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Monday, July 15th, 2019

What happens after medical school? Don’t miss our next Medical Residency Options webinar

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

Australian medical schools

Applying to an Australian medical school?

To help make the process a little smoother, OzTREKK hosts Medical Residency Options 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.

OzTREKK is here to help you understand the process! We have now confirmed our next Medical Residency Options Webinar to help explain

  • the latest information on the licensing process in Canada, the US and Australia;
  • the pathways to becoming a doctor in Canada, the US and Australia;
  • the process of how to apply in Canada, the US and Australia to become a doctor;
  • the latest information and statistics on the Canadian residency match, the US residency match, and the Australian internship and residency match;
  • information about the licensing examinations in Canada and the US—what they are, when you need to sit them, and the application process; and
  • the latest developments and news related to licensing and accreditation from the various forms of government and medical bodies in Canada, the US, and Australia.

OzTREKK Medical Residency Options

You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers!

Next Medical Residency Options
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)
Register here

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Would you like more information? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Amanda Rollich at medicine@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

When do I have to write the MCAT in 2019?

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.

Australian medical schools

Are you getting ready to write the MCAT?

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 2019?

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
Saturday, May 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Friday, May 31, 2019 Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019 Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019 Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019 Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Saturday, July 13, 2019 Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Friday, July 19, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Friday, August 2, 2019 Wednesday, Sept 4, 2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019 Wednesday, Sept 4, 2019
Friday, August 9, 2019 Tuesday, Sept 10, 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019 Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019
Friday, August 30, 2019 Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019 Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Friday, September 6, 2019 Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019

MCAT dates for Australian medical programs for 2020 intake

OzTREKK note: If you are sitting on May 18 and wish to apply to Sydney, UQ, UWA and/or Melbourne, please create a calendar reminder for yourself to ensure you submit your scores to Amanda immediately once they are released!

Deakin University Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: Varying rounds – March 14 / June 28 / October 31, 2019
Last date to sit MCAT: No set deadline

If you have not written your MCAT yet, but have registered, you can submit your MCAT registration confirmation email in lieu of your MCAT. Then, once you receive your scores, we can submit your score report to Deakin.

Flinders University Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. The earlier you apply the better
Last date to sit MCAT: There is no deadline, but we recommend sitting as soon as possible or before August.

Griffith University Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: August 30, 2019
Last date to sit MCAT: July 20, 2019

James Cook University Medical School

Program: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Application deadline: August 30, 2019; 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: August 30, 2019
Last date to sit MCAT:Saturday July 20, 2019

Monash University Medical School

Program: Bachelor of Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine (Graduate Entry)
Application deadline: July 26, 2019
Last date to sit MCAT: MCAT not required

University of Melbourne Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: June 27, 2019
Last date to sit MCAT: June 1, 2019

University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: June 14, 2019
Last date to sit MCAT: May 18, 2019 – If you are sitting on May 18, we will need your results the same day you receive them.

University of Sydney Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: June 19, 2019
Last date to sit MCAT: May 18, 2019 – If you are sitting on May 18, we will need your results the same day you receive them.

University of Western Australia Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Application deadline: May 30, 2018
Last date to sit MCAT: May 18, 2019 – If you are sitting on May 18, we will need your results the same day you receive them.

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 Amanda Rollich at amanda@oztrekk.com for more information.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Don’t miss our next Medical Licensing webinar May 8

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

Australian medical schools

Don’t miss our next OzTREKK Medical Licensing webinar!

But we also know choosing to study medicine abroad comes with a ton of concerns, one of the most common being, How do you return to Canada to practice?

OzTREKK is here to help you understand the process! We have now confirmed our next Medical Licensing Webinar to help explain

  • the latest information on the licensing process in Canada, the US and Australia;
  • the pathways to becoming a doctor in Canada, the US and Australia;
  • the process of how to apply in Canada, the US and Australia to become a doctor;
  • the latest information and statistics on the Canadian residency match, the US residency match, and the Australian internship and residency match;
  • information about the licensing examinations in Canada and the US—what they are, when you need to sit them, and the application process; and
  • the latest developments and news related to licensing and accreditation from the various forms of government and medical bodies in Canada, the US, and Australia.

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinar

Date: Wednesday, May 8
Time: 7 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. MDT / 4 p.m. PDT
Register now!

You have questions we would like to answer!

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

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Australian medical school rankings 2019

When you consider studying at an Australian medical school, one of the first things that may pop into your mind is, Will the quality of education be the same?

study medicine at an Australian university

Learn more about Australian medical schools

The short answer is yes. Absolutely.

There are medical schools here in Canada, so why do so many Canadians consider studying in Australia? Because Australia and Canada share similar medical systems, similar medical education, and similar medical issues.

