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Bonded Medical Program Changes

Changes have been made to the Bonded Medical Program, which will affect students applying to study medicine in 2020 and onwards. The key change involves graduates needing to work in rural or remote areas for three years, rather than the previous one year. The purpose of Bonded Medical Programs is to meet the demand for doctors in areas which have workforce shortages, particularly rural and remote areas of Australia. The Government provides students with a Commonwealth supported medical place in return for a commitment to work in areas of need for a specified period. There are two schemes in the Bonded...
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UCAT ANZ Score Advice: What Should You Do Now?

  With UCAT summary test statistics released, students now have more information about how their score compares to other UCAT candidates. This blog will help you interpret your score and provide advice on what you should do now. You can convert your UCAT score into a UCAT percentile using MedEntry’s UCAT score-percentile calculator, available here: https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat-score-percentile-calculator Scores above 2800 Interpretation Students scoring above 2800, in general, have a good chance of receiving an interview offer, provided they meet the minimum required ATAR for the particular university and course. A score of 2830 equates to 90 th percentile, which is generally required...
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What is a Good UCAT ANZ Score?

Many students have sat UCAT ANZ and received their UCAT Score Report. However, it can be difficult for students to know how they have performed, given this is the first year of UCAT ANZ. Furthermore, the format of UCAT scores can be confusing. This blog answers some common questions about UCAT ANZ scores. How are UCAT ANZ scores calculated? UCAT ANZ scores are calculated by converting the number of questions you got right into a ‘scaled score’. Scaled scores range from 300-900 in each subtest. Pearson VUE do not publicly release details of how they calculate scaled scores, but they use...
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How Will Universities Use UCAT ANZ Scores?

With many students sitting UCAT and receiving their UCAT ANZ scores, a common question is: how will universities use UCAT scores? Every university is different when it comes to entry into medicine and dentistry, and entry requirements can be complicated and confusing. Most undergraduate medical courses across Australia and New Zealand require candidates to sit and succeed in UCAT to be offered an interview or place. This blog summarises how UCAT ANZ scores will be used. Entry requirements for medicine Most universities use a combination of three criteria when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include: Performance in UCAT ANZ...
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How Will Medical Schools Use UCAT? Here's a Summary

With the UCAT testing period underway, many students who have sat UCAT are wondering how UCAT will be used to select applicants into medical school. Most universities use a combination of three factors when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include: UCAT ANZ scores (either cognitive subtests* only, or all UCAT subtests) Medical interview performance Secondary school performance (ATAR / OP / IB) or GPA *UCAT cognitive subtests include UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning Each university is different, and given this is the first year of UCAT, some universities have not yet...
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MedEntry’s Updated Medical Schools Admissions Guide Now Available!

MedEntry is delighted to release our free, printable medical school admissions guide that covers everything you need to know about getting into medicine in Australia. This guide covers: Entry criteria, including UCAT and interviews How to apply to study medicine Medical entry pathways, including undergraduate and graduate entry What you should be doing if you are in year 12, year 11 or year 10 Backup options if you don’t do well in UCAT How to choose a medical course Suggested timelines for the year This document is ideal if you are interested in medicine, but not sure where to start. Download...
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Medicine: keeping your options open

  Are you having trouble deciding what to do about your university preferences? Choosing what course to study can be a major decision, and plenty of year 12 students struggle to decide what to choose. Hopefully this article can put some of your worries at ease, and aid you in your decision making.  Not sure if Medicine is the course you want? Deciding you want to study medicine at university is a big commitment. It involves extra study for the UCAT, which can be difficult to balance with your schoolwork. However, deciding to pursue medicine and the UCAT doesn't have to...
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Ranking of Australian/New Zealand Medical and Dental Schools

  The reputation and prestige of the University is not as important in Australia in general, as in the USA. In the USA there is a hierarchy of universities with Ivy League Universities such as Harvard and Yale, being miles ahead of the mediocre universities. In Australia however, there is little standard deviation in terms of quality, standard and prestige of the 40 or so universities. Particularly in the case of Medicine and such Health Science courses, it matters very little which university you go to in Australia. If you are aiming to obtain a degree in engineering, commerce or law,...
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What is the UCAT test?

UCAT stands for U niversity C linical A ptitude T est. UCAT will be an important criterion for entry into medicine and some dental courses at most Universities across Australia and New Zealand in 2020. UCAT has replaced UMAT for this purpose. UCAT is similar to UMAT, however, it includes additional constructs which are considered important and desirable for future healthcare professionals. It comprises five sections: verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement.  UCAT is a computer based test that takes approximately 2 hours, and will be administered by Pearson VUE. Candidates will receive their score immediately after...
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UMAT Has Become UCAT

Summary  The Consortium of Australian School-Leaver Entry Medical Schools has decided not to renew their contract to ACER. This means that the UMAT will now be replaced by the UCAT (University Clinical Assessment Test) in 2019, for entry into medicine in 2020. MedEntry has intimate knowledge of UCAT and will be providing high quality UCAT resources for our students.    What is UCAT? UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. It is similar to UMAT, and assesses the same type of skills.    UCAT is a computer-based test and comprises five sections: verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement.   ...
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Why study Medicine?

