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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

What’s so great about the Macquarie University Hospital?

Just three weeks ago we announced the new Doctor of Medicine program being offered at Macquarie University. The addition of the Macquarie MD now means that OzTREKK students now have eight medical programs to choose from!

What's so great about the Macquarie University Hospital?

Macquarie University Hospital is the only Australian private teaching hospital linked to a university (Image: Macquarie)

The Macquarie MD aims to provide students with a high-quality and innovative learning experience. With a small annual intake of 60 (40 domestic and 20 international), students will have access to impressive facilities and medical educators, researchers and clinicians.

What’s so great about the Macquarie University Hospital?

A hospital is a hospital, right? Well, not quite. Let us explain.

Along with the amazing—and paid for—clinical year in Hyderabad, India, MD students will also spend much of their time at the Macquarie University Hospital, which is Australia’s most technologically advanced private hospital on a university campus. The hospital is co-located with the Australian School of Advanced Medicine and also houses medical services for students and staff. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University is the fifth and newest faculty formed in 2014. It is also the only medical faculty in Australia to be linked to a not-for-profit private teaching hospital on its campus.

Macquarie University Hospital is a new, world-class medical facility revolutionising the Australian medical scene. With 187 beds, 16 operating theatres and state of the art equipment, Macquarie University Hospital attracts the best medical personnel and delivers an exceptional level of patient care.

Clinical programs include

Macquarie University Hospital is progressive hospital in which doctors and staff focus on providing care of the highest quality to every patient, and on leveraging technology in the pursuit of patient care, research and training.

 

Purpose of Macquarie University Hospital

To heal – At Macquarie University Hospital, leading doctors and nurses work together to provide the highest quality care using the latest medical technology. With 152 beds, 12 operating theatres and clinics in radiology, pathology, radiotherapy and oncology, the hospital provides services across a broad range of specialties.

To learn – Expert doctors at Macquarie University Hospital not only deliver the best care to patients, but also educate other doctors, passing on their valuable knowledge and experience. Many leading specialists teach at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, which is located next to the hospital and facilitates the learning of the next generation of specialists—MD and DPT students!

To discover – Medical treatments are constantly evolving. Macquarie University Hospital staff are committed to a process of improvement and advancement. Macquarie doctors not only use and teach the latest medical and surgical techniques, but also conduct research to discover better therapies, so that they can continue to deliver the most effective treatments. To do this, Macquarie University Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences work together to conduct research into best clinical practice. Much of their research is based on the concept of “translational research,” a process of adapting scientific discoveries to become practical improvements in patient care at the bedside.

Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: October 5, 2017

Apply to the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine!

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Find out more about the Doctor of Medicine program at Macquarie University! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Griffith MD application and scholarship deadlines for 2018 intake

It’s getting close to that time of year when applications for the 2018 intake are wrapping up. If you’ve applied to Griffith Medical School, please note applications will be closing officially on Sept. 29, 2017—or sooner if they’ve filled the program. You are encouraged to have all your app documents to OzTREKK as soon as possible in order to meet this deadline. Oh, and don’t forget to apply for the scholarship. 🙂

Griffith MD application and scholarship deadlines for 2018 intake

Don’t forget to apply for a Griffith Scholarship!

Griffith University Medical School MD program

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 new Gold Coast University Hospital. Students will also develop an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning, and learn how to be resourceful in seeking information and adapting to new technologies.

The Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith is a graduate-entry program. As such, all applicants are to have completed or be in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree before they are eligible to apply for entry.

Applicants to the Griffith MD are encouraged from all degree backgrounds. The medical selection criteria comprise three essential components:

  1. Completion of a bachelor degree achieving an overall GPA of 5.00 or above on a 7-point scale.
  2. Performance in the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) or MCAT. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 50 in each GAMSAT section; MCAT scores are required to be no more than two years old at the time of application and the minimum score for applications to be considered further is 8/8/8 or 123 in each section.
  3. Performance in a Medical Selections interview. International Medical Selections interviews are conducted via Skype. Interviews are generally scheduled for June, August, and October.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Campus Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: January each year
Application Deadline: September 29, 2017

Apply to Griffith Medical School!

