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Become a Doctor with Bond University's Medical Program*

Join the Dean of Medicine in the upcoming Medical Program Webinar, December 13, 2018 - Register now

The Medical Program 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 first of Bonds 2-part Medical Program (the Bachelor of Medical Studies), is distinguished by its strong educational focus on problem-based learning, interactive workshops and clinical simulation. With small class sizes, students learn in a highly personalised environment with state-of-the-art equipment.

The second of Bonds 2-part Medical Program (the Doctor of Medicine) must be completed for students to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand. The MD is distinguished by its strong focus on evidence-based medicine and integrated clinical practice. Due to Bonds tri-semester structure, graduating students will have the advantage of entering the workforce as a Doctor in only 14 semesters. Show more

Join the Dean of Medicine in the upcoming Medical Program Webinar, December 13, 2018 - Register now

The Medical Program 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 first of Bonds 2-part Medical Program (the Bachelor of Medical Studies), is distinguished by its strong educational focus on problem-based learning, interactive workshops and clinical simulation. With small class sizes, students learn in a highly personalised environment with state-of-the-art equipment.

The second of Bonds 2-part Medical Program (the Doctor of Medicine) must be completed for students to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand. The MD is distinguished by its strong focus on evidence-based medicine and integrated clinical practice. Due to Bonds tri-semester structure, graduating students will have the advantage of entering the workforce as a Doctor in only 14 semesters.

The Medical Program focuses heavily on student placement within clinical sites domestically located close to the Bond Main Campus. Students gain extended exposure to areas such as child health, medicine, mental health, surgery and women's heath during their time on placement throughout the program.

Vision:
The Bond University Medical Program offers students opportunities to bring to life their ambitions to become outstanding practitioners, thinkers and leaders, well equipped to deliver evidenced-based, patient centred health care that meets the needs of a diverse community.

Mission:
The Bond University Medical Program prepares practitioners with the attributes required for guiding health care into the future.

Students are exposed to the amazing opportunities and responsibilities that are part of medical careers. They are challenged to master and apply the biomedical, behavioural and social sciences that build the foundation for contemporary medical practice. Graduates are fully prepared to commence internship in Australia or New Zealand, with the critical thinking skills required to interpret and expand the evidence base for practice.

The Bond University medical graduates demonstrate a commitment to care for themselves, their colleagues and all groups in the community. They demonstrate the clinical, interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills to deliver high quality health care outcomes. Show less

Become a Doctor in four years and eight months

The Medical Program focuses heavily on student placement within clinical sites domestically located close to the Bond Main Campus. Students gain extended exposure to areas such as child health, medicine, mental health, surgery and women's heath during their time on placement throughout the program.

Vision:
The Bond University Medical Program offers students opportunities to bring to life their ambitions to become outstanding practitioners, thinkers and leaders, well equipped to deliver evidenced-based, patient centred health care that meets the needs of a diverse community.

Mission:
The Bond University Medical Program prepares practitioners with the attributes required for guiding health care into the future.

Students are exposed to the amazing opportunities and responsibilities that are part of medical careers. They are challenged to master and apply the biomedical, behavioural and social sciences that build the foundation for contemporary medical practice. Graduates are fully prepared to commence internship in Australia or New Zealand, with the critical thinking skills required to interpret and expand the evidence base for practice.

The Bond University medical graduates demonstrate a commitment to care for themselves, their colleagues and all groups in the community. They demonstrate the clinical, interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills to deliver high quality health care outcomes.

Key features

  • The shortest pathway to becoming a Doctor in Australia
  • Volunteer and gain support through multiple Medical Student Societies
  • Students benefit from small class sizes meaning a more personalised experience
  • Gain extended exposure to basic clinical specialties through a number of placements
  • Students completing the medical program will be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand
 

Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt)

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.  Show more

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. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration2 years 8 months (8 semesters)
Starting semestersPlease see important dates and deadlines.
Program typeBachelors Degree
Study areaMedicine
Program codeCC-60026
CRICOS code087932C
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]
 

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is the second of two sequential degrees at Bond University that must be completed in order to be eligible to practise medicine. This program is not available as a standalone program. All students must complete the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) at Bond University to progress into the MD. The Doctor of Medicine is a Masters Extended program, located at level 9 of the Australian Qualifications Framework. Show more

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is the second of two sequential degrees at Bond University that must be completed in order to be eligible to practise medicine. This program is not available as a standalone program. All students must complete the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) at Bond University to progress into the MD. The Doctor of Medicine is a Masters Extended program, located at level 9 of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

All students must complete both the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) 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 Year 5.

