Doctor of Medicine
This is a four-year program for entry to professional practice as a medical doctor. The overall aim of the course is to produce graduates committed to the well-being of the patient, community and society as accountable, responsible, scholarly, capable and caring doctors. The outcomes, content and teaching are based on the 6 PLACES themes of the program—a medical graduate will have the following roles as a doctor: professional, leader, advocate, clinician, educator and scholar.
The teaching consists of approximately 40 weeks of contact time each year. The first two weeks of the course introduce the educational aspects of the course, early professionalisation, clinical experience and team and societal aspects of medicine. In the foundations and systems-based units in the first three semesters, students predominantly learn anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, pathology and population health sciences integrated with clinical skills and other professional aspects of medical practice. Early clinical experiences, small group learning tutorials and skills workshops are included in the teaching methods together with lectures, laboratories and seminars.
From the middle of Year 2, students undertake clinical attachments in the WA health system with rotations in the major hospital specialties as well as in general practices and community health organisations. In Year 3, 25 per cent of the student cohort are allocated to the Rural Clinical School and spend their year in a rural site. The final year has elective and selective terms where students have a choice for overseas study and more in-depth study in areas of interest.
Each student also chooses a scholarly activity in three streams of research, coursework or service learning that is done simultaneously with the core medical rotations. Through selection of specially designed scholarly activity units, students may also choose to specialise in rural or Aboriginal health.
Following successful completion of the course, students are eligible to apply for internship as a pre-registration medical practitioner.
- Course title
- Doctor of Medicine
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- professional practice master's degree
- current / 2019
- Administered by
- Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- CRICOS code
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year only
- Attendance type
- full-time only
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Professional accreditation
- Doctor of Medicine is accredited by: Australian Medical Council.
- Standard course duration
- 4 years
- Time limit
- 10 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Professor Tony Celenza
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
Note: Students: (a) electing Aboriginal Health specialisation—take unit(s) to the value of 6 points from Group A (b) electing Rural Health specialisation—take unit(s) to the value of 6 points from Group B (c) not electing (a) or (b)—take unit(s) to the value of 6 points from Group C
(a) electing Aboriginal Health specialisation—take all unit(s) from Group D (36 points) or Group H (36 points) and take unit(s) to the value of 12 points from Group F
(b) electing Rural Health specialisation—take all unit(s) from Group H (36 points) and take one pair of units (12 points) from Group G (Pair 1: SRUR5311, SRUR5321; Pair 2: SRUR5312, SRUR5322)
(c) electing Rural Clinical School—take all unit(s) from Group H (36 points) and take one pair of units (12 points) from Group E (Pair 1: SMED5311, SMED5321; Pair 2: SMED5312, SMED5322; Pair 3: IMED5802, IMED5803; Pair 4: PUBH4403, PUBH5752)
(d) not electing (a), (b) or (c)—take all unit(s) from Group D (36 points) and take one pair of units (12 points) from Group E (Pair 1: SMED5311, SMED5321; Pair 2: SMED5312, SMED5322; Pair 3: IMED5802, IMED5803; Pair 4: PUBH4403, PUBH5752)
Note: Students: (a) electing Aboriginal Health specialisation—take unit(s) to the value of 6 points from Group K (b) electing Rural Health specialisation—take unit(s) to the value of 6 points from Group L (c) not electing (a) or (b)—take unit(s) to the value of 6 points from Group J
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials module
2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).
English Language competency requirements
3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.
a place in a Direct Pathway into this course.
entry via an Indigenous pathway
Admission ranking and selection
(a) a structured interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in medical practitioners, with invitation to attend the interview based on equal weightings under Rule 4(2) and 4(3), in alignment with the interview quota for the year;
Articulations and exit awards
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
[Approved exceptions to University Policy]
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.
10.(1) The Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, may assign a progress status of 'On Probation' or 'Excluded' to a student who does not make satisfactory progress under the progression rules.
(2) Unless it determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances, and except as set out in (3), the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, will assign a progress status of 'On Probation' to a student who is repeating a year and fails to make satisfactory progress under the progression rules.
(3) Unless it determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances, the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, will assign a progress status of 'Excluded' to a student who fails to make satisfactory progress under the progression rules in a year in which they have a progress status of 'On Probation'.
[(5) is an exception to University Policy]
11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.
Award with distinction
Requirements of students on probation
(2) Students are exempt from the requirement to complete one or more of the following units if they have a mark of at least 70 per cent in the unit(s) concerned: any coursework, research or service learning units undertaken as part of Scholarly Activities.
Leave and retention of credit
Mode of study
Requirement to attend and complete prescribed work
18. Students must attend compulsory teaching and other sessions and do clinical and practical work as required at the University and at teaching hospitals and other institutions approved by the Faculty, as set out in the Faculty's Policy on Workplace-based placements.
Faculty's Infection Control Policy
19. Students must comply with the requirements of the Faculty's Infection Control Policy. Providing approval is granted, a student is permitted to take a maximum of 10 University days annually as short leave.
Apply First Aid Course Policy
20. Students must comply with the requirements of the Apply First Aid Course Policy.
21. The Faculty may grant advanced standing for previously completed Medicine units if they were completed as part of a postgraduate medical course recognised by the Faculty as equivalent to the Doctor of Medicine course of this University. The Faculty may grant advanced standing of up to 48 points for the successful completion of the Medical Sciences major from UWA.
22. Students who do not successfully complete their elective placement must enrol in IMED5417 Elective Remediation Unit.