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Thursday, August 9th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Join the UQ Medical Society

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

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

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

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

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

Long-term objectives of the UQMS

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

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

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

About the UQ Medical School Doctor of Medicine Program

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

Apply to UQ Medical School!


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

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Hugh Jackman and the UQ Med Revue

Are you planning to study medicine at the University of Queensland? If so, let us introduce you to the UQ Medical Society (UQMS) and their shenanigans (which we hope you plan to be a part of next year!).

The UQ Med Revue is a medical student variety show at the University of Queensland, put on by the UQMS, that normally has in the order of 250 students involved. Students from all four years of med come together to create a hilarious comedy that is jam-packed with puns, parodies, and Professor Parker’s pecs.

UQ medical students act, sing, dance, write, direct, play instruments, make props, design costumes, do hair and make-up and most of the tech for the show making it a truly home-grown production! As the biggest event on the UQMS calendar, the show runs three sold-out nights. In 2017, the dates will be August 13–15th, so mark it in your calendar!

Last year’s Med Revue took them on an adventure “Inside Gout,” with the help of Mr. Hugh Jackman.

Hugh Jackman and the UQ Med Revue

2017 UQ Med Revue Convenors (L-R): Joel Russell, Ailsa Lee, Will Saunders, Jessica Monteiro and Chris Strom (Photo credit: UQ)

About the UQ Medical Program

The UQ Medicine conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD). The UQ Faculty of Medicine is a leading provider of medical education and research in Australia, and with the country’s largest medical degree program, they are the major single contributor to Queensland’s junior medical workforce.

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

Apply to the Doctor of Medicine program at UQ!


Would you like more information about studying at UQ Medicine? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Wiradjuri student named first UQ Medical Society Indigenous Officer

Wiradjuri nurse from New South Wales has been named the first Indigenous Officer for the UQ Medical Society.

Melissa Carroll used the NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) celebrations at Musgrave Park to further cement her role engaging and advocating for UQ’s current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

UQ Medical School

Melissa Carroll been named the first Indigenous Officer for The University of Queensland Medical Society (Photo credit: UQ)

“I have been fortunate to have been surrounded by an inspiring group of people who encouraged me to consider options and to never be satisfied with black and white, or that age should not prevent me from reaching my potential,” said Ms Carroll.

It was this support that led her to return to university as a mature-aged student to qualify as a medical doctor.

“Thinking back, I would only dream about one day being a doctor; it seemed such a distant life to the one I was used to,” said Ms Carroll.

“Through my own challenges and observing those of my peers, I have come to see the importance of encouraging and supporting our colleagues through their journey and inspiring the next generation of potential doctors.

“Mentoring is something I feel very passionate about and feel that, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, it is paramount that we take on a holistic approach to our studies addressing the academic requirements but also our social and emotional well-being.”

UQ has 23 Indigenous medical students, with increasing numbers each year.

Her role also means she provides liaison between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, the UQ School of Medicine, the UQ Medical Society and other agencies and groups.

Although she initially dreamed of becoming a police officer, Ms Carroll spent close to 15 years living and working in Melbourne after completing a Bachelor of Nursing.

“Thankfully though this was a natural fit and saw me working in infectious diseases in the acute care setting for around 10 years,” she said.

Ms Carroll then completed a Master in Public Health while working as a public health nurse in the Victorian Department of Health’s Tuberculosis Control Program.

Now that she’s set her sights on becoming a doctor, she is in her third year at the University of Queensland and looks forward to graduating in December next year.

“I am thoroughly enjoying my studies particularly now that I am back where I feel most at home—on the wards and back in the hospital setting,” she said.

About the UQ Medical School Program

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next available intake: January 2017
Duration: 4 years


Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at for more information about the MD program at UQ Medical School. Email Sarah at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

2014 UQ Medical Society Student Research Conference

The 2014 UQ Medical Society Student Research Conference, held in October at Translational Research Institute, was another impressive showcase of UQ medical students’ research achievements.


University of Queensland School of Medicine

The event comprised a research expo with more than 20 groups, centres and institutes across UQ highlighting research opportunities for students.

The Expo was complemented by a parallel Poster Session with 18 impressive research posters on display. It was a busy buzzing atmosphere attended by an estimated 200+ students.

The Expo/Poster Session was followed by the Scientific Program of student oral presentations and the keynote speaker, Professor Pam McCombe. Six oral presentations were chosen as finalists out of 39 submitted abstracts and Professor Darrell Crawford presented prizes to the winners:

  • School of Medicine Dean’s Award for Best Oral Presentation went to Liam Coulthard: “The innate immune complement C5a Receptor Controls Proliferation of Embryonic Neural Stem Cells”
  • School of Medicine Dean’s Award for Best Poster went to Nathan Bain: “Eph-ephrin signalling blockade ameliorates TNFα-induced permeability changes in a human endothelial cell layer in vitro”
  • QIMR Berghofer Award for Most Innovative Research went to Patrick Candy: “Colon cancer discovery could take treatment up a notch”
  • QBI People’s Choice Poster Award went to John Ross Kucharczyk: “Early experience and operative technique of robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy”

Associate Professor Diann Eley, MBBS Program Research Coordinator said UQMS are to be commended for putting on such a professional event.

“Clearly their enthusiasm for research is matched by the prowess of our novice researchers and confirms the high level of quality and research promise we have amongst our medical student cohort,” Associate Professor Eley said.

Thanks to everyone who attended and in particular the donation of prizes by the UQ School of Medicine, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR Berghofer), and the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI).

Big thanks also go out to Expo representatives who devoted their time to meeting with and talking to students about research opportunities:

  1. Princess Alexandria Hospital Research
  2. Lung & Allergy Research Centre
  3. Centre for Kidney Disease Research
  4. Dermatology Research Institute
  5. Burns Trauma & Critical Care Research Centre
  6. Queensland Institute of Medical Research Berghofer (QIMRB)
  7. Queensland Brain Institute (QBI)
  8. Diamantina Institute (DI)
  9. Translational Research Institute (TRI)
  10. Discipline of General Practice
  11. Institute of Molecular Bioscience (IMB)
  12. UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR)
  13. HABs Faculty
  14. Mater Research Institute
  15. School of Pharmacy
  16. Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre
  17. Inter-group Dynamics & Health
  18. Rural Clinical Schools, Rockhampton & Toowoomba
  19. Hear & Say
  20. Red Cross Blood Service
  21. Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI)


Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at for more information about how to apply to the MD program at UQ Medical School, or if you have questions about medical schools in Australia. Email Broghan at broghan@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Find out more about medical research in Australia!