The Doctor of Medicine is designed to equip graduates with the 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 Doctor of Medicine comprises 6 semesters of study delivered over 2 years. (It is preceded by the Bachelor of Medical Studies, comprised of 8 semesters delivered over 2 years and 8 months). 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. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration2 years (6 semesters)
Starting semestersPlease see important dates and deadlines.
Program typeMasters Extended
Study areaMedicine
Program codeCC-63048
CRICOS code087933B
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]
 

About the program

English (Qld Certificate of Education four semesters at least sound achievement or equivalent) (applicable to Undergraduate applicants only)

Plus one of:

  • Chemistry (Qld Certificate of Education four semesters at least sound achievement or equivalent)  or successful completion of any first year or greater Chemistry subject undertaken at a minimum of Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 7 from a recognised provider; or
  • Maths B (Qld Certificate of Education four semesters at least sound achievement or equivalent) or successful completion of any first year or greater Mathematics subject undertaken at a minimum of AQF Level 7 from a recognised provider; or
  • Physics (Qld Certificate of Education four semesters at least sound achievement or equivalent) or successful completion of any first year or greater Physics subject undertaken at a minimum of AQF Level 7 from a recognised provider.

AQF levels are an indication of the relative complexity and/or depth of achievement and the autonomy required to demonstrate that achievement.  AQF level 1 has the lowest complexity and AQF level 10 has the highest complexity.  AQF Level 7 is an Australian Bachelor Degree. Conceded passes may not be used to satisfy subject prerequisites. Applicants who are unable to satisfy the above prerequisite requirements will be required to:

  • Successfully complete an approved bridging or preparatory programs; and
  • Be able to produce documentary evidence to QTAC by the time applications close for the relevant application period.

Please refer to the tables below for a list of bridging and preparatory programs for each of the subjects listed above that have been approved by the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine for the Bachelor of Medical Studies. The following information will be updated from 15 May to 15 December each year for the following year’s Bachelor of Medical Studies intake. After 15 December, no new bridging and preparatory programs will be added as approved subject prerequisite equivalencies for assessment in the following year’s intake.

Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt)

The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) is open to Year 12 school leavers and to students who have started or completed an undergraduate program, with a competitive ATAR/OP or GPA. Bond University will be offering 80% of total places to undergraduate applicants and 20% of total places to graduate applicants.

For entry into the Medical Program, the following definitions apply:

  • Undergraduate – An applicant who has completed High School Senior Certificate (equivalent to Queensland Year 12) with, or without, incomplete tertiary studies.
  • Graduate – An applicant who has completed a bachelor degree.

Enrolments in the program are strictly limited to ensure small class sizes and sufficient clinical placements. As such, entry is extremely competitive.

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 via graduate entry, and to international students.

Please note that psychometric testing has now been included as part of the selection process from the 2018 intake for the Medical program. For more information regarding entry requirements visit the Entry requirements page.

Doctor of Medicine

Entry into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is only via the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) program at Bond University.

For more information regarding entry requirements visit the Entry requirements page.

Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

Applicant TypeAcademic Results*Subject PrerequisitesInterviewPsychometric Testing
UndergraduateYesYesYesYes
GraduateYesYesYesYes

*Unless otherwise stated, the qualification/s used for assessment must have been undertaken within nine years immediately preceding the close of applications for the relevant application period.

Enrolments in the program are strictly limited to ensure small class sizes and sufficient clinical placements. As such, entry is extremely competitive; therefore, applicants are selected through a rigorous assessment process:

Step 1: Academic Assessment

Students will be assessed on their prior academic record through their application on QTAC. Approximately 50% of applicants will be invited to complete Step 2 of the admissions process. 

