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Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Going to start at UQ Medical School? Join the UQ Medical Society!

So, you’re heading to UQ Medical School. You’re in great company!

Going to start at UQ Medical School? Join the UQMS!

A few OzTREKK students who are now studying at UQ Medical School!

One of the most crucial things you’ll need to remember as a busy medical student is that you need time to recharge your batteries!

Join the UQ Medical Society

The UQ Medical Society (UQMS) is a student union representing more than 1,800 medical students. Incredibly organized, the UQMS is one of the most successful student organisations in Australia. Their aim is to enrich the lives of the university’s medical students through leadership, advocacy and community. There always seem to be many Canadians actively involved!

Forget the academic calendar—what you really need to keep you sane and get you through your years at med school is the UQMS Social Calendar. Get creative, get social, and get keen to make new friends!

The UQ Medical Society has a proud history of social events run by the students, for the students. They believe that through a healthy balance between study and socialising, students receive the full benefit of a medical degree. The social events are a great way to make new friends who will support you throughout your degree as fellow students, and in future as fellow colleagues.

The social portfolio organises social events, sporting competitions and Med Revue, so whether you want to throw around a ball, act on the stage or just go to parties, there is a social event for everybody at the UQMS.

By the way, did you know that actor Hugh Jackman is a fan of the yearly UQ Med Revue?

Long-term objectives of the UQMS

  • To advance and promote the interests of medical students at the University of Queensland
  • To enrich both the social and academic environments of medical study
  • To promote and foster links and professional associations with student colleagues at other medical schools within Australia and overseas
  • To promote the health of the community via participation in community projects and charity functions

The UQMS works to achieve its mission and meet its goals by networking within the wider medical profession, fostering the development of partnerships with sponsors, and by raising the society’s profile in the public eye (Hello, Hugh Jackman!).

Through their advocacy and community activities, the UQMS will ensure its members graduate from the University of Queensland with more than just a degree! Full membership of the UQMS is open to all enrolled UQ medical students.

About the UQ Medical School Doctor of Medicine Program

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is strongly recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment.

Apply to UQ Medical School!

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Would you like more information about UQ Medical School? Please Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@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, June 11th, 2018

Don’t miss the upcoming UQ Medicine webinar tomorrow!

We’re pleased to announce the next webinar in our UQ Med Summer Series: Meet UQ Medicine Academic Lead Dr Tammy Smith! Please join us and Dr. Tammy Smith, clinical lead for Phase 1 of the UQ MD program.

Don't miss the upcoming UQ Medicine webinar tomorrow!

UQ Medicine Phase 1 Clinical Lead Dr Tammy Smith

Interactive Q & A throughout the webinar—get your questions answered!

  • Studying medicine at UQ
  • UQ Medicine pre-clinical years
  • What to expect and how to prepare

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 7 – 8 p.m. (EDT)

To register, please email kaylee@oztrekk.com!

About the UQ Medicine Phase 1

In the UQ Medicine program, years 1 and 2 combine biomedical sciences, public health, medical ethics and clinical skills training in a case-based learning context, focused around a series of patient-centred cases, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact, clinical reasoning and research training are embedded to develop advanced clinical skills and medical knowledge required for evidence-based clinical practice.

Phase 1 consists of the pre-clinical years, and Phase 2 comprises the clinical rotations. Each course is a separate entity with its own curriculum, assessment, and course coordinator. In between Years 1 and 2, there is an Observership conducted during the Summer Semester.

Here’s a list of what you will study during Phase 1 of the UQ MD:

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Clinical Science 1
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Ethics and Professional Practice 1
  • Health, Society & Research 1

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Clinical Science 2
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Ethics & Professional Practice 2
  • Health, Society & Research 2

Would you like to apply to UQ Medical School?

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment. This program can fill quickly!

Apply to the UQ School of Medicine!

Do you have any questions about the UQ Medicine Summer Series? Please email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com for details!

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!

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, Room C485

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!

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Find out how you can study medicine at UQ Medical School

What does it take to get into medical school? Besides great grades and a passion to help others?

Find how you can get into a medical school that is turning high-achieving students into world-class health professionals—the UQ Faculty of Medicine!

Find out how you can get into UQ Medical School

Find out how you can get into UQ Medical School

UQ Faculty of Medicine Seminars

Meet the Dean of the UQ Faculty of Medicine Professor Stuart Carney at the upcoming information sessions. Learn about the UQ medical school, the UQ MD admissions requirements, clinical placements, medical licensing, and practicing in Canada.

Get your questions answered!

University of Toronto
Have lunch with the UQ Dean of Medicine!
Friday, March 9, 2018
11:30 a.m.
Hart House, Music Room

McGill University
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
4 p.m.
Stewart Biology Building, S1/3

University of Calgary
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Science Theatre – ST 129

Simon Fraser University
Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:45 p.m.
West Mall Centre 2503

Don’t forget to RSVP to save your spot!

UQ Doctor of Medicine FAQs

Can I come back to Canada to practice?
Yes. Licensure to practice medicine requires the completion of an accredited postgraduate training program, known as a residency, as well as the completion of national qualifying exams.

Are my grades competitive?
Eligible candidates must have an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of a B (~70%).

When is the application deadline?
Applications are assessed on a rolling-admissions basis and are assessed and ranked as they are received. Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Do I need to sit an admissions test?
Yes. Applicants must have achieved a minimum score of 504 in the MCAT; or 50 in each section of the GAMSAT.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next available Intake: January 2019
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment. Applications generally open in early spring each year.

How does OzTREKK help?

As an official representative of 11 Australian universities, OzTREKK has helped send thousands of Canadian students to Australia for professional degrees like medicine. We are funded by our Australian universities, and our services are free. We assist you at every stage—from application to arrival, to understanding medical licensing—so that nothing is forgotten. OzTREKK is your Canadian connection to study in Australia!

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Would you like more information about the upcoming UQ Faculty of Medicine info sessions? You got it! Email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355.

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.