The MED1000 Guide

The guide


Welcome to the University of Notre Dame School of Medicine Sydney! You are one of 120 students selected from several thousand, the LARGEST applicant number of ANY Australian Medical School! You are now embarking on a lifelong career of learning that starts today. We can guarantee that it will be more challenging and more rewarding than you could have ever imagined.

No matter where you come from, medical school is an experience unlike any you will have undertaken before. We can promise that your first few days of med school will be a stressful, albeit, life-changing time. As such, we want to relieve some of the stress by giving you all the tips and tricks, in our MANDUS SURVIVAL GUIDE.

This guide will roughly outline a wide variety of helpful tips: from the completely new medical language you will need to learn, to the structure of your timetable, to the format of exams and assessments as well as info on all our amazing social events, academic nights, surgical tutorials and sports. We have also included a great section on words of wisdom from some of the students in the year above.

We’re not going to sugar coat it; studying medicine is hard. But, Notre Dame have chosen you because they know you’ve got it in you to excel in this course. Work hard, play hard and don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

Download a PDF version of the MANDUS Survival Guide for 2018.

Preparing For Medical School

Most people would advise that you spend the holiday break relaxing and enjoying having no commitments! Don’t start stressing yourself before the start of the year, because you will well and truly burn out by the end of the long year. Here are a few tips:

Save some money

You are embarking on a career in which you will generally be well reimbursed. Unfortunately that is not the case during medical school. Most students find it very difficult to manage large amounts of part time work on top of their studies and most would tell you the importance of saving some money over the holiday break. Also, if you manage to get a fairly low maintenance  job before you start your course, it’s far more likely that you’ll be able to keep it and just reduce your hours once you’ve started. If you begin med and then go looking for gainful employment that lets you work ~16 hours a week you may struggle.

Become familiar with medical language 

Day one will be a huge challenge for those of you who lack a basic understanding of medical jargon. Start learning the medical language and give yourself an overview of the human body systems and how these words are used in context.

Some good resources:

Make a start on basic anatomy and physiology  (For the keen beans)

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There is no doubt there is SOME assumed knowledge in the course and different lecturers will teach at different levels. At the start of semester, MANDUS and the University have teamed up to offer some excellent bridging courses in areas like basic cell sciences, basic anatomy and introduction to physiology. There will also be bridging tutorials taught by some of the senior students with specialist backgrounds in areas of microbiology, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology. You will be able to sign up to these early on in semester 1.

For those who are super keen and who don’t have science backgrounds, we would suggest reviewing the anatomical planes (sagittal, transverse, coronary) and anatomical direction (superior, posterior, lateral, medical, proximal, distal, dorsal and ventral). This is hugely beneficial as lecturers will often use these terms early in the year. Going through the basic anatomical system and the functions of the major organs can again be also useful. However it’s not worth the stress and time trying to learn it all in great detail as these will be reviewed repeatedly throughout the year.

Starting Med School – The First Weeks

It's going off in the library

It’s all going off in the library!

The first few weeks of medicine will make you wonder why on earth you decided to do it. Don’t worry, this is how everyone feels, even those with science backgrounds.

There is no denying that the timetable is very full, and you can expect to have uni from 9-5 most days of the week. As it is a postgraduate course of just 4 years, we need to cram in a lot of learning into a short space of time! As Dean Bennett says, “This is a FULL-TIME course!”

The Notre Dame curriculum is based on a ‘spiral model’ of integrated learning that presents information based on Problem-Based Learning (PBL) based cases and related lecture series. The first few weeks will seem like you have been dropped into the deep end. Don’t stress, the structure of the course works on repetition and if you miss something, it will be covered again many times throughout the year.

You will, of course, totally ignore all of the above when you get to week 4 or so and think “OMG, this is so hard! Everyone else is coping brilliantly and I’m alone here in my shame bubble!” But it really is true and everyone has felt at one time or another that they’re a fraud and shouldn’t be doing med. You should be doing it. You just have to trust that the university knows what they’re looking for when they pick students. Focus on the small tasks and the waves and it won’t feel quite so overwhelming.

