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Ten tips for surviving your first year of Medicine

Medicine is tough, really tough but you’ve made it this far so you’re tougher. First year is a whirlwind and at times can seem overwhelming, but having made it through to the other side of those first few full-on months, I can hand on heart say that everyone is telling the truth when they say college will be the best time of your life. You’ll have ups and downs, I can guarantee that, but overall the ups will far outweigh the downs. Here’s ten tips to help you power past those downs and navigate your way through the minefield that is...
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Bond Psychometric test

Bond University, in order to distinguish themselves from other universities’ entry criteria, has chosen to use a Psychometric test. ‘Psychometric test’ is a very broad term and can include a test of both cognitive and non-cognitive attributes. What Bond University uses for their medical program is the non-cognitive type: that is, it assesses personality. Specifically Bond University uses the MSCEIT and 16PF tests. The Bond Psychometric test, which is undertaken by candidates at no cost to the university, reduces the expense to the university by reducing the number of students that they need to interview. The Bond Psychometric test is like...
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Why do some 99.95 ATAR students choose Provisional entry for medicine?

There are broadly two types of medical courses for school leavers: “Direct Entry” (for example at Curtin, Adelaide, Monash, WSU, Newcastle, UNSW, and JCU) and ‘Provisional entry’ (for example at UWA, Flinders, UniMelb, USyd, UQ, Griffith and Bond). ‘Provisional entry’ is also called ‘guaranteed entry’ or ‘assured entry’ or ‘Chancellor's scholar pathway’ and even misleadingly as ‘direct entry’ (by UWA). There are many disadvantages of provisional entry programs which are discussed in other blogs on this site. They are generally designed to benefit the university, while the direct entry programs are far better for you. So why do some high ATAR...
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Interview Offers Are Being Released

Getting into medicine and dentistry is a complicated process. Part of this includes navigating the various university interview offers that are released at different times. MedEntry can help! Below is a table of the various universities offering interviews for medicine and dentistry undergraduate courses around Australia and New Zealand, the interview type, interview offer dates and actual interview dates. Since universities tend to change the dates at short notice, you are advised to check the specific university website for latest information. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff in the office. 2020 dates (for...
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Virtual Medical Interviews: 3 Tips For Success

The COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic has resulted in several changes to medical school admissions. A significant change has been the move from in-person medical interviews to virtual interviews. Several medical schools have already confirmed that medical interviews will take place virtually (for example over Zoom). These include Monash University, Adelaide University and Charles Sturt University. A virtual interview is very different from an in-person one, and requires an understanding of how to best present yourself on a teleconferencing platform. Here are three tips for success: 1.  Familiarise yourself with the technology Some universities have already confirmed the teleconferencing platform that they...
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Medical School Preferencing

Applications to study at most undergraduate medical courses close at the end of September. To apply, you will need to visit the Tertiary Admissions Centre for each state. MedEntry recommends that you apply for as many courses as possible, in order to maximise your chances of obtaining a place. Further information can be found in our recent blog. Most states offer multiple medical courses. Every uni says their course is the best and the students at each uni parrot the official uni line. So how do you choose? Additionally, there are various types of place to which you can apply. It...
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How to Apply to Medicine at Australian Universities

Congratulations on your decision to pursue Medicine as a career! Medicine is a challenging field that will constantly test your ability to work hard and stay disciplined. But it is not all hard work; you will also find that Medicine is one of the most rewarding careers available. You will learn about many fields of study such as anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, and be able to directly apply them to a clinical environment. The deadline to apply for medicine in Australia closes at the end of September. This blog is designed to assist students with the application process. Entry Criteria into...
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Medical Entry: Obtaining Work Experience During COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Obtaining work experience is an important part of the medical school entry process. However, obtaining work experience has become significantly more difficult with the recent COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions. Many hospitals have temporarily cancelled their work experience programs, and other health facilities are understandably reluctant to accept students into their organisations. However, it is still important that students obtain work experience for the medical entry process. In this blog, we will discuss why work experience is important, and some work experience substitutes that you can undertake during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Why is medical work experience important? Work experience in a...
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I didn’t get a good enough UCAT score – what should I do?

