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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.

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!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Bond University professor offers tips to overcome fear of public speaking

Bond University professor says you can overcome your fear of public speaking

Bond University professor offers tips to overcome fear of public speaking

Do you have a fear of public speaking?

Are you afraid of public speaking? Being nervous when speaking in front of a large group of people—or even just a few—can really be debilitating, not to mention frustrating. Many undergraduate and graduate students are required to speak in front of the class, either to answer questions or because they must deliver an oral presentation.

So what happens when your heart pounds, your palms sweat, and gibberish comes out of your mouth?

Glossophobia is the official term for fear of public speaking, and it is one of the most common fears in the world! Here, Bond University Associate Professor Mike Grenby discusses the fear of public speaking and ways you tackle it.  You can overcome your fear and empower yourself to be a more confident public speaker!

About Associate Professor Mike Grenby

Originally from Vancouver, AP Mike Grenby graduated in 1963 from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts, and in 1964 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York, with an MSc (high honours). He has won several awards for his syndicated column on personal financial advice which has appeared weekly in newspapers across Canada since 1973. He also writes travel articles for papers and magazines in Australia, North America, Europe and Africa. The author of 11 books, he moved to Australia in 1998 to take up a teaching position in communication skills at Bond University.

Do you have any solutions to combat the fear of public speaking? Let us know!  Discover more about your study options at Bond University.

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

A pharmacy degree that will turn you into a medicines superhero

Pharmacy is a rewarding career, but it’s also a challenging and demanding one.

A pharmacist’s technical knowledge needs to be matched by his or her communication skills. In most cases, a pharmacist is dealing directly with people and requires the ability to convey information well and to understand patients’ concerns.

A pharmacy degree that will turn you into a medicines superhero

Find out how you can get a pharmacy degree from the #1 pharmacy school in Australia—Monash!

When the #2 pharmacy school in the world looks for students to join their faculty, they seek those who are both academically able and willing to learn the soft skills that are so vital for success in this profession—not only communication, but also teamwork, emotional empathy and the ability to make good judgments.

If you hold a relevant degree (as described below), you may be able to enter into the third year of the Monash University Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program, receiving credit for much of the first two years. Students also have the option to continue into the Master of Pharmacy and graduate with two degrees in only three years.

When you enter the Monash Pharmacy degree via the graduate-entry pathway, you will complete a pass/fail unit that runs just over five weeks and must be passed in order to receive credit for the first two years of the degree. The unit is run in the summer semester (January – February). When you  successfully complete the summer unit, you will then enter the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons).

Next semester intake: January 2019
Application deadline: Dec. 7, 2018; however, Canadian applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before the end of September for the January intake.

Am I eligible?

You will be eligible for graduate entry if you have a minimum average of 70% and have graduated from a relevant degree in the last 10 years. Relevant degrees include

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science / Bachelor of Biomedicine/ Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science with subject completions in chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and mathematics.

If you’ve graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Monash Pharmacy will take into account the number of relevant subjects you’ve completed, including

  • chemistry
  • physiology
  • biochemistry
  • pharmacology
  • mathematics

Receive a $4,000 relocation grant. The university offers a grant to all eligible international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

Apply to the Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Find out how you can apply to the graduate-entry Monash pharmacy degree. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Charlynn Lecompte at charlynn@oztrekk.com.

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Why should you consider studying dentistry at UWA?

Why should you consider studying dentistry at UWA?

The UWA School of Dentistry believes that students learn best when teaching and learning methods focus on student-centred approaches whenever possible. Students develop a broad base of knowledge, multi-faceted experiences and the ability to think critically and apply knowledge to solve problems through the use of problem-based clinical situations, computer activities, lecture and self-directed learning programs.

Students learn either by treating patients under close supervision by highly experienced and skilled tutors, or by observing general and specialist dentists treating a wide range of dental conditions.

UWA Doctor of Dental Medicine Entry Requirements

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine  (DMD)
Total international spots: 6
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2018; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Why should you consider studying dentistry at UWA?

Learn more about studying dentistry at UWA!

To be eligible to apply for the UWA School of Dentistry’s DMD program, eligible applicants must

  • have completed a bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7;
  • have completed the DAT, GAMSAT or MCAT (123/123/123/123 and an overall minimum of 492).
  • be able to attend an in-person interview, which will include successfully completing a spatial awareness component.

