UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

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 overview

Course overview

Course titleDoctor of Medicine
Award abbreviationMD
Course code90850
Course typeprofessional practice master's degree
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code068918C
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Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull-time only
Credit points required192
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditationDoctor of Medicine is accredited by: Australian Medical Council.
Standard course duration4 years
Time limit10 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Tony Celenza

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Year 1

Take all units (48 points):

NSIMED4111Foundations of Medical Practice (24 points)
NSIMED4121Systems-based Learning 1 (24 points)

Year 2

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

Take all units (42 points):

1A

NSIMED4211Systems-based Learning 2 (24 points)
NSIMED4221Integrated Medical Practice 1 (18 points)

Take units from Group A as required by Year 2 rule:

Group A

NSSAHE4221Research Aboriginal Health Unit 1
NSSAHE4222Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 1

Take units from Group B as required by Year 2 rule:

Group B

NSSRUR4221Rural Specialisation—Research Foundations Unit
NSSRUR4222Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Foundations Unit

Take units from Group C as required by Year 2 rule:

Group C

S1, S2IMED5801Principles of Teaching and Learning
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
NSSMED4221Research Foundations Unit
NSSMED4222Service Learning Unit 1

Year 3

Note: Students:
(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)

Take units from Group D as required by Year 3 rule:

Group D

NSIMED5311Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 1 (18 points)
NSIMED5312Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 2 (18 points)

Take units from Group E as required by Year 3 rule:

Group E

S1IMED5802Principles of Assessment and Evaluation
S2IMED5803Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
S2PUBH5752Health Systems and Economics
NSSMED5311Research Project 1
NSSMED5312Service Learning Unit 2
NSSMED5321Research Project 2
NSSMED5322Service Learning Unit 3

Take units from Group F as required by Year 3 rule:

Group F

S1, S2AHEA5801Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics
NSSAHE5312Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 2
NSSAHE5321Research Aboriginal Health Unit 3
NSSAHE5322Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 3

Take units from Group G as required by Year 3 rule:

Group G

NSSRUR5311Rural Specialisation—Research Project 1
NSSRUR5312Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 2
NSSRUR5321Rural Specialisation—Research Project 2
NSSRUR5322Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 3

Take units from Group H as required by Year 3 rule:

Group H

NSRMED5311Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1 (18 points)
NSRMED5321Integrated Rural Medical Practice 2 (18 points)

Year 4

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

Take all units (42 points):

NSIMED5411Integrated Medical Practice 3 Part 1 (18 points)
NSIMED5412Integrated Medical Practice 3 Part 2 (12 points)
NSIMED5421Preparation for Internship (12 points)

Take one unit from Group I:

Group I

NSIMED5413Urban Elective Placement (0 points)
NSIMED5414Rural Elective Placement (0 points)
NSIMED5415International Elective Placement (0 points)

Take units from Group J as required by Year 4 rule:

Group J

S1, S2IMED5804Clinical Teaching and Supervision
S2IMED5805Innovation and Contemporary Issues in Health Professions Education
S1IMED5806Simulation and Interprofessional Learning in Health Professions Education
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion I
NSSMED5411Research Project 3
NSSMED5412Service Learning Unit 4

Take units from Group K as required by Year 4 rule:

Group K

NSSAHE5411Research Aboriginal Health Unit 4
NSSAHE5412Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 4

Take units from Group L as required by Year 4 rule:

Group L

NSSRUR5411Rural Specialisation—Research Project 3
NSSRUR5412Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 4

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the 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.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(1) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(2) the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5; and

(3) (a) a Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) overall score of at least 52 and no section score less than 50 for domestic applicants;

or

(b) a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score of at least 8/8/8 prior to April 2015, or 123/123/123/123 after April 2015 for international applicants;

or

(c) a place in a Direct Pathway into this course.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(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;

and

(b) the intake quota for that year;

and

(c) equal weighting of the GAMSAT/MCAT, GPA and interview for non-rural applicants, or equal weighting of the GAMSAT, GPA, interview and rurality ranking for rural applicants.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 192 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. Supplementary to the Doctor of Medicine course rules is this document governing what constitutes satisfactory progress in the course and what rules are applied in cases of unsatisfactory progress.

http://www.meddent.uwa.edu.au/students/assessment

[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.

Progress status

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'.

(4) 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—

(a) fails to make satisfactory progress under the progression rules and has previously repeated two years of the course; or

(b) fails to make satisfactory progress under the progression rules in the same year of the course for a second time.

(5) A student who is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' under (4) (a) or (b) will not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.

[(5) is an exception to University Policy]

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 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

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Supplementary assessment

13.(1) Subject to (2), a student who fails a barrier component of a unit may be granted a supplementary assessment in that component.

(2) The Board of Examiners will not provide an opportunity for supplementary assessment to a student who—

(a) fails two or more units in any calendar year;

or

(b) fails a deferred or supplementary assessment;

or

(c) has a progress status of 'On Probation'

Prerequisites

14. Unless the Faculty permits otherwise, students are not permitted to proceed to units of a higher level until they have completed all units of the previous level.

Requirements of students on probation

15.(1) Subject to (2), students who have been assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' must repeat all units that they have previously attempted in that year of the course

(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

16.(1) Students may apply for a period of approved leave in accordance with the University Policy on Approved Leave.

(2) Following a period of approved leave of less than two years, students retain credit for all units previously passed.

(3) Following a period of approved leave of two years or more, full credit is unable to be granted and students must repeat the units comprising the most recently completed year of the course.

Mode of study

17.(1) Students must enrol on a full-time basis unless the Faculty permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances.

(2) Students who have been permitted to enrol on a part-time basis in units of one level will not be permitted to enrol on a part-time basis in units of the next level.

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.

Apply First Aid Course Policy

20. Students must comply with the requirements of the Apply First Aid Course Policy.

Advanced Standing

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.

Unsatisfactory progress

22. Students who do not successfully complete their elective placement must enrol in IMED5417 Elective Remediation Unit.