UQ Northside Clinical School receives financial boost
Medical education on Brisbane’s northside has received another boost with the opening of a new $1.7 million UQ Teaching and Learning Space at the Moreton Bay Integrated Care Centre at Redcliffe Hospital.
This new facility comes only months after Health Minister Lawrence Springborg opened another northside UQ Teaching and Learning Space at The Prince Charles Hospital. Head of the University of Queensland’s Northside Clinical School, Associate Professor Ian Yang said the new collaborative state-of-the-art facility will considerably enhance the educational space available to health professional students at Redcliffe, and link closely with the clinical services in the GP Super Clinic’ Moreton Bay Integrated Care Centre.
“This has been a fantastic educational partnership between UQ, Health Workforce Australia, the GP Super Clinic, Redcliffe Hospital and the Metro North Hospital and Health Service,” Associate Professor Yang said.
Deputy Head of the Northside Clinical School at Redcliffe, Dr Alka Kothari said the new UQ Teaching and Learning Space will offer substantial opportunities for engaging with the Redcliffe hospital, and tremendous research possibilities for UQ medical students and future junior doctors.
“It will also be a quiet area for some ‘me time’ when it gets really busy,” Dr Kothari said.
The Teaching and Learning Space features two large lecture rooms with videoconference facilities and four smaller problem-based learning rooms all available for students and teachers to reserve. There is also a computer room, which will complement the Wi-Fi that is available throughout the Centre.
The new space will provide some much-requested amenities for students: 80 lockers; a student kitchen and dining area, with views over to Moreton Island and the bay; offices for staff; and rooms available to students for study groups.
Redcliffe currently offers three third-year and three fourth-year rotations with plans to offer Medical Specialties in Infectious Diseases in 2014 and a GP Rotation when the centre comes online. The GP students will have full access to both the new facilities and those of Redcliffe Hospital.
The UQ Teaching and Learning Space officially opened on Friday, Sept. 27 and is located on level 2 of the soon to be opened Centre at Redcliffe Hospital.
About the UQ Medical School Program
As of 2015, the University of Queensland intends to introduce a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, a four-year graduate-entry program, which will replace the current four-year Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program. Replacing the MBBS with an MD will also ensure the UQ medical program remains aligned with medical programs from other comparable research-intensive universities in Australia. Equally important, the MD degree will feature an enhanced research component which will provide students with greater knowledge and skills in research methodology and experience.
Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD) commencing 2015
Location: Brisbane or Ipswich, Queensland
Semester intake: January 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: UQ Medical School applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. OzTREKK recommends that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.