Step 2: Psychometric Test

From 2018, the Medical program will introduce a step in the selection process: Psychometric testing. Approximately 50% of applicants will be offered the opportunity to complete an online psychometric test based on their academic achievement. This test will incur a fee, to be paid by the applicant direct to the test provider.

Step 3: Interview

The results of the psychometric test will determine eligibility for being offered an interview as the next step of the assessment process. Interviews will be held in person at Bond University on the Gold Coast, where their general suitability to medicine and preparedness to undertake a highly demanding course will be examined in a structured multi mini interview (MMI).

Applicants will be assessed on the following:

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve graduate outcomes of:
    • Knowledge and critical thinking
    • Leadership
    • Initiative and teamwork
    • Communication skills
    • Responsibility
    • Ethical decision-making skills
    • Motivation
    • Non-verbal reasoning.

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).

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.

For more information regarding entry requirements visit the Entry requirements page.

Please note that the Undergraduate Medicine Admission Test (UMAT) and Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) is no longer required for the Medical Program application.

Domestic and international** students eligible to graduate from the following Bond University programs: 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). The selection process will be based on GPA, psychometric testing and an interview. Places in Year 2 of the BMedSt for the graduates of these aforementioned programs are limited and dependent on availability.

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).

Each year, up to 120 domestic and international places can be offered into the Medical Program; 80% places for undergraduate applicants and 20% to graduate applicants.

How to apply: Undergraduate applicants

  1. Applications for 2019 entry must be lodged through QTACwhich opens for Bond University on January 16, 2019, (www.qtac.edu.au) and should include all required documentation, providing evidence of your subject prerequisites.

  2. Applications are via application to QTAC Course Code 020712: The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) 
  3. QTAC will determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance.
  4. Bond University will invite short-listed applicants to undertake psychometric testing and further successful applicants will be asked to attend an on-campus interview.

How to apply: Graduate applicants

  1. Applications must be lodged through QTACwhich opens for Bond University on January 16, 2019, (www.qtac.edu.au) and should include all accompanying documentation, providing evidence of your subject prerequisites.
  2. Applications are via application to QTAC Course Code 020741: The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) (Graduate Entry)
  3. QTAC will determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance.
  4. Bond University will invite short-listed applicants to undertake psychometric testing and further successful applicants will be asked to attend an on-campus interview.

For more information on semester intakes, please go to important dates and deadlines. Please contact QTAC for any questions regarding preferences and/or supporting documentation.

2019 intake

DateDetails

Wednesday 16 January 2019
(9:00am QLD time)

QTAC applications open for the Medical Program* applicants (all Domestic applicants apply through QTAC regardless of where they live – either in Australia or overseas). Applications to the Medical Program* is via application to one of:

  • Undergraduate: 020712: The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD);
  • Graduate: 020741: The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) (Graduate Entry)

Thursday 31 January 2019
(Midnight QLD time)

QTAC applications close to the Medical Program* (Undergraduate and Graduate).

Friday 1 February 2019 
(4:30pm QLD time)

Deadline for all supporting documentation to be provided to QTAC by applicants.

Tuesday 12 February and

Wednesday 13 February 2019 

Testing conducted on-line: open from 9.00am 12 February and closes 9.00pm 13 February 2019 (QLD time).

Tuesday 26 February, Wednesday 27 February and Friday 1 March 2019

Medical Program* interviews coordinated and conducted at the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine.

Friday 8 March 2019

(8:30am QLD time) Round 1 offers released and available from QTAC website. Round 1 offer letters released by Bond University.

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Lapse date for Round 1 offers.

Tuesday 7 May 2019

O-Week commences (compulsory attendance for Medical students).

Domestic enquiries

Office of Future Students
Toll-free: 1800 074 074 (in Australia)
Tel: +61 7 5595 1024 (international)
Email: [email protected]

Enquiries for domestic applicants living overseas

Office of Future Students
Tel: +61 7 5595 1024 
Email: [email protected]

The total program fees for the Medical Program are:

  • Program fees 2019: $27,960 per semester, over 14 semesters

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider. If you are an Australian Citizen, a holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, permanent visa holder of New Zealand citizen, you may be eligible for assistance under the Australian Government program called FEE-HELP.

