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Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Why should Canadians consider studying at JCU Medical School in Australia?

There are many reasons that encourage people to study medicine. Among the most popular include the desire to help others. Sometimes that wish goes beyond the standard “I want to make a difference in my community” to “I want to make a difference in the world.”

Why should Canadians consider studying at JCU Medical School in Australia?

Prof Ian Wronski (Photo: JCU)

So what makes JCU stand out from other Australian universities? And how on earth can we compare Australia’s and Canada’s health care needs?

James Cook University may not be the largest university, or the most well-known, but JCU has something the others don’t: their riveted focus on Aboriginal health, rural medicine, public health, tropical medicine and the needs of under-served populations.

James Cook University Deputy Vice Chancellor Tropical Health and Medicine Professor Ian Wronski explains why JCU concentrates on rural, remote and tropical health care.

“JCU was established as Australia’s university for the tropics, and so we focus on programs that are particularly relevant to the tropical world,” Prof Wronski says.

“In the medicine, health, molecular science part of the university—that includes all the health professions and molecular biology and biomedicine, and the research institutes we have—we’ve particularly targeted issues relating to under-served populations, especially rural, remote, indigenous and tropical peoples.”

Tropical peoples? How can that relate to Canada you ask? When speaking about Canada, most people think frigid winters, not tropics.

But the connection between Australia and Canada is stronger than you may think.

In fact, in 2013, JCU Medical School Dean and Head of School Richard Murray travelled to Canada as a member of an Australian government delegation at a Canadian-Australian roundtable on recognition of professional credentials between the two countries.

Dean Murray made a case for why Canada and Australia should collaborate our shared interest in health care innovation to meet the needs of our geographically dispersed populations. Prof Murray said that the opportunities this creates for Australian and Canadian practitioners to gain experience in each other’s countries could only benefit the quality and depth of rural medical services.

“In medicine for rural areas, there are opportunities for movement and exchange for students, doctors in training as well as specialists in rural general practice and other generalist specialties. Innovation in areas such as telemedicine and socially accountable health professional education are shared interests,” Prof Murray wrote in an article he published in the JCU Medical School’s journal, A Taste of our own Medicine.

Prof Wronski said there are many countries in a similar position to Australia, including Canada. Like Australia, our population is concentrated on the fringes of the country, where the climate is most ideal and the land most usable. But where people live in rural and Northern Canada, away from the general population, finding health care can be more challenging—just like the people in remote and tropical locations of Australia.

So what kind of student does James Cook University wish to attract?

When asked why JCU likes Canadian students, Professor Wronski narrowed it down: “Canada has a good education system, and students come to us well educated and broad-minded. Also, many of them have that fire in their belly to put something toward the health services side of making life better for under-served populations. Canada, like Australia, has large areas, large rural and indigenous populations,” the JCU professor explains.

“We like Canadian students because we see ourselves as a global hub, and we want to attract students who are interested the tropical world and the health of under-served peoples.”

Does this sound like you? If you’re passionate about changing the world, particularly the lives of those who live in rural or remote areas, JCU wants to talk to you!

About the JCU Medical School Medical Program

The 6-year, full-time MBBS degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

As part of the MBBS application process, all candidates must participate in an interview with Prof Ian Wronksi. For the 2018 intake, JCU will hold interviews with eligible international applicants from Canada either

  • in person in Canada this June, or
  • via video-conferencing following the August 30th program application deadline.

In-person interviews in Canada (dates are subject to change)

June 22 – 23, 2017: Toronto
June 24, 2017: Edmonton
June 25 – 26, 2017: Vancouver

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

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Meet James Cook University Medical School!

James Cook University Division of Tropical Health and Medicine Welcome Evening in Toronto

JCU Pro-Vice Chancellor Ian Wronski

Register for the JCU welcome evening

Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, and Mrs Sandra Hurlock, Associate Faculty Registrar from James Cook University in Australia will be hosting a social event in Toronto on Monday, June 13, welcoming all students and parents who are interested in learning more about the university and its programs.

