Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree available at Curtin Medical School is a five-yearundergraduate course. The overall aim of the Curtin Medical School is to graduate doctors who are competent and ready to practice safely and effectively, with care and compassion for patients and their families. Curtin Medical School graduates will have a strong foundation for further medical training and lifelong learning. Throughout the course, students will develop: an understanding of medical and scientific knowledge; communication and clinical skills; skills as a health advocate; an awareness of ethical and professional responsibilities to patients; and strategies to cope with the challenges of medicine. Graduates of the course will be well prepared to begin an internship and pursue further medical training in specialty fields.
Detailed information about the course structure is available through official Curtin pages: http://handbook.curtin.edu.au/courses/32/320344.html
- In the first year of the course, Curtin Medical School students undertake units alongside other health sciences students as well as units specifically for medical students. In the early years of the course, the curriculum focus is upon building a solid foundation of scientific knowledge related to biological, clinical, epidemiological, social, and behavioural sciences. The early years also focus on developing communication skills and clinical skills. In addition, Curtin Medical School students are introduced to medicine in rural and remote settings, and legal and ethical aspects related to the practice of medicine. Throughout the course, students develop knowledge of the human body in health and disease, and an understanding about how this knowledge is applied in clinical practice. In the latter years of the course, Curtin Medical School students will experience clinical placements in a variety of healthcare environments including GP practices and hospitals. Students will gain experience in rural and/or remote healthcare. The Curtin Medical School curriculum emphasises four themes of learning, which continue through the medical course. Scientific Foundations of Medicine: knowledge of the biological, clinical, epidemiological, social and behavioural sciences underpinning medicine and clinical practice, and evidence-based practice. Patient and Doctor: Clinical Practice: the clinical, procedural, and communication skills essential for clinical practice. Health and Illness in Society: knowledge of health systems, and the cultural, socio-economic and physical environment factors that contribute to health, illness, disease and treatment of populations. Professional and Personal Development: commitment to professional values and high quality clinical practice, including ethics, law and working as a member of an inter-professional health care team
- and understanding of the importance of maintaining personal wellbeing. The course requires all students to participate in clinical skills sessions during which they will practice history taking and examination skills on each other (Peer Physical Examination). Peer examination is an essential learning strategy in medicine. Students will be expected to wear appropriate clothing and to occasionally partially disrobe to act as a subject or simulated patient for their peers.
Standard entry requirements
Please refer to https://study.curtin.edu.au/offering/course-ug-bachelor-of-medicine-bachelor-of-surgery--b-mbbsv1/ for further information on entry to this course.
This course is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Curtin will work with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency to ensure all student registrations are completed with the Medical Board of Australia after enrolment. After graduation and before being admitted to full registration as a medical practitioner in Australia, graduates receive provisional registration. Graduates will enter the workforce as an intern and must serve at least 12 months in an approved hospital.
Students who have successfully completed common or shared units in the first year of another health sciences course at Curtin University and have been successful in their application to the medical course may be granted credit transfer for those units.
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