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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

Learn more about Sydney Medical School

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!

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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, July 26th, 2013

Australian Medical School licensing online seminars

Did you know that all of OzTREKK’s hopeful medical students are privy to our medical licensing seminars? If you missed the in-person seminars in June, take heart: OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik will be hosting three online medical licensing webinars. Even if you participated in the in-person event but feel you need some more info or a refresher, please feel free to register for the webinars!

Upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars

Tuesday, August 13, 6 – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, September 10, 6 – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15, 6 – 9 p.m.

Important topics covered during the webinars:

…and much more! The webinars also provide a great opportunity for you to ask Matt any questions you may have!

Attendance is via invitation only. Only those students who submit an Australian Medical School application via OzTREKK are invited to the webinars.

How To Apply to an Australian Medical School

Although the University of Melbourne Medical School and the University of Sydney Medical School have closed their applications for the 2014 intake, the following Australian Medical Schools are still accepting applications. To commence the application process, please click on the Australian Medical School that you wish to apply to, below, and follow the step-by-step guide:

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To register for an upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing webinar, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean. Email Broghan at broghan@oztrekk.com or call toll free 1 866-698-7355.

For more information about medical school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian medical schools in Australia page.

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

UQ Medical School admissions consultations

Are you ready to study at the UQ Medical School?

This August 2013, UQ Medical School representative Dr. Jennifer Schafer will be in Canada to host the admissions consultations for entry into the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery program.

UQ MBBS program Director Dr. Jennifer Schafer is a graduate of the 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 the University of Queensland includes leadership in the development and delivery of the MBBS program, particularly the Clinical Skills Program.

As the director for the UQ Medical School medical program, Dr. Schafer will be hosting the University of Queensland consultations in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto as part of the UQ Medical School Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery program 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 2014 intake.

Consultation Schedule

Vancouver: Thursday, August 15
Edmonton: Saturday, August 17
Toronto: Monday, August 19; Tuesday, August 20; Wednesday, August 21

About the UQ Medical School

The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Designed to produce doctors able to meet the challenges of the new century, the curriculum captures the enthusiasm and maturity of its graduate entrants and help them develop into highly skilled medical graduates capable of entering the wide variety of career options open to them.

The principles upon which the design of the UQ MBBS is based include an emphasis on the following:
– Problem-based learning (PBL) in a clinical context
– Self-directed, lifelong learning
– Critical evaluation of the scientific basis of medicine
– Integration of basic and clinical sciences throughout
– Bio-psychosocial approach to medicine
– Clinical training ab initio
– Communication skills and
– Personal and professional development

Apply to UQ Medical School!

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If you have any questions regarding the UQ Medical School admissions consultations, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean by calling toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355 or by emailing broghan@oztrekk.com.

 

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Let’s tour UQ’s Great Court and St Lucia campus

The University of Queensland’s main campus at St Lucia is set on a magnificent 114-hectare site bounded on all sides by the Brisbane River, 7 km from the Brisbane CBD. The campus has expansive landscaped grounds, three lakes, an aquatic centre, tennis courts, eight athletics ovals with a 600-seat grandstand, and facilities for elite rowing. The campus fans out from a 1930s, heritage-listed sandstone Cloister enclosing the Great Court.

UQ School of Medicine

UQ’s Great Court at night

With this new tool developed by the University of Queensland, students will have the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the Great Court at the St Lucia campus.

Tour the Great Court at the St Lucia campus yourself!

UQ St Lucia

Art galleries and art collections

The University of Queensland Art Museum (UQ Art Museum) is located in the James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre on The University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus.

The Art Museum was established in the Forgan Smith Tower in 1976 to house the artworks collected by UQ since the 1940s, relocating to its present site in 2004. Today, with more than 3,000 artworks, the university’s art collection is Queensland’s second largest public art collection.

The collection comprises Australian artworks from the colonial period to the present, as well as of the Nat Yuen Collection of Chinese antiquities. An important focus area within the collection is the National Collection of Artists’ Self Portraits. The UQ Art Museum is also the custodian of the Stuartholme-Behan Collection of Australian Art.

The university actively acquires the work of major Queensland and Australian contemporary artists, and encourages gifts and bequests.

Things to do
There is an enormous range of things to do around UQ. There are many clubs and societies to join, concerts, ceremonies and public lectures to attend, libraries and museums, research and art collections to visit, places to worship and numerous sporting activities to join.

Campus life
Get a feeling for being part of UQ! There is much on offer around UQ. On campus there are lots of places to eat and shop and things to do. You might also like to know about where to live, what services are available and what your child care and transport options are.

