OPINION: Educating the doctors of tomorrow – the next 40 years
The first medical students at the University of Newcastle arrived 40 years ago. They entered a course that introduced them…
In 2008, thirty years from the formation of the University’s original Faculty of Medicine, the Joint Medical Program (JMP) was established. The JMP is a unique partnership between the University of Newcastle, the University of New England, and the Central Coast Local Health District and Hunter New England Health.
Building on the foundation of excellence established by the University’s original medical program, the JMP partnership was designed to better address the serious medical workforce shortages in rural and regional Australian.
From its establishment to now, the JMP has maintained the problem-based learning methods established by the original Faculty of Medicine, with a focus on early and broad clinical experience. This unique partnership also gives students access to the best resources and educators available.
The JMP offers students the option to study medicine in either a metropolitan or rural campus, with both locations offering an identical Program curriculum. Partnerships with with clinical venues in metropolitan, regional and rural regions mean students gain the clinical experience needed to practise medicine anywhere in Australia.
The JMP includes clinical placements that test and hone knowledge gained from tutorials and lectures, within real-world scenarios. The Program continues to encourages experiential learning, utilising cutting-edge educational technology, including simulated medical learning environments, to ensure students get the most out of their clinical placement.
The JMP also continues to be a leader in Indigenous education, with a tailored pre-entry program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, the Miroma Bunbilla Program. Each year, up to 17 places in the JMP are set aside for admission into the program for applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.
JMP students learn from the world's brightest minds, make global connections and gain the experience and skills needed to follow in the footsteps of our successful graduates – who are now working around the world to make lasting and significant contributions to health care as medical professionals.