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Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Griffith Medical School scholarship application deadline extended

Have you applied to Griffith Medical School?

Griffith Medical School scholarship application deadline extended

Find out how you can study at Griffith Medical School

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

The Doctor of Medicine program is a four-year graduate-entry program and focuses on four major themes:
1. Doctor and Patient
2. Knowledge of Health and Illness
3. Doctor and Health in the Community
4. Doctor and Law, Ethics and Professional Practice

And, guess what? Griffith offers a scholarship for the Doctor of Medicine program and has extended this deadline to November 30.

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 4 years of study
Program of study: Doctor of Medicine
Applications close: November 30, 2017

Applicants are required to write a personal statement addressing three questions (200 words per question):

  1. Demonstration your knowledge of the profession of medicine and the broader role of medicine in the health care system.
  2. Demonstration your leadership and teamwork skills. Please also indicate your plans for the future.
  3. Outline any challenges you have faced in your education and in what way you have sought to overcome these challenges.

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Would you like more information about this scholarship and about studying at Griffith Medical School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

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.

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Griffith Medical School scholarships are up for grabs!

Have you applied to Griffith Medical School?

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

Griffith Medical School scholarships are up for grabs!

Study medicine at Griffith University!

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

Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Graduate Entry Scholarship in Medicine

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

Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Undergraduate Entry Scholarship in Medicine

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

Apply now to the 2017 intake at Griffith Medical School!

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

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

What is the Canadian Resident Matching Service?

About Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is an impartial, not-for-profit organization that provides a fair and transparent online process to match medical students and residents with medical residency positions throughout Canada.

What is the Canadian Resident Matching Service?

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

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

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

The Match Algorithm

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

Consider studying at an Australian medical school

If you have graduated from a medical school in Australia, you need to apply to CaRMS if you want a medical residency in Canada. Australian medical school graduates who have applied for a residency in the match have fared very well in the past. In fact, according to CARMS, Australian medical graduates have the best match rates returning to Canada than any other country in the world!

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

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

Check out the following Australian medical schools:

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

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Griffith aiming to personalise treatment for cancer patients

An aim to ‘personalise’ treatment for cancer patients, enabling them to get the most effective drug the first time, is the aim of cutting-edge research at Griffith University and the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Griffith aiming to personalise treatment for cancer patients

Prof Nigel McMillan (Photo credit: Griffith University)

In collaboration with a multidisciplinary health team, researchers from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland, are establishing a new Personalised Cancer Treatment Program.

With an initial focus on head and neck cancer patients—for whom initial treatment has failed—the work will entail taking a small part of the malignant tumour and putting it into a mouse model. There it will grow and be monitored with ultrasound and live imaging, before being treated with varying drug therapies, in order to determine which is the most effective one to treat a particular patient.

Good cells often killed

“The current problem is that we have very general treatments that are not specific to an individual’s type of cancer and these drugs are killing the good cells as well as the bad. Most therapies unfortunately, have significant side effects says Professor Nigel McMillan.

“Although we have many new and interesting drugs, it is hard to know which are the correct ones for a particular patient.

“However, by looking at the responses to different drugs on the tumour when it is outside of the patient in a surrogate, we can investigate which cancers respond well to which drugs and provide useful feedback to the clinicians in order that they treat the patient in an individual way with the best outcome.”

Gold Coast Health Director of Oncology Dr Jasotha Sanmugarajah says the results of the research will prove invaluable for clinical staff and patients.

“This will eliminate the uncertainty we have in clinics determining which drug will work best with each patient’s particular cancer and avoid side effects and wasting time and money on incorrect drugs,” she says.

Professor McMillan says the research, which will take advantage of the proximity of the university and the hospital within the new Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, is aiming to work with 20 head and neck cancer patients by the end of the year.

“The expectation is that this will provide some meaningful results on which to start up a database of suitable treatments for specific human cancers allowing us in the future to more rapidly prescribe the right drug every time,” he says.

“Much is being done overseas with regards to establishing a consortium of organisations looking at this type of work and it is very exciting.

“To think that a patient will be assured of getting a drug that is able to kill their cancer is very compelling.”

Professor McMillan says that although the work is beginning with head and neck patients, the concept has potential to be applicable to many types of cancer in the future.

About Griffith School of Medicine

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

Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: January each year
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was October 31, 2015.

Apply now to the 2017 intake at Griffith Medical School!

