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Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

James Cook University opens new residence on Cairns campus

Are you thinking of studying dentistry at James Cook University?

JCU has announced that the brand-new John Grey Hall of Residence in Cairns is officially open! This seven-story building offers a variety of self-catered, apartment-style living options including studio apartments, en suite rooms and standard rooms with shared facilities. The new on-campus accommodation facility is one of the best places to live while you are studying at JCU because you’re only a stone’s throw to class!

James Cook University opens new residence on Cairns campus

New John Grey Residence, JCU Cairns campus (Image: JCU)

The first stage of the purpose-built residence is home to 300 students with plans to expand its capacity to 1,000 students in the future.

The seven-storey octagonal building offers a variety of apartment-style living options including studio apartments, six-bedroom en-suite rooms or six-bedroom standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities. All apartments are self-catered and are equipped with modern cooking facilities including cooktop, oven, microwave, and refrigerator. Each individual bedroom is lockable and includes air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

The 42-metre-long internal grass courtyard features shared barbecue facilities and is the perfect place to relax and hang out with friends.

The facility will be fully managed by an on-site manager and administrative support team, with residential assistants providing pastoral care to students.

Studying dentistry at James Cook University

The dentistry program at James Cook University is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. Located at the Cairns campus, this broad-based program includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

The university sends its health professional students, including JCU Dentistry students, to remote and rural regions on placements, and to do outreach in schools, and encourages its graduates to return back to rural and remote areas to work after graduation—including Canada!

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

What do you need to get in?

1. High School

These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements.

  • A minimum of 92% average from grade 12 subjects.
  • Completion of prerequisites in English, Calculus, and Chemistry at a grade 12 level or higher.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree

A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

  • Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements.
  • A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.

Please note the DAT is not required for entry into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program.

Apply to James Cook University Dental School!

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry at James Cook University? For more information and assistance with your application, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com.

Friday, July 20th, 2018

How to prepare for your University of Sydney medicine or dentistry interview

It’s that time of year again!

This August, the University of Sydney medicine and dentistry applicants will be undertaking multi-mini interviews via Skype for admission into the DMD and MD programs for the 2019 intake.

Sydney Medical School and Sydney Dental School interviews

No stress. You got this!

As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students, but they don’t have to be! To help you out, we have compiled some interview tips from former OzTREKK students, and from our own little knowledge bank we’ve stocked over the years.

Multiple Mini Interview

International applicants who qualify for an interview will be interviewed via an online link using Skype. When making an interview booking, applicants will be required to enter their Skype user name and phone  number (including the country code and area code, in case that there is any problem during their interview).

The interview process is known as the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). The actual MMI is expected to last approximately 45 minutes; however, the entire process including registrations may take up to 2 hours, although this is rare. They are looking for

  • good communication skills;
  • your sense of caring, empathy and sensitivity;
  • your ability to make effective decisions;
  • your ability to contribute as a member of a team;
  • your appreciation of the place of medicine/dentistry in the wider context of healing; and
  • your sense of vocation, motivation and commitment within the context of medicine/dentistry

Who are the interviewers?

All MMI interviewers are volunteers who have completed a training program and observed the MMI process. They will be friendly and professional and want to see you succeed. No one will try to trick you!

  • Academic, clinical academic, and staff of the university
  • Graduates from medicine and dentistry
  • Persons drawn from the wider community

Get ready

On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. If you can’t attend your interview at the specified time, you must contact the Admissions Office as a matter of urgency. The Admissions Office will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

What to expect

The multi-mini interview (MMI) is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes, designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the University of Sydney 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. There are usually five stations of seven minutes each, with a turnaround time of two minutes. Each station samples different aspects of professionalism according to a carefully designed framework.

At the commencement of the interview, the first interviewer will appear on the screen. This is your chance to say hello! Once the bell rings, you will be sent the first scenario via instant message on Skype. Read the first sentence of the scenario aloud to the interviewer.

Former OzTREKK students’ tips… and things to get you thinking!

