Thinking outside the square – changing from an MBBS to an MD using innovation in an Australian medical school
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There is a trend globally to change from the traditional Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program to a Doctor of Medicine program. Many Australian Universities have made the shift, mostly from graduate entry programs.
Summary of Work:
For the past decade, Bond University in Australia has conducted an MBBS program with undergraduate entry at the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 7. In 2015, Bond University Medical Program was accredited by the Australian Medical Council to implement a Doctor of Medicine program, 3+2 model where the first three years of the program are at undergraduate level and the following two years of the program at masters level (AQF level 9 extended).
Summary of Results:
The MD model is innovative in that it is walks students through the whole research process from developing a research question to finishing with an end of year medical student conference. It is a flexible program allowing students to choose from a variety of projects to undertake in their final year: a research project, or a professional project or a capstone experience. The program uses a points system whereby students have to achieve a total of 100 points, collected in an electronic portfolio. The structure is fully integrated with the existing curriculum and assessment process.
This paper provides an overview of the innovative Bond University Medical Program and the processes involved in its successful implementation.
This innovative model is breaking new ground in the way in which an undergraduate program could be developed to result in a masters level medical education program.
Take Home Messages:
There are different ways to develop and implement an MD without using just the traditional research project approach.