Great Court at St Lucia
The cloister and buildings around the Great Court feature distinctive sandstone, carved with historical scenes, figures, the names of great thinkers and teachers, coats of arms, grotesques and carvings of Australian flora and fauna. The Great Court is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register as well on the Register of the National Trust of Queensland.

Museums and collections open to the public
Many of the university’s collections have evolved from the interests of individual scientists. Others have been developed specifically to enhance teaching and learning. The collections play a vital role in UQ’s core activities and double as a valuable community resource.

Anthropology Museum – School of Social Science
The Anthropology Museum houses a significant collection of ethnographic material, numbering 19,000 artifacts and 5,000 photographs. It is the largest university collection of ethnographic material and visual culture in Australia and includes unique and rare items.

Antiquities Museum – Classics and Ancient History
The Antiquities Museum exhibits artifacts from the ancient worlds of western Asia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. The collection supports university teaching and research and studies by school students, interest groups and individuals.

Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History – School of Medicine
This collection of medical memorabilia, medical and surgical instruments is one of the finest in Australia. It includes instruments and equipment such as a 19th century carbolic spray (used for antisepsis during surgery) and a copy of the apparatus Wilhelm Roentgen used to discover X-rays in 1895. Photographs and books are also on show.

About the  UQ School of Medicine

The UQ Medical School aims to be recognized as Australia’s leading medical school, with a global reputation in medical education and medical research.

Problem-based learning is a key component of the medical program at UQ. Students work cooperatively in small groups of about 10 with a staff member whose role is that of a facilitator rather than a tutor. Each group examines a carefully planned series of patient-centred problems, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact and clinical reasoning are incorporated to develop high levels of clinical skills and medical knowledge.

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Find out more about the University of QueenslandUQ Medical School, and how OzTREKK can help you to study in Australia!

 

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Sydney Medical School applications closed, other Australian Medical Schools still open

Are you interested in studying medicine in Australia? While the applications for have now closed (July 5, 2013), you still have the opportunity to apply to other Australian Medical Schools for the 2014 intake.

James Cook University Medical School

Program title: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2013

MCAT not required.

University of Queensland Medical School

Location: Brisbane or Ipswich, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: The University of Queensland Medical School applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. OzTREKK recommends that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.

MCAT required (from January 2009 – present).

Each Australian Medical School has their own unique application which must be completed if you wish to be considered for admission and have your application assessed.

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If you have any questions about studying medicine or about medical school in Australia, 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!

 

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

University of Sydney Medical School application deadline is one week away

Only one more week, OzTREKKers! If you’ve already applied to Sydney Medical School, please be sure to have all of your remaining application documents sent to the OzTREKK office before Friday, July 5, in order for your complete medical school application to be submitted on time.

Sydney Medical School Application Timeline

Application deadline for the 2014 intake: July 7, 2013 (Please note: All Sydney MBBS application documents must be received at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 5.)
Last test date of MCAT for 2014 entry: May 30, 2013
Interview invitations: July 19 – 22, 2013
Interviews held: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013
Offers will begin to be sent: August 12, 2013
Second round of interview offers: Sept. 13 – 16, 2013
Second round of interviews held: Sept. 23 – 25, 2013
Offers for second round: Sept. 30, 2013

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If you have any questions, 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!

Monday, June 24th, 2013

University of Melbourne Medical School applications are closed

Are you interested in studying medicine in Australia? While the application deadline for  has now passed (June 23, 2013), you still have the opportunity to apply to other Australian Medical Schools:

University of Queensland Medical School

Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. OzTREKK recommends that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.

University of Sydney Medical School

Application deadline: Friday, July 5, 2013

James Cook University Medical School

Application deadline: August 30, 2013

To commence the medical school application process, simply click on one of the above Australian Medical Schools.

Please note, that each Australian Medical School has their own unique application which must be completed if you wish to be considered for admission and have your application assessed.

OzTREKK is the most trusted source of information for international students looking at studying medicine in Australia. We are the experts in admissions 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.

Each year, more than 90% of Canadians that commence their medical studies at OzTREKK Australian Medical Schools, submit their applications via OzTREKK.

Medical Licensing & Accreditation

OzTREKK are the medical licensing experts in Canada, and have the latest information, data, statistics and pathways on you becoming a doctor if you complete your studies at an Australian Medical School, and you wish to obtain an internship and residency in Australia, practice in the U.S. or return to Canada.

Each year, OzTREKK hosts Medical School Licensing Seminars which take you through the entire process of becoming licensed to practice in Australia, in the U.S., or in Canada. The seminars are held right across Canada and are extremely popular with all spaces being filled by students and their parents.

When you apply to an Australian Medical School via OzTREKK, you receive an exclusive invitation to one of the Medical School Licensing Seminars.

If you have any questions, 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, June 21st, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

A university physics professor was explaining a particularly complicated concept to his class when a pre-med student interrupted him.

