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.
|Course title||Doctor of Medicine|
|Course type||professional practice master's degree|
|Status||current / 2017|
|Administered by||Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences|
|Intake periods||Beginning of year only|
|Attendance type||full-time only|
|Credit points required||192|
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|
|Locations offered||UWA (Perth)|
|Domestic fee type||Commonwealth 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.
|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.
Take all units (48 points):
|NS||IMED4111||Foundations of Medical Practice (24 points)|
|NS||IMED4121||Systems-based Learning 1 (24 points)|
Take all units (42 points):
|NS||IMED4211||Systems-based Learning 2 (24 points)|
|NS||IMED4221||Integrated Medical Practice 1 (18 points)|
Take units from Group A as required by Year 2 rule:
|NS||SAHE4221||Research Aboriginal Health Unit 1|
|NS||SAHE4222||Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 1|
Take units from Group B as required by Year 2 rule:
|NS||SRUR4221||Rural Specialisation—Research Foundations Unit|
|NS||SRUR4222||Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Foundations Unit|
Take units from Group C as required by Year 2 rule:
|S1, S2||IMED5801||Principles of Teaching and Learning|
|S2||PUBH5749||Foundations of Public Health|
|NS||SMED4221||Research Foundations Unit|
|NS||SMED4222||Service Learning Unit 1|
Take units from Group D as required by Year 3 rule:
|NS||IMED5311||Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 1 (18 points)|
|NS||IMED5312||Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 2 (18 points)|
Take units from Group E as required by Year 3 rule:
|S1||IMED5802||Principles of Assessment and Evaluation|
|S2||IMED5803||Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education|
|S1, S2||PUBH4401||Biostatistics I|
|S2||PUBH5752||Health Systems and Economics|
|NS||SMED5311||Research Project 1|
|NS||SMED5312||Service Learning Unit 2|
|NS||SMED5321||Research Project 2|
|NS||SMED5322||Service Learning Unit 3|
Take units from Group F as required by Year 3 rule:
|S1, S2||AHEA5801||Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics|
|NS||SAHE5312||Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 2|
|NS||SAHE5321||Research Aboriginal Health Unit 3|
|NS||SAHE5322||Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 3|
Take units from Group G as required by Year 3 rule:
|NS||SRUR5311||Rural Specialisation—Research Project 1|
|NS||SRUR5312||Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 2|
|NS||SRUR5321||Rural Specialisation—Research Project 2|
|NS||SRUR5322||Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 3|
Take units from Group H as required by Year 3 rule:
|NS||RMED5311||Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1 (18 points)|
|NS||RMED5321||Integrated Rural Medical Practice 2 (18 points)|
Take all units (42 points):
|NS||IMED5411||Integrated Medical Practice 3 Part 1 (18 points)|
|NS||IMED5412||Integrated Medical Practice 3 Part 2 (12 points)|
|NS||IMED5421||Preparation for Internship (12 points)|
Take one unit from Group I:
|NS||IMED5413||Urban Elective Placement (0 points)|
|NS||IMED5414||Rural Elective Placement (0 points)|
|NS||IMED5415||International Elective Placement (0 points)|
Take units from Group J as required by Year 4 rule:
|S1, S2||IMED5804||Clinical Teaching and Supervision|
|S2||IMED5805||Innovation and Contemporary Issues in Health Professions Education|
|S1||IMED5806||Simulation and Interprofessional Learning in Health Professions Education|
|S1, S2||PUBH4401||Biostatistics I|
|S1||PUBH5754||Health Promotion I|
|NS||SMED5411||Research Project 3|
|NS||SMED5412||Service Learning Unit 4|
Take units from Group K as required by Year 4 rule:
|NS||SAHE5411||Research Aboriginal Health Unit 4|
|NS||SAHE5412||Service Learning Aboriginal Health Unit 4|
Take units from Group L as required by Year 4 rule:
|NS||SRUR5411||Rural Specialisation—Research Project 3|
|NS||SRUR5412||Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 4|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in 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.
(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;
(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;
(c) a place in a Direct Pathway into this course.
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;
(b) the intake quota for that year;
(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
(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'.
(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
(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;
(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.
(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;
(b) fails a deferred or supplementary assessment;
(c) has a progress status of 'On Probation'
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
(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
(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.
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.