Mission of the School of Medicine, Sydney

The Mission of the School of Medicine, Sydney is to develop and train excellent, caring and ethical doctors. We seek to provide excellence in medical education, research and scholarship delivered in the context of Catholic faith and values, with respect for human life, dignity and social justice.

Specifically the goals of the medical program are excellence in training:

  • in communication and clinical skills to produce highly technically skilled graduates;
  • in anatomy and the biomedical and clinical sciences to produce graduates with excellent basic and clinical science knowledge.
  • in ethics, philosophy and the medical humanities to produce graduates who appreciate the social and ethical obligations of doctors to the wider community.
  • in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and rural health with the aim of improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and rural healthcare outcomes for Australia.
  • in research with the aim of producing evidence-based practitioners who will aspire to advance medical knowledge.

We also focus on developing professionalism, and attach value to a range of broader graduate attributes, including critical and reflective thinking, lifelong learning, ethical responsibility, philosophical and religious approaches to life, team work and interdisciplinarity, internationalism and commitment to active citizenship.

Vision for our students

Our medical graduates will:

  • respect their patients’ rights and responsibilities for their health and healthcare decisions;
  • have a fundamental understanding of health and wellbeing as well as pathology and disease;
  • work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary health professional team;
  • have a strong sense of vocation, recognising the privilege of medical training and seek to apply their skills in ways that help those in greatest need, and to support their profession; and
  • value research with a desire to contribute to medical knowledge, critically appraise new evidence and have a passion for life-long learning.