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.
During the early years of the course, the basic medical and behavioural sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and sociology) are introduced 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.
In the second year, the students also participate in community based program placements where they spend time working in a community setting with clients of welfare agencies. They also spend time in our rural site at Segamat.
In the third year, the students will study integrated medicine and surgery, which will be taught together with a series of problem-based learning sessions and bedside 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.
The fourth year will be taken up with core clinical rotations in women’s and children’s health, general practice, and psychological medicine.
The fifth year of the course will be structured as a series of pre-intern placements and electives, 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 students will be trained in clinical settings in Australia. Students 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.