The results for these tests will not be used in the final ranking, but will determine if an application proceeds to the final ranking.

In addition, it is recommended that applicants have undertaken the following units/subjects:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first-year university level (including completion of Grade 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or human biology at first-year university level

Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based equally on DAT/MCAT/GAMSAT and GPA.

For the 2018 intake, 6 OzTREKK students accepted offers to the UWA Doctor of Dental Medicine!

Learn how to apply to UWA Dental School!

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Discover more about studying dentistry at UWA! If you have any questions, please contact Australian Dentistry Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

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

What kind of doctor do you want to be?

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

JCU medicine at the beautiful tropical campus of Townsville!

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

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

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

JCU Medical School MBBS

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

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

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Wanna play korfball and netball in Australia?

Making the move to study in Australia is an exciting event and can be quite overwhelming at times. Though you’ll likely be meeting several new friends within your program, another great way to meet people and keep fit is through sport!

Korfball and netball in Australia

Thinking of joining a sports team?

Australia is home to some really great athletic options that haven’t shared the same popularity in Canada. Korfball is a fast-paced and dynamic game that is the only truly co-gendered team sport in the world. It originated in the Netherlands in 1902 and made its way to Australia in 1978. It shares similarities with sports like basketball, handball, and netball (another great sport that is a bit more unknown in Canada)!

The origins of the game come from a school teacher who wanted to encourage playing together on equal terms for both boys and girls, focusing on teamwork and cooperation. A team is made up of eight players, half male and half female. Players are only able to defend individuals of the same gender; this allows for the game to be fast paced and not strength dominated. Though the rules of the game are difficult to explain, once you start playing, it all makes sense! I’d encourage you to sign up for a taster session to give it a try!

Alternatively, for the female crowd, check out netball. Netball emerged from early versions of basketball and was a female-only game, but now there are also men’s-only leagues available. This sport is made up of teams of seven. The sport became an International Olympic Committee recognised sport in 1995, but has yet to be played in the Olympics.

For both sports, the objective is to outscore the opposition.

Many universities offer social sports leagues, which are the perfect opportunity to try out something new, or to get back into a sport you haven’t played in a while. I can say firsthand that the friends I’ve made through sports teams are still individuals that I’m in touch with today! Even if you’re not interested in playing, I’d suggest looking into catching a game!

For further information, check out the links below. Social netball leagues are offered at most universities and korfball leagues are available in major cities.

Korfball Australia: https://korfball.org.au/

Netball Australia: http://netball.com.au/

University of Sydney Netball (Social League): https://www.susf.com.au/shop/item/social-netball-competition

University of Melbourne Netball: http://www.sport.unimelb.edu.au/Netball

University of Queensland Social Outdoor Netball: https://uqsport.com.au/content/social-outdoor-netball

James Cook University Netball (Social): https://www.jcusa.edu.au/tsv-sport/social-sport/

Griffith University Netball Club: https://www.griffith.edu.au/sport/play-sport/sport-clubs/netball-club

University of Western Australia Netball (Social Clubs also available): http://www.sport.uwa.edu.au/competitive-sport/clubs/netball

Monash University Netball: https://www.monash.edu/sport/social-sport/rules/netball

Introduction to netball video: http://netball.com.au/our-game/what-is-netball/

Introduction to Korfball video: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3512691.htm

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Find out more about how you can study in Australia!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Graduate with two degrees from Monash Pharmacy

Do you already hold an undergraduate degree? Are you interested in biomedical sciences, biomedicine, or health sciences? You have many career options to choose from, and one of them is pharmacy!

Graduate with two degrees from Monash Pharmacy

Find out if pharmacy is for you!

According to Forbes magazine, pharmacists are in the top 15 for job growth by 2020 with an increase of 15%, and have—according to Canadian Business—a median income of approximately $100,000 (CAD).

Studying Pharmacy at Monash University

From 2019, Monash University will be offering a graduate-entry pathway into the new three-year Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) / Master of Pharmacy program. This degree combo will allow students to graduate with both a bachelor and a master in only 3 years!

Bonus? Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world and #1 in Australia according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Another bonus? International students who study pharmacy at Monash receive a $4,000 relocation grant!

