[UPDATE:19th October 2021]

Welcome to our MD DESIGN webpage. 

Here you will find everything you might need to know about where we are at with designing our new MD including updates on our progress, links to key resources and elements of the design itself.

We have made significant progress with the design of our new MD. Our strategic direction including our Vision, the key themes for our program and our high level Program Structure is now confirmed.

Our Program Structure has also been formally endorsed by UQ Academic Board and approved by our Vice-Chancellor and President as of August 2021.

Our plan is to have a simplified and cohesive program organisation with a much more integrated approach to learning.  There will be earlier meaningful clinical experience, more learner choice and a stronger emphasis on the effective transition to internship for our graduates. For more detail on the new UQMD click here.

Throughout 2021, our Theme Leads and Working Groups have been progressing with the early detailed design of our curriculum.  This work has culminated in the drafting of staged learning outcomes that are aligned with our graduate attributes and our thematic approach.

We are now in the process of establishing design groups for each of our five courses in the new Program.  The year 1 and 2 groups will commence formal work on their respective courses in the coming weeks.

We look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues on this exciting project during the balance of 2021 and into 2022. 

If you would like to get involved  or have any other questions or feedback, please email us at

With best wishes,


Professor Stuart Carney
Dean, The University of Queensland Medical School

Professor Kirsty Foster
Director, Academy for Medical Education



More about the MD DESIGN project

The UQ Doctor of Medicine (MD) Curriculum is undergoing a major transformation to better prepare UQ medical graduates for modern clinical practice in Australia, the United States and elsewhere. 

The needs of the populations that our future graduates will serve are changing.  Our communities are ageing and a greater proportion are now living with chronic conditions and co-morbidities. There are significant and growing health inequalities across our communities. These are acutely felt by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and those living in regional and remote Australia. 

Current models of care need to evolve and shift towards a greater focus on prevention, team-based care, digital healthcare, and community-based practice.  Increasing use of technology in both health and education requires doctors of the future to employ a new range of skills.

The MD DESIGN Project will create a program that is innovative, positioning UQ as a global leader in medical education.

The latest on MD DESIGN UQ MD High level design Project governance High level timeline Stakeholder engagement Frequently asked questions Resources


  • Project Sponsor: Professor Stuart Carney, Dean, The University of Queensland Medical School
  • Project Working Group Chair and Academic Lead for MD Design: Professor Kirsty Foster, Director, Academy for Medical Education
  • Senior Manager, MD Design: Ms Helen Spindler

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