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Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Going to start at UQ Medical School? Join the UQ Medical Society!

So, you’re heading to UQ Medical School. You’re in great company!

Going to start at UQ Medical School? Join the UQMS!

A few OzTREKK students who are now studying at UQ Medical School!

One of the most crucial things you’ll need to remember as a busy medical student is that you need time to recharge your batteries!

Join the UQ Medical Society

The UQ Medical Society (UQMS) is a student union representing more than 1,800 medical students. Incredibly organized, the UQMS is one of the most successful student organisations in Australia. Their aim is to enrich the lives of the university’s medical students through leadership, advocacy and community. There always seem to be many Canadians actively involved!

Forget the academic calendar—what you really need to keep you sane and get you through your years at med school is the UQMS Social Calendar. Get creative, get social, and get keen to make new friends!

The UQ Medical Society has a proud history of social events run by the students, for the students. They believe that through a healthy balance between study and socialising, students receive the full benefit of a medical degree. The social events are a great way to make new friends who will support you throughout your degree as fellow students, and in future as fellow colleagues.

The social portfolio organises social events, sporting competitions and Med Revue, so whether you want to throw around a ball, act on the stage or just go to parties, there is a social event for everybody at the UQMS.

By the way, did you know that actor Hugh Jackman is a fan of the yearly UQ Med Revue?

Long-term objectives of the UQMS

  • To advance and promote the interests of medical students at the University of Queensland
  • To enrich both the social and academic environments of medical study
  • To promote and foster links and professional associations with student colleagues at other medical schools within Australia and overseas
  • To promote the health of the community via participation in community projects and charity functions

The UQMS works to achieve its mission and meet its goals by networking within the wider medical profession, fostering the development of partnerships with sponsors, and by raising the society’s profile in the public eye (Hello, Hugh Jackman!).

Through their advocacy and community activities, the UQMS will ensure its members graduate from the University of Queensland with more than just a degree! Full membership of the UQMS is open to all enrolled UQ medical students.

About the UQ Medical School Doctor of Medicine Program

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is strongly recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment.

Apply to UQ Medical School!

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

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Former Monash medical student receives top award

A former Monash University medical student has received the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Bryan Hudson Medal.

Dr Megan Brown, who now works at Monash Health, received the medal for best overall performance in the 2014 RACP Written and Clinical Examinations in Adult Medicine.

Monash University Medical School

Monash Medical School at Gippsland

The medal is named in honour of the late Dr Bryan Hudson AO FRACP, President of the College in 1982–1984. Dr Hudson was an outstanding physician, teacher and administrator.

Professor Peter Ebeling, Department of Medicine at Monash University, said it was both a singular honour and great distinction for Dr Brown to be awarded the medal.

“I am particularly delighted as the award is named in honour of Professor Bryan Hudson AO who was the inaugural Professor of the Department of Medicine at Monash Medical Centre, which I now lead as its fifth Head,” Professor Ebeling said.

“Professor Hudson was also an internationally renowned endocrinologist, a brilliant teacher and researcher; and went on to become President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians amongst many other prestigious career achievements.”

Dr Brown, who graduated from Monash in 2010, said receiving the award was a great honour.

“I feel overwhelmed and very blessed. This award really reflects the hard work that had gone into the BPT training program at Monash Health,” Dr Brown said.

“It reflects the amazing teaching and support we receive from our consultants and the incredible people I have had the privilege to study with. I also praise God for the incredible support I have had from my family and friends who have encouraged me and prayed for me throughout the study process.”

The presentation of awards and medals will take place at the annual College Ceremony, which will take place in 2015 in Cairns.

Monash University Medical School Program

The Monash University Medical School’s graduate-entry degree emphasizes clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals. With a focus on rural health, all student teaching and clinical placements take place throughout Gippsland. Students will predominantly spend the first year in the purpose-built Gippsland facility and undertake clinical rotations at hospitals, community health centres and general practices over the four years of the course.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

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Find out more about the MBBS program at Monash University Medical School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at broghan@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Monash medical students get interactive

An interactive learning system, unique to Monash, is now available for the university’s third-year medical students. 

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences developed AXM (Augmented eXperience Modules) to help students rapidly update their knowledge on a range of medical and surgical conditions.

Monash Medical School

Study medicine at Monash Medical School

Easily accessed on a tablet or smartphone, AXM is designed to be used just before and while seeing a patient. Prompts ensure students ask patients the right questions about their medical history, guiding them step by step through the process. The system also records a log of each patient interaction, which students can access later for revision.

With more than 50 modules on everything from asthma to lupus, local clinicians have written all of the content.