Blackboard – link

Blackboard is the UNDS hub for ALL lecture notes, course administration documents, placement details, labs and timetables. Make sure to consult blackboard at least every couple of days as documents and timetables are updated regularly.

Your Timetable – Link

The way the university distributes your timetables to you are in Word documents via Blackboard. This is cool in a retro sort of way – like Walkmans. However if you prefer your timetabling in a more dynamic format then the School of Medicine will also be releasing Cloud-based versions that you can sync with your iCal, Google Calendar, or other mobile device/computer-based calendars. These will be updated regularly as things do change on-the-fly, make sure you are always keeping an eye on these calendars and on Blackboard announcements.

Each week in MEDI6001 will follow *roughly* the same format, here’s a basic outline:


A generic MEDI6001 timetable

This is your anatomy day. In the morning you will have free time. Use this as you will: catch up on sleep, hit the library to start the week with a study session, or this may be an ideal time to work if you are holding down a part-time job as well. Anatomy tutorials and lectures take place almost every Monday afternoon. The tutorials have marked attendance, so you will need to attend to avoid eating into your 10% allowed absence.


Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology and Histology are all taught in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). One day a week is spent on the UTS campus in the city and for first year, Tuesday is your UTS day. On these days you will receive the majority of your Basic and Clinical Sciences (BCS) lectures (there are plenty of good coffee places around UTS, you will need it to stay awake!). The afternoon involves a variety of laboratory sessions. Some weeks you will have Tuesday afternoon off, other weeks from either 2:00-4:00pm or 4:30-6:30pm and others from 2:00-6:30pm straight. Make sure you consult your timetable weekly to ensure you attend your labs. Attendance is taken at lab sessions.


This is your clinical day. In the morning you will have an hour of Clinical Debriefing, a session that alternates fortnightly between Population and Public Health and Personal and Professional Developement (PPH and PPD, respectively). Immediately following this, you will have your second PBL session of the week. This is a vital session that consolidates the information you have been presented in the first PBL session of the week on the previous Friday afternoon. In the afternoon, starting in approximately week 8, you will begin your clinical rotations. These move weekly between areas such as surgical skills, ultrasound, communication, aged care and GP placements. All activities on Wednesday have compulsory attendance.


Thursday is another lecture day that focuses more on the areas of PPD and PPH in the morning and Clinical Skills in the afternoon. Sometimes you may have Thursday mornings or afternoons off. On select weeks throughout the year you will have bioethics workshops on Thursday afternoons covering one of the topics for the curriculum. In these sessions you will watch presentations from experts in their areas and then have the chance to discuss the issues raised in small groups.


Friday is a BUSY day that starts with 2 hours of Clinical and Communication Skills (CCS) and then an hour of PBL that wraps up the weekly case. After lunch you begin your new PBL case for the coming week. This 2-hour session introduces you to the case and allows you to have the weekend to look over important aspects. PBL and CCS are compulsory. Following this you will usually have 1 or 2 lectures that delve into the new week’s topic, usually the pathophysiology of the condition or case. After these lectures we have the weekly MANDUS Friday arvo drinks at one of our many local venues. Cheap drinks with good friends to end a BUSY week; nothing better!



Whilst it’s very tempting to think either “Yay! I’ve got 48 hours to do HARD med revision!” or “Yay! I’ve got 48 hours to do… nothing!”, both extremes should be avoided. It’s sensible to do a bit of a review of the week and maybe take a brief look over next Monday’s lectures, but make sure you take time for yourself. It’s super easy to get consumed by medicine; try to make the good habit of having time to indulge yourself and your non-med hobbies.

The Course

The Notre Dame Medicine course was brought from the University of Queensland and adapted. Every year a committee meets to assess its content and to ensure that it follows medical best practice. The course has recently changed from an MBBS to a Doctor of Medicine Course. Therefore it has, over the years, become a unique PBL-based course in its own right. Whilst we can’t cover everything relevant to the course we can give you a taste of what to expect:

Bioethics Curriculum

The Bioethics Curriculum is a cornerstone of Notre Dame’s new MD program. The world of medicine can be an ethical minefield and this part of the course aims to equip you with the tools to navigate the many issues that you will face as a student and practitioner. Experts in their fields will present you with many ‘ways of knowing’, ‘ways of thinking’ and ‘ways of doing ethics’, which you will be encouraged to discuss among your peers. The program comprises full-day intensive sessions at the beginning and middle of the year, with afternoon workshops on select Thursday afternoons throughout the year. This will all culminate in the preparation of a written and spoken ethical disputation and short answer examination questions (which will be provided prior to the summative exam!) to assess your engagement with the content.

Clinical Skills

Around week 8 you will start your clinical attachments. Most students really enjoy these sessions as a nice break from academia and a chance to see some of the real world applications of what you’re learning. The GP attachments are often cited as a particular favourite as they give you a chance to see your PBL tutors ‘in the wild’ and interact with real patients. The main advice we’d like to give you is: be on time, be courteous and remember that you’re representing Notre Dame. This is especially true of elderly care attachments and the like as first impressions really do count.

As a general rule of dress: If the attachment is on campus you can wear what you please. If it’s off site then I’m afraid you’ll have to swap the thongs and boardies for business wear and don’t forget your name badge! A pro-tip is to aways keep it in the bag you take to uni so it’s always handy.

Exam Preparation

Exams are stressful, we have all given up so much to be here and we want to succeed. Make sure you understand the topics every week before coming up to exam time. Medicine is not the type of course you can get away with cramming everything last minute. What’s more, try to remember that unlike undergraduate studies, medicine is much more big-picture.

Group study is a great way to learn, consolidate knowledge and make use of everyone’s diverse backgrounds! Take a look at the learning objectives (LOs), but it is more important to understand the concept (big picture) than the minute details.

Study hard but make sure you don’t go overboard. Get enough sleep, eat properly and make sure to take time out for whatever it is that helps you. Watch a movie, catch up with friends for a coffee, go for a run – whatever you need. You will find that when you do come back to study you will be mentally refreshed and more focused. Also, don’t worry if you are not the type of person who can study for 14 hours a day. Most of us can’t!!

At the end of the day, make sure you aim to know a little bit about a lot. This will serve you much better than knowing one particular system in great detail. With this approach you will be able to answer 90% of the questions, and when you don’t know the answer you will be able to venture a reasonable guess based on your knowledge of how the systems work. Whatever you do, don’t predict what will be in the exam because the exams cover EVERYTHING!

Take heart in the fact that the questions we were asked in the ND and UTS exams required no more than 3-4 lines max (for the longest answers). Hence the answers are really restricted to the advertised “short answer” variety. Again, the exams will cover a broad spectrum of content however, so learning certain topics really well and neglecting others will be at your detriment, guaranteed!

The ND exam is a fair test of what you have learnt throughout the year.


Clinical Exams

Let's face it, you're basically a doctor now.

Let’s face it, you’re basically a doctor now.

Each week you will learn clinical skills that are assessed in an OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) at the end of the year. OSCEs are a great chance to show what you have learnt throughout the year and are actually really fun! This is where you get to dress up and play doctor. YouTube has a great range of OSCE type examinations, including ones from Talley & O’Connor, who write your textbook. Practice makes perfect – definitely book a room weekly to practice with a group.

For all the end of year exams, make sure that you revise first semester content, even if it has already been examined!

Who are MANDUS?

Fun times

Fun times with MANDUS

Hello! We’re MANDUS (Medical Association of Notre Dame University Sydney), your student representative body! As a direct link to the faculty and its staff, we are your means of delivering feedback and thoughts on the course and all curricular material.  Each year group has an academic representative that works with our executive team and the SoMs staff to ensure that your issues are addressed and enacted upon. Being a young uni, the feedback you provide to MANDUS helps the uni to deliver the very best in medical education, allowing Notre Dame to be at the forefront of Australian medical schools.

Outside of its curricular evolvement, MANDUS also runs an array of extra-curricular programs and events. Our subcommittees are listed below:

Academic Portfolio

The MANDUS academic portfolio delivers a huge array of high-class academic events that aim to expose students to a wide range of academic interest areas outside of the standard curriculum. Examples of seminars, tutorials and presentations include:

  • Seminars on training pathways
  • Lecture series on careers in General Practice
  • Studying abroad

RANDA portfolio

RANDA (Research Association University of Notre Dame Australia) is Notre Dame’s research society under the umbrella of MANDUS which aims to engage students in clinical and laboratory based research through a range of events in 2018.

These will include speaker nights by leading professionals in a wide range of medical fields, tours of the local research facilities that are made available for students interested in summer research projects, identifying relevant research experience opportunities for first year medical students and managing all things MD project related! Additionally, we run two BCS (basic clinical sciences) trivia nights (one in each semester) in 2018 which will provide a valuable opportunity to go through past BCS exam questions in a stress-free environment (all the while snacking down on the finest pizzas our budget can buy).

Wellbeing Portfolio

You will become close friends with everyone in your year group as you progress on what is sometimes a difficult journey through medicine. The MANDUS wellbeing subcommittee is here to help you through, offering access to support services and a wide range of activities to nurture your individual wellbeing.

  • The Mentoring Program: Our mentoring program will give you a chance to get some tips and survival advice from our 2nd year mentors as well as an opportunity to get to know some of your fellow first years.
  • Wellbeing Wednesday: Our award winning #WellbeingWednesdayUNDS photo competition will give you the chance to win fun prizes every week whilst encouraging you take a weekly break to look after your wellbeing.
  • Mental Health Awareness: There will also be events aimed at increasing awareness and promotion of mental health, such as a Mental Health First Aid course and ‘R U OK? Day’.
  • Events: In addition to mental health awareness, events that extend to expanding your wellbeing include picnics, yoga and free food to help break up the study and allow you to relax and unwind! So, make sure you keep an eye out for these great events and remember to look after yourself and each other over the next few years.

PONDS (Parents of Notre Dame Sydney) Portfolio

Your family are the most important thing and a big part of the energy and resilience you’ll need to get through these years of training. It’s important to invest in them too. This year will be messy, and you’ll be knackered by the end, but you’ll get through it, as everyone does, and you might even realise your (previously taken for granted) feats of multi-tasking and efficiency. Put it this way: medicine’s not harder than getting a matching pair of shoes on a wriggling toddler, and you do that every day before 8.


Surgical Portfolio

Our Surgical society SANDUS (Surgical Association of Notre Dame University Sydney) was started in 2012 and has grown to present students with a wide variety of events and training tutorials. Run by a dedicated group of aspiring surgeons across all year groups, the surgical society aims to expose students to information on training pathways, seminars with prominent surgeons in a wide variety of surgical specialties, as well as assist in surgical teaching through surgical workshops.

Social Portfolio

Medical students work hard and play even harder. I can promise you now that there is nothing better after a long week of uni, than sitting down with mates at one of our local MANDUS sponsored bars for a beer or three. Our social subcommittee works tirelessly to bring you a huge array of exciting social events. This year you can look forward to:

  • MedCamp
  • MedBall
  • Scrubcrawl
  • MedFest
  • MANDUS block parties
  • Social events at sporting events (Super 15, A-League, Cricket)
  • Social Dinners
  • Friday Night Drinks – EVERY WEEK!

Sports Portfolio

Sport is a massive part of what we do here at Notre Dame. Our track record is strong, as 3 times ND Gift Champions and former NSW MSC Medical Schools champions, we have a strong pedigree. This year we look forward to increasing our involvement in social sport, as well as our involvement in larger inter- and intra-university events. What can you look forward to this year?

  • Social Sports teams – Dance, Touch Football, Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Running, Table Tennis, Tennis
  • ND Gift – Where the med faculty competes against all the other ND faculties for supremacy
  • NSW MSC Sports Day – NSW Medical schools convene to battle it out in a variety of sports

Global Hands portfolio

Global HANDS (Global Health at Notre Dame Sydney) is the global health and social justice group of the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. Our aim is to engage our students and faculty staff in issues regarding global health equity, both within and outside of our borders. GH consists of four working groups;

  • Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health,
  • Maternal and Child Health, Gender
  • Equality and Sexual Health, and
  • Code Green.

PANDA portfolio

The PANDA (Paediatric Association of Notre Dame Australia) portfolio runs a range of activities throughout the year that aim to work with children in our local community and raise interest in children’s health.

These activities include:

  • Teddy Bear Hospital
  • Grand Rounds
  • Jeans for Genes Day
  • Tracky Dack Day
  • Steptember

Getting Around / Maps

Sydney was around for a long time before Notre Dame squeezed in. But whilst we may not have the rolling ovals or imposing spires of certain other universities but we do have two central campuses both with en-suite churches! Here’s what you need to know about them:

Darlinghurst Campus: This is where you’ll spend most of your time at this fine university. Located at 160 Oxford St it houses the schools of Medicine and Nursing. This is your home for two wonderful years.

Broadway Campus: This is where you’ll have orientation, some of your yearly examinations and where all the rest of the university is located. This means you’ll want to go here for student admin, services and finances. No medical classes are taught here.

UTS: Did you know that as a ND student you get a UTS student card and access to their libraries and super fast wifi? No? Well now you do. You will spend one day a week at UTS and it will be where you do the majority of your physiology, histology and microbiology lectures. You will also have wet anatomy labs and microbiology labs here.

Darlinghurst campus


Broadway map


UTS map


Top Tips

Hindsight is great after the fact but not a great deal of use at the time. But it can be for others about to follow in your footsteps!

Non Science Background:

“You probably already know this” Get used to this statement – you’ll be hearing it a lot. As a student with a non-science background a lot of things are assumed as being known. The best advice is to take whatever bridging courses they offer (all unofficial, run by students, but worth every minute) to learn the basic science concepts that at least will have you beginning to think that this science thing could be familiar within a year. The first year will sometimes seem overwhelming and the learning curve is steep but by the end of the year you will be amazed at what you know. Focus on the Science Learning Objectives first and if you can’t get them all done then use the other sources that are floating around (if you haven’t got any yet, just ask someone, there are stacks). Don’t forget the ‘softer’ LOs though – they DO test you on everything. You won’t remember everything, but you’ll remember something about everything and that will set you in good stead for future years. Enjoy it – it’ll be over before you realise!

– Emma Thompson

There are really only 10 things you need to know to get through MED1000 as a non science graduate:
1. Don’t skip class/be absent. The course wont stop for you and it’s just too hard to catch up.
2. Reflect, reflect and then reflect some more! Your portfolio gives you easy marks and if you do bits and pieces throughout the year you wont be in a mad panic to get it done at the end of the year.
3. If one ever has idle time, attend LOGOS – always time well spent!
4. Prepare thyself for an overload of information. It will come at you with speed and volume. Try not to be overwhelmed, just take a deep breath and start from the beginning.
5. Learning outcomes are gospel – but there is more to med1000 than learning outcomes.
6. Friday afternoons at the pub are definitely a compulsory inclusion in the timetable
7. You should never feel guilty for taking study breaks – these are necessary for keeping one’s sanity.
8. Survival in PBL requires an ability to cook and appreciate good food.
9. If you are confused – ASK – there are myriad people willing to help you
10. Enjoy – welcome to the best year of your life!

 – Jess Quinn

Science Background:

So you’re finally here. It must have seemed like it was never going to come after the excruciating year of GAMSAT, applications, interviews, and finally, offers. But here you are about to start your first year of medicine and you should be proud! I remember the first few weeks of medicine being a huge challenge. Not necessarily because of the content- chances are with a science background you’ve seen some of this stuff before or at the very least, recognise some on the words. The challenge often lies with managing your time and discovering new ways of studying. I had a very particular study style from my undergraduate degree but, much to my dismay, simply did not translate into effective study in medicine. Therefore, I had to dedicate a fair bit of time figuring out the best way I was going to do it.

The best advice I can offer to you (and I know you’ll be getting TONNES in the first weeks so I’ve cut it down to 4 main point I wish I’d known):
1) Firstly, buy and use a diary. Seriously, day one. Do it.
2) Do not become complacent. Just because you’ve covered some of the content before doesn’t mean you’ll be able to apply, explain it in PBLs or regurgitate in the exams. Develop good study habits early on and come exam time, you’ll thank yourself.
3) Use the learning objectives to guide you. Often it may be unclear about the depth of knowledge that is required from you. You won’t need to know all the steps in an obscure transduction pathway- it’s a waste of time that could better be spent at the pub…Don’t get caught up in the fine details, it’s likely the depth that you cover
4) Finally, use your non-science classmates as a study resource. Collaborating with these classmates benefits both of you; they can offer a different way of thinking while you can teach them all the science tricks you know. Tell me I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn!

 – Ashleigh Clark


So you‘ve made it into medicine. Your jaw is still dropped to the floor but now the real mega planning skills, you always hoped you had, need to start showing their faces. Being a parent means you’ve already got some skills ready to use – you’ve juggled late nights, early mornings, no sleep, and have already come to pretty close terms with poo, wee and vomit on places you don’t want to think about. Realise these are your strengths; but also be aware of what your weaknesses are. You will be time poor, you will be tired, and you will spend an inordinate amount of time wondering why you thought studying medicine was a good idea and why you should stick at. But stick at it you will. Make the most of the mentoring groups and get to know everyone in your year – these are your support base, your knowledge base, and your future colleagues. Most of all, know when to ask for help – don’t be afraid to wave the white flag and say ‘I can’t do that, I don’t have time’. And remember to go home and take the time to enjoy your family. Good Luck!

– Emma Thompson

Working Part-Time:

I worked weekends the entire year excluding exam times. It was tough to start of with but I got into the routine of using my time at uni well, staying back in PBL rooms after lectures or dedicating time after uni to learning, at least 2-3 times a week. Working as a physio as helped consolidate what I was learning at uni, I used spare time at the hospital to practice clinical skills and interpret bloods of patients on my own. Its very achievable if you stay focused during the week and don’t fall behind in what you’re supposed to have learned by the end of the week.

– Avya Malik


Some frequently asked Questions before the start of Med school:

Do I need to buy a stethoscope, and if so, what one do I get and from where?

The answer is Yes, you will need to buy one eventually, but you will not require it until the formative exams in first semester (around the middle to end of first semester).

There are so many brands and models out there that it can be quite confusing.

Most students have either the Littman’s Classic II SE (retails for about $80-100) or the Littman’s Cardiology III/IV (retails for around $195+). The Cardiology III is known for its superior acoustics, however it is not necessary as a student/intern unless you have the cash to splash. For all practical purposes, the Classic II SE will serve you extremely well into your working years. Nevertheless, remember that a GOOD stethoscope can last up to 10 years, so invest wisely.

The best places to purchase them are online at or (often they also give away freebies like pen torches and free engraving), or from the UNSW MedSoc Bookstore.

Do I need to purchase an otoscope, opthalmascope, tendon hammer, and penlight?

No. You will not be using these pieces of equipment in first year very often. Furthermore the university provides them in every clinical room on campus for you to use. Save your money for medcamp.

Is it possible to manage a part time job whilst in medical school?

Yes, many students in senior years manage part time jobs whilst studying. This being said, you need to ensure that keeping up to date with your uni work is your number one priority. Most students would say that no more than 8-12 hours a week (usually a weekend day) is the most sustainable amount of work that still provides enough time to keep up with the rigors of the course. Remember its a full time course

Do I need to purchase the prescribed texts?

Yes and No, you are not required to purchase the prescribed texts, however it is recommended (they are all available in the library). These are the texts that lecturers will directly reference. Some of the prescribed books are VITAL, such as Talley & O’Connor’s Clinical Examination, your clinical reference text. We HIGHLY suggest you get a copy of. It is brilliant.

How do I study medicine best?

This is a difficult question and every person is different. In the first few weeks of the semester we will be giving you the best tips possible as part of our mentoring program. Sign up for the mentor program at enrollment and orientation days!

I see there are heaps of Learning Objectives (LO’s) weekly, do I need to write notes on every one?

The learning objectives provided to you by the faculty are a list of the expected competencies a student should attain from the coursework. Some students like to answer all the LO’s themselves in their notes, others work in their PBL groups to split the LO’s and then collate them at the end of the week. Others utilize other students notes from previous years, or from other universities (UQ, Deakin, UNDF all use a VERY similar curriculum and there are HEAPS of good notes floating around). The best way to get through the content is probably a mixture of all 3, however every person has their own methods. The biggest tip we have is to attend all your lectures and use all the available resources (eg. Your PBL group and other peoples notes) to supplement your own learning! The most important thing is being able to recognize and briefly answer each LO at the end of the PBL cycle. This isn’t difficult if you attend all your lectures, pracs and tutorials

What is the university policy on absence?

At Notre Dame you need to maintain an attendance of greater than 90% at compulsory tutorials, CCS sessions, Clinical Sessions and practicals. You can attain special consideration by asking the incredible medicine receptionist Victoria for the relevant forms.

If I have a generic question, whom should I ask?

Your MANDUS reps are all here to help answer your questions. If we don’t know then the best person to ask is the medicine receptionist Victoria. She will be able to help you with almost anything. Make sure you get on her good side, as she will be the most important person in the faculty!

Glossary of Terms

You will soon find out that along with studying medicine you will have to learn a new language- the language of Notre Dame. To give you a head start, here is a short glossary of terms you will become all too familiar with this year:

BCS: Basic Clinical Sciences

CCS: Clinical & Communication Skills

CD: Clinical Debriefing

LO: Learning Objectives. Each week will be based around a list of these. These are designed to guide your study for each case but you are also encouraged to make up some of your own to enhance your self-directed learning.

LOGOS: this is the mandatory ethics, philosophy and theology core curriculum that Notre Dame runs for all students. You will hear more about this when the head of Philosophy & Theology comes to talk to you in orientation week.

MANDUS: Medical Association of Notre Dame University Sydney (That’s us!)

MSAT: Multi station assessment task. You may tremble in your boots when you hear this later in the year, but keep on top of CCS throughout the year it’ll be a walk in the park. a.k.a. OSCE

PBL: Problem Based Learning. You will be allocated to a PBL group at the start of the year and will stay with them for the entire MED1000. PBL may also become synonymous with ‘snacks and baked goods’.

PPD: Personal & Professional development

PPH: Population & Public Health

Additionally, learning the language of medicine can be pretty challenging. However the wonderful crews at AMSA have provided some great electronic books that serve as a great reference guide- and the best part is they’re FREE!

To download them, just head to these sites:,%20Urine,%20Sweat%20%26%20Tears.pdf