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The Curtin Pathway to Becoming a Doctor

Apply in Year 12

Curtin Medical School offers the only West Australian Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery program that students can enter directly from school. Both UWA and Notre Dame offer medicine courses but they require applicants to have done a degree as part of the application process.

(Go HERE for information about UWA Direct Pathway program.)

Curtin’s Focus

CaptureCurtin is focusing on providing medical services in rural, regional and remote (RRR) Western Australia so are using their Curtin’s Step Up criteria  to help RRR applicants and students from outer metropolitan schools to apply. This Set Up list will be finalised for 2019 in July. You may qualify for an Equity Bonus even if your school isn’t on the list so keep an eye on the Curtin updates.

You can only get 5 bonus points even if you qualify on the Set Up list and for the Equity Bonus.

They are aiming to have 25% of students from RRR areas.

The Curtin course is only in its second year and there were 1511 applicants for the 70 places offered this year so even with the additional support it is a very competitive program to get into.

Most of the places were given to school leavers and only 6 places were given to course switchers or mature age students.

There will be 80 places in 2019.

 

Applying for Medicine at Curtin

Use the normal TISC process to apply. Aboriginal Flag

Curtin is providing support to enable Aboriginal students to gain a place. Aboriginal students should apply through the Aboriginal Studies Indigenous Pathway.

 

Course Length

The Curtin Degree is 5 years long after which students do a 2 year internship.

Studying medicine is just your first step in your medical academic career. After completing your internship you will take on further study to be a GP, surgeon, obstetrician or some other specialisation.

While most university courses have short academic contact years, the Curtin Medical School requires students to have 40+ contact weeks.

ATAR Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum ATAR of 95. The lowest ATAR score for 2018 was 96.15.

RRR students who can show they are eligible  according to Curtin criteria will get 5 bonus points added to their ATAR score.

Chemistry is an essential prerequisite for applicants.

Human biology is not a prerequisite as it is taught in first year, however those students who have already done human biol at school will find it easier to get good grades in this subject at uni.

Applicants who pass the UMAT must provide a predicted ATAR score from their school on the form that Curtin provides before the end of November so that Curtin can use that mark to shortlist applicants for interviews.

The ATAR is worth 40% of the application score.

UMAT Requirements

UMATStudents must undertake the UMAT exam and score at least 50 in each of the 3 exams.

Students who qualify on Curtin’s disadvantaged criteria must achieve a TOTAL of 150 across the 3 exams.

There are practice UMAT tests on the site and students need to do those in order to know what to expect.

There are private training organisations that provide UMAT coaching. ACER, which runs the UMAT says not to bother. Some students do…. You need to make up your own mind about whether to do the additional coaching or not.

The UMAT is held on 25 July. You must apply by 1 June.

TIP: If you have put Medicine at Curtin as your first TISC preference and you don’t achieve the requirements in the UMAT, change your preference with TISC. You can do that after the closing date by paying a fee.

The UMAT is worth 20% of the application score. 

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

These sound like torture.

All applicants who are shortlisted based on their ATAR and UMAT results are invited to undertake interviews.

That sounds harmless enough….

The MMIs are 8 consecutive interviews of 10 minutes each.

  • Students go to a room.
  • There is a scenario written on a page on the door of the room.
  • You have 2 minutes to read the scenario.
  • You are invited into the room and you have 8 minutes to talk about the scenario.
  • You leave and go to the next room.
  • Repeat.

This routine can vary slightly from year to year. Last year they were 6 minute interviews.  Again, Curtin will let you know the drill if you qualify for an interview.

For the 2018 intake there were 350 interviews offered. As many of the applicants were from the eastern states and got offers from their local universities, 200 undertook interviews at Curtin.

YouTube videos and sites like MedStudents Online and Whirlpool will give you some ideas about what to expect BUT your experienced interviewers are not looking for rehearsed answers, they want to know about you and your suitability for the profession.

The MMIs are worth 40% of your application.

Teaching and Learning Approach

Curtin takes a problem based learning and evidence based teaching approach that is supported by clinical skills tutorials. Students learn to work as part of health care teams by problem solving in consultation with students in other health care courses.

Once students have developed skills in a classroom setting they take up full time placement in hospitals. Medical student - Copy

The academic demands of the course are high. Students need to be resilient to cope with the study demands and they need to be resilient to deal with the adversity that often faces doctors.

Check out the Inherent Requirements of Curtin Medical students to see the sort of attributes they are looking for in the interview.

