The curriculum has been designed with an emphasis on case-based learning and group work. Students work cooperatively on a carefully planned series of patient-centered problems, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact and clinical training develop high levels of clinical skill and medical knowledge. Rigorous USMLE preparation and support, as well as personalized residency advising, ensure that our students are well-prepared to distinguish themselves in the US Match.
During Phase 1 of the MD students are taught foundation knowledge and skills in preparation for medical practice. During this time students work in small groups around a planned series of cases to highlight principles and issues in health and disease.
Each semester of Phase 1 consists of four courses; Clinical Science, Clinical Practice, Health, Society and Research, and Ethics and Professional Practice. Each course is a separate entity with its own curriculum, assessment, and course coordinator.
Clinical Practice (years 3 and 4) involves undertaking clinical placements primarily at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School in Louisiana. Clinical placements include ten core areas, including pediatrics, surgical and medical specialties, and critical care. During Phase 2 students develop the skills necessary for their role as residents.