The Medical Program is comprised of two sequential degrees – the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD). All students selected for entry into the Medical Program will have to complete both the BMedSt and MD to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand with the knowledge, skills and attributes that a doctor requires to safely and effectively practise medicine in today’s complex healthcare environment.
This program is currently only open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa and New Zealand citizens (but not New Zealand permanent residents).ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS The Medical Program^ is comprised of two sequential degrees – the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD). All students selected for entry into the Medical Program^ will have to complete both the BMedSt and MD. Both degrees are awarded at the completion of Year 5. The Medical Program^ commences with the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) which is an undergraduate program and so is open to Year 12 school leavers. The BMedSt is also open to students who have completed an undergraduate program. Enrolments in the program are strictly limited to ensure small class sizes and sufficient clinical placements. As such, entry is extremely competitive. Postgraduate applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria: GPA from a previous university degree completed within the last nine years which must include Year 12 English and Chemistry OR Maths B OR Physics OR an equivalent. Applicants who do not meet these requirements must complete an approved bridging course before their application can be considered. Structured interview ranking. For full entry requirements visit bond.edu.au/medicine. Applicants are selected through a rigorous assessment process based on outstanding academic achievement, in combination with a demonstrated ability to achieve graduate outcomes of knowledge and critical thinking, leadership, initiative and teamwork, communication skills, responsibility, ethical decision-making skills, motivation and non-verbal reasoning. Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview in person at Bond University, where their general suitability to medicine and preparedness to undertake a highly demanding course will be examined. Applicants will be interviewed by individuals from medical and non-medical backgrounds who are trained in entry-style medicine interviews.APPLICATION PROCESS Applications must be lodged through QTAC (www.qtac.edu.au) and should include all required documentation, providing evidence of your Year 12 subject results in English and Chemistry OR Maths B OR Physics OR an equivalent. Bond University will determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance. Bond University will invite short-listed applicants to attend an on-campus interview. DESCRIPTION The Medical Program^ is comprised of two sequential degrees – the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD). All students selected for entry into the Medical Program^ will have to complete both the BMedSt and MD to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand. Both degrees are awarded at the completion of Year 5. The Medical Program^ is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes that a doctor requires to safely and effectively practise medicine in today’s complex healthcare environment. The Medical Program^ is distinguished by its strong educational focus on case-based learning, evidence based medicine and integrated clinical practice. Due to small class sizes, students learn in a highly personalised environment with state-of-the-art equipment. Students benefit from a variety of teaching and learning systems, including case-based small group tutorials, problem-based learning, practical classes, clinical skills and laboratory training, self-directed learning, web-based and e-learning, interactive seminars and lectures. This contemporary approach to medical education ensures that learning relates directly to patient care and prepares graduates to assume a high level of responsibility. The Medical Program^ is comprised of 14 semesters total over the two sequential degrees, or equivalent to 7 standard academic years in duration. However, with Bond’s three semesters-per-year timetable and intensive clinical training periods, the Medical Program^ is completed in just 4 years and 8 months, with graduates then eligible to apply for hospital internships.PROGRAM STRUCTURE*BACHELOR 0F MEDICAL STUDIESYEARS 1 – 3 “THE PRE-CLINICAL YEARS” In the first two years (5 semesters) in the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) learning and teaching occurs mainly in small group sessions comprised of interactive cases through problem-based learning, as well as clinical skills laboratories, simulation activities, community and clinical placements and a cultural immersion experience.The program extensively uses a problem-based learning (PBL) approach, where each week introduces a clinical case around which the learning is integrated. In the third year, students are located at the University Clinical Education and Research Centre at Robina Hospital. This enables students to have a full additional year immersed in the clinical environment and acts as an excellent transition from the campus based learning to the full immersion in the workplace in the MD component of the Medical Program^. Year 1 2 semesters Year 1 commences with the molecular and cellular foundations of life and then guides learning through the first cycle of the body systems, arranged in generations. This cycle focuses on: Introducing the structure and function of discrete organs Psychological basis of normal human behaviour Sociological basis of the behaviours of populations The foundations of an effective practitioner are explored through an introduction to conducting effective observations of people both healthy and ill. This involves the beginning of the development of the understanding of and the skills involved in effective interpersonal communication, group work and collaborative learning. Collectively, integrated learning opportunities provide the foundations of: Awareness of the roles of the doctor and healthcare system The impact of illness on the patient, their family and society The ethical basis of patient-centred health care Year 1 also includes an Indigenous focus, with a cultural immersion experience occurring in Semester 2 as part of Bond’s innovative Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health curriculum.Year 2 3 semesters Year 2 is framed around a second cycle through the body systems and focuses on: Relationships between structure and function, building complexity into an integrative systems focus Mechanisms of disease and infectious organisms Normal compensatory mechanisms for restoring normal function Knowledge of psychosocial