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The New 5 Year Curriculum

Since 2002 Monash University ’s Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences has been teaching a new 5 year undergraduate medical curriculum.

The curriculum is designed as an integrated structure incorporating four themes:

  • Theme I: Personal and professional development (attributes of the individual doctor)
  • Theme II: Society, population, health and illness (population health and epidemiology)
  • Theme III Foundations of medicine (basic biological and medical knowledge)
  • Theme IV Clinical skills (skills and procedures)

In 1st and 2nd Year the students undertake semester-long units in the basic medical and behavioural sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and sociology). All learning in the disciplines and the Themes is integrated into a weekly teaching case known as PCL (Patient Centred Learning) cases.

Third Year is the first clinical year of teaching and students can choose a full year placement in an urban or rural teaching hospital. The students study integrated medicine and surgery, which is taught together with a series of theoretical and real patient problem-based learning (PBL) sessions.

Fourth Year consists of core clinical rotations in women’s and children’s health and general practice and psychological medicine. Teaching is based around 8 theoretical cases that start simply and build into interdisciplinary extended cases and multiple Directed Learning Activities involving clinical tasks that the students must complete with real patients in the clinical setting.

Fifth Year of the course is structured as a series of electives and selectives, where students extend their knowledge in disciplines and specific areas of interest through a range of metropolitan, rural and overseas settings.