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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.

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Five reasons to study at Sydney Medical School

Why should you join Australia’s top medical school? Sydney Medical School is ranked number one in Australia and 17 globally in the QS World University Rankings, but that’s not the only reason why students from all over the world come to Sydney Uni to study medicine.

Five reasons to study at Sydney Medical School

Meet Sydney Med School reps at the upcoming seminar!

1. Early patient care

You’ll begin your medical studies with hands-on experience in a structured, supervised way over years 1 and 2, which means you’ll be well prepared for when you transfer to clinical schools in Stage 3 (years 3 and 4).

“A great strength of the course is that you get to enter the clinical world right from your first week of your first year,” explained Co-Director of the Sydney Medical Program Professor Inam Haq.

2. Teaching hospitals

Clinical training is offered at an extensive network of top-tier hospitals across New South Wales that offer the most advanced healthcare in the country, including Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, to name just a few.

“The clinical training component of your medical degree will take place at one of our many fantastic clinical schools across Sydney. Whichever one you’re placed at you will have a fantastic experience with dedicated teachers and support staff to help you in your studies,” said Professor Haq.

3. Research training

If you study medicine at Sydney, you will have access to world-leading researchers, research institutes and networks. You will gain formal training in research methods in your first year, encompassing the basic principles of health and medical research, research governance and ethics, and the basics of research methods in biomedical, clinical and public health.

“Our lecturers are world leaders in their fields, and the University of Sydney has deeply entrenched roots in research. They’ve been able to show us that research and clinical exposure go hand in hand, and so I have peers who are working intensely on research projects who will be the next face of medicine,” Sean Hassan, a Stage 4 medical (and OzTREKK!) student said.

4. Rural experience

With campuses in Dubbo and Orange, as well as departments in Broken Hill and Lismore, our School of Rural Health provides clinical placements throughout central, northern and western NSW. We also work in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

“Medicine students at the University of Sydney have the option to go rural for a whole year. Everyone has something amazing to say about it, and lots of students tend to go back. That definitely made me want to come here,” said Lakshmi Sunderasan, a Stage 2 medical student.

5. Overseas opportunities

With extensive international connections, both across Asia-Pacific and in major research centres in North America and Europe, Sydney encourages its medical students to participate in an international elective.

You can take undertake a four- to eight-week clinical or research placement during your elective term. Many Sydney Medical School students also undertake optional overseas placements during the year-end break to places like Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sweden and Vietnam.

Don’t miss the Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars

Find out why the University of Sydney is one of the top universities in the world! Enjoy refreshments, speak with Sydney Uni representatives and alumni, and learn more about what happens after graduation and the accreditation process so you can practice in Canada!

Don’t forget to RSVP!

Dalhousie University
Date: January 23, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, SUB

University of Toronto
Date: January 24, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: MB128, Lassonde Mining Building

Western University
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: McKellar Room, UCC

University of Calgary
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Location: Escalus Room, MacEwan Centre

University of Alberta
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: ECHA 2-150

University of British Columbia
Date: January 27, 2017
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Performance Theatre, AMS

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Discover more about studying medicine or dentistry at Sydney Uni. Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars January 2017

Have you ever considered studying medicine or dentistry at the University of Sydney in Australia? How can studying in Australia advance your career?

Sydney Medicine Dentistry Seminars January 2017

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars

Get your questions answered!

Join OzTREKK and the University of Sydney for the upcoming Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars!

Find out why the University of Sydney is one of the top universities in the world! Enjoy refreshments, speak with Sydney Uni representatives and alumni, and learn more about what happens after graduation and the accreditation process so you can practice in Canada!

Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars

Dalhousie University
Date: January 23, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, SUB

University of Toronto
Date: January 24, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: MB128, Lassonde Mining Building

Western University
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: McKellar Room, UCC

University of Calgary
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Location: Escalus Room, MacEwan Centre

University of Alberta
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: ECHA 2-150

University of British Columbia
Date: January 27, 2017
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Performance Theatre, AMS

Don’t forget to RSVP!

