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Friday, August 30th, 2013

New head of UQ Medical School announced

The University of Queensland has recently announced the appointment of Professor Darrell Crawford as the new Head of the School of Medicine.

Professor Crawford will formally take up post on  September 1, 2013.

University of Queensland Medical School

Learn more about UQ Medical School, Ipswich

A leading researcher, clinician and educator, Professor Crawford has made major contributions to the UQ Medical School over recent years, both in his current role as Acting Head of the School of Medicine and in previous roles as Head of the Clinical School at Greenslopes Private Hospital and Head of the Discipline of Medicine at UQ.

Professor Crawford is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and his research is focused in the fields of iron metabolism and liver disease, and he has received multiple National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants.

Professor Crawford is currently the President of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver.

His previous leadership roles include being President of The Gastroenterology Society of Australia, Chairman of the The Australian Liver Association, and Director of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Professor Crawford secured this position after a global search and amid robust international competition.

UQ Medical School Program

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
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.

Apply to UQ Medical School!

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at any time to assist you with your UQ Medical School application or if you have questions about medical schools in Australia.

Email Broghan at broghan@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

 

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Do doctors know best? JCU lecture studies health care

Who makes the decisions about a person’s health care was examined in a James Cook University public lecture recently.

JCU Medical School

Learn more about JCU Medical School

The presentation, titled Doctors know best: Why patients should make decisions about their health care & how they can do so, was presented by Professor Linda Shields, Director of the Tropical Health Research Unit in JCU‘s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition and Townsville Hospital and Health Service.

The presentation was part of JCU’s Science & Society in the Tropics Public Lecture Series.

Professor Shields said the delivery, and acceptance, of advice on medical matters had changed over the last century.

“In years past, people who received health care were never involved in making decisions about it – that was left to the doctor, who was said to know best,” Professor Shields said.

“Such thinking has changed, and now people are becoming more aware of the issues surrounding their health and how to maintain it.”

Professor Shields said technological innovations had influenced awareness and attitudes.

“The internet has played a big part in this, but it can be misleading, with a wide range in the quality of information on offer,” she said. “People will be able to go to their nurse or doctor with relevant information and the confidence to be able to discuss it.”

About JCU Medical School and the MBBS program

James Cook University’s medical school offers a six-year, full-time undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). This medical program 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. If you are interested in global health, and the health people in rural and remote places, JCU medicine may be a great fit for you.

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

Entry Requirements

  • Entry 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.
  • Interview: held in-person or via video conference

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Medical School and about medical programs at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Broghan Dean. Email Broghan at broghan@oztrekk.com or call 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

 

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!

 

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

UQ Medical School follows Canadian medical schools’ lead regarding MCAT

We’ve got some great news for anyone interested in applying to UQ Medical School!

Now in line with Canadian medical schools, the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine has approved MCAT validity up to five years. Previously, applicants to the UQ Medial School’s MBBS program were required to have an MCAT of no more than two years old. For example, if a student was interested in applying to the 2014 intake, he or she must have a valid test result from no earlier than January 2011. Now, applicants are permitted to submit MCAT results from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 if they are applying to the 2014 intake.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences. The test is usually an all-day affair. OzTREKK recommends that you visit the official MCAT website for all of the important details regarding the test.

About UQ Medical School

Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

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

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.

Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program:

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

Apply to UQ Medical School!

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at any time to assist you with your UQ Medical School application, or to answer questions you may have regarding the MCAT or medical schools in Australia.

Email Broghan at broghan@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

 

Friday, May 31st, 2013

JCU academic receives global travel medicine role

Professor Peter Leggat, the Head of the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences at James Cook University, has been appointed as the Secretary-Treasurer of the International Society of Travel Medicine. Professor Leggat is the first non-European or non-North American appointed to the role.

The appointment of Professor Leggat was announced recently during the Society’s 13th Conference held in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

The society, established in 1991, has more than 3,000 members in more than 90 countries and is the peak professional organization for travel and migrant medicine globally. It includes doctors, nurses and pharmacists from around the world, with Australia having the third largest member group.

“Travel medicine seeks to prevent illnesses and injuries occurring to travellers going abroad and manages problems arising in travellers coming back or coming from abroad,” Professor Leggat said, and added that it is also concerned about the well-being of travellers while they are away and the impact of tourism on the health of host nations.

