1997 saw the first intake of students for the then Graduate Medical Program (GMP). Those eligible for admission are graduates of any faculty from tertiary institutions in Australia with a credit grade average. They will have sat an entry examination called the General Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT) and interviews are part of the admission procedure.
Features of the Graduate Medical Program are as follows: emphasis on self directed life-long learning; curriculum planning is goal directed; interactive small group teaching; early clinical and community contact will be established; options and electives for individual student development; research opportunities including combined degrees; evaluation of the educational process and outcomes.
There are four themes which extend throughout the four years of the program comprising Basic and Clinical Sciences which underpins evidence-based practice; Patient-Doctor Theme which ensures effective communication and clinical skills; Community Doctor Theme which emphasises population perspectives, and the Personal and Professional Development Theme which assists students in reaching their full potential.
The Discipline of Pharmacology is involved in preparing learning material for the students and in overall curriculum planning for the USydMP.