Welcome to the School of Medicine, Fremantle

Prof. Gervase Chaney

I would like to welcome you to the School of Medicine Fremantle. The School took its first cohort of students in 2005. In 2016, the School achieved accreditation to March 2023 from the Australian Medical Council, demonstrating the high standard of medical education being delivered by the University.

The intention of the School is to create caring and competent doctors who are able to adapt to the challenges of modern clinical practice. The emphasis on integrated learning and problem based learning methodology encourages through research and enquiry, the development of the doctor as a continuous learner. After all, medical school is only the start of a long journey of continuing education in the practice of medicine.

The School enrols 100 students per year and entry is only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens. Most places are supported by the Commonwealth Government Supported Places (CSPs).

Our four year course is fully integrated, enabling the development of domains and themes throughout the course. The first two years are considered the “pre-clinical” years. Formal teaching in basic and clinical sciences is now delivered by Murdoch University, taking advantage of their long history of excellence in teaching in the basic sciences such as anatomy and physiology.

The clinical years are delivered jointly with the many participating clinicians both in public and private hospitals, in general practice and specialist rooms. This experiential and skills based teaching is vital in the preparation for internship and ongoing medical practice.

The School continues to have a strong emphasis on encouraging rural practice with an aim to enrol 25% of students per year from a rural background. Alternative pathway admission is also available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

In third year, one in four students is also able to participate in the Rural Clinical School, jointly run with the University of Western Australia. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn and enjoy the challenges of rural and remote medical practice.

The School of Medicine, Fremantle provides an exciting and challenging course which gives students the opportunity to participate in social justice programs; participate in cultural learning; discuss bioethical constructs; learn about preventative and public health; develop skills for basic research; while also ensuring a continuing emphasis on the development of core communication and clinical skills.

The practice of medicine remains an art and a science. Join us if you are interested in learning about compassionate, evidence-based, patient-centred care.

Professor Gervase Chaney,
Dean of Medicine, Fremantle.