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Tackling the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) is now used by several universities, alongside the UCAT and ATAR, to determine entry into medicine courses. Unlike traditional panel interviews, the MMI features multiple stations, in which you are marked by different assessors. Therefore, the ideal approach to the MMI is different to the approach for a panel interview. Each station in the MMI has a strict time limit. Many applicants may find the process rather rushed, as you are spending a short time in each station, before being quickly moved on to the next. There are a set of questions which are designated for...
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Applying mid-way through your degree

So you find yourself starting the first year of your degree. Your wounds from not getting accepted straight out of high school are still fresh but you know that medicine is the career for you. Graduation from your current degree is still years away so what can you do to try get in till then? Don’t worry, there’s still hope for you. With most Bachelor’s degrees being three years, you will be sitting the UCAT in either your first or second year of university. Let’s be honest, you are not particularly wanted by medical schools. At this point you are the...
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Pathways into medicine: my experiences with UCAT and 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 UCAT 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 UCAT 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 UCAT is a barrier you...
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Sample MMI question: A Contemporary Issue Scenario

Scenario: Vaccinations are an important part of an individual’s immunity and keeping a community safe from disease. It is ideal that all children get immunized at the appropriate age to prevent contraction of preventable diseases. However, there are some in Australia that oppose vaccination. They argue the harm of vaccinations outweigh the benefits, and the lack of freedom of choice in how their children should be raised. Their claims often have no scientific basis, and create unnecessary fear in society. You are on the advisory board of the Australian Government looking to change the laws on how to deal with improving...
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Discrimination in university admissions?

What is discrimination? Discrimination can be defined as unwarranted unfavourable treatment towards an individual or groups of individual based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or social category. Such treatment is usually in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated. Discrimination could be based on someone’s gender, race, location, or socio-economic basis, etc. Discrimination is against the law under the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT), Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW), Anti-Discrimination Act 1996 (NT), Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (QLD), Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA), Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (TAS), Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic) and Equal...
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Sample MMI medical interview question: an ethical dilemma.

Does patient confidentiality always prevail? Scenario:  You have been working at Pinehills Prison and Corrections Centre as the in-house physician for approximately six months. Being a physician in a prison has required you to slowly build a sense of trust with the inmates (many of whom suffer from serious psychological illness) over a long period of time. The process has been arduous and often emotionally draining, but you finally feel like you are building a positive rapport with the some of the inmates and have seen a steady improvement in both their physical and mental health as a result of your ongoing appointments....
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Famous Australian Doctors: Great Models for Aspiring Students

Medical interviews Congratulations to those who got a medical interview. It is a good idea to prepare for the interview. You may need to have examples of role models during the interviews. If you need some some inspiration for finding your role model, we have found some inspiring doctors below. These short biographies of their notable work will be great for medical interviews.  Remember, MedEntry offers great medical interview training packages and medical interview guide.  Frank Macfarlane Burnet An Australian virologist best known for his contributions to immunology. He won the Nobel Prize in 1960 for predicting acquired immune tolerance and was best...
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UCAT Coaching Sydney

MedEntry offers UCAT Coaching in all parts of Australia, including Sydney. Regular UCAT Coaching Workshops are held throughout the year at the University of Technology, UNSW, or Uni of Sydney. Sydney UCAT Workshops:  Our UCAT lecturers offer useful tips on solving each type of problem in an effective manner. Exclusive to MedEntry, these two-day workshops in Sydney are usually a combination of strategies and a practice exam. The dates for the Sydney UCAT Coaching workshops may be viewed on the website. Aside from UCAT workshops, the MedEntry UCAT Coaching Program in Sydney also offers online practice questions to all package holders....
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I don’t have time for the UCAT during year 12, should I do the GAMSAT instead?

A lot of people think because their final year of school is such a busy one, they should forget about doing the UCAT and focus on their school exams instead. Some say, “Don’t worry if you are not sitting the UCAT, you can always just sit the GAMSAT during Uni and get into Medicine that way”. Whilst this is true, the graduate entry route is no doubt harder. You compete with a far wider range of test takers. The percentage of students who actually get into Graduate Medicine may also be lower than the undergraduate route. The decision to sit either...
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Time management in the final year of school

The final year of school can be a tough year. If you want to do well and obtain entry into medicine, you have to put in the effort and work. On top of assessments and exams, there is also UCAT preparation. How do you fit it all in? We have tips for you below on how to optimise your time.  UCAT preparation is a subject A lot of students find it a difficult task to manage all their subjects and do UCAT preparation as well. But the process can be made easier starting with a simple mindset change. Treat UCAT preparation...
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When should I start preparing for the UCAT?

