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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.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

University of Melbourne joins Epilepsy Centre Without Walls in $28m global research push

People with epilepsy acquired following brain trauma are the focus of a new $28 million global push for a long-awaited research breakthrough to develop treatments that for the first time could prevent or mitigate this disabling and potentially life-threatening condition. The University of Melbourne, in partnership with the Royal Melbourne Hospital, is the only Australian institution to take part in the project, funded by one of the largest grants to date awarded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research into the elusive condition.

Melbourne joins Epilepsy Centre Without Walls in $28m global research push

People with epilepsy acquired following brain trauma are the focus of a new $28 million global push (Photo: University of Melbourne)

Some 250,000 Australians suffer from epilepsy, the causes of which range from tumours to infections, genetics, hemorrhages or stroke, in addition to brain trauma.

Principal Investigator neurologist Terry O’Brien said epilepsy caused by traumatic brain injury, the major cause of epilepsy in people aged 15–24, is harder to predict and control than many other forms of epilepsy.

“Up to 20 per cent of people who’ve had a traumatic brain injury will develop epilepsy, yet researchers know very little about why, and have no way to prevent or mitigate it,” Professor O’Brien said.

“It’s the nasty sting in the tail for people who’ve got through a difficult rehabilitation, only to be hit by their first seizure just when they think they’re on the mend—anywhere from six months to two years after they were first injured.

“More than a third of these patients’ seizures can’t be controlled by drugs.”

Professor O’Brien—who is the James Stewart Chair of Medicine and Head of the Department of Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital) at The University of Melbourne—said the key to Melbourne’s appeal to be invited to be part of this international research collaboration was its location in the Parkville Precinct.

“Being in the Parkville Precinct will enable clinicians and researchers from disciplines such as neuroscience, electrophysiology, imaging, bioinformatics and molecular biology to work very closely together, at the Melbourne Brain Centre and the Royal Melbourne Trauma Centre and ICU.”

The project, one of three NIH Epilepsy Centres without Walls, will be led by researchers at five institutions—the University of Melbourne, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and the University of Eastern Finland.

About Melbourne Medical School

The Melbourne Medical School is part of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. It is the oldest medical school in Australia and internationally renowned for global leadership in teaching and training, health research, policy and practice. The school encompasses all major fields of medicine and rural health.

Renowned for global leadership in health research, policy and practice, the University of Melbourne educates more health professionals than any other university in Australia.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, the deadline was June 23, 2016.

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne’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.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Medical School!

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Want more information about Melbourne Medical School?  Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

What is the Canadian Resident Matching Service?

About Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)

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

What is the Canadian Resident Matching Service?

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

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

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

The Match Algorithm

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

Consider studying at an Australian medical school

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

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

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

Check out the following Australian medical schools:

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

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Melbourne MD application deadline in two weeks

Have you finished your Melbourne Medical School application for the 2017 intake? This is just a reminder to all Melbourne MD candidates that the application deadline is June 23, 2016!

University of Melbourne Medical School

Study medicine at the University of Melbourne Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 23, 2016

Entry requirements

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) 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 in an aptitude test, MCAT or GAMSAT: MCAT test results from January 2014 to May 2016 (inclusive) will be accepted for those applying for the 2017 intake. Applicants sitting the MCAT test more than once within this date range may choose which set of scores to include with their application
  • Structured multi-mini interview (MMI)

Apply to the University of Melbourne Medical School!

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Find out more about studying the Melbourne MD. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

University of Melbourne appoints new Dean of Medicine

Professor Shitij Kapur was recently named the next Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health) at the University of Melbourne.

Currently Executive Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, and Assistant Principal (Academic Performance) at King’s College London, Professor Kapur will take up the role in October.

Acting Vice-Chancellor & Provost, Professor Margaret Sheil said the university was looking forward to welcoming Professor Kapur to Melbourne.

University of Melbourne Medical School

Professor Shitij Kapur will take up the role of Dean in October (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

“During his nine years in London Professor Kapur has led the highly successful Institute of Psychiatry, overseen the expansion of the Institute to incorporate Neurosciences and coordinated the response to the Research Excellence Framework for health and medical sciences across King’s,” said Professor Sheil.

