Bachelor of Medicine
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Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 5 years full time.
International - 5 years full time.
HSC English or equivalent.
Relevant University rules and policies
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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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 previous Year 12 studies or Higher education qualifications or overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications; and 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.
- 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.
Alternative selection procedures apply for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as follows:
- 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
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Proficiency Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html
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.
Additional Selection Criteria
- Examinations - Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT), Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA) - a non-cognitive admissions test.
- Interviews - 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.
HSC English or equivalent.
Any 2 Units of English
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
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.
Compulsory Program Requirements
Laboratory skills and professional skills attachments are integrated throughout the 5 years of the Bachelor of Medicine curriculum.
- NSW 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
- Senior First Aid Certificate - Students must hold a current WorkCover approved Senior First Aid Certificate.
Compulsory Program Requirements - Review of Progress
In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.
MEDI1011 - Introduction to Professional Practice
MEDI1012 - Introduction to Medical Science
MEDI1013 - Introduction to Public Health
MEDI1014 - Professional Practice 1
MEDI1015 - Medical Science 1
MEDI2011 - Professional Practice 2
MEDI2012 - Medical Science 2
MEDI2013 - Professional Practice 3
MEDI2014 - Medical Science 3
MEDI3014 - Health Equity Selectives
MEDI3017 - General Practice and Subspecialities 1
MEDI3018 - General Practice and Subspecialities 2
MEDI4015 - Women and Childrens Health
MEDI4016 - Medicine and Surgery
MEDI5015 - Medicine / Psychiatry / Palliative Care / PHCS
MEDI5016 - Critical Care
Australian Medical Council
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.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
5 years full time up to 8 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
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 and Hunter Valley hospitals
- Central Coast Clinical School based around Gosford and Wyong Hospitals
- Maitland Clinical School based around Maitland Hospital and Hunter Valley hospitals
- 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
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|MEDI1011||Introduction to Professional Practice||10 units|
|MEDI1012||Introduction to Medical Science||10 units|
|MEDI1013||Introduction to Public Health||10 units|
|MEDI1014||Professional Practice 1||20 units|
|MEDI1015||Medical Science 1||20 units|
|MEDI2011||Professional Practice 2||20 units|
|MEDI2012||Medical Science 2||20 units|
|MEDI2013||Professional Practice 3||20 units|
|MEDI2014||Medical Science 3||20 units|
|MEDI3014||Health Equity Selectives||20 units|
|MEDI3017||General Practice and Subspecialities 1||40 units|
|MEDI3018||General Practice and Subspecialities 2||20 units|
|MEDI4015||Women and Childrens Health||40 units|
|MEDI4016||Medicine and Surgery||40 units|
|MEDI5015||Medicine / Psychiatry / Palliative Care / PHCS||40 units|
|MEDI5016||Critical Care||40 units|
Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
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
Program Learning Outcomes
- Practise medicine based on an integrated body of knowledge and guided by evidence
- Respect the primacy of patient interests
- Demonstrate ethical and socially responsible practice
- Be committed to life-long continuous educational development
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
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.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
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.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
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.