Bachelor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program)

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Faculty of Health and Medicine

Program Code

10379

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

UAC Code

  • 780000 - Newcastle (Callaghan)

CRICOS Code

Admission Instructions

Mode of delivery

Face to face on campus.

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The Bachelor of Medicine is an AQF level 7 compliant program.

Medicine is an intellectually rigorous program leading to a challenging and demanding professional life. Whether you choose to work in general practice or to specialise, medicine offers personal satisfaction on numerous levels.


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Australian Year 12 students:

Apply for entry through UAC, register and sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT), apply directly to the University of Newcastle/University of New England (either rural or standard) and attend if required, a Multiple Skills Assessment (MSA) and psychometric test (known as Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA)).

Entry is based on ATAR or equivalent, results of UMAT, MSA and PQA.

Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:

Apply for entry through UAC, register and sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT), apply directly to the University of Newcastle/University of New England (either rural or standard) and attend if required, a Multiple Skills Assessment (MSA) and psychometric test (known as Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA)). Entry is based on:

  • previous Year 12 studies or Higher education qualifications or overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
  • Results of UMAT, MSA and PQA.

Note:

  • Multiple Skills Assessment (MSA) requires applicants to progress through a sequence of separate interview stations each supervised by a trained interviewer/assessor and devoted to assessing a single discrete quality.

  • Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA)is a non-cognitive admissions test.

Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Selection Procedure

  • Applicants are required to lodge an application to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) by the relevant UAC closing date. Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander applicants must also complete the Multiple Skills Assessment process and the Personal Qualities Assessment.
  • Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander applicants are required to attend a week long pre-entry program. For more information see: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/joint-medical-program/medical-entry-program

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No formal prerequisites


Selection Criteria (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Milestone:
  • Other
Additional Selection Criteria:
    • Students must meet mandatory NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements. For information please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement.
    • Signed Health Records and Information Privacy ACT 2002 Student Undertaking
    • Students must hold a current Workcover approved Senior First Aid Certificate
    • Alternative selection procedures apply for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Credit Transfer (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

There are no credit transfer/articulation arrangements for entry to the Bachelor of Medicine Program at The University of Newcastle. Credit applications will be assessed on an individual basis.


Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Where a candidate's performance has reached a standard determined by the Pro Vice-Chancellor on the recommendation of the Program Convenor, the Degree may be conferred 'with Distinction'.

Students wishing to undertake an Honours year should consider the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) program


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Laboratory skills and professional skills attachments are integrated throughout the 5 years of the Bachelor of Medicine curriculum.


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

After completing a one year internship, graduates can be registered for medical practice in Australia and New Zealand. Medical registration bodies in Australia and New Zealand, the General Medical Council (UK) and the Singapore Medical Council.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Places for International students within the program are filled via contractual agreements with specific overseas institutions. In addition, limited places are reserved for International students entering via the Newcastle International College Tertiary Preparation Program offered at the University of Newcastle.

English Language Proficiency

Only those applicants who can demonstrate a high level of proficiency in both written and spoken English will be considered for entry to this program. Proficiency is assessed on the basis of results in one of the standard English tests such as TOEFL or IELTS. With respect to TOEFL, a minimum score of 615 (4.5 TWE) paper based or TOEFL score of 103 (25 Essay Writing) computer based is required; for IELTS a score of 7.0 or greater is required with a minimum mark in each subtest of 7.0. Candidates who have undertaken senior secondary study or at least two years of successful tertiary study in an overseas tertiary institution, in a non-English speaking country, where the medium of instruction was English may satisfy the English Language requirements. English language understanding and verbal use is assessed at interview.


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The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes "reasonable accommodations" under Anti-Discrimination legislation.


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The B Medicine – JMP is offered jointly by the University of Newcastle and the University of New England and has a common curriculum at both institutions. Applicants successful in gaining entry to the B Medicine – JMP will be offered a place at either the University of Newcastle or University of New England based on their stated enrolment location preferences listed on their JMP direct online university application.


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The Bachelor of Medicine – JMP requires five years of full time study. Students enrol in six courses in Year 1 (including one 10 unit elective), four courses in Year 2, three courses in Year 3, two courses in Year 4 and two courses in Year 5.