Now, we don’t guarantee that you’ll be asked about your shortcomings, but it is recommended to have an overall sense of “who you are” and a level of comfort with yourself and your knowledge before heading to an interview. Here is a list of tips from former OzTREKK students, and other things to get you thinking about the types of questions they may ask to help get you prepared:

Before your interview

  • Get ready for scenarios! Read and discuss. Read about what is happening around you and find someone to discuss it with. 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! Avoid confrontation.
  • Stations may be loosely categorised into ethical-dilemma situations, teamwork-based situations, professionalism situations, differing-opinion situations, etc.
  • What makes a good or bad doctor?
  • If you are invited to ask questions, have some! Be prepared to speak about yourself and your interests outside of dentistry or medicine.
  • Do you have weaknesses? What are they? How are you working on them?
  • Know the profession—its past, its present, its future. This shows you would like to invest your life in the profession.
  • Think about alternative medicine and dentistry. Is it valuable? Is it comparable to Western medicine?
  • Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20 years from now?

During your interview

  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • There won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water on hand should you need it.
  • The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for medicine or dentistry, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible.

We know it’s difficult, but try not to stress. We often hear from OzTREKK students, “I didn’t need to be as stressed as I was.” The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you.

Best of luck!

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If you have any questions regarding your Sydney Dental School or Sydney Medical School interview, please contact your OzTREKK admissions officer at kaylee@oztrekk.com or alexa@oztrekk.com.

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Meet one of your University of Sydney dentistry professors!

Have you applied to the University of Sydney dentistry program?

We’d like to introduce you to Dr Susie Dracopoulos, Year coordinator, DMD1 Tooth Conservation Coordinator, Foundations of Clinical Dentistry A Unit of Study Coordinator, Academic Simulation Coordinator, and Academic eLearning Coordinator.

Sydney Dental School

Dr Susie Dracopoulos (Photo: University of Sydney)

Being a dental student is not so different to being a busy clinician: the workload is high and it involves a lot of time management and work/life balance.

The DMD program allows students to not only be strong clinicians, but also teaches them to look for evidence before making decisions. Being a dentist is a career that requires lifelong inquiry and I think the course instills this in our students.

Being based primarily at Sydney Dental Hospital has huge advantages; it’s a working dental hospital so we see real patients with real problems. This calls for students to provide the highest quality patient-centred care—a skill vital for practice.

A typical day in DMD1 Tooth Conservation starts in our fantastic modern simulation clinics. When I am demonstrating a particular restorative technique I like to screen an instructional video, or have live demos and then students repeat this procedure on a mannequin. The content of the course is developed to give students the best foundation knowledge in dentistry, and then they can apply the manual dexterity skills to perform as a competent clinician.

As the coordinator of the simulation clinic, I’ve seen firsthand how vital it is for first-year dentistry students to develop the fine motor and technical skills they will need for practice. We’ve recently been lucky enough to receive funding to purchase some state-of-the-art virtual simulators, which give students instant feedback on their performance. This means students don’t have to wait for their tutor, or the rest of the class, and so learning becomes self-paced, and allows students to make mistakes in a safe environment.

The DMD program has a strong element of blended learning—a mix of face-to-face and eLearning. I am enthusiastic in pursuing more opportunities to expand our eLearning, giving students the flexibility to study some material in their own time and pace outside of the lecture rooms. Virtual simulation is an exciting new form of eLearning, with many more opportunities of this kind of learning soon to be included in our dental programs.

I love teaching and seeing students develop their skills and become the best clinicians they can be. I enjoy interacting with students and helping them get through the program, offering my expertise to help them find perspective on the challenges they face.

Do you think the Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine program is right for you?

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 20, 2018

Apply to the University of Sydney Dental School!

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Would you like more info about applying to the University of Sydney dentistry program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Join us for the Study in Australia Fairs this weekend

Can you picture yourself in a great career? What do you need to get there? Join us at one of our upcoming Study in Australia Fairs this weekend to meet us and Australian university representatives to find out more about your study options—no matter what your interest!

Join us for the Study in Australia Fairs this weekend

Find out more about the Study in Australia Fairs!

