Note to applicants for admission in 2014
The ANU Medical School is proposing to change its medical program from the current Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 7 program resulting in the award of the MBBS degree to the AQF Level 9 Extended program resulting in the award of the MChD or Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda (Latin for Doctor of Medicine and Surgery) degree. This change has not yet been finalised and will not be until the outcome of the current Australian Medical Council reaccreditation process for the ANU Medical School is known towards the end of this year. However, students coming into the program in 2014 should note that if the new program is accredited, they will graduate with the MChD.
If the new program is accredited, students currently enrolled in the MBBS program will be offered a choice as to which award they graduate with. Again, subject to the outcomes of accreditation for the MChD award, the MBBS award will cease to be offered at the ANU from 2018.
There will be no change to the current curriculum.
Further information about the change will be added to this website as soon as it is available.
Studying medicine at the ANU Medical School
The Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) is a comprehensive and varied four year course for graduate students looking to enter the rewarding field of medicine. It aims to produce graduates who are committed to compassionate, ethical health care and the expansion of medical knowledge.
What do you study?
The MBBS is underpinned by the themes below.
- Medical sciences covers a vast scope of ever changing and expanding knowledge that forms the basis of modern medicine
- Clinical skills ensures the acquisition of knowledge is accompanied by communication skills, the ability to examine patients and critically appraise information
- Population health addresses the relationship between humans, their society and environment
- Professionalism and leadership develops these vital skills of a good doctor
The curriculum is built on important frameworks that explore the social foundations of medicine, develop understanding of the indigenous health context in Australia, and provide insights and experience in health care in rural and/or remote Australian settings. Consistent with the research intensive nature of ANU, our program also develops the research skills of our students.
What can you expect?
Years one and two
During the first two years of the course, the curriculum is built around problem based learning (PBL) tutorials. PBL sessions are designed to promote creative and analytical thinking through both cooperative and self directed learning.
Each week, students are presented with a PBL case study, working through hypotheses and diagnoses in a scientific manner. The PBL sessions are supported by lectures, practical tutorials and a weekly clinical day in one of Canberra’s hospitals. All learning resources are easily accessed through the student-staff web interface, MedOnline.
During each of the first two years, students also spend one week in a rural location around Canberra and the south-east region of NSW. In second year, rural week focuses on Indigenous health.
Students also conduct a research project during this time, expanding their knowledge and research skills through collaboration with the world class research teams here at ANU.
Years three and four
From the end of the second year, students spend almost all of their contact hours in the health sector. During this time, they are immersed in all the major medical disciplines through rotations of four or more weeks.
The School of Clinical Medicine at the Canberra Hospital is the principal teaching location. Its facilities are complemented by those of Calvary Public Hospital, Calvary John James Hospital, Calvary Private Hospital, National Capital Private Hospital and Canberra Eye Hospital.
During third year, students again venture into the rural clinical realm, this time for six weeks. Students enrolled in the rural stream will spend their entire third year as an active member of a rural community.
At the beginning of fourth year, students undertake an elective term of four or more weeks at a worldwide location of their choice. The main objective of this term is to broaden students' clinical horizons beyond the established curriculum and to gain personal life experience.