“Why do we have to learn this stuff?” the young man blurted out.

“To save lives,” the professor responded before continuing the lecture.

A few minutes later the student spoke up again. “So how does physics save lives?”

The professor stared at the student for a long time without saying a word. Finally, the professor continued. “Physics saves lives,” he answered, “because it keeps the idiots out of medical school.”

University of Sydney Medical School application deadline

Yes, we’ve reminded you. Many times. Over and over. Well, what can we say? We like our students to be prepared!

The deadline to have all of your application documents at the OzTREKK office is Friday, July 5, 2013 in order to have your complete application submitted to Sydney Medical School by Sunday, July 7, 2013.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your application, 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, June 21st, 2013

Two weeks left until Sydney Medical School application deadline

Hey, future Australian medical school OzTREKKers! You’ve got two weeks left to submit all of your Sydney Medical School application documents to the OzTREKK office, as the application deadline is Friday, July 5, 2013 in order to meet the Sydney application deadline of July 7.

Assessment Criteria

Admission into the Sydney Medical Program is offered based on three criteria:

  1. Performance in an undergraduate degree
  2. Performance in a medical admissions test (MCAT or GAMSAT)
  3. Performance in an interview

1. Performance in an undergraduate degree
Students can apply to Sydney if they have completed a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, and achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7 (or equivalent) from a recognized university. The grade requirement is generally equivalent to a GPA of 2.7 out of 4.0 in Canada (OzTREKK is aware that there are variations in 4.0 scales in Canada, so this is a general guideline provided by Sydney Medical School).

Students from a wide variety of undergraduate studies are welcome and encouraged to apply.

NEW: Master’s Degree by Coursework Sydney Medical School have decided to trial including the results from coursework master degrees in the calculation of the GPA. The trial will be limited to international applicants who are applying in 2013 for enrollment in the Sydney medical program in 2014. During the trial, international applicants who hold a master’s degree by coursework as well as a bachelor’s degree will be permitted to either

  • nominate their bachelor’s degree for use in the GPA calculation, or
  • nominate that both their master’s and their bachelor’s degree be used in the GPA calculation.

2. Performance in a medical admissions test (MCAT or GAMSAT)
Students must achieve a minimum performance in a medical school admissions test.

Most North American-based applicants choose to sit the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), although international applicants can complete either the MCAT or the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

Applicants must meet a minimum level of achievement in the admissions test to be eligible. The minimum scores required for the MCAT for the 2014 intake is 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8.

GAMSAT and MCAT results are valid for two years when the date the test is taken.

3. Performance in an online interview
The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) aims to sample a candidate’s competencies in order to gain a more accurate picture of strengths, weaknesses and suitability for the Sydney medical program.

Interviews for all international students will be conducted via Skype. There will be five interview stations.

Apply now to Sydney Medical School!

Application deadline for the 2014 intake: July 7, 2013 (Please note: All Sydney MBBS application documents must be received at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 5.)
Last test date of MCAT for 2014 entry: May 30, 2013
Interview invitations: July 19 – 22, 2013
Interviews held: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013
Offers will begin to be sent: August 12, 2013
Second round of interview offers: Sept. 13 – 16, 2013
Second round of interviews held: Sept. 23 – 25, 2013
Offers for second round: Sept. 30, 2013

Successful Sydney Medical School applicants will have approximately six weeks from the date of offer to accept and pay a deposit.

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If you have any questions, 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, June 7th, 2013

Sydney Medical School application deadline is in one month!

Only four more weeks!

Interested in studying medicine at the University of Sydney? Have you already applied to the medical program, or are you thinking of applying? OzTREKK encourages all applicants to submit their documents to the OzTREKK office by Friday, June 5, 2013 in order to meet the Sydney application deadline of June 7.

About the University of Sydney’s Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program

Undertaken once students have already completed an undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the Sydney Medical School is a world-class, graduate-entry degree in medicine.

The four-year medical program includes weekly clinical experience in leading hospitals from the very first weeks, regular PBL (problem-based learning) exercises in small groups, traditional lectures with expert practitioners, and ongoing opportunities to participate in research.

Application deadline for the 2014 intake: July 7, 2013 (Please note: All Sydney MBBS application documents must be received at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 5.)
Last test date of MCAT for 2014 entry: May 30, 2013
Interview invitations: July 19 – 22, 2013
Interviews held: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013
Offers will begin to be sent: August 12, 2013
Second round of interview offers: Sept. 13 – 16, 2013
Second round of interviews held: Sept. 23 – 25, 2013
Offers for second round: Sept. 30, 2013

Successful Sydney Medical School applicants will have approximately six weeks from the date of offer to accept and pay a deposit.

Apply now to Sydney Medical School!

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If you have any questions, 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!