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

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Australian medical school rankings 2016

There are medical schools here in Canada. So why do so many Canadians consider studying at an Australian medical school?

Australian medical schools in Australia

Study medicine in Australia!

Because Australia and Canada share

  • a similar medical system;
  • a similar medical education; and
  • similar medical issues.

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. The QS World University Rankings has recently released its 2016 rankings by subject, and here are the basics regarding how our Australian medical schools stacked up:

World Medical School Rankings 2016

Australian Medical Schools
Canadian Medical Schools
13th University of Toronto
27th McGill University
28th University of British Columbia
33rd McMaster University
(4 OzTREKK Australian medical schools in top 50)
(4 Canadian medical schools in top 50)
QS World University Rankings by Subject: Medicine, 2016

Undergraduate- versus Graduate-entry Medical Programs

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

JCU Medical School offers an undergraduate-entry program that specializes in rural, remote and indigenous medicine and is located in north Queensland, Australia.

Monash University Medical School’s undergraduate-entry program provides a great pathway for students who are looking to gain entry into medical school directly from high school.

Graduate Entry: Some Australian medical schools offer a graduate-entry medical program where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, in order to apply to a four-year medical program.

The following Australian medical schools offer a medical program at a graduate-entry level, which are similar to those medical programs offered in Canada and the United States:

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For more information about studying at an Australian medical school, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

New treatment potential for heart attack sufferers

New hope in the fight against cardiovascular disease has arrived, following breakthrough research identifying a pigment in our bile which could protect us.

A fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, bile’s function is to aid the digestion process.

Griffith Medical School

Dr Andrew Bulmer (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Now Dr Andrew Bulmer from Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ) has found that mildly elevated levels of a bile pigment called bilirubin may provide natural protection from heart attacks and help to stave off cardiovascular disease.

Published recently in the International Journal of Cardiology, the study shows that when hearts are infused with bilirubin following a heart attack, the pigment reduces damage and improves heart function during recovery.

“This is a very important finding as very few drugs are able to be administered following a heart attack to improve heart function,” says Dr Bulmer. “Generally, if it is a small heart attack people can survive; however there is a 20 per cent mortality rate from heart attack, with approximately 50,000 heart attack sufferers each year in Australia.

“Generally, bilirubin was just associated with people having jaundice; however, we have now shown that mildly elevated bilirubin is actually beneficial, naturally protecting an individual against cardiovascular disease.”

Additional research—just published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine—has shown that higher levels of bilirubin can protect the circulation from oxidative damage that causes blood vessel disease. “We believe that this protection could be related to recently identified anti-oxidative property of the bilirubin molecule,” says Dr Bulmer.

“Inflammation is the main culprit of damage to the body and is caused by overactive white blood cells that release ‘free radicals,’ It appears our natural bilirubin can protect from these free radicals during chronic inflammatory diseases like cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and diabetes.”

Currently, 5–10 per cent of the population is believed to have mildly elevated levels of bilirubin in their blood, a condition with no negative side effects called Gilbert’s Syndrome. People with this syndrome have a 30–60 per cent reduced chance of having cardiovascular disease and a 50 per cent reduced risk from dying of any cause.

Dr Bulmer says that his findings could have positive implications for reducing health risks and improving life expectancy, as a result of increasing the bilirubin concentration in people who have low levels of the pigment in blood.

“Not only is there a benefit in being able to use bilirubin as a biomarker for measuring people’s future risk of various chronic diseases, there is a very real possibility it could be used as a treatment after a heart attack to reduce damage to the heart and possibly improve survival,” he says.

These possibilities are part of ongoing research at MHIQ’s Heart Foundation Research Centre.

About Griffith School of Medicine

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

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Would you like more information about studying at Griffith University Medical School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Griffith Medical School ten-year anniversary

The value of research for clinical practice was the focus of discussion as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of Griffith Medical School.

The cocktail event, held Nov. 23, saw clinicians, academics and current and past medicine students come together to celebrate the successes of the school over the past decade.

Griffith Medical School

Dr Katherine Goodall (Photo credit: Griffith University)

The event was also attended by Mr Mick de Brenni MP, Chief Government Whip and Member for Springwood, Pro Vice Chancellor Health Professor Allan Cripps and Professor John Prins, director of the Mater Research Institute.