AXM has several components, including a learning stage where students understand a medical or surgical condition in a multimedia; an interactive way before seeing patients; a patient interview and examination stage which enables students to take and record patient history; ad the final stage assesses students knowledge on conditions they have encountered via a multiple-choice quiz.

AXM Project Manager Fiona Foley said the resource was designed specifically for third-year medical students because it’s the first time during the MBBS course that students will spend extended periods in hospital working in rotation on a variety of wards.

“Depending on what rotation a student is on they may not have had specific lectures on particular conditions such as multiple sclerosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We realised that an electronic resource could really help these students, not only to help accelerate their learning but also make them feel more confident when interacting with a patient,” she said.

“AXM provides tailored information exactly when it’s needed, so students can use it to ensure they don’t miss anything.”

The resource, which has been in development for three years, went through extensive testing with students.

Shane Nandlal Anthony is currently doing a placement at the Alfred Hospital and is one of the first to have used AXM.

“It is a really easy to use tool that provides in depth information. So far I’ve used AXM when taking histories from patients on the ward. I found it gave me an excellent foundation to confidently explore each patient’s health issues,” he said. “As well as on the ward, it’s been an excellent revision aid because it has all the topics covered in the third year. I would definitely recommend it to other students.”

Initially AXM will be available for third-year medical students on placements at Alfred Health, Peninsula Health, Monash Health, Eastern Health and Epworth Richmond.

Fiona Foley said that if successful, AXM has the potential to be extended to other medical students and could even be adapted for courses in other disciplines.

“Other electronic resources for medical students tend to just give information or guide students through a simulated experience with a patient,” she said. “As far as we’re aware, AXM is the first one to combine detailed electronic resources with an actual patient encounter.

“There’s definite potential for this to work in a whole host of other disciplines where there is a requirement for information to augment an experience, anything from physiotherapy to geology.”

Monash University Medical School Program

The Monash University Medical School’s graduate-entry degree emphasizes clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals. With a focus on rural health, all student teaching and clinical placements take place throughout Gippsland. Students will predominantly spend the first year in the purpose-built Gippsland facility and undertake clinical rotations at hospitals, community health centres and general practices over the four years of the course.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

Good luck to all OzTREKK students having their Monash University Medical School interviews soon!

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Find out more about the MBBS program at Monash University Medical School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at broghan@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

University of Sydney students give accommodation tips

Are you heading to the University of Sydney? As most of you know, Sydney is a very large city, but sometimes finding accommodation can be tricky. OzTREKK recommends that you arrive in Australia a minimum of two weeks prior to your program start date, if you plan on finding off-campus accommodation when you arrive in your city; however, for cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, finding off-campus accommodation can take a little longer, so it’s recommended that you arrive earlier in order to find a great place to live. Don’t forget: you’re in a large city with large universities, so there will be some competition for housing, especially during January, since the Sydney medical program begins so early in February. Also, a lot of your planning begins here in Canada! If you begin your accommodation search here by organizing your reference letters, mapping, etc., you are ahead of the game!

OzTREKK always enjoys hearing from former OzTREKK students, and we try to pass on tips and tricks that our students share with us. Part of why we love what we do is because we enjoy helping others—and planning a move around the globe is a big deal!

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Don’t forget about on-campus accommodation

Plan well, do your research, and arrive early, and follow the advice of an OzTREKK University of Sydney Medical School students, Chelsea Billinkoff, Adrienne Campbell, and Glendon Inkster, who are currently rooming together in the Sydney suburb, the Glebe. Busy Sydney medical students Chelsea, Adrienne and Glendon need easy access to Sydney’s public transportation system, as they are at the main campus most days, but once a week, they head to the clinical hospital on the other side of the city. Knowing the city layout and its bus schedules prior to hunting for an apartment can be handy! Find out more tips from the Sydney Medical School trio:

Tips to Help with Your Accommodation Search

Start searching

Look on domain.com.au or realestate.com.au for ideas; however, these websites take their information from the actual real estate websites. Sometimes they don’t get updated as quickly as you would hope and a house might be gone. It is good to go to the real estate websites and see what they have.

See it in person

Even better, if you have figured out an area, wander around there and go in personally to see if you can talk to someone about available rental properties. My roommate and I ended up getting our house as we met with an agent; he just had confirmation that they would be the agency for this house and told us about it before it went up for grabs. I think it also helped as he got to meet us in person and see that we were sane, reliable medical students.

Be organized!

They will ask for references. Ask your previous landlords or even the company for reference letters. Even more important to them is your actual rental lease agreement. I would suggest getting paper copies as well as scanned versions. A lot of the real estate agencies let you apply online, which is quite easy.

Money. Have some.

