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Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Australian medical school rankings 2017

Why do so many Canadians consider studying at an Australian medical school?

Austrlian medical school rankings 2017

Find out how you can study medicine in Australia (Photo: Griffith University)

Because Australian and Canada share similar medical systems, similar medical education, and similar medical issues.

Medical schools in Australia 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 high world rankings! The QS World University Rankings has recently released its 2017 rankings by subject, and here are the basics regarding how our Australian medical schools stacked up:

World Medical School Rankings 2017

Australian Medical Schools
Canadian Medical Schools
15th University of Sydney
11th University of Toronto
19th University of Melbourne
22nd McGill University
29th Monash University
27th University of British Columbia
42nd University of Queensland
35th McMaster University
(4 OzTREKK Australian Medical Schools in top 50)
(4 Canadian Medical Schools in top 50)
QS World University Rankings by Subject: Medicine, 2017

Undergraduate- versus 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. 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 a medical program at a graduate-entry level, which are similar to those medical programs offered in Canada and the United States:

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For more information about applying to Australian medical schools, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Applying to Australian medical schools: when do you need to sit the MCAT?

Are you considering applying to Australian Medical Schools? Then you’ll probably want to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT is administered multiple times from late January through early September, and offered at hundreds of test sites in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Applying to Australian medical schools: when do you need to sit the MCAT?

Don’t forget to study! (Photo: Monash University)

The following graduate-entry medical programs require applicants to sit a medical admission test such as 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.

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM ET on the day of the deadline.

Test date Score release date
March 31 May 2
April 22 May 23
April 28 May 30
May 13 June 13
May 18 June 20
May 19 June 20
June 1 July 6
June 16 July 18
June 17 July 18
June 29 Aug. 1
June 30 Aug. 1
July 21 Aug. 22
July 22 Aug. 22
July 27 Aug. 29
July 28 Aug. 29
August 3 Sept. 5
August 4 Sept. 5
August 11 Sept. 12
August 18 Sept. 19
August 19 Sept. 19
August 24 Sept. 26
August 25 Sept. 26

The first three sections organized around 10 foundational concepts in the sciences (biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, general chemistry, physics, psychology, sociology). In the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) section, students are asked to analyze, evaluate, and apply information provided by passages from a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines.

  1. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  2. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  3. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Register to write the MCAT.

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:

Wondering about when you need to write the MCAT? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com for more information.

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Griffith Medical School scholarships are up for grabs!

Have you applied to Griffith Medical School?

The Griffith Medical School is known for its innovation and excellence in medical research and education. Griffith MD students will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program comprises extensive clinical placements in health care facilities ranging from rural settings through to the brand new Gold Coast University Hospital.

Griffith Medical School scholarships are up for grabs!

Study medicine at Griffith University!

And, guess what? Griffith offers scholarships for both the Doctor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine programs!

Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Graduate Entry Scholarship in Medicine

For: High-achieving graduates applying for the Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith University
Available to: New students commencing in Trimester 1 2017
Level of study: Postgraduate
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $20,000 in total (four tuition payments of $5000 each year for four years)
Duration: Up to 4 years of study
Program of study: Doctor of Medicine
Applications close: November 3, 2016

Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Undergraduate Entry Scholarship in Medicine

For: High-achieving secondary high school leavers applying for the combined Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine programs at Griffith University
Available to: New students commencing in Trimester 1 2017
Level of study: Undergraduate progressing to postgraduate
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $30,000 in total (six tuition payments of $5000 each year for six years)
Duration: Up to 6 years of study
Program of study: Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine
Applications close: November 3, 2016

Apply now to the 2017 intake at Griffith Medical School!

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Would you like more information about these scholarships and about studying at Griffith Medical School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Sh!t med students say

Hey, med school OzTREKKers!

Heading to medical school in Australia? Think you’re prepared? Wanna be prepared? Wanna just laugh now because you won’t be able to laugh later?

We’re always up for a laugh. Enjoy!

