Bachelor of Medical Science

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At completion of the BMedSci program, students should have also acquired the following generic skills:

  • the ability to appraise the principles of medical research and how they could be applied to a wider variety of research contexts;
  • enhanced oral and written communication skills;
  • the ability to work collaboratively with research colleagues;
  • describe how the values of objectivity, scepticism and respect for evidence influence the design and implementation of biomedical research;
  • assess how research outcomes can be translated into, for example, updating medical practice and treatment and/or understanding the mechanisms of disease and;
  • a desire for further study/learning in biomedical research.

You will gain the unique opportunity to work alongside a senior clinical mentor at one of the University of Melbourne's Clinical Teaching hospitals including the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Children's Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital.

Choose from a broad range of sub-specialities including orthopaedics, surgery, dermatology, cardiology, psychiatry, paediatrics, nephrology an d endocrinology, gaining practical experience in your chosen specialisation.

Course Description

The Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) provides international medical students with an experiential introduction to the process of biomedical research. The BMedSci is largely coursework based, thereby providing extensive learning of the many skills needed to successfully undertake research.

This comprehensive one-year program is a research training initiative, which allows you to broaden your experience and understanding of the relationship between clinical health care and research in tertiary care settings. Specialising at a deeper level, you will get the opportunity to explore the world of evidence based medicine while investigating existing theory in your targeted area of interest.

Training is delivered in a research-intensive medical school supported by the University of Melbourne's leading research institutes and public teaching hospitals. You will benefit from hands on experience with successful clinicians and researchers involved in biomedical research during Clinical Exposure sessions.

The program will provide broad and in-depth training to the next generation of leaders in biomedical and clinical research.

Course objectives

The primary aim of the BMedSci program is to provide an experiential introduction to the process of biomedical research. The BMedSci program allows students to:

  • practice the concepts of project design, ethical consideration and application of research methods;
  • develop skills in the assembling and evaluation of scientific data to provide a scientific rationale for updating medical practice and treatment and/or understanding the mechanisms of disease;
  • comprehend the selection of appropriate statistical techniques to appraise scientific data;
  • assess the benefits and limitations of research in an area/discipline of clinical interest;
  • demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the diversity and breadth of biomedical research;
  • demonstrate autonomy and independence in defining research methods, locating relevant resources and critically evaluating evidence and;
  • actively participate in improving knowledge in a specific areas of medicine by critical review of scientific and medical evidence. 

Where applicable, at completion of the BMedSci program students should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of original research;
  • discuss how the results of medical research can be translated to improve the clinical care of patients and/or the mechanisms of disease;
  • select and apply appropriate statistical tests such as descriptive statistics, power calculations, p- values and confidence interval, and uni/multivariate logistic regression analysis, to analyse research data;
  • compare and assess scientific evidence through critically evaluating relevant medical literature;
  • appraise and describe the ethical requirements of a research project;
  • demonstrate technical and problem solving skills in the use of biomedical experimental techniques and;
  • understand the requirements for presentation of research data through preparation of an extended literature review, and small research report, in an area of clinical interest.

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