Notre Dame Sydney Medical School forges links into the private pathology sector

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 12-2-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney

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In an Australian first The University of Notre Dame’s Medical School in Sydney has entered into a partnership with major private operator, Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology Group, to promote the training of medical students in pathology and basic science.

This agreement will enable Notre Dame medical students to work ‘one on one’ with experienced senior specialist pathologists to appreciate the pathological basis of disease and to see how central basic science and pathology are to the practice of medicine.

Dean of the Sydney Medical School, Professor Julie Quinlivan said, ‘In Australia, pathology services constitute a major fraction of healthcare expenditure, and providing medical students with evidence-based guidelines for the management and monitoring of patients is core to the study of medicine.’

The Chief Executive Officer of Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology, Dr Colin Goldschmidt, stated, in signing the relationship agreement with Notre Dame’s Sydney based Medical School, “The private sector has the capacity to allow students to see how scientific theory taught in medical schools is translated into the realities of the clinical world. We look forward to sharing our knowledge with the next generation of doctors.’

Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology is Australia’s largest pathology laboratory and processes the specimens of over 15,000 patients per day. The Notre Dame Sydney School of Medicine will commence student intake in 2008 subject to finalisation of accreditation by the Australian Medical Council. The School will train medical students along the East Coast of Australia with clinical years training in Sydney and Melbourne.