Medical School receives accreditation
As Curtin prepares to welcome its inaugural cohort of students to its Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery program in 2017, the Medical School has been granted accreditation by the Australian Medical Council (AMC), the independent national standards body for medical education and training.
The AMC concluded Curtin’s five-year, full-time undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery program substantially met the approved accreditation standards.
Professor Deborah Terry, Curtin’s Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the accreditation for the medical program.
“This endorsement of Curtin’s medical program points to the quality of the University’s preparation for the introduction of this important new course,” Professor Terry said.
“Curtin’s medical degree will be the only direct-entry program in the State and will go a long way to addressing the critical shortage of doctors, especially in rural, remote and outer-suburb locations.
“It will also allow graduates to meet the needs of currently under-serviced areas of health care including primary care, chronic disease, ageing, Indigenous and regional health.”
Professor William Hart, Dean of Medicine, said the accreditation ensures the preparation for the introduction of Curtin’s medical program is well on track.
“The initial intake will be 60 students per annum, rising to 120 – 110 domestic and 10 international students – by 2022,” Professor Hart said.
“To date, there have been 1,506 applications for the 60 places on offer. This is a clear reflection of the enthusiasm for the program and we look forward to launching in February 2017.”
Students will undertake part of their clinical education at Curtin’s future Midland Campus.