Presentation Video

You can watch a video of  the Curtin Getting Into Medicine presentation HERE.

More Information

If you have any further questions about studying medicine at Curtin, please give the Future Students team a call on 1300 222 888.

You can find other blog posts about getting into medicine at:

Getting Into Medicine Presentation

 

If you would like a presentation on Getting Into Medicine at your school contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or ring me on 0434 056 412.

 

 

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Designing the Best Pathway to Medicine

The path to medicine is the starting point in your career.

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You can choose to do any course for the undergraduate degree which is a prerequisite for medicine at UWA, Notre Dame and many other Australian universities.

To increase the range of undergraduate degrees that you can take make sure you take English (or English Lit), Chemistry and Physics (or Human Biol) as ATAR subjects.

If you are interested in medicine it follows that you might be interested in a health science course for you first degree.

University of Western Australia Health Campus

The Universtity of Western Australia Health Campus Open Day showcased some fantastic undergraduate health science degrees that you could choose as your pathway to medicine.

Speakers talked about their careers in pharmacology, microbiology, genetics, and audiology.

Some speakers had chosen to specialise by doing a PhD, some were doing research in hospitals, while others had gone into management or were working on international committees.

One had used his science PhD as a pathway to found Exodus Space Systems which is developing systems for settling the solar system!!

There were presentations on biomedical science and biomedical engineering with some exciting and crazy talk about mechatronics and 3D printing of organs.  The future for engineers in the health industries is changing at a dizzying pace.

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Speakers in the various presentations across the Open Day made a few key points:

Go Broad

In order to get a broad understanding of the health industry speakers recommended that you choose a broad range of subjects in your first year which maximise your choices for specialisation.  They suggested that you maximise your flexibility through a strong focus on maths and sciences that give depth as well as breadth.

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Communication Skills

One of the key underpinning skills mentioned by one speaker was the development of strong communication skills. She said that her capacity to formulate a reasoned argument quickly was a direct outcome of her science degree.

The need for communications skills was reinforced by others who mentioned the need to negotiate for clinical or resource priorities as well as the need to explain your decisions to patients, politicians and the public.

The message was that good communication skills would be your gateway to a range of opportunities across many industries. They said that is was easy to turn a health scientist with good communication skills into a business person in many interesting fields.

Network

It is possible to do your degree online, from the comfort of your own home.

Don’t do this.

Uni life can be so much more than study. Use the campus. Join social clubs. Go on camps. Do sport. Through these opportunities you can make lifelong friendships.

A self proclaimed introvert on one of the panels said it took her significant effort to force herself out of her home and onto the bus to the campus so that she could meet and mix with people.

In addition to networking with other students it was advised that students take opportunities to volunteer and get experience through contacts at the university. All of the speakers had stories about how they had been encouraged to apply for scholarships, or present papers at conferences or had found part time jobs which led to other jobs.

Finally

This was a day of UWA selling its health science courses… and they did it well. It seemed that a strong, broad health science degree was your gateway to a million opportunities.

People on the panel didn’t know where their careers would take them and all praised UWA for providing the first step on the heath industry career.

If you are serious about a career in medicine you should also check out the range of undergraduate courses at West Australian universities:

See A Day in the Life of a Med Student at UWA HERE

Getting Into Medicine Presentation

If you would like a presentation on Getting Into Medicine at your school contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or ring me on 0434 056 412.

 

 

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Get Out of School Early Guide

Leaving school early IS AN OPTION. It does NOT mean you will never get a job, or that you will live on the streets for the rest of your life.

School isn’t for everyone. It makes some people’s lives a total misery.

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In Western Australia the government requires students to get special permission to leave school early by applying for a Notice of Arrangement. You can find details of that HERE.

Don’t Jump Too Soon

Once you have made up your mind to leave it is difficult to change your mind. As soon as you start thinking of leaving talk to a career advisor. There may be alternatives that they can offer through the school or they may be able to organise a smooth transition from school for you. Jump off a cliff

Once you leave school people who can help you get limited funding so their capacity to help is limited.  Stick with your school and get as much FREE help as possible before you leave.

Getting help with your resume is a good start.

Decide What You Are Going to Do When You Leave

If you haven’t got a job lined up or a course to go into you may need help to get that sorted.

Many schools have the Career Voyage program that will help you to nail down a career direction for the near future. If you don’t have access to Career Voyage at school you can do the quiz at one of the Careers Centres in Perth or regional centres or contact them online.