frameworks is deepened and broadened to explore the varied responses of individuals, groups, populations and cultures to disease as well as the exploration of psychosocial factors that contribute to disease and impact on patient healthcare, highlighting the complexities of health inequities. The foundation knowledge and skills of a competent practitioner continue with a focus on history taking and physical examination of discrete systems. The ethical complexities of health care are then further explored inclusive of the legal framework for provision of health care and placements in health care settings will provide the context for introducing healthcare systems.Year 3 3 semesters In Year 3, the format of learning changes from facilitator guided, problem-based learning to clinician lead, case-based learning. Bond has developed the Bond Virtual Hospital © which is a virtual clinical learning environment where students work in small groups to diagnose and manage a range of clinical cases. At both the University campus and the Clinical Education and Research Centre, Bond has an accredited, advanced simulation facility that provides an authentic context to the procedural and clinical skills that students acquire in preparation for their clinical work in the final two years of the program. Over the course of the year, students complete clinical rotations which mirror where they will be placed in the final two years of the curriculum. The rotations include General Practice, Medicine, Surgery, Mental Health, Child Health, Women’s Health, Emergency and Critical Care. Students are also exposed to the clinical sciences of pathology and pharmacology and learn the principles of medical imaging. The Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice is the leading research centre at Bond University. Research activity is focused on understanding the gaps between research evidence and its application to practice. In Year 3, students will have the opportunity to complete a course through this centre. They will learn from academics of international standing, and gain first-class skills in assessing evidence in medical practice. In addition, students complete research modules and written assessments that provide them with the foundation skills they need to complete their project requirements for the MD. Please be aware that due to placement opportunities, the length of semesters may vary compared to the standard Bond academic calendar.OUTCOMES Completion of Years 1 – 3 fulfils the requirements of the Bachelor of Medical Studies and enables students to transition into the Doctor of Medicine, which comprises the final two years of the Medical Program^.DOCTOR OF MEDICINE YEARS 4 – 5 “THE CLINICAL YEARS” The Doctor of Medicine (MD) component is an Extended Masters level program and is undertaken through clinical rotations in hospital and community healthcare settings, as well as face-to face teaching at timetabled education sessions. During this time, students undertake a research or professional project, or a capstone experience and prepare a portfolio of their work. Year 4 3 semesters Year 4 includes rotations through the following clinical disciplines: Child Health Medicine Mental Health Surgery Women’s Health In Training Assessment (ITA) is conducted throughout the year as well as end of year Written Assessment and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Students also collect the outcomes of their work in a portfolio. Students will also plan their MD project, which will be undertaken in Year 5. The project involves a program of structured learning with independent or group research and practice based learning. Students will be able to select one of three options: A research-based project A capstone experience A professionally focused project. Please be aware that due to placement opportunities, the length of semesters may vary compared to the standard Bond academic calendar. Year 5 3 semesters Year 5 includes rotations through the following clinical disciplines: Emergency Medicine General Practice Critical Care / Anaesthetics / Orthopaedics Selective (Students have the opportunity to select an area of sub-specialty interest) Elective / pre-internship rotation (Students have another opportunity to undertake further clinical placements either in Australia or overseas, which can be their final capstone experience). In Training Assessment (ITA) is conducted throughout the year as well as end-of-year Written Assessment and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Students also submit their final portfolio at the end-of-year for points accrual. Students will also complete their MD project during their elective or selective, which is either a research or professional project, or a capstone experience. The project will culminate in the submission of a final report and presentation at the end-of-year conference. Please be aware that due to placement opportunities, the length of semesters may vary compared to the standard Bond academic calendar.PROFESSIONAL OUTCOMES Graduates of the sequential degrees (BMedSt and MD) will have the appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills to function effectively as interns in Australian hospitals and will be ideally positioned to undergo further training in any of the Australasian specialty colleges. Our previous Medical graduates have secured internships in hospitals across Australia and New Zealand.PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION The Bond Medical Program^ (Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine) is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) ensuring that it meets or exceeds the agreed national guidelines for medical education. Upon successful completion of the two sequential degrees in the Medical Program^, graduates are eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand.BOND UNIVERSITY BACHELOR OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE PATHWAY Students eligible to graduate from the Bond University Bachelor of Biomedical Science in the Pre-Health Professional major meeting the minimum required GPA will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) component of the Medical Program^. The selection process will be based on GPA, performance on GAMSAT and an interview with offers made once results and final GPA become available. Up to 5 places in Year 2 will be reserved for the Bond Biomedical Science (Pre-Health Professional major) graduates. Please note current Medical Program^ requirements still apply.^The Medical Program is comprised of two sequential degrees – the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD). All students selected for entry into the Medical Program^ will have to complete both the BMedSt and MD to be eligible for registration as a Medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand. Both degrees are awarded at the completion of Year 5.