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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!

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.

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine launched

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), at James Cook University has been officially launched by the Federal Education Minister, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra.

JCU Medical School

L to R: Prof Ian Wronski, Minister Andrew Robb, Professor Louis Schofield,Vice-Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding, Senator Simon Birmingham (Photo credit: JCU)

The ceremony marks a special milestone for the emergence of AITHM, with James Cook University Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding stating that the official launch of AITHM demonstrates Australia’s position as a global leader in tropical health and medicine.

“Northern Australia’s proximity to the fast growing Southeast Asian and Pacific nations, both as part of the growing tropics presents extraordinary opportunities for Australian tropical medicine.”

“AITHM and JCU have developed a highly technical and advanced medical research capability and are well poised to respond to the scale of opportunity emerging from our near neighbours in the Asia Pacific,” Professor Harding said.

The official launch featured presentations demonstrating AITHM’s capacity building activities and showcasing a suite of research that is being translated into reality.

AITHM Director Professor Louis Schofield stated “AITHM is developing strong connections with organisations such as the Gates Foundation for research into malaria, and Johnson and Johnson in the development of therapeutics.”

James Cook University Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Wronski AO said that AITHM’s research focus is on translation and commercialisation of research into new tropical therapeutics and diagnostics.

“AITHM provides a key knowledge based industry for engagement with Asia and the Pacific in research, research training, transfer of knowledge and the commercialisation of research findings.

“Australia has a bright future in tropical health and medicine and AITHM will play an important role in managing or eradicating many of the diseases specific to this region,” Professor Wronski said.

AITHM was made possible with $42M in establishment funding from the Commonwealth Government, Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative, combined with an additional $42.12M funding from the Queensland Government.

About James Cook University Medical School

The JCU School of Medicine specializes in rural and remote medicine. The program has a unique place among Australian medical schools. The course is undertaken entirely in northern Australia and has an emphasis on tropical medicine, the health of rural and remote communities, and of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. The medical program is informed by a concern for social justice, innovation and excellence in medical education, research and service.

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Are you interested in pursuing a career in rural and tropical medicine? JCU Medical School may be for you! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Australian medical schools still accepting applications for 2016 intake

Are you interested in studying medicine in Australia?

While and UQ Medical School have now closed their applications for the 2016 intake, you still have the opportunity to apply to other Australian Medical Schools! Here’s what’s still open:

Griffith University medical school in Australia

Learn more about Griffith Medical School

Griffith University Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January each year
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: October 30, 2015

Apply to Griffith Medical School!

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James Cook University Medical School

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2015

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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Monash University Medical School

Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Next semester intake: February 2016
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: September 10, 2015 (Round 2)

Apply to Monash Medical School!

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University of Sydney Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: September 11, 2015 (Round 2)

Apply to Sydney Medical School!

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If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson: sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355. Find out more about Australian Medical Schools and about how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Medical licensing seminars hosted by OzTREKK

If you’re heading to an Australian Medical School, you may be interested in the medical licensing process upon your return home to Canada. In order to best serve our students, we will be hosting medical licensing seminars for everyone who has applied to an Australian Medical School via OzTREKK.

Australian medical schools in Australia

OzTREKK medical licensing seminars May 30 & 31

This is a great opportunity to ask as any questions you may have regarding medical schools in Australia and about medical licensing.

Important topics covered at the seminars

  • The Australian Medical School systems and structure
  • Australian Medical School rankings
  • Medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS
  • Medical school rotations in Canada
  • Coming back to Canada to practice medicine
  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), MCCQE1 and MCCQE2
  • The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and rates
  • Provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates
  • The Australian Internship and Residency Program

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars Schedule

City: Toronto
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

City: Vancouver
Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: 3 – 6 p.m.

Attendance is via invitation only. Only those students who submit an Australian Medical School application via OzTREKK are invited to the Annual OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars. Family members of the medical school applicants are also welcome to attend the seminars.

Students and their families will have the opportunity to ask questions about studying medicine in Australia and about obtaining a residency after their program completion. These seminars help parents and students walk away with all the necessary information to help them make a decision about studying at an Australian Medical School.

Apply to an Australian Medical School

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Do you have any questions regarding the OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at 1-866-698-7355 or sarah@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

JCU doctors in world-first epilepsy treatment

James Cook University scientists are leading a drug trial which is attempting to find a better treatment for kids with a life threatening form of epilepsy.

JCU’s Dr Jeremy Furyk is coordinating the work, funded by a grant of more than $140,000 from the Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation, on top of other funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

JCU Medical School

Study medicine at James Cook University, Townsville

Researchers will work at the Townsville, Gold Coast University and Lady Cilento Children’s hospitals with researchers from the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) network.

They will test the effectiveness of the drug Levetiracetam on children who arrive at the hospitals’ emergency departments suffering from Convulsive Status Epilepticus (CSE).

CSE occurs when children suffer a seizure that fails to stop with initial anti-seizure medications and can lead to brain damage or death.

Levetiracetam in oral form has been used for more than a decade as a treatment of epilepsy, but the researchers will be using the intravenous form of the medication. They believe it may be more effective and work faster than the currently available treatment, and without the same serious side-effects.

