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Friday, December 16th, 2016

UQ Medical School congratulates the Class of 2016

On Dec. 14, more than 450 UQ Medical School students became doctors as they graduated as the Class of 2016. Among them were approximately 43 OzTREKK students!

The cohort included a myriad of remarkable medical practitioners including Rachel Colbran, this year’s valedictorian.

With a GPA of 6.93, Rachel was recognised as an exemplary student who had been decorated with awards such as the UQ Excellence scholarship and published photos in the Medical Journal of Australia.

UQ Medical School congratulates the Class of 2016

There are some OzTREKKers in this pic! (Photo: UQ)

In addition to the class’s valedictorian, you didn’t have to look too far around the room to be inspired, and once such inspiration was graduand John Maunder who has a story from which each of us can take inspiration….

The last time John Maunder graduated from the University of Queensland, it was the same day he become one of the 120,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia each year.

This time around, he’s qualifying as a doctor and survivor of nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of blood cancer.

He graduated Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at UQ Centre, St Lucia Campus.

John said it was on the day of his engineering graduation he learned the test results of his biopsy for a lump that surgeons had told him was ‘likely to be nothing.’

“I was at the Regatta Hotel having a beer with my friends and family before the ceremony and I got the call,” John said. “My doctor told me the pathology results from my tests actually showed I had blood cancer and I was to see an oncologist immediately.

“I can’t really explain how I felt after this, I returned to my table where lunch had arrived, told my parents and cried.”

After the initial shock of the news, John had another decision to make upon finding out he had successfully earned a spot in medical school.

“Throughout my engineering degree I was never satisfied that would be my career, I had always toyed with the idea of studying medicine so I ended up sitting the GAMSAT test before I graduated,” John said.

“I didn’t know what to expect, but I got in.

“The thing about medicine is you can’t defer your place for six months and you can’t take on half loads of work, which makes it difficult when you’re facing chemotherapy.”

Not wanting to delay his career any further, John decided to accept his place in the medical course while fighting cancer and undergoing intensive treatments.

“I had intensive chemo for six months, which was also the first semester of my medical studies.

“I’d have chemo every Friday, be wrecked all weekend, then have to front up for class on Monday.”

John’s inspirational commitment means he has now completed his medical degree and has secured a placement at Nambour Hospital on the Sunshine Coast next year.

In addition to full-time study and treatment John has been an active fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation, raising more than $100,000 dollars for the charity through events like World’s Greatest Shave.

“I’m so grateful to my friends, family, doctor and the community who helped me over the last few years,” John said.

John is now in remission but requires six-monthly check-ups. He still has some words of wisdom for students going through rough times.

“It’s important to remember if you’re struggling or don’t know what to do, to ask for help.

“There are people around you who know more than you and you should always seek their knowledge whether the issue is big or small, know that it’s okay to talk to someone.”


Since the beginning of OzTREKK, we’ve had the pleasure and privilege to assist more than 300 students achieve their dreams of studying medicine at UQ.  All of us at OzTREKK offer a hearty congratulations to all of you!

Wondering if studying medicine is for you? 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.

Friday, October 28th, 2016

UQ School of Medicine consultations… and other adventures

I just returned from a mini whirlwind with one of my favorite people in international education: Dr. Jenny Schafer, Director of Student Affairs at the UQ School of Medicine.

Dr. Schafer was recently in Canada for the second of her twice-annual visits and, as is becoming very usual, we all had a blast—students included.

UQ School of Medicine consultations... and other adventures

Dr Schafer about to enjoy… a cricket

First up was a stop in Vancouver where she met with a few dozen students at Simon Fraser University. I can’t lie; I wasn’t there but I have heard that it was a great time and questions needed to be cut off after two solid hours. I think that’s a good sign!

I picked Dr. Schafer up in Toronto where we were hosting the University of Toronto Pre-Med Society for a Q&A about studying medicine abroad. Before that event though, we needed some grub.

Dr. Schafer is a foodie and likes some good eats. In a city with some of the best restaurants, I’m always on the hunt for something a little different. With a surprising 22-degree October evening, I was banking on a patio, so we headed to El Catrin in the Distillery District. Looking for different, nestled among the tacos, charred corn and smoke-infused avocado sauce were… crickets. Like, crickets. How could we not, right? Well, we did, and while they didn’t taste like chicken, I’d argue they didn’t taste like much. Totally worth the few bucks to now know that I don’t necessary need to eat crickets again.