“Over this period he has overseen a major expansion in the education portfolio of the Institute, has been a champion for equality and diversity initiatives, and in his recent role as Assistant Principal (Academic Performance), has been responsible for developing faculty development initiatives.

“His appointment follows an extensive national and international search and was the unanimous choice of our selection committee from an outstanding field of candidates.”

Professor Kapur said he was looking forward to taking up the position. “I am delighted to be offered this opportunity and thank the university for inviting me to join its academic community.

“As I have come to know the university, I have been most impressed with the breadth of academic excellence at the faculty, the brilliance of its students and its commitment to education, as well as the strength of its partnerships with world-class medical research institutes and hospitals.”

“I have been lucky to work in some world-leading centres of medicine and the University of Melbourne stands out in its scope, scale and potential. It will be a privilege to serve as the Dean and work with the so many talented colleagues and students to realize the next stage of the Faculty’s success.”

Professor Sheil concluded, “Professor Mark Hargreaves will continue as Dean of the Faculty until Professor Kapur commences his appointment.  We are indebted to Prof Hargreaves for his outstanding leadership in recent months and we are grateful he will remain at the helm in the interim.”

University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 23, 2016

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne’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.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Medical School!

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Questions about Melbourne Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Australian medical school rankings 2016

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

Australian medical schools in Australia

Study medicine in Australia!

Because Australia and Canada share

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

Australian medical schools offer high-quality education and clinical training in an amazing setting! Studying medicine in Australia is a great experience and really helps students appreciate the worldwide aspect of health, since many clinical placements are offered around the globe.

Another great reason to study in Australia is because of their incredible world rankings. The QS World University Rankings has recently released its 2016 rankings by subject, and here are the basics regarding how our Australian medical schools stacked up:

World Medical School Rankings 2016

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

Undergraduate- versus Graduate-entry Medical Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Melbourne MD application timeline announced

Melbourne MD application timeline for 2017 Intake

University of Melbourne MD

Apply to Melbourne Medical School

  • Application deadline: June 23, 2016
  • Last date to sit MCAT for 2017 intake: June 2, 2016
  • Last date to submit MCAT results: July 16, 2016
  • Interview offers released: August 15, 2016
  • Deadline to accept interview (online acceptance): August 20, 2016
  • Interviews (via Skype): August 29 – September 2, 2016
  • Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: September 12 – 16, 2016
  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 21, 2016
  • Deadline to accept offer or submit deferral request: November 5, 2016
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 11, 2016
  • Enrollment deadline for non-conditional offered applicants: December 16, 2016
  • Enrollment deadline for conditional offered applicants: January 12, 2017
  • First day of class: TBA

About the Melbourne Doctor of Medicine Program

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne’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.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 23, 2016

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) 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 in an aptitude test, MCAT or GAMSAT: MCAT test results from January 2014 to May 2016 (inclusive) will be accepted for those applying for the 2017 intake. Applicants sitting the MCAT test more than once within this date range may choose which set of scores to include with their application
  • Structured multi-mini interview (MMI)

Apply to Melbourne Medical School!

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank for more information about how to apply to the Melbourne MD program. Email Courtney at courtney@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-986-7355.

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Melbourne diabetes researchers warn Paleo diet may increase weight gain

A new study has revealed following a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet for just eight weeks can lead to rapid weight gain and health complications.

The surprise finding, detailed in a paper in Nature journal Nutrition and Diabetes, has prompted University of Melbourne researchers to issue a warning about putting faith in so-called fad diets with little or no scientific evidence.

University of Melbourne Medical School

Study medicine at Melbourne

Lead author Associate Prof Sof Andrikopoulos says this type of diet, exemplified in many forms of the popular Paleo diet, is not recommended, particularly for people who are already overweight and lead sedentary lifestyles.

He says mass media hype around these diets, particularly driven by celebrity chefs, celebrity weight-loss stories in the tabloid media and reality TV shows, are leading to more people trying fad diets backed by little evidence. In people with pre-diabetes or diabetes, the low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet could be particularly risky, he said.

“Low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets are becoming more popular, but there is no scientific evidence that these diets work. In fact, if you put an inactive individual on this type of diet, the chances are that person will gain weight,” Assoc Prof Andrikopoulos, who is a researcher at the University of Melbourne Department of Medicine, based at the Austin Hospital.

