School of Medicine and Public Health
The School of Medicine and Public Health is the largest of four Schools within the Faculty of Health and Medicine. The School's educational strengths are the Joint Medical Program and postgraduate programs in population health. The School also has a strong research focus and works closely with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) which has pioneered the integration of multi-campus university and hospital based-research.
There is a wide range of specialties students can choose in their postgraduate years. Our academic staff are grouped across all the disciplines associated with a medical program. The disciplines contribute to the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various ways, including curriculum design, teaching, assessment or research. As an undergraduate student you will begin to observe and experience the various specialty areas during clinical placements.
Undergraduate Medicine (Joint Medical Program - JMP) students receive a combination of training in metropolitan teaching hospitals and clinical schools. Of the six clinical schools that teach JMP students, five are managed by the School of Medicine and Public Health. They are located in the Hunter, Maitland and Central Coast regions as well as Tamworth and Taree. Our JMP partner, the University of New England manages the Tablelands Clinical School located in Armidale. These established networks and relationships provide the JMP with clinical richness and breadth in rural health that is unrivalled in NSW.
Simulated Learning Education (SLE) is a teaching method that allows participants to gain competency in clinical skills and 'rehearse' in simulated clinical situations. Real life medical and health scenarios are practiced using flexible space resembling hospital and clinical environments actors, mannequins and equipment. Our clinical schools are equipped with simulation equipment. Participants are taught by specialised clinical staff and advanced technology allows students to attend remotely from compatible sites throughout the area.