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Monday, June 11th, 2018

Don’t miss the upcoming UQ Medicine webinar tomorrow!

We’re pleased to announce the next webinar in our UQ Med Summer Series: Meet UQ Medicine Academic Lead Dr Tammy Smith! Please join us and Dr. Tammy Smith, clinical lead for Phase 1 of the UQ MD program.

Don't miss the upcoming UQ Medicine webinar tomorrow!

UQ Medicine Phase 1 Clinical Lead Dr Tammy Smith

Interactive Q & A throughout the webinar—get your questions answered!

  • Studying medicine at UQ
  • UQ Medicine pre-clinical years
  • What to expect and how to prepare

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 7 – 8 p.m. (EDT)

To register, please email kaylee@oztrekk.com!

About the UQ Medicine Phase 1

In the UQ Medicine program, years 1 and 2 combine biomedical sciences, public health, medical ethics and clinical skills training in a case-based learning context, focused around a series of patient-centred cases, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact, clinical reasoning and research training are embedded to develop advanced clinical skills and medical knowledge required for evidence-based clinical practice.

Phase 1 consists of the pre-clinical years, and Phase 2 comprises the clinical rotations. Each course is a separate entity with its own curriculum, assessment, and course coordinator. In between Years 1 and 2, there is an Observership conducted during the Summer Semester.

Here’s a list of what you will study during Phase 1 of the UQ MD:

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Clinical Science 1
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Ethics and Professional Practice 1
  • Health, Society & Research 1

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Clinical Science 2
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Ethics & Professional Practice 2
  • Health, Society & Research 2

Would you like to apply to UQ Medical School?

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment. This program can fill quickly!

Apply to the UQ School of Medicine!

Do you have any questions about the UQ Medicine Summer Series? Please email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com for details!

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!

Monday, May 28th, 2018

You can rock your medical school interview! Here’s how!

Are you ready for your 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 Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help!

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Australian dental school application deadlines

Australian dental schools are very popular among Canadian students. Why? It’s because of the reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates. Canadians who have graduated from an accredited Australian dentistry program are required to write the same National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Written Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination as someone who graduated from a Canadian dentistry program before he or she would be licensed to practice.

Now on to the good part: the application deadlines. Remember, it’s always best to apply as early as possible since dentistry admissions can be very competitive! If you’ve already filled out an Australian dental schools application, now is the time to get the remaining app documents in!

Upcoming Australian dental school application deadlines

Don’t miss the upcoming Australian dental school application deadlines!

University of Western Australia

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 6
Deadline: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

University of Sydney

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 25+
Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018
Note: Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Melbourne

Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery
International places: 20 – 25+
Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018
Note: If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, you must have all application documents submitted to OzTREKK before July 13.

Griffith University

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry
International places: 25
Deadline: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Note: Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

James Cook University

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Note: JCU sometimes issues early offers to highly qualified students. If you apply early, there may be an opportunity to meet with the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine when they are in Canada for med interviews (this June). This is strongly recommended if you are interested in studying at JCU.

Charles Sturt University

Degree: Bachelor Dental Science
International places: 10
Deadline: September 27, 2018
Note: This program fills quickly! Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Queensland

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Science
International places: 40
Deadline: October 30, 2018
Note: This program has filled for the 2019 intake. (As this program is extremely competitive, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.)

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Do you need help with your Australian dental school application? Please contact OzTREKK’s Dentistry Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com. We’re here to help!

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 1st, 2018

Australian medical school application deadlines for 2019 intake

Heads up if you are interested in applying to Australian medical schools for the 2019 intake!

Australian medical school application deadlines for 2019 intake

Learn more about Australian medical schools

OzTREKK is the Canadian expert on Australian medical schools. Every year, we help 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.

OK, so that’s settled. Now here’s what you really want to know: the application deadlines! Have a look at our graphic, which lists the app deadlines by university.

What’s the Difference Between Graduate- and Undergraduate-entry Medical Programs?

Undergraduate Entry
Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to apply directly from high school. These medical programs are generally five to six years in length.

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.

Medical Licensing & Accreditation

According to CaRMS, Australian medical graduates have the best match rates returning to Canada than any other region in the world. Each year, we host annual Canadian Medical Licensing webinars, which provide the latest information regarding the accreditation and medical licensing process in Canada, as well as internships in Australia.

Apply to an Australian medical school!

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For more information about how to apply to an Australian medical school, medical school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships, please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

University of Melbourne MD application timeline released

Great news! The University of Melbourne MD application timeline has been released!

Spring is a very important time of year for many OzTREKK students, especially for those who wish to study medicine, as it’s the time of year when Australian medical schools begin to accept applications!

If you’re interested in studying at one of the world’s top universities for medicine, you should consider applying to the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Medicine program. Melbourne is ranked as the #1 university in Australia and #17 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018)!

