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    thisislife is offline Newbie 510 points
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    University of Queensland vs. University of Sydney

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    Hi,
    I got an offer from University of Queensland and University of Sydney medical school. I am thinking of accepting an offer from either one for 2011 entry. Which school would you recommend to attend to the next 4 years, considering I want to come back to North America for residency?

    Thanks a lot!!

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    Hey,
    Based on what you wrote, I guess you already had your interview with Sydney and had it very successfully. Can you please share your experience during the interview on Skype? I have mine coming up soon and I'm not sure what to expect except the fact that it's going to be "informal".... Thanks! and Congrats on your acceptance offers!

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    Sydney Interview

    Heyy, congrats for getting in interview.
    The interview was about 20 minutes with two interviewees. They only asked me personal questions, probably b/c of the time limit.

    These are the questions they asked:

    1) Tell me about yourself
    - I highlighted my qualities supported by the activities and volunteers that I have done. Here, I also expained the reason I want to become a doctor, and the experience that has lead me that way.

    2) Why do you want to come to University of Sydney?
    - Some reseach on the spekcial qualities of USyd helped. I talked about the PBL program there, and this lead to the third question they asked.

    3) What did you like about PBL and what are some challenges that you encountered during PBL?

    4) Which courses/studies interested you the most in my undergraduate studies?

    5) Which field/side of medicine interests you the most? Which path do you want to pursue as a doctor in the future?

    6) Is there any other activities or qualities you want to highlight for us?

    The interviewees then asked if I had any questions for them.
    They told me they would keep in touch and let me know the result in 24 hours, and they did .
    Good luck on your interview, and let me know if there's any other questions.

    BTW have you applied to Queensland as well? If you get an offer from USyd, which would you choose? Just wondering what factors other people take into account when choosing a medical school.

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    I only applied to Sydney and UQ and was accepted at both. I am also very torn between the two schools. By the way, I am an American also with the intent to come back to North America at some point so I applied to the UQ-Ochsner program. I am assuming you applied to the regular UQ program.

    Both are highly reputable and offer similar course sizes (UQ is larger, but the PBL's and clinical rotations are about the same size). If you're main goal is to practice in North America than I say the biggest thing to consider is doing rotations in North America. In talking to American physicians, I found that spending clinical years in the States and getting good letters or rec are pivotal to landing a decent residency. I know that UQ's affiliation with Ochsner will allow you to do one of your core rotations and your elective there and you wouldn't really have to set anything up. In contrast, Sydney's affiliations at Cornell and Columbia are for research positions (a question I asked during my interview, and kind of a bummer because I am much more interested in being a clinician than a researcher). Not sure about the Canadian affiliations. As for your core rotation, they said they will help set something up at hospital overseas. So for you I would say...

    UQ pro's: cheaper, more convenient to do rotations overseas

    Sydney pro's: technically ranked higher by some lists than UQ, probably better if you are interested in reserach, more competitive admittance

    Let me know which one you go with!

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    Hi thisislife, I saw your post and I registered on this forum just to reply! I was in the same situation as you, I had a Skype interview and got an (unconditional) offer from USyd and later got another unconditional offer from UQ.

    I was also torn between the two, but because I am not from North America, I can't really answer that part of your question. I eventually chose USyd (paid the deposit yesterday). I think the reason was mainly living environment for me. I'm from Hong Kong, and so I'm a total city slicker, hence Sydney would satisfy me the most in that respect (although I understand Brisbane is not that quiet too).

    A family friend who is in academia in Australia (UNSW medical lecturer) told me that both are just as good, though USyd is more prestigious, but in the end it may not matter so much. Looking at the league trends, I concur with his view.

    UQ, as SNu pointed out, is cheaper. For living expenses, sure, but definitely in tuition fees. Although that depends on what modules you choose; if you go all surgical then maybe the difference is smaller.

    First year: Do correct me if I'm wrong; I think first year in UQ is much more fundamental science and laying out the foundations, whereas in USyd basics are brushed over pretty quickly and then you dive straight into the clinical teaching. Apparently at USyd you get patient contact from week 2, not sure about UQ.

    Hope this helps! Let us know what you choose, but be quick... UQ will close the door once they get enough students...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennluvya View Post
    Hey,
    Based on what you wrote, I guess you already had your interview with Sydney and had it very successfully. Can you please share your experience during the interview on Skype? I have mine coming up soon and I'm not sure what to expect except the fact that it's going to be "informal".... Thanks! and Congrats on your acceptance offers!
    Hi Jenn, would post my USyd interview experience but don't know if you've already done it by now! Give a shout if I can help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by badveg View Post
    Hi thisislife, I saw your post and I registered on this forum just to reply! I was in the same situation as you, I had a Skype interview and got an (unconditional) offer from USyd and later got another unconditional offer from UQ.

    I was also torn between the two, but because I am not from North America, I can't really answer that part of your question. I eventually chose USyd (paid the deposit yesterday). I think the reason was mainly living environment for me. I'm from Hong Kong, and so I'm a total city slicker, hence Sydney would satisfy me the most in that respect (although I understand Brisbane is not that quiet too).

    A family friend who is in academia in Australia (UNSW medical lecturer) told me that both are just as good, though USyd is more prestigious, but in the end it may not matter so much. Looking at the league trends, I concur with his view.

    UQ, as SNu pointed out, is cheaper. For living expenses, sure, but definitely in tuition fees. Although that depends on what modules you choose; if you go all surgical then maybe the difference is smaller.

    First year: Do correct me if I'm wrong; I think first year in UQ is much more fundamental science and laying out the foundations, whereas in USyd basics are brushed over pretty quickly and then you dive straight into the clinical teaching. Apparently at USyd you get patient contact from week 2, not sure about UQ.

    Hope this helps! Let us know what you choose, but be quick... UQ will close the door once they get enough students...
    Hey, I also got an acceptance from UQ and USyd...ended up choosing USyd. I don't know if it's the right decision, but I heard that USyd's pre-clinical years (ie. year 1 and 2) are better organized while there have been some complaints about UQ's teaching structure in years 1 and 2.

    Just wondering - did you receive any confirmation from USyd about whether or not they got your acceptance/deposit? My computer was acting up when I was on the deposit screen so I'm hoping everything went through okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marble30 View Post
    Hey, I also got an acceptance from UQ and USyd...ended up choosing USyd. I don't know if it's the right decision, but I heard that USyd's pre-clinical years (ie. year 1 and 2) are better organized while there have been some complaints about UQ's teaching structure in years 1 and 2.

    Just wondering - did you receive any confirmation from USyd about whether or not they got your acceptance/deposit? My computer was acting up when I was on the deposit screen so I'm hoping everything went through okay.
    Hi, I'm in the same situation--I paid my deposit but other than the automatic receipt, there's no confirmation from the medical faculty or international admissions. But if you didