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Friday, July 20th, 2018

How to prepare for your University of Sydney medicine or dentistry interview

It’s that time of year again!

This August, the University of Sydney medicine and dentistry applicants will be undertaking multi-mini interviews via Skype for admission into the DMD and MD programs for the 2019 intake.

Sydney Medical School and Sydney Dental School interviews

No stress. You got this!

As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students, but they don’t have to be! To help you out, we have compiled some interview tips from former OzTREKK students, and from our own little knowledge bank we’ve stocked over the years.

Multiple Mini Interview

International applicants who qualify for an interview will be interviewed via an online link using Skype. When making an interview booking, applicants will be required to enter their Skype user name and phone  number (including the country code and area code, in case that there is any problem during their interview).

The interview process is known as the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). The actual MMI is expected to last approximately 45 minutes; however, the entire process including registrations may take up to 2 hours, although this is rare. They are looking for

  • good communication skills;
  • your sense of caring, empathy and sensitivity;
  • your ability to make effective decisions;
  • your ability to contribute as a member of a team;
  • your appreciation of the place of medicine/dentistry in the wider context of healing; and
  • your sense of vocation, motivation and commitment within the context of medicine/dentistry

Who are the interviewers?

All MMI interviewers are volunteers who have completed a training program and observed the MMI process. They will be friendly and professional and want to see you succeed. No one will try to trick you!

  • Academic, clinical academic, and staff of the university
  • Graduates from medicine and dentistry
  • Persons drawn from the wider community

Get ready

On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. If you can’t attend your interview at the specified time, you must contact the Admissions Office as a matter of urgency. The Admissions Office will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

What to expect

The multi-mini interview (MMI) is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes, designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the University of Sydney considers important in entry-level students, as well as your values and commitment.

The assessment is conducted through a range of different authentic scenarios that test specific characteristics. There are usually five stations of seven minutes each, with a turnaround time of two minutes. Each station samples different aspects of professionalism according to a carefully designed framework.

At the commencement of the interview, the first interviewer will appear on the screen. This is your chance to say hello! Once the bell rings, you will be sent the first scenario via instant message on Skype. Read the first sentence of the scenario aloud to the interviewer.

Former OzTREKK students’ tips… and things to get you thinking!

Now, we don’t guarantee that you’ll be asked about your shortcomings, but it is recommended to have an overall sense of “who you are” and a level of comfort with yourself and your knowledge before heading to an interview. Here is a list of tips from former OzTREKK students, and other things to get you thinking about the types of questions they may ask to help get you prepared:

Before your interview

  • Get ready for scenarios! Read and discuss. Read about what is happening around you and find someone to discuss it with. Present your views and listen to their views. This is a great way to actually hear different sides of the same story.
  • Practice formulating a position, practice speaking, and practice expressing your opinion! Avoid confrontation.
  • Stations may be loosely categorised into ethical-dilemma situations, teamwork-based situations, professionalism situations, differing-opinion situations, etc.
  • What makes a good or bad doctor?
  • If you are invited to ask questions, have some! Be prepared to speak about yourself and your interests outside of dentistry or medicine.
  • Do you have weaknesses? What are they? How are you working on them?
  • Know the profession—its past, its present, its future. This shows you would like to invest your life in the profession.
  • Think about alternative medicine and dentistry. Is it valuable? Is it comparable to Western medicine?
  • Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20 years from now?

During your interview

  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • There won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water on hand should you need it.
  • The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for medicine or dentistry, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality.
  • Figure out what kind of general situation you are in and then present not only how you view the situation, but also from the viewpoint of bystanders and/or the opposing party. Think outside the box, but tread lightly!
  • If an interviewer interrupts at any point, stop and listen carefully to what he/she has to say. They are doing this in your favour, as you are likely veering off course in your discussion.
  • Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible.

We know it’s difficult, but try not to stress. We often hear from OzTREKK students, “I didn’t need to be as stressed as I was.” The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you.

Best of luck!

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If you have any questions regarding your Sydney Dental School or Sydney Medical School interview, please contact your OzTREKK admissions officer at kaylee@oztrekk.com or alexa@oztrekk.com.

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Australian dental school application deadlines

Australian dental schools are very popular among Canadian students. Why? It’s because of the reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates. Canadians who have graduated from an accredited Australian dentistry program are required to write the same National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Written Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination as someone who graduated from a Canadian dentistry program before he or she would be licensed to practice.

Now on to the good part: the application deadlines. Remember, it’s always best to apply as early as possible since dentistry admissions can be very competitive! If you’ve already filled out an Australian dental schools application, now is the time to get the remaining app documents in!

Upcoming Australian dental school application deadlines

Don’t miss the upcoming Australian dental school application deadlines!

University of Western Australia

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 6
Deadline: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

University of Sydney

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 25+
Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018
Note: Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Melbourne

Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery
International places: 20 – 25+
Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018
Note: If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, you must have all application documents submitted to OzTREKK before July 13.

Griffith University

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry
International places: 25
Deadline: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Note: Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

James Cook University

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Note: JCU sometimes issues early offers to highly qualified students. If you apply early, there may be an opportunity to meet with the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine when they are in Canada for med interviews (this June). This is strongly recommended if you are interested in studying at JCU.

Charles Sturt University

Degree: Bachelor Dental Science
International places: 10
Deadline: September 27, 2018
Note: This program fills quickly! Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Queensland

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Science
International places: 40
Deadline: October 30, 2018
Note: This program has filled for the 2019 intake. (As this program is extremely competitive, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.)

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Do you need help with your Australian dental school application? Please contact OzTREKK’s Dentistry Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com. We’re here to help!

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Why should you consider studying dentistry at UWA?

Why should you consider studying dentistry at UWA?

The UWA School of Dentistry believes that students learn best when teaching and learning methods focus on student-centred approaches whenever possible. Students develop a broad base of knowledge, multi-faceted experiences and the ability to think critically and apply knowledge to solve problems through the use of problem-based clinical situations, computer activities, lecture and self-directed learning programs.

Students learn either by treating patients under close supervision by highly experienced and skilled tutors, or by observing general and specialist dentists treating a wide range of dental conditions.

UWA Doctor of Dental Medicine Entry Requirements

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine  (DMD)
Total international spots: 6
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2018; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Why should you consider studying dentistry at UWA?

Learn more about studying dentistry at UWA!

To be eligible to apply for the UWA School of Dentistry’s DMD program, eligible applicants must

  • have completed a bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7;
  • have completed the DAT, GAMSAT or MCAT (123/123/123/123 and an overall minimum of 492).
  • be able to attend an in-person interview, which will include successfully completing a spatial awareness component.

The results for these tests will not be used in the final ranking, but will determine if an application proceeds to the final ranking.

In addition, it is recommended that applicants have undertaken the following units/subjects:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first-year university level (including completion of Grade 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or human biology at first-year university level

Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based equally on DAT/MCAT/GAMSAT and GPA.

For the 2018 intake, 6 OzTREKK students accepted offers to the UWA Doctor of Dental Medicine!

Learn how to apply to UWA Dental School!

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Discover more about studying dentistry at UWA! If you have any questions, please contact Australian Dentistry Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com.

Friday, February 16th, 2018

UWA holds orientation day for medicine and dentistry students

International medicine and dentistry students were welcomed onto the UWA campus for a fun-filled orientation day recently. The aim of the day was to enable the students to get to know one another in a casual and friendly environment. Mixed in with this excited group of students were a few OzTREKKers—our first bunch to attend the University of Western Australia!

UWA holds orientation day for medicine and dentistry students

International students enjoy orientation at UWA (Photo credit: UWA)

The morning session had the students participate in “skills to thrive at UWA” activities run by Mike Borman from Jojara & Associates. These icebreakers encouraged the students to connect, adapt and build relationships, while also enhancing their skills needed to communicate and work together as a team. A critical element of their time at UWA given they’ll be spending the next four years working closely together.

Sue Pougnault, Admissions Officer for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences said, “It’s fantastic having Canadian students join us at UWA to complete their Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and I’m very excited to follow their journey.”

The afternoon saw representatives from STUDYSmarter and Student Experience come to speak with the students about life at UWA, the wide range of support services on offer, how to find the right study/life balance, and tips to get more out of their study.

“The day was a great success and helped to build trust and support between the students and UWA staff and that we, the staff are here to support them throughout their time at UWA.

“We welcome both our international and domestic students to UWA and wish them every success with their studies,” Mrs Pougnault said.

Doctor of Dental Medicine and the Doctor of Medicine

Location: Perth, Western Australia
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2018; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Apply to the University of Western Australia!

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Find out more about studying at UWA! Contact OzTREKK’s Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com or OzTREKK’s Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com.

Monday, June 19th, 2017

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

Students at JCU dental school

Absolutely! Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates. To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.

Your Pathway to Certification

  1. Application – Create an online application through the NDEB portal.
  2. Registration for the Examinations – Register for available examinations through your online profile.
  3. Proof of Graduation – Provide an original official transcript of marks indicating date of convocation.
  4. Certification – When you have passed both examinations and proof of graduation is received, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.
  5. Provincial Licensure – Requests for licensure are made through the provincial dental regulatory authorities.

Ready to take that next step? Apply to an Australian dental school!

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Do you need help with your Australian dental school application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

What are the Australian dental school application deadlines?

Wondering what the admissions timelines are for our Australian dental schools? We’re so glad you asked!

Interested in studying dentistry in Australia?

Here are the application deadlines. Remember, it’s always best to apply as soon as possible since dentistry admissions can be very competitive.

University of Western Australia

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 6
Deadline: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Charles Sturt University

Degree: Bachelor Dental Science
International places: 10
Deadline: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Note: CSU uses application rounds; however, the program fills quickly. You are encouraged to apply no later than this date.

University of Sydney

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Note: As the cycle is short, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Melbourne

Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: July 28, 2017
Note: If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, you should have all application documents submitted to OzTREKK approximately a week prior to the deadline.

James Cook University

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: August 30, 2017
Note: While the deadline is in August, in the past, the university has issued early offers to highly qualified students through the summer. If you apply early, there may be an opportunity to meet with the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine when they are in Canada for med interviews (end of June). This is strongly recommended if you are interested in studying at JCU.

University of Queensland

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Science
International places: 40
Deadline: October 30, 2017
Note: As this program is extremely competitive, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

University of Western Australia’s Doctor of Dental Medicine application deadline

Application deadlines are approaching! And one of them is the University of Western Australia’s Doctor of Dental Medicine program.

University of Western Australia's Doctor of Dental Medicine application deadline

Study dentistry at UWA

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Western Australia is a four-year, full-time professional degree with a significant research component. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of relevant knowledge in the basic medical sciences to support the staged development of clinical dental competencies and skills. Early clinical contact is pivotal to the course and students will enter the clinic from the first semester of their study.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Total international spots: 6
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2017; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the UWA School of Dentistry‘s DMD program, eligible applicants must

  • have completed a bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7;
  • have completed the DAT, GAMSAT or MCAT (123/123/123/123 and an overall minimum of 492).
  • be able to attend an in-person interview, which will include successfully completing a spatial awareness component.

The results for these tests will not be used in the final ranking, but will determine if an application proceeds to the final ranking.

In addition, it is recommended that applicants have undertaken the following units/subjects:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first-year university level (including completion of Grade 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or human biology at first-year university level

Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based equally on DAT/MCAT/GAMSAT and GPA.

Apply to the University of Western Australia Dental School!

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Discover more about the UWA Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

UWA School of Dentistry students help relieve dental suffering

Nearly 100 homeless people and refugees, some who have had insufferable dental pain for years, received free dental treatment thanks to a team of dentists, dental students from the University of Western Australia, and volunteers from UWA and Tzu Chi Foundation Perth.

The joint initiative between Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation (an international humanitarian organisation that helps those less fortunate) and UWA aims to relieve the suffering of people who normally struggle to gain access to dental treatment. At the same time, UWA dental students were provided with a valuable opportunity to expand their skills.

UWA students help relieve dental suffering

UWA School of Dentistry students help relieve dental suffering (Photo credit: UWA)

Dentist Dr Lydia See from the UWA School of Dentistry, who also coordinates the dental volunteering events for Tzu Chi Perth, said the patients were recruited by three main charity organisations: Red Cross, Ruah Community Services and St Bartholomew’s House.

“The dental work was carried out on the weekend at a Dental Fair at UWA’s Oral Health Centre of Western Australia with the provision of treatment for patients given by 33 of our dentists and 65 dental students,” Dr See said.