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Discover more about studying medicine or dentistry at Sydney Uni. Please let us know if you have questions about these information sessions! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

University of Sydney commits $60 million as first phase of $500M investment

The brightest minds will be brought together as part of a historic partnership agreement between the University of Sydney and Westmead precinct partners announced recently.

The partnership includes an initial commitment by the University of Sydney to contribute more than $60 million of funding for new education facilities, upgrades to existing spaces, and a suite of new academic programs and initiatives, in addition to its existing staffing contribution of $35 million per year at Westmead.

This increased contribution to the partnership will help ensure that clinicians, students and researchers at Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead Institute for Medical Research and the Children’s Medical Research Institute will be able to continue to meet the needs of the expanding population and increasing health needs of Western Sydney, New South Wales and beyond.

The new facilities and programs will support the expanded expertise and educational opportunities available on the precinct in areas like data sciences, engineering, physics, business management, the social sciences and others.

NSW Health Minister the Hon Jillian Skinner was present at the announcement and welcomed the partnership agreement.

University of Sydney commits $60 million as first phase of $500-million investment

Sydney students to receive a boost in facilities and programs (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

“I congratulate the University of Sydney and all the Westmead precinct partners on this great partnership.  Students all across Westmead—who are our clinicians and researchers of the future—will enjoy the contemporary, flexible technology-enabled teaching, learning and working spaces that are being built as part of this partnership,” Jillian Skinner said.

The University of Sydney investment includes capital funding for

  • 5,000m2 across two floors of the Westmead Redevelopment’s new acute services building, to become the central location of the University of Sydney’s Westmead Campus;
  • an upgrade and expansion of the current Westmead Education and Conference Centre, within Westmead Hospital, to provide innovative and versatile learning environments;
  • refurbishment of student facilities, to improve the student experience at Westmead; and
  • a new simulation ward, which provides facilities for educating students in nursing, medicine and allied health, and training staff at Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

The university spaces will also be available for use by other precinct partners, giving them access to contemporary education facilities that are not currently available at Westmead.

The university is also working with the Westmead precinct partners to develop the proposal for the Westmead Innovation Centre. The Innovation Centre will be collecting and generating ideas and new solutions from patients, clinicians, researchers and other innovators and will be fostering a culture of innovation and knowledge sharing.

“This is such an important part of the university’s work in Western Sydney. A key focus of the next era of strategic growth for the University of Sydney will be in—and for—Western Sydney, and this is the early phase of what we anticipate will be a $500m investment over the next 15 years. Importantly, this investment will help us build on the university’s areas of strength with its partners at Westmead,” University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said.

Welcoming the investment and the university’s role in helping address the healthcare challenges of the future, WSLHD Chief Executive Danny O’Connor said, “Westmead Hospital and the University of Sydney have had a long-standing partnership, dating back to the official opening of the hospital in 1978. This expanded commitment from the university means a greater opportunity to collect and generate ideas and new solutions from students in different disciplines as well as clinicians, researchers, patients and other innovators.”

“Co-locating the education and research activity with the clinical services space means Westmead will extend the quality of its education and research capability for the benefit of our patients and families in Western Sydney and beyond,” said Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Chief Executive Dr Michael Brydon.

The strength of the precinct partnerships has helped deliver on Westmead’s strong track record as a successful innovator in the delivery of healthcare, research and education and helped attract a talent pool that is now the largest concentration of biomedical, scientific and healthcare focused minds in Australia.

The investment is just one part of the $3.4 billion earmarked by government, universities and the private sector for investment at Westmead over the next decade, including new commercial and residential facilities and development of the Parramatta Light Rail.
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Learn more about studying medicine and  nursing at the University of Sydney!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

OzTREKK student talks about Sydney Medical School

Current Sydney Medical School student Sean Hassan began his Australian journey in 2012 when he first contacted OzTREKK.

