Sydney Medical School
|Sydney Medical School|
|Location||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Affiliations||University of Sydney|
Sydney Medical School (SMS) is the graduate medical school of the University of Sydney. On an international level, it is currently ranked among the top 25 clinical, pre-clinical and health institutions by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Established in 1856 as The University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine by Charles Nicholson, a medical graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School, Sydney Medical School is the oldest medical school in Australia. It has a large and diverse faculty to support its missions in education, research, and health care. Each year, it has over 1,100 medical students and 2,000 postgraduate students undertaking coursework and research-training programs.
The Sydney Medical School was established in 1856 as the first medical school in Australia by a group of Edinburgh Medical School trained physicians, Charles Nicholson, Thomas Peter Anderson Stuart and Alexander McCormick.
Sydney Medical Program
Sydney Medical School offers a four-year graduate medical program. Key course features include a hybrid problem-based learning model, early clinical exposure, online learning resources, and a focus on evidence-based medicine, which were modelled on aspects of the New Pathway Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at Harvard Medical School. The curriculum has won numerous teaching awards and is licensed to universities in the UK, South Africa and the Middle East and to other universities in Australia.
First introduced in 1997, the graduate medical program originally led to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) for historical reasons. Since 2014, the MD has replaced the MBBS as the title of the final award conferred by the Sydney Medical Program.
Entry into the Sydney Medical Program is on the basis of a satisfactory grade point average, the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test score, and performance in a multiple mini-interview. Each year's cohort has approximately 300 students enrolled, an appreciable proportion of which are international students.
Undergraduate provisional entry
The School also offers an undergraduate-entry, "combined medicine" pathway, in which a provisional place is held in the Sydney Medical Program for students until they complete one of the following three-year undergraduate degrees at the University:
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Economics
- Bachelor of Medical Science
- Bachelor of Music Studies
- Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
Securing such a place is highly competitive, as only ten to thirty such places are offered each year. Entry is on the basis of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent, and a semi-structured panel interview. For Music Studies-Medicine only, an additional audition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is required.
Since the introduction of this admissions pathway in 2005, the ATAR cut-off or equivalent has consistently been 99.95 (except for Music Studies-Medicine, which has been 99.50), the highest cut-off of any undergraduate-entry program offered in Australia.
In 2009, an alternate pathway consisting of five additional places in Medical Science-Medicine and Science (Advanced)-Medicine was introduced specifically for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) high school graduates.
Postgraduate coursework programs
The School offers a number of postgraduate coursework programs in the following areas:
The School has a very large research base, with its disciplines and affiliated institutes actively engaged in research in both the basic sciences and all major areas of clinical medicine, through six major themes:
- Chronic Disease and Ageing
- Infection and Immunological Conditions
- Neurosciences and Mental Health
- Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
- Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health
Clinical schools and teaching hospitals
- Central Clinical School: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
- Westmead Clinical School: Westmead Hospital
- The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School: Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children
- Concord Clinical School: Concord Repatriation General Hospital
- Nepean Clinical School: Nepean Hospital
- Northern Clinical School: Royal North Shore Hospital
- School of Rural Health: Dubbo Base Hospital and Orange Base Hospital
- Sydney Adventist (SAN) Clinical School: Sydney Adventist Hospital
A number of smaller hospitals also act as teaching hospitals.
- Dr Victor Chang AC - Pioneer of modern heart transplantation
- Dr George Henry Abbott – Surgeon and former Fellow University of Sydney
- Assoc Prof John Carter AO – Endocrinologist and former president Australian Diabetes Society
- Dr Alan Colwell – Former President Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
- Emeritus Prof James de Haseth – Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Georgia
- Prof William Doe – Provost Aga Khan University and former Dean of Medicine University of Birmingham
- Dr Stanley Devenish Meares CBE – Former President Australian Council Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Clinical Professor Greg Fulcher – Head of Research, Clinical Medicine, Kolling Institute of Medical Research
- Prof Peter Green – Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
- Dr Harry Critchley Hinder – Surgeon and Former President of the NSW Branch of the British Medical Association
- Sir Keith Jones – Surgeon and Former President of the Australian Medical Association
- Sir Herbert Maitland – Surgeon
- Sir William Morrow DSO ED – Former President Royal Australasian College of Physicians
- Dr Cecil Purser – Former chairman Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
- Prof Nicholas Saunders AO – Former Vice-Chancellor University of Newcastle and former Dean of Medicine Monash University and Flinders University
- Prof Martin Stockler – Professor of Oncology and Clinical Epidemiology University of Sydney Medical School
- Dr Frank Tidswell – Former Director New South Wales Government Bureau of Microbiology and Director of Pathology at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children
- Emeritus Prof John Turtle AO – Former Kellion Professor of Endocrinology University of Sydney, Co-Founder Australian Diabetes Society and Former president International Diabetes Federation
- Prof Donald Wood-Smith – Professor of Clinical Surgery Columbia University New York
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