Griffith Medical School

February 19, 2014

Since its launch in 1975, Griffith University has come to be regarded as one of the most prominent universities in the Asia-Pacific region. Griffith School of Medicine has earned a reputation for its innovation and excellence in medical research and education.

Griffith School of Medicine offers a graduate-entry medicine program, which was initially launched to serve the needs of urban, rural and remote communities in South East Queensland and incorporates a strong community focus. Students and staff have access to highly advanced and well equipped facilities within the new Griffith Health Centre, including a state-of-the-art clinical skills centre, anatomy,  histology/pathology and laboratories and a comprehensive library. The School and allied research centres host several different research programs in areas ranging from clinical neuroscience, palliative care and cancer molecular pathology to urogynaecology, lipids and metabolism, applied health economics and medical education.

A degree in medicine from Griffith Medical School provides a pathway to numerous career opportunities ranging from medical education and medical research to specialist clinical practice and primary care medicine.

Liam Stevens during his hospital shadowing program with Gap Medics Doctor of Medicine

The Doctor of Medicine program is only offered full-time, on-campus at the Gold Coast campus. This program commences in January and ends in December and requires a compulsory attendance of between 36 to 44 weeks in the academic year. 

All students are required to maintain a full-time study load and are required to abide by the Doctor of Medicine attendance policy.

Medical students at the Griffith medical school will have the opportunity to undertake research and clinical training in the brand new Gold Coast University Hospital, an advanced healthcare facility that will offer world-class facilities for teaching and research.

All medical students who graduate from the Griffith program are eligible for limited registration as medical practitioners. Full registration by the State Medical Board can be obtained after successfully completing a full 1-year internship in a hospital system. Postgraduate specialty training in the clinical environment is an option after completing at least another one year of residency in the hospital system.

Special consideration

In an effort to be fair to all candidates who apply, the School of Medicine has determined that any applicant who does not achieve the GPA qualifying requirements is considered to have not met the stated criteria for admission and will not be considered for entry to the program. This is irrespective of circumstances such as illness, personal issues or disadvantage during their Bachelors degree.

Clinical placements

In the first semester in Year 1, students participate in clinical placements. These include Hospital Based Clinical Training and Health in the Community placements.

In Year 2, students continue with their Hospital Based Clinical Training placements and also start General Practice placement. 

In Year’s 3 and 4, students are primarily based in the hospital and focus on mastering clinical skills and patient management as well as professional behaviour. 

Griffith School of Medicine works in collaboration with several hospitals including The Wesley Hospital (Brisbane), Logan Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital, The Tweed Heads Hospital and QRME Longlook Program, which includes various rural hospital placements.