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Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

James Cook University opens new residence on Cairns campus

Are you thinking of studying dentistry at James Cook University?

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

James Cook University opens new residence on Cairns campus

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

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

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

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

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

Studying dentistry at James Cook University

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

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

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

What do you need to get in?

1. High School

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

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

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree

A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

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

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

Apply to James Cook University Dental School!

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

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

What can you do with a pharmacy degree?

Do you know how many possible career paths exist for pharmacy graduates?

What can you do with a pharmacy degree?

Find out how you can study at Monash Pharmacy!

It’s not just about dispensing medicines in a corner pharmacy or working as a scientist in a research laboratory. There are so many more career opportunities that can provide pharmacy graduates with an exciting career.

So, what can you do with a pharmacy degree?

Check out the list below—is there something that catches your eye?

14 Careers in Pharmacy

Community pharmacist
Community pharmacy is one of the most common choices for young pharmacists, and perhaps the most visible.

Hospital pharmacist
Hospital pharmacy provides the opportunity to work in a supportive team and to be actively involved in patient care.

Consultant pharmacist
Accredited consultant pharmacists can conduct home medicines reviews (HMRs) and residential medication management reviews (RMMRs).

Non-dispensing (general practice) pharmacist
Practice pharmacists deliver professional services from or within a general practice medical centre.

Researcher / academic
An ever-popular choice, pursuing research and/or academia after that first undergraduate degree is for those who enjoy working with ideas and may not want to give up the books just yet.

Locum pharmacist
Have pharmacy degree, will travel! For those with an adventurous spirit, looking for flexibility and the opportunity to travel, consider a career as a locum pharmacist.

Pharmaceutical industry / clinical trials
Pharmacists in this area support the management and delivery of clinical trials of new medicines.

Aged care pharmacist
Polypharmacy is common among older people, who are more likely to be taking several drugs at once. Older people are also at higher risk of experiencing side effects from their medicines, and difficulties with vision, hearing, memory or cognitive functions that can make managing medicines safely a lot harder.

Government and NGO roles
Pharmacists have knowledge, skills and experience that can feed into advisory roles, both for the government as well as non-government institutions, such as health funds and private hospitals.

Complex care coordinator
Being embedded in a hospital healthcare team as a care coordinator is a newly introduced role for pharmacists.

Entrepreneur
Got a great idea? Entrepreneurship is all about innovation, creativity and tenacity.

Drug safety officer
Be responsible for pharmacovigilance activities, including receiving and processing reports of adverse drug events and conducting regular conciliation with health authorities.

Regulatory affairs associate
Working in regulation involves ensuring the appropriate licensing and legal compliance of pharmaceutical and medical products. It includes ensuring that a company’s products comply with regulations and legislation.

Management & mentorship
This comprises a variety of roles. You can become a pharmacist in charge, managing pharmacist, or a representative at a pharmacy organisation. Some roles can also merge pharmacy with another area, such as business or technology.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy at Monash University

Monash’s combined Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) / Master of Pharmacy program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world and #1 in Australia according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Receive a $5,000 relocation grant. The university offers a grant to all international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) / Master of Pharmacy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 – 5 years (depending on candidate’s educational background; can exit after Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours portion. Contact OzTREKK for details.)
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

Apply to Monash University Pharmacy School!

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What do you want to do with your pharmacy degree? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Charlynn Lecompte at charlynn@oztrekk.com for more info!

Friday, July 20th, 2018

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

It’s that time of year again!

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

Sydney Medical School and Sydney Dental School interviews

No stress. You got this!

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

Multiple Mini Interview

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

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

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

Who are the interviewers?

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

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

Get ready

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

What to expect

The multi-mini interview (MMI) is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes, designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the University of Sydney considers important in entry-level students, as well as your values and commitment.

The assessment is conducted through a range of different authentic scenarios that test specific characteristics. There are usually five stations of seven minutes each, with a turnaround time of two minutes. Each station samples different aspects of professionalism according to a carefully designed framework.

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

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

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

Before your interview

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

During your interview

  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • There won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water on hand should you need it.
  • The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for medicine or dentistry, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality.
  • Figure out what kind of general situation you are in and then present not only how you view the situation, but also from the viewpoint of bystanders and/or the opposing party. Think outside the box, but tread lightly!
  • If an interviewer interrupts at any point, stop and listen carefully to what he/she has to say. They are doing this in your favour, as you are likely veering off course in your discussion.
  • Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible.

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

Best of luck!

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

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Don’t miss the “Life After Bond Law School” webinar!

You’re invited to join us for the upcoming “Life After Bond Law” webinar on Monday, July 9. Meet former OzTREKK student and Bond Law School graduate Basil Bansal!

Find out what it’s like to study at Bond University in Australia, make your way through the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), articling, and bar processes.

Don't miss the Life After Bond Law School webinar!

Former OzTREKK student and Bond Law graduate Basil Bansal

Life After Bond webinar with Q & A

 Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
 Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

Please join us to learn more about Bond Law and to get the inside scoop about what it’s like to return to Canada after completing a law degree in Australia.

To register, please email molly@oztrekk.com.