The Townsville-based Professor Leggat said the role of Secretary-Treasurer of a relatively large international organization would be a challenging one, as it may be challenging in terms of working with a secretariat based in Atlanta, Georgia, and overseeing its various major projects, including the GeoSentinel disease monitoring program in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I was surprised to be approached as part of an international search to undertake the role of Secretary-Treasurer, but honoured to follow in the footsteps of some of the great names in travel medicine,” the JCU professor noted.

Professor Leggat is a highly respected medical educator, who has been teaching medical and other health science students for nearly 30 years.

He helped to establish the popular Australian Postgraduate Travel Medicine course, which has been conducted at JCU for more than 20 years, and more recently started JCU’s inaugural expedition and wilderness medicine course.

In 2000, the JCU professor was elected as a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and, in 2006, was also elected as a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

In 2012, he received the J Peter Cunliffe Transportation Award from the World Safety Organization in recognition of his contributions to travel medicine and safety.

About JCU Medical School and the MBBS program

James Cook University’s medical school offers a six-year, full-time undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). This medical program 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. If you are interested in global health, and the health people in rural and remote places, JCU medicine may be a great fit for you.

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

Entry Requirements

  • Entry 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.
  • Interview: held in-person or via video conference

Apply to JCU Medical School!

For more information about how to become a doctor, including medical school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools page.

Do you have questions about JCU Medical School and about medical programs at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Broghan Dean. Email Broghan at broghan@oztrekk.com or call 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

 

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Medical Licensing Seminars coming up this June

Just a reminder to all OzTREKK students who have applied to an Australian Medical School via OzTREKK that the Medical Licensing Seminars are coming up in June!

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. This year, we will once again host the OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars, where we travel across Canada, outlining the postgraduate options for a Canadians studying medicine at an Australian Medical School.

Through June 2 – 12, 2013, OzTREKK Co-founder Matt Miernik will travel to Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal to discuss the options available to Canadian students studying medicine at a medical school in Australia.

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 is difficult to gain straightforward information about your licensing options following graduation. OzTREKK is the expert in medical licensing and accreditation and is the only organization that provides you with all the latest information, data and statistics, so that you can make an informed decision whether studying medicine in Australia is the best option for you.

Important topics covered at the seminars:

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars Schedule

City: Toronto
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2013
Time: 3 – 6 p.m.

City: Winnipeg
Date: Friday, June 7, 2013
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

City: Vancouver
Date: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

City: Edmonton
Date: Monday, June 10, 2013
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

City: Calgary
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

City: Montreal
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Time: 6 – 9 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 7th Annual OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars. Family members of the medical school applicants are also welcome to attend the seminars.

Apply to an Australian Medical School

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. “There is a great deal of information to digest, but we do our best to present it in a way that makes students understand all their options,” says Matt. “This is possibly the most important seminar anyone looking at studying medicine overseas will ever attend.” *

Learn more about studying at an Australian Medical School!

If you have any questions regarding the OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars, 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.

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Queensland Medical School information session in Toronto today!

Today is the day, Toronto!

The UQ Medical School information session is being held this evening, Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m. Join us to find out what it’s like to study at one of the top medical schools in Australia! The University of Queensland’s School of Medicine has just ranked 33rd in the world in the 2013 QS World University Rankings!

This is an great opportunity for Canadian students interested in studying medicine at the UQ Medical School to learn more about the world-renowned medical program. Everyone is welcome and there’s no RSVP required!

Event Details

Location: Toronto
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: South Dining Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto,
Map: http://tiny.cc/harthouse

This is your opportunity to learn more about the UQ Medical School:

  • Admissions requirements
  • Program structure
  • Application deadlines
  • Clinical rotations
  • Medical licensing
  • Accreditation
  • What happens when you return to Canada after completing the medical program at the University of Queensland.

Apply now to the UQ Medical School!

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Questions about the UQ Medical School information sessions? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean for more information and to assist you with your UQ Medical School application.

Find out more about the UQ Medical School and other medical schools in Australia. Contact OzTREKK for the latest information about medical school at Australian universities. Email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at broghan@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.


Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

UQ glows red for MS Awareness Month

The University of Queensland is joining the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS) by bathing the Forgan Smith Building in red for the “Kiss Goodbye to MS” campaign in May.

