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Doctor of Medicine

    • CRICOS Code: 071304G

    The experience

    Overview

    As a Doctor of Medicine student, you will be embarking on a career that suits those with a love of science and a genuine interest in people and what makes them work, physically, psychologically and emotionally.

    More than that, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Melbourne allows you to choose a path that helps people overcome disease and stay healthy – be that by working in community clinics, large hospitals, research teams or a combination of all.

    As one of the world’s leading medical schools, the Melbourne Medical School attracts the highest achieving staff and students. You will learn collaboratively with like-minded peers and be mentored by world-class clinician researchers.

    Day-to-day experience

    The four-year Doctor of Medicine course offers unparalleled variety.

    Clinical learning means that you will gain most of your knowledge ‘at the bedside’, with every patient having a unique story to tell. You’ll spend time in community clinics where most healthcare is delivered, and come to understand the principles of promoting healthy lifestyles, rather than just treating disease. Being immersed in clinical settings – including opportunities to work in rural and remote Australia – maximises your learning.

    Melbourne Medical School is committed to the health and wellbeing of its students, so you’ll be encouraged to look after yourself as well. Healthy doctors are better doctors.

    The School is also committed to scholarship in medicine, so the Doctor of Medicine includes a full semester of research to make it a professional Master degree, giving you skills not just in using research findings, but also in generating your own.

    Learning mode

    Good doctors never stop learning, so the Doctor of Medicine course will provide you with a solid foundation on which to build a lifetime of professional skills. More than just knowing the answer to a patient’s problem, you’ll be taught to understand why it’s happening and what it means to them. What you learn in lectures and tutorials comes alive when you spend time with patients.

    Melbourne’s clinical school structure means that, after one year learning how to interact with patients and understanding the mechanisms behind their illnesses, you will spend the remainder of the course closely engaged with your colleagues in your hospital-based clinical school. This is where you will learn many aspects of medicine, such as talking with patients, examining them and contributing to their care – all with the support of excellent, passionate clinical teachers.

    Opportunities

    The University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Medicine degree is highly regarded around the world. It’s your entry ticket to an endlessly fascinating and meaningful career, be that leading an international research team or caring for patients in a remote corner of Australia. You’re in demand.

    The course is structured to allow you choices in the path you wish to follow, such as pursuing a specific research topic with a committed supervisor and exploring the clinical discipline in which you are most interested.

    Most importantly, you will be given the opportunity to become part of the medical profession, being recognised from the first day of the course as someone with a commitment to high quality healthcare.

    Hear what our students have to say about their experience in the Doctor of Medicine:

    Ruby Loschiavo, Doctor of Medicine, 1st Year (2017)

    What do you like most about the Doctor of Medicine?

    The main aspects of the course that I have enjoyed so far are the interactive and clinical based approaches used to help us learn the basic foundations of medicine. I have also thoroughly enjoyed making friends with like-minded peers and engaging with others to help develop my understanding as well as sharing my passion for clinical science with others.

    What would you like to do after graduating?

    I would like to work as a health care professional in areas of the healthcare system that I believe require more attention and better facilities, I would like to work in public health to contribute to what I believe is a worthy cause and imperative to the continuing health care in Australia.

    Joshua Murray, Doctor of Medicine, 1st Year (2017)

    “I applied under Access Melbourne as a rural student. Being able to study at the University of Melbourne was never something I thought was possible growing up as a kid from the country. The program has given me the opportunity to learn at one of the world’s best universities.”

    Haiying Chen, Doctor of Medicine, 4th Year (2017)

    "It is fascinating to see the science of medicine collide with the art of medicine, at bedsides, clinics, skill labs, and operating theatres."

    Emma is inspired by patients. "Their generosity and resilience motivate me to keep questioning, keep improving and keep working hard. Clinicians who have taught me and mentored me are my role models for their utmost dedication to patient care and continuing pursuit of excellence."

    What have you enjoyed most about the Doctor of Medicine?

    I am very fortunate to have worked with the many talented and inspiring researchers at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Vanderbilt University in the United States, and Centre for Eye Research Australia. I have gained confidence in interacting with people from various backgrounds. Keep an open mind, embrace uncertainties and seize every opportunity.