Griffith University

Brisbane, Australia

Doctor of Medicine

This degree will help you take your first step on the road to becoming a doctor. Through a combination of problem-based learning, small group practical and clinical skills sessions, plus extensive clinical placements and considerable online support, you will develop the skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to succeed as an intern. As a graduate, you will be caring and competent and have a fundamental understanding of the science of medicine.This degree will help you take your first step on the road to becoming a doctor. Through a combination of problem-based learning, small group practical and clinical skills sessions, plus extensive clinical placements and considerable online support, you will develop the skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to succeed as an intern. As a graduate, you will be caring and competent and have a fundamental understanding of the science of medicine.

You will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. You will take part in extensive clinical placements in healthcare facilities ranging from rural settings through to the Gold Coast University Hospital. You will also develop an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning, and learn how to be resourceful in seeking information and adapting to new technologies.

Provisional entry for school leavers

Provisional entry for current school leavers provides a direct pathway to the MD, guaranteeing you a place in the medical program conditional on your successful completion of Griffith University's Bachelor of Medical Science course and gain a minimum GPA of 5.0 and a pass in the designated Human Skills for Medicine subject.

The entry requirements for the Bachelor of Medical Science are:

  • OP 1 (or equivalent) or entry rank 99 or ATAR 99.80.
  • Queensland Year 12 English (or interstate equivalent)

It is assumed that you will have the following knowledge:

  • Queesland Maths B (or interstate equivalent)
  • One of Biology, Chemistry or Physics

The bachelor of Medical Science course is available in both the Nathan and Gold Coast Campuses, the course is only offered in an accelerated mode and includes trimester 3. There will be no break between semestersw for the duration of the course.

Domestic applicants should apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC).Domestic applicants should apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC).
Domestic applicants from NSW and ACT should apply for admission through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
Note: You will be required to nominate in your QTAC application if you wish to be considered under the Griffith University Rural Priority Access Scheme.

Applications close at the end of December

Griffith University Rural Priority Access Scheme

From 2017, a proportion of the Griffith University medical science intake will be required to be from a rural background RA2-5. Therefore, applicants who meet these criteria will be given priority access to Griffith University Bachelor of Medical Science programs.

Direct Entry for Graduates (GAMSAT pathway)

  • completion of a Bachelor degree or other 'key degree' (see below) achieving an overall GPA of 5.0 or above on a 7-point scale calculated using the Graduate Entry Medical Schools Admission System (GEMSAS) schema.
  • performance in the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) - applicants must achieve a minimum score of 50 in each GAMSAT section.
  • performance in the Griffith University Multi Station Admissions Assessment (GUMSAA).

The GPA will be added to the GAMSAT score (50:50) by converting GPA and GAMSAT to a percentage score in order to rank applicants for selection for GUMSAA.

Note: Applicants are not permitted to defer an offer. Should you be unable to accept an offer, you must re-apply for entry in the following year.

Key Degrees

Applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA of 5.0 in their most recent Bachelor or other key degree. A key degree is a Bachelor degree, Honours degree, Masters (coursework or research) or a PhD.

Applicants are ranked for interview based on selections rank derived from a 50/50 combination of an unweighted GPA (converted to a percentage) and the overall GAMSAT score (also from 100). This combination rank means that a lower GAMSAT score may be offset by a higher GPA and vice versa (within the minimum requirement limits). Applicants are ranked for interview based on selections rank derived from a 50/50 combination of an unweighted GPA (converted to a percentage) and the overall GAMSAT score (also from 100). This combination rank means that a lower GAMSAT score may be offset by a higher GPA and vice versa (within the minimum requirement limits).

Griffith recognises two year accelerated Bachelor degrees or one year conversion degrees for the purposes of admission to Medicine. However, these degrees MUST be complete at the time of application.

For completed Bachelor degrees, the GPA will be calculated using the GEMSAS grading schema and will be calculated over the final three years of full-time study. Applicants who are in the final year of a Bachelor degree at the time of application will have a GPA calculated over all grades available to date.

The GPA for completed Honours degrees will have a final year GPA applied according to the classification awarded (as per the conversion table in this guide). The balance of the GPA calculation will be based on the final two years of the undergraduate degree.

Completed Masters by Research only (where the degree is non-graded) will receive a GPA of 7.0 for the duration of equivalent full-time study up to a maximum of two years. The balance of the GPA calculation will be based on the final one or two years of the undergraduate degree.

Completed Masters by Coursework (or a combination of coursework and research) will have a GPA calculated from the graded components of the program for the duration of equivalent full-time years of study in the program with the balance of the GPA calculation being based on the final one or two years of the undergraduate degree.

Completed PhDs will receive an overall GPA of 7.0.

The key degree must have been completed within 10 years of the projected commencement date. Applicants whose key degree was completed outside the 10 year period are considered for admission if they have completed (with a passing GPA) the equivalent of one year of full time tertiary study within the past 10 years.

Places

There are 150 places in the Doctor of Medicine course, 60 places of which are reserved for students entering the graduate entry medical program from the Bachelor of Medical Science facilitated entry into medicine pathway.

MD/PHD pathway

This pathway will allow a small number of MD students (5 to 10 students) to complete the first two years of the program before commencing two years of full time PhD work in clinical research related to a range of fields such as neuropsychiatry, pathology, neurology, primary health care, health economics, cardiology, indigenous health, medical education and medical ethics. The program will incorporate clinical/bedside teaching plus reintegration to the MD component while they are doing the PhD research project. Candidates would then recommence the normal MD program to complete Medicine 3 and Medicine 4 of the MD whilst completing the PhD part-time. Students will be eligible for PhD scholarships.

Applications for admission are to be submitted to the Dean of Medicine (Head, School of Medicine) during Year 2/Trimester 2 of study in the Doctor of Medicine program. Applicants to the MD/PhDs pathway should have:Applications for admission are to be submitted to the Dean of Medicine (Head, School of Medicine) during Year 2/Trimester 2 of study in the Doctor of Medicine program. Applicants to the MD/PhDs pathway should have:

  • a numerical score equivalent to a Distinction for Year 1 of the MD;
  • approval by the Head of School and satisfying the admission requirements as detailed in the Higher Degree Research policy:
    • a Bachelor degree with first-class Honours or second-class Honours (Division A); or
    • a Masters degree incorporating a significant research component from a recognised institution; or
    • a record of research, such as publication authorship, research employment, or a qualification granted by a professional or other body deemed by the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School, to be of a standard comparable to a Bachelor degree with second-class Honours (Division A). 

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