OzTREKK student talks about studying at Sydney Medical School

Former OzTREKK student Sean Hassan at our 2012 pre-dep seminar!

Like most medical students, he wondered which university would be best for him, and so he applied to several Australian medical schools. Unlike most medical students, however, Sean actually studied commerce before deciding on a career in medicine!

It’s amazing to watch our students throughout the process: from their first enquiries, to their applications, to watching them become professionals! We are so pleased for you, Sean!

And trust us when we say time flies: Just recently, Sean delivered a baby.

How does Sydney Medical School help? According to Sean, studying medicine at Sydney has great benefits for their students. Being a Sydney med student means

  • you will be prepared for a general internship;
  • you are encouraged to follow the path you are most passionate about;
  • you are encouraged be the “master of your own medical degree”;
  • you will see Sydney’s strong roots in global health (Sean had the opportunity to do a core rotation in Toronto!);
  • seeing research and clinical exposure go hand in hand;
  • being taught by lecturers who are at the top in their fields.

So how do you know which medical school is for you?

For Sean, the University of Sydney was the right fit. In the video below, Sean explains what he loves about the medical program, and how it has helped shape him into the doctor he wants to become!

About the Sydney Doctor of Medicine Degree

Sydney Medical School aims to produce medical graduates who are committed to rational, compassionate health care and medical research of the highest quality. The Doctor of Medicine program encourages enrollment of students from diverse backgrounds (even commerce!) and aims to help them to become graduates responsive to the health needs of individuals, families and communities and committed to improving the health care system at all levels.

Years 1 & 2 are spent primarily on the main university campus at Camperdown, but clinical training commences in the first weeks. For years 3 & 4, students are based in their clinical school. Clinical learning occurs at multiple widely dispersed sites (hospitals and community, metropolitan, urban and rural).

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If you have any questions about Sydney 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.

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Why choose Sydney Medical School?

Have you applied to Sydney Medical School for the 2017 intake? Aced your interview? Waiting for your offer?

Why choose Sydney Medical School?

Learn more about the University of Sydney!

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you might be interested to know that Sydney Medical School welcomes students from all over the world to study in their MD program. The school is committed to maintaining a strong international focus in its education programs and in research, and the faculty and university as a whole strive to provide strong support to ensure that international students get the most out of their university experience at Sydney.

Facts and figures for the 2016 intake

  • Male: 52%
  • Female: 48%
  • Average age at enrolment: 24 years

Of the international cohort, 50% are Canadian students!

The medical school is ranked

  • 17th in the medicine category of the 2016 QS World University Rankings (number 1 in Australia!);
  • 33rd in the clinical, pre-clinical and health category of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016;
  • at 5 (highest ranking) in Excellence in Research for Australia ratings for public health and health services.

The University of Sydney recently recorded a Sydney MD information evening for everyone interested in learning more about their program. Hear from current students and professors and discover why the Sydney Medical School is the number 1 medical school in Australia! If you’ve applied, but wish to know a little more and get the inside info, this is for you!

Sydney Medical School – Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Undertaken once students have already completed an undergraduate degree, the Sydney MD is a world-class, graduate-entry degree in medicine.

Sydney Medical School aims to produce medical graduates who are committed to rational, compassionate health care and medical research of the highest quality. The Doctor of Medicine program encourages enrollment of students from diverse backgrounds—you don’t need to have a Bachelor of Science! Here’s a breakdown of the Sydney MD students’ first degrees:

Arts/Social Science 5%
Biological Science 28%
Commerce/Economics 3%
Engineering 4%
Health 3%
Human Biosciences 28%
Law 1%
Math Science 1%
Medicine 4%
Music Studies 2%
Nursing 3%
Pharmacy 3%
Physical Science 6%
Physiotherapy 1%
Psychology 4%
Other 4%

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 4 years

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If you have any questions about your Sydney Medical School application, 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.

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.