Australian National University

October 28, 2013

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Located in Canberra, the Australian National University is Australia’s leading university and its Medical School is associated with the International Medical University (IMU) in Kuala Lumpur. The medical school is recognized for its outstanding teaching program with a strong emphasis on clinical, rural and indigenous health. The size of the school is relatively small but the high quality of teaching and research facilities offered here are unparalleled.    

The graduate entry medical degree, The Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) is ANU Medical School’s premier program. This is a comprehensive and varied 4-year course designed for graduate students who are looking to enter the medical profession. The course is carefully planned to train students through interactive problem based learning and research.  The ultimate aim of the school is to produce graduates who are committed to ethical, compassionate health care along with the expansion of medical knowledge. 

Students in their scrubs! Years 1 & 2 

During the first two years of the program, the curriculum is constructed around problem based learning (PBL) tutorials. These PBL sessions are designed to encourage analytical as well as creative thinking in the students. These sessions are complemented by daily lectures and practical tutorials in addition to a clinical day once a week in one of Canberra’s hospitals. The student-staff web interface, MedOnline, makes all learning resources easy to access at any time. 

During each of the first two years, students spend an average one week in a rural setting. In the second year, rural week focuses on Indigenous health.

Year 3

At the end of the second year, students spend almost all of their contact hours in the health sector. During this period, they are expected to get involved in all major medical fields. They do this through rotations of about four or more weeks.

During third year, students do another six weeks in a rural clinical setting. Those students who have enrolled in the rural stream will have to spend the whole of the third year as active members of a rural community.

Year 4

As they enter their fourth year, students embark on a 4 week elective term at a worldwide location of their choice. The main objective of this term is to broaden their clinical horizons beyond the established curriculum and to gain personal life experience.

Applying to the ANU

If you are interested in applying to the ANU, you have to first sit for the GAMSAT or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test. This is usually held in March every year. If you get through this test, you can then put in your application for admission through the website of the GEMSAS or the Graduate Entry Medical School Admission System. Your application will include your personal statement, resume, research experience and all relevant documentation. The last step in the admissions process is the interview, which is usually held at the Acton campus.