MD Program

We offer a variety of clinical training opportunities within Australia and internationally. Our yearly intake is approximately 470 students, comprising of around 280 domestic students, 80 onshore international students and approximately 110 students in the Ochsner cohort.

World rankings

We are ranked highly both nationally and internationally, recognised as one of four world class Medical Schools in Australia. In the 2018 Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings, UQ was placed in the 76-100 band for Clinical Medicine. UQ was also ranked 52nd in the subject of Clinical, pre-clinical and health according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, and 30th in the subject of Life Science and Medicine according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

Integrated case-based training

Working in partnership with a dedicated community of scholars, clinicians and stakeholder groups both domestically and internationally, we promote excellence in medical education by providing integrated case-based training for student doctors. Designed to produce doctors who are able to meet today’s medical challenges, our curriculum has been planned to capture the enthusiasm of our entrants and help them develop into highly-skilled medical graduates capable of entering the wide variety of career options open to them.

Our program

Our aim is to provide a medical program which will develop in its graduates, a life-long commitment to continuing education with enhanced critical reasoning and communication skills, a highly developed awareness of their ethical and professional responsibilities to individual patients and to the community, skills to cope with the challenges of medicine, both technical and humanistic, and an ability to contribute to the continuing evolution of medical knowledge.

Our four year MD program is divided into Phase 1, consisting of Years 1 and 2, and Phase 2, consisting of Years 3 and 4.

The MD program commences with a one pass spiral of system modules culminating in an integrated presentations based semester 4 at the end of Phase 1. Case-based learning (CBL) is a key component of Phase 1 of our MD Program. Students work co-operatively in small groups with a tutor. Each group examines a carefully planned series of cases, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact and clinical reasoning are incorporated to develop high levels of clinical skills and medical knowledge.

The presentations based focus is designed to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills in preparation for the Phase 2 applied and clinical practice courses.