Australian medical schools still accepting applications for 2017

Monash University Medical School

Program: Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine (graduate entry)
Location: Gippsland, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: September 23, 2016

Program: Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine (undergraduate entry)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: September 23, 2016

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Griffith University Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: January 2017
Application deadline: September 29, 2016

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If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Learn more about medical licensing and accreditation

Great news! OzTREKK will be hosting an online medical licensing webinar in case you were unable to attend the in-person seminars this past spring. This is just one of the many services we offer our students!

Learn more about medical licensing and accreditation

Study medicine in Australia (Photo: Monash University)

Medical Licensing & Accreditation

During this webinar, you will receive the latest information, data, statistics and pathways on becoming a doctor if you complete your studies at an Australian medical school and wish to obtain an internship and residency in Australia, practice in the U.S. or return to Canada.

Each year, we host medical school licensing seminars and online webinars which take you through the entire process of becoming licensed to practice in Australia, in the U.S., or in Canada.

Learn more about

  • the latest information about 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.

If you are an OzTREKK student who plans to attend one of the following medical schools, this webinar is for you!

  • Griffith University Medical School
  • James Cook University Medical School
  • Monash University Medical School
  • University of Melbourne Medical School
  • University of Queensland Medical School
  • University of Sydney Medical School

Upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinar

Date: Wednesday, August 31
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time) 4 p.m. (BC time)

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To register for an this OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinar, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

International surgeons visit Griffith for two-day training course

Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University’s School of Anatomy have reinforced their credentials as leading teaching facilities, with more than 30 international surgeons visiting the Coast for a two-day training course.

International surgeons visit Griffith for two-day training course

Professor Randy Bindra with visiting Indian surgeons who were on the Gold Coast to learn advanced orthopaedic surgical procedures (Photo: Griffith University)

The opportunity to tap into the knowledge and expertise of Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) orthopaedic surgeons has seen 35 Indian doctors spend the weekend being trained in modern surgical techniques and discussing problem cases with local experts.

The initiative is a collaboration between GCUH’s Orthopaedic Department and Griffith University’s School of Anatomy, which has provided the surgeons with access to its state-of-the-art training facilities.

International training

GCUH Orthopaedic Surgeon Professor Randy Bindra said it was one of the first times the hospital had conducted an international training course on such a large scale.

“We are Gold Coast ‘University’ Hospital and one of our goals is improving patient care worldwide through research and training,” he said.

“While the majority of our focus is looking after our own patients, it is a privilege to share our wealth of knowledge with overseas doctors when we get these opportunities.”

The Indian surgeons spent one day of the course working on cadavers at Griffith University to learn modern surgical techniques, while the other was spent analysing problem cases with Prof Bindra and fellow GCUH Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Ezekial Tan.

“They were very impressed with our teaching facilities, especially our access to Griffith University’s School of Anatomy literally across the road,” Prof Bindra said.

“While they have cadavers in India for teaching anatomy, they don’t have access to them for learning surgery so this has been a wonderful opportunity for them.

Modern surgical techniques

“They also brought x-rays of their own cases so we could discuss how they could approach difficult fractures using modern surgical techniques. They know we see a large volume of complex accidents, which means our surgeons are very experienced in dealing with complicated situations.

“GCUH is one of the busiest emergency departments in the country so we are continually getting better at dealing with complex cases and it’s no surprise clinicians from overseas want to come here to learn from us. This is course is only the beginning when it comes to what we can offer our medical colleagues on a global scale.”

Professor Sheena Reilly, director of Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland said the collaboration between the two organisations is an excellent example of international knowledge sharing here on the Gold Coast.

“As a centre of research excellence on the Gold Coast and as a collaborative partner with the GCUH, it is great to be able to share the wonderful facilities we have here at Griffith, with international groups who may not have such facilities in their home countries.”

About Griffith School of Medicine

The Griffith School of Medicine is known for its innovation and excellence in medical research and education. Griffith medical students will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program comprises extensive clinical placements in health care facilities ranging from rural settings through to the brand new Gold Coast University Hospital.

Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: January each year
Application deadline: September 29, 2016

Apply now to Griffith Medical School!

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Would you like more information about studying at Griffith University Medical School? Please email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Learn about medical licensing in Canada

Did you know that Australian medical school graduates who have applied for a residency in the match have fared very well in the past? It’s true! According to CARMS, Australian medical graduates have the best match rates returning to Canada than any other country in the world!