Dental problems ranged from broken teeth to infections, abscesses, periodontal disease and resulting long-standing severe toothache. Dental students provided chair-side assistance and taught the patients about the importance of oral hygiene.

Dr See said it was a great initiative to help patients but also to provide learning opportunities for students.

“Sometimes we take dental care for granted, but it’s a reality that not everyone can access dental treatment because of a barrier in their lives or the expense,” Dr See said.

“The students volunteering were able to give back to the community and gain experience in treating people with a range of different dental problems.

“It taught students that even though dentistry is a technical exercise, the patient is a person with feelings, beliefs and different ideas. Caring for the welfare of the patients is just as important as carrying out the dental work itself.”

One of the patients, Mr Dugarme Tassi-e, 61 of Wilson, who receives support from Ruah Community Services, said the initiative was important to help people in the community who are homeless or recovering from homelessness.

“When you’re homeless you struggle to gain access to dental care,” he said. “People don’t understand the effects of years of poor dental hygiene. The minute your dental hygiene goes down, so does your health. It affects what you can eat and puts you in discomfort so you are unable to enjoy a quality of life that others often take for granted.”

Mr Tassi-e said he was relieved to receive a free dental check-up through the initiative, and work on his teeth to repair them and alleviate discomfort.

Doctor of Dental Medicine at UWA

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Western Australia is a four-year, full-time professional degree with a significant research component. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of relevant knowledge in the basic medical sciences to support the staged development of clinical dental competencies and skills. Early clinical contact is pivotal to the course and students will enter the clinic from the first semester of their study.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2017; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the UWA School of Dentistry‘s DMD program, eligible applicants must

  • have completed a bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7;
  • have completed the DAT, GAMSAT or MCAT (123/123/123/123 and an overall minimum of 492).
  • be able to attend an in-person interview, which will include successfully completing a spatial awareness component.

The results for these tests will not be used in the final ranking, but will determine if an application proceeds to the final ranking.

In addition, it is recommended that applicants have undertaken the following units/subjects:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first-year university level (including completion of Grade 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or human biology at first-year university level

Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based equally on DAT/MCAT/GAMSAT and GPA.

Apply to the University of Western Australia Dental School!

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com for more information about studying at the UWA School of Dentistry.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

OzTREKK welcomes two more Australian universities!

Because we like to offer our students as many study options as possible, we now have two more Australian universities offering popular programs like medicine, dentistry, and law!

All of us at OzTREKK are pleased to announce that we are now an official Canadian representative of two additional Australian universities: Charles Sturt University, and the University of Western Australia.

Charles Sturt University

Learn more about CSU

Charles Sturt University

First, meet Charles Sturt University! Established in 1989, it was named in honour of Captain Charles Sturt, a British explorer who made expeditions into regional New South Wales and South Australia.

While CSU has many campuses located in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory, OzTREKK students will be headed to Orange, New South Wales, for their Bachelor of Dental Science program. Nestled in the Central Tablelands of NSW, 260 km west of Sydney, Orange is a progressive city with a friendly country atmosphere. The city’s 38,000 residents enjoy excellent retail, sporting, educational and health services. With two movie cinemas, restaurants offering a range of cuisine, popular Farmers’ Markets, wineries and an annual FOOD Week, Orange combines boutique shops, sporting facilities, and quality educational and health services.

University of Western Australia

Learn more about UWA

University of Western Australia

How about heading to the west coast of Australia for a change? If so, you’re in for a treat: Perth, Australia is incredibly beautiful, and you get to enjoy stunning sunsets over the Indian Ocean!

The University of Western Australia is a research-intensive university and one of the internationally recognised Australian Group of Eight (which also includes the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, and Monash University).

OzTREKK students will be happy to know that UWA offers three in-demand degree options for Canadian students:

UWA’s picturesque Crawley campus is located on the Swan River just 10 minutes from Perth. The campus offers you a range of cafes, bookshops, banks, a vibrant cultural precinct, myriad clubs and societies, a supportive Student Guild, and on- and off-campus accommodation options.

We are thrilled to welcome you, Charles Sturt University and University of Western Australia!

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If you have any questions about our new Australian universities, please email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help!