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high ATAR or OP. For details about entry difficulty at different
institutions, see the ‘How tough is it to get in?’ tables in Section 4.
The excellent employment rate among graduates indicates that
we are far from producing an oversupply of doctors. Indeed, the
growing trend in all health education — and particularly in
medicine — towards rurally focused courses reflects the chronic
undersupply of health professionals in regional areas. The
Australian Medical Association (AMA) recognises this shortage
as a major health issue, particularly in regional and rural
Australia, and has deemed that these communities are overly
reliant on international medical graduates.
Meanwhile, the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the
Medical Board of Australia have finalised the National Intern
Training Accreditation Framework, which is to be implemented
from 2014. The framework will provide national guidelines for the
training of medical interns.
Sandra — Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery
Why did you choose to study
It was something that I had always
been interested in. I felt that medicine
would never get boring as there are
many different fields within medicine
and constant developments in the
field. Having studied biology at school
I knew that I was interested in the sciences and I thought that
medicine would mix the science aspect with the patient
communication and human contact side.
What is the best thing about your course?
I think that the best thing about my course was the clinical
component — my third, fourth and fifth years were all spent in
the hospital, and I think this is where you finally feel like you’re
actually studying medicine. Doing this early on in the course
is important as it teaches you skills that cannot be taught in a
lecture, and you can relate what you are studying to real
cases on the ward.
What is the worst thing about your course?
I think the worst thing was the first year. At the time, first year
feels very irrelevant and it’s hard to see how it relates to
becoming a doctor. Once you get through it, it gets better and
better. Another thing that is hard about my course is the study.
Going into medicine you know that it’s going to require a lot of
hard work, but I didn’t realise just how hard it would be.
What does your course involve?
First and second year involved lectures, tutes and anatomy
pracs where we dissected cadavers to help us learn human
We also had labs and clinical skills classes where we learnt
basic procedures like giving injections and taking blood.
During my years in the hospital, there were still lectures and
tutes given by doctors, but most of the learning comes from
being on the wards and interacting with patients.
Rotations include everything from cardiology, general surgery
and psychiatry to obstetrics and gynecology, paediatrics and
emergency department. In fifth year I have the option to
complete one elective rotation overseas, so I have chosen to
do paediatrics in Peru.
What are your prospects after graduating?
I am hoping to get a job as an intern in one of the Melbourne
hospitals, but the uncertainty is in which hospital. It is getting
more and more competitive each year to get a job at one of
the main tertiary hospitals in Melbourne.
What advice would you give to students considering
It’s important to understand and appreciate that medicine is a
long road that requires years of hard work. Anyone
considering studying medicine must be ready to put in the
hard work and intense study. Students should choose
medicine for the right reasons and have a genuine interest in
the field because without this it will be even harder.
Will you complete further study?
I am hoping to specialise in paediatrics and this will require to
me to sit further exams to get onto the program as well as
possibly require me to do some research in the field.
The student body and graduate ratings
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
Teaching quality Generic skills
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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