I have done this Coggle brainstorm of a bunch of places you can check out to narrow down what you like.

Coggle - Hear Your Dream

Email me Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au if you would like access to the Coggle map so that you can just click on the links.

Study Year 12 at an Alternative College

Look at the available options for completing Year 12 in another setting like Cyril Jackson, Canning, North Lake, Seven Oaks and Tuart Colleges. There are adult students at these colleges and you may find that suits your style.

You can also study your WACE through the School of Isolated and Distance Education. 

You can get free information and advice from each of these schools.

Jobs and Skills Centres

You can get free career advice at the new Jobs and Skills Centres which have been set up in TAFE colleges in the metro area. You can find regional centres HERE. There are Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres HERE

Study the Certificate of General Education for Adults

The Certificate of General Education for Adults is a good non-WACE starting point for people who don’t want to finish school.

There are three levels, certificates I – III. Choose the one that suits your needs.

This certificate often has literacy and numeracy support which can kick start your study in another area. Different colleges will allow you to explore different subject opportunities as part of your study.

TAFE colleges give you access to ongoing support from careers advisors.

TAFEStudy Something Else at TAFE

You can build your employability skills and explore career options through Foundation Skills Course. Check out the list of Foundation Skills courses HERE. 

Equity Course

There are equity courses that support people with disability and people seeking courses that are aligned with their culture; for example, a qualification specialising in Indigenous Australian tourism. Check the list of courses HERE and ask about opportunities at one of the Jobs and Skills Centres – scroll down this page to find the one nearest to you.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

If you can find someone who is willing to take you on as an apprentice or trainee, you are on a great path.

You can find apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities through Seek and Indeed. Getting an apprenticeship or traineeship is just like looking for any other job. You need to find the opportunity first, then convince the employer that you would be a great employee. You will need a good resume as a starting point.

Youth Central gives good advice to school leavers on how to write a resume.

When you do an apprenticeship or traineeship qualification you need to sign up so that your training is recognised. You sign up at an Australian Apprentice Support provider. You can find one HERE.

The help that they give will not be as good as the help you can get at school so it is best to try to find an apprenticeship and to contact a provider through your careers advisor.

Government Support

You may be eligible for Youth Allowance. This is hard to get but it is worth checking to see if you qualify HERE.

If you qualify for income support you can also get help from JobActive.  You find an Employment Service Provider near you and they will do what they can to help you to find a job.

Employment Service Providers are not well funded and their capacity to give you help is limited. You will probably get more help from school.

Online Course Information

The My Skills website is a directory of vocational education and training (VET) organisations and courses.

Job Jumpstart has an I’m At School section to help students prepare to leave school.

Going to Uni without an ATAR

If you want to leave school and still want to go to uni you can find Alternative Pathways to Uni HERE. 

Get a Safety Plan

Leaving school early IS AN OPTION. Leaving school is however risky, and there is a chance you could fall into a hole without a safety net.

The suggestions to help you to leave school early are easier to do with the help of a careers advisor.

If you can’t get help at school, go to one of the alternative schools or TAFE colleges or even a uni, to get free advice or pay a professional career advisor to help to set you onto the right path.  That help could put you onto the perfect path to your school free future.


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Career Expo in May – Get Ready with your Career Expo Safety Plan

CaptureThere is a media training college in Perth that always looks fantastic at the Career Expo. They have lights and music and glossy brochures and friendly sales staff.

They do great packaging.

Their exhibit is always busy.

I don’t know if they have great tutors or fantastic links with industry, or if their graduates get jobs… but they get a crowd at the Expo. And their courses are expensive.

School students don’t worry about what a course will cost. It is easy to be sucked in by the big, shiny, fun college pitch from professional sales people.

SIGN UP FOR YOUR DEBT HERE!!

Time to wise up….  a HECS debt for a bad course choice is no fun!!

START HERE

Check out who is going to be at the Expo. Scroll to the bottom of THIS PAGE to see who will be there.

THEN

Pick three (3) exhibitors that you should see from the 50+ on this list. Make this decision based on what you are interested in BEFORE you see the great displays and friendly salespeople at the Expo. 

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Also choose an exhibit that could be fun… even though you don’t want to take their course.

You may want to know about being a pilot, or studying in Tasmania… even though you don’t seriously want to follow those paths. TAssie

NEXT

Plan 3 questions that you will ask each exhibitor.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO SPEND $$THOUSANDS$$ ON A COURSE YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT WHAT YOU ARE GETTING FOR YOUR MONEY!!

