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Friday, May 25th, 2018

Don’t miss the upcoming Study Medicine in Australia seminars

If you are interested in a career in medicine, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Study Medicine in Australia seminars where you will learn more about the world-renowned medical degrees offered in Australia, and about how you can practice in Canada after graduation.

Don't miss the upcoming Study Medicine in Australia seminars

Don’t forget to save your spot at a Study Medicine in Australia seminar!

Why Should You Consider Studying Medicine in Australia?

You have more options than you think. 

Australian medical schools offer high-quality education and clinical training in an amazing setting! Studying medicine in Australia is a great experience and really helps students appreciate the worldwide aspect of health, since many clinical placements are offered around the globe.

Every year, OzTREKK helps hundreds of Canadian students choose the right Australian medical school program for them. We understand admissions requirements and application procedures to Australian medical schools, and we can guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate-entry streams, and the considerations for practicing medicine following graduation

Join us in Toronto or Vancouver for our upcoming Study Medicine in Australia seminars! We will focus on Australian medical degrees, admissions requirements, medical licensing and more. Find out why so many Canadians are choosing to further their studies in Australia and coming home to practice!

TORONTO
Saturday, June 2, 2018
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hilton Toronto, Osgoode Room, 3rd Floor

VANCOUVER
Sunday, June 3, 2018
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
University of British Columbia, Robson Square, Plaza Lounge

Meet with these Australian university representatives!

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Don’t worry! We assist you at every stage—from application to arrival to understanding medical licensing—so that nothing is forgotten. Learn more about these upcoming Study Medicine in Australia seminars! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com!

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Australian medical school rankings 2018

There are medical schools here in Canada, so why do so many Canadians consider studying at an Australian medical school? Because Australia and Canada share a similar medical system, a similar medical education, and similar medical issues!

Australian medical school rankings 2018

Study medicine in Australia!

Australian medical schools offer high-quality education and clinical training in an amazing setting! Studying medicine in Australia is a great experience and really helps students appreciate the worldwide aspect of health, since many clinical placements are offered around the globe.

Another great reason to study in Australia is because of their incredible world rankings. Australian medical schools are world-ranking, with four of OzTREKK’s university partners in the top 50 in the world. These are not second-rate institutions, so don’t be worried that you will get a mediocre education.

The QS World University Rankings has recently released its 2018 rankings by subject, and here are the basics regarding how our Australian medical schools stacked up:

World Medical School Rankings 2018

Australian Medical Schools
Canadian Medical Schools
11th University of Toronto
21st McGill University
29th University of British Columbia
37th McMaster University
(4 OzTREKK Australian medical schools in top 50)
(4 Canadian medical schools in top 50)
QS World University Rankings by Subject: Medicine, 2018

Undergraduate- versus Graduate-entry Medical Programs

Undergraduate Entry

Are you just finishing high school? Undergraduate medical programs are for you! Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. If you have completed high school studies or would like to apply to a medical school in Australia without using your MCAT score, you may wish to learn more about undergraduate-entry medical programs offered by Australian universities.

Graduate Entry

Some Australian medical schools offer a graduate-entry medical program where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, in order to apply to a four-year medical program. The following Australian medical schools offer programs at a graduate-entry level, which are similar to medical programs offered in Canada and the United States:

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Would you like more information about studying medicine in Australia? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Australian medical school application deadlines for 2019 intake

Heads up if you are interested in applying to Australian medical schools for the 2019 intake!

Australian medical school application deadlines for 2019 intake

Learn more about Australian medical schools

OzTREKK is the Canadian expert on Australian medical schools. Every year, we help hundreds of Canadian students choose the right Australian medical school program for them. We understand admissions requirements and application procedures to Australian medical schools, and we can guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate-entry streams, and the considerations for practicing medicine following graduation.

OK, so that’s settled. Now here’s what you really want to know: the application deadlines! Have a look at our graphic, which lists the app deadlines by university.

What’s the Difference Between Graduate- and Undergraduate-entry Medical Programs?

Undergraduate Entry
Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to apply directly from high school. These medical programs are generally five to six years in length.

Graduate Entry
Some Australian medical schools offer a graduate-entry medical program where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, in order to apply to a four-year medical program.

Medical Licensing & Accreditation

According to CaRMS, Australian medical graduates have the best match rates returning to Canada than any other region in the world. Each year, we host annual Canadian Medical Licensing webinars, which provide the latest information regarding the accreditation and medical licensing process in Canada, as well as internships in Australia.

Apply to an Australian medical school!

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For more information about how to apply to an Australian medical school, medical school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships, please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars

Finding out what comes after medical school is a big deal.

