Is medicine for you?
Medicine is an intellectually rigorous degree leading to a challenging and demanding professional life. Whatever specialty you choose, medicine offers personal satisfaction on numerous levels.
The degree emphasises the promotion and maintenance of health, both of individuals and the community. Preventive care is pursued as the most effective approach to complement treatment of the individual patients.
All the academic disciplines associated with a medical degree are represented, including surgery. The program’s community orientation is reflected in an emphasis on general practice, public health and communication skills.
The JMP is an expansion of the highly successful University of Newcastle Bachelor of Medicine program in partnership with the University of New England, Hunter New England Health and Central Coast Health. Students choose to study in either Newcastle in the Hunter region or Armidale in Northern NSW. There is a common curriculum at both institutions. The cohort is treated as one cohort of 170 Commonwealth supported places located at the two universities.
Why study with us?
We provide early clinical exposure (dealing with patients, visiting hospital wards and outpatient clinics, and spending time with doctors in practice) beginning in the first semester and continuing throughout the degree. Substantial community involvement helps students to see the individual in context, treating the patient as a whole person and in a manner consistent with his/her social or physical environment.
Student learning is self-directed and problem-based which reflects a clinician’s encounter with a patient’s health problem. You will work in small tutorial groups to analyse clinical problems and gain an understanding of relevant scientific data. This assists learning in the context of clinical problems in the later years of the degree and into postgraduate years.
You will also have the opportunity to enrol in a Bachelor of Medical Science. This degree is comparable to the additional year taken by candidates in an Honours degree.
The degree actively encourages applications from Indigenous Australians. The Indigenous Entry Program offers up to 176 positions each year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates. The Bachelor of Medicine – JMP is renowned for providing excellent support to its Indigenous medical students. This renowned support is now offered through both campuses. Almost half the Indigenous doctors in Australia have graduated from the University of Newcastle and currently there are 31 Indigenous students enrolled in the degree.
How to apply
All candidates are required to follow the process outlined below.
To apply for admission all candidates must:
- Register with the UMAT Office; and
- Apply direct to the JMP (either standard non-rural or RRAS); and
- Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (NSW & ACT) Pty Ltd (UAC)
Note: New Zealand citizens intending to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Medicine - JMP at the University of Newcastle/University of New England are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of Health and Ageing’s website Doctor Connect at www.doctorconnect.gov.au regarding information about their ability to practise medicine in Australia following graduation.
For more information visit - http://www.newcastle.edu.au/joint-medical-program/how-to-apply/application-process.html