About the program
The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) is the first of two sequential degrees at Bond University that must be completed in order to be eligible to practise medicine. The Bachelor of Medical Studies is an undergraduate program, located at level 7 of the Australian Qualifications Framework.
The Bachelor of Medical Studies is not available as a standalone program. All students must complete both the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Bond University to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand. Both degrees are awarded at the completion of the MD program.
The Bachelor of Medical Studies is designed to equip graduates with the foundational knowledge, skills and attributes required to safely and effectively practise medicine in today’s complex healthcare environment.
The program is distinguished by its strong educational focus on case-based learning, evidence-based medicine and integrated clinical practice. Due to small class sizes, students learn in a highly personalised environment with state-of-the-art equipment. Students benefit from a variety of teaching and learning systems, including case-based small group tutorials, problem-based learning, practical classes, clinical skills and laboratory training, self-directed learning, web-based and e-learning, interactive seminars and lectures. This contemporary approach to medical education ensures that learning relates directly to patient care and prepares graduates to assume a high level of responsibility.
The Bachelor of Medical Studies comprises 8 semesters delivered over 2 years and 8 months and is followed by the Doctor of Medicine comprised of 6 semesters delivered over 2 years. The two sequential degrees are 14 semesters in total and are equivalent to 7 standard academic years in duration. However, with Bond University’s three semesters-per-year timetable and intensive clinical training periods, these two programs are completed in just 4 years and 8 months, with graduates then eligible to apply for hospital internships.
Graduates of the sequential degrees (BMedSt and MD) will have the appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills to function effectively as interns in Australian hospitals and will be ideally positioned to undergo further training in any of the Australasian specialty colleges.
Our previous Medical graduates have secured internships in hospitals across Australia and New Zealand.
Hospitals (listed alphabetically) include:
- Adelaide (Northern Adelaide Local Health Network)
- Ballarat Health Services, VIC
- Bankstown Hospital, NSW
- Blacktown Hospital, NSW
- Bundaberg Hospital, QLD
- Caboolture Hospital, QLD
- Cairns Base Hospital, QLD
- Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand
- Gold Coast Hospital, QLD
- Goulburn Valley Health, VIC
- Greenslopes Hospital, QLD
- Hornsby Hospital, NSW
- Ipswich Hospital, QLD
- Liverpool Hospital, NSW
- Logan Hospital, QLD
- Mackay Base Hospital, QLD
- Mater Hospital, QLD
- Modbury Hospital, SA
- Mt Isa, QLD
- Nambour Hospital, QLD
- Nepean Hospital, NSW
- Northwest Regional, TAS
- Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD
- Redcliffe Hospital, QLD
- Rockhampton Base Hospital, QLD
- Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA
- Royal Brisbane Hospital, QLD
- Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, QLD
- Royal Perth Hospital, WA
- Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital, WA
- St George Hospital, NSW
- Toowoomba Hospital, QLD
- Townsville Hospital, QLD
- Tweed Hospital, NSW
- Westmead Hospital, NSW
- Wollongong Hospital, NSW
Internship places are assessed by individual states and are separate from universities.
The Bachelor of Medical Studies is an integrated problem-based learning course built around three themes:
|1||Scientist and Scholar||Basic and clinically applied science, critical appraisal, research and teaching.|
|2||Practitioner||Communication, consultation, physical examination, procedural skills from simulation to clinical practice.|
|3||Health Advocate and Professional||Applying in practice the principles of professionalism, ethics, medico-legal and self care.|
These three themes are integrated throughout the program, but with a particular emphasis at different points in the curriculum. Throughout the course, training in clinical and communication skills is provided to ensure students can communicate clearly with patients.
BACHELOR OF MEDICAL STUDIES (BMedSt)
YEARS 1 – 3 “THE PRE-CLINICAL YEARS”
In the first two years (5 semesters) of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt), learning and teaching occurs mainly in small group sessions comprised of interactive cases through problem-based learning, as well as clinical skills laboratories, simulation activities, community and clinical placements and a cultural immersion experience.
The program extensively uses a problem-based learning (PBL) approach, where each week introduces a clinical case around which the learning is integrated.
In the third year, students are located at the Bond University Clinical Education and Research Centre at Robina Hospital. This enables students to have a full additional year immersed in the clinical environment and acts as an excellent transition from the campus based learning to the full immersion in the workplace in the Bond Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.
YEAR 1 (2 semesters)
Year 1 commences with the molecular and cellular foundations of life and then guides learning through the first cycle of the body systems, arranged in generations.
This cycle focuses on:
- Introducing the structure and function of discrete organs
- Psychological basis of normal human behaviour
- Sociological basis of the behaviours of populations
The foundations of an effective practitioner are explored through an introduction to conducting effective observations of people both healthy and ill. This involves the beginning of the development of the understanding of and the skills involved in effective interpersonal communication, group work and collaborative learning.
