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Choose a world-class pathway to a career in medicine

Griffith's four year graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine will help you take your first step on the road to becoming a doctor. It's accredited by the Australian Medical Council and incorporates a strong community focus.

It also has a strong practical focus, with clinical placements being an integral part of each year of study. In your final two years you will be based primarily in off-campus health care services such as hospitals and general practices.

Griffith University's School of Medicine, now the School of Medicine and Dentistry, opened in 2005 with our first students graduating 2008. Today, more than 1200 graduates are in independent practice or in specialty training.

The Doctor of Medicine is available at our Gold Coast campus and also at our Sunshine Coast site at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute adjacent to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. In Years 3 and 4 of the program it is also possible for students to undertake a Rural Longlook Program through our Rural Clinical School

The Doctor of Medicine is an AQF Level 9 Masters Extended degree.

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Get ready to improve health, wellbeing and lives

Griffith’s Doctor of Medicine has a strong emphasis on developing communication skills and aims to equip you with an understanding of the science of medicine.

Most of your learning on-campus will occur in small group settings such as problem-based learning tutorials and clinical skills laboratories. These are combined with clinical placements starting from the second month of your degree, in hospitals and community groups one day per week.

This continues into your second year, which will include placements with GPs. In your final two years, clinical placements are more extensive ranging from rural hospitals through to the state-of- the-art Gold Coast University Hospital located across from the Griffith campus. The emphasis will be on developing your clinical skills, patient management and professional behaviour.

In your final year you’ll also have the opportunity to undertake an overseas elective, such as working with United Nations aid programs in developing countries, or attending various centres of excellence around the world such as Harvard Medical School.

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Ben Gerhady

Griffith Medicine Graduate

Being part of a small and isolated team has its advantages when studying to be a doctor, says medicine student, Ben Gerhardy. The 26-year-old from the Gold Coast spent each of his final three rotations on a rural placement, ending with a very rewarding spell at Goondiwindi Hospital, 350km southwest of Brisbane. Goondiwindi sits on the Queensland and New South Wales border serving a population of 6000. 'As a medical student it's very easy to get lost in a city hospital,' Ben says. 'A rural environment like Goondiwindi can give you a greater learning experience because there are fewer students competing for the same attention from the supervising doctor.'

Ben Gerhady

Scholarships

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Career outcomes

Primed for multiple opportunities

Graduates of our program will normally be eligible for limited registration and will receive full registration by Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency when they've successfully completed a subsequent one year internship in the Australian hospital system.

Medical practitioners work in:

  • Private practice
  • Government organisations and public health
  • Academia/teaching
  • Medical research
  • Aid organisations
  • or a combination of these areas

Some of the specialist career opportunities available to graduates are

  • Accident and emergency doctor
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Cardiologist
  • Dermatologist
  • General practitioner
  • Gynaecologist
  • Histopathologist
  • Intensive care specialist
  • Medical administrator
  • Medical educator
  • Medical research
  • Microbiologist (haematology)
  • Neurologist
  • Obstetrician
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Pediatrician
  • Pathologist
  • Radiologist
  • Sexual health specialist
  • Sports medicine specialist
  • Surgeon (general surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery etc)

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Friday 20 May — Saturday 21 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit us at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo and explore the different degrees and careers options at Griffith.

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Monday 23 May — Monday 23 May

Responsible Business and Government Leaders of the Future

This Griffith Business School event sees Year 10 and 11 students undertake a series of workshops regarding business leadership, entrepreneurship, and business design.

Wednesday 25 May — Wednesday 25 May

Responsible Business and Government Leaders of the Future

This Griffith Business School event sees Year 10 and 11 students undertake a series of workshops regarding business leadership, entrepreneurship, and business design.

Tuesday 31 May — Tuesday 31 May

Tertiary Education Experience (Student Disability and Accessibility)

This on-campus day is designed for students with a disability to undertake careers workshops and discover how to prepare for university.

Thursday 2 June — Thursday 2 June

Application Support Webinar

Have you got questions about your university application? Join our Application Support Webinar to get tips from expert advisers and to talk to current students.

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Sunday 12 June — Sunday 12 June

Griffith University’s Creative Arts Open Day

Join us as Griffith’s South Bank precinct showcases the immense talents and state-of-the-art facilities of the Queensland Conservatorium, Queensland College of Art and Griffith Film School through hands-on workshops with real students and artists.

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Monday 13 June — Tuesday 14 June

Griffith Science and Engineering Challenge

Year 10 students will have the unique opportunity to experience a side of science and engineering they may not have encountered before.

Thursday 16 June — Friday 17 June

Griffith Science and Engineering Challenge

Year 10 students will have the unique opportunity to experience a side of science and engineering they may not have encountered before.

Thursday 23 June — Friday 24 June

Women in STEM

This event is designed for girls in Years 8, 9 and 10 looking to expand their interest in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Monday 27 June — Thursday 30 June

Performing Arts workshops - Winter School

The Performing Arts department of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s Winter School and Audition Workshops for both Acting and Musical Theatre participants.

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Monday 27 June — Friday 1 July

Griffith Film School Experience Week

Tailored to current Year 11 and 12 students, participants complete a piece of work for their creative portfolio while experiencing what it’s like to study at the Griffith Film School.

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Monday 4 July — Thursday 7 July

Performing Arts workshops - Auditions

The Performing Arts department of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s Winter School and Audition Workshops for both Acting and Musical Theatre participants.

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Tuesday 5 July — Tuesday 5 July

Year 11 and 12 Experience Days

Griffith’s Experience Days events will offer high school students the opportunity to come on campus and immerse themselves in their specific study area of interest for the day.

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Wednesday 6 July — Wednesday 6 July

Year 11 and 12 Experience Days

Griffith’s Experience Days events will offer high school students the opportunity to come on campus and immerse themselves in their specific study area of interest for the day.

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Thursday 7 July — Thursday 7 July

Year 11 and 12 Experience Days

Griffith’s Experience Days events will offer high school students the opportunity to come on campus and immerse themselves in their specific study area of interest for the day.

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Friday 8 July — Friday 8 July

Year 11 and 12 Experience Days

Griffith’s Experience Days events will offer high school students the opportunity to come on campus and immerse themselves in their specific study area of interest for the day.

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Friday 15 July — Sunday 17 July

Melbourne Careers Expo

Join us at the Melbourne Careers Expo to get the information you need about our degrees and explore a variety of career options.

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Saturday 16 July — Sunday 17 July

TSXPO

Talk to Griffith’s academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admissions pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services.

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Tuesday 19 July — Tuesday 19 July

Sunshine Coast Careers Expo

Explore your career options and a variety of degrees at the Griffith University booth at the 2022 Sunshine Coast Careers Expo.

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Tuesday 26 July — Tuesday 26 July

IGNITE Youth Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University booth and discover our wide range of degrees, pathway options, and learn more about studying at Griffith.

Monday 1 August — Monday 1 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Whether you’re a high school student, parent, mature or postgraduate student, join us at this expo to explore the different career and degree options available at Griffith.

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Sunday 14 August — Sunday 14 August

Griffith University’s Open Day

Spanning across Nathan and Gold Coast campuses, Open Day will showcase our world-class facilities, unique student life, and give you direct access to students and academics.

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Thursday 18 August — Thursday 18 August

Parent and Student Information Webinar - Years 9 and 10

This informative online webinar offers Year 9 and 10 high school students and their parents the opportunity to get personalised study and subject selection advice.

Tuesday 27 September — Thursday 29 September

Experience Days – Years 9 and 10

High school students will have the opportunity to come on campus and get a real feel for what it’s like to study in that field at Griffith.

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