See what life is really like studying law at Bond and living in the Gold Coast!

Study at Bond Law School

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates.

Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates. Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. There are currently more than 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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It’s not too late to apply for the September intake at Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Don’t miss the Bond Law info sessions beginning this weekend

Whether you’re considering studying law at Bond University, or you’ve already applied to Bond and you’re looking for extra information, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Bond Law info sessions! This is your chance to speak directly with Bond Law representatives and Bond alumni to get the the inside scoop about being an international student and about how you can come back to Canada to practice law.

Don't miss the Bond Law info sessions beginning this weekend

Find out how you can study at Bond Law School

Bond Law Information Sessions Across Canada

TORONTO 
Sunday, June 24, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

EDMONTON
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

CALGARY
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
7 – 9 p.m

VANCOUVER
Thursday, June 28, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

Study at Bond Law School

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates. The Bond JD’s combination of excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program differentiates Bond from other institutions. It provides an exciting learning experience that both challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Why Bond Law School?

Bond Law offers 3 intakes per year: September, January, and May. Bond’s 3-semesters-per-year academic calendar means you can graduate the 6-semester JD in just 2 years, a year ahead of the rest!

Graduate Sooner

Bond’s Faculty of Law has the most extensive connections to Canada of any Australian school, offering all 5 of the required Canadian Law subjects according to the NCA syllabus, taught by Canadian professors to ensure you are best prepared to gain accreditation to practice law in Canada upon your return.

Canadian Content

Thousands of Canadians have studied law at Bond and are successfully practicing in Canada. Bond Canadian Law Students’ Association hosts NCA process seminars and provides information and support for Canadians wishing to return to Canada.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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It’s not too late to apply for the September intake at Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Meet one of your University of Sydney dentistry professors!

Have you applied to the University of Sydney dentistry program?

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

Sydney Dental School

Dr Susie Dracopoulos (Photo: University of Sydney)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apply to the University of Sydney Dental School!

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

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Bond Law Instagram live with OzTREKK’s Molly and Kati June 15

Do you have questions about studying at Bond Law School?

Bond Law Instagram live with OzTREKK's Molly and Kati June 15

Don’t miss the Bond Law Instagram live with Kati and Molly!

OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon and OzTREKK’s West Coast Territory Manager Kati Gorbachyova will be hosting our Bond Law Instagram live session tomorrow, June 15, where you can get the inside scoop!

Date: Friday, July 15
Time: 2 p.m.(ish!)
Follow OzTREKK: @oztrekk    Make sure you turn on your notifications!

Bond Law Instagram Live

  • Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws—which one is right for you?
  • What does it take to get in?
  • What is the admissions process?
  • How does OzTREKK help?
  • When is the best time to apply/accept?

If you’ve already applied and are planning to attend Bond Law for the September 2018 intake, Molly and Kati will also go over how to accept, the student visa process, and the OzTREKK Student Contact List!

What do OzTREKK students say about Bond Law?

I love the university and program! The teachers are very helpful and campus is beautiful! Australia is a very warm and welcoming place. Study in Australia! It is the chance of a lifetime and you will enjoy every minute of pure sunshine.” 

“I like how small the university feels, the professors know everyone by name. The University has a legal skills course for each class you take which is nice because you get the hands on experience you will need in the future. Bond Uni is awesome! So far I am really enjoying the program, it is a lot of work but it has been great so far.”

“The JD program at Bond caters to Canadian students and there is always mention of Canadian laws in class and even Canadian courses you can take to make the transition more smooth when going home.” 

Would you like to study law this September?

You can! With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Do you have any questions about how to apply to Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

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!

Friday, June 1st, 2018

June is Bond Law month at OzTREKK

What are you doing this June? If you’re interested in studying law, then we’ve got great news for you!

June is Bond Law month at OzTREKK

Follow OzTREKK on Facebook and Instagram to catch the latest inside info about studying law at Bond University!

June is officially “Bond Law Month” at OzTREKK!

What does that mean for you? We plan to connect you with everything Bond Law. We’re going to have fun on social media and we want you to be a part of it!

Instagram Takeover

Current Bond law students are hijacking our Instagram! See what life is really like studying law at Bond and living in the Gold Coast.

Live Stream

OzTREKK’s Molly and Kati will be going live (for the first time!) with Bond Law admissions info! Tip #1: Kati used to work for Bond!

Bond Alumni Webinar

What are they up to now and how did they get there? Yes, they’re actually using their law degrees! See firsthand what it’s like to live the dream of practicing law in Canada.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get the inside scoop!

Bond Law In-person Information Sessions

Want to speak with Bond Law representatives face to face? Then come along to the upcoming in-person info sessions and find out more about Bond’s law programs from International Regional Manager Stuart Floyd—and meet Bond alumni!

TORONTO 
Sunday, June 24, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

EDMONTON
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

CALGARY
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
7 – 9 p.m

VANCOUVER
Thursday, June 28, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required. If you’re thinking of attending this September, now is the time to get your application documents in!

Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates. Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. There are currently more than 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

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For details about the upcoming OzTREKK Study Law in Australia info sessions with Bond University, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com.

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!