New pathways into medical school “down under”
Australian medical schools admit graduate students from all disciplines
- By: Michael Field, Jill Gordon
Some historic shifts have been taking place over the past few years in the way a number of Australian medical schools have selected students for admission to their courses. After a century-long tradition of taking most students directly from high school, several medical schools have changed their admission process to consider only graduates of another degree course.
The University of Sydney was part of a consortium formed with Flinders University of South Australia and the University of Queensland to lead this change in the early 1990s, and all three now have students who have just completed or nearly completed the new four year courses. More recently, the University of Melbourne has adopted a hybrid admission scheme, with one stream of students entering with a completed degree.
What was the motivation behind this change from the traditional British pattern of undergraduate entry towards a more American model? One important factor was