Bond University does not offer scholarships for the Bachelor of Medical Studies or Doctor of Medicine. All students of the Bachelor of Medical Studies can apply for external scholarships during their first year.

Student numbers are strictly limited and applicant places must be accepted in the year for which they are offered. Successful applicants who are unable to accept their offered place are welcome to re-apply at any future time.

Subject credits are not available for previous studies. For further information, please contact Student Business Centre: [email protected]

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.

Graduates of the Medical Program (BMedSt and MD) will have the appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills to work 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.

As a student in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, as part of your chosen program you may be required to attend clinical placements, which can be scheduled in a range of health facilities in Australia. To be eligible to attend placements, students must satisfy what is referred to as compulsory compliance requirements such as police checks, vaccinations and induction processes. It is therefore essential that students meet the compliance requirements particularly for placement in health facilities in QLD and NSW.

The Compliance requirements schedule outlines the requirements for each Health Sciences & Medicine program.

Your compliance requirements are due in Orientation Week (O-Week) of your first semester to assess your Compulsory Compliance Requirements and associated forms and evidence. Once you have received a letter of offer to the program, you will receive an email from the compliance officer with further details regarding your compulsory compliance requirements. Detailed information including all forms and documentation can be found in the Information Booklet

Students who are unable to provide documented evidence of compliance or who have not otherwise met the requirements by specified deadlines will risk their ability to undertake placements and therefore could be at risk of progressing in the program. There is a significant amount of paperwork to complete and evidence of compliance to gather, thus it is imperative that you begin working through these requirements as soon as possible. 

Please click here or further information.

For a list of approximate associated costs, please see Additional compulsory costs.

If you require clarification or have any question in relation to the information provided or have any compliance questions, please contact the HSM Compliance Officer on [email protected] or +61 7 5595 5825.

Program structure and subjects

The Bachelor of Medical Studies and The Doctor of Medicine are integrated problem-based learning programs built around three themes:

ThemeTitleContent
1Scientist and ScholarBasic and clinically applied science, critical appraisal, research and teaching.
2PractitionerCommunication, consultation, physical examination, procedural skills from simulation to clinical practice.
3Health Advocate and ProfessionalApplying in practice the principles of professionalism, ethics, medico-legal and self care.

These three themes are integrated throughout the programs, 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.

The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt)

Years 1 – 3 “The Preclinical 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.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Years 4 – 5 “The Clinical Years”

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is an Extended Masters Level 9 program and is undertaken through clinical rotations in hospital and community healthcare settings, as well as face-to-face teaching at timetabled education sessions. During this time, students undertake a research or professional project, or a capstone experience and prepare a portfolio of their work.

Year 4 (3 semesters)

Year 4 includes rotations through the following clinical disciplines:

  • Child Health
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Surgery
  • Women’s Health

In Training Assessment (ITA) is conducted throughout the year as well as end of year Written Assessment and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Students also collect the outcomes of their work in a portfolio.  

Students will also plan their MD project, which will be undertaken in Year 5. The project involves a program of structured learning with independent or group research and practice based learning.

Students will be able to select one of three options:

  1. A research-based project
  2. A capstone experience
  3. A professionally focused project.

Please be aware that due to placement opportunities, the length of semesters may vary compared to the standard Bond academic calendar.

Year 5 (3 semesters)

Year 5 includes rotations through the following clinical disciplines:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Critical Care / Anaesthetics / Orthopedics
  • Selective (Students have the opportunity to select an area of sub-specialty interest )
  • Elective/ pre-internship rotation (Students have another opportunity to undertake further clinical placements either in Australia or overseas, which can be their final capstone experience).

In Training Assessment (ITA) is conducted throughout the year as well as end-of-year Written Assessment and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Students also submit their final portfolio at the end-of-year for points accrual.

Students will also complete their MD project during their elective or selective, which is either a research or professional project, or a capstone experience. The project will culminate in the submission of a final report and presentation at the end-of-year conference.

Please be aware that due to placement opportunities, the length of semesters may vary compared to the standard Bond University academic calendar.

*Subject names and structure may change.

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