Course outline

The curriculum is designed as an integrated program incorporating four themes, within which semester-long units are taught by staff from a range of disciplines across the school, in an interdisciplinary fashion.

Year One

You will be introduced to, the basic medical and behavioural sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and sociology) within inter-disciplinary units. In all of these units, there will be a major focus on clinical issues through problem-based cases and visits to clinical sites.

Year Two

You will continue to learn the basic medical and behavioural sciences, while in community placements where you will work in community settings with clients of welfare agencies. You will also spend time in the hospital and clinics at Segamat.

Year Three

You will study integrated medicine and surgery, which will be taught via a series of problem-based learning and bedside teaching sessions in clinical settings. In addition, an on-line research methods module will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake scholarly intensive projects.

Year Four

You will be engaged with core clinical rotations in women’s and children’s health and general practice, and psychological medicine.

Year Five

Your final year will be structured as a series of pre-intern placements, where students will have the opportunity to complete their degree by gaining wider experience in important disciplines and specific areas of interest through a range of urban, rural and overseas settings.

The entire Medicine course is completed in Malaysia, with the exception of three months in the final year of the program, where you will be in clinical settings in Australia. You are allowed to undertake additional components of Years Two, Three, Four and Five in Australia, subject to the availability of clinical places.

Monash MD has three additional components in the curriculum focusing on enhancement of critical thinking, research competence and patient safety.

The three components that have been added are:

I) A research methods module in Year 3

II) An upgraded patient safety module in Year 5

III) A scholarly intensive research project in Year 5.

The research methods module will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake their scholarly intensive projects. The patient safety module will enhance students' understanding of the principles of Patient Safety and the related clinical competencies. The scholarly intensive research unit will provide students with the opportunity to be engaged in activities and tasks which contribute to a research study or an issue of professional practice.