The middle section of the northern side of the building will be floodlit from 6 to 11 p.m. every night for the duration of MS Awareness Month, as part of the effort to raise awareness of the debilitating disease.

Multiple sclerosis attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing irreparable damage and is the most common acquired chronic neurological condition among young Australian adults.

Researchers at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR), the School of Medicine, and the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) are working to find treatments to help the 23,000 Australians living with the disease.

UQ MS expert Dr Judith Greer said the UQCCR was working on five main MS projects. “My current work focuses on the role of molecules called antibodies,” she said. “There is a lot of suggestive evidence that these antibodies might cause a faster progression of disease in people with multiple sclerosis, but this remains to be proven.

“We’re investigating the mechanisms by which antibodies that target the most abundant protein in myelin (called proteolipid protein or PLP) could hasten MS disease progression,” Dr Greer said. “MS Queensland is a great supporter of ours and sponsors many of our projects.”

Other areas under the microscope include the development of antigen-specific therapeutics agents for MS, the role of pregnancy in protecting against MS, the role of mutations in genes that control the pro-inflammatory NF-kB pathway for people with MS, and the role of Epstein Barr virus in MS.

Researchers hope the results of these studies will help improve treatment options for people with MS and allow better understanding of the basic pathogenic mechanisms that can cause MS.

UQ Property and Facilities Division Maintenance Manager Contracts Glenn Vickery said UQ participated in the annual event to raise awareness among staff, visitors and students.

“Other major sites joining us this year are Conrad Treasury Casino, Kurilpa Bridge, QPAC and the Queensland Museum,” he said.

MS Queensland urges the public to get involved with the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign and support Australian research into treatment, prevention and ultimately finding a cure for MS.

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About the University of Queensland Medical School

The University of Queensland Medical School offers 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.

Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program

Offers will be made to eligible applicants on a “rolling admissions,” first-come, first-served basis.

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

Apply now to the University of Queensland Medical School!

Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at any time to assist you with your University of Queensland Medical School application, or to answer any questions you may have regarding medical school in Australia.

Find out more about the University of Queensland Medical School and other Australian Medical Schools. Contact OzTREKK for the latest information about medical school at Australian universities!


 

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

OzTREKK JCU Medical School orientation

Saturday, February 16, 2013 was a beautiful, hot day in Townsville, Queensland. A group of 26 JCU Medical School students and other JCU graduate students (even some parents!) gathered that morning for the famous OzTREKK Orientation, meeting at the JCU Creative Arts Building. Everyone was primed to enjoy the OzTREKK Welcome Breakfast!

New JCU students gather for the OzTREKK Orientation

New JCU Medical School students gather for the OzTREKK Orientation

A few JCU Medical School students had already met the day before during JCU’s International Student Orientation, where they enjoyed free pizza, games, markets, and an interesting wildlife show—creepy snakes included! Where else could you truly enjoy tropical goodies than at James Cook University? Known as one of the world’s leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia’s JCU is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

OzTREKK Director and Co-founder Beth McNally was also at the Townsville campus that day, meeting with faculty members and checking in with all OzTREKK students she happened to meet along the way.

After the new JCU students gathered and shared orientation stories, the group was ready for breakfast! Beth ushered everyone into her Kia Carnival eight-seater van—AKA, the OzTREKK Shuttle—and a “Maxie Taxi,” a vehicle that can hold up to 12 passengers. The group headed downtown to a café on Flinders Street, called The Sweatshop.” Flinders is a cool, funky street in the heart of Townsville, about a 20-minute drive from the JCU campus. The new JCU Medical School students and other JCU graduate students and their guests enjoyed breakfast at a very long table—long enough to seat everyone! The big hits of the delicious breakfast? The café’s natural juices (the apple-pear juice was so yummy!), and their famous “jaffles.” Creating scrumptious jaffles is what The Sweatshop is known for. The toasted sandwich maker presses the edges of the sandwich together to form a seal during toasting. Popular filling choices include cheese, on its own or together with tomato or ham; and sweet toppings such as jam, banana, or chocolate spread. Beth had the breakfast jaffle and would definitely recommend it!