Don't miss the upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars

Don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK medical licensing webinars

To help make the process a little smoother, OzTREKK hosts medical licensing webinars to assist future Australian medical school students to understand the ins and outs of returning to Canada and the USA, or staying in Australia as an international medical graduate.

During the webinars, you will learn more about the following topics:

  • Australian medical school systems and structure
  • Australian med school rankings
  • Medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS;
  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination, NAC OSCE, MCCQE1 and MCCQE2
  • Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and rates
  • Provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates
  • Latest information on the licensing process in Canada, the US and Australia
  • Pathways to becoming a doctor in Canada, the US and Australia
  • Process of how to apply in Canada, the US and Australia to become a doctor
  • Information about the licensing examinations in Canada and the US, what they are, when you need to sit them, and the application process
  • Latest developments and news related to licensing and accreditation from the various forms of government and medical bodies in Canada, the US and Australia

…and much more! Get your questions ready.

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars Schedule

You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers! OzTREKK students are invited to attend as many webinars as they wish! Please note the medical licensing webinar dates are subject to change. We’ll keep you posted!

Webinar #1
Date: Wednesday, March 28
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #2
Date: Wednesday, May 9
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #3
Date: Wednesday, June 6
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #4
Date: Wednesday, July 18
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #5
Date: Wednesday, August 22
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #6
Date: Wednesday, September 12
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Learn more about studying at an Australian Medical School

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Would you like more information about the upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing webinars? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

First-year JCU medicine students: what kind of doctor do you want to be?

What kind of doctor do you want to be?

First-year JCU medicine students: what kind of doctor do you want to be?

JCU medicine at the beautiful tropical campus of Townsville!

While some can’t yet answer this question, most students who chose to study at JCU Medical School already know they want to specialise in rural medicine, assisting with the healthcare needs of underserved populations. After all, the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree at James Cook University is well-known for producing graduates who will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

The JCU Medical School’s combination of integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine incorporates the best aspects of student-centred, problem-based learning combined with systematic instruction. Clinical experience, particularly in the rural and remote context, starts at an early stage and science remains integrated across later years.

First-year JCU Medicine students recently had their first class on how to be socially accountable doctors. At the end of the session, they were asked what type of doctor they wanted to be. Hear from former OzTREKK Student Daniel Dickson!

JCU Medical School MBBS

Do you think studying rural, remote, and tropical medicine sounds like something you would be interested in? How on earth can Canada have tropical medicine?  Like Australia, our population is concentrated on the fringes of the country, where the climate is most ideal and the land most usable. But where people live in rural and Northern Canada, away from the general population, finding health care can be more challenging—just like the people in remote and tropical locations of Australia. When you study medicine at JCU, you will be uniquely qualified to practice medicine in remote Canada!

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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JCU medicine applications are open! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com if you have any questions about your med school application.

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Australian medical school applications are now open

Are you thinking of applying to medical schools in Australia? Now is the time to begin the application process!

Australian medical school applications are now open

Apply to an Australian medical school

OzTREKK is the most trusted source of information for international students looking at studying medicine in Australia. We are the experts in admissions requirements and application procedures to Australian Medical Schools, and we guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate streams, and the considerations for practicing medicine following graduation.

What’s the Difference Between Undergraduate- and Graduate-entry Medical Programs?

Undergraduate Entry
Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. This means students can graduate from medical school in only 5–6 years.

JCU medical school offers a six-year undergraduate-entry program that specializes in rural, remote and indigenous medicine and is located in north Queensland, Australia.

The Monash University Medical School five-year undergraduate-entry medical program provides a great pathway for students who are looking to gain entry into medical school directly from high school.

Graduate Entry
Some Australian med schools offer a graduate-entry medical program where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, in order to apply to a four-year medical program.

The following Australian medical schools offer a medical program at a graduate-entry level, which are similar to those medical programs offered in Canada and the United States:

Medical Licensing & Accreditation

According to CaRMS, Australian medical graduates have the best match rates returning to Canada than any other region in the world. Each year, OzTREKK hosts annual Canadian Medical Licensing webinars, which are exclusive to students who submit their Australian medical school application via OzTREKK. These webinars provide the latest information regarding the accreditation and medical licensing process in Canada, as well as internships in Australia.

Apply to an Australian medical school!

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For more information about how to apply to an Australian medical school, medical school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships, please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

JCU Medical School student taking the rural world by storm

James Cook University student Carolyn Reimann will be the public face of rural health students around Australia for 2018.

JCU Medical School student taking the rural world by storm

Former OzTREKK student and now fifth-year JCU med student Carolyn Reimann (Photo credit: JCU)

Carolyn, also a former OzTREKK student, is a fifth-year international student studying medicine at JCU medical school. She is set to take on the role of Executive Chair of the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN). She will head the multidisciplinary student health network, which comprises of 28 University Rural Health Clubs, including JCU’s Rural Health in the Northern Outback (RHINO) student club.

