Note: This course is not available in 2023.

Course overview

Description

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 six PLACES themes of the program which reflect the roles of a doctor: professional, leader, advocate, clinician, educator and scholar.

The teaching consists of an average of 44 weeks per year over 4 years of the course. The primary focus of the Doctor of Medicine (Global) known as the Global MD, is on primary care, Indigenous and First Nation health and wellness and global healthcare.

The pre-clerkship (pre-clinical) foundational knowledge will be completed at the UWA Medical School.

The first year of the program commences with an introduction to the educational aspects of the course, the formation of professional identity, and team and societal aspects of medicine.

The preparatory science teaching that follows includes the disciplines of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, immunology, genetics, anatomical pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, and population health sciences. This learning is 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. Students will also undertake study in global medicine to understand the challenges and impacts upon the health of individuals and communities at a local, national and global level. Students will have the opportunity to undertake a 3 day cultural immersion and a 2 week global health observership overseas. A longitudinal primary care stream runs throughout the first 4 semesters (Years 1 & 2) at UWA.

In Year 2, students progress their understanding of primary care with the opportunity to integrate foundational knowledge in science, medicine and global health to assist with their transition to the clinical learning environment. Students will have the opportunity to undertake immersions and observerships in rural health and primary care.

The Year 3 clerkships have been chosen to provide the medical student with a broad perspective of disciplines relevant to primary care, capturing both hospital-based and community experiences to amplify their exposure. Students will experience clerkship (clinical) rotations in the disciplines of Internal Medicine, Family & Community Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Ambulatory Medicine, Geriatrics, Palliative Care and Indigenous health (Indian Health Service). The Indian Health Service experience aligns with the mission and vision of the Global MD in exposing its students to the interplay of traditional, cultural and western medical interventions.

The Year 4 curriculum is a full-year experience allowing students to create their own order of experiences while expecting completion of important required rotations. The required rotations are in Emergency Medicine and Neurology, a sub-internship in an area of the student's career interest, a rotation in Indigenous and Native Health care, and a study block for the USMLE Step 2 clinical knowledge (CK). Elective rotations are offered to broaden the student's exposure to their intended career interest, expose the student to health care at a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) site, provide time for completion of a scholarly project, and enable U.S. residency interviews.

Throughout the Year 3 and 4 curricula runs a Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum (LIC) intended to promote the student's exposure to primary care, mental health, scholarship and personal wellness. Built on models established at many other institutions globally, the LIC provides 1 day per week of learning outside of the student's current clerkship or rotation. Each day per week will include a half-day ambulatory clinic and a half-day of protected time for didactive or interactive learning, scholarship and wellness activities. The half-day ambulatory clinic is built on a continuity clinic model, in which the student returns to their clinical preceptor's clinic each week to see patients under that preceptor's mentorship, exploring primary care, preventive care and mental health care and screening techniques with patients whom they can develop long-term treating relationships.

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 residency (U.S) or internship (AUS) as a pre-registration medical practitioner.

Course title
Doctor of Medicine (Global)
Award abbreviation
Doctor of Medicine (Global)
Course code
92850
Course type
Professional practice master's degree
Status
Not available in 2023
Administered by
Medical School
Jointly with
The University of Arizona (UArizona)

Course details

Intake periods
Mid-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 (Global)(Medicine; Teriary Education Courses) is accredited by: Australian Medical Council (AMC); TEQSA.
Standard course duration
4 years
Time limit
10 years
Delivery mode
Internal
Locations offered
Arizona
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Scott McCoombe
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.

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1
Semester 1
S2
Semester 2
SS
summer teaching period
N/A
not available in 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025
*
to be advised

Year 1

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AGMED4101Global Medicine (12 points)
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
Co-requisites
GMED4102 Foundations of Medical Science
And GMED4103 Primary Care 1
10-14 hours per week. Lectures (4-5 hours), small group learning in seminars, tutorials and/or Team-Based Learning (3 hours), online learning (2 hours).
N/AGMED4102Foundations of Medical Science
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
Major(s) 92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
Co-requisites
GMED4101 Global Medicine
And GMED4103 Primary Care 1
3-5 hours per week. Lectures (2-3 hours), laboratories in some weeks (2 hours), online learning (1-2 hours)
N/AGMED4103Primary Care 1
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
Co-requisites
GMED4101 Global Medicine
And GMED4102 Foundations of Medical Science
3-5 hours per week
N/AGMED4201Integrated Medicine 1 (24 points)
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
Co-requisites
GMED4202 Primary Care 2
Incompatibility
IMED3111 Integrated Medical Systems 1
Approximately 24 hours per week, including, lectures 6-8 hrs, seminars 4 hrs, clinical skills workshops 2 hrs, Team-Based Learning workshops 2 hrs, Pathology eLearning and bottles tutorials 2 hrs, labs 2 hrs, online learning 4 hrs.
N/AGMED4202Primary Care 2 (0 points)
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED4103 Primary Care 1
Co-requisites
GMED4201 Integrated Medicine 1
2 hours per week average