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Don’t forget the Griffith 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 2018
Level of study: Postgraduate
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $5,000 in total (two tuition payments of $2500 each)
Duration: Up to 2 years of study
Program of study: Doctor of Medicine
Applications close: November 2, 2017

Find out how to apply.

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Do you need assistance with your Griffith MD application? Please contact OzTREKK at courtney@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

JCU medicine professor’s remarkable health care career recognised

James Cook University’s Professor Maxine Whittaker has been awarded the Royal Australasian College of Physicians International Medal for 2017.

The prestigious medal, which was presented at a ceremony in Melbourne recently, acknowledges the significant contribution Professor Whittaker has made to health care in low- and middle-income countries over many years.

JCU medicine professor’s remarkable health care career recognised

Dean, Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences Prof Maxine Whittaker (Photo credit: JCU)

Professor Whittaker is Dean, Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences in the College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and the Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at James Cook University.

Professor Whittaker said she was “surprised, honoured and humbled” by the award.

“I didn’t know that I had been nominated, and to have been so by my peers, who are also international in their careers, is an honour,” she said.

“Humble, because so many people have contributed to my receiving this award—my family, my teachers and mentors, the people with whom I have worked at field, policy, service, management and community levels, and those who have and continue to inspire me.

“I have been raised to believe in equity and human rights, and always saw health as being critical in that package. I knew at high school that I wanted to work on the ‘big picture’ causes and solutions of health problems and inequities, but didn’t know at that time that was called public health nor that there was a career in that.”

Professor Whittaker has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Zambia, Zimbabwe and PNG and has worked extensively in China, Fiji, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Vietnam, and other Pacific Island countries and territories.  She has extensive experience in project and program design in health and development, especially in infectious diseases (including malaria) and reproductive health and health system reform for a variety of national governments, international development partners and NGO organisations.

Professor Whittaker said her inspiration for her work took hold early in her university studies.

“I studied medicine and remember the day that a Professor Schofield (JCU’s Professor Louis Schofield’s father) taught us public health—and I went home to my parents and said—‘I can do what I want to do—there is a career that lets me do this’.”

Professor Whittaker has developed local research teams in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Northern Queensland remote communities, and Vanuatu, and participated in the development of training materials and activities.

She is a member of faculty for the Science of Malaria Eradication course, part of a consortium of IS Global, Harvard School of Public Health and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. It is an intensive week-long leadership course that provides participants from around the world with tools to approach malaria elimination and eradication.

Professor Whittaker was educated at the University of Queensland, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

She has won numerous awards, including the Dr Jerusha Jhirad Oration Award, University of Queensland Short Fellowship, and is a Life Member of the International Federation of Medical Students Association and an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Medical Students Association.

Professor Whittaker said there were two major highlights of her career.

“I have seen the professional growth and success of my students, mentees and colleagues and this also inspires me. Seeing the sustainability of reforms in which I have been one of the players in developing. For example, changes in health legislation, scaling up of family planning choices in a country. Improved policy approaches to quality of services is another highlight.”

Professor Whittaker said she plans to continue her work at JCU.

“I will continue to strengthen the One Health Approach to address the sustainable development goals, growing the health system’s research capacity at JCU and in our partner networks in the tropical regions, and to work with my JCU colleagues to continue to address the strategic intent of the university.”

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Would you like more information about JCU medicine or public health? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com!

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Monash research team trials virtual reality to help children during medical procedures

Needle procedures, including intravenous cannulas and blood tests, can be extremely distressing for many children and can lead to lifelong anxiety.

Monash University and Monash Children’s Hospital researchers are conducting the world’s largest study of virtual reality headsets to improve the experience of children undergoing needle procedures.

Monash research team trialling virtual reality to help children during medical procedures

Dr Evelyn Chan, patient Nia Ashton and Dr Erin Mills (Photo: Monash University)

For the first time, a collaborative research team led by Monash University Research Fellow Dr Evelyn Chan, is investigating the use of virtual reality (VR) headsets to reduce fear, pain and anxiety associated with these procedures.

