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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

UQ Medical School admissions consultations

This August, UQ Medical School MD program Director Dr. Jennifer Schafer will be in Canada to host the admissions consultations for entry into the Doctor of Medicine program.

UQ Medical School

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Dr. Schafer is a graduate of UQ Medical School. She is a general practitioner with more than 25 years of clinical experience, 15 years working with the media, and a career including medical teaching for patients, lay public, medical students, GP registrars, doctors and other health professionals, including eLearning. Her role with UQ includes leadership in the development and delivery of the MD program, particularly the Clinical Skills Program.

As the director for the medical program, Dr. Schafer will be hosting the UQ Medical School consultations in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto as part of the medical program’s admissions process.

The compulsory consultative in-person meeting with the UQ School of Medicine program director in Canada is part of the three-tiered admissions process. Along with meeting the key degree and MCAT score requirements, applicants must attend the one-on-one consultations with Dr. Schafer to determine an applicant’s suitability for the program and motivations for practicing medicine. Applicants will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the UQ Medical School program, clinicals, opportunities in Canada, licensing, internships in Australia and more. The consultations will be completed for applicants wishing to begin the program for the 2015 intake.

Consultation Schedule

Vancouver: Saturday, August 23
Calgary: Sunday, August 24
Toronto: Monday, August 25; Tuesday, August 26; and Wednesday, August 27

Do you have questions about the UQ Med School consultations? Email OzTREKK Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at broghan@oztrekk.com.

UQ Medical School Doctor of Medicine Program

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD) commencing 2015
Location: Brisbane or Ipswich, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: UQ Medical School applications are still open! Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis.

Entry Requirements

  • Completed degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
  • GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ’s 7.0 scale
  • MCAT score (minimum of 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8) or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)
  • Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine

Applications to the Doctor of Medicine program are still open!

Apply to UQ Medical School!


Contact OzTREKK Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at any time to assist you with your UQ Medical School application, or to answer any questions you may have regarding medical school in Australia. Email Broghan at broghan@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

University of Sydney Medical School interviews

From July 29 to Aug. 6, Sydney Medical School applicants will be undertaking interviews for admission into the MBBS program for the 2014 intake.

University of Sydney Medical School

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As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students. Like a job interview, it is best to exhibit a professional, competent, and likable personality. OzTREKK has compiled some handy-dandy tips and “heads up” info to help those about to be interviewed, and those who will be participating in them in the future.

On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time.  Your interview will last 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. Internet and computer glitches often come at the most inopportune time!

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—not a smooth move!

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 should I know?

Don’t call  us, we’ll call you. Please do not contact the Admissions Office or any of the interviewers via Skype at any time. The office will be running many interviews over a period of time, none of which can be interrupted.

Prior to your interview day, you will be sent a “Contact request” via Skype from the Admissions Office (e.g. sydneyuni-med-admissions-x), which you should accept as soon as possible.

Position yourself in a way that your face can be clearly seen on the camera. Don’t sit with a strong light behind you. When discussing the question with the interviewer, please look directly at the camera on your computer. Have your photo ID ready to be shown to the camera.

In the event that the connection fails during your interview, please do not try to contact the Admissions Office or your interviewer. Faculty staff will try to  re-establish the connection via Skype or call you on the contact number you provided at the interview booking stage to sort out the issue. You may be  re-interviewed for that station at the end of the entire 45 minutes.

Must I bring anything to the interview?

For verification purposes, you must bring photographic identification (passport or driver’s license) to the interview.

Please note that if you do not bring photographic identification to the interview, the Sydney Medical School reserves the right to cancel your interview.  In that event, your application for admission to the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery in 2014 will be deemed to have lapsed, and will not be considered further.

What should I expect?

The multi-mini-interview (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 Sydney Medical 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.  There will be 5 stations of 7 minutes each, with a turnaround time of 2 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. Say hello to him or her. 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.

What are they looking for in a candidate?

Sydney Medical School will be looking for the following skills and attributes from applicants:

1.    Knowledge relevant to the question.
2.    The capacity to draw implications from that knowledge.
3.    Insight into their own attitudes and views relevant to the issue.
4.    Insight into other people’s attitudes and views relevant to the issue.
5.    Ability to formulate an approach to address the issues that takes account of 1–4.

The interview process is designed to assess suitability based on qualities important for success in the MBBS program, including

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

The interview aims to broadly sample the candidate’s competencies in order to gain an accurate picture of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. This is achieved by having several brief interviews with different interviewers.

Interviewers will not be provided with any information (including MCAT and GPA scores) about applicants. Full details of the interview process will be sent to applicants who are deemed eligible for interview.

Who are the interviewers?

All interviewers are volunteers who have completed a training program. They are recruited from the following groups:

  • Academic, clinical academic, and staff of Sydney Medical School
  • Senior students and graduates from the medical program
  • Persons drawn from the wider community. The interviewers will optimally include 2 or 3 of each gender.

What else should I know?

  • Don’t have Skype? Get it. Learn about it. Be prepared to know how it works.
  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff.
  • Dress appropriately (business casual). No one wants to see you just out of bed or wearing exercise gear. You are interviewing for a professional degree!
  • If you are invited to ask questions, have some prepared! Be prepared to speak about your interests outside of medicine should they ask you.
  • 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.

OzTREKK Tip: Past OzTREKK students have commented that the interviews go smoothly and are far more friendly than some Canadian medical school interviews.

OzTREKK wishes you the best on your interview!


Do you have questions about Sydney Medical School or the interviews? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean. Email Broghan at broghan@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!


Friday, April 12th, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

A radiology technician working in a hospital emergency room took some X-rays of a trauma patient and brought the results to the doctor, who studied the multiple fractures of the femurs and pelvis.

“What on earth happened to this patient?” he asked in astonishment.

“He fell out of a tree, according to the report,” the radiology technician replied.

The doctor wanted to know what the patient was doing up a tree.

The technician frowned.”I’m not sure, but his paperwork states he works for Bob’s Expert Tree Pruning Service.”

Gazing intently at the X-rays, the doctor blinked and said, “Cross out ‘expert’.”

About JCU Medical School

The James Cook University Medical School offers a six-year, full-time undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The course aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. The course places special emphasis on rural and Indigenous health and tropical medicine.

Program: Undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 year
Application deadline: August 30, 2013

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.
  • High school cumulative average necessary to be considered is a minimum of 85% in Grade 12 subjects, including prerequisite subject grades.
  • If you are applying to the program after you have partially or fully completed your post-secondary studies, you should have a Canadian GPA of 80% cumulative average across all university studies, but to have a competitive application, applicants should have achieved at least an 82% cumulative average.
  • Completion of JCU International Student Application Form and School of Medicine specific application form. See OzTREKK’s JCU Medical School How to Apply page for more information!
  • Interview: held in-person and via video conference

Apply now to James Cook University Medical School!

Don’t forget!

JCU Medical School interviews will be held in Canada this April/May.

Professor Ian Wronski, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences, and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock, Associate Faculty Registrar, will be visiting Canada this April/May to conduct interviews for those interested in gaining entry into the JCU Medical School. This is a great opportunity for prospective medical school students to talk about how studying at the tropical James Cook University Medical School could be right for them.

To Schedule an Interview

Please fill out a James Cook University Medical School meeting request form: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCUMBBS2013int

For more details about the JCU Medical School interviews, check out JCU Medical School interviews for the 2014 intake


Learn more about the JCU medical program and about James Cook University.

To learn more about JCU medical program and JCU Medical School interviews, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean: Email Broghan at broghan@oztrekk.com or call toll free 1 866-698-7355.