The Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) course
is a four-year program. Four themes are visible throughout the course
- Knowledge of Health and Illness - the biological and behavioural sciences underpinning the practice of medicine;
- Doctor and Patient - the clinical skills required to practice medicine;
- Doctors, Peoples Cultures and Institutions - a broad theme which includes biostatistics and epidemiology, population and public health, health systems and the effect of culture on health, particularly Indigenous health;
- Ethics, Law and Professional Development - the ethical, professional and legal basis of medical practice.
Problem-based learning is the predominant learning method in years one and two while years
three and four will focus on learning as part of health teams in
Years 1 and 2
Students are based at the University's Geelong Campus at Waurn
Ponds for the first two years. Problem-based learning is the
predominant learning method supplemented by lectures,
practical classes and clinical experience in clinical skills laboratories,
hospitals and other health services in the Geelong region. Clinical
placements commence early in year one. At the end of year two
clinical skills will be consolidated by a 'Transition to Clinical
Practice' rotation in preparation for years three and four.
During year three most students will undergo intensive clinical
training within health services attached to one of three Clinical
Schools in Western Victoria: Greater Green Triangle Rural Clinical
School (Warrnambool area), Grampians Rural Clinical School (Ballarat
area), Greater Geelong Regional Clinical School and Eastern Health Clinical School (Box Hill). Clinical
education will be coordinated through a series of
placements in hospitals, health services and ambulatory settings,
including general practices. Online delivery of most curriculum materials
will ensure that students working away from major centres are well
A cohort of students will spend all of third year attached to a
regional general practice where they will complete a 'parallel rural
community curriculum'. There students will complete the same curriculum and will sit the same assessment as
those studying in hospital settings.
In the first half of Year 4, students rotate through rotations in Emergency Medicine; Aged Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care; General Practice; and Critical Care (Intensive care and Anaesthetics). The major exit exam is conducted in the middle of the year, followed by a pre-internship 'selective' in a regional hospital, a 'selective' in an ambulatory setting and an elective which can be taken in Australia or overseas.
On completion of an Australian medical degree, all graduates are required to undertake one year of pre-registration training as interns at accredited hospitals. Graduates who satisfactorily complete the intern year are registered to practice in Australia and New Zealand.
The Medical School is collaborating with regional hospitals and the
Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria to expand the number of
accredited intern and resident training posts in Western
Victoria. The School will also work with Specialty Colleges to expand specialty training in the region.