Following dinner—and the Jays’ ultimate demise—the weather took a turn and we got back into the regular October weather we’d expect forcing the switch out of flip flops. Neither of us had the appropriate clothing for the weather.

UQ School of Medicine consultations... and other adventures

OzTREKK Director Jaime Notman and her not-chicken nacho topping

The following evening the UofT Pre-Med Society hosted about 50 students where we to learned more about the UQ School of Medicine, about Dr. Schafer’s field of study, and her suggestions for success. Dr. Iqbal Jaffer (UQ MBBS ’09) joined her for a student-focused Q&A, which was incredible. Currently doing his residency in cardiac surgery at McMaster, Dr. Jaffer had the students peppering him with questions about his experience in Australia, his return to Canada, and his current practice. I should also say he’s currently in the final throes of completing his PhD, which is being defended early in 2017! We had to cull the questions just before 9 p.m. as the cleaning staff was waiting to get home.

I am obviously biased, but it was really great to have such an interactive experience for our future students. Hearing what it’s really like is so invaluable and I’m sure that everyone in attendance felt similarly. We had some students who are leaving in a few short weeks and most in their final (some in their first!) year all eager to understand if this experience is for them. I’m very excited to see their decision!  I’d love to hear if any students found it as interesting as I did!

After UofT it was a quick trip to meet with the Queen’s Medicine team (UQ and Queen’s have a long-standing and exiting partnership if you didn’t know!) where the goodbyes took place and Dr. Schafer headed back to the Brisbane springtime.

Jaime Notman
OzTREKK Director / Operations Manager


Do you have any questions about your UQ medicine offer? Wondering if studying medicine is for you? 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.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

UQ MD offers released!

We’ve been busy the last few days: we’ve received a boatload of UQ MD offers! Congratulations!

UQ MD offers released

Study medicine at UQ Medical School

If you’ve received an offer, please note the lapse date on your offer letter. Waiting for your offer? Keep your eyes on your email inbox!

Still wondering if you should apply? UQ MD applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. While it is recommended that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment, you are still permitted to apply as long as there are spots available!

Students who have completed their MCAT and have met the minimum MCAT requirements, and those who have completed their studies with a minimum 65% cumulative average are encouraged to apply.

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 an overall score of 499; or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)
  • Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine

While there are no prerequisites for admission into the Doctor of Medicine program, the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine recommends that students prepare themselves for the MD by undertaking undergraduate, second-year university-level courses in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Students with this level of knowledge will more easily transition into the clinical case-based model that forms the foundation of the UQ MD program in Years 1 and 2.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Applications close when the program is filled. The sooner you apply the better.

Apply to UQ Medical School!


If you need assistance regarding how to accept your UQ MD offer, or if you have questions about medical schools in Australia, email Courtney at courtney@oztrekk.com.

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:


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!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

UQ School of Medicine celebrates 80 years

In 2016, the UQ School of Medicine will celebrate 80 years of medicine. It’s an auspicious occasion and a great opportunity to stop and reflect on their long and distinguished history of health and medical leadership and the features that makes UQ one of the world’s great medical schools.

UQ Medicine is a leading provider of medical education and research in Queensland, with the country’s largest medical degree program. The UQ MD is case-based learning program includes graduate-entry and high school-leaver entry streams. UQ also offers early exposure to clinical training, and a vast array of opportunities to extend learning through special projects, research experience and clinical placements overseas.

Why study the UQ Doctor of Medicine?

The UQ Doctor of Medicine is a postgraduate medical program designed to produce highly skilled doctors capable of meeting future medical challenges in a wide variety of settings.

Years 1 and 2 combine biomedical sciences, public health, medical ethics and clinical skills training in a case-based learning context, focused around a series of patient-centred cases, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact, clinical reasoning and research training are embedded to develop advanced clinical skills and medical knowledge required for evidence-based clinical practice.

In Years 3 and 4 clinical placements are organised around 10 core medical disciplines delivered across 11 clinical schools (hospitals) in Queensland, Brunei and United States.

