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Suggested Tertiary Medicine Preferences

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. Additionally, there are various types of place to which you can apply. It can be a confusing process, and can be difficult to know how you should preference each option. This blog provides some guidance.Note: The information contained...
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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 medicine Universities...
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4 Tips for Medical School Applications

 1. Know where you’re eligible forSome students won’t be eligible to apply for all undergraduate medical schools. School leavers are eligible for most, but some schools have some odd stipulations if you’re not coming straight from school. For example, UNSW doesn’t admit students over 25, the University of Adelaide doesn’t want students who have a university academic record from anywhere but Adelaide, and James Cook only has 10 places for non-school leavers. So it really pays to know what you’re actually able to apply for! When I was applying I made myself a table and colour-coded for schools that I was...
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MEDENTRY MEDICAL INTERVIEW TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE!

MedEntry Medical Interview Training sessions are now available to book!.The two elements to your medical interview successThis year, MedEntry Medical Interview Training will consist of two parts, in order to provide students with holistic, comprehensive and targeted preparation:Strategy Day with Dr Ray: in this day-long session, students will learn the strategies needed to excel in medical interviews. The session will cover topics such as how to best present yourself during interviews, how to engage with interviewers and how to answer common and difficult questions. It will be presented by Dr Ray Boyapati, a Consultant Gastroenterologist with 20 years of experience in...
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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 medical or health...
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UCAT ANZ TEST STATISTICS AND PERCENTILE CALCULATOR NOW AVAILABLE!

Interim test statistics for UCAT ANZ 2020 are now available on the UCAT ANZ official website.This blog describes what they mean and how to interpret them.What data is shown?The UCAT ANZ 2020 preliminary test statistics displays the following data:the mean scores for each UCAT subtestthe mean overall UCAT cognitive scorethe scores required to achieve a particular decile for each UCAT subtesthow overall UCAT cognitive scores translate to percentilesThe data is based on the scores of the majority of UCAT candidates (approximately 14,000 students) who have sat UCAT in the 2020 testing cycle. Due to COVID-19 / coronavirus and the resulting lockdown...
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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 StoryWhen 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 like I...
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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. VolunteerSomeone 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 if...
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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 medicineUnlike 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 university you are interested...
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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 ReasoningEach university is different, and some universities change their medical entry requirements at short notice.Here’s a summary:CourseHow is UCAT used?How is UCAT weighted?How are students selected for interview?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 cognitive subtests (UCAT...
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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 medicineThis 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. It includes information on structure, timing...
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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 medical students from rural...
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5 Easy Ways to Start Preparing for Medical Interviews Now

1. UCAT Situational JudgementThe UCAT Situational Judgement section tests similar skills to the medical interview. Unlike the other parts of the UCAT exam, the Situational Judgement subtest analyses your ability to handle potentially difficult situations. This is an excellent foundation with which to begin your medical interview preparation.You don’t want to significantly disrupt your UCAT preparation with these recommendations but it is worth briefly considering the following:When you look at a Situational Judgement question, think about further questions you might be asked if the scenario was posed to you in a medical interview setting. UCAT Situational Judgement scenarios are very possible...
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GAMSAT will be run online in 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) will be run online at the end of May for the first time ever. GAMSAT is used to select students for entry into graduate medical programs.GAMSAT is usually run in person across multiple venues. However, due to COVID-19, the GAMSAT exam scheduled for Saturday 21 March 2020 was cancelled. This applies to all candidates, in all locations globally.ACER, which runs GAMSAT, has said that candidates will sit GAMSAT at home or at a private location of their choosing. Candidates will need to have a stable internet connection and...
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Want to be a doctor? Here’s 5 things you should know

1. There are A LOT of students in the same position as youIt really is remarkable how many people want to study medicine. This is both good and bad news for you. The bad part is how small most medical cohorts are, which makes medical entry extremely competitive. Don’t let this weigh on your mind too much though, because you simply need to accept that there will be people with a better chance of getting in than you and people with a worse chance of getting in than you. The only aspect of this process under your control is how you...
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COVID-19 and UCAT 2020: What Should I Do?

With the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid escalation of cases across Australia and New Zealand, you may be wondering how this affects UCAT ANZ 2020 and your UCAT preparation. This blog answers some frequently asked questions. Will UCAT ANZ 2020 be going ahead? At this stage, it is unclear whether UCAT ANZ 2020 will be proceeding as planned in July, given the evolving situation.UCAT UK (which is administered by Pearson VUE and the UCAT UK Consortium) has made the decision to postpone UCAT UK registrations for students in the United Kingdom, and acknowledged that testing for UCAT UK is likely to take place...
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What Universities and Courses will require UCAT in 2020/2021?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. It is required for entry into most medicine and dentistry courses across Australia and New Zealand. If you wish to apply for such courses in 2021, you will need to sit UCAT in 2020. UCAT will take place across the month of July in 2020. UCAT results are valid for one year only, and cannot be carried over from one year to the next. If you wish to apply for any of the courses below for entry into medicine in 2021, you will need to sit UCAT in 2020.   University Course or Programme The University of Adelaide Medicine, Dental Surgery, Oral...
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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, the interview type, interview offer dates and actual interview dates.If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff in the office. 2019 dates (for 2020 entry)UniversityInterview Type  Interview Offers  Interview DatesUniversity of Adelaide (Medicine & Dentistry)  Panel  29 October 2019 *Late November, through DecemberUniversity of Auckland MMINot Specified (early November in 2018)19-29 November 2019Bond UniversityMMI ...
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