University of Sydney announces new Doctor of Medicine - MD program

20 September 2013

The University of Sydney has today announced a new Doctor of Medicine (MD) program starting in 2014 which will allow postgraduate medical students to enhance their research experience.

The Doctor of Medicine MD degree at the Sydney Medical School is a four-year professional postgraduate entry course with three primary aims for graduates:

  • Ensure excellent clinical skills and preparedness for practice
  • Provide firsthand experience in research
  • Provide experience and awareness of health in an international setting.

Years 1 and 2 are spent primarily on the main University of Sydney campus at Camperdown, although students also receive training in their clinical schools in this period. In Years 3 and 4 students gain clinical experience in a variety of settings including hospitals and community, metropolitan, urban and rural areas. The program is accredited by the Australian Medical Council and approved by the Medical Board of Australia.

Dean of Sydney Medical School, Professor Bruce Robinson, said: "We are pleased to announce that all students who begin the medical program from 2014 onwards will be graduating with a Doctor of Medicine - MD.

"This is an exciting development for Sydney Medical School and one which we believe will be of great benefit to our students," Professor Robinson said.

"The MD will be a professional qualification widely recognised all over the world and will be of great interest in our increasingly global working environment.

"In addition, the MD degree incorporates a research component which will provide our students with access to the wealth of research expertise at Sydney Medical School.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for all students to gain important knowledge and skills in research methodology and, with the assistance of a supervisor, to plan and, in some cases, carry out a research project.

"Research skills are highly valued as has been recognised by the many current MBBS students who undertake research projects across the School.

"For us, awarding the MD is a natural progression. Sydney Medical School already has an outstanding reputation for providing world class clinical training and the expertise of our researchers is well known both in Australia and internationally."

The MD program comprises four broad themes that will run through all four years of the curriculum.

These themes are:

  • Basic and Clinical Sciences
  • Patient and Doctor
  • Population Medicine
  • Personal and Professional Development

The Basic and Clinical Sciences theme includes preclinical disciplines as well as the major clinical disciplines of pathology, microbiology and pharmacology.

The Patient and Doctor theme encompasses clinical knowledge and skills, clinical reasoning and clinical communication.

The Population Medicine theme deals with the population context of medical practice and prevention.

The Personal and Professional Development theme covers professionalism in accordance with the requirements of the Medical Board of Australia, the law in medicine, communication, ethics, medical humanities and related topics.

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