Medical School Name 

The University of Queensland 
Faculty of Medicine, Mayne Medical School
288 Herston Road, Herston, Brisbane, Queensland 4006, Australia

Special programmatic emphases, strengths, mission/goal(s) of the medical school:

Mission

The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Medicine works in partnership with the health system to provide world-class accredited medical education, underpinned by lifelong learning skills, our leading researches, and our contribution to innovative best practice in clinical services. We do this for the benefit of all members of our community in Queensland, Australia, and the world.

Program outline

The curriculum has been designed with an emphasis on problem-based learning and group work. Students work cooperatively on a carefully planned series of patient-centered problems, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact and clinical training develop high levels of clinical skill and medical knowledge.

Special characteristics of the medical school’s educational program

The program’s key features include: the simultaneous learning of basic, clinical, biological and social sciences; the teaching of communication skills; the use of learning approaches that encourage lifelong learning skills; the incorporation of ethics and professional development as an integral part of the program; and the incorporation of information technology and computing skills to ensure that graduates are able to utilize technological advances to improve their learning skills and knowledge acquisition.

Average length of enrollment (initial matriculation to graduation) at the medical school

Four (4) years

Description of the evaluation system used at the medical school

The University of Queensland uses a seven-level Likert-type item system when assessing student performance. In this system, all assessment components are individually appraised according to a set of dimensions and accompanying criteria that describe the core competencies. The seven levels of standards are as follows:

7 – Exemplary/Proficient
6 – Satisfactory
5 – Capable
4 – Adequate
3 – Limited
2 – Rudimentary/unsafe
1 – Unacceptable/very unsafe

The Standards Distribution Rule for the determination of the overall rotation standard takes into account the distribution of standards achieved by a student on the four assessment components.

Medical School requirement for successful completion of USMLE Step 1, 2:

USMLE Step 1: Not required
USMLE Step 2: Not required

Medical School requirements for successful completion of Objective/Observed Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) at medical school:

OSCEs are used for:

  • Final assessment for Year 2;
  • Assessment items in the following clerkships: Medicine; Psychiatry (Mental Health); Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Paediatrics; and
  • Final summative assessment for Year 4.

Utilization of the course, clerkship or elective director’s narrative comments in the composition of the MSPE:

The narrative comments contained in the MSPE can best be described as:

Direct quotations from supervisors, where available, or summaries of supervisor comments.

Utilization by medical school of the AAMC “Guidelines for Medical Schools Regarding Academic Transcripts”:

This medical school is:

Completely in compliance with the Guidelines’ recommendations.

Description of the process by which the MSPE is composed at the medical school (including the number of personnel involved in composition of the MSPE)

The MSPE was composed by the School of Medicine Faculty Administration Team and was verified by the Medical Dean.

Students are permitted to review the MSPE prior to its transmission:

Yes