UQ School of Medicine

Learn more about the UQ School of Medicine

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

Entry requirements for the UQ Medical Program

1. Performance in a key degree within the last 10 years. The GPA will be based on the student’s most recently completed key degree. A key degree is a bachelor’s degree, honours degree, master’s degree (coursework or research) or a PhD. Applications must meet a minimum average to be eligible. For the 2017 intake, an applicant must have a minimum average of 5.0 on UQ’s scale of 7.0 (65%) to apply.

2. Performance in the North American Medical College Admission Test (MCAT or GAMSAT). Applications must meet a minimum of 8/8/8 or an overall score of 496 on the MCAT to be eligible. UQ will accept MCAT scores with one ‘7’ score, as long as there’s no more than one ‘7’, nothing less than a ‘7’, and meets the total requirement of 24.

Only completed applications (including MCAT results) will be assessed. By sitting the MCAT sooner, you are potentially increasing your chances of program spots being available when your application is complete.

MCAT test results from January 2014 onward will be accepted for the 2017 intake.

3. Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine program director, in person, in Canada. Consultations will be one-on-one meetings with the UQ School of Medicine program director to determine your suitability for the program and motivations for practicing medicine. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the UQ medical program, clinicals, opportunities in Canada, licensing, internships in Australia, etc.

Apply to the UQ School of Medicine!


Find out more about the UQ School of Medicine. 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.

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:


For more information about studying at an Australian medical school, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Jaime’s adventures in Oz: UQ Medical School

Last week, Jaime of OzTREKK went to Brisbane to welcome our University of Queensland students. Here’s her latest installment!

Hi everyone!

It’s noon and our UQ MD students are heading into their orientation kick-off. It ends with the stethoscope ceremony for which many are excited-slash-nervous. There was much discussion (among the guys and the gals) about what to wear. I think it’s the balance of 1) want to make a good first impression and 2) holy smokes, it’s super hot. Which it is. The super-cell did nothing (it didn’t even rain but a little sprinkle) and it’s toasty right now. It’s 33 degrees now and is going up to 39 tomorrow, I believe.

UQ Medical School

UQ Medical School information session

I’m excited to get to the horrible weather of Melbourne (where it will be 27 and sunny tomorrow).

Before I get into the details of the shuttle I thought I would share my lesson: So, at each orientation I warn people about the sun and advise that they should put on sunscreen. I’ve been pretty diligent and am pretty much as white as I was on January 13th. Yesterday I took eight students out to North Lakes (which, for the record is not Brisbane) because they needed 50 rolls of toilet paper…. I kind of joke because they were all very thankful and very happy for a little familiarity, I think. I’ve realized that students—at least initially—really cling to things they know. They go to Kmart and Coscto and IKEA even though some of the better deals are at Aldi and Fantastic Furniture, you know? They have four years to realize. 🙂

Anyway, while I was waiting for the “Coscto Kids” I decided to go for a walk (I’m really trying to stay active and avoid crap food as much as possible). It was on the verge of rain and so I took off. Well, sure enough the clouds part and the Aussie sun comes out. Now, I’m about 30 minutes away from the car and I don’t have sunscreen on. I do a little on my face but not on my body. I spent the remaining time of my walk darting between shadows and trees trying to avoid the crisp I can feel forming around my neck. I even let my hair down for a sec but then the sweat house that created was difficult to deal with. Anyway, I ended up with some pretty burnt collarbones and back of neck. I feel like a rookie.

So… UQ. Well, I’m the new captain of the UQ Medical School Rocks team. The former OzTREKKers who helped out were AMAZING. They were really, really amazing. They came out for the breakfast and stuck around for some students until around 1 p.m. And that’s when I left. A former OzTREKK student even invited some students back the next day and she took them around campus again and answered their questions… again. They were incredible.

So the UQ turnout was incredible. There were about eight parents and about 60 to 70 people there total. It was really great. Everyone was sooooooo appreciative of the setup and the food was delicious. The people at Cromwell were really super friendly and accommodating. Sarah, no spider slaying this year. Just in case you were wondering 🙂

I would say that the vast majority of students had their accommodations by the time I was there. There were a few that had booked accomms but hadn’t moved in yet. I’d guess that students seemed to be pretty split between managed student accommodation and houses. Probably more so than any other uni I’ve visited thus far. The UQ’ers were very friendly and were very thankful to OzTREKK (Sarah, your speed at replying was mentioned quite a few times!) for our help.

