Mission of the School of Medicine, Fremantle
The School of Medicine Fremantle will, through an education imbued with the Catholic values of compassion, respect and service, graduate health professionals who are knowledgeable, skilful, dutiful, ethical and caring. We seek to provide excellence in evidence-based medical education and research delivered in the context of the Objects of the University.
The School acknowledges it is located in Walyallup on Wadjuk Nyungar Boodja and honours the rightful place of Aboriginal people as Australia’s first peoples and will graduate students who contribute meaningfully to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people – including closing the gap in Aboriginal health outcomes.
To graduate doctors (and other health professionals) who:
- are clinically excellent, compassionate, respectful and empathic;
- are humble and place patients first – respecting their patients’ rights and responsibilities for their health and healthcare decisions;
- demonstrate ethical and professional behaviour in all their actions;
- demonstrate excellent communication skills and teamwork;
- are champions for patient safety;
- apply a strong scientific basis to clinical practice, engage in scholarly research and advance medical knowledge with the aim of improving health outcomes;
- have a strong commitment to and capacity for lifelong learning, reflective practice, personal health and wellbeing;
- have a strong sense of vocation and champion social justice by addressing inequalities and disparities in health and healthcare; and
- contribute significantly to healthcare in rural, remote and other underserved areas populations in Western Australia and beyond.
To achieve this, the School will:
- attract students who value the Objects of the University and the Mission and Goals of the School;
- deliver high quality medical, health and research education;
- continue to attract and retain high quality staff engaged in excellent teaching, education and research;
- advance the role and skills of our educators through innovative and engaging professional development;
- continue to nurture a collaborative learning, teaching and research environment and strive for continual improvement;
- value community and consumer involvement and strengthen collaborative partnerships with stakeholders; and
- demonstrate responsible stewardship of resources.
1 The School uses the term “Aboriginal people/s” respecting the preference of many in the Western Australian Aboriginal community as this more accurately reflects the identity of Aboriginal people within the state. In using the term Aboriginal people, no disrespect is intended to our Torres Strait Islander colleagues and communities.
The Notre Dame School of Medicine Fremantle acknowledges that students construct their own learning across the complexities of the medical curriculum. As such, we favour learner-centred approaches underpinned by the following educational principles:
- We focus on providing students with active learning opportunities that are closely and authentically related to clinical practice.
- We have an integrated curriculum to help scaffold both scientific and clinical knowledge.
- We configure learning in small groups so that it is collaborative and supports problem-solving, teamwork and clinical reasoning.
- We value the provision of feedback to and from students as a constant dialogue, underpinned by assessment and supported by mentoring and self-reflection.
- We ensure that the wellbeing of students is paramount through high quality pastoral care.
- We expect that students will develop their own professional identity by setting their own goals and monitoring their progress towards these goals. This will be enabled through curriculum development, focused teaching and group experiential learning.
- We value cognitive and emotional intelligence.
- We embrace technology as a tool to enhance the learning experience.
- We challenge ourselves as educators with peer review and the goal of inspiring our students as learners and future peers in the community of health practitioners.
- We align our educational approach with our mission to serve in areas of unmet need and provide multiple opportunities for students to experience rural and remote health, and should be capable to address the challenges associated with closing the gap in Aboriginal health.
These principles shape the learning environment at the School of Medicine Fremantle, ultimately producing graduates who will be learners for life and who will make a significant contribution to improving healthcare outcomes in Australia and beyond.
Doctor of Medicine graduate outcome statements
On completion of the MD, students will be able to:
- Provide quality patient-centred care through the application of safe clinical skills and judgment in the context of evidence-based practice.
- Apply integrated medical and scientific knowledge to individual patients, populations and health systems.
- Communicate with patients, their families and their advocates with compassion, respect and empathy.
- Advocate for the health of Aboriginal Peoples and exercise leadership to reduce inequalities and disparities in health and healthcare delivery in rural, remote and other under-served populations.
- Consider, apply and evaluate strategies which address and reduce the impact of global health issues on the Australian population.
- Work professionally and collaboratively as a member of an interprofessional healthcare team.
- Use initiative and self-regulation strategies to address knowledge and skill limitations and commit to lifelong learning, reflective practice and the management of personal health and wellbeing.
- Systematically retrieve, critically appraise, evaluate and synthesise information in health related literature and clinical systems to inform practice.
- Engage in research and scholarly inquiry to advance health, health care and health systems.
- Appreciate the intrinsic dignity of each human, and exhibit ethical, legal and professional behaviour in all their actions.
- Evaluate the Australian healthcare system in the broader context of governance, and local, national and international societal values.
- Demonstrate leadership in accepting responsibility for health promotion and education of health professionals and the community.
- Integrate prevention, early detection, health maintenance and chronic disease management principles into clinical practice.
- Apply a high level knowledge of therapeutic interventions and treatments to ensure safe and quality patient care.
- Communicate effectively with their profession, their peers and the wider community.
Please view the 2022 School of Medicine MEDI6100 information page.
The Infection Control Policy will assist you in ensuring that you have the correct immunisations to go on clinical placements.
There are a number of scholarships available for medical students. Details are available at Scholarships-Medicine.
Student organisations and associations
MSAND is the medical students' association and was formed in 2005 by the inaugural cohort.
Australian Medical Students Association
Each year the School of Medicine students elect a representative to sit on the AMSA council. This representative is the link between Australia’s medical students and the Notre Dame medical students. To view the AMSA reps and their contact details, visit the Australian Medical Student's Association website.
Notre Dame Clubs, Groups and Associations
More information on the various clubs, groups and associations at The University of Notre Dame can be found on the Fremantle Student Association website.