Most courses/units within the Bachelor of Medicine – JMP involve clinical placements and these placements vary in length. Applicants should be aware that students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine – JMP will be required to undertake placement at Clinical School locations away from their university of enrolment.

During Years 4 and 5, all students are required to complete at least one year (two semesters) at a metropolitan clinical school (Hunter/Central Coast). To the greatest extent, students will be allocated to their clinical school of choice; however the JMP will allocate both University of Newcastle and University of New England enrolled students by ballot in instances where clinical placements remain unfilled.

Students are responsible for the costs associated with travel and accommodation for clinical placements.

The five JMP Clinical Schools are:

Urban

  • Hunter Clinical School including John Hunter, Calvary Mater, Belmont, Maitland and Hunter Valley hospitals.
  • Central Coast Clinical School based around Gosford and Wyong Hospitals

Rural

  • Manning Clinical School based around Taree Rural Referral Hospital
  • Peel Clinical School based around Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital
  • Tablelands Clinical School based around Armidale Rural Referral Hospital

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No current transition arrangements.


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Back to topCore Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
MEDI1011Introduction to Professional Practice

Semester 1 offer only.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
MEDI1012Introduction to Medical Science

Semester 1 offer only.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
MEDI1013Introduction to Public Health

Semester 1 offer only.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
MEDI1014Professional Practice 1

Semester 2 offer only. Must have a current First Aid Certificate.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
MEDI1015Medical Science 1

Semester 2 offer only. Must have a current First Aid Certificate.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
MEDI2011Professional Practice 2

Semester 1 offer only. Must have successfully completed MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014 and MEDI1015.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
MEDI2012Medical Science 2

Semester 1 offer only. Must have successfully completed MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014 and MEDI1015.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
MEDI2013Professional Practice 3

Semester 2 offer only. Must have successfully completed MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014 and MEDI1015.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
MEDI2014Medical Science 3

Semester 2 offer only. Must have successfully completed MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014 and MEDI1015.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
MEDI3014Health Equity Selectives

Semester 2 offer only. Must have successfully completed MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013 and MEDI2014. Full-time students enrolled in MEDI3014 must enrol concurrently in MEDI3018.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
MEDI3017General Practice and Subspecialties 1

Semester 1 offer only. Must have successfully completed MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013 and MEDI2014

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)40 units
MEDI3018General Practice and Subspecialties 2

Semester 2 offer only. Must have successfully completed MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013 and MEDI2014. Full-time students enrolled in MEDI3018 must enrol concurrently in MEDI3014.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)20 units
MEDI4015Women and Childrens Health

Semester 1 and 2 offered on a rotational basis. Must have successfully completed MEDI3014, MEDI3017 and MEDI3018.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Hunter Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Manning Base Hospital)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Tablelands Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Tamworth Base Hospital)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Hunter Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Manning Base Hospital)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Tablelands Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Tamworth Base Hospital)
40 units
MEDI4016Medicine & Surgery

Semester 1 and 2 offered on a rotational basis. Must have successfully completed MEDI3014, MEDI3017 and MEDI3018.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Hunter Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Manning Base Hospital)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Tablelands Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Tamworth Base Hospital)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Hunter Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Manning Base Hospital)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Tablelands Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Tamworth Base Hospital)
40 units
MEDI5015Medicine / Psychiatry / Palliative Care / PHCS

Semester 1 and 2 offered on a rotational basis. Must have successfully completed MEDI4015 and MEDI4016. Full-time students enrolled in MEDI5015 must enrol concurrently in MEDI5016.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Hunter Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Manning Base Hospital)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Tablelands Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Tamworth Base Hospital)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Hunter Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Manning Base Hospital)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Tablelands Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Tamworth Base Hospital)
40 units
MEDI5016Critical Care

Semester 1 and 2 offered on a rotational basis. Must have successfully completed MEDI4015 and MEDI4016. Full-time students enrolled in MEDI5016 must enrol concurrently in MEDI5015.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Hunter Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Manning Base Hospital)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Tablelands Clinical School)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Tamworth Base Hospital)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Hunter Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Manning Base Hospital)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Tablelands Clinical School)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Tamworth Base Hospital)
40 units
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Electives
Elective 1Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 110 units