Dr Chan said current pain management techniques such as local anaesthetic cream or distraction were inadequate for some children, and may result in the need for restraints and/or sedation.

“The VR headsets distract children, allowing them to experience and interact with animated sea-life, including fish, dolphins and whales, while medical staff take blood or insert an intravenous cannula,” Dr Chan said.

The VR animations have been created to perfectly coincide with the procedures being carried out.

“Children ‘feel’ the water while a nurse or doctor prepares and cleans their hand, and fish gently bite at their hand while a needle is inserted,” Dr Chan said.

Principal Investigator at Monash Children’s Hospital, Dr Erin Mills, said VR allowed children to be transported into an engaging and interactive 3D ‘virtual world’ which provided an escape from the real world where the procedure was being performed.

“The virtual reality experience has been designed to be immersive, enjoyable and help relax and reassure the child while medical procedures are taking place,” Dr Mills said.

Dr Chan said their vision was for every child to have access to high quality needle pain management, anytime, anywhere—whether they were in a world-class kid’s hospital, a busy pathology clinic, or a remote GP practice.

“VR has huge potential to transform patient experiences. One day VR might become a cornerstone of patient care—helping support patients in every step of their health journey, from being able to walk through the operating room before their surgery, to supporting them through their hospital stay, and helping them during recovery with rehab and preventive health activities,” Dr Chan said.

Two-hundred-forty patients from the Pathology and the Emergency Departments at Monash Children’s Hospital are currently being recruited to the study. The Royal Children’s Hospital will open an arm of the study next month.

More than 30,000 patients presented to Monash Children’s Hospital Emergency Department in the last 12 months, with 4,500 requiring blood tests.

The Monash research team includes Dr Erin Mills, Associate Professor Simon Craig, Dr Simon Cohen, Emma Ramage, Samantha Foster, Ryan Sambell, Michael Hovenden, Dr Evelyn Chan, and Dr Paul Leong.

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Learn more about the new medical degree at Monash Medical School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Team at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Introducing the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine!

Macquarie University has just announced the launch of its four-year graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine program, the Macquarie MD, with the first cohort of students expected in 2018.

Introducing the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine!

Learn more about the Macquarie Doctor of Medicine (Image: Macquarie University)

“Building on the success and great reputation of our hospital and clinics we felt the time was right to introduce a graduate medical program at Macquarie, the natural next step in our long-held commitment in advancing health. Alongside our Doctors In Training Program, this will enhance Macquarie’s suite of signature education and training programs in Australia’s only university-led academic health sciences centre. This is an important milestone for our long-held commitment to the advancement of healthcare, health education and research,” said Professor S Bruce Dowton, Vice-Chancellor Macquarie University.

The Macquarie MD aims to provide students with a high-quality and innovative learning experience. With a small annual intake of 60 (40 domestic and 20 international), students will have access to impressive facilities and medical educators, researchers and clinicians.

After an extensive review, the program has now received formal approval and accreditation from the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and Medical Board of Australia (MBA). On its accreditation of the program the AMC commended the university’s ‘aim to develop a distinctive educational experience, linking learning and translational research to clinical activities.’

A significant component of learning will occur in Australia’s only university-owned and operated not-for-profit teaching hospital and academic health sciences centre, MQ Health, which combines excellence in clinical care with teaching and research.

Clinical Year in India

Recognising the value of international learning, the program features extended quality-assured clinical experiences abroad for all students including, core clinical placements and selective opportunities at the Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad, India in addition to clinical placement at MQ Health, the Northern Sydney Local Health District (primarily within the Royal North Shore Hospital) and the MindSpot Clinic in Sydney.

The AMC, who visited Apollo Hospital earlier this year, commended “the clinical learning opportunities available at Apollo Hospital, and the commitment of the hospital’s clinicians and administration to facilitate the student experience during this rotation.”

