The University of Western Australia

Doctor of Medicine

Graduate

Details

University Location Perth, Western Australia
City Population 2.1 million
Student Population 24,500
Int'l Student Population 4,500
Main Campus Crawley
Program Campus Crawley campus, Perth, Western Australia
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $85,800 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January
Next Available Intake 2023
Application Deadline Rounds*
International Places 20

Overview

Located in Perth, the University of Western Australia is a research-intensive university and one of the internationally recognized Australian Group of Eight. Voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Perth is also Australia’s sunniest capital city and the Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers is ideal for sports and outdoor activities.

Established in 1957 and with more than 6,000 alumni, the UWA School of Medicine is the oldest medical school in Western Australia. The university is well-known for its research and clinical teaching.

Program

The UWA Doctor of Medicine (MD) aims to produce graduates who are responsible, accountable, scholarly, capable, and caring doctors. This course prepares graduates with the clinical and professional attributes required for successful internships and future training.

Year 1
In the first year of the MD program, you’ll gain necessary background knowledge in biomedical sciences. The teaching consists of approximately 40 weeks of contact time each year. Year 1 covers the preparatory sciences where you’ll predominantly learn anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, and population health sciences.

Year 2
In Year 2, you’ll undertake an 8-week clinical preparation unit followed by clinical attachments in the WA health system with rotations in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics/Rheumatology, Psychiatry and Surgery as well as a longitudinal attachment in general practices.

Year 3
In Year 3, a quarter of the student cohort are allocated to the Rural Clinical School and spend their year in a rural site.

Year 4
Year 4 commences with an opportunity to experience an overseas elective and continues with clinical attachments and a selective option. During this time, you’ll complete your Scholarly Activity stream, e-Portfolio, and Procedural Skills Logbook. This year concludes with a Preparation for Internship block which includes an Extension option in a clinical area of your choice, and an intern-shadowing block to ensure you’re ready for work as an intern.

PLACES Curriculum
The future doctor will need to fulfil a number of roles including that of a Professional, Leader, Advocate, Clinician, Educator and Scholar, and these key roles form the themes around which the UWA MD curriculum is structured.

Scholarly Activity Program
In Year 3, all UWA MD students choose a Scholarly Activity Program that continues into Year 4. The choices include a research stream, a community-based service-learning stream, or coursework streams in public health or health professions education.

Rural Clinical School
Approximately 25% of UWA MD students in Year 3 will undertake their studies in a Western Australian rural setting, being placed in hospitals and general practices from Esperance to Kununurra. Rural students complete the same curriculum as the urban students, but in a longitudinal and integrated clinical setting.

Clinician Student Professional Development and Mentoring Program
UWA is the only Australian medical school to have a longitudinal mentoring program whereby all medical students have a clinical mentor involved in students’ professional development for the duration of the course.

All students are paired with experienced clinician mentors and keep this relationship throughout the course. This provides a longitudinal mentorship experience until students finish their course. Students learn the importance of mentorship and can discuss their future career paths and any professional and ethical issues they have encountered, as well as any discipline-specific issues (depending on the discipline area of the mentor).

The graduate outcomes related to professionalism include

  • professional attitudes and behaviour;
  • self-care;
  • medical ethics; and
  • medical law governance.

The outcomes are assessed using a variety of methods throughout the course. The PDM program across the course consists of

  • mentoring with an experienced clinician;
  • seminars;
  • ePortfolio tasks; and
  • a case-based ethics essay.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
Completed bachelor’s degree with GPA of roughly a 3.1 / 4.0 (approximately 78%); last 3 years are weighted equally. Recommended undergrad subjects include physics (or Grade 12 physics), chemistry (including completion of Grade 12 chemistry); and biology or human biology at first-year university level.

2. Admissions test
You must have completed the MCAT with a minimum score of 500 overall and 124 in each section. GAMSAT also accepted with overall score of 55 and no section under 50. Results must be from tests written in within preceding 3 years (i.e., test completed in 2019–2022 will be accepted for applications in 2022).

3. Interview
Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based equally on GAMSAT / MCAT and GPA.

Admission Timeline

*While UWA has application rounds for the 2023 intake, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Early Round Deadline: April 28, 2022
Main Round Deadline: June 30, 2022
Late Round Deadline (only if required): Applications open August 31, 2022, and close September 8, 2022