Teaching

Sydney Medical Program

The Sydney Medical Program is a four-year graduate medical program. Basic and clinical sciences are introduced in the first two years via a problem-oriented curriculum. The Sydney Medical Program horizontally integrates four themes: basic and clinical sciences, personal and professional development (PPD), community doctor and patient doctor themes. The principles of medical genetics, inborn errors of metabolism, newborn screening, and genetic therapies are introduced as the first problem in block 1 (theme 1). These principles are revisited on frequent occasions during the first two years of the curriculum. Ethical issues arising from the diagnosis of genetic disorders and prenatal diagnosis are introduced in parallel PPD theme sessions.

Master of Genetic Counselling

The Master of Genetic Counselling program enjoyed a successful inaugural year at the Kolling Institute, Sydney Medical School - Northern, in 2011. The course is a 2 year full time program which will provide students with current advanced knowledge of medical genetics and genomics; community genetics and genomics; clinical practice and genetic counselling skills; ethical, legal and social issues of genetic medicine; research training and skills; and principles of Public Health. Genetic counselling is a communication process, which aims to help individuals, couples and families understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, familial and reproductive implications of the genetic contribution to specific health conditions. The 96 credit point program comprises Coursework (30 CP) and Clinical Practice (33 CP). The capstone is a Research project (33 CP). 14 weeks full time clinic placement, two weeks community genetics placements and 100 hours of professional development activities will be attended by the students. Students are encouraged to consider completing Semester 4 in the clinical context of their home state/country under supervision. International exchange for clinical placement is encouraged. A two year clinical Masters of Genetic Counselling from an accredited program is considered by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia to be sufficient for employment in an entry level position and is a requiremnet for certification.

Master of Medicine in Reproductive Health Sciences and Human Genetics (MM or MM MPhil)

The Master of Medicine (MM) in Reproductive Health Sciences and Human Genetics is undertaken by course work and treatise over 2 years part-time, and is available to medical graduates. Overseas students enrol in a combined MM, MPhil programme. The course work includes three major genetics units, which may be taken to fulfil the course work requirements for certification in various disciplines such as clinical genetics and genetic counselling by the Human Genetics Society of Australia. These are:

  1. Medical Genetics I (Introductory).
  2. Medical Genetics II.
  3. Medical and Molecular Genetics – clinical or laboratory attachments (to fulfil treatise requirements).

Master of Sciences in Reproductive Health Sciences and Human Genetics (M Med Sci)

The Master of Medical Sciences (MMScMed) in Reproductive Health Sciences and Human Genetics is undertaken by course work and treatise over 2 years part-time. Overseas students enrol in a combined M Med Sci, MPhil programme. The course work is identical to the MM, is available to non-medical graduates, and includes three major genetics units, which may be taken to fulfil the course work requirements for certification in various disciplines such as clinical genetics and genetic counselling by the Human Genetics Society of Australia. These are:

  1. Medical Genetics I (Introductory).
  2. Medical Genetics II.
  3. Medical and Molecular Genetics (laboratory or clinical placement to fulfil treatise requirements).

MPhil (Masters by Research) and PhD

There are opportunities with the various research groups for research and thesis leading to MPhil and PhD degrees. Please see the research interests of various research groups and either contact the head of discipline or the research groups directly to discuss research opportunities

Short Course in Genetic Medicine

The Discipline of Genetic Medicine offers short courses in the Diagnosis and Management of Genetic Disorders in Adults and Children. The aim of these courses is to give medical practitioners an intensive update in Medical Genetics and Genetic Therapy. This is particularly important because new advances in detection (e.g. from screening) and management of genetic disorders (e.g. through Innovative Genetic Therapies) have revolutionised care.