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 have been endorsed by the Medical Deans Annual Conference 2015 as a guideline statement with a 12 month consultation and implementation phase. Consultation was undertaken in 2016 and key stakeholder groups were asked to provide feedback and views. The feedback was considered at the 2016 Medical Deans Annual Conference. The Conference agreed the Inherent Requirements document should continue to specify the requirements and learning outcomes of a medical programme but include an expanded statement at the beginning of the document. This statement should clearly explain that the purpose of the document is to assist student’s decision making by providing greater clarity about the requirements of a medical course and should a student have concerns about the inherent requirements as outlined, discussion/consultation will take place including the consideration of reasonable adjustment. The Inherent Requirements Working Group will review the document in line with this decision.

The Inherent Requirements for Studying Medicine are to be used in professional entry level medical training with the aim of providing the greatest access for students with a disability while ensuring quality patient care. The inherent requirements have been categorised under the four domains of the course learning outcomes for medical programs produced by the Australian Medical Council. The document sets out what a medical student is expected to demonstrate and how a student will be assessed at entry and during the medical course.  While medical schools may adopt the requirements as part of their local practices, they are not mandatory.

The document aims to support potential and current students’ decision making by specifying the requirements and learning outcomes of a medical program and providing greater clarity for both medical schools and students. The Disability Standards for Education set out a process whereby education providers can meet the obligation to make reasonable adjustments where necessary.

A link to the Inherent Requirements for Studying Medicine is here.

 Inherent Requirements for Studying Medicine Consultation Document

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