Flinders University

Doctor of Medicine

Graduate

Details

University Location Adelaide, South Australia
City Population 1.4 million
Student Population 26,000
Int'l Student Population 5,400
Main Campus Bedford Park
Program Campus Bedford Park
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $76,000 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2023
Application Deadline Rolling admissions*
International Places 20

Overview

Flinders University is recognized as a leader in medical education and universities worldwide have adopted its medical curriculum. It’s co-located with Flinders Medical Centre at Bedford Park, providing early patient contact and the opportunity for students to interact with and treat real patients. As a Flinders medical student, you’ll gain hands-on experience from your first week in the program. As a graduate, you will be work-ready and prepared for your hospital internship.

The Doctor of medicine program has been rated five stars in medicine for student engagement, learning resources, and teaching quality. Flinders University is also ranked No. 1 in Australia for full-time employment in medicine (The Good Universities Guide 2020 – postgraduate).

 

Program

The Doctor of Medicine program delivers outstanding clinical and academic training that integrates clinical medicine with the relevant biomedical sciences, while also providing you with a broader understanding of health in a range of social contexts.

The program focuses on student-centred learning with development of the knowledge, skills, and personal and professional attributes required of an exceptional doctor.

The MD aims to

  • integrate basic science and clinical disciplines and recognise the importance of exposure to the principles, practice and findings of medical research;
  • provide a structured approach to the acquisition of clinical skills and competencies through laboratory and simulated learning and early patient contact made possible by the physical location of the school within the Flinders Medical Centre;
  • give students the opportunity to undertake clinical learning in diverse hospital and community environments in Adelaide, country South Australia, western Victoria and the Northern Territory;
  • recognize the importance of basing medical practice on a social and community view of health and illness;
  • support the advocacy of patient care and service as a central focus in medical practice; and
  • ensure students gain an understanding of the professional roles and responsibilities of doctors and experience in group learning and developing collegial relationships.

Throughout the course there are three broad topics or themes:

1. Doctor and Patient
2. Knowledge of Health and Illness
3. Health Professions and Society

Other areas covered include socially responsible health practice, clinical research foundations, and advanced studies.

Clinical Placements
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—so you will be accessing the wards from Year 1.

The Doctor of Medicine program offers a hand-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 will be offered a wide range of elective possibilities.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
Completed bachelor’s degree with GPA of roughly a 2.7 / 4.0 (approximately 70%),  using weighted grade point average, calculated on the last 3 full-time years of your degree. For students in a 4-year degree, the weighting will be calculated by final year x3, third year x2, second year x1. Your first year will not be included in this calculation.

2. Admissions test
MCAT within the last 2 years at the time of application with minimum of 123 in each section to be considered. GAMSAT score from the current or preceding two years with minimum standard of 50 in each section.

3. Interview
Performance in an in-person interview (Toronto or Vancouver). Interviews are generally scheduled for May and August.

Selection for interview is based largely on performance on the admissions test. Final ranking is determined by combining scores for the test, performance in the first degree and personal qualities, as assessed at interview.  

If you’re selected for an interview, you’ll be presented with a common set of questions, often including scenarios. Interviews are designed to assess whether you have the qualities to succeed at medical school and in a medical career.

  • Communication skills
  • Quality of motivation
  • Decision-making
  • Learning style
  • Pro-social attitude
  • Personal management

Admission Timeline

*Rolling admissions. Applications are assessed as received—the earlier you apply the better.

Interviews: Rolling interviews throughout 2022
Last day to sit MCAT: Dependent on when program fills