All of them will ask if you have a job or how you are going to finance your apartment. If you are going to work, that is great and you can say where you are working. If you are in the “all study, no work” boat, get a letter showing how you have access to your funds. If you have a loan from your bank, ask your bank representative to say that you have a line of credit for your studies that can cover your tuition and your living situation.

Get ready to hit the ground running!

We joked that we were on “The Amazing Race: House-hunting Edition.” Be prepared to see a lot of places and keep your mind open to what area you want to live in. There are a lot of cool areas neighbouring the university and you just need to find the right fit. Most open houses happen on Saturday and most people will have their applications ready to hand in after seeing the place! Come prepared with all your documents in hand or ready to send in on the internet when you get home.

We ended up walking from house to house (which ended up with us having a few blisters), but was also a great way for us to get to know the city in our first couple of days.

From our first day searching to the day we got confirmation that we had a house, it took one week. This seemed to be quite quick compared to other people. Don’t get discouraged; you literally just need to apply to as many houses as possible and then you will get one. Most other people took about two to three weeks to get confirmation. It just depends on the area, how many people you are looking to live with, etc.

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If you’re an OzTREKK student getting ready to head to Australia, keep in mind that you have the OzTREKK Boarding Pass at your fingertips. This handy site also provides detailed pre-departure information to help you obtain your student visa, research your accommodation options, book airport arrival reception, reserve a spot at an OzTREKK pre-departure seminar in Canada, and more!

We hope you find the info useful, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you don’t find an answer to a question you may have!

Log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass now!

Can’t remember your log-in info? Contact your Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to email it to you! Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about Australian universities! Email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

University of Queensland Medical School students help service medical centre

Medical students from the University of Queensland Medical School helped service a pop-up medical centre for 9,000 scouts and 3,000 adults at the 2013 Australian Jamboree. The annual jamboree is a gathering of Scouts from across Australia—similar to Scouts Canada. Dr Michael Rice, Australian Jamboree Director of Health Services said the fourth-year students, Matthew Wagner and Nathan Dickenson’s medical knowledge and skills were invaluable.

University of Queensland Medical School

Find out more about UQ Medical School

“Jamborees run on volunteers, many within Scouting, but in the case of the medical centre, we needed some special skills and knowledge not available within the organization in sufficient numbers.”

The students bridged the medical skills gap and received valuable teaching from numerous doctors from around Australia. Matthew Wagner said this was a unique medical elective with many challenges and rewarding experiences, adding that he received encouragement from watching University of Queensland Medical School professors in action.

Once established, the Scouts Jamborees are like small towns with shops, radio and TV stations, a daily newspaper, police and fire stations, community hubs and medical centre.

The students helped build the central, air-conditioned medical centre with forty stretchers and a dozen beds for acute admissions. The medical centre also held a well-equipped resuscitation bay, four consulting and treatment rooms, as well as spaces for triage, dressings, pharmacy, catering and a dental van.

During the event, the medical centre managed about 2,000 first aid cases, 2,000 medical and nursing consultations, more than 800 prescriptions, approximately 50 hospital referrals, 70 dental cases and patients who needed hours and even days of observation. Dr Rice said one of the challenges faced was the identification of  gastroenteritis on the site, shown to be caused by highly infectious noroviruses.

“With the medical centre facilities and excellent camp hygiene, a potential epidemic was contained; a remarkable achievement when one considers how such diseases can escape control measures even in hospital environments.”

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Find out more about studying medicine at the University of Queensland Medical School!

Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at any time to assist you with your UQ Medical School application or if you have questions about medical schools in Australia.

Email Broghan at broghan@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Friday, May 24th, 2013

UQ Medical School students participate in Operation Smile

A University of Queensland initiative has taken medical students to Cambodia to witness life-changing reconstruction surgery on children and young adults.

Caitlin Swift and Ashleigh Cruickshank were the first two medical students selected to participate with Operation Smile as part of their surgical training.

They spent two weeks in Phnom Penh in Cambodia with a group of more than 40 Operation Smile surgeons and nurses from around the world, working to repair cleft lip and palate deformities on children.

Caitlin said the days were long and exhausting but the knowledge that she was witnessing children’s lives change forever made it all worthwhile.

“Most of the children having surgery were very young and unable to really understand what was happening, so what I found most rewarding to see was the parents’ reactions, particularly to the cleft lip patients,” Caitlin said. “They would be taken into the recovery room to greet their child and just gaze at them with a big smile on their face.”

“Knowing that the surgery was going to improve the child’s socialization, education and eventually employment prospects made this experience even more fulfilling. The Operation Smile team was truly changing these children’s lives.”