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 2019 rankings by subject, and here are the basics regarding how our Australian medical schools stacked up:

World Medical School Rankings 2019

Australian Medical Schools
Canadian Medical Schools
13th University of Toronto
19th McGill University
30th University of British Columbia
43rd McMaster University
(4 OzTREKK Australian medical schools in top 50)
(4 Canadian medical schools in top 50)
QS World University Rankings by Subject: Medicine, 2019

Learn more about Australian medical schools

Every year, we assist 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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Would you like more information about studying medicine in Australia? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer at medicine@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Don’t miss the upcoming medical licensing webinar

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

Don’t miss the medical licensing webinar

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
  • 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, so get your questions ready.

Date: Wednesday, February 13
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)
RSVP: amanda@oztrekk.com

Learn more about studying at an Australian Medical School

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Would you like more information about the upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing webinar? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Amanda Rollich at amanda@oztrekk.com.

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Medicine applications are open!

We have some more exciting news… our medicine applications are officially open!

When you apply through OzTREKK, you will be automatically added to our medicine group so you will always be up to date regarding

  • application deadlines; 
  • admissions requirements;
  • medicine webinars; 
  • OzTREKK and university in-person events; and
  • much more!

How It Works

We’ve created this short video to walk you through the whole process, step by step!

We are here to support you throughout your entire journey—from application to arrival—for free. Extra bonus? Most of our Australian university partners waive their application fee for OzTREKK students. 

Don’t forget: this year we’re giving away a GoPro HERO7 & Adventure Kit. Your name will be entered into the draw (once per student) if you apply before February 15.

Medicine Admission Webinar

Are your grades competitive? Register now for our upcoming webinar on Thursday, January 17 at 3 p.m. EST to learn more about what it takes to get in to each of our medical schools.

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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Do you need help with your medical school application? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Amanda Rollich at amanda@oztrekk.com. We’re here to help!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Don’t miss the next medical licensing webinar

If you’re considering studying medicine in Australia, finding out what happens after you graduate is a very important step.

Medical Licensing webinar

Don’t miss the Medical Licensing webinar on Nov. 29

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
  • 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… so get your questions ready! You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers!

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST
Register now!

 

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

Friday, August 24th, 2018

James Cook University supports healthy prospects for education

Training opportunities, new facilities, research, and health workforce were just a few of the topics discussed during a James Cook University (JCU) meeting in the Torres Strait recently.

JCU supports healthy prospects for education and research

JCU Torres Strait Health Sciences Consultative Committee met on Thursday Island recently to give an update on activities in the community. Committee members pictured: Professor Louis Schofield, Romina Fuji (Chair), Pam Stronach, Charlotte Tamwoy, Peter Westwood, Professor Ian Wronski, Professor Melanie Birks and Professor Richard Murray. (Photo credit: JCU)

The JCU Torres Strait Health Sciences Consultative Committee met on Thursday Island to give an update on activities in the community.

Committee Chair and Torres Strait Islander Romina Fuji said they are focused on opportunities for the community.

“The advisory committee to James Cook University has had its presence in the Torres Strait and NPA for a number of years and the focus has always been on Torres Strait Islanders entering university, to attain qualifications and to get higher quality jobs. This concept has always been supported by the Torres Strait Islanders Regional Education Committee and the elders always wanted in their words ‘proper education’.”

Ms Fuji said she was pleased JCU has had a long-term presence in the Torres Strait to ensure the elders’ vision lives on.

JCU Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, and committee member Professor Ian Wronski said a key area of discussion was its role in research activity and how to best reflect that role in the Committee’s structure.

“We’re committed to working with the Torres Strait community to build tropical health research and education capacity.  The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU recently completed construction of its Clinical Research and Training Facility on Thursday Island and this is an ideal platform to enhance our engagement and collaboration with the Torres Strait community.  This facility will support health research and training to address health issues of most concern to the Torres Strait.”

The meeting was also an opportunity to reflect on the health workforce trained by JCU in the region.

James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry Dean and committee member, Professor Richard Murray was pleased to report on the number of student placements and General Practitioners servicing the Torres Strait.

“We have three fifth-year dentistry students in the Cape and Torres Strait involved in both clinical and health promotion activities for the community. At any one time there are normally six final year medicine students on a rural internship rotating through Thursday Island and Bamaga.

“We also have four training GPs in the region and a further five qualified GPs from our program, who have decided to stay and work in the Torres Strait. Ultimately that is what we want to achieve in the Torres Strait. Training a health workforce in the community who then want to stay and become part of that community.”

JCU looks forward to a continued partnership with the people of the Torres Strait to provide better health outcomes and opportunities.

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
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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About the JCU Dentistry Program

The JCU Dentistry program is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. It is a broad-based program which includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

Apply to JCU Dental School!

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For more info about studying medicine at JCU, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

For more info about the JCU Dentistry program, please contact  OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Match rates for Canadian graduates of Australian medical schools

If you will be graduating from an Australian medical school, you will 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.

