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27 Jun 2018

Deakin University School of Medicine has come a long way in a short time, since its foundation in 2006. The School was established to produce work-ready medical graduates to address workforce shortages in Australia, especially in rural and remote areas. It is the first regional Medical School in Victoria, and has an annual intake of approximately 140 students into the four-year program. The School has rapidly become one of the most popular postgraduate medical courses in Australia, and has also been recognised in the 2016 ARWU rankings (Academic Ranking of World Universities), achieving a ranking of 100-150 in the world, in the field of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy.

During the first two years of the program, students learn basic medical sciences and clinical skills in state-of-the-art facilities at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus. The final two years of the course are spent in the Clinical Schools: Geelong Clinical School, Greater Green Triangle Clinical School (Warrnambool), Grampians Clinical School (Ballarat), and Eastern Health Clinical School (Box Hill and other Eastern Health hospitals). During this time, students rotate through all major medical specialties. The fifth clinical school is the Rural Community Clinical School (RCCS) program, in which a cohort of students spend their third year based in a rural General Practice, and then return to join their colleagues in one of the other four clinical schools in their fourth year. 

One of the School’s key visions is Social Accountability, and we aim to provide opportunities for students to join us from all walks of life, to learn how to become an excellent Deakin Doctors. This vision has resulted in the establishment of an Indigenous entry stream, and the appointment of two full time Indigenous academic staff members in medical and health education. We also are grateful for the support of AIDA (the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association). We believe it is essential for all of our students to learn about the benefits of Indigenous health education, and the advantages that cultural training and education can bring.  The School is a member of LIME (Leaders in Indigenous Medical education) and we are honoured to be participating in the AMA Indigenous medical scholarship scheme.

By Professor Jon Watson, Head of School, Deakin University School of Medicine



Published: 27 Jun 2018