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The University of Auckland Medical School

MBChB 720 Points
Duration: Six years university study (twelve semesters)

Society today has many expectations of medical practitioners. Our communities require their doctors to be competent in their field and be excellent communicators, to treat patients with kindness and humanity, to develop a rapport which enables trust in their clinical competence and ethical behaviour, and to understand and respect each person's cultural perspective. Doctors must also work well with other members of the health care team, mindful of resources, in improving the health of the nation as a whole.

The University of Auckland Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences seeks to provide an environment for learning that produces medical graduates with the knowledge, attitudes, awareness and skills to ensure their competence in practice, and an enthusiasm for future vocational education in any field of medicine or health science.

Medical Students admitted to this programme will be required to demonstrate mastery of increasingly complex medical situations. Details of the training requirements are set out in the MBChB Guidebooks and medical students must ensure that they are familiar with and adhere to these requirements at all times.

Careers

There are many choices available to doctors on qualifying for medical practice. Some may choose primary health care and work in general practice, others will specialise in a wide variety of disciplines ranging from oncology and orthopaedics, to obstetrics, internal medicine and paediatrics. Specialist registration is required before doctors may practice unsupervised. Areas of specialisation include:

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  • general practice
  • general medicine
  • psychiatry
  • public health
  • neurology
  • surgery
  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • immunology
  • geriatric medicine
  • paediatrics
  • dermatology
  • oncology
  • radiology
  • pathology
  • emergency medicine
  • anaesthesiology
  • intensive care

Medical graduates are sought after in other non-clinical fields such as biomedical research, health information, medical education, and health management.

The MBChB Medical Programme

The MBChB is a six-year medical programme including Year 1 of the Bachelor of Health Sciences or the Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science). During the early years of the MBChB students study the basic medical and health sciences while being introduced to professional and clinical aspects of medical practice.

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From Year 4 medical students predominantly learn in hospital and community environments. To provide these opportunities the Faculty must work closely with health care providers. To ensure that these learning opportunities continue to be available to the University, the Faculty demands the exemplary behaviour of all medical students whilst in a clinical environment. Details of clinical requirements will be set out in the MBChB Guidebooks.

All medical students will be required to rotate to hospitals and practices within the Auckland region, to Waikato Hospital or Rotorua and to other healthcare settings outside metropolitan Auckland. All students also undertake at least two rural attachments. While the Faculty attempts to minimise the impact of travel and finding accommodation, students will incur some extra costs.

Following the successful completion of the six years, students are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB).

All six years of the medical programme are important and must be passed in their entirety before students are permitted to graduate. The first year following Graduation is considered probationary with graduates employed at New Zealand hospitals. After the satisfactory completion of this period, full registration as a medical doctor is granted.

Aimee Greenfield - MBChB

Aimee Greenfield, student in the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB).

" It is important to me that my degree has a sound theoretical basis, with strong clinical teaching and research components. The University of Auckland medical programme balances these aspects of medicine, while teaching students the implications of their actions and the moral and ethical boundaries within which they must work. "