The UCAT testing period is a big month for many students across Australasia and even other countries around the world. It can feel really disappointing if, like me, you logged in to see your UCAT score report and were met with a non-competitive score. I understand that it can feel like the world is ending, and all hopes have been flushed down the toilet, but I am here to tell you otherwise! My Story When I was in year 12, I made my first attempt of getting into medicine and received a score in the 88th percentile. At first, I felt...
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5 ways to make the most of your post-UCAT pre-Interview time

UCAT 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: 1. 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”...
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So, you want to be a doctor? How do I get into medicine in Australia/NZ?

Congratulations on your decision to pursue medicine as a career! Medicine is an interesting, valued and rewarding profession. The process of getting into medicine can be confusing, so here’s an introduction. Criteria for getting into medicine Unlike most other courses, getting into medicine doesn’t just require a high ATAR. Entry into medicine at most universities is based on three criteria: ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank)UCAT ANZ (Unicersities Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand)Interview (some universities also require a written application) Each university differs slightly in how they go about selecting students for medicine, so it is important to research each...
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Which Subjects Should I Choose in Years 11 and 12?

Your ATAR is just as important as your UCAT score when it comes to applying for medical schools in Australia. Because of this, a lot of discussion around choosing subjects for senior high school/college remains. It often centres around which subjects will scale the best and which ones are required for applying to medicine. Of course these things are important when thinking about applying for a medical course, but it may also be worthwhile to start thinking about which subjects will help you once you are a medical student and also which subjects will help you to perform better in the...
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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 performanceSecondary school performance (ATAR / 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 some universities change their medical entry requirements at short notice. Here’s a summary: Course How is UCAT used? How...
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What is a Good UCAT ANZ Score?

Students who sit UCAT ANZ receive their UCAT Score Report on the same day, often within an hour of sitting the test. 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 statistical tools involving IRT (Item Response Theory). Your scores in each of the four...
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MedEntry's Comprehensive UCAT Medical Entry Handbook is Now Available, FREE!

MedEntry's brand new, 120 page, comprehensive UCAT Handbook is now available, absolutely free! It covers everything you need to know about medical entry, UCAT, medical interviews and university admissions. The handbook is divided into four parts: Part 1: How to get into medicine This section covers how to get into medicine and dentistry in Australia and New Zealand. It includes the criteria used, various entry pathways, what you need to do now to secure your place in medicine, and a suggested timeline.   Part 2: The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) This section covers everything you need to know about UCAT....
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How Do I Know If I’m A Rural Student For Medical Entry?

The purpose of this blog post is to help you: Understand why it is important to determine whether or not you are a rural student when applying for medicine.Determine whether you are classified as a rural student for each university offering undergraduate medicine.Understand the difference between ‘rurality’ and bonded rural schemes. Why is it important to determine whether you are a rural student (or not)? In general, getting into medicine is easier if you are classified a rural student. Most Australian universities offer alternate access pathways or score adjustments for rural students who are applying for medicine.   This is because...
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BREAKING: GAMSAT 2020 WILL BE REMOTELY SUPERVISED AND HELD ONLINE

GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admissions Test) will be held online via remote supervision this year, for the first time ever. GAMSAT is used for admission into postgraduate medical programs at some universities, mainly in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom.  GAMSAT is normally a written test that takes place in large testing halls. With the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, this is not currently considered safe. Therefore, GAMSAT 2020 will instead take place online. Candidates will be able to sit the test at home, or at a private location of their choosing. Candidates will be required to have a stable internet connection and...
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University rankings and prestige: how much do they really matter for studying medicine?

Is studying medicine at Monash more prestigious than Melbourne? Is studying medicine at USyd more prestigious than UNSW? And in the end, does it really matter? University rankings and prestige: how much do they matter for studying medicine? Prestige, prestige, prestige. It’s a battle cry often heard echoing from the halls of the oldest universities and repeated with an unwavering insistence of certain parents that: ‘my son will only obtain his the degree from The University of…’ (Well, we don’t need to name names here..) When selecting the university with the right medicine course for you, we would suggest that there...
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Bonded Medical Program Changes

Changes have been made to the Bonded Medical Program (BMP), 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. All students entering medicine from 2020...
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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 90th percentile, which is generally required at...
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