“There is a very important public health message here. You need to be very careful with fad diets, always seek professional advice for weight management and aim for diets backed by evidence.”

Researchers at the University of Melbourne originally sought to test whether high-fat and low-carbohydrate foods would benefit the health of people with pre-diabetes.

They took two groups of overweight mice with pre-diabetes symptoms and put one group on the LCHF diet. The other group ate their normal diet. The mice were switched from a three per cent fat diet to a 60 per cent fat diet. Their carbs were reduced to only 20 per cent.

The researchers used mice for the study, because their genetic, biological and behavioural characteristics closely resemble those of humans.

After eight weeks, the group on the LCHF gained more weight, their glucose intolerance worsened, and their insulin levels rose. The paleo diet group gained 15 per cent of their body weight. Their fat mass doubled from 2 per cent to almost 4 per cent.

“To put that in perspective, for a 100 kilogram person, that’s the equivalent of 15 kilograms in two months. That’s extreme weight gain,” Assoc Prof Andrikopoulos said.

“This level of weight gain will increase blood pressure and increase your risk of anxiety and depression and may cause bone issues and arthritis.

“For someone who is already overweight, this diet would only further increase blood sugar and insulin levels and could actually pre-dispose them to diabetes.

“We are told to eat zero carbs and lots of fat on the Paleo diet. Our model tried to mimic that, but we didn’t see any improvements in weight or symptoms. In fact, they got worse. The bottom line is it’s not good to eat too much fat.”

Prof Andrikopoulos says the Mediterranean diet is the best for people with pre-diabetes or diabetes.

“It’s backed by evidence and is a low-refined sugar diet with healthy oils and fats from fish and extra virgin olive oil, legumes and protein.”

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Find out more about studying medicine at the University of Melbourne. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Melbourne MD Application timeline for 2016 intake

Waiting patiently for the outcome of your Melbourne Medical School application? It won’t be long now!

University of Melbourne Medical School

Study medicine at the University of Melbourne

Application Timeline for 2016 Intake

  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 20, 2015
  • Deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit: November 4, 2015
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 11, 2015
  • Unsuccessful applicants advised of outcome: November 13 – 16, 2015
  • Enrollment deadline: January 14, 2016
  • First day of class: February 1, 2016

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne’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.

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Questions about Melbourne Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Closing the eye health gap may be in sight

Three years after the launch of the roadmap to close the gap for vision, progress has been made but “much remains to be done,” according to the authors of a Perspective published online recently by the Medical Journal of Australia.

University of Melbourne Public Health School

Study at the University of Melbourne

Dr Marian Abouzeid, Mitchell Anjou and Professor Hugh Taylor from the University of Melbourne said that progress has been made to increase services, improve efficiencies and support better Indigenous patient engagement with the eye care system.

Launched in 2012, the roadmap comprises 42 recommendations spanning a whole-of-system approach to eliminating disparities in Indigenous eye health.

The recommendations aim to

  • increase accessibility and uptake of eye care services by Indigenous Australians;
  • improve coordination between eye care providers, primary care and hospital services;
  • improve awareness of eye health among patients and clinicians; and
  • ensure culturally appropriate health services.

“Demonstrable gains are being made and there is growing momentum around the roadmap initiatives, but much remains to be done, and increased government support is required,” the authors said.

The authors stated that up to 94% of vision loss in Indigenous adults is avoidable or amenable to treatment.

“Vision loss accounts for 11% of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, so it follows that fixing the eye care system to address avoidable vision loss will help to close the broader health and social gaps and will have flow-on effects well beyond eye health,” Professor Taylor said.

More engagement was needed from the public health and medical communities to drive progress.

The template used for eye care has high relevance for integrating care between primary health and essentially all visiting specialist services.

“With concerted multi-sectoral effort, political will and a commitment to establishing a sustainable eye care system, the gross disparities in eye health that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians can be eliminated.”

Source: Medical Journal of Australia

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Find out more about public health degrees available at theUniversity of Melbourne. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Public Health Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com.

Wondering about the Melbourne MD? Contact Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson for more information: sarah@oztrekk.com.