“I had heard about the NRHSN through my involvement with RHINO,” Carolyn said.

“In 2016, I was one of six health students chosen for the Northern Territory PHN’s High School Visits. I had a chat with the guy who was going to be the Chair of the NRHSN in 2017, and joining the NRHSN Executive Committee sounded like something right up my alley. I love to get involved,” Carolyn said.

“As the Executive Chair you represent the network around the country, and are the public face of the NRHSN. It includes meeting politicians, attending stakeholder meetings, writing policy and position papers and presenting at conferences. It also includes advocating for and overseeing all the different rural health clubs. It’s a big, complex role.”

Carolyn had always dreamed of studying medicine and helping people in need. She was particularly attracted to studying in north Queensland by the focus of JCU’s medical program.

“I always had an interest in doing something around public health. I know that I can make a difference and JCU has an amazing reputation for their program.

“Every focus that JCU has, on tropical health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and rural and remote health is something that I am interested in, and that’s what brought me over here.

“It was the perfect fit, like Cinderella and her glass slipper.”

The National Rural Health Student Network represents the future of rural health in Australia. It has more than 9,000 members who belong to 28 university Rural Health Clubs from all states and territories, and is Australia’s only multi-disciplinary student health network, bringing together people studying medicine, nursing and allied health, encouraging them to pursue rural health careers.

The NRHSN has two aims:

  1. To provide a voice for students who are interested in improving health outcomes for rural and remote Australians
  2. To promote rural health careers to students and encourage students who are interested in practicing in rural health care.

JCU Medical School medical program

The 6-year, full-time Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. JCU has a regional mission with a focus on the needs of rural, remote and under-served communities, tropical medicine and the health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018 (Note: Early offers of admission may be made to high-achieving international applicants! Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible and well before the August 30 deadline.)

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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Do you have questions about studying medicine at JCU medical school? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

JCU medical students receive national award for their student-led vaccination drive

Heading to JCU med school? You’ll be pleased to know that JCU students are famous for going above and beyond, demonstrating their passion for helping rural and remote communities. After all, that’s the JCU MBBS specialty!

Once again, JCU medical students have been recognized for their willingness to assist others. The James Cook University Medical Students Association (JCUMSA) was recently awarded the prestigious Australian Medical Student Association’s Academic Event of the Year Award.

They were recognised for their hugely successful student-led vaccination drive, which delivered flu vaccines to more than 120 medical students in Townsville and Cairns.

JJCU medical students receive national award for student-led vaccination drive

JCU med student, Ritvik Gilhotra (Photo credit: JCU)

The first-time campaign provided medical students with an invaluable training experience, as they administered vaccines to fellow students under the supervision of qualified doctors from JCU Health (Townsville) and the Central Plaza Doctors (Cairns).

Ritvik Gilhotra, a sixth-year medical student based in Cairns, is the Academic Vice President of JCUMSA. He said the group were extremely proud of the campaign and were honoured to receive the award.

“We saw a real need, and I think that is why this project was such a success,” he said.“The vaccination drive was the first of its kind in Australia, being a student organised and run event where our medical students had access to influenza vaccinations at cost price right at their doorstep.

“Students are not eligible for the free flu vaccination through QLD Health and I found this peculiar given how involved clinical students are in the hospital. It made me realise that this is a potential area of improvement within the medical workforce to minimize the impact of the influenza virus, on both students and the patients they interact with.”

Ritvik said the student association discussed their idea with JCU’s College of Medicine and Dentistry Clinical Studies Committee. The Committee supported the idea and helped the group with implement their idea.

“We faced a number of challenges. The most important factor we had to address was that our initiative should be medico-legally appropriate as well as keeping the safety of the students being vaccinated in mind.

“We contacted a number of GP practices in both Townsville and Cairns, JCU Health in Townsville and Central Plaza Doctors in Cairns helped us run the clinics.

“Not only did this make sure that the clinics were up to the Australian health standards, it also ensured the safety of our medical students whilst being administered with the vaccinations.”

Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Director of Medical Education at JCU‘s College of Medicine and Dentistry, said he was impressed by this student-led initiative and was delighted to hear they had received the prestigious award.

“Everyone in the community should make sure their vaccinations are up to date,” he said. “This is really important for health care workers and students who come into contact with many members of the public.

“I congratulate Ritvik and JCUMSA on taking the lead in this important initiative, which I hope will be adopted nationally,” said Professor Sen Gupta.

Ritvik said JCUMSA are already planning the 2018 vaccination drive, and expect it will be even more popular than the 2017 campaign.

