Learning at Monash University’s Churchill campus

7 October 2020

Monash University‘s graduate-entry medicine program place an emphasis on clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals. Significant time is spent in rural settings creating and building these critical skills.

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Students complete their first year of study at the Monash School of Rural Health in the small town of Churchill in Gippsland, Victoria. Years 2 and 3 are conducted in clinical settings, generally in hospitals and practices across metropolitan Melbourne and rural Gippsland. Year 4 offers rotations through several clinical settings, such as aged care and emergency care.

What is Monash’s Churchill campus like?

Churchill is located about 160 km, or about a 2-hour drive, southeast of Melbourne in the Gippsland region.

Although Churchill is a small town, the facilities at the School of Rural Health Churchill are no less impressive. Sophisticated clinical simulations centre and state-of-the-art clinical training facilities at the Latrobe Regional hospital, Warragul, Sale and Bairnsdale hospitals and GP learning centres across west, central, south and east Gippsland provide students the opportunity to learn in a variety of healthcare environments.

What’s it like studying in Churchill?

Former OzTREKKer Chris Photopoulos loves to travel and always wanted to study medicine. Now a student at Monash University, Chris is studying medicine in Churchill in Gippsland.

He was born and raised in Toronto, then moved to Halifax, but the whole time was surrounded by healthcare as both of his parents work in medicine. After living in cities, he loves the rural experience. Fresh air and a sky full of stars at night make for an incredible living environment and since everyone lives so close together it didn’t take long to make friends.

His clinical placements have ranged from working in small rural hospitals to doing house visits, and he has had plenty of chances to learn hands-on skills.

“If you’re an international student thinking about coming over to Monash, I would say just go for it. This has been some of the most incredible experiences I’ve had so far, and this is just the start of my journey here in Australia.”

About the Monash Medicine Program

The Bachelor of Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine at Monash University has been designed in close consultation with doctors, health care professionals and leaders in the health and research sectors to give you the scientific background and clinical expertise to ensure you are prepared for your future as a doctor.

Program: Bachelor of Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

Find out more about the Monash medicine programs! If you have any questions about medical schools in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Medicine Admissions Officer at medicine@oztrekk.com.