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 year of the course introduces the preparatory sciences where students predominantly learn anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, pathology and population health sciences.

In Year 2, students undertake an 8-week clinical preparation unit followed by clinical attachments in the WA health system with rotations in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics/Rheumatology, Psychiatry and Surgery as well as a longitudinal attachment in general practices. 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 further clinical attachments in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Rural General Practice, and Anaesthesia/Pain Medicine/Palliative Care/Oncology as well as elective and student selective terms. Year 4 concludes with a Preparation for Internship unit.

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 in Years 3 and 4. 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 title
Doctor of Medicine
Award abbreviation
MD
Course code
90850
Course type
professional practice master's degree
Status
current / 2021
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
CRICOS code
089788A

Course details

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
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Helen Wilcox
Fees
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.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Year 1

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AIMED4443Integrated Medical Sciences 1 (24 points)
30 hours per week
N/AIMED4444Integrated Medical Sciences 2 (24 points)
Prerequisites:
IMED4443 Integrated Medical Sciences 1
30 hours per week

Year 2

Take all units from this group (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSIMED4220Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part A (24 points)
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in either (90850 Doctor of Medicine OR 91850 Doctor of Medicine) AND either (IMED4444 Integrated Medical Sciences 2 OR IMED3112 Integrated Medical Systems 2 OR (IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III AND IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV))
IMED4220 (which is part A of Year 2) includes an initial 12 week clinical preparation of Lectures/Seminars - group sessions cased based learning and task based learning- followed by one 7-week term of clinical rotations. There will be a further three 7-week clinical rotations in IMED4222 (which is part B of year 2), providing 4 rotations altogether. Approx contact hours of 30-40 hours per week.
NSIMED4222Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part B (24 points)
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in either (90850 Doctor of Medicine OR 91850 Doctor of Medicine) AND either (IMED4444 Integrated Medical Sciences 2 OR IMED3112 Integrated Medical Systems 2 OR (IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III AND IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV))
IMED4220 (which is part A of Year 2) includes an initial 12 week clinical preparation of Lectures/Seminars - group sessions cased based learning and task based learning. Followed by four one 7-week terms of clinical rotation. IMED4222 (which is part B of Year 2) includes 8- three 7-week terms of clinical rotations providing 4 rotations altogether. Approx contact hours of 30-40 hours per week.

Year 3

Note: Integrated Medical Practice Units. Students take Group 3A except for student electing:

(a) Rural Health specialisation of Rural Clinical School -- take Group 3B
(b) Aboriginal Health specialisation—take either Group 3A or 3B.


Scholarly Activity units Students:
(a) electing Aboriginal Health specialisation - take Group 3C
(b) electing Rural Health specialisation—take Group 3D or 3E
(c) electing Rural Clinical School—take Group 3F, 3G, 3H or 3I
(d) not electing (a), (b) or (c)—take Group 3F, 3G, 3H or 3I

Take Integrated Medical Practice units according to the year 3 rule:

3A Integrated Medical Practice - Crawley

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSIMED5311Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part A (18 points)
Prerequisites:
IMED4220 Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part A and IMED4222 Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part B
Co-requisites:
Any one of the following Scholarly Activity units: PUBH4403 Epidemiology I or SRUR5331 Rural Specialisation—Research Unit 1 or SRUR5332 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 1 or SMED5331 Research Unit 1 or SMED5332 Service Learning Unit 1 or IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning.
30 to 40 hours a week
NSIMED5312Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part B (18 points)
Prerequisites:
IMED5311 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part A
Co-requisites:
Any one of the following Scholarly Activity units: AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics, SRUR5341 Rural Specialisation—Research Unit 2, SRUR5342 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 2, SMED5341 Research Unit 2, SMED5342 Service Learning Unit 2, IMED5803 Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education or PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health.
30-40 hours per week

Take Year 3 Integrated Medical Practice units according to the year 3 rule:

3B Integrated Medical Practice - rural

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSRMED5311Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1 (18 points)
Prerequisites:
IMED4220 Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part A and IMED4222 Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part B
Co-requisites:
Any one of the following Scholarly Activity units: PUBH4403 Epidemiology I, SRUR5331 Rural Specialisation—Research Unit 1' SRUR5332 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 1, SMED5331 Research Unit 1, SMED5332 Service Learning Unit 1 or IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning.
clinical sessions: 7; tutorial sessions: 2; personal study session per week: 1
NSRMED5321Integrated Rural Medical Practice 2 (18 points)
Prerequisites:
RMED5311 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1
Co-requisites:
Any one of: AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics, SRUR5341 Rural Specialisation—Research Unit 2, SRUR5342 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 2, SMED5341 Research Unit 2, SMED5342 Service Learning Unit 2, IMED5803 Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education, OR PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health.
clinical sessions: 7; tutorial sessions: 2; personal study session per week: 1

Take units according to the year 3 Scholarly Activity rule:

3C Aboriginal Health

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2AHEA5801Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics
lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week
S1, S2PUBH4403Epidemiology I
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (for face-t- face mode only)

Take units according to the Year 3 rule Scholarly Activity rule:

3D - Rural

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSSRUR5331Rural Specialisation—Research Unit 1
Prerequisites:
IMED4222 Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part B
variable but there is regular contact with project supervisor
NSSRUR5341Rural Specialisation—Research Unit 2
Prerequisites:
SRUR5331 Rural Specialisation—Research Unit 1
variable but there is regular contact with project supervisor

take units according to the Year 3 Scholarly Activity rule:

3E - Rural

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSSRUR5332Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 1
Prerequisites:
IMED4222 Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part B
4 hours per week
NSSRUR5342Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 2
Prerequisites:
SRUR5332 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 1
4 hours per week

Take units according to the Year 3 Scholarly Activity rule:

3F - Research

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSSMED5331Research Unit 1
Prerequisites:
IMED4222 Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part B
variable but there is regular contact with project supervisor
NSSMED5341Research Unit 2
Prerequisites:
SMED5331 Research Unit 1
variable but students have regular contact with project supervisors

Take units according to the Year 3 Scholarly Activity rule:

3G - Service Learning

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSSMED5332Service Learning Unit 1
Prerequisites:
IMED4222 Integrated Medical Practice 1 Part B
4 hours per week
NSSMED5342Service Learning Unit 2
Prerequisites:
SMED5332 Service Learning Unit 1
4 hours per week

Take units according to the year 3 Scholarly Acitivity rule:

3H - Health Professions Education

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1IMED5801Principles of Teaching and Learning
seminars for two hour a week and online activities
S1, S2IMED5803Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education
Co-requisites:
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning
Semester 1 Multi-mode (combination of face to face & online delivery) - 1 x 2 hr workshop/tutorial/week Semester 2 Online only

Take units accroding to the year 3 Scholarly Activity rule:

3I Public Health

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH4403Epidemiology I
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (for face-t- face mode only)
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
seminars: 3 hours per week

Year 4

Note: Scholarly Activity Units. Take 6 points from Group 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E or 4F in line with units taken in year 3.

Take all units (42 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSIMED5411Integrated Medical Practice 3 Part 1 (18 points)
Prerequisites:
IMED5311 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 1 and IMED5312 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 2; OR RMED5311 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1 and RMED5321 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 2
up to 40 hours/week
NSIMED5412Integrated Medical Practice 3 Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
IMED5311 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 1; and IMED5312 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 2; OR RMED5311 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1 and RMED5321 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 2
Up to 40 hours/week
NSIMED5421Preparation for Internship (12 points)
Prerequisites:
IMED5411/2 Integrated Medical Practice 3, Parts 1 and 2.
up to 40 hours/week

Take one unit from Group 4A:

4A Elective Placement

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AIMED5413Urban Elective Placement (0 points)
Prerequisites:
IMED5311 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 1 and IMED5312 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 2; or RMED5311 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1 and RMED5321 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 2
N/AIMED5414Rural Elective Placement (0 points)
Prerequisites:
IMED5311 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 1 and IMED5312 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 2 or RMED5311 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1 and RMED5321 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 2
Four to six-week clinical placement
N/AIMED5415International Elective Placement (0 points)
Prerequisites:
IMED5311 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 1 and IMED5312 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part 2; OR RMED5311 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1 and RMED5321 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 2

Take units according to the Year 4 Scholarly Activity unit rule::

4B - Aboriginal Health specialisation

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)

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

4C Rural specialisation

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSSRUR5411Rural Specialisation—Research Unit 3
Prerequisites:
SRUR5331 Rural Specialisation - Research Project 1 and SRUR5341 Rural Specialisation—Research Project 2
Regular contact with research supervisor
NSSRUR5412Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Unit 3
Prerequisites:
SRUR5332 Rural specialisation Service Learning 1 and SRUR5342 Rural Specialisation Service Learning 2
150

Take units acording to the Year 4 Scholarly Activity unit rule::

4D Research and Service Learning

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSSMED5411Research Unit 3
Prerequisites:
SMED5331 Research Project 1 and SMED5341 Research Project 2
variable but students have regular contact with project supervisors
NSSMED5412Service Learning Unit 3
Prerequisites:
SRUR5332 Service learning 1 and SRUR5342 Service Learning 2

Take units according to the Year 4 Scholarly Activity unit rule::

4E Health Professions Education

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1IMED5804Clinical Teaching and Supervision
Three x 8 hour workshops when unit available face to face or complete the unit online
S1IMED5806Simulation and Interprofessional Learning in Health Professions Education
Co-requisites:
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning
Offered either via online mode or via Multimode (Face to Face & Online) – Compulsory two day face to face workshop, optional three x 1.5 hour webinars throughout the semester
S1IMED5813Health Humanities: Education and Research
Seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks

Take units according to the Year 4 Scholarly Activity unit rule::

4F Public Health

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion I
lectures: 3 hours per week

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

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

and

(b) the equivalent of a Faculty grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5;

and

(c) (i) a Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) overall score of at least 55; or

(ii) a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score of at least 123/123/123/123 after April 2015 for international applicants;

OR

(d) a place in a Direct Pathway into this course;

OR

(e) entry via an Indigenous pathway

OR

(f) entry via Oral and Maxillofacial entry pathway for graduates with a BDS, DMD or equivalent, as recognised by UWA.

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

OR

(d) for candidates via the Oral Maxillofacial entry pathway:

(i) a personal statement addressing motivation and relevant clinical experience and training;

(ii) a structured interview;

(iii) two referee reports;

(iv) the intake quota for that year.

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.

MD Progress Rules 2020

[Approved exceptions to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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 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

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

(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.

Approved leave and retention of credit

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

Enrolment.

(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 Requirements

19. Upon entry and during their enrolment students must comply with the Faculty's Infection Control Requirements as appended to the UWA Policies on Admission and Student Enrolment

Apply First Aid Requirements

20. At the time of enrolment students must show first aid competence equivalent to assesment requirements for HLTAID003, valid for no more than three years

Advanced Standing

21.(1) 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.

(2) The Faculty may grant advanced standing of up to 48 points for the successful completion of the Medical Sciences major MEDSC from UWA provided that students commenced this major in 2019 or earlier

(3) Subject to completing other admission requirements, and in recognition of prior learning, students on the Oral Maxilllofacial pathway who have satisfactorily completed a BDS or DMD or approved equivalent, may be granted up to 48 credit points, for relevant units in year 1 of the Doctor of Medicine Course.

Unsatisfactory progress in Elective Placement

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

Short leave

23.(1) Students can apply for short leave in accordance with the course guidebook. Such leave can include compassionate leave, medical leave, personal/other leave.

(2) Providing approval is granted, a student is permitted to take a maximum of 10 University days annually as short leave.

National Police Clearance

24. At admission and annually during enrolment, students must provide a clear current Australian National Police Clearance or equivalent certification.