James Cook University Medial School
Program Overview - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Undergraduate Entry)
|University and Faculty:
||James Cook University (JCU)
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences
||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
||Townsville, Queensland, Australia
||6 years (undergraduate entry)
||February each year
|Est. Annual Tuition:
||$37,500 AUD (2014)
|Est. Indicative Total Tuition:
||$225,000 AUD (estimated over 6 years based on 2014 fees;
fees subject to increase)
James Cook University's
medical school offers a six-year, full-time undergraduate medical degree, the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
(MBBS). The course aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards, who can progress to medical practice and to further
studies in medical specialties. The course places special emphasis on rural, remote, and Indigenous health and tropical medicine.
The medical program in based at the Townsville campus for the first three years. The majority of students in years 4, 5 and 6
relocate to other School of Medicine teaching sites such as Cairns, Mackay and Darwin. In years 5 and 6, students spend most of
their learning time in hospitals and health services.
Unique Features of the Program
The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree at James Cook University aims to produce graduates of the
highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. Graduates will be
uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.
The JCU medical school combines integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine, and
incorporates the best aspects of student-centred, problem-based learning combined with systematic instruction. Clinical experience,
particularly in the rural and remote context, commences at an early stage and science remains integrated across later years.
Small-group learning and close relationships with academic staff and clinical preceptors are program features.
Professional Certification/Accreditation Information
The James Cook University medical program is accredited by the Australian Medical Council.
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 licensing process in Canada, as well as outline options for medical internships in Australia and
Why Canadians Love this Program
Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the JCU medical program!
2013 Intake Reviews
"JCU places great emphasis on rural, remote and Indigenous health care. I really enjoy the fact that the university embodies the
needs of the community, realizes the local issues and tries to tackle them head on. Moreover, the smaller class size (roughly 180)
is much better than my previous undergrad experience at UWO whilst studying BMSc. Nonetheless, JCU being a relatively new medical
school does have some kinks to fix. Organization can sometimes be an issue (timetables shuffled, placement organization) but these
are issues that should be solved over time."
"I like how we receive early clinical practices and placements, starting from year 1. You gain a lot of experience working in rural
environments especially at james cook university."
"I love the subjects I'm studying because they're so interesting. I don't like that my classmates are so much younger than I am.
The subjects are very interesting and I'm learning a lot each day."
"It has limited access to services (hours of operation), campus is far out of town, they require you to organized placements on
your own. (How do we do that when we dont know anyone!!!). All teachers have been very friendly and approachable, very receptive
to international students. Program is well constructed and they are open to student feedback. Good program, well thought out.
Excellent opportunity for rural experience!"
"Coming from a large urban centre like Toronto, it's particularly challenging to adapt to life in a small town-- there only a few places to go, everything closes early, and everyone knows everyone! Also, there are a different organizational values here and it is challenging to remind yourself that it isn't 'worse' just 'different'. For example, you realize that efficiency, efficacy and transparency are not as high priority in program management here as they are in North America. (e.g. Lecture content was not available early enough to help students who wanted to prepare before school started-- most other universities I know of in Australia and Canada have lecture notes up at least 1 month before classes, JCU didn't have their note up until the week of orientation and bio chem started that week!, many times lecture notes are posted late, and Group Learning Sessions are not very well organized, there are also not enough tutors in GLSs which is frustrating especially when you're paying close to $40K a year. They also do not address the needs and experiences of mature students well-- the structure is focused on school leavers and you basically have to get used to it. ***Like*** Clinical skills-- well run and taught, but I truly wish we had MORE time to practice them. The professors seem to really care about your experience and want you to really understand the content. There are a few professors here that go out of their way to help you understand the material. I have traveled before, but mostly to countries that are very different than North America. Being in a country that appears to be similar to Canada but really isn't, challenges you to face some of your ethnocentric attitudes (e.g. around efficiency!) and encourages to experiment outside of your comfort zone. I've listed many things that I find frustrating so far, but I appreciate that it is a personal challenge that I have to address head on! After all, someone once said, a smooth sea never made a skillful sailor! If you are a mature student, be prepared for a big adjustment in learning styles. If you haven't studied your core-sciences in a while you MUST do independent review for chemistry. For bio and the social science of medicine they go at a balanced pace, but with Molecules to Cells (biochemistry) started at a break-neck speed and they expected you to know/be familiar with concepts such as chirality and naming amino acids-- topics which are not covered, as far as I know, in grade 12 chemistry. Apply through OzTREKK -- you will not regret it!!"
"The professors here are inspiring! They strike a balance between passion, hard work, and enjoyment of the course and material. The material is interesting and the course has been outlined in a very thoughtful, logical way, conducive to learning the material in an digestible form. The clinical skills portion of the program is very well run and is a highlight every 3-4 weeks throughout the year. That being said, the faculty (especially the admin) seem slightly to mildly disorganized, and the relaxed atmosphere here leads to lecture/study materials going up last minute much of the time, which I find stressful. The program has grown incredibly over the last several years, but the department infrastructure has not kept up. The best example of this is in our group learning sessions (GLS) where all 240 first-year MBBS students are put in one room for what is basically "structured study time" with only the professor and three tutors to answer questions. I also find it difficult at times to be a mature (ie 28-year old) student in a class of predominately 17-19 year olds, since the course is structured to cater to their emotional and learning needs. I would definitely encourage other Canadians to come to JCU for the MBBS program, but to do so with much thought and planning. I would tell them to take advantage of the Canadians that are here and contact us with as many questions as possible regarding the town, the university, the program, coursework, professors, etc. I would absorb as much information as possible about the program from the JCU website and youtube, etc. I would also make sure to have all the basic sciences under your belt, whether through a previous degree, or online through the free Khan Academy courses like I did. prospective students should definitely make use of the students studying here right now. Ask as many people as many questions as possible! It's a big decision and a big move, so treat it with that weight and get as much information as possible before committing. It made all the difference to me and my fiancé."
Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
- Applicants may apply directly from high school, or after having partially or fully completed their university studies.
- Prerequisite subjects include English, Maths B (Calculus and Vectors and Advanced Functions), and Chemistry at a minimum of
the Grade 12 level
- If applying directly from high school, applicants need a minimum GPA of 85% from their top 6 courses in Grade 12
(including prerequisite subjects)
- If applying after having partially or fully completed post-secondary studies, applicants need to have a minimum of
80% cumulative GPA to be considered
- Completion of Australian Medical Schools Application Form and JCU Program Specific Form
- Interview: held in person or via video teleconference
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 information about the OzTREKK Scholarship!
Total Number of Places in the Program: 120
Number of Places Available for International Students: 25-30
Application Deadline for the February 2015 Intake: August 29, 2014
OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Broghan Dean