“Our aim is to train future leaders in healthcare, who are patient and safety focused, culturally responsive, globally aware and equipped to work within increasingly digital health systems. We are seeing increasing demand for and benefits from international health experiences in medical education. We aim to prepare our graduates for the predicted environments in which they will practice, to become globally engaged doctors who will be equipped to help improve the health of communities both here in Australia and around the world,” said Professor Patrick McNeil, Executive Dean Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Macquarie University.

Admission to the program will be highly competitive, with applicants needing to demonstrate a high level of achievement in tertiary study and the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT), as well as completion of a number of prerequisites. Applicants will also be required to demonstrate relevant qualities and attributes for the program and profession through medical interviews.

Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: October 5, 2017

Admissions criteria

1. A completed a degree with a minimum weighted GPA of 5.0 out of 7.0.

2. Completed the required prerequisites (or groups of units) in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.

3. Completed the MCAT or Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT). MCAT scores are required to be no more than two years old at the time of application and the minimum total score for applications to be considered is 500 (with a minimum of 125 in each section); or have achieved a minimum score of 50 in each GAMSAT section.

4. Provide a personal statement demonstrating their preparedness and capacity to attend the compulsory international clinical placements.

Apply to the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine!

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Would you like more information about studying at Macquarie University Medical School? Please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Courtney’s Australian university application survival guide

So, you’re applying to an Australian university. If you’ve applied to an Australian medical school through OzTREKK, you’ve already met Courtney.

We’ve decided to go around the OzTREKK office and have everyone offer tips and tricks for our students who are going to apply, who have applied, or who have accepted their offer to an Australian university. Here, Courtney lists some key ways students can get the most out of our services—and feel prepared when they enter the pre-departure phase!

Courtney's Australian university application survival guide

Need help with your medical school app? Contact Courtney@oztrekk.com!

Applying to study on the other side of the world is a huge deal and can bring on a whirlwind of feelings! There will certainly be times when you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, nervous—and super happy—so the following tips will help you get through the whole process in one piece!

Have questions? Be answered!
Any time you have questions, it does not hurt to ask us. That’s exactly what we are here for! Sending a quick email to your admissions officer just to confirm things is totally okay and encouraged. We want you to feel supported the whole time.

Read everything—then read it again!
Make sure you read over everything! I know when you receive an offer or an invitation it can be super exciting, but just ensure you read through the entire email or attachment so that you have all the details. We send you a ton of emails, but there is a reason for it! This is really important throughout the application process so that you don’t miss a thing!

Apply by when?
Be aware of your deadlines. I think this one speaks for itself, but it is a good reminder to keep on top of your application deadlines, offer lapse dates, and everything in between. This goes back to the “read it again” section. Our aim is to keep you 100% in the loop at all times, so nothing is missed.  🙂

Remember, we have a few hundred students going through this process with you. You are not alone! We are all here with the same goals: to get you to Australia!

There are lots of aspects that will come into play throughout the application process, but keeping these little things in mind will hopefully make the process a little bit easier for you!

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Would you like more information about applying to an Australian university? Please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com. We’re here to help!

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

How to rock your Australian 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 Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

James Cook University answers the call for rural doctors

James Cook University is answering the call for more doctors in regional, rural and remote Queensland.

James Cook University answers the call for rural doctors

Study medicine at James Cook University and be a specialist in rural medicine! (Photo: JCU)

This year, the university is training 593 GP registrars through the provision of its specialist training program, Generalist Medical Training (GMT).  This program has been contracted by the Australian Government Department of Health to deliver Australian General Practice training (AGPT) in North Western Queensland.

Associate Dean Strategy and Engagement, Professor Jacinta Elston from JCU’s College of Medicine and Dentistry said 123 of the current registrars are JCU medical graduates.

“We have a regional mission with a focus on the needs of rural, remote and under-served communities, tropical medicine and the health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

“In the 2005 to 2016 JCU Medicine Graduate Survey, 84% of students said they intended to practice medicine outside of capital cities, compared to the national average of 16%.

“We are now seeing the follow through of those intentions with 92% of GMT registrars placed in regional, rural and remote areas, according to the Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Remoteness Area index.”

