Deakin University School of Medicine

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Deakin University School of Medicine
Established 2008
Type Public
Students 520
Location Geelong, VIC, Australia
Campus Rural and Regional
Affiliations Deakin University

Deakin University School of Medicine is a medical school of Deakin University based at the Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It offers a four year, graduate-entry, Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree.

On 8 April 2006, the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard announced that Deakin University would host Victoria's third medical school. Under Dr. Crotty, the first cohort of 120 students commenced their BMBS degree on 7 February 2008.[1] These students are expected to graduate at the end of 2011.

The School of Medicine was officially opened on 1 May 2008 by the former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd.[2]

In 2011, there will be 130 Commonwealth Supported Places available (this figure includes 33 Bonded Medical Places and 5 Medical Rural Bonded Scholarships (MRBS).[3] Applicants for these positions must first sit the GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test) in the two years prior to the year in which they wish to commence study, and satisfy other entry requirements such as an interview based on the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process.

The medical course at Deakin will produce doctors who are:

  • knowledgeable, experienced and committed to pursuing a medical career in rural and regional Australia
  • health gain focused and people-centred in their work whilst also recognising the importance of the effective use of resources
  • oriented towards health promotion, prevention, early intervention and chronic disease management
  • committed to work with and empower all people and to demonstrate a strong set of values focused on social justice and professional integrity
  • committed to evidence-based, interdisciplinary and team work approaches to health care, and equipped to continue as lifelong learners
  • able to advance their careers in the medical profession through practice, research, teaching and specialisation
  • a credit to the medical profession and the Australian community that they serve.[4]

Whether the School can deliver this is yet to be demonstrated.[5]

Students' mean age at commencement of year 1 of the course is around 25 each year.[6]

Teaching hospitals[edit]

The first two pre-clinical years of the course are based at the Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds.

In third and fourth years, students are based at clinical schools located at the following teaching hospitals affiliated with the Deakin University School of Medicine:[7]

Deakin University IMMERSe Program[edit]

A cohort of students will spend all of third year attached to a regional general practice where they will complete a 'parallel rural community curriculum' through the Integrated Model of Medical Education in Rural Settings (IMMERSe). Students will cover the same material as those studying in hospital settings. Third year Deakin University medical students in the IMMERSe program are currently hosted in general practices in regional and rural Victorian towns including Bacchus Marsh, Daylesford, Colac, Ararat, Camperdown, Casterton, Horsham, Stawell and Hamilton. Teaching is provided through a combination of face-to-face instruction by general practitioners, clinical skills trainers, visiting medical and surgical specialists, and online lectures and tutorials. A unique aspect of the IMMERSe program is that students perform "parallel consulting" in general practice. This involves having the student consult one-on-one with a patient, then presenting their findings to the supervising doctor. The doctor then completes the consultation with the student observing, giving the student opportunities to develop practical clinical skills such as history taking, physical examination, case presentation and medical management. By placing students in rural general practices rather than major metropolitan hospitals, the aim of IMMERSe is to give students exposure to primary care and country family medicine, with the ultimate objective of encouraging more medical graduates to work in regional Australia, particularly in general practice.

Deakin Medical Students' Association[edit]

MeDUSA, the Deakin Medical Students' Association, was established in 2008 to coincide with the entry of the first cohort of students.


  1. ^ Deakin Medical School - Introduction. accessed 11 March 2010.
  2. ^ Media Release: Deakin Medical School opens to help address rural and regional health care needs. accessed 11 March 2010.
  3. ^ Deakin Medical School - Admissions. accessed 29 November 2010.
  4. ^ Deakin Medical School - Introduction accessed 11 March 2010.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Deakin Medical School - Victoria, Australian Medical Students' Association accessed 8 October 2011.
  7. ^ Deakin Medical School - Locations and Facilities. accessed 11 March 2010.

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