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Dissecting room in original Medical School
Berne, Dagmar with 2nd Year Medical Students 1886
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About History of Curriculum and Teaching Resources

In this section you will find various publications relating to the history of our curriculum from the commencement of the Sydney Medical School. Try your luck answering the questions from our early examination papers, or read the requirements from each of the University Calendars or Faculty of Medicine Handbooks.

Historical Medical Examination Papers

From originals held in University Archives, Fisher Library

Exam paper 1886 page Xc
Try your luck answering questions from our earliest medical examination papers. These examination papers have been copied by decade since the establishment of the Medical School in 1883. Click on the following links to browse through each of the papers.

Faculty of Medicine Handbooks

Originals held in Rare Books, Fisher Library

Faculty of Medicine Handbook 1962
The faculty has published handbooks to accompany their courses since 1962. Click on the link below to browse or download Faculty of Medicine Handbooks from 1962 to 2008.

University of Sydney Calendars

Original Calendars held in Fisher Library, Rare Books and University Archives

First Calendar Cover
The Medical School has documented its curriculum in the University Calendar since 1856. These publications are now available online. Follow the link below to browse or download the University Calendar of your choice as a PDF file or Word document. These Calendars make interesting reading when comparing the curriculum over the years.

Curriculum Matters

From the Office of Medical Education

Curriculum Matters February 2009
Curriculum Matters is a quarterly newsletter from the Office of Medical Education. In essence, we view this newsletter as a means of showcasing the enhancements to the Program and keeping students and staff updated about changes to the curriculum.

USydMP Curriculum Review

2008 UsydMP Curriculum Review cover
In mid-2006, the Dean, Professor Bruce Robinson, initiated a review of the University of Sydney Medical Program, the innovative educational flagship introduced a decade ago in 1997. The review has been undertaken by two very senior members of the Medical School, Emeritus Professor Kerry Goulston (formerly Head and Associate Dean of the Northern Clinical School) and Emeritus Professor Kim Oates (formerly Douglas Burrows Professor of Paediatrics and Chief Executive of the Children's Hospital at Westmead). Professors Goulston and Oates have consulted widely and received an enormous number of submissions. The Sydney Medical School has been delighted to have such an enthusiastic response to the Review from its own members, its students and members of the community.

The Review's report has recently been printed. If you would like your own printed copy, please contact Rebecca Rock via, or click on the following link to read or download an online version.

Historical Resources for Tutors and Students

Historical Resources for Tutors and Students provides information for teachers and students to support our problem based learning modules in the Graduate Medical Program. These pages provide historical background to contemporary western medical concepts and link to virtual and physical resources in the relevant field.