A Brief History of Australia by The World Factbook 2006
Aboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name of Great Britain. Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has transformed itself into an internationally competitive, advanced market economy. It boasted one of the OECD's fastest growing economies during the 1990s, a performance due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s. Long-term concerns include pollution, particularly depletion of the ozone layer, and management and conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef. Read More
At our School the broad aim of medical education to produce competent, caring, scientific doctors who are life long self directed learners, continues as the focus, but with emphasis on the ongoing challenge to anticipate and respond to the increasing pace of change in:
The enthusiasm and dedication of UQ medical educators and practitioners keeps the School at the forefront of worldwide trends in medical education and research, with ongoing evaluation of educational programs and an emphasis on critical appraisal and current best practice.
Historically, the medical school dates back to 1936 when it was founded.
Incorporated within the Faculty of Health
Sciences it provides the majority of medical training places in the State of
The School offers bachelor degree, postgraduate and higher degree programs and undertakes an important research role in a variety of disciplines across a multitude of divisions and sites that make up the School.
Geographically, the School extends throughout Queensland (and overseas to Brunei) with major sites in Brisbane including the Mayne Medical School at Herston, the St Lucia campus, Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals, and other base hospitals in south east Queensland. Rural sites are based in Toowoomba and Rockhampton and small rural towns.
The Head of School and nucleus of administrative and academic School staff are based at Herston with the various operating arms and larger part of the School organised into geographic Clinical Divisions, (which in turn incorporate departments). There are currently three main Clinical Divisions: Central, Southern and Rural. (A planned Division in Brunei is progressing)
Each Division encompasses major hospitals, GP practices and healthcare facilities at which the teaching and research activities of the School are carried out. Through close affiliation with the Queensland Department of Health, Queensland Health staff and clinicians are significant contributors, particularly in the hospital settings, to the teaching and research activities of the School.
Prospective International Medical StudentsStudy Medicine the MBBS Program
The University of Queensland offers a four year graduate entry Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) prgram. To enter the MBBS program applicants must have a completed bachelor's degree. The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is the regulatory authority responsible of accrediting medical schools in Australia. The UQ MBBS program is accredited by the AMC.
Founded in 1936 The University of Queensland's School of Medicine is the oldest medical school in the state of Queensland and one of the largest medical schools in Australia. UQ is one of only three Australian members of "Universitas 21" , a select global alliance of universities committed to quality enhancement through international benchmarking.
Recent Australian and international surverys have placed UQ as one of the best universities in Australia and the world. These surveys include:
Applications from full fee paying international students are welcomed with up to 50 places available each year. The School of Medicine accepts many international students each year from several countries including Canada, Brunei, Indonesia Singapore, USA and the UK.Hospital Residency in North America
The UQ School of Medicine is listed in the World Health Organisation's World Directory of Medical Schools and the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research's International Medical Education Directory. Students and graduates of the UQ MBBS program are eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE); graduates are eligible to sit for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).Hospital Internships in Australia
After graduating from the MBBS program, all graduates may apply for internships in Australian hospitals. However, international students cannot assume that an internship will be available in Australia.
International students are advised to check with their country’s medical council regarding internship and registration requirements.The MBBS Program
The enthusiasm and dedication of UQ’s medical educators and practitioners ensures that this medical school is at the forefront of worldwide trends in medical education and research. Ongoing evaluation of educational programs and an emphasis on critical appraisal and current best practice are important facets of the MBBS program. Designed to produce doctors able to meet the challenges of the next century, the curriculum has been planned to capture the enthusiasm and maturity of its graduate entrants and help them develop into highly skilled medical graduates capable of entering the wide variety of career options open to them.
Selection for entry is competitive. The selection process aims to draw applicants from a wide range of social and educational backgrounds including the behavioural, social, biological and physical sciences and humanities, and is designed to admit students who have reflected earnestly on medicine as a career choice. Although applicants require appropriate knowledge and skills for success in the admissions tests, there are no specific prerequisite secondary school or university subjects that must be completed to be eligible to apply for a place in the medical program.
Problem Based Learning is a key component of the program. Students work co-operatively in groups with tutors to examine a carefully planned series of patient-centred problems, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact and clinical training are incorporated to develop high levels of clinical skills and medical knowledge.
Key features of the program are:
Information technology skills are seen as core skills for future doctors to manage data and to access information to practice evidence based medicine. A significant part of the MBBS program curriculum is delivered electronically via a website. The ability to access this website on a daily basis is essential for students to participate fully in the program. Access to a computer is therefore considered to be essential, however, it is not compulsory for students to own a laptop computer.