Program structure

Program structure

Early years of the program integrate clinical, scientific, professional and cultural learning around cases, with patient-centred care central to all learning. Later years provide rich clinical learning opportunities with our Australian and international partners.

Each year of the Macquarie MD’s four-year Extended Masters program (AQF Level 9) builds on previous years but has a distinct focus.

Year 1

Foundations of medical practice

Year 1 equips you with foundational knowledge and skills that will be developed across the program.

  • You’ll study applied medical sciences, which integrates key science disciplines and clinical practice. Learning is focused on foundation themes and body systems and consolidated through a weekly case-based colloquium.
  • You’ll begin to develop your clinical and consultation skills using state-of-the-art simulation equipment.
  • You’ll co-learn with Doctor of Physiotherapy students across two units. This invaluable interprofessional experience will focus on the social aspects of health, evidence-based practice, Indigenous health and professionalism.
  • Ongoing programmatic assessment

Foundations of
Medical Practice

  • 18 weeks
  • 60 students
  • Location - Australia

Units

  • Applied Medical Science 1
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Evidence-Based and Interprofessional Healthcare 1

Integrating themes

  • Human Body
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Gastrointestinal & Metabolism
  • Endocrine & Reproduction

Break

Foundations of
Medical Practice

  • 18 weeks
  • 60 students
  • Location - Australia

Units

  • Applied Medical Science 2
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Evidence-Based and Interprofessional Healthcare 2

Integrating themes

  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Renal & Urology
  • Nervous & Sensory
  • Cancer & Oncology

Break

Year 2

Integrated clinical learning

Year 2 introduces you to real clinical experiences within MQ Health. Your learning will focus on seven clinical programs: Bone and Joint, Cancer, Cardiovascular and Respiratory, Critical Care and Anaesthetics, Neurosciences, Primary Care, Wellbeing and Diagnostics, and Surgery and Gastrointestinal.

  • Weekly cases and scenarios provide the basis for more advanced clinical skill development and a context for the integrated learning of applied clinical, medical and social sciences. 
  • You’ll study patient safety and quality, within the context of critical care.
  • You’ll develop key research skills and finalise the selection of your research project. Your research project will be focused on health systems, patient safety and quality, clinical research or public health.
  • Common longitudinal program & bedside teaching
  • Ongoing programmatic assessment

Break

Primary Care, Wellbeing & Cancer

  • 12 weeks
  • 20 students
  • Location - Australia

Themes

  • Primary Care, Mental Health and Diagnostics
  • Cancer

Musculoskeletal, Neurosciences & Ageing

  • 12 weeks
  • 20 students
  • Location - Australia

Themes

  • Neurosciences
  • Bone and Joint

Break

Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Surgery & Metabolism

  • 12 weeks
  • 20 students
  • Location - Australia

Themes

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory
  • Surgery and Gastrointestinal

Critical care, Patient Safety & Quality, Research

  • 6 weeks
  • 60 students
  • Location - Australia

Themes

  • Critical Care and Anaesthetics
    • Patient Safety in Practice
    • Quality in Healthcare

Break

Year 3

Core clinical placements

Year 3 focuses on clinical experience and training.

  • As part of your clinical training, you’ll spend 24 weeks of the year engaged in clinical placements in Australia and a 21 week block of clinical placements in India. Australian clinical placements will be completed at MQ Health, MindSpot Clinic and public hospitals within the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). Indian clinical placements will be completed in Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad, India.
  • In both countries, you’ll complete placements in medicine, surgery, primary care, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology. Additionally, you’ll complete a four-week placement in mental health in Australia.
  • You’ll discuss and compare your experience with peers in Australia and India through an online ‘community of practice’ and learn about different cultures, diseases and health systems.
  • You’ll work on your research project throughout the year, focusing on an aspect of health systems, patient safety and quality, clinical research or public health.

In years 3 and 4 students will be divided into two cohorts, A and B, for their clinical placements.

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Cohort A

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Core Clinical Placements

  • 24 weeks
  • 30 students
  • Location - Australia
  • Rotations

  • Clinical settings

    • Medicine
    • Surgery
    • Primary Care
    • MQ Health
    • Paediatrics
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD)
  • Mental Health
  • MindSpot, Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD)

Break

Core Clinical Placements

  • 20 weeks
  • 30 students
  • Location - India
  • Rotations

  • Clinical settings

    • Medicine
    • Surgery
    • Primary Care
    • Paediatrics
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Apollo India

Break

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Cohort B

  • Research project
  • Ongoing programmatic assessment

Peer collaboration / Support across setting

Core Clinical Placements

  • 20 weeks
  • 30 students
  • Location - India
  • Rotations

  • Clinical settings

    • Medicine
    • Surgery
    • Primary Care
    • Paediatrics
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Apollo India

Break

Core Clinical Placements

  • 24 weeks
  • 30 students
  • Location - Australia
  • Rotations

  • Clinical settings

    • Medicine
    • Surgery
    • Primary Care
    • MQ Health
    • Paediatrics
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD)
  • Mental Health
  • MindSpot, Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD)

Year 4

Advanced clinical placements

Year 4 consolidates your learning and offers you choice and flexibility.

  • You’ll have the opportunity to complete a number of selective clinical placements and an emergency medicine placement. Your student-initiated elective placement can be within a rural or urban setting anywhere in the world.
  • Selective and elective clinical placements are longer than those in Year 3, adding depth and breadth to your clinical training. Four weeks of built-in breaks can be used for additional student-initiated elective(s) in Australian or international settings or for travel or assessment preparation.
  • Your final year allows you to reflect on your learning across the program and consolidate your knowledge as you prepare for internship.
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Cohort A

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Advanced Clinical Placements

  • 16 weeks
  • 40 students
  • Location - Various
  • Rotations

  • Clinical settings

  • Selective (8 weeks)
  • Apollo India
  • Elective (8 weeks)
  • Various settings (student-initiated)

Advanced Clinical Placements

  • 16 weeks
  • 40 students
  • Location - Australia
  • Rotations

  • Clinical settings

  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD)
  • Selective (4 weeks)
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD), MQ Health, MindSpot
  • Selective (8 weeks)
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD), MQ Health, MindSpot

Break

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Cohort B

  • Research project
  • Ongoing programmatic assessment

Advanced Clinical Placements

  • 16 weeks
  • 20 students
  • Location - Australia
  • Rotations

  • Clinical settings

  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD)
  • Selective (4 weeks)
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD), MQ Health, MindSpot
  • Selective (8 weeks)
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD), MQ Health, MindSpot

Advanced Clinical Placements

  • 16 weeks
  • 20 students
  • Location - Various
  • Rotations

  • Clinical settings

  • Selective (8 weeks)
  • Apollo India
  • Elective (8 weeks)
  • Various settings (student-initiated)

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Macquarie MD program key facts

Duration 4 years
Credit points required for completion 128 credit points
Compulsory international clinical learning experiences Year 3 – 21 weeks
Year 4 – Up to 16 weeks
Indicative annual student intake 40 domestic students
20 international students
Commencing

February 2018

CRICOS Code 095798D

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