You can find out the cost of the course, how long it takes and what the entry requirements are online… or you can ask the salesperson.

You could also ask….

  • For contacts with a current students.
  • What they look for when employing staff.
  • If they have links with industry that provides work placement.
  • How long it takes their graduates to get a job in the industry.
  • What sort of work graduates get.

FINAL STEP

Capture 3Go to see your career advisor. They will point you in the right direction.

If you don’t have access to free career advice, pay someone. It could save you a bucket of money.


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Subject Selections for Year 11

Parents and students get REALLY STRESSED about subject selections for Year 11.Cat

Time to RELAX.

Help is at hand.

Before you start, know that only one in four university students get a place through the ATAR pathway.

A report from the Mitchell Institute published on 21st March identified that 26% of university students got their place via an ATAR pathway. Mitchell Report

STEP 1 Get SCASA

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) is THE mob that makes up the rules about WACE.  The first place to find information about Year 11 and 12 is in the official Year 10 Information Handbook which SCASA puts out.

Year 10 SCASA

If you can’t find the information you need or if you are unclear on anything contact them at info@scsa.wa.edu.au.

There will be a new edition of this Handbook out in Term 2.

 STEP 2 Hear Your Dream

You need to have some idea about what career direction you would like to take.

Career VoyageMany schools have the Career Voyage program that will help you to nail down a career direction for the near future. If you don’t have access to Career Voyage at school you can do the quiz at one of the Careers Centres in Perth or regional centres or contact them online.

I have done this Coggle brain storm of a bunch of places you can check out to narrow down what you like.

Coggle - Hear Your Dream

Email me Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au if you would like access to the Coggle map so that you can just click on the links.

STEP 3 Do You Want to do ATAR??Lockers

For years ATAR results were the short cut that universities used to choose their students. Things are changing. Competition between universities has heated up and they are looking at many alternative pathways that:

  • enable more students to go to university
  • ensure students don’t fail when they get there.

Universities are looking for alternative pathways more than schools and parents. READ ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA HERE.

TAFE has always been more flexible with its pathways to learning than universities and there is a huge range of possible pathways offered. 

These new Jobs and Skills Centres are to open on 16th April in the Metro area and regional TAFE colleges also provide career advice.

  • Joondalup campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Balga campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Northbridge campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Rockingham campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Thornlie campus – South Metropolitan TAFE

Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers

Last year the Career Development Association put on a webinar delivered by Ivan Neville, from the Commonwealth Department of Employment. He said….

You really need to get a year 12 qualification, or equivalent, to get a job…..

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But there isn’t much difference in employment outcomes between a degree (3.6%) and a Cert III (4.1%).

The opening of university entry to a wider audience had resulted in a shift towards degrees and away from vocational education since 2008.

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There are now stronger job outcomes for apprentices and trainees than people with degrees.

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Step 4 Check Course PRE-REQUISITES

There are lots of courses that have RECOMMENDED subjects, but not so many have definite PRE-REQUISITES that MUST be done as a WACE subject in order to get into a course. Pre Requisites

There are lots of pathways into further study and your WACE pathway is just one of them.

Even the Medicine Faculty at Curtin, which has one of the hardest courses to get into, has suggested that you contact them if you haven’t done WACE chemistry and still want to apply.

The most direct pathway is however, to take subjects that the universities are looking for. So, once you have narrowed down a career direction to take, check out the TISC University Admissions Handbook. It identifies what WACE subjects you should take to keep your options open.

OLNA

The Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) is the minimum WACE requirement reading, writing and numeracy. It is usually done in 10 but there are more opportunities to sit the Assessment in Year 11 and 12 and even AFTER Year 12.

Prospective TAFE students who do not meet these standards can:

  1. sit a TAFE Admissions literacy and/or numeracy test administered by Training Sector Services;
  2. be referred to a TAFE college for a Learning Area Assessment; or
  3. enrol in a course that does not have literacy or numeracy requirements, including foundation skills, equity courses and Certificate I

If you are not clear about what to do contact:

Judy GenatJudith Genat

Senior Program Officer Foundations

(08) 6212 97764 judith.genat@dtwd.wa.gov.au

 

 

Step 5 Contact Your Career Advisor

If I have seen further than others it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Isaac Newton

Stand on the shoulders of your career advisors.

