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University of Queensland Medical School

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University of Queensland School of Medicine

Program Overview - Doctor of Medicine (MD)

University and Faculty: The University of Queensland (UQ)
Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
University Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 2.1 million
Student Population: 45,500
Campus Location: St.Lucia/Herston, Queensland
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: January each year
Next Intake: January 2015
Indicative Annual Tuition: $59,840 AUD (2015)
Indicative Total Tuition: $239,360 (est. based on 2015 fees)

OzTREKK NOTE: The University of Queensland has officially announced that it will introduce the new Doctor of Medicine (MD) program in 2015. The four-year graduate-entry MD degree will replace the previous four-year Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program. UQ Medical School will be awarding the MD to students commencing the medical program from 2015 onward.

The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD).

Designed to produce doctors able to meet the challenges of the new century, the curriculum captures the enthusiasm and maturity of its graduate entrants and help them develop into highly skilled medical graduates capable of entering the wide variety of career options open to them.

Key features of the medical program include
- the simultaneous learning of basic, clinical, biological and social sciences;
- the improved teaching of communication skills;
- the use of learning approaches that encourage lifelong learning skills;
- the incorporation of ethics and professional development as an integral part of the program; and
- the incorporation of modern information technology and computing skills to ensure that graduates are able to utilize the advances in technology to improve their learning skill and knowledge acquisition.

 

Related Videos

OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik talks about UQ's Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery entry requirements as well as the application and acceptance processes.

Prof. David Wilkinson outlines why students should undertake their medical education at the UQ Medical School.

UQ MBBS student Jonathan Da Silva of Ontario talks about his experiences completing a first-year elective back in Canada.

OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik explains how to complete the online application to the UQ Medical School - part 1.

Matt explains how to finalize your application to the UQ School of Medicine - part 2.

Unique Features of the Program

The principles upon which the design of the UQ MD is based include an emphasis on the following:
- Problem-based learning (PBL) in a clinical context
- Self-directed, lifelong learning
- Critical evaluation of the scientific basis of medicine
- Integration of basic and clinical sciences throughout
- Bio-psychosocial approach to medicine
- Clinical training ab initio
- Communication skills and
- Personal and professional development

The four years should be viewed as a curriculum spiral that is divisible into a number of blocks:

Year 1 (40 weeks)
Foundations of Medical Practice (36 weeks)
- 33 weeks instruction
- One week revision
- Two weeks assessment node 1
- Clinical Electives (four weeks)

Year 2 (40 weeks)
Systematic Preparation for Clinical Practice (40 weeks)
- 36 weeks instruction
- Two weeks revision (mid-year and end of year)
- Two weeks assessment (mid-year and end of year)

Year 3 (40 weeks)
-Core Clinical Rotations (five rotations of eight weeks each)

Year 4 (38 weeks)
- Core Clinical Rotations (four rotations of eight weeks each)
- One week revision and assessment
- Elective (eight weeks)
 

Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

In Canada, each province/territory is responsible for licensing physicians to practise medicine within its boundaries. Licensure to practise medicine requires the completion of an accredited postgraduate training program, as well as the completion of national qualifying exams. Each province may have different requirements; it is your responsibility to meet the necessary requirements for licensure in your province.

In June of each year, OzTREKK hosts its annual Canadian Medical Licensing Seminars across Canada, which are exclusive to students who submit their Australian medical school application via OzTREKK. These seminars provide the latest information regarding the accreditation and medical licensing process in Canada, as well as outline options for internships in Australia and other destinations.

 

Why Canadians Love this Program

Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the University of Queensland medical program!

2013 Intake Reviews

"UQ's MBBS is a superb program. It offers wonderful lectures and practicals, which are supported by a small group PBL sessions. If you are prepared to work hard - you will enjoy every minute of this program."

"I'm really enjoying my MBBS program. I think UQ has a much healthier and balanced approach to teaching medicine than programs back home in Canada. I also really like my new 'colleagues' as they are very supportive and collaborative when it comes to learning medicine. A very different feel from the competitive, individual style of learning that was emphasized back home in undergrad. And of course, the beaches. The orientation week had too many lectures talking about what we were going to do. I would have preferred to get right into the material. Also, if UQ is up for a major program rearrangement, I would recommend greatly reducing live lectures, and have most lectures available online. Seems like the lectures don't change too much from year to year, so they could redirect money spent on lectures to Clinical Coaching (small groups working with physicians), Problem Based Learning groups, and the practical sessions. If you can organize the massive student loans required, then I highly recommend that you come to UQ."

"disorganized; excellent learning environment"

"Like: Clinical coaching PBL Dislike: large lectures first few weeks when the schedule system was not working properly. Overall Uq is an excellent university and I would encourage other Canadians to take the experience to come study here."

"The program is intense but is well laid out (though the admin side of things, such as student time tables could be more organized). The professors are top notched and the facilities could not be better. Obviously in the interest of cost and ease of residency match, one should stay where you would like to build your career. However, the Australian program is the best alternative."