New JCU students enjoying the OzTREKK Welcome Breakfast

New JCU students enjoying the OzTREKK Welcome Breakfast

After breakfast, the OzTREKK Shuttle revved up and proved to be highly valuable that day. Almost all new JCU students at Townsville used the OzTREKK Shuttle, which was great! We know how important it is for you to be well established, organized and set up before you commence your studies.

The route included Townsville Stocklands Shopping Centre (many times!), Kmart, Toys R Us (for a bikes return!), The Strand, Anaconda Sports Store, The Domain shopping centre, and all the new JCU students’ houses, apartments, hostels in between from Riverside Drive to Walker Street, just up from Sturt Street downtown. Beth and her group searched for houses and units, bought bikes and returned bikes, found rice cookers and Asian cuisine, found houses and JCU residence halls! All in all, it was a fun two days, and even on Sunday, the OzTREKK Shuttle was busy!

The evening of the last OzTREKK Shuttle service, one of the new JCU students passed around a long student list with email contacts of all the new OzTREKK students at the OzTREKK JCU orientation events, so that parties could be planned for future get-togethers. Beth noted that it was really nice to see the OzTREKK torch being passed on to the students themselves—we made the connections, and lifelong friendships started to form through the OzTREKK events! So much fun and very rewarding!

Best wishes go out to all of OzTREKK’s JCU students!

New JCU Medical School students shopping for bikes

JCU Medical School students at a bike shop

New JCU Medical School students at the bike shopl

At the bike shop—say cheese!

New JCU Medical School student finds snow boots!

Snow boots in Australia?

 

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About JCU Medical School and the MBBS program

James Cook University’s medical school offers a six-year, full-time undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). This medical program 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 title: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2013

Entry Requirements

  • Entry 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.
  • Interview: held in-person and via video conference

Apply to JCU Medical School!

For more information about how to become a doctor, including medical school program entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools page.

Do you have questions about JCU Medical School and about medical programs at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Officer Broghan Dean:

Email Broghan at broghan@oztrekk.com or phone Broghan at 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Friday, March 8th, 2013

UQ Medical School orientation with OzTREKK

The UQ Medical School commences its program much earlier than any other Australian medical school. In fact, from Jan. 3 – Jan 14, 2013, OzTREKK was ready to meet the new students—right there on Aussie soil!

Because the largest number of Canadians studying medicine in Australia study at the UQ Medical School, the OzTREKK Orientation at UQ runs for more than a week. This gives the new UQ medical students extra time to adjust to their new surroundings and prepare for the incredible life journey ahead.

The UQ Medical School Orientation began with a delicious lunch at Bangkok Delight, a local Thai restaurant that’s just a short walk from the picturesque St Lucia campus. All the new incoming Canadian medical students where welcomed by 32ºC weather and beautiful bright blue skies. Quite the acclimatization from negative temperatures in Canada!

Just prior to the OzTREKK Welcome Lunch, UQ hosted its mandatory Getting Started session, “International Student Orientation and Official Welcome,” along with an accommodation seminar for those still looking for accommodation. The Getting Started session outlines everything you need to know about UQ and offers ideas for things to do and see around Brisbane. Topics include visa compliance, overseas health coverage, studying at UQ, and living in Australia.

Once the OzTREKK lunch was completed it was time to start the OzTREKK Shuttle. We introduced the OzTREKK Shuttle a few years ago to help new students organize and establish themselves before classes begin. The OzTREKK Shuttle is always popular, with countless trips to IKEA, local grocery stores and shopping malls, Officeworks to get printers, computers and stationery, and for just touring around beautiful Brisbane and the Brisbane River.

We were also able to get in a sneaky trip down to the Gold Coast for a number of the lucky students, just to take a bit of a break and breather prior to the commencement of their studies.

Wish you were here!

New UQ Medical School students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

UQ Med students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

New UQ Medical School students shop 'til they drop

UQ Med students experience the mall

UQ Medical School students stock up at IKEA

UQ Medical School students stock up at IKEA

UQ med students make good use of the OzTREKK Shuttle

Pack the OzTREKK Shuttle!

OzTREKK Shuttle makes stops at Officeworks

OzTREKK Shuttle makes stops at Officeworks!

Enjoying Brisbane's sights In the OzTREKK Shuttle

In the OzTREKK Shuttle enjoying Brisbane

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About the Medical Program at UQ Medical School

The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program

Offers will be made to eligible applicants on a “rolling admissions,” first-come, first-served basis.

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