge for the following subjects. This subject is worth 12.5 credit points.

What will I achieve?

Students completing the subject MD Discovery – Foundation will be able to:

  • Identify the key concepts and knowledge bases underpinning their chosen topics
  • Relate their chosen topics to the medical practitioner’s role
  • Discuss how their chosen topics enhance their role as a health advocate
  • Describe how their chosen topics inform their future professional practice

What will I study?

You have a wide range of exciting areas to choose from to study. All have been carefully selected to reflect and align with the graduate outcomes of the MD Redesign course. You can choose either a Discovery Topic or a Faculty Selective that is run by other Schools in the Faculty of MDHS.

The MD Discovery  Foundation subject includes 7 bespoke Discovery topics for students to choose from.  These topics have been created by clinician experts across the Melbourne Medical School domain specifically for you. Close consideration has been given to what students are learning in their core subjects in the development of the topics and extending this learning appropriately in an area of interest.

Alongside the purpose-built new Discovery topics, the Doctor of Medicine has approved 22 Faculty selective subjects as elective options that can be taken in place of Discovery 1.  To support this new flexible pathway the Course Advice Program will be launched in 2022 to support student decision-making.

Discovery Topics

Click on the topic areas below to learn more about each one. When you meet with your Course Advisor you’ll be able to discuss your choice of topic selection and where it might take you.

  • Death and Dying: Lifting the Lid

    You will explore a wide range of aspects of death and dying in contemporary Australia in this discovery topic. Read more.

  • Discover Cancer

    This topic explores the fundamentals of cancer sciences through a clinical approach. Read more.

  • Foundations in Translational Clinical Medicine

    The Translational Clinical Medicine Foundation topic will allow students to explore translational medicine - and learn how research translates into patient care and patient care can drive research discoveries. Read more.

  • Teaching and Learning in Medical Education

    The Teaching and Learning in Medicine topic will introduce you to essential skills in medical education. Read more.

  • Human Health in the Space Environment

    This topic will enable students to explore how human physiology responds to the space environment - how and why each body system adapts, and corresponding 'countermeasures'. Read more.

  • Rural Health

    The Rural Health topic will provide an in-depth exploration of health care in the rural context. Read more.

  • Sexual Health across Clinical Contexts

    This topic offers a clinical and practical discovery in Sexual Health Care. Read more.

Faculty Selectives

There are a wide range of selectives from other schools in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences for you to choose from. Some of these are core or elective subjects in the Master of Public Health (MPH) and some are subjects from other award programs, such as Master of Science (Epidemiology), Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, Master of Epidemiology and the Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health. Your successful completion of selectives may provide credit towards another award.

The University of Melbourne handbook introduction to these subjects which you are provided links to, includes information and advice that is applicable to all students who are enrolling in the subject – for example those doing the MPH. As such, some of the information is relevant for students of other courses only and doesn’t apply to you as an MD student (for example information about whether the subject is core for another course or the ideal timing to undertake the subject).

Please note: The information provided above about the Discovery Topics and Faculty Selectives is correct at the time of publishing, but late changes, including cancellation of a topic or selective, are possible due to unforeseen circumstances. In such an eventuality, students would be notified as soon as possible, and we would work with you to enroll in another available topic or selective.