"Great program - I really like how they layer it over the first two years so you get to see every system twice (as opposed to universities like USyd where you only see it once in great detail, but never come back to build on it) Instructors - for the most part, the professors are really great (with the exception of just a couple). Organisation - The beginning of the year was definitely not as organised as a North American university would be, but they've worked out most of the kinks by now and things are running smoothly. It's great weather all year round to study in. The program is really great with lots of layering and reiteration of the important subject matter. You do feel really supported by the staff around. Beautiful campus."

"The MBBS program seems poorly organised at times, the lecturers are inconsistent in recording their lectures and some of the staff have been quite rude in responding to polite inquiries about course information. I would highly recommend it!"

"I enjoy the time we have to expand our own knowledge through self-directed learning. Come prepared with a plan, a goal, discipline and a thirst for knowledge."

"I love the university and the professors are so so so so wonderful. However, the program is quite disorganized and we never really know what's coming This ia especially true for exam time where a review is not even given. Its a wonderful program. The professors are fantastic and the clinical coaches are truly there to help you."

 
2012 Intake Reviews

"I'm really enjoying the course it's been great! UQ is a good school and welcoming for international students. I love the fact that they have an emphasis on global medicine. There are so many people from lots of different backgrounds here - people with lots of degrees, some 2 years out of high school, some in their 30s... a mix of Australians, Canadians, Americans, and a smattering of other countries around the world. You'll find people here. The course is good and small groups when you're doing the hands on stuff."

"I like how the campus is set up and the atmosphere. I do not really like how it is so isolated from the rest of the city. This program is really good, especially doing it in Australia."

IPSWICH "Like- Get to know classmates well due to smaller class size, good emphasis on teaching clinical skills, get to know the 2nd year students well, easier to focus on school being further from the city, living expenses are less in Ipswich, campus facilities are nice/new, library is beautiful, lots of opportunity for global electives Dislike- less emphasis on Anatomy, long train ride to Brisbane!, not much to eat on campus (small cafeteria, limited hours), library hours are limited. The MBBS program at UQ is well-regarded and recognized internationally. The school has many established partnerships with clinical teaching hospitals around the world so it's the place to be if you want the opportunity to travel while you learn Medicine! The Ipswich campus is a great place to learn in a smaller environment. It's easier to develop friendships and everyone is very supportive of one another. I highly recommend it!"

"University of Queensland is great. I find the university system and style of teaching very similar to Canadian universities; the administrative staff is very nice; and the campus is beautiful. Sometimes I find the MBBS program a bit disorganized as our timetables are not fixed. I haven't been to other Australian universities, but I would say UQ is a great school with a beautiful campus, a large variety of programs, and great/friendly staff and students."

"There is a big international cohort at my University, which made it easier to adjust to the Australian lifestyle. Medicine offers a plethora of challenges, and the program at UQ is similar to many Canadian schools. UQ is one of the largest universities in Australia, and I chose this school because it is one of the top 100 schools in the world. UQ has a great reputation for its medical program in Australia."

"The program is a bit unorganised at times. I like the mixture of practicals/labs, clinical, and lectures. I like the city and the transportation system. We have a big cohort with a lot of other Canadians. The cohort has a good mix of different cultures and backgrounds. Most of the Australians in our program are a lot younger, and have only finished 2 years of undergrad."

"Everything is awesome!"

"I especially appreciate how UQ assists international students in ther integration to the program. They also provide excellent exchange opportunities for the UQ MBBS electives program. The clinical skills course is also very hands-on and informative and I have found my learning to greatly benefit from the way in which it is conducted. I would tell other Canadians that the initial adjustment period is a lot more difficult than expected since adjusting to a new program as well as a new way of life can be very stressful. Therefore, coming early to settle into the city would really help."

"Love how involved we are in clinical aspects do early on in our medical education. However would prefer a smaller class size. However important things such as PBLs and Clinical coaching sessions are split into much smaller groups (5-10 people) so this is helpful. UQ is a great school in terms of being internationally oriented for those who hope to work internationally after graduation. They give us exposure to a lot of different opportunities and the program is very involved and promotes self-directed learning a lot which is an important skill to build as a future physician."

"I like the program structure and content. All the material seems really relevant to being a good doctor. I don't like that the school of Medicine is often disorganized and doesn't provide us with information ahead of time. For example, we only know our schedule 2 weeks in advance instead of for the whole semester. There are many other Canadians here, so you won't feel alone. Also, the Australians are very friendly in the program, and will make you feel welcome and at home."

"Like: The partnerships and opportunities to do rotations internationally, and the assitance the school gives to students wanting to complete residencies back in Canada or the US (board tutorials and funding for study resources) Dislike: The cohort size; and disorganization in planning and administration (in part associated with the cohort size). I would tell them about this school and this program, but I would let them know that it takes awhile to get used to their system and it can be quite disorganizd especially at the beginning."