Have you applied to a Australian medical school via OzTREKK? Then you are invited to the upcoming Medical Licensing Webinar! During the webinar, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about studying medicine in Australia and about obtaining a residency after you’ve completed your program. Find out more about

Learn all about medical licensing in Canada

Study medicine in Australia (Photo: Griffith University)

  • the Australian medical school systems and structure
  • Australian med school rankings
  • medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS
  • medical school rotations in Canada
  • coming back to Canada to practice medicine
  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), MCCQE1 and MCCQE2
  • the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and rates
  • provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates
  • the Australian Internship and Residency Program

…and much more!

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

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Would you like more information about how you can attend this upcoming Medical Licensing webinar? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Which Australian Medical Schools are still accepting applications for 2017?

Are you interested in studying medicine in Australia?

While the application deadlines for Melbourne Medical School and Sydney Medical School have now passed, you still have the opportunity to apply to other Australian Medical Schools:

Australian Medical Schools in Australia

Study medicine at an Australian Medical School

University of Queensland Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: January 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that candidates apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.

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James Cook University Medical School

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Duration: 6 years
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

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Monash University Medical School

Program: Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine (graduate entry)
Location: Gippsland, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: September 23, 2016

Program: Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine (undergraduate entry)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: September 23, 2016

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Griffith University Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: January 2017
Application deadline: September 29, 2016

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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.

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.

Apply to an Australian Medical School!

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If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

What is the Canadian Resident Matching Service?

About 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.

What is the Canadian Resident Matching Service?

Learn more about studying at a medical school in Australia (Photo credit: Monash University)

In operation since 1970, CaRMS has built its reputation on providing an orderly, reliable match service that students and medical faculties can trust. With the tools and resources CaRMS offers, medical students and residents can decide where to train and program directors can select suitable applicants.

CaRMS plays a highly valued role in supporting and enhancing the excellence of the Canadian health care education system and strives to ensure that all of the processes in the matching program meet the highest standards for accuracy, transparency, fairness and equity.

The Match Algorithm

CaRMS uses a globally recognized and award-winning algorithm to match students into postgraduate medical training programs throughout Canada. The Match Algorithm is licensed from the Canadian-based National Matching Services Inc. and has been used to conduct medical residency matches in North America for over 50 years. The Match Algorithm, known as the Roth-Peranson algorithm, was designed by Alvin Roth and NMS President Elliott Peranson and was key to Roth winning the Nobel Prize for economics in 2012.

Consider studying at an Australian medical school

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 country in the world!

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

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

Check out the following Australian medical schools:

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

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Medical licensing webinar June 22

Curious about your options when you return to Canada after completing a medical degree at an Australian Medical School? Then don’t miss the next OzTREKK Medical Licensing webinar Wednesday, June 22!

OzTREKK Director Chris Nolan will be hosting an online medical licensing webinar for anyone unable to attend the in-person seminars. Even if you participated in the in-person event, but feel you need some more information or a refresher, please feel free to register for the webinars. These webinars also provide a great opportunity for you to ask Chris any questions you may have!

Medical licensing webinar June 22

Find out more about Australian Medical Schools

Upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Whether you would like to come back to Canada or the U.S. to practice medicine or remain in Australia, those who attend our OzTREKK Medical Licensing seminars and webinars learn about the avenues to practice medicine.

As you may know, it can be difficult to gain straightforward information about your licensing options following graduation. During the webinars, you will receive the latest information, data, and statistics so you can make an informed decision about whether studying medicine in Australia is the best option for you. Find out more about

  • the Australian Medical School systems and structure;
  • Australian Medical School rankings;
  • medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS;
  • medical school rotations in Canada;
  • coming back to Canada to practice medicine;
  • the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), MCCQE1 and MCCQE2;
  • the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and rates;
  • provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates;
  • the Australian Internship and Residency Program

…and much more!

Please note that attendance is via invitation only. Only those students who submit an Australian Medical School application via OzTREKK are invited attend to the webinars.

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To register for an upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing webinar, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.