Toronto

Venue: Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto
Date: Monday, June 13, 2016
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Map: http://tinyurl.com/sheratonTO

RSVP: http://study.oztrekk.com/jcu-welcome-evening/

Within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU are three colleges:

  1. College of Medicine and Dentistry
  2. College of Healthcare Sciences
  3. College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

The Welcome Evening is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, veterinarians and public health professionals to learn more about the unique program offerings at James Cook University.

You will also have an opportunity to personally meet and speak with Professor Ian Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU during the event.

Know before you go! Find out more about these popular JCU schools!

We can’t wait to meet you there!

For more information about this exciting event, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1- 866-698-7355. Find out more about studying at James Cook University.

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

JCU Professor Ian Wronski talks about the Australia-Canada connection

Do you stand out from the crowd?

James Cook University certainly does, and while it may not be the largest university, or the most well-known, JCU has something the others don’t: their riveted focus on Aboriginal health, rural medicine, public health, tropical medicine and the needs of under-served populations.

JCU Medical School

Prof Wronski, Ms Hurlock, and Chris Nolan at the JCU Medial School interviews in Toronto on June 8.

James Cook University Deputy Vice Chancellor Tropical Health and Medicine Professor Ian Wronski and Associate Faculty Registrar Ms Sandra Hurlock were recently in Canada to meet with students interested in studying medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health sciences at JCU.

When speaking with OzTREKK Director and Marketing Manager Chris Nolan, Prof Wronski explained why JCU concentrates on rural, remote and tropical health care.

JCU was established as Australia’s university for the tropics, and so we focus on programs that are particularly relevant to the tropical world,” Prof Wronski said.

“In the medicine, health, molecular science part of the university—that includes all the health professions and molecular biology and biomedicine, and the research institutes we have—we’ve particularly targeted issues relating to under-served populations, especially rural, remote, indigenous and tropical peoples.”

Tropical peoples? How does that relate to Canada? When speaking about Canada, most people think snow, not tropics.

But the connection between Australia and Canada is stronger than you may think.

In fact, in 2013, JCU Medical School Dean and Head of School Richard Murray travelled to Canada as a member of an Australian government delegation at a Canadian-Australian roundtable on recognition of professional credentials between the two countries.

Dean Murray made a case for why Canada and Australia should collaborate our shared interest in health care innovation to meet the needs of our geographically dispersed populations. Prof Murray said that the opportunities this creates for Australian and Canadian practitioners to gain experience in each other’s countries could only benefit the quality and depth of rural medical services.

“In medicine for rural areas, there are opportunities for movement and exchange for students, doctors in training as well as specialists in rural general practice and other generalist specialties. Innovation in areas such as telemedicine and socially accountable health professional education are shared interests,” Prof Murray wrote in an article he published in the JCU Medical School’s journal, A Taste of our own Medicine.

Prof Wronski said there are many countries in a similar position to Australia, including Canada. Like Australia, our population is concentrated on the fringes of the country, where the climate is most ideal and the land most usable. But where people live in rural and Northern Canada, away from the general population, finding health care can be more challenging—just like the people in remote and tropical locations of Australia.

So what kind of student does James Cook University wish to attract?

When asked why JCU likes Canadian students, Professor Wronski narrowed it down: “Our experience with Canadian students has been almost entirely positive.

“Canada has a good education system, and students come to us well educated and broad-minded. Also, many of them have that fire in their belly to put something toward the health services side of making life better for under-served populations. Canada, like Australia, has large areas, large rural and indigenous populations,” the JCU professor replied.

“We like Canadian students because we see ourselves as a global hub, and we want to attract students who are interested the tropical world and the health of under-served peoples.”

Does this sound like you? If you’re passionate about helping people, particularly those who live in rural or remote areas, JCU wants to talk to you!