Build from their knowledge to design your ideal career pathway.

If you don’t have access to a specialist career advisor at your school, go to a TAFE college or private careers consultant to be sure your next step is the right one.

 


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Getting Into Medicine WA

I can’t believe how many West Australian students try to get into medicine or dentistry.

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My Getting Into Medicine or Dentistry presentation at Canning College.

There are so many outstanding students who are chasing a place in one of these courses and the information sessions that the unis put on are crowded.

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Curtin, UWA and Notre Dame universities all offer a medical degree course and UWA also offers dentistry.

  • Notre Dame has their course information session on 25 March
  • UWA is showcasing its Doctor of Medicine (MD), the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) at the Health Campus Open Day on April 8
  • Curtin’s is scheduled for 24 April.

The people attending these sessions seem to be getting younger and younger  so don’t be worried about going to an information session if you are only in Year 10.

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Curtin1Curtin offers the only direct entry  Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery program available to school leavers in WA and there is heavy-duty competition for the places.

Last year there were 60 students chosen from 1500 applicants with some students gaining entry through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, rural and equity places.

Curtin’s focus is on providing doctors to rural, regional and remote areas.  If you have a background in the bush you have the background they are looking for.

This year there are 70 places available, mainly to school leavers although there will be some places available to non-school leavers. There are no places for international students until 2021.

Length of Course: 5 Years

ATAR: 95 (there are conditions around this that need to be explored HERE.)

Essential WACE courses

Chemistry ATAR If you haven’t studied chemistry contact the Medicine Admissions Coordinator Jo Washington King, to find out what to do.

 Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR

UMAT score (Register for UMAT HERE.)

Interview Those students who score highest on their ATAR and UMAT will be given an interview. See notes below on Multiple Mini Interviews.

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  • Curtin is also seeking a range of Inherent Requirements which feel a bit difficult to pin down.
  • See current students speaking on YouTube HERE.
  • Register for the Information Evening and Webinar
  • You can find my notes from the 2017 presentation with suggestions from students HERE.

UWA

UWAThe UWA Doctor of Medicine (MD) and the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degrees are 4-year courses that require applicants to have already completed an undergraduate degree.

 It is possible to gain a Direct Pathway (guaranteed place) into medicine or dentistry if you have an ATAR of 99. (You still need to complete your first degree prior to starting medicine or dentistry.)

There are 24 places Direct Pathway places available in Dentistry and 65 placed available in Medicine.

Year 12s should apply for a Direct Pathway place via the normal TISC process in August-September.

You will require a:

  • Minimum ATAR of 99 or equivalent (Applicants are also required to submit the Predicted ATAR form.)
  • Suitable UMAT score in 2018 for 2019 academic intake. You can register for that HERE. UMAT results are valid for one year.

The UMAT is held on 25th July.   Results will be available in September.

  • Successful interview

The final rating will be based on UMAT, ATAR and Interview and will be weighted 1:2:2 respectively.

Applicants are also required to have:

Dentistry applicants must also meet:

  • Satisfactory completion of the Spatial Awareness Test
  • Eyesight Requirements

International Applicants for Direct Pathway

High achieving secondary school leavers may be eligible to apply for an International place in the Direct Pathways for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

Applicants will be required to provide ISAT results when they apply.ISAT

Applications are via the UWA OASys portal.  The next round of applications is for 2019 entry and opened on 1 March 2018 and close 31 May 2018.

 Recommended subjects

It is recommended that applicants have undertaken at least:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first year university level (including completion of year 12 level chemistry)

Bachelor Degree

A place in the MD and DMD is conditional upon successful completion of a bachelor degree with a minimum Faculty Grade Point Average of 5.5.

GPA

There are no preferred bachelor courses required prior to the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Applicants for the UWA post graduate degree WHO DO NOT HAVE A DIRECT PATHWAY need to do the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test.

It is similar to the UMAT and is also run by the Australian Council for Educational Research.  It is run twice a year – in March and September.

GAMSAT

The Notre Dame Getting Into Medicine information session is held the day after the GAMSAT. You can always pick the people who did the GAMSAT… They are the ones who look exhausted!!exhausted

Notre Dame

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This is a 4-year post graduate degree for domestic applicants only.

As with UWA selection is based on:

  • Grade Point Average
  • GAMSAT
  • An Interview

AND

  • A personal folio that demonstrates your suitability for medicine at Notre Dame.