"I am really impressed at the quality of Education delivered by the school of Medicine. What was most impressive was the holistic teaching method (from theory lectures, to practical clinical skills, training in communication, and understanding medicine on a multi-dimensional scale). I would tell them to do their research and be informed about studying abroad and to make their decision on their own merit. There may be many stigmas about studying abroad, however, I found after coming here many of those misconceptions are not true. I personally feel the education is not only adequate but high calibre that aims to prepare the students for the real environment."

"UQ has a beautiful campus with an abundance of study space. The MBBS program has already exposed us to some clinical experience, which is great and includes physical examinations, practical skills workshops, interviews, and history-taking. Problem-based learning (PBL) is a very thought-provoking, engaging, and critical way to learn our material. Unfortunately, I feel our class size is too large for UQ. We are often sharing the space in the anatomy labs and scheduling conflicts can arise based solely on space constraints. At one point, our radiology lab had 20-some students standing along the back wall simply because there were no seats available. Overall, though, I would rate UQ very highly. UQ will quickly become your new home, and your classmates will soon be your new family. Canadians tend to stick together at first, but that's natural. As the year progresses, you'll soon find you're amongst an enormous variety of unique people from across the globe. Before you know it, you may not necessarily sound like an Aussie, but I reckon you'll talk like one."

"Its pretty good. A little disorganized in terms of scheduling and some of the courses are not properly taught and assessed (i.e. Ethics). Also, would have liked more doctor-patient interaction, like U of Sydney has. 1) Plan your trip far in advance 2) Plan your expenses and budget 3) Stick to your budget 4) Make lots of friends 5) Do not hesitate to ask for help if you need some 6) Make sure to join UQMS (Medical Society) 7) Study hard, play hard!!!"

"Like: The program is organized by weekly medical cases, so all lecture, practical, and clinical materials can be put into context of a patient and case. This really helps makes the material interesting and relevant, and allows us to start thinking about how we would apply this information in real life. Dislike: The PBL component of the program is an excellent idea, but needs fine-tuning. Not being able to prepare for cases beforehand sometimes makes PBL class counter-productive and frustrating. The University is internationally recognized and the program has been around for a long time. As such, many aspects are tried, tested, and true, and there is constant revamping to improve it. The campus is big beautiful and the student body is extremely diverse. There are many opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities such as sports and interest groups, and the MBBS student body has many support and social programs and groups in place. Also, if you are looking for a smaller, more intimate class size, you have the option of applying to the Ipswich campus."

"Like everything :) I would highly recommend both my school and program as well as the Australian experience in general."

 

 

Scholarships

Every student who applies (and accepts) via OzTREKK and commences his/her studies at an OzTREKK Australian university will receive a $500 scholarship from OzTREKK.
Click here for more info about OzTREKK's Scholarships!

 

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

Offers will be made to eligible applicants on a "rolling admissions" first-come, first-served basis.

  • Completed degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
  • GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ's 7.0 scale
  • MCAT score (minimum of 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8) or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)
  • Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine

Three components contribute to the current selection for admission in UQ Medical School:

1. Performance in a key degree within the last 10 years. The GPA will be based on the student's most recently completed key degree. A key degree is a bachelor's degree, honours degree, master's degree (coursework or research) or a PhD. Applications must meet a minimum average to be eligible. For the 2015 intake, an applicant must have a minimum average of 5.0 on UQ's scale of 7.0 (65%) to apply.

2. Performance in the North American Medical College Admission Test (MCAT or GAMSAT). Applications must meet a minimum of 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8 on the MCAT to be eligible. UQ will accept MCAT scores with one '7' score, as long as there's no more than one '7', nothing less than a '7', and meets the total requirement of 24 or 24M.

No deadline has been set for the final MCAT sitting eligible for assessment; however, students must be aware that only completed applications (including MCAT results) will be assessed. By sitting the MCAT sooner, you are potentially increasing your chances of program spots being available when your application is complete.

3. Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine program director, in person, in Canada. Consultations will be one-on-one meetings with the medical school program director to determine your suitability for the program and motivations for practising medicine. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the UQ medical program, clinicals, opportunities in Canada, licensing, internships in Australia, etc.

Applications are assessed on a "rolling admissions" (first come, first served) basis; therefore there is no application deadline. Applications close once all places have been filled.

 

UQ's Medical Leadership Program (MLP)

For UQ MD students who are also considering leadership roles in their career futures, the UQ Medical School has partnered with the UQ Business School to provide an accredited Medical Leadership Program offered exclusively to UQ MD students. Interested applicants may apply at the end of their first year of study of their medical degree. Check out UQ's Medical Leadership Program brochure for more information!

 

Total Number of Places in the Program: 450

Number of Places Available for International Students: 130

Application Deadline: University of Queensland Medical School applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. OzTREKK recommends that applicants apply early to increase their chances of receiving an offer.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Broghan Dean

 
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