University of Queensland Medical School

OzTREKK Shuttle, at your service!

UQ was the busiest shuttle—back and forth to IKEA, groceries, Kmart, etc. I roughly counted and estimated that 30 to 40 students got in the shuttle at one point or another. I felt that this group really used the services and that made me happy! Shuttle ran from about 8 a.m. (if not earlier) through to about 6 or 7 p.m. It didn’t stop, although after having completed the shuttle tour I can say that I didn’t turn anyone down who needed to go somewhere. So hopefully students are feeling settled. I think the UQ’ers—many of whom I’d met at the consultations—were the most ready and prepared. There was a lot of excitement. Actually, at most unis, as many students had been there for a while they were all really anxious to get going, you know? I heard that students were “bored” a fair bit. Just wanted to get it started. Speaking of get it started… the Costco version of highlighters was a pack of 30 (!) so there’s lot of work ahead!

Oh, and accomms, just for your reference: I felt the majority of students actually seemed to be around the CBD—South Bank, West End and Toowong. Very few seemed to be in St. Lucia. Most students were really comfy with the transit and seemed to judge the commute by “on bus” which was great. A few others in the Gabba, Spring Hill and Dutton Park.

So many of the students were so lovely. I am so excited for them. I’m very fortunate to be here right now and see this exciting time in their lives.

Anyway, I’m meeting university people shortly so I should get going. I miss you guys!

Onward to Melbourne where it should be a really great time.

Toodles, y’all!



Find out more about the UQ School of Medicine and the 2017 intake of the Doctor of Medicine program. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com.

Friday, November 13th, 2015

New facilities steer UQ medical grads to rural practice

The University of Queensland has opened medical training centres at Bundaberg and Hervey Bay to boost the stream of ‘home-grown’ doctors to rural communities.

The UQ Rural Clinical School (UQRCS) officially opened the $2.4-million UQ Health Sciences Learning and Discovery Centre at Bundaberg and the $1.9-million centre at Hervey Bay, both featuring state-of-the-art interactive clinical simulation facilities.

 UQ medical school

Caption (back, from left): Professor Nicholas Fisk, Mr Stephen Bennett MP, Dr Vanessa Greig, Mr Keith Pitt MP, (front, from left) Councillor Mal Forman, Professor Peter Høj, Ms Leanne Donaldson MP, Mr John Story AO, Professor Darrell Crawford Associate Professor Riitta Partanen (Photo credit: UQ)

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the centres were part of a wider commitment the university had made to invest across its rural academic sites.

“The centres are purpose-built to offer a high-quality clinical training environment comparable to the best facilities offered anywhere in the world,” Professor Høj said.

“Australians in regional and remote areas on average face greater health care challenges, higher injury rates and higher mortality rates, so we need the best doctors to be rural doctors.

“That’s why UQ and the State and Federal Governments have partnered to deliver a locally trained and self-sustaining rural, regional and remote medical workforce of home-grown medical graduates.

“UQ operates one of Australia’s largest rural clinical schools, so our investment will help to ensure students who train rurally get the very best education and are more likely to return to or remain in rural areas after they finish their degree.”

UQ research has shown that students from rural backgrounds who complete at least a year of their medical training at a rural clinical school are more likely to continue training in the local hospital or serve in rural communities as qualified doctors.

UQ Rural Clinical School Head Associate Professor Riitta Partanen said rurally trained medical students got a taste of the diversity of the rural lifestyle, clinical hands-on experience, smaller classes, greater one-on-one exposure to specialists and trainers, and had the chance to become part of a working clinical team.

She said the Learning and Discovery Centres were a boon to the entire community, benefitting students and local health professionals alike.

“Our co-location on hospital grounds enables us to build relationships with outstanding teaching clinicians who not only welcome our students into their teams, but use our teaching spaces for professional development and community health education opportunities,” Associate Professor Partanen said.

“The centres feature Simulated Learning Environments and make training more interactive and more realistic than ever before.

“What’s more, our technology ensures students can observe training in an on-site lecture theatre or remotely from their desktop from anywhere in the world.