Grade Point Average

Notre Dame says that successful applicants will already have a degree with a minimum Grade Point Average of 5. This score may be misleading as students usually have a Grade Point Average higher than 6.

Applicants must undertake the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT).

Interviews

IMG_7308 (2017_12_27 02_56_53 UTC)Applicants are also required to undertake an interview process…. which is described below.

Notre Dame Folio

Notre Dame also requires a Student of Medicine Application Folio which demonstrates more about the student’s personal attributes and suitability for acceptance.

Notre Dame usually wants to know WHY you want to study at Notre Dame and WHY you want to study the course you have chosen for any course so you would need to be clear on that.

Pre-Medicine Certificate

IMG_7312 (2017_12_27 02_56_53 UTC)Notre Dame offers a Pre-Medicine Certificate that its students can take WHILE they are doing their undergraduate degree (and getting a high GPA!).

This pathway also provides students with a mentor from the ND School of Medicine.

Completion of this Certificate will guarantee an INTERVIEW as part of the medical course application process if your GPA and GAMSAT reach the minimal score.

Multiple Mini Interviews

emojiThe interview process is made up of 8 Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs).  You move from each interview into 8 different rooms. You are given a question and have 3 minutes to prepare your answer, then you go into the room and give your response for 8 minutes. There are two rest breaks. The MMI’s take 88 minutes.

I have heard this process described as an endurance test.

Interviews are done by trained MMI interviewers who are trying to determine your suitability for the medical profession.  YouTube videos and sites like MedStudents Online and Whirlpool will give you some ideas about what to expect BUT your experienced interviewers are not looking for rehearsed answers, they want to know about you and your suitability for the profession.

UMAT

UMATCurtin and UWA Direct Entry require a UMAT score as part of their application process.

While you are studying your butts off trying to blitz your ATAR score you will also need to do the Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test which is on 25th July in 2018. Registration for the Test closes on 1 June.

The Australian Council for Education Research administers the test and provides instructions and sample tests for you to practice on. Preparation videos are also available once you register for the test.

The test lasts 3 hours and you will need to score at least 50 on each section:

  • Critical thinking and Problem Solving
  • Understanding People
  • Non-verbal Reasoning

Don’t try to cram academic knowledge for the UMAT. You need to learn how to do UMAT types of tests.

You will find it intimidating. You will be out of your comfort zone. People talk about how many drills they have done. Curtin Medical Student 2017

You can find out more about the structure of the test, and the registration procedure in their downloadable Guide. UMAT offers practise tests which are an essential part of preparation.

Many businesses offer courses on how to blitz the UMAT. There is considerable discussion about the value of these tests and the accuracy of the information they provide. In an online world there are a lot of free resources available to help you to prepare. BUT, some students will have done one of these courses.

On the UMAT site it says:

Intensive preparation is not advisable or necessary.  However, wide and critical reading may provide helpful preparation and, as with any test, some practice in answering questions of a similar type, and under similar time constraints as those found in the real test is helpful and reassuring to most candidates. It is also helpful to practice using a machine-readable answer sheet similar to the one in the actual test.

Extra Help

I like asking questions on Whirlpool.net.au . It might not be any more reliable than Facebook but you get to ask people who are in the field for their thoughts. You can even ask what students at different unis think about their medical courses.

Medstudentsonline is similar to Whirlpool. You can join in discussion threads about the application process.

MedEntry  has practice exams, blog articles and information about UMAT.

MedView is a business that prepares students for medical school entry processes. You can get an assessment HERE.

There are companies like Matrix that help you to prepare for the UMAT.

That’s It – Getting into Medicine is a Tough Gig

Being a doctor is a tough gig.

Last year I provided career advice to a brilliant ATAR student who said there was no way he was going into medicine. Both of his parents were doctors and he saw the emotional toll it was taking on them and on their family life. He thought he might become a physics teacher.

The health industry is the fasted growing industry in Australia. The application of AI to diagnostics and the use of robotics is creating a boom in new health related career choices.  West Australian universities are onto this and competing to be leaders in new postgraduate health education fields.

There might be a life for you in one of these new careers.

Making medicine or dentistry your first choice is fine at this stage but as you go down that path check out the emerging opportunities that are making those fields more specialised and diverse.

Good Luck with Your Choices. 

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SCHOOLS PRESENTATION ON GETTING INTO MEDICINE

I bring together the key information you need in a one-hour presentation about West Australian medical degree courses.

Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or ring me on M:0434056412