Match rates for Canadians who have graduated from Australian medical schools

Learn more about studying at a medical school in Australia

So how good are the match rates for Canadians who have graduated from an Australian medical school you ask? According to CaRMS, Australia has the best matching success rate at 53% for any applicants applying outside of Canada. This is up from 46% in 2017.

What is the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)?

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.

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

  • Closest medical education system compared to Canada
  • Similar health care issues to Canada, reflected in their curriculum and training
  • Cultural alignment between our countries
  • Australian medical schools are world-class educational institutions

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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Do you need help with your medical school application? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Monday, May 28th, 2018

You can rock your medical school interview! Here’s how!

Are you ready for your medical school interview? We know that applying to an Australian medical school is a big deal, and one of the most stress-inducing parts of the process can be the interview portion!

Being prepared and having an idea of the types of questions you may be asked will certainly pay off and help you to feel more comfortable. During your medical school interview, you may encounter questions ranging from the basics like your work history and volunteer experience to more situational and behavioral questions. Here are some ways to help you rock your Australian medical school interview!

How to rock your Australian medical school interview

Are you ready for your medical school interview?

Preparation before the interview

First, what is a multi-mini interview (MMI)?
The MMI is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes. It is designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the school 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.

Set a calendar reminder
Your educational future is potentially riding on this interview! As soon as you receive the date and time for your interview, put it in your calendar and set a reminder.

#OzTREKKtip: Don’t ask them to reschedule unless it’s an emergency. Spots fill up extremely quickly and it can be difficult to juggle dozens of applicants. If you truly can’t attend your interview at the specified time, you must contact the university’s admissions office as soon as possible. They will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

Have reliable equipment and internet access
You should use the most reliable method of connection available for your interview (e.g., a wired computer connection, where possible.) Wireless connection can be used, provided that it is sufficiently reliable to complete the interview process. Imagine beginning your interview with shady internet connection—yikes!

Don’t have Skype (or the platform they will use)? Get it. Learn about it. Be prepared to know how it works. Especially learn the instant messaging button as this is where you will read the interview questions.

Practice
What is happening in the world? Find someone to discuss what is happening around you. 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! Try to avoid confrontation.

Do your homework
Familiarise yourself with the medical school. What is the school known for? Why is that a good fit for you? Are you interested in rural medicine? It’s a good idea to know the medical profession—its past, its present, its future. This shows you would like to invest your life in the field of medicine.

Questions, please
If you are invited to ask questions, have some! Be prepared to speak about yourself and your interests outside of medicine.

Who are you?
Do you have weaknesses? What are they? Are you working on them? Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20 years from now? What makes you stand out from other applicants? (don’t brag!) Be prepared to talk about your undergrad degree.

During the interview

Be ready early
On the day of your interview, you must be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. Your interview will likely last at least 45 minutes; however, you should allow at least one hour in addition to this time in case there is a delay, or there is a need to clarify a matter. Also note that there won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water handy should you need it.

For verification purposes, you must bring photographic identification (passport or driver’s license) to the interview. Have it ready to show at the beginning of your interview. Now is not the time to go fishing through your purse or digging in your wallet.

Quiet on the set!
The last thing you want during an interview is to be distracted. Choose distraction-free place where you will have excellent internet access. Turn. Your. Cellphone. Off.

Listen 
Sometimes it can be hard to concentrate when we’re stressed, and we often blurt out the first thing that pops into our heads. Do your best to really actively listen to what’s being asked so you can answer appropriately.

Try to remain calm and speak at a moderate pace
Take a deep breath. The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you. Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible. If you don’t know how to answer the question, a simple “I’m not sure” is far better than a long-winded lie.

Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff. If an interviewer has a bad first impression about you, the other aspects of that particular station will likely be graded poorly. Remember, the interviewers are people too, and they are likely volunteering in the MMI process. This is especially important if you consider an interviewer may not even be listening to a word you are saying. At the end of the station, the interviewer may look back at the past 7 or so minutes, and depending on how much verbal diarrhea you may have spewed out, they may only remember how calm, collected, and eloquently spoken you are.

Dress code
This is a no-brainer. Dress appropriately. No one wants to see you just out of bed, in a T-shirt, or wearing exercise gear. You are interviewing for a professional degree!

Express yourself
The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for medicine, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality. Stations can be loosely categorised into ethical-dilemma situations, teamwork-based situations, professionalism situations, differing-opinion situations, etc. 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!

Generally speaking, the medical schools will be looking for the following skills and attributes from applicants:

  1. Knowledge relevant to the question and your ability to formulate an approach to address the topic
  2. The capacity to draw implications from your knowledge
  3. Insight into you own attitudes and views (and that of others) relevant to the issue

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.

Whether this is your first interview or your fiftieth, a little preparation and confidence can go a long way! Remember to keep these tips in mind and to just be yourself. And finally, don’t forget to thank the interviewers for taking the time to meet with you and for the opportunity to participate.

Best of luck!

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If you have any questions regarding your Australian medical school interview, please contact OzTREKK’s Med 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!