Commencing students

Congratulations on receiving an offer to study the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine! Your medical studies over the next five years will prepare you for a rewarding career as a doctor. You'll gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to play a key role in the maintenance and promotion of individual and community health in Australia and worldwide.

Now that you've received your offer, you can choose to accept, apply for deferral or decline.

University orientation

All students are encouraged to attend orientation in February at their enrolled university. The University of Newcastle and University of New England orientation activities include enrolment sessions, information on student services and university resources, as well as lots of fun social activities.

Personal Health Guidelines

As part of the JMP program, students are required to read, print, sign and return the Personal Health Guidelines and Declaration document (PDF, 45KB) by the end of Week 1, Semester 1.

Medical Board of Australia registration

The Medical Board of Australia requires all medical students to be registered. Students will be registered from the first year of the medical course. The registration process will be automatic, to the extent that the names and particulars of students will be provided by the university to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the agency which supports the Board. This information will be entered on the register of medical students. This register is not publicly available and registration is free. Find out more.

Fitness to practise

Medical students are subject to the same standards of behaviour and practice required of qualified medical practitioners. From the outset of the program, students are assessed not only on the development of skills and knowledge but also their suitability to practise medicine as demonstrated by attitudes and behaviour.