Caitlin said she learned about surgery, anesthetics and pediatrics, and gained insight into charity work while surrounded by talented and inspirational health professionals willing to share their knowledge and wisdom.

“I look forward to one day having the skills as a doctor to allow me to contribute more than I can now as a student,” she said.

Operation Smile Australia Founder and UQ medical alumnus Dr Richard Lewandowski said the student program was an exciting new phase for the organization.

“Operation Smile, both globally and in Australia, has a core value of providing continuous education, and creating opportunities for medical students to volunteer is a large component of this,” he said. “The student program is a great opportunity for students to experience a unique environment which will add significant value to their future careers.”

It is hoped the collaboration between UQ and Operation Smile will inspire medical students to use their skills and give back to the community throughout their medical careers.

The UQ School of Medicine will send four more students on another two missions in 2013.

About Operation Smile

Operation Smile Australia Ltd is a not-for-profit organization providing free reconstructive surgery to children and young adults born with facial deformities in developing countries.

By providing education for local medical staff and local communities, Operation Smile creates sustainable change for children, families, and communities.

Operation Smile Australia sends credentialed medical volunteers to Operation Smile’s International Medical Missions around the world to treat children over a two-week period.

Medical professionals from Australian and New Zealand have assisted in treating more than 200,000 children and young adults.

About UQ Medical School

UQ School of Medicine is known as ‘Australia’s Global Medical School.’ It conducts a four-year graduate-entry medical program, the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The MBBS program is designed to produce global doctors who are able to meet today’s challenges. The curriculum has been planned to capture the enthusiasm and maturity of its graduate entrants and help them develop into highly skilled medical graduates capable of entering the wide variety of career options open to them worldwide.

Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program

Offers will be made to eligible applicants on a “rolling admissions,” first-come, first-served basis.

  • Completed degree (bachelor, master, PhD)
  • GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ’s 7.0 scale
  • MCAT score (minimum 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8) or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)
  • Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ Medical School

Apply now to the UQ Medical School!

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Find out more about the UQ Medical School and other medical schools in Australia. Contact OzTREKK for the latest information about medical school at Australian universities. Email OzTREKKs Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at broghan@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

 

Friday, March 8th, 2013

UQ Medical School orientation with OzTREKK

The UQ Medical School commences its program much earlier than any other Australian medical school. In fact, from Jan. 3 – Jan 14, 2013, OzTREKK was ready to meet the new students—right there on Aussie soil!

Because the largest number of Canadians studying medicine in Australia study at the UQ Medical School, the OzTREKK Orientation at UQ runs for more than a week. This gives the new UQ medical students extra time to adjust to their new surroundings and prepare for the incredible life journey ahead.

The UQ Medical School Orientation began with a delicious lunch at Bangkok Delight, a local Thai restaurant that’s just a short walk from the picturesque St Lucia campus. All the new incoming Canadian medical students where welcomed by 32ºC weather and beautiful bright blue skies. Quite the acclimatization from negative temperatures in Canada!

Just prior to the OzTREKK Welcome Lunch, UQ hosted its mandatory Getting Started session, “International Student Orientation and Official Welcome,” along with an accommodation seminar for those still looking for accommodation. The Getting Started session outlines everything you need to know about UQ and offers ideas for things to do and see around Brisbane. Topics include visa compliance, overseas health coverage, studying at UQ, and living in Australia.

Once the OzTREKK lunch was completed it was time to start the OzTREKK Shuttle. We introduced the OzTREKK Shuttle a few years ago to help new students organize and establish themselves before classes begin. The OzTREKK Shuttle is always popular, with countless trips to IKEA, local grocery stores and shopping malls, Officeworks to get printers, computers and stationery, and for just touring around beautiful Brisbane and the Brisbane River.

We were also able to get in a sneaky trip down to the Gold Coast for a number of the lucky students, just to take a bit of a break and breather prior to the commencement of their studies.

Wish you were here!

New UQ Medical School students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

UQ Med students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

New UQ Medical School students shop 'til they drop

UQ Med students experience the mall

UQ Medical School students stock up at IKEA

UQ Medical School students stock up at IKEA

UQ med students make good use of the OzTREKK Shuttle

Pack the OzTREKK Shuttle!

OzTREKK Shuttle makes stops at Officeworks

OzTREKK Shuttle makes stops at Officeworks!

Enjoying Brisbane's sights In the OzTREKK Shuttle

In the OzTREKK Shuttle enjoying Brisbane

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About the Medical Program at UQ Medical School

The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program

Offers will be made to eligible applicants on a “rolling admissions,” first-come, first-served basis.

  • Completed degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
  • GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ’s 7.0 scale
  • MCAT score (minimum 8/8/M/8) or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)
  • Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ Medical School