There are three universities that provide medical degrees in Western Australia.
Tip 1 Special Consideration for Entry
All three universities are giving special consideration to applicants from regional and remote areas in the hope that they will want to return home to practise once they graduate. Notre Dame has 28.5% of students from rural and remote areas.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are also given special consideration at all three universities.
Applicants from some WA disadvantaged schools also get special consideration.
Tip 2 Pre-Requisites
Make sure you have studied the pre-requisites in your WACE. Curtin University has the following Pre-requisites:
- Chemistry ATAR or equivalent
- Study in one of the following Mathematics ATAR courses is desirable: Mathematics Applications, Mathematics Methods, Mathematics Specialist, or equivalent.
- In addition, all applicants must meet Curtin’s minimum English entry requirements.
See the Curtin Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements for more detailed information regarding admission criteria, requirements and eligibility.
Tip 3 Go to all University Medicine Information Sessions
UWA and Notre Dame provide information to school students about what is required to get into their medical courses. Each university is different. For example, Notre Dame requires a portfolio which is designed to demonstrate something about you as a person and why you want to get into medicine.
Medical students attend these sessions and you can ask them about their interview and what impressed the interviewers, the UMAT (or GAMSAT for graduates) and for Notre Dame, ask about the portfolio.
Once Curtin has course accreditation it will also provide information sessions. If you want to know more about the Curtin program contact the career advisors directly.
There is no set pre-requisites for UWA or Notre Dame although chemistry and human biology are useful. Outstanding academic performance, UMAT or GAMSAT scores and performance through the interview process determine your successful application.
Tip 4 You Only Get Interviewed Once
No matter how many universities you apply for you only get interviewed once. Two trained interviewers ask set questions. As they do so many interviews you need to be original with your answers.
Watching YouTube examples may give you some ideas but don’t copy them.
There are 7 selection criteria and 6 Multiple Mini Interviews with short breaks between them.
The three constant criteria for the interview are:
- Communication Skills
- Explaining Skills
- Motivation/Commitment to a career in medicine
The remaining four criteria will be selected from the following six:
- Awareness of social diversity
- Provision of assistance
- Trust and trustworthiness
- Values and ethics
- Working with others
The purpose of the interview is to allow applicants an opportunity to display some of the personal qualities considered desirable.
Tip 5 Prepare for the UMAT
The Australian Council for Educational Research conducts tha Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT). It produces free guides and preparation resources for applicants. You need to study for the UMAT.
Many private companies produce resources and run courses to prepare for these high-stakes tests, which can be very expensive. The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) believes that high-cost UMAT and GAMSAT preparation courses are not necessary to achieve an adequate score and may create inequality for those students from low-socioeconomic and/or rural backgrounds.
Whirlpool.net.au provides the opportunity to ask questions of current medical students.