Dean of Medicine Professor Simon Broadley said the event was a chance to celebrate the great Doctor of Medicine program at the university and its reaccreditation by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) earlier this year.

The AMC stated that the program’s curriculum is comprehensive and well-integrated, with assessment practices that are thorough and well blueprinted. It also highlighted the outstanding co-located academic and clinical facilities at the Gold Coast campus and Gold Coast University Hospital, and the collaborative arrangements with co-located medical schools.

“We are pleased to say that the Griffith Medical School is one of the top performing schools in Australia and one which boasts great integration with our public health system,” said Professor Broadley.

Significant funding

“It has also achieved highly significant external funding achievements and a high degree of published papers with its research activity. These are aspects of the School that I am extremely proud of.”

Griffith Medicine alumni of 2011 and Australasian Young Doctor of the Year 2015, Dr Katherine Goodall, was one of the guests at the event.

“In the four years I have been practicing medicine I believe that Griffith taught me more than how to do my job,” she said.

“I am now a surgical trainee and working on becoming a general surgeon. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I take pride in teaching others and mentoring those junior to me and thrive on the enthusiasm of others. I was recognised for my efforts in doing what I love and believe this came from the opportunities Griffith offered me early on.

“It has been wonderful to see where graduates have ended up and even more wonderful to keep running into them along my own adventure. I’ve seen Griffith grow from the “old” building at GH1 to the amazing facilities they offer now with up to date teaching approaches and supportive staff who obviously enjoy what they do.

“Thank you Griffith, congratulations, and I am only too proud to share this celebration.”

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 the Griffith University Multi-Station Admissions Assessment (GUMSAA).

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

Apply now to the 2017 intake at Griffith Medical School!

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Would you like more information about studying at Griffith University Medical School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Griffith medical school student talks about clinical placements

The graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith Medical School is an AQF level 9, extended Masters program and is studied over four years full time. The program focuses on four major themes:

Griffith Medical School

Learn more about Griffith Medical School

  1. Doctor and Patient
  2. Knowledge of Health and Illness
  3. Doctor and Health in the Community
  4. Doctor and Law, Ethics and Professional Practice

Through a combination of problem-based learning, small-group practical and clinical skills sessions, plus extensive clinical placements and considerable online support, Griffith MD students will develop the skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to succeed as an intern. Graduates will be caring and competent and have a fundamental understanding of the science of medicine.

Clinical Placements

From Semester 1, Year 1, students participate in clinical placements starting with “Health in the Community” placements and Hospital Based Clinical Training (HBCT).

In Year 2, students continue with their HBCT placements and also start General Practice (GP) placement.

In Years 3 and 4, students are primarily based in the hospital with an emphasis on clinical skills, patient management and professional behaviour.

The Griffith School of Medicine works in collaboration with the following hospital sites:

  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Logan Hospital
  • The Tweed Heads Hospital
  • The Wesley Hospital (Brisbane)
  • QRME Longlook Program (various rural hospital placements)

Lachlan Thompson is interning at the Gold Coast University Hospital. Watch his video to hear about his clinical experience as a Griffith Medical School student!

Griffith Medical School Doctor of Medicine

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

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Would you like more information about studying at Griffith Medical School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Griffith Medical School scholarships available

If you’ve applied to Griffith Medical School‘s MD program, don’t forget to apply for the Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Graduate Entry Scholarship in Medicine!

Griffith Medical School

Study medicine at Griffith University!

The Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Graduate Entry Scholarship in Medicine is available to high-achieving graduates applying for the Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith University for the January 2016 commencement.  Please note the application deadline is October 31 (October 30).

Level of study: Postgraduate
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $20,000 in total (four tuition payments of $5,000 each year for four years)
Duration: Up to 4 years of study
Programs of study: Doctor of Medicine
Applications close: October 31, 2015 (October 30)

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

Griffith Medical School Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Campus Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: January each year
Next Intake: January 2016
Application Deadline: October 31, 2015 (OzTREKK NOTE: All Griffith MD application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by noon on Friday, October 30, 2015 in order for your complete Griffith Medical School application to be submitted on time.)

Entry Requirements for Canadians

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at Griffith Medical School 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 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 the Griffith University Multi-Station Admissions Assessment (GUMSAA).

Apply now to Griffith University Medical School!

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Would you like more information about how to apply for this scholarship or about studying at Griffith Medical School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.