The Discipline of Medicine is headed by Professor Darrell Crawford and encompasses teaching and research in all aspects of Medicine. This includes the various internal body systems, such as haematology, cardiology, endocrinology, geriatric medicine, gastroenterology, renal medicine, clinical pharmacology, respiratory medicine, general medicine, rheumatology, neurology, and immunology. The Discipline's Academic staff members are involved in education, patient care, research, and community service.

All of the Discipline's teaching staff are medical specialists and have concurrent Queensland Health appointments in hospitals, many as Directors of their specialty in the hospitals in which they work.

Location and Facilities

The Discipline has a presence within the following hospitals: RBWH, TPCH, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Nambour, PAH, Redlands, QEII, Mater, Greenslopes, Ipswich, Wesley, St Andrews, Ipswich, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Rockhampton and Ochsner.

Specialties 1 has a presence within the following hospitals: RBWH, TPCH, Nambour, Redcliffe, PAH, Greenslopes, Mater, Wesley, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Ochsner.

​The Discipline of Medicine offers a wide variety of research opportunities for staff and students, delivered in partnership with University Institutes and generally managed though our network of Clinical Schools. These opportunities range from development of novel teaching methods, through clinical trials and epidemiology, to health services research and basic laboratory science.  Students are actively encouraged to seek research advice from senior clinical or academic staff and to actively participate in research in Internal Medicine and its subspecialties.

Teaching Activities

Undergraduate (MBBS Program)

The Discipline of Medicine teaches Internal Medicine (i.e. Immunology, Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Neurology, Endocrinology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Haematology, Clinical Pharmacology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology) to students undertaking the MBBS program. While Discipline staff members are actively involved in all years of the 4-year graduate MBBS Program, most of our teaching is to those students in Phase 2 of that program.


Our teaching and research academic staff members are heavily involved with the supervision of Higher Degree by Research (PhD and MPhil) students and currently supervise approximately 130 Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students.

Study topics range from pure laboratory science to fully clinical studies. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds, including graduates from Science, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Nursing, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Arts, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, as well as, of course, Medicine.

Research Activities

Research is conducted in clinical and laboratory settings over a diverse range of topics, reflecting the specialty teaching areas covered by the staff of the Discipline of Medicine. Because the clinical staff of the Discipline are involved with patient care in the Hospitals, this ensures that their laboratory-based research programs have clinical relevance.

A small selection of our research fields is

  • Immunology (including Neuroimmunology)
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Cancer Research
  • Endocrinology & Metabolic Research
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Experimental Haematology
  • Pharmacology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology

Away Placements 2019-2021

Guidelines for Medical Specailties

Students undertaking Medical Specailties in 2019-2021 are able to undertake a self-arranged placement at a location other than a UQ Clinical Unit (i.e. interstate or overseas) as either 1 x 6 week block, or 1 x 4 week and 1 x 2 week block. It is not recommended that students split their placements between an external site and UQ.

Students will need to apply to undertake your placement at a non-UQ site no later than 12 weeks prior to the commencement of your placement, to allow time for the relevant academic and administrative approvals. To apply please follow the instructions on the Faculty of Medicine webpage.

Domestic and International Onshore Students may also apply to undertake their Medical Specialties at the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans (NB. The Ochsner Clinical School is a UQ site and therefore undertaking a clinical placement at Ochsner is not considered to be an away placement). It is important to note that priority will be given to students who:

  • Are committed to practising medicine in the United States or Canada (e.g. have been approved, have applied, or expect to apply to undertake medical licensing examinations), or
  • Have applied to undertake their elective placement at the OCS.

Important to note: 

  • Students can ONLY apply for blocks that correlate with their allocated placement pathway


Discipline Coordinator

Dr Michael Perera
Course Coordinator