Admissions Timeline for 2018 Intake

University of Melbourne MD application timeline released

Learn more about the University of Melbourne MD

  • Prerequisite assessment deadline: June 21, 2018
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2018
  • Last date to sit MCAT for 2019 intake: June 2, 2018
  • Last date to submit MCAT results: July 14, 2018
  • Deadline to submit final transcripts: July 14, 2018
  • Interview offers released: mid-August 2018
  • Deadline to accept interview (online acceptance): August 18, 2018
  • Interviews (via Skype): September 3 – 7, 2018
  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: late-October 2018
  • Deadline to accept offer or submit deferral request: November 9, 2018
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 9, 2018
  • Enrollment deadline for unconditional offered applicants: December 6, 2018
  • Enrollment deadline for conditional offered applicants: January 13, 2019
  • First day of class: January 28, 2019

About the Melbourne Doctor of Medicine Program

The University of Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the university’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

The MD includes one year of bioscience foundation learning, six months of full-time research and two and a half years of clinical training in university-affiliated hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries. A yearly student conference will be a distinguishing feature of the Melbourne MD and provide opportunities for broader disciplinary and inter-disciplinary learning. The teaching, student conference and assessment program is about 40 weeks per year.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 28, 2018

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne MD Program

To apply to the Melbourne MD, eligible Canadian applicants must have

  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university;
  • completed prerequisite second-year university subjects (one each) in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Subjects from overseas universities will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and
  • completed the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) with a minimum of 492, or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT).

The selection of eligible international applicants is based on the following:

  • Academic record: grade point average (GPA) from a completed three-year (or more) university degree in any discipline (with prerequisites met and studies completed within the last 10 years)
  • Test results on MCAT or GAMSAT: MCAT exams  from January 2016 to June 2, 2018 will be accepted for those applying for the 2019 intake.
  • Structured multi-mini interview (MMI)

Apply to the University of Melbourne MD!

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton for more information about how to apply to the Melbourne MD program. Email Kaylee at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Australian veterinary school applications are officially open!

Are you interested in becoming a vet? Australian veterinary schools applications for the 2019 intake are officially open via OzTREKK! When you apply through OzTREKK, we will walk you through the entire process, step by step—from application to arrival—and you can apply to multiple vet schools at once!

Australian veterinary school applications are officially open!

It’s easy to apply to multiple veterinary schools at once!

World-class Education

OzTREKK represents 4 top-ranked Australian veterinary  schools, each offering state-of-the-art facilities and incredible practical placements that promote industry-ready graduates.

Practicing in Canada

Three Australian vet programs OzTREKK represents are accredited by the AVMA, so graduates are considered in the same category as graduates from Canadian vet schools when undertaking licensing examinations in North America.

Get #NashTips!

Introducing our new junior admissions officer, Nash (that’s him in the photos!), OzTREKK Veterinary Admissions Officer’s 3-year-old golden retriever. Nash will be your guide, sending you tips and tricks throughout the application process! 🐶

Nash is also here to answer some FAQs! When you apply through OzTREKK, we will keep you up to date throughout the entire process. You’ll receive regular #NashTips emails with all the info you need to apply, to accept, and to get ready to go to Australia! 🐴🦉🐮🐷🐰🐨 If Nash could speak he’d say, “Apply today!”

OzTREKK was amazing and I would not be here without them. They made my application process so much easier, making sure I had every document needed and helped take the stress away from the complicated process. They also prepared me for my transition to Australia and I felt like my journey has been so smooth due to the advice from OzTREKK. ~ Ashley S, Melbourne DVM student 

About studying vet med in Australia

Programs at Australian veterinary schools are suitable for students who wish to gain entry into a professional veterinary program directly from high school or after having completed undergraduate studies. Canadian students wishing to become a veterinarian have the option of applying to a Bachelor of Veterinary Science program directly from high school, or to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program after having completed science-based bachelor degree.

The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer vet programs:

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If you have any questions about your application, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Meghan Strank at meghan@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

OzTREKK wishes you a Happy Easter

All of the OzTREKK team members would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter!

OzTREKK wishes you a Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

As we approach Easter weekend, we wanted to let you know the OzTREKK office will be closed Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2. Our office will re-open on Tuesday, April 3.

Considering studying in Australia?

Have a Bachelor of Science? You have a plethora of options just waiting for you.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how your current degree can work with your future goals. Sometimes the first step toward your dream career is talking to someone who can show you your options!

Finishing high school this year?

Australian universities offer professional degrees in medicinedentistrypharmacylaw, and veterinary science—so you can apply straight from high school!

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Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia! Email us at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada 1-866-698-7355 for more information about Australian universities.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars

Finding out what comes after medical school is a big deal.

Don't miss the upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars

Don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK medical licensing webinars

To help make the process a little smoother, OzTREKK hosts medical licensing webinars to assist future Australian medical school students to understand the ins and outs of returning to Canada and the USA, or staying in Australia as an international medical graduate.

During the webinars, you will learn more about the following topics:

  • Australian medical school systems and structure
  • Australian med school rankings
  • Medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS;
  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination, NAC OSCE, MCCQE1 and MCCQE2
  • Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and rates
  • Provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates
  • Latest information on the licensing process in Canada, the US and Australia
  • Pathways to becoming a doctor in Canada, the US and Australia
  • Process of how to apply in Canada, the US and Australia to become a doctor
  • Information about the licensing examinations in Canada and the US, what they are, when you need to sit them, and the application process
  • Latest developments and news related to licensing and accreditation from the various forms of government and medical bodies in Canada, the US and Australia

…and much more! Get your questions ready.

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars Schedule

You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers! OzTREKK students are invited to attend as many webinars as they wish! Please note the medical licensing webinar dates are subject to change. We’ll keep you posted!

Webinar #1
Date: Wednesday, March 28
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #2
Date: Wednesday, May 9
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #3
Date: Wednesday, June 6
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #4
Date: Wednesday, July 18
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #5
Date: Wednesday, August 22
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #6
Date: Wednesday, September 12
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)

Learn more about studying at an Australian Medical School

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Would you like more information about the upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing webinars? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com!