Collectively, integrated learning opportunities provide the foundations of:
- Awareness of the roles of the doctor and healthcare system
- The impact of illness on the patient, their family and society
- The ethical basis of patient-centred health care
Year 1 also includes an Indigenous focus, with a cultural immersion experience occurring in Semester 2 as part of Bond University’s innovative Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health curriculum.
YEAR 2 (3 semesters)
Year 2 is framed around a second cycle through the body systems and focuses on:
- Relationships between structure and function, building complexity into an integrative systems focus
- Mechanisms of disease and infectious organisms
- Normal compensatory mechanisms for restoring normal function
Knowledge of psychosocial frameworks is deepened and broadened to explore the varied responses of individuals, groups, populations and cultures to disease as well as the exploration of psychosocial factors that contribute to disease and impact on patient healthcare, highlighting the complexities of health inequities.
The foundation knowledge and skills of a competent practitioner continue with a focus on history taking and physical examination of discrete systems. The ethical complexities of health care are then further explored inclusive of the legal framework for provision of health care and placements in health care settings will provide the context for introducing healthcare systems.
YEAR 3 (3 semesters)
In Year 3, the format of learning changes from facilitator guided, problem-based learning to clinician lead, case-based learning. Bond has developed the Bond Virtual Hospital© which is a virtual clinical learning environment where students work in small groups to diagnose and manage a range of clinical cases. During Year 3, students are primarily located at the Bond University Clinical Education and Research Centre at Robina Hospital. This is an advanced simulation facility that provides an authentic context to the procedural and clinical skills that students acquire in preparation for their clinical work in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.
Over the course of the year, students complete clinical rotations which mirror where they will be placed in the final two years of the curriculum. The rotations include General Practice, Medicine, Surgery, Mental Health, Child Health, Women’s Health, Emergency and Critical Care. Students are also exposed to the clinical sciences of pathology and pharmacology and learn the principles of medical imaging.
Bond University also has a leading research centre, the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice. In Year 3, students will have the opportunity to complete a course through this centre. Research activity is focused on understanding the gaps between research evidence and its application to practice. They will learn from academics of international standing, and gain first class skills in assessing evidence in medical practice. In addition, students complete research modules and written assessments that provide them with the foundation skills they need to complete their project requirements for the MD.
Please be aware that due to placement opportunities, the length of semesters may vary compared to the standard Bond academic calendar.
Students who complete the Bachelor of Medical Studies proceed directly into the Doctor of Medicine program.
*Subject names and structure may change.
Entry into the Bachelor of Medical Studies is currently only open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa and New Zealand citizens (but not New Zealand permanent residents).
Domestic and international* students eligible to graduate from the Bond University programs: the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (in the Pre-Health Professional major), the Master of Occupational Therapy, the Doctor of Physiotherapy or the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, meeting the minimum required GPA will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). Currently, this is the only pathway into the Bachelor of Medical Studies available to international students.
The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) is open to Year 12 school leavers and to students who have completed an undergraduate program. Bond University will be offering 80% of total places to undergraduate applicants and 20% of total places to graduate applicants.
Enrolments in the program are strictly limited to ensure small class sizes and sufficient clinical placements. As such, entry is extremely competitive.
For more information regarding entry requirements visit the Entry Requirements Page.
*Domestic and international students eligible to graduate from the Bond University programs: the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (in the Pre-Health Professional major), the Doctor of Physiotherapy or the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, meeting the minimum required GPA will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). The selection process will be based on GPA, completion of GAMSAT and an interview. Places in Year 2 of the BMedSt for the graduates of these aforementioned programs are limited and dependant on availability. Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the BMedStudies
Currently, this is the only pathway into the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine available to international students. Successful students will commence in Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies and will be allowed to progress to the Doctor of Medicine (MD).
Important note for international/overseas students:
Students, including New Zealand citizens, who will not be Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time of enrolment, may not be automatically entitled to registration, internship, and access to a provider number in Australia. Graduates who wish to stay in Australia after graduation must make their own enquiries regarding their situation related to these matters as they lie beyond the control of the University. In Australia, the number of internships is controlled by the Department of Health or Human Services in each state/territory and Australian citizens and permanent residents currently receive priority for internship access. Graduates wishing to register in their home country or graduates wishing to practise medicine in countries other than Australia must contact the professional medical associations in that country to determine requirements to practice. Bond University is not responsible for organising any internship or medical registration of students upon their graduation.
The Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine degrees are accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) ensuring that they meet or exceed the agreed national guidelines for medical education. Upon successful completion of both of the degrees, graduates are eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand.