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At Adelaide Medical School you’ll have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience across multiple disciplines, each of which contributes to our teaching, research and research support activities.

Acute Care Medicine

The Discipline of Acute Care Medicine integrates anaesthesia, intensive care, pain medicine, emergency medicine and hyperbaric medicine. The discipline incorporates all aspects of perioperative medical care, and has a presence across the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH).

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Anatomy and Pathology

The Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology encompasses research and teaching about the structure and function of the body in health and disease.

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General Practice

The Discipline of General Practice provides exceptional undergraduate and postgraduate education for medical students and practising health professionals in the community, including coordinating clinical placements for undergraduate sixth-year medical students.

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The Discipline of Medicine comprises broad-ranging functions in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research, and clinical service and management. Students undertake basic science research, clinical research and epidemiological research across many areas, including: endocrinology, neurology, cardiology, chronic disease, gastroenterology, ageing, rheumatology and population health.

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Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has a long-established and outstanding international reputation in research concerning reproductive health. The lead researchers in the discipline are members of the Robinson Research Institute. Their areas of research comprise early origins of adult disease, fertility, conception, pregnancy and childbirth, and cancers of the female reproductive system. The discipline contributes to undergraduate teaching in medical and health sciences programs, has an active honours program, and consistently achieves outstanding evaluations for its contributions in these areas.

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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

The Discipline of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences specialises in eye health conditions within individuals and populations. Its research interests range from clinical trials in glaucoma, retina and cornea; through to oculoplastic and orbital surgery, and blindness prevention.

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Orthopaedics and Trauma

The Discipline of Orthopaedics and Trauma focuses on musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis and injury, with rotations combining orthopaedics and trauma, rheumatology and rehabilitation medicine. The discipline is home to the Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research.

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The lead researchers in the Discipline of Paediatrics are members of the Robinson Research Institute. Their current research strengths in children’s health include nutrition, neurogenetics, diabetes, immunisations, allergy, neurodevelopment and sleep.

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The Discipline of Pharmacology is an interdisciplinary field comprising both experimental and clinical science across physiology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, neuroscience, mathematics, statistics and medicine. The discipline studies how all types of drugs interact with our body: medicinal and recreational, legal and illegal, synthetic and naturally occurring, therapeutically beneficial medicines and potentially toxic substances.

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The Discipline of Physiology is a scientific discipline that studies the functions of the body. It offers vibrant and dynamic research and postgraduate training programs, with particular strengths in the areas of cardiovascular physiology and neurophysiology. Undergraduate teaching also incorporates research concepts, research-focused practicals, and research placements, both in Adelaide Medical School and local affiliate laboratories within hospitals and biomedical research institutes.

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The Discipline of Psychiatry aims to enhance the understanding of the etiology and pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders, and identify and trial novel treatments for them.

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The Discipline of Surgery studies the impact of diseases and trauma, the techniques and technology to repair or alleviate them, and the full range of treatment outcomes experienced by patients. The discipline undertakes research activity across a variety of surgical specialties, including vascular surgery, breast endocrine surgery, and ear nose and throat surgery. It also provides significant opportunities for postgraduate study.

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