Inherent Requirements for Studying Medicine in Australia and New Zealand

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Inherent Requirements for Studying Medicine in Australia and New Zealand

The Inherent Requirements for Studying Medicine in Australia and New Zealand has been developed by Medical Deans for use in professional entry level medical training with the aim of providing the greatest access for students with a disability while ensuring safe clinical training. The Inherent Requirements document has been the subject of extensive discussion within MDANZ and consultation with a range of external organisations.

The inherent requirements have been categorized under the four domains of the course learning outcomes for medical programs produced by the Australian Medical Council. The document specifies the requirements of pre-registration medical training rather than medical practice and sets out what a medical student is expected to demonstrate and how a student will be assessed at entry and during the medical course.

Should a student have concerns about their capacity to meet the inherent requirements for studying medicine, discussion should take place about what adjustments may be necessary and reasonable. The Inherent Requirements document is a starting point for discussion between a school and an individual about the tasks and skills a student will need to be successful and how they will best achieve these outcomes.

The document has been provided to all medical schools as a guideline document and schools may choose whether they wish to adopt it as part of their local practice. The Inherent Requirements for Studying Medicine in Australia and New Zealand will be reviewed again in two years. The document can be found here.

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