About the JCU Medical Program

JCU Medical School offers an undergraduate-entry medical program that specializes in rural, remote and indigenous medicine and is located in north Queensland, Australia. Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. If you have completed high school studies or would like to apply to a medical school in Australia without using your MCAT score, you may wish to learn more about undergraduate-entry medical programs offered by Australian universities.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 6 years

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Would you like to become a JCU medical student? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com for more information about this degree!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

When do I have to write the MCAT in 2018?

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

If you would like to apply to an Australian medical school for the 2019 intake, you’ll be required to sit the MCAT, as it is a prerequisite for most medical programs. That means you’ll have to pay attention test dates and the score release dates!

When do I have to write the MCAT in 2018?

When should you write the MCAT: Applying to an Australian medical school

Applying to an Australian medical school? You’ll need to sit the MCAT!

Keep the score release dates in mind when you are registering, as you will need to have your MCAT score at the time of application to medical schools in Australia!

Test Date  Score Release+
January 19 Feb. 23
January 25 Feb. 27
April 20 May 22
April 21 May 22
May 18 June 19
May 19 June 19
June 1 July 3
June 2 July 3
June 16 July 17
June 29 July 31
June 30 July 31
July 7 Aug. 7
July 20 Aug. 21
July 21 Aug. 21
July 24 Aug. 23
August 2 Sept. 5
August 3 Sept. 5
August 4 Sept. 5
August 9 Sept. 11
August 10 Sept. 11
August 16 Sept. 18
August 18 Sept. 18
August 25 Sept. 25
August 31 Oct. 2
September 1 Oct. 2
September 8 Oct. 9
September 14 Oct. 16
September 15 Oct. 16
September 18 Oct. 23
September 19 Oct. 23

 

MCAT dates for graduate-entry Australian medical programs for 2017 intake

Since not all of our Australian university partners have released the application deadlines for the 2019 intake, we aren’t able list the exact cutoff date to sit the MCAT just yet. Please use the list below (2018 intake dates) as a guide.

Griffith University Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: September 27, 2017; however, applications are assessed on a rolling admissions basis (first come, first served). The sooner you apply the better, as this program can fill quickly.
Last date to sit MCAT: August 25, 2017

James Cook University Medical School

Program: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Application deadline: August 30, 2017; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Last date to sit MCAT: MCAT not required!

Macquarie University Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: October 5, 2017
Last date to sit MCAT: August 25, 2017

Monash University Medical School

Program: Bachelor of Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine (Graduate Entry)
Application deadline: October 5, 2017
Last date to sit MCAT: MCAT not required!

University of Melbourne Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: July 22, 2017
Last date to sit MCAT: May 19, 2017

University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions basis (first come, first served). The sooner you apply the better as this program can fill quickly.
Last date to sit MCAT: Candidates are encouraged to sit the MCAT as early as possible.

University of Sydney Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: June 20, 2017
Last date to sit MCAT: May 19, 2017

University of Western Australia Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: May 30, 2017
Last date to sit MCAT: April 22, 2017

For complete details about the MCAT, please visit the official MCAT website.

Entering an Australian medical school straight from high school?

If you are in high school, you can still apply to an Australian medical school—and you don’t need to sit the MCAT! The following Australian medical schools offer medical programs that international students may enter directly from high school:

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Would you like more details about studying medicine in Australia and about the MCAT? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com for more information.

 

Friday, December 8th, 2017

About the Canadian Resident Matching Service

What is the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)?

About the Canadian Resident Matching Service

Learn more about studying at a medical school in Australia

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is an impartial, not-for-profit organization that provides a fair and transparent online process to match medical students and residents with medical residency positions throughout Canada.

Using the Match Algorithm, CaRMS matches more than 3,500 applicants each year to postgraduate medical training programs in Canada through four residency matches.

The R-1 Main Residency Match (R-1 match) for entry-level postgraduate positions is CaRMS’ largest match. It is also open to graduates from international medical schools who meet the basic criteria and have no prior postgraduate training in Canada or the US. If you have graduated from a medical school in Australia, you need to apply to CaRMS if you want a medical residency in Canada. Australian medical school graduates who have applied for a residency in the match have fared very well in the past. In fact, according to CaRMS, Australian medical graduates have the best match rates returning to Canada than any other region in the world!

Why do Canadian Australian medical graduates have such a high match rate?

  • Medical training at a world-class educational institution
  • Closest medical education system compared to Canada
  • Similar health care issues to Canada, reflected in their curriculum and training
  • Cultural alignment between our countries

Every year, OzTREKK assists hundreds of Canadian students choose the right Australian medical school program. We understand admissions requirements and application procedures to Australian medical schools, and we can guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate-entry streams, and the considerations for practicing medicine following graduation.

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If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help—every step of the way!