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Medical Education Unit 

Unpacking the (true) cost of medical assessments (entry to exit)


Established as the State’s first university in 1911 and founded with a mission to ‘advance the prosperity and welfare of our communities’, the University opened in 1913 to just 184 students. Today, more than 25,000 students are enrolled from 100 countries.

UWA’s Medical School brings together the brightest students, experienced clinicians and committed researchers to unlock the greatest health challenges of our day. Celebrating 60 years in 2017, the Medical School is an infinite source of teaching and learning for individuals who share our goal of delivering better health outcomes today and into the future.

We have a renowned research program carried out in laboratories, hospitals and in the community at a patient level, and we offer a range of scientific and clinical research opportunities across 10 divisions.


Assessment plays a key role in a medical degree. The true cost from entry through to exit is not always transparent to the relevant stakeholders to make informed decisions about assessment decisions throughout the medical degree. The project aims to look at the four-year postgraduate UWA Medical Program and map assessments against costs (human & financial). Progression of students and the cost of failing students will also be reviewed.


For this project students will utilise their skills to generate a map of assessments, with human resource, time, financial and estimates of effort in each assessment task across the medical degree. This will greatly benefit us, as assessments can be improved over time to provide greater authentic, work-based learning tasks. Progression of students via various pathways will also be examined and provide greater insight.

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Medical Team
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Nazma Akter Tithi

Macquarie University

Natural Sciences

Skills: Product development & testing,

chemical analyses & syntheses, cell culture & bio-molecular assays, data analyses, technical writing & presentation, critical thinking, problem solving, project & time management.

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Miyuki Taniguchi

Murdoch University

Environmental and Conservation Science

Skills: Field sampling (trapping) & observation, chemical analysis (GC-MS, EAD, FID), bio-molecular analysis (DNA barcoding), insect identification, and data analysis.

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Sylvester A Obeng-Darko

The University of Western Australia

Biological Science

Skills: Molecular skills (DNA, eDNA, RNA, protein extraction), PCR, ELISA, Microscopy (optical and SEM), physiological assessment, HPLC, RNA-seq analysis, microbial biochemical analysis, statistical analysis & data visualization, report writing and critical review.

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