Year 2

Take all units (54 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AGMED5301Integrated Medicine 2 (24 points)
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and GMED4201 Integrated Medicine 1
Co-requisites
GMED5302 Primary Care 3
Incompatibility
IMED3112 Integrated Medical Systems 2
Approximately 24 hours per week, including, lectures 6-8 hrs, seminars 4 hrs, clinical skills workshops 2 hrs, Team Based Learning workshops 2 hrs, Pathology eLearning and bottles tutorials 2 hrs, labs 2 hrs, online learning 4 hrs
N/AGMED5302Primary Care 3
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED4202 Primary Care 2
Co-requisites
GMED5301 Integrated Medicine 2
2-3 hours per week averaged over the Semester
N/AGMED5401Integrated Medicine 3 (12 points)
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED5301 Integrated Medicine 2
Co-requisites
GMED5402 Primary Care 4
Approximately 24 hours per week, including, lectures 6-8 hrs, seminars 4 hrs, clinical skills workshops 2 hrs, Team Based Learning workshops 2 hrs, Pathology eLearning and bottles tutorials 2 hrs, labs 2 hrs, online learning 4 hrs.
N/AGMED5402Primary Care 4
Prerequisites
GMED5302 Primary Care 3
Co-requisites
GMED5401 Integrated Medicine 3
2 hours a week
N/AGMED5403Preparation for Medical Practice
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED5401 Integrated Medicine 3
8-10 contact hours per week, and 8-10 of self-directed learning

Year 3

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AGMED5220Medical Practice 1 (24 points)
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED5403 Preparation for Medical Practice
and Successful completion of
USMLE Step 1
N/AGMED5601Medical Practice 2 (18 points)
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
48 points
45 hours per week of clinical contact
N/AGMED5602Scholarly Activity
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED5220 Medical Practice 1
Co-requisites
GMED5601 Medical Practice 2
8 hours per week

Year 4

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AGMED5701Medical Practice 3 (18 points)
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED5601 Medical Practice 2
Co-requisites
GMED5702 Scholarly Activity 2
45 hours per week of clinical contact
N/AGMED5702Scholarly Activity 2
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED5602 Scholarly Activity
Co-requisites
GMED5701 Medical Practice 3
8 hours
N/AGMED5801Medical Practice 4 (12 points)
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED5701 Medical Practice 3
Co-requisites
GMED5802 Scholarly Activity 3
45 hours per week of clinical contact
N/AGMED5802Scholarly Activity 3
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
92850 Doctor of Medicine (Global)
and Successful completion of
GMED5702 Scholarly Activity 2
Co-requisites
GMED5801 Medical Practice 4
8 hours per week
*GMED5803 ( points)None

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

Rules

Note: This course is not available in 2023.

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. 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.

Admission requirements

4.(1) 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 selection 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 and no section less than 50; or

(ii) a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score of at least 500 with no section less than 124;

(2) To be considered to transfer to this course an applicant must have—

(a) met the requirements under rule 4.(1);

and

(b) completed at least 0.5 years at a recognised AMC accredited postgraduate Doctor of Medicine;

and

(c) demonstrate compelling or compassionate grounds for transfer into the program, as recognised by the University.

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 the GPA and GAMSAT/MCAT score, in alignment with the interview quota for the year;

and

(b) the intake quota for that year;

and

(c) a selection score determined by the GAMSAT/MCAT, GPA and interview.

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 the Doctor of Medicine (Global) Progress Rules document governing satisfactory progress in the course and what rules are applied in cases of unsatisfactory progress.

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. 10.(1) The Medical School, 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 Medical School, 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 Medical School, 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 Medical School, 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]
. 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.

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.

Deferrals

13. Applicants are not normally to defer admission to this course and are expected to commence their course in the offered intake only. Applicants seeking admission to an alternative intake must submit a new application for that intake.

Additional rules
Supplementary Assessment

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

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

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

Requirements for Students of Probation

16. 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.

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

17. Students may apply for a period of approved leave in accordance with the University Policy on Enrolment

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

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

18. Students must enrol on a full-time basis unless the School permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances.

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?

19. Students must attend compulsory teaching and other sessions and undertake clinical and practical work as required at the University and at teaching hospitals and other institutions approved by the School.

Infection Control Requirements

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

Apply First Aid Requirements

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

Short leave

22. Students can apply for short leave in accordance with the program guidebook. Such leave can include compassionate leave, medical leave, personal/other leave.

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

National Police Clearance

23. At admission and intermittently during enrolment, students must provide a clear current Australian National Police Clearance or equivalent certification and comply with other mandatory checks and certifications.