JCU Pro-Vice Chancellor Ian Wronski

Professor Ian Wronski of JCU

About Professor Ian Wronski 

Professor Ian Wronski was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia at the Queen’s Birthday Awards on June 9, 2014, and received the award “For distinguished service to tertiary education, particularly through leadership and research roles in Indigenous, rural and remote health, and to medicine in the field of tropical health.”

Over the two decades he has worked at JCU, Ian has led the development of degrees such as medicine, veterinary science, tropical agriculture, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and tropical medicine, the rehabilitation sciences and more recently the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM).

About the JCU Medical School Medical Program

The 6-year, full-time MBBS degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015 (Note: early offers of admission may be made to high-achieving international applicants. It is recommended that students apply as early as possible and well before the August 31 deadline.)

Apply to JCU Medical School!

About the JCU Dental School Dentistry Program

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. It is a broad-based program which 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.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015 (Note: early offers of admission may be made to high-achieving international applicants. It is recommended that students apply as early as possible and well before the August 31 deadline.)

Apply to JCU Dental School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com.

Questions about JCU Dental School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Join JCU in Toronto on June 2

James Cook University’s Division of Tropical Health and Medicine will be hosting a Welcome Evening in Toronto on Monday, June 8, 2015.

JCU Dentistry

James Cook University Dental School, Cairns

Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Wronski  is hosting a social event in Toronto welcoming all students and parents interested in learning more about the faculty and JCU.

Venue: Pinnacle Room, Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto, 123 Queen St. W.
Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Map: http://tinyurl.com/sheratonTO

Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 2 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCUwelcomeRSVP

The Welcome Evening is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, veterinarians and public health professionals to learn more about the unique program offerings at James Cook University.

You will also have an opportunity to personally meet and speak with Professor Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the College of Medicine and Dentistry during the event.

Know before you go! Find out more about these popular JCU schools and programs!

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For more information about this exciting event, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out more about studying at James Cook University.

Monday, May 11th, 2015

James Cook University to host Welcome Evening in Toronto

James Cook University Division of Tropical Health and Medicine Welcome Evening in Toronto

JCU Pro-Vice Chancellor Ian Wronski

Pro-Vice Chancellor Ian Wronski will host the JCU Welcome Evening in Toronto

Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, and Mrs Sandra Hurlock, Associate Faculty Registrar, from James Cook University in Australia will be hosting a social event in Toronto on Monday, June 8, welcoming all students and parents interested in learning more about the university and its programs.

Venue: Pinnacle Room, Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto, 123 Queen St. W.
Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Map: http://tinyurl.com/sheratonTO

RSVP: by Tuesday, June 2 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCUwelcomeRSVP

Within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU are three colleges:

  1. College of Medicine and Dentistry
  2. College of Healthcare Sciences
  3. College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

The Welcome Evening is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, veterinarians and public health professionals to learn more about the unique program offerings at James Cook University.

You will also have an opportunity to personally meet and speak with Professor Ian Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU during the event.

Know before you go! Find out more about these popular JCU schools!

We can’t wait to meet you there!

For more information about this exciting event, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1- 866-698-7355. Find out more about studying at James Cook University.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

James Cook University Medical School interviews in Canada

If you are interested in JCU Medical School, we are pleased to announce that interviews will be held in Canada this June by Professor Ian Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU.

With interviews being a part of the application process to the JCU Medical School MBBS program, students can complete this application prerequisite in Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver. For the 2016 intake, JCU will hold interviews with eligible international applicants from Canada either

JCU Medical School

Study medicine at JCU Medical School

  • in person in Canada this June; or
  • via videoconferencing following the August 31 program application deadline.

Interviews Schedule

Toronto: June 8 & 9, 2015
Calgary: June 10, 2015
Vancouver: June 11, 2015

About the Interviews

An interview is a necessary component of the admission process for entry into the JCU Medical School and it is strongly encouraged that you undertake the interviews earlier rather than later.