Dr Furyk said it will be the first test of the drug in emergency conditions. “No one has compared it with the current drug, Phenytoin in clinical trials before.”

Which of the two drugs is to be used first on individual patients will be decided by a process of randomisation. The research has been approved by the appropriate ethics committees across Australia and New Zealand.

The team believes children who are treated with Levetiracetam will benefit in terms of the time it takes for the drug to work, the need for a breathing tube to be inserted, the length of time of the hospital stay, and the long-term effects of the seizure.

“If the hypothesis is confirmed it will have a profound impact on the management of CSE in children in New Zealand, Australia and worldwide,” said Dr Furyk.

James Cook University Medical School interviews in Canada

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

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

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

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.

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

JCU Medical School MBBS

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015 (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 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.

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Australian medical school rankings 2015

There are medical schools here in Canada. So why would Canadians consider studying at an Australian Medical School?

Australian medical schools in Australia

Study medicine in Australia!

Because Australian and Canada share

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

Medical schools in Australia 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 2015 rankings by subject, and here are the basics regarding how our medical schools stacked up:

World Medical School Rankings 2015

Australian Medical Schools
Canadian Medical Schools
13th University of Toronto
22nd McGill University
26th 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, 2015

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 MBBS 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 a medical school in Australia, 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. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars

This May, OzTREKK will be hosting medical licensing seminars!

Deciding to study medicine at an Australian Medical School is a huge decision, one that affects both the student and his or her family. OzTREKK wants to ensure our Canadian student applicants have the most up-to-date knowledge about their options to practice medicine following graduation from an Australian Medical School.

Australian Medical Schools in Australia

Don’t miss the OzTREKK medical licensing seminars

Whether you would like to come back to Canada or the U.S. to practice medicine or remain in Australia, those who attend our OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars learn about the avenues to practice medicine. As you may know, it can be difficult to gain straightforward information about your licensing options following graduation. OzTREKK is an expert in medical licensing and accreditation, and we are proud to provide you with all the latest information, data, and statistics so you can make an informed decision about whether studying medicine in Australia is the best option for you.

Important topics covered at the seminars

  • The Australian Medical School systems and structure
  • Australian Medical School rankings
  • Medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS
  • Medical school rotations in Canada
  • Coming back to Canada to practice medicine
  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), MCCQE1 and MCCQE2
  • The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and rates
  • Provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates
  • The Australian Internship and Residency Program

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars Schedule

City: Toronto
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

City: Vancouver
Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: 3 – 6 p.m.

How can I attend?

Attendance is via invitation only. Only those students who submit an Australian Medical School application via OzTREKK are invited to the Annual OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars. Family members of the medical school applicants are also welcome to attend the seminars.

Students and their families will have the opportunity to ask questions about studying medicine in Australia and about obtaining a residency after their program completion. These seminars help parents and students walk away with all the necessary information to help them make a decision about studying at an Australian Medical School.

Apply to an Australian Medical School

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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If you have any questions regarding the OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson by calling toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 or by emailing sarah@oztrekk.com.

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, March 25th, 2015

MCAT 2015 dates

Are you considering applying to Australian Medical Schools? Then you’ll probably want to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT is administered multiple times from late January through early September, and offered at hundreds of test sites in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Australian medical schools in Australia

Find out which Australian medical schools require the MCAT

Graduate-entry medical programs from Griffith Medical School, Melbourne Medical School, UQ Medical School, Sydney Medical School and Monash Medical School require applicants to sit a medical admission test such as the MCAT.

Keep the score release dates in mind when you are registering. For most medical schools, you will need to have your MCAT score at the time of application.

Admin and Score Release Dates

  • April 17 – June 16
  • April 18 – June 16
  • May 22 – June 30
  • June 19 – July 21
  • June 20 – July 21
  • July 17 – August 18
  • July 18 – August 18
  • August 5 – September 8
  • August 6 – September 8
  • August 21 – September 22
  • August 22 – September 22
  • September 3 – October 6
  • September 11 – October 1
  • September 12 – October 13

About the MCAT2015 Exam

Coming April 17, 2015, the new MCAT exam is designed to help better prepare tomorrow’s doctors for the rapidly advancing and transforming health care system. According to the MCAT website, the changes to the MCAT exam in 2015 will preserve what works about the current exam, eliminate what isn’t working, and further enrich the MCAT exam by giving attention to the concepts tomorrow’s doctors will need.

  • Natural sciences sections of the MCAT2015 exam reflect recent changes in medical education.
  • Addition of the social and behavioral sciences section, Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior, recognizes the importance of socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health and health outcomes.
  • And the new Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section reflects the fact that medical schools want well-rounded applicants from a variety of backgrounds.

The first three sections organized around 10 foundational concepts in the sciences (biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, general chemistry, physics, psychology, sociology). In the new Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) section, students are asked to analyze, evaluate, and apply information provided by passages from a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines.

  1. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Section
  2. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section
  3. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior Section
  4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Section (CARS)

Register for the MCAT! Go to https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/register/

Learn more about studying at an Australian Medical School!

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Would you like more information about studying at a medical school in Australia? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at 1-866-698-7355 or email sarah@oztrekk.com.