Doctor of Medicine themes at Sydney Medical School

2 May 2014

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is a four-year professional postgraduate program and is recognised by the Australian Medical Council and the Medical Board of Australia. Sydney Medical School has been training practitioners for almost 160 years and is ranked 17th in the world*. With an extensive and closely linked network of research institutes and major hospitals, teachers, clinicians and researchers are directly involved at every level in improving health care for Australian communities and overseas.

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Sydney Medical School themes

The four main themes run throughout the program:
Basic and Clinical Sciences

  • Ensures that you have the science knowledge appropriate for the MD.
  • Practical sessions typically include laboratory work where you gain hands-on practical experience.

Patient and Doctor

  • You will be taught clinical skills, diagnostic methods, “bedside manner” and informed about patient safety.
  • This theme is taught in the clinical schools.

Population Medicine

  • Introduces students to subjects such as public health, evidence-based medicine, statistics, and health economics.
  • It is taught in interactive tutorial sessions.

Personal and Professional Development

  • In your professional development sessions you will become familiar with topics such as medical ethics, medico-legal issues and doctors’ health. These sessions are taught in an interactive tutorial environment.

The themes provide the framework for the goals of the program, the curriculum and assessment. The learning within the four themes necessarily overlaps and their program objectives should therefore be read as a single collective statement. Students are required to demonstrate satisfactory performance in all four themes.
*QS World University Rankings by Subject: Medicine, 2014

University of Sydney Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years

Sydney Medical School Application Timeline

Application deadline for the 2015 intake: July 7, 2014 (10 a.m. Sydney time)*
Last test date of MCAT for 2015 entry: May 31, 2014
Interview invitations: July 16 – 19, 2014
Interviews held: July 28 – August 1, 2014 & August 4 – 5, 2014
Offers will begin to be sent: August 11, 2014
Late round interview invitations: September 29 – October 2, 2014
Late round interviews held: October 13 – 15, 2014
Late round offers: October 20, 2014

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