The annual OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs will be hosted in Toronto and Vancouver, and it is the largest specific fair of its kind in Canada.

Toronto

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 12  – 3 p.m.
Venue: Hilton Toronto, Osgoode Room, 3rd floor

Vancouver

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time:  12  – 3 p.m.
Venue: UBC Robson Square, Plaza Lounge

No RSVP required—just come along with friends and family!

Do you have questions about admissions tests, GPA requirements, interviews, financing, scholarships, accreditation? You have questions and we’re here to answer them!

Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event.

Programs to Learn About

At the fairs, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:

…plus many more programs.

Want more details? For more information, contact OzTREKK at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com. Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Don’t miss the upcoming Study Medicine in Australia seminars

If you are interested in a career in medicine, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Study Medicine in Australia seminars where you will learn more about the world-renowned medical degrees offered in Australia, and about how you can practice in Canada after graduation.

Don't miss the upcoming Study Medicine in Australia seminars

Don’t forget to save your spot at a Study Medicine in Australia seminar!

Why Should You Consider Studying Medicine in Australia?

You have more options than you think. 

Australian medical schools offer high-quality education and clinical training in an amazing setting! Studying medicine in Australia is a great experience and really helps students appreciate the worldwide aspect of health, since many clinical placements are offered around the globe.

Every year, OzTREKK helps hundreds of Canadian students choose the right Australian medical school program for them. We understand admissions requirements and application procedures to Australian medical schools, and we can guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate-entry streams, and the considerations for practicing medicine following graduation

Join us in Toronto or Vancouver for our upcoming Study Medicine in Australia seminars! We will focus on Australian medical degrees, admissions requirements, medical licensing and more. Find out why so many Canadians are choosing to further their studies in Australia and coming home to practice!

TORONTO
Saturday, June 2, 2018
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hilton Toronto, Osgoode Room, 3rd Floor

VANCOUVER
Sunday, June 3, 2018
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
University of British Columbia, Robson Square, Room C485

Meet with these Australian university representatives!

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Don’t worry! We assist you at every stage—from application to arrival to understanding medical licensing—so that nothing is forgotten. Learn more about these upcoming Study Medicine in Australia seminars! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Former OzTREKK student wins Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy award

Congratulations goes out to the most recent Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy graduates, and a special mention to the students and clinicians who received prizes and awards for their performance and contribution this year.

Former OzTREKK student wins Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy award

Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy 2017 Student and Clinical prize winners (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

All of us at OzTREKK would like to offer a round of applause to former OzTREKK student Thomas Nemeth, who won the Gerontology Physiotherapy Prize. Way to go, Thomas!

Think you might be interested in a career in physiotherapy? The Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy is Australia’s first three-year entry to practice graduate master’s-level program. Graduates will have the opportunity to pursue a career in a range of health settings, including hospitals, private practice, sporting and rehabilitation facilities, community organizations or as an advisor to government or industry bodies. This degree provides opportunities for pursuing employment globally.

In addition to core hands-on practical physiotherapy skills, key program features include advanced theoretical knowledge in areas such as pharmacology, radiology, leadership and management, sports physiotherapy and inter-professional education, including a faculty student conference.

Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy Admissions Timeline for 2019 Intake

Application deadline: June 29, 2018
Interview offers released: July 26, 2018
Skype MMI interviews conducted: August 5 – 16, 2018
Offers of admission released: mid- to late-September 2018
Deadline to accept offer (unconditional): November 9, 2018
Deadline to meet conditions (conditional): November 9, 2018

Melbourne DTP Snapshot

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: June 29, 2018; however, candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Apply to the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy Program!

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Find out more about the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy degree. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Carolyn Kowalewski at caroyln@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Speak with Australian law school graduate who is now practicing in Canada

If you’ve always wanted to chat with an Australian law school graduate who has returned to Canada to practice, here’s your opportunity!

Speak with Australian law school graduate who is now practicing in Canada

Guest speaker Newcastle Law graduate Dave Lotimer

We know a lot of you have questions about what it’s like to make your way through the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), articling and bar processes.