Steven Bajwa is a sixth-year medical student at JCU in Cairns. He said he is looking forward to a career in a rural hospital.

“Being from Brisbane when I started my degree, I always envisaged I would return or work in another tertiary centre (metropolitan hospital),” he said. “The degree and placement from JCU have completely changed my perspective on my graduate location. I no longer want to work in tertiary centres, but in smaller, more rural hospitals.”

Cloncurry registrar Dr Cameron Hoare said it was his JCU medical degree that set him on the rural career path: “When I started doing medicine I really enjoyed emergency medicine. Then I found a place (Cloncurry) where I could do proper general practice and still do emergency medicine.”

After his first medical student placement in the rural town, Dr Hoare returned in his sixth year of medicine, and then again later to undertake GP training with JCU’s GMT. He applauded the GMT program, saying it strongly encourages doctors to take up rural and remote posts.

“GMT definitely has an advantage there that they are providing registrar training and trying to support registrars training out west, which is actually a great success.”

Mackay GP and GMT Medical Educator Dr Ciara Ross is also a JCU medical School graduate. She said it set her up for a career in rural practice.

“I liked that their focus of the medical degree was more in rural and remote medicine, which was where I ultimately wanted to end up, working in more of a rural community,” she said.

As a Medical Educator, Dr Ross guides Mackay region GMT registrars through their training. She said the program is attracting more people who, like her, genuinely want to stay in rural areas.

“I’ve had quite a number of registrars come to me who live in Mackay and want to stay in Mackay, worried that they could potentially be moved. I am quite happy to be able to reassure them that if Mackay is the place they want to be, then generally they can stay here.

“There is a new generation of doctors coming through who are really interested in remote medicine and want to work in regional hospitals. I think maybe in years gone by, the epitome of medicine was working in a tertiary centre (metropolitan hospital), but I think people are genuinely chasing these rural jobs now because they are a bit different and exciting.”

Dr Ross encouraged anyone considering becoming a GP to study with James Cook University and GMT.

“I would recommend GMT for GP registrar training because they offer good quality and supportive education in a variety of training posts with experienced supervisors.

“Because GMT was developed by JCU, they have the staff and resources of a university with experience in post graduate education, so you know you will be in good hands.

“The program also prepares registrars well to face the college exams, with lots of practice throughout the program and additional support.”

JCU will now look to expand upon its success in the provision of General Practice Training via additional funding from the Australian Government (Regional Training Hubs Funding). This funding will allow JCU to further build and connect regional specialist training pathways across Queensland.

JCU Medical School MBBS

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
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017 (Note: Early offers of admission may be made to high-achieving international applicants! Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible and well before the August 30 deadline.)

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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Do you have questions about James Cook University and its medicine program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Uni Reviews ranks JCU medicine as #1 in Australia

James Cook University is Australia’s Tropical University, and JCU medical graduates are be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Uni Reviews ranks JCU medicine as #1 in Australia

RSVP to meet JCU in Toronto June 22!

Recently, Uni Reviews ranked the top Australian universities for medicine using a formula combining

  • medical school size (student numbers)
  • student and graduate satisfaction with medicine courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Medicine includes General Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Anaesthesiology, Pathology, Radiology, Internal Medicine and General Practice.

Uni Reviews presents independent reviews, ratings and rankings of Australian universities. Site content is published by UniCurve for the benefit of students.

As listed by Uni Reviews, the top universities for medicine in Australia for 2017 are

  1. James Cook University
  2. University of Western Australia
  3. Monash University

James Cook University

JCU Medicine tops the subject rankings for Medicine in 2017. The program is relatively large (1,155 students), has the highest rate of satisfaction among student and graduates (92%) and produces solid job outcomes ($65,000 indicative graduate salary).

University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australian Medical School is ranked 2nd in Australia for Medicine. The faculty’s medical graduates enjoy the highest salaries in Australia ($68,130) and have a solid rate of course satisfaction (84%).

Monash University

Monash University Medical School is in the top 3 for Australia. The school is the largest in Australia (2,452 students) and is highly rated by students (85% satisfaction).

