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Discipline of Medicine

Internal medicine, medical ethics and behavioural sciences
The Discipline of Medicine comprises many overlapping specialties. We are a diverse discipline that stands for promoting knowledge in medicine for better healthcare.

About the discipline

We are the largest discipline in the Sydney Medical School and our diverse staffing expertise gives us the capacity to fulfil our mission of maintaining the highest standard of teaching and research.

We teach in the Doctor of Medicine at five of the Sydney Medical School's clinical schools:

We teach in 12 specialties in the Doctor of Medicine (MD):

  • cardiology
  • endocrinology
  • gastroenterology and hepatology
  • geriatric medicine
  • haematology
  • infection and immunity
  • neurology
  • oncology
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • renal medicine
  • respiratory medicine
  • rheumatology.

Study options

The Discipline of Medicine as a whole plays a major role in curriculum delivery, curriculum review and assessment of the MD program at the University of Sydney. Each major clinical specialty is represented by a section coordinator who appoints staff in each clinical site to assist in this role.

The MD program is a four-year, graduate entry course and is designed to enable students to learn in a way that resembles the practice of medicine. Problem-based learning and early clinical experience both ensure that the context and relevance of the program are clear.

Members of the discipline also substantially contribute to other specific areas of teaching, namely undergraduate science students and postgraduate research students, as well as the preparation for internship course at the conclusion of the MD program.

Learn more about the Doctor of Medicine at the Sydney Medical School

The University offers a range of research opportunities to help you pursue your passion. You can undertake a:

To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, visit our postgraduate research page.

Our research

The bridge between the laboratory and the clinic is a strength of our discipline. Our research portfolio spans clinical research, clinical trials, biomedical engineering and health economics. 

Our methodology includes laboratory-based techniques with a focus on molecular and cell biology, large organ physiology, epidemiology and psychosocial approaches.

We have links with these University research centres and institutes:

Key leadership

  • Professor Mark Cooper, Head (Concord Clinical School) 
  • Professor Jenny Gunton, Head (Westmead Clinical School) and Acting Chair
  • Professor Warwick Britton, Head (Central Clinical School)
  • Associate Professor John Kellow, Head (Northern Clinical School)
  • Professor Jack Wall, Head (Nepean Clinical School)
  • Associate Professor Mark Arnold, Head (School of Rural Health)
  • Professor John Watson, Head (Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School)

The Heads of Medicine are supported by David Baxter, Executive Assistant:
P: +61 2 9351 2405
E: david.baxter@sydney.edu.au

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