After completing his law degree at the University of Newcastle, David returned to Canada to complete the NCA, articling and bar process and is now a practicing lawyer. Please join OzTREKK for an informative webinar to learn more about David’s experiences and to get the inside scoop about what it’s like to return to Canada after completing an Australian law degree.

Australian law school graduate David Lotimer will be touching on all of these areas and will be available to answer your questions during an upcoming OzTREKK webinar.

Newcastle Law School – Australian Law School Graduate Practicing in Canada
Guest: Law graduate and current lawyer David Lotimer
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)
Registration: Please email molly@oztrekk.com

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and have your questions ready!

About the University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor Program

Offered at a postgraduate level, the Juris Doctor degree prepares students to be a career-ready graduate with the skills and extensive knowledge to become a leader in Australian and global legal practice. Completing the JD will see students contribute to the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, working on real cases and providing an important service to the community. Students will also have the opportunity to contribute to the Law on the Beach program held each summer on Newcastle Beach.

Program: Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and June each year
Application deadline: No set deadline; however, candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.
Entry Requirements: Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution.

Apply now to the Juris Doctor program at the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Don’t miss this upcoming Newcastle Law School webinar! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon molly@oztrekk.com for your registration info.

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Australian medical school rankings 2018

There are medical schools here in Canada, so why do so many Canadians consider studying at an Australian medical school? Because Australia and Canada share a similar medical system, a similar medical education, and similar medical issues!

Australian medical school rankings 2018

Study medicine in Australia!

Australian medical schools offer high-quality education and clinical training in an amazing setting! Studying medicine in Australia is a great experience and really helps students appreciate the worldwide aspect of health, since many clinical placements are offered around the globe.

Another great reason to study in Australia is because of their incredible world rankings. Australian medical schools are world-ranking, with four of OzTREKK’s university partners in the top 50 in the world. These are not second-rate institutions, so don’t be worried that you will get a mediocre education.

The QS World University Rankings has recently released its 2018 rankings by subject, and here are the basics regarding how our Australian medical schools stacked up:

World Medical School Rankings 2018

Australian Medical Schools
Canadian Medical Schools
11th University of Toronto
21st McGill University
29th University of British Columbia
37th McMaster University
(4 OzTREKK Australian medical schools in top 50)
(4 Canadian medical schools in top 50)
QS World University Rankings by Subject: Medicine, 2018

Undergraduate- versus Graduate-entry Medical Programs

Undergraduate Entry

Are you just finishing high school? Undergraduate medical programs are for you! Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. If you have completed high school studies or would like to apply to a medical school in Australia without using your MCAT score, you may wish to learn more about undergraduate-entry medical programs offered by Australian universities.

Graduate Entry

Some Australian medical schools offer a graduate-entry medical program where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, in order to apply to a four-year medical program. The following Australian medical schools offer programs at a graduate-entry level, which are similar to medical programs offered in Canada and the United States:

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Would you like more information about studying medicine in Australia? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, May 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.

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Join the University of Melbourne virtual fair April 25

Are you wondering what it’s like to study at the prestigious University of Melbourne? Not many of us in North America can hop on a plane to visit Melbourne’s beautiful campus to find out more about their programs, so they are bringing the information to you!

University of Melbourne virtual fair April 25

Learn more about studying at the University of Melbourne

Prospective international students and their parents are invited to join the university for an exciting online event to learn more about the University of Melbourne and their courses.

University of Melbourne Virtual Fair

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

  • 8 – 11 p.m. (EDT)
  • 7 – 10 p.m. (MDT)
  • 6 – 9 p.m. (PDT)

Chat with staff and students from faculties and graduate schools across the university and explore your study options. You’ll have the opportunity to find out about scholarships, admissions information, accommodation, and study pathways.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about Melbourne’s popular schools:

Register your interest at https://unimelb.6connex.com/event/recruitmentcenter/register and then log on to the Virtual Fair. Find out more about the Melbourne experience!

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Do you have questions regarding the University of Melbourne Virtual Fair for International Students? Please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com. Find out more about the University of Melbourne and about how you can study in Australia!