James Cook University Medicine & Dentistry Seminar

It’s no secret we are huge fans of JCU’s commitment to helping rural and under-served populations. If you are interested in a career in medicine or dentistry, but are looking for something more extraordinary, please join OzTREKK and JCU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Wronski for this upcoming seminar. Find out why JCU is interested in Canadian students, and how you can help bring better health to those in need.

Toronto
Venue: Pinnacle Room, Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

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Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next semester intake: February 2018
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017

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Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Sydney Medical School boosting economies and rural medical education

Sydney Medical School’s long history of training students in rural NSW is boosting local economies and the number of graduates who want to work as rural doctors.

“Rural training experience increases the likelihood that doctors will commit to working in rural locations long term,” said Professor Conigrave. “This is why we have had a longstanding commitment to the training of rural doctors for more than 20 years.”

Sydney Medical School boosting economies and rural medical education

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The University of Sydney has a School of Rural Health in Dubbo and Orange and Departments of Rural Health in Broken Hill and Lismore.

“By the end of 2017, almost 1,000 of our medical students will have undertaken extended training placements in these four centres,” said Professor Conigrave.

“At graduation, these students are telling us that they would prefer to work in rural areas. The government’s new funding for the rural doctor training ‘pipeline’ will help these students to achieve their ambitions and their talents for rural health and medicine.”

However, Professor Conigrave said that there were not enough medical training positions to convert students’ intentions into medical careers in rural areas.

“We’re doing very well in priming the pipeline for the training of rural doctors—many more new medical graduates are now trying to get jobs in rural hospitals as interns. In fact, there are now significantly more applicants for these critical rural junior hospital training jobs than there are jobs available.”

Underlining the university’s contribution to rural economies, Professor Conigrave said, “We have a track record of excellence in rural medical education and we are making significant contributions to local economies.”

“At Dubbo and Orange, for example, the University of Sydney School of Rural Health contributes close to $7 million each year in direct local expenditures.

“This provide jobs for more than 50 people in central western NSW, all of whom live locally—they make up almost 30 full-time equivalents. Many of them are highly skilled, and might otherwise have been obliged to look elsewhere for work,” said Professor Conigrave.

“Then, of course, there are also indirect economic benefits. The 64 students that take extended rural placements each year bring business to local shops, sporting facilities and food outlets, and contribute to community life and projects of all sorts.

“In addition, the School of Rural Health requires many local services: motor vehicles, IT, transport services, plumbing, the maintenance of grounds and even the paint on the walls.

“But most importantly, the University of Sydney School of Rural Health in Dubbo and Orange and Departments of Rural in Broken Hill and Lismore are helping to lift access to quality healthcare among Australians in rural and remote areas,” added Professor Conigrave.

In April, the University of Sydney won $3 million in federal funds to establish Rural Training Hubs in Broken Hill, Dubbo and Lismore to boost rural-based training and career pathways for trainee doctors.

Commenting on the award of funding Professor Conigrave said, “We’re very pleased that the Federal Government has recognised the need to create this training pipeline.

“The funding will enable junior doctors with ambitions in rural medicine to undertake specialist training in rural rather than metropolitan centres, developing into fully fledged experts who can provide rural communities with specialist healthcare in all major fields of medicine, including general practice and rural and remote medicine and surgery.”

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Did you know the University of Sydney Medical School is ranked #15 in the world and #1 in Australia (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)? It’s true!

Sydney offers the very popular MD program, a four-year professional postgraduate-entry course with three primary aims for graduates: excellent clinical skills and preparedness for practice; experience in research; and experience and awareness of health in an international setting. It includes weekly clinical experience in leading hospitals from the very first weeks, regular PBL (problem-based learning) exercises in small groups, traditional lectures with expert practitioners, and ongoing opportunities to participate in research.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: January 2018
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 20, 2017
Deadline to submit all documents: Monday, June 26, 2017
Skype interview invitations sent: mid-July
Skype interviews: July 31 – August 11, 2017
First-round offers made: from late August (and may continue to be made until December 2017)

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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.