“Best of all, we are then able to record and store clinical scenarios and offer a library of experiences to students to further enhance their learning.”

Federal Member for Hinkler Mr Keith Pitt MP officially opened the buildings.


Interested in studying medicine? Find out more about the UQ School of Medicine and the 2017 intake of the Doctor of Medicine program. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

UQ medical students promote Indigenous health through song and dance

Medical students from the University of Queensland attended the Biennial Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival with a focus on promoting health and inspiring future health professionals.

The festival is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and showcases the people of the Cape York Peninsula through song and dance ceremony.

UQ Medical School

UQ med students at the Biennial Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival (Photo credit: UQ)

The medical students were representing TROHPIQ (Towards Rural and Outback Health Professionals in Queensland) and RHINO (Rural Health in Northern Outback).

Ms Sarah Ayles said their main objective for the weekend was to engage with the youth of the Cape York and promote health careers.

“We hope that we have inspired some future health professionals,” Ms Ayles said.

“Most importantly, as future clinicians, we had the opportunity to learn and participate in Indigenous culture.

“We were truly blown away with the level of engagement of everyone at the festival.

“Our booth was frequently visited by people who were willing to have a yarn about their experiences with the health system from Weipa to Thursday Island,” she said.

“We were interviewed for the National Indigenous Radio Service and one of the most consistent messages being broadcast over the weekend was that of healthy starts for children and ongoing involvement with health professionals.

“Our UQ Frisbees, casts for the children, apple Slinkies, and anatomy game were very popular, not to mention our free sunscreen and hats in the thirty-degree heat.”

As well as attending the festival, the students had the opportunity for some sightseeing, visiting the Split Rocks with famous rock art in the Laura area, and also got to spend an afternoon at Mossman Gorge.

“We would like to thank TROHPIQ for their support and allowing students to have these experiences and UQ Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for their generous donations of merchandise for the weekend,” Ms Ayles said.

About the UQ Medical School Program

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

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


Find out more about the UQ School of Medicine and the 2017 intake of the Doctor of Medicine program. 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.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Thursday Island community inspires UQ medical student

Third-year UQ medical student Mr Charles Bligh has been inspired by the embrace of the Thursday Island community and  given a fresh outlook on remote and indigenous medicine.

UQ Medical School

Study medicine at the University of Queensland

He admits the time he spent on this small island in the Torres Strait as part of his six-week rural clinical rotation was often challenging but it was also deeply rewarding.

Working out of the Thursday Island Hospital and GP clinic that serve the greater Torres Strait region of 274 islands, 17 of which are permanently inhabited, he found himself in a busy and very different new environment.

“I was very green to everything and quite overwhelmed during the first week as I learnt the ropes in the hospital,” he said.

The region has a population of about 10,000 with about 90 per cent of people identifying themselves as Indigenous Australians.

Mr Bligh said he was impressed by the Torres Strait Island people he met and was given a warm welcome wherever he went.

“One of my fondest memories was after a day at the hospital I would go down and sit with all the locals on the wharf and fish, chat, laugh and watch the sun go down,” he said.

As a medical student, Mr Bligh helped out on ward rounds, scrubbed in for surgery, admitted patients into the emergency  department and saw his own patients in the GP clinic.

“The most memorable experience of the rotation was getting in a helicopter and flying out to one of the outer islands for four days and setting up an outreach clinic where we provided health checks and primary health care for local people,” the UQ Medical School student said.

“Being thrown in the deep end was a great learning experience and I’ve come away with confidence and an understanding of what it is like to work in remote indigenous communities. It was an extraordinary time and I feel very lucky and humbled to have been able to learn and experience such an amazing place,” he said

Story via UQMedicine magazine

UQ Medical School Doctor of Medicine

The UQ MD is a professional-entry extended masters medical training program, which replaced the MBBS program in 2015.

The MD delivers advanced clinical training to ensure graduates are highly skilled doctors capable of meeting future challenges in a wide variety of careers. Years 1 and 2 (Phase 1) of the program provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge, clinical skills and research training in preparation for clinical practice in Years 3 and 4 (Phase 2), which consists of 10 core clinical rotations.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD) commencing 2015
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next available semester intake: January 2017
Duration: 4 years


Find out more about the UQ Medical School and the 2017 intake of the Doctor of Medicine program. 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.