The Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program (JMP) is a great opportunity to study medicine in a course of international standing in which students obtain early and broad clinical experience.
The University of Newcastle and the University of New England have forged a unique partnership with Hunter New England Health and Central Coast Health to develop the innovative JMP.
The JMP capitalises on the University of Newcastle's highly respected medical program and the University of New England's strong rural standing and expertise of delivering programs in nursing, health and science. The program aims to produce medical graduates who are sought for their innovative thinking and are prepared for practise in rural, regional and metropolitan Australia.
The program emphasises the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for a career in medicine. It is orientated toward the diagnosis and treatment of individuals but also the promotion and maintenance of health in the community.
Problem-based learning in small groups encourages independent learning enabling students to define their own learning needs and builds teamwork skills which are the foundation of successful health provision.
The admission procedure selects applicants who have reached a high academic standard and have personal qualities important to practise medicine.
The program provides a strong base for postgraduate training and research in urban, regional, rural and remote medicine.
The JMP has a total of 170 Commonwealth Supported Places with 110 places at the University of Newcastle and 60 at the University of New England. Importantly, it is anticipated students are more likely to practice where they train, leading to an increase in the medical workforce and improvement of health services in rural and regional areas.
Professor Ian Symonds