AN upcoming online information night about an undergraduate entry degree in medicine will follow an in-person session that was held in Bathurst last month.
The Charles Sturt University and Western Sydney University Joint Program in Medicine delivers the Doctor of Medicine, a five-year undergraduate entry degree that aims to prepare graduates for a career in that field.
The online information night, on Tuesday, May 4, will be for prospective students and their parents, as well as careers advisers.
The Doctor of Medicine is being taught at the Charles Sturt School of Rural Medicine in Orange.
"With the first cohort of student doctors recently welcomed to begin their five-year journey training for careers in rural and regional medicine, the Joint Program in Medicine also looks to the prospective 2022 cohort and beyond," Dean of Rural Medicine in the Charles Sturt School of Rural Medicine, Professor Lesley Forster, said.
She said the information night "will include key course information, entry requirements, application process, scholarships and more, including the opportunity to meet our School of Rural Medicine team and some of our new students".
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She said the 2021 medicine students were selected from more than 800 applications for the program and most of the students admitted into the program are from rural and regional areas in Australia.
There are 44 students enrolled in the program in Orange, which includes 20 students from the Central West, eight from northern NSW, four from the Southern Highlands, two from Wagga Wagga, two from Albury, and two from regional Victoria, Professor Forster said.
Dean of the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University and Executive Dean of the Joint Program, Distinguished Professor Annemarie Hennessy, said the Doctor of Medicine program is an exciting prospect for aspiring doctors.
"Western Sydney University and Charles Sturt University are both committed to delivering health professional programs that respond to important health challenges and workforce needs of their regions," she said.
"Students in this Joint Program in Medicine will benefit from a proven medical course with almost 10 years of graduates and experienced, passionate local academic staff and medical staff who will guide their learning and shape their future careers in medicine."