An extra bonus? Monash Pharmacy students do a one-year paid internship, providing valuable real-world experience. Students can earn up to $40k AUD while they learn.

What do Canadians think about the Monash Pharmacy program? Hear from a former OzTREKK student in the Canadian Student Experience Testimonial below:

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) / Master of Pharmacy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, candidates are strongly encouraged by to submit their applications as early as possible.

What will you study?

If you enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) via the graduate-entry pathway, you will complete a pass/fail unit that runs just over four weeks and must be passed in order to receive credit for the first two years of the degree. The unit is run in the summer semester (January – February). Upon successfully completing the summer unit, you will then enter the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)!

Entry requirements

You will be eligible for the graduate-entry program if you have a minimum average of 70% (distinction or equivalent) and have graduated from a relevant degree in the last 10 years. Relevant degrees include

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Biomedicine/ Bachelor of Health Sciences;
  • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences;
  • Bachelor of Science with subject completions in chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and mathematics.

If you’ve graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Monash will take into account the number of relevant subjects you’ve completed:

  • chemistry
  • physiology
  • biochemistry
  • pharmacology
  • mathematics

Apply to the Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Need more info about the graduate-entry Monash pharmacy degree? You’ve come to the right place! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Monday, December 4th, 2017

OzTREKK student named Regional Student of the Year

JCU Medical School student (and former OzTREKKer!) Reuben George has been named Regional Student of the Year at the 2017 Study Queensland IET Excellence Awards! The IET Excellence Awards recognise international education industry leaders, community and business contributors and current and past international students for their achievements.

OzTREKK student named Regional Student of the Year

Regional Student of the Year Reuben George (Photo: JCU)

These high achievers were celebrated at an awards ceremony held Nov. 22, 2017.

The IET Excellence Awards are the only state-wide awards program specifically dedicated to recognising the Queensland international education and training sector and celebrate individual and team success.

Having recognised the importance of support for international students studying medicine, Reuben has worked tirelessly throughout his studies to ensure his fellow international students felt supported and welcomed.

From his own journey of moving to Australia, Reuben recognized that there were very limited supports for international students in the medical program. He decided it was his duty to help guide all future incoming international students.

Reuben has since created an international student manual, which the university provides to each incoming international student. He also lobbied to co-create a mentorship program funded by the JCU College of Medicine and student medical society. This program partners each international medical student with an upper-year international student to support them through their transition of moving to a new country and entering a highly demanding degree. The program involves having coffee catch-ups and weekly social media mental health check-ins, group activities, and peer tutoring for free.

Reuben ensures each student feels heard and he encourages all to be leaders. His passion for international students’ health and well-being is what spurred many of the upper-year students to become mentors themselves.

The current JCU med student’s experience landed him the role of Australian Medical Students Association’s International Chair in 2016, representing all international medical voices across the country.

Reuben does all of this work not for himself, but so that no student feels as isolated as he did in his first year. He wants to help give international students a hand up and achieves this through his many platforms, including his vlog, “Beyond the Stethoscope,” (below) where he captures his life as a medical student and the many challenges and triumphs that come with it.

Congratulations, Reuben, from all of us at OzTREKK!

About JCU Medicine

The 6-year, full-time MBBS degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next semester intake: February 2019
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: TBA. Generally the end of August each year.

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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Would you like more information about studying medicine at JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Working in the UQ Speech Pathology Simulation Clinic

Speech pathology focuses on the management of communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Communication problems can occur in the areas of speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), hearing or literacy.

Within a “typical workplace environment,” UQ speech pathology students get hands-on practice during their time in the speech pathology simulation clinic. Like real life, students can assess patients with communication and swallowing difficulties in a hospital setting. Simulation clinics offer a number of benefits to the students, including learning to practice new skills, the opportunity for repetition of skill development, and the opportunity to gain a broad range of feedback to practice those skills before they need to use them in a real workplace environment.

About the UQ Speech Pathology program

The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Working in the UQ Speech Pathology Simulation Clinic

Study speech pathology at UQ

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next Semester intake: July 2018
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2018

Apply to UQ Speech Pathology School!

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Do you need help with your UQ speech pathology application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.