It is important to note that the majority of those that have been successful in gaining admission in to the MBBS at James Cook University have interviewed in person in Canada, with many receiving offers prior to the application deadline. It is recommended that you undertake and participate in the in-person interviews in Canada in June.

To Schedule an Interview

Please fill out a James Cook University Medical School meeting request form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCUMBBS2015int

You do not need to submit a complete application at this stage to be considered for an interview; however, you will need to provide OzTREKK with a copy of your official transcript (or interim transcript) to verify your eligibility for an interview.

Entry Requirements for the JCU Medical Program

Entry into the JCU MBBS program is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.

  • Applicants may apply directly from high school, or after having partially or fully completed their university studies.
  • Prerequisite subjects include English, Maths B (Calculus and Vectors and Advanced Functions), and Chemistry at a minimum of the Grade 12 level
  • If applying directly from high school, applicants need a minimum GPA of 85% from their top 6 courses in Grade 12 (including prerequisite subjects)
  • If applying after having partially or fully completed post-secondary studies, applicants need to have a minimum of 80% cumulative GPA to be considered
  • Completion of Australian Medical Schools Application Form and JCU Program Specific Form
  • Interview: held in person or via video teleconference

Apply now to James Cook University Medical School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School or about the in-person interviews? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

JCU Medical School Deputy Vice Chancellor honoured

OzTREKK  would like to congratulate James Cook University’s Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Tropical Health and Medicine, who received one of the nation’s highest honours.

Professor Ian Wronski was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) at the Queen’s Birthday Awards 2014 on June 9.

James Cook University Medical School

Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU

Professor Wronksi received the award “For distinguished service to tertiary education, particularly through leadership and research roles in Indigenous, rural and remote health, and to medicine in the field of tropical health.”

Based in Townsville, Professor Wronski has helped shape health services in North Queensland

Professor Wronski led the campaign to establish JCU Medical School and he became the first Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Townsville.

Professor Ian Wronski is Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU.

Ian’s professional background is in medicine, with postgraduate qualifications in Policy and Management from Harvard University, Public Health and Epidemiology from Harvard University, Tropical Medicine from Liverpool and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Ian is a registered Specialist Public Health Physician through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and also holds Fellowship status in Tropical Medicine and Rural and Remote Medicine through the relevant medical colleges.

Ian was the first Director of Health Services of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council and a practicing procedural clinician in the Kimberley region until 1992.

Over the two decades he has worked at JCU, Ian has led the development of degrees such as medicine, veterinary science, tropical agriculture, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and tropical medicine, the rehabilitation sciences and more recently the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM).

Ian was awarded the Surgeon General John White Medal for “outstanding service to the health of northern Australia” in 2008, and is a Life Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Throughout his career, Ian has had leadership roles at national and state level in several sectors relating to key aspects of policy. These include workforce development, public health, rural and regional development, Indigenous health, rural health and medicine, and education.

Ian currently chairs the Australian Council of Pro Vice Chancellors and Deans of Health Sciences, and the Queensland Clinical Education and Training Council; and is a member of the Independent Health Pricing Authority – Teaching, Training and Research Committee as well as the associated Research Working Group, the Health Workforce Australia Standing Committee on Higher Education, the Townsville Health and Hospital Board and Executive Subcommittee, and the Health Professions Education Standing Group of Universities Australia. Ian is also a Board Member of the APEC-Life Sciences Innovation Forum (LSIF) and leads its Health Workforce working group.

Professor Wronski thanked the people who nominated him.

JCU International Student Pre-arrival Webinar

Heading to JCU? The James Cook University International Student Support Team is running a series of pre-arrival webinars in June 2014.

The purpose of these webinars is to provide commencing students with all the information they need prepare for their arrival in Australia. The webinars also give students a chance to meet the International Student Support Team and ask any questions they may have about studying and living in Australia.

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Time: 6 p.m. (Ontario time)

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About JCU Medical School

The Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree at JCU Medical School aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 29, 2014

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Broghan Dean at broghan@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).