Doctor of Medicine

Degree resolutions

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Doctor of Medicine


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code Course and stream title
KC105 Doctor of Medicine

 

2 Attendance pattern

(1)
The attendance pattern for this course is full time only for Stages 1 and 2.
(2)
The attendance pattern for this course is normally full time for Stage 3. Under exceptional circumstances the Dean may approve a part time attendance pattern.

3 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admission criteria.
(2)
Admission to the Doctor of Medicine requires:
(a)
completion of a bachelor degree comprising at least three full-time equivalent years of study from either:
(i)
an Australian university or self-accrediting higher education institution listed in the Australian Qualifications Framework; or
(ii)
an overseas university listed in the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition Guide;
and
(b)
a demonstrated sustained academic performance to a standard considered satisfactory by the Dean or Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. In assessing sustained academic performance the Dean or Deputy Dean may, at his or her discretion, consider performance in the Bachelor’s degree(s) and/or performance in any graduate diploma, master or doctoral degree (or equivalent);
and
(c)
performance in an admissions test approved by the Dean or Deputy Dean to a standard considered satisfactory by the Dean or Deputy Dean;
and
(d)
performance in an interview to a standard considered satisfactory by the Dean or Deputy Dean.
(3)
If the bachelor’s degree was completed more than 10 years before 1 January of the year for which the applicant is seeking enrolment, the applicant must, in addition, have completed within this 10 year period a postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma (or equivalent), from either:
(a)
an Australian university or self-accrediting higher education institution listed in the Australian Qualifications Framework; or
(b)
an overseas university listed in the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition Guide.
(4)
An applicant will not be admitted to candidature for the Doctor of Medicine unless he or she has completed a bachelor degree prior to 1 January of the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Doctor of Medicine.
(5)
The official results listed on an applicant’s transcript, and his or her admission test results, will be taken as the awarding and testing authorities’ assessment of the academic standards reached by the applicant, taking due account of illness and misadventure according to the authorities’ policies.
(6)
A person who has commenced the Doctor of Medicine in a fee-paying or bonded place at the University will not be eligible for admission or transfer to a Commonwealth supported or non-bonded place in the MD.
(7)
The Dean may, in exceptional circumstances, admit to the Doctor of Medicine an applicant who has commenced studies in postgraduate medicine at another University, provided that the applicant:
(a)
has not previously applied unsuccessfully for admission to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or the Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sydney;
(b)
would have met the requirements for admission to the Doctor of Medicine that were in place at the time the applicant was admitted to his or her previous course in medicine; and
(c)
will complete at least 50 per cent of the Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.
(8)
Prior to admitting an applicant to the Doctor of Medicine in accordance with subclause 3(7), the Dean will consider:
(a)
the circumstances leading to the applicant’s request for admission;
(b)
whether the curriculum undertaken by the applicant in his or her previous course in medicine is comparable to the Doctor of Medicine;
(c)
the academic performance of the applicant in his or her previous course in medicine;
and
(d)
the availability of places in the Doctor of Medicine in the relevant year.
(9)
The Dean may, prior to admitting an applicant to the Doctor of Medicine in accordance with subclause 3(7), require the applicant to undertake a barrier examination that permits entry into the relevant year.
(10)
Subject to the approval of the Academic Board, the Faculty of Medicine may establish special admission schemes for defined classes of applicant, including:
(a)
applicants who are of rural origin;
(b)
Indigenous applicants.
(11)
The Faculty of Medicine may establish a maximum quota for the number of applicants for admission as candidates for the Doctor of Medicine within a special admission scheme.
(12)
The Faculty of Medicine will publish details of any special admission schemes approved by the Academic Board.
(13)
A committee consisting of the Dean, Deputy Deans and Head of the Medical Program may confirm or withdraw an offer which has been made to an applicant but which is not in accordance with the admission criteria.

4 Deferment

(1)
Deferral of enrolment following the offer of a place in the Doctor of Medicine is permitted only in the following circumstances:
(a)
progression to honours, masters or a PhD; or
(b)
under exceptional circumstances which could not be foreseen at the time of application; or
(c)
for completion of "professional years" where awarding of a bachelor's degree is dependent upon such completion only.
(2)
Deferral will only be granted one year at a time and will not be expected to last longer than two years.

5 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Table of Units of Study: Doctor of Medicine
(2)
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points of core units of study in the order prescribed by the faculty.

6 Progression rules

(1)
Candidates in Stage 1 must pass all units of study designated for that year before proceeding to Stage 2. Candidates in Stage 2 must pass all units of study designated for that year before proceeding to Stage 3. Failure in any single unit of study in Stages 1 or 2 will result in a failure of the year and will require the candidate to re-enrol and successfully complete the units designated for the entire year, without credit or exemption for work previously completed.
(2)
Candidates in Stage 3 who fail one unit of study, may be permitted to proceed to units designated for the subsequent year of study providing that the failed unit of study is repeated before commencement of the PrInt (pre-internship) Term. Candidates who fail more than one unit of study and/or their barrier (summative) examination will be required to repeat the whole year, without credit or exemption for work previously completed.

7 Medicine weighted average mark (MWAM)

(1)
The MWAM is calculated using the following formula:
       
 
MWAM =
 
sum(Wc x Mc)  
sum(Wc)
Where Wc is the unit of study credit points x the unit weighting and Mc is the mark achieved for the unit. The mark used for units with a grade AF is zero. Only Stage 3 units are used for the purpose of the calculation.
(2)
All Stage 3 units are weighted 1.

8 Time Limits

(1)
Subject to sub-clause 8(2), a candidate for the Doctor of Medicine must complete the requirements for the degree within five calendar years.
(2)
The Dean may, in exceptional circumstances, extend the time limit for completing the requirements for the Doctor of Medicine to a maximum of 10 years.

9 Credit for previous study

Advanced standing and credit for previous study is not available in this degree, except where approved by the Dean for the purposes of subclause 3(7).