The GM is based at two UOW campuses—the Wollongong and Shoalhaven Campuses.
Wollongong, home to UOW's main campus, is a vibrant, multicultural city of around 300,000 people, situated on the coast about 90 minutes drive south of Sydney's CBD.
Among the city's many physical attractions are 17 patrolled surf beaches and the spectacular bushland backdrop of the Illawarra escarpment.
UOW's Shoalhaven Campus is located at Nowra, approximately 60 minutes drive south of Wollongong. Nowra is the main centre in the Shoalhaven, an area famous for its beautiful coastline and beaches, rivers, lakes and rolling green farmland.
The Illawarra Region has a total population of just over 400,000 living in regional centres and rural communities. It has a wide range of medical facilities from large hospitals to specialist clinics, community medical facilities and traditional doctors' surgeries – making it an ideal location to provide medical students with a range of clinical experiences.
A Medical School for the 21st century
The GM features technology-based clinical skills laboratories where students can diagnose, treat and perform procedures on life-size virtual patient simulators – mannequins that can be programmed to exhibit the symptoms of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. The GM laboratories are based on a model developed at the Peninsula Medical School in England. The GM is also a member of the International Virtual Medical School (IVIMEDS). This is an international collaboration involving more than 50 medical schools that are committed to achieving the highest standards in medical education in part, through the appropriate use of new and emerging technologies.
GM students will learn to be comfortable working in modern electronic medical environments, which includes accessing the extensive medical information and other resources available online.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in human cadaver dissection learning activities in the Anatomy Teaching Laboratories located on the Wollongong Campus. The laboratory houses two teaching areas, one large open plan area catering for 55 students participating in both wet and dry practical learning sessions, and one tutorial room seating 20 students in an informal classroom setting. The tutorial room houses 7 PCs with web access. The main lab area has audiovisual projection facilities and has multiple computer facilities for individual/small group multimedia presentations.
Shoalhaven and Wollongong Campus Buildings
The buildings on both Shoalhaven and Wollongong campuses are state-of-the-art teaching & learning facilities and include:
- In the Clinical Skills Centre, students have opportunities for ‘hands-on’ practice of clinical skills with a variety of medical equipment and mannequins.
- The Clinical Examination Suites allow students to develop skills in a mock clinical environment.
- Both campuses have lecture theatres with video conferencing capability.
- Tutorial rooms are the primary teaching site for the medical students while on the campuses. There are four tutorial rooms in the Wollongong facility and three in the Shoalhaven facility.
- Both campus buildings provide wireless access to the UOW network; computer workstations; multimedia learning resources; medical reference texts; and a range of journals.
- The Wollongong campus building houses a Student Learning Centre providing open access to medical students for individual and group study.
- The Shoalhaven campus has a shared library and resource facility providing 24 hour access.