Confused about how to approach UCAT preparation? When should I start my UCAT prep? Is there even a point to preparing for the UCAT? Well, if you are reading this, you would have started preparing already. What is the UCAT for? If you are interested in medicine, dentistry or other health science related fields, you will need the UCAT. (More info: http://www.medentry.edu.au/faq/UCAT) The UCAT is a test administered by Pearson Vue to help in the selection of students for those given courses. It is usually sat in year 12 for students going into university the next year. Is it worth preparing for?...
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English and UCAT

Why doing well in English is essential for gaining entry into medicine and succeeding in your medical course and career. Some students love it. Others hate it: Reading books, writing essays and analysing articles where the content matter is highly subjective and there is no definitive ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer. English is the polar opposite of many subjects favoured by maths and science minded students because essay questions require a highly critical and subjective thinking style in order to write high scoring responses. However, like it or not, all students looking to study medicine or other popular health science courses, need to do well in...
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Which universities require UCAT?

Which universities use the UCAT as part of their selection criteria for medicine courses? The following universities require satisfactory completion of the UCAT as part of their selection criteria for students who are seeking to gain entry into undergraduate medicine and Dentistry courses. There are also some universities which use the UCAT as part of their graduate entry programmes. For all of the following universities, performance on the UCAT will not be the only requirement to gain entry, but for most of these universities it will be the first criterion that students need to satisfy to become an eligible applicant. Students should check each university’s...
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Medicine at USyd or UNSW?

A brief comparison of studying medicine at UNSW and USyd. Whilst the release of final ATAR results may still be a while away, it is important for high achieving students to consider now whether they would choose to study medicine at UNSW or USyd. Below is a simple and concise outline of what each of the UNSW medicine and USyd medicine pathways, respectively, entail. USyd does not offer an undergraduate degree in medicine. From 2014 onwards the undergraduate degree offered by UNSW for medicine is the Bachelor of Medical Studies / Doctor of Medicine replacing the former Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of...
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UCAT or GAMSAT? which route is harder? which route is easier?

For a simple comparison of UCAT and GAMSAT, please read this article: UCAT vs GAMSAT Medicine entry via GAMSAT or UCAT? what’s the difference? It’s a question anyone wanting to gain entry into medicine will inevitably ask: ‘Am I better off sitting the UCAT and doing an undergraduate medicine degree, or should I sit the GAMSAT to gain entry into a graduate medicine course?’ To make things easier, below is a comparative summary of some of the key elements of both the GAMSAT (graduate entry pathway) and the UCAT (undergraduate entry pathway) so you can make up your own mind. See...
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Melbourne vs. Monash Medicine: Should I study medicine at Monash or Melbourne university?

Melbourne or Monash for medicine? That  is the question. It's a question often asked by aspiring med students: 'should I study medicine at Melbourne or Monash?' To help you make up your own mind, we've compiled a clear, concise and simple breakdown of each of the available medicine pathways at Melbourne and Monash. For a comparison of UCAT against the GAMSAT please see the following article: 'UCAT or GAMSAT? which is harder? which is easier?'.   In summary, Medicine via UCAT at Monash is far better for the students and their parents, but GMASAT route at Melbourne is better for the university. Monash...
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School leaver entry (UCAT) or Graduate entry (GAMSAT)? Which route is better?

Medicine after high school or degree? For a simpler comparison of UCAT against the GAMSAT please see the following articles:  UCAT vs GAMSAT ‘UCAT or GAMSAT? which is harder? which is easier?‘. Our view is that UCAT route is far superior for several reasons including: 1. No guarantee: Even if you do ace your GPA and do well in GAMSAT, there is no gurantee that you will get in: there is often an interview as well. 2. More stress and uncertainty: You have just finished a hard slog for your final high school exams. Do you really want to continue to...
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My friend got into Medicine without doing a UCAT course!

My friend got into Medicine without doing a UCAT course!   Many students who undergo training for UCAT do not admit it for several reasons (for example, it increases their competition). Other reasons for not admitting include: wanting to appear smarter; they think that is what unis expect of them to say etc. A student may have obtained 90th percentile for UCAT and got in to medicine without doing a course. If they had done our course, they would have obtained a higher score, say 99th percentile (and perhaps been awarded a scholarship to study medicine as well). Even those who may obtain...
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My friend did a UCAT course but didn’t get into Medicine!

My friend did a UCAT course but didn’t get into Medicine! Performance in UCAT depends on what UCAT course you do. There are over fifty UCAT course providers and most of them are of poor quality, and he/she may have done one of those. Furthermore, since interview scores count for about a third of the selection criteria for medicine, interview training is important too. Your friend may not have done medical interview training. We can guarantee that MedEntry’s UCAT program works. That is, we can guarantee that students will perform better after doing the course, compared to if they had not...
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UCAT Courses Darwin

Studying Medicine in Northern Territory is now possible, with the first two years at the Charles Darwin University and the final four years at Flinders University.  However, competition for the limited number of places available is fierce and the bar has been raised regarding UCAT scores and other entry requirements such as the ATAR. This means that success in the UCAT is a MUST if students wish to study Medicine in Darwin from an undergraduate level. Provided you attain a thresold ATAR set by Charles Darwin and Flinders universities, you are ranked on the basis of your UCAT scores. Minimum ATAR required is...
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