Sydney Medical School

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Sydney Medical School
Sydney Medical School logo.png
Established1856; 164 years ago (1856)
Parent institution
University of Sydney
Head of School and DeanProfessor Cheryl Jones
Location, ,
33°53′17″S 151°11′18″E / 33.888157°S 151.188413°E / -33.888157; 151.188413
Anderson Stuart Building
Sydney Medical School Centenary Medal

The University of Sydney School of Medicine, also known as Sydney Medical School (SMS) is the graduate medical school of the University of Sydney. Established in 1856, it is the first medical school in Australia.[1][2] In 2018, SMS was ranked 18th in the world and second in Australia in the 2018 QS Subject Rankings. On 30 April 2018 Sydney Medical School joined the newly formed Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney

The School has a large and diverse faculty[3] 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.[4]


Sydney Medical School was established in 1856 as The University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine by a group of University of Edinburgh Medical School graduates, Thomas Peter Anderson Stuart, Charles Nicholson and Alexander McCormick.

Sydney Medical Program[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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 medical degree conferred by the Sydney Medical Program.[7]

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.[8]

Undergraduate provisional entry[edit]

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,[9][10] the ATAR cut-off or equivalent has consistently been 99.95 (except for Music Studies-Medicine, which has been 99.50).[9][11][12][13][14] the highest cut-off of any undergraduate-entry program offered in Australia.[15][16]

Research activity[edit]

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:[17]

  • Cancer
  • Chronic Disease and Ageing
  • Infection and Immunological Conditions
  • Neurosciences and Mental Health
  • Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health

Sydney Health Ethics[edit]

Sydney Health Ethics, previously the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM), is an independent centre associated with the School of Public Health in the Sydney Medical School. It has also been associated with the Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science in the Faculty of Science .

The Centre was established in 1995.[18] It is a centre for academic research, for teaching and learning in bioethics and the medical humanities, and for ethical consultation and discussion.[19]

Clinical schools and teaching hospitals[edit]

Sydney Medical School is supported by eight clinical schools, which are based at major teaching hospitals across New South Wales:[4]

A number of smaller hospitals also act as teaching hospitals.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Charles Nicholson". Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Country's oldest medical school". University of Sydney. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Featured academics". University of Sydney. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Sydney Medical School Prospectus" (PDF). University of Sydney. March 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Sefton, Ann Elizabeth Jervie - Sydney Medical School Online Museum and Archive". University of Sydney. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Information for future students". University of Sydney. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  7. ^ "University of Sydney announces new Doctor of Medicine - MD program". University of Sydney. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Medical student demographics". University of Sydney. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Admission Policy Review" (PDF). University of Sydney. 13 September 2009. Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ "A new elite course attracts the cream of school leavers" (PDF). University of Sydney. April 2005. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Academic Board Course Proposal for Commerce–Medicine and Economics–Medicine" (PDF). University of Sydney. 2 April 2008.
  12. ^ "Admission to Science–Medicine". University of Sydney. Archived from the original on 14 March 2006. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Your Guide to Medicine at Sydney Medical School 2012" (PDF). University of Sydney. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  14. ^ "ATAR for the Combined Medicine Program". University of Sydney. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  15. ^ "Academic Board Phase Three Review" (PDF). University of Sydney. June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  16. ^ "All About our ATAR" (PDF). Universities Admissions Centre. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  17. ^ "Radius March 2012" (PDF). University of Sydney. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
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