There are only two things people seem ask you about in your final year of schooling: those big exams at the end of the year and what you want to do when they’re over. It’s a stressful and busy year with plenty of studying to be done. The constant questioning can be annoying, but it’s really important that you take the time to really look at what it is you are going to do next year. For anyone considering applying to sit the UMAT and putting medicine down on your university preferences, here are just a few of the reasons why...
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5 ways to make the most of your post-UMAT pre-Interview time

UMAT is over! Congratulations on getting through the marathon that it is. While you can relax a little, now is not the time to be sitting back (sadly). Now is the time to start planning for applications and interviews! Here are some tips: Volunteer Someone once told me that if you’re not volunteering you’re not making med. I’m not sure if that’s true but a quick canvas of my year group indicates that it might be. Volunteering is interview and application gold; I almost guarantee at some point you’re going to say some variation of “I want to help people” and...
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What Happens Next: After the UMAT

For the few weeks leading up to the UMAT, it can seem like the entire world revolves around it. Often you can put off worrying about day to day issues until after the day of the test. So when the test date does roll around, and you walk out of the test centre with your head held high, the first question that you are likely to ask yourself is, “What am I supposed to do now?”. One thing that it is good to organise for directly after the test is to spend an evening with friends or family, maybe at dinner...
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AN EXPLANATION OF UMAT RESULTS: HOW ARE UMAT RESULTS CALCULATED? AND OTHER UMAT RESULTS FAQS.

HOW ARE UMAT RESULTS CALCULATED? Unfortunately ACER does not release the marking scheme that is used determine UMAT scores. There is some speculation as to the following: answering a question correctly that is not answered correctly by the majority of UMAT candidates will be weighted more heavily. And conversely, answering a question incorrectly that most UMAT candidates do answer correctly, will be weighted more heavily against a candidate’s UMAT score. However, because ACER does not release the marking scheme or question weightings for the UMAT it is impossible to be absolutely certain of this. What is certain though, is the more...
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MEDICINE AS A DOUBLE DEGREE

A common question that aspiring medical students ask is whether they should combine their medical degree with another degree, such as arts or music. It is important to think carefully about this. You will be spending additional 3–4 years of your life and as well as a lot of money if you pursue a double degree. Will a degree such as English, history, philosophy, music or literature actually benefit you? Some argue that these degrees are worthwhile, may point to all the things you can learn, and perhaps even point out a few successful people that achieved a lot with such...
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HOW TO HELP YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER GET INTO MEDICINE

Is your son or daughter interested in becoming a doctor? Do you want to give them the best chance to succeed? Dr Edward Boyapati discusses how you, as a parent, can assist your child to achieve their goal.  Dr Edward Boyapati is the Principal Lecturer for MedEntry, Australia’s most trusted UMAT Educational Institution. He is also the father of two incredibly successful children, Ray and Ann. Both obtained 100th percentile in UMAT, were offered places to study medicine at all universities across Australia, won full scholarships to study medicine, were successful in entering highly competitive specialties (Gastroenterology and Dermatology) and achieved...
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Is this my only shot at getting into Medicine?

Many students sit the UMAT for the first time thinking that they must to do well in UMAT because it is the only way for them to be accepted into their dream uni degree, medicine. This is untrue! This thinking places an enormous amount of unnecessary pressure on students. The reality is there are numerous ways to be accepted into medicine. Sitting UMAT, getting a good ATAR and smashing an interview may be the easiest and quickest way to get into medicine, but it is not the only one. Other options to be accepted into medicine can include:  • Taking a...
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Behind the Scrubs, Part 2: Student’s views of Undergraduate Medical Courses in NSW – Joint Medical Program, University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle (UoN) has taken a unique teamwork approach within their Bachelor of Medicine course, collaborating with the University of New England to create the Joint Medical Program. Although this joint effort represents a new modelling of the course, UoN has offered an undergraduate Medicine course for almost forty years, and has gained an unofficial reputation for creating doctors with superior clinical skills. Their use of ‘Problem-Based Learning’ to train students to think critically and integrate concepts has been extensively harnessed by other medical schools. In this article, 4th year medical student Emma gives us further insight into the...
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Behind the Scrubs, Part 1: Student’s views of Undergraduate Medical Courses in NSW – Western Sydney University

The Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) is the newest addition to NSW's undergraduate medical courses, opening its doors for the first time in 2007. UWS has a particular commitment towards providing health care and education for the Western Sydney region, including a focus on the area of Indigenous health. To find out more about the UWS medical course, I caught up with Jess, a third year medical student at Western Sydney.   Evie: So Jess, you're now more than half-way towards graduating from UWS! Could you share with us what the Medicine...
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Pathways into medicine: UMAT vs GAMSAT

Living in our corner of the world and having a desire to pursue medicine will mean that at some point you will encounter either the UMAT or the GAMSAT. I experienced the former a multitude of times and the latter most recently, and have achieved success in both. This blog will guide you through both exams and pathways.   If you are a student pursuing medicine in New Zealand, the UMAT will be your only concern. It is not possible to directly enter medicine as a high school leaver at either Auckland or Otago, so the UMAT is a barrier you...
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