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, patient and doctor theme, Population Medicine Theme and personal and professional development (PPD). 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 has been offered through the Sydney Medical School - Northern based at the Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital since 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) and a Research project which culminates in a Capstone presentation (33 CP). Clinical Practice is made up of 15 weeks full time clinic placement, two weeks community genetics experience and 100 hours of professional development activities. Students are encouraged to consider placements in their second year in the clinical context of their home state/country under supervision and international clinical placement may be facilitated. The program is accredited by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) and as such graduates are qualified for employment as an Associate Genetic Counsellor at an entry level position and are considered Board Eligible for training for certification by the Board of Censors of the HGSA.

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 has been undertaken by course work and treatise over 2 years part-time. The final intake into the course was in 2015. The course is currently under review, and is expected to undergo a major overhaul to take into account recent advances in reproductive and genomic medicine.

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 has been undertaken by course work and treatise over 2 years part-time. The final intake into the course was in 2015. The course is currently under review, and is expected to undergo a major overhaul to take into account recent advances in reproductive and genomic medicine.

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.