Direct Entry Medicine Course Outline

The Monash School of Medicine Undergraduate Course


The Monash Undergraduate Medical course is a five-year program of study with direct entry from school. Monash Undergraduate Medicine may be undertaken at Monash University Clayton campus or Monash University Malaysia. The first two years are campus based and the final three years are hospital and community based. The course presents a continually expanding level of medical experience, starting in the first semester of the course. In the early years, the basic medical sciences are taught in the context of their relevance to patient care. Later in the course, clinical teaching builds upon and reinforces this strong scientific foundation. An emphasis on clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals, is a feature of the Monash course.

Structure of the Monash School of Medicine Undergraduate Entry Course

Course structure

There are four curriculum themes within the Monash graduate entry Medicine course. These four themes are configured vertically across the four years of the course. They are also horizontally integrated with the year, bound together by the core focus on the doctor/patient interaction.

I. Personal and Professional Development focuses on the personal and professional attributes and qualities needed by students in the medical curriculum and as future medical practitioners. This theme covers elements of professionalism, communication skills, ethics and legal issues, clinical effectiveness, and health and behavioural self-management.

II. Society, Population, Health and Illness focuses on population health, epidemiology and the social, environmental and behavioural contexts of illness and the practice of medicine, including an emphasis on rural and remote Australia. Other elements are built around health promotion, epidemiology, public health, community diversity, population and global health, and a range of other social issues. The history and philosophy of the scientific approach to medicine is included, as are approaches to knowledge and information, and an understanding of evidence-based clinical practice.

III. Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice the knowledge and concepts of the basic medical sciences and clinical sciences as they underpin medicine. The basic medical sciences of anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, histology, pathology, immunology, pharmacology, physiology and psychology are taught in an integrated manner and from a relevant clinical perspective. In Years 3B, 4C and 5D, learning occurs in a more overt clinical context, building on existing knowledge and encompassing pathology, diagnostic and therapeutic skills, with a particular focus on common and important conditions and presentations.

IV. Clinical Skills encompasses the whole range of clinical skills from the earliest to the later parts of the course. Practice in clinical skills is emphasised early and often, and includes procedural and clinical skills. The approach in clinical skills teaching and learning will be to develop defined clinical competencies. This will begin with clinical aspects of communication skills and move through history taking and physical examination to the more advanced clinical and procedural skills.

The focus of each year level 

In Years 1 and 2 basic professional, biomedical, social and behavioural concepts are introduced. Basic sciences physiology, biochemistry, anatomy and pharmacology are taught and there is a particular emphasis on clinical issues as illustrated through the cases presented in the problem-based learning sessions. Clinical and communication skills are developed and students undertake early clinical placements in hospitals. Students will also commence the Community-based Practice program and participate in learning activities in Indigenous health.

In Year 3B students are placed within Monash University teaching hospitals. The emphasis moves towards multi-system disease representations that will form the core of the learning in integrated medicine and surgery.

In Year 4C clinical teaching builds upon and reinforces this strong foundation through the core clinical rotations of women’s and children’s health, general practice and medicine of the mind (psychiatry).

In Year 5D students undertake clinical placements (or rotations). These rotations in medicine, surgery, aged care, emergency and specialty areas take place in both community and hospital settings. One of the rotations is an elective placement, where students will choose to complete their degree by gaining wider experience in chosen disciplines and specific areas of interest.

Course handbook

Course handbook

The course handbook provides further details of the course.