The value of research for clinical practice was the focus of discussion as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of Griffith Medical School.
The cocktail event, held Nov. 23, saw clinicians, academics and current and past medicine students come together to celebrate the successes of the school over the past decade.
The event was also attended by Mr Mick de Brenni MP, Chief Government Whip and Member for Springwood, Pro Vice Chancellor Health Professor Allan Cripps and Professor John Prins, director of the Mater Research Institute.
Dean of Medicine Professor Simon Broadley said the event was a chance to celebrate the great Doctor of Medicine program at the university and its reaccreditation by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) earlier this year.
The AMC stated that the program’s curriculum is comprehensive and well-integrated, with assessment practices that are thorough and well blueprinted. It also highlighted the outstanding co-located academic and clinical facilities at the Gold Coast campus and Gold Coast University Hospital, and the collaborative arrangements with co-located medical schools.
“We are pleased to say that the Griffith Medical School is one of the top performing schools in Australia and one which boasts great integration with our public health system,” said Professor Broadley. Significant funding
“It has also achieved highly significant external funding achievements and a high degree of published papers with its research activity. These are aspects of the School that I am extremely proud of.”
Griffith Medicine alumni of 2011 and Australasian Young Doctor of the Year 2015, Dr Katherine Goodall, was one of the guests at the event.
“In the four years I have been practicing medicine I believe that Griffith taught me more than how to do my job,” she said.
“I am now a surgical trainee and working on becoming a general surgeon. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I take pride in teaching others and mentoring those junior to me and thrive on the enthusiasm of others. I was recognised for my efforts in doing what I love and believe this came from the opportunities Griffith offered me early on.
“It has been wonderful to see where graduates have ended up and even more wonderful to keep running into them along my own adventure. I’ve seen Griffith grow from the “old” building at GH1 to the amazing facilities they offer now with up to date teaching approaches and supportive staff who obviously enjoy what they do.
“Thank you Griffith, congratulations, and I am only too proud to share this celebration.”
Griffith University Medical School MD program
Griffith MD students will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program comprises extensive clinical placements in health care facilities ranging from rural settings through to the new Gold Coast University Hospital. Students will also develop an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning, and learn how to be resourceful in seeking information and adapting to new technologies.
The Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith is a graduate-entry program. As such, all applicants are to have completed or be in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree before they are eligible to apply for entry.
Applicants to the Griffith MD are encouraged from all degree backgrounds. The medical selection criteria comprise three essential components:
Completion of a bachelor degree achieving an overall GPA of 5.00 or above on a 7-point scale
Performance in the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) or MCAT. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 50 in each GAMSAT section; MCAT scores are required to be no more than two years old at the time of application and the minimum score for applications to be considered further is 8/8/8 or 123 in each section.
Performance in the Griffith University Multi-Station Admissions Assessment (GUMSAA).
Program:Doctor of Medicine (MD) Campus Location: Gold Coast, Queensland Program Duration: 4 years Semester Intake: January each year
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