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Welcome to the School of Medicine, Fremantle
The mission of the School of Medicine at Notre Dame is to graduate professionals who are knowledgeable, skilful, dutiful and ethical, through a university education imbued with the Catholic values of compassion, respect and service.
It is expected that graduates will:
- demonstrate clinical competence
- demonstrate compassion, respect and empathy through excellent communication skills
- identify and understand ethical issues
- be likely to practise in areas of unmet need
- have a commitment to, and capacity for, lifelong learning and reflective practice
- contribute significantly to healthcare delivery in Western Australia
- Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate-entry)
- Pre-Medicine Certificate
The Notre Dame School of Medicine utilises a curriculum of active learning strategies in its Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery.
The teaching program is underpinned by Problem Based Learning in the first two years and includes: communication and clinical skills; basic clinical sciences; population and preventive health; and personal and professional development. Clinical placements occur throughout the four years of the program and take place in a wide variety of settings including aged care facilities, private healthcare organisations, public secondary and tertiary hospitals, and community based family practices.
The last two years of the course are discipline-based (i.e. medicine, surgery and critical care) and are primarily taught in a hospital setting.
There are rural placements in each year of the course. First year students experience a week in WA’s Wheatbelt and those in second year spend a week in the Kimberley. Twenty-five percent of third year students spend the entire year in a rural setting and there is a four-week rural practice placement in fourth year.
The Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery is accredited by the Australian Medical Council as meeting national standards of medical education, permitting graduates to receive provisional registration and become a junior doctor (also known as a doctor-in-training) and enter the medical workforce.