Flinders University celebrates 50 years of medicine

26 June 2024

Flinders University is celebrating 50 years of delivering medical training to generations of doctors who are caring for patients, advancing research, transforming healthcare, and educating the next cohort of medical professionals—and that includes Canadians.

Since its establishment, the Flinders University medical program has grown from an initial intake of 64 students in 1974 to become one of the most diverse medical programs in Australia, home to more than 700 students.

Flinders medicinal student in hospital room
Learn more about the Flinders University medical program

This year also marks the historic collaboration between the university and Flinders Medical Centre (FMC). FMC was the nation’s first purpose-built academic medical centre that integrated with a medical school.

Over the last 50 years, Flinders University’s medical program has gained international recognition for its teaching, research, and clinical practice, and is proud to be a world class destination for health and medical education and research.

Advances in technology, chemistry and biology, along with breakthroughs such as immune therapy, gene therapy, genomics, molecular techniques, new platforms for vaccination such as mRNA technology and minimally invasive surgery have revolutionized the ability to improve and extend human life.

The university’s medical program has been at the forefront of innovation in medical education since its inauguration. In 1996 it became the first in Australia to offer a four-year graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine program as an alternative to the traditional undergraduate courses.

In 2011, it was the first in Australia to offer a full medical program in a rural and remote setting, in the Northern Territory, and remains the only local medical program in the NT.

As it passes this half century milestone Flinders University looks forward to a new Health and Medical Research Building (HMRB), a defining achievement and another significant milestone in the university’s history.

About Flinders University Doctor of Medicine

Flinders has a strong profile in medicine both nationally and internationally and are considered leaders in the field of rural and remote health. Flinders Medical School is co-located within a major hospital, Flinders Medical Centre.

The Doctor of Medicine program offers a hands-on approach, blending community and hospital training that offers you exposure to the broad spectrum of health care from the primary to the tertiary level. You will be introduced to clinical practice and performance, and you will undertake practicals and clinical placements throughout the degree. In Year 4, there is an option to do two 6-week clinical placements overseas.

All students will have rural experiences throughout the course, and in Year 4, you’ll be offered a wide range of elective possibilities.

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Applications are assessed as received. The earlier you apply the better.

Start your application to the Flinders University Doctor of Medicine!

Find out more about the Doctor of Medicine degree at Flinders University. Email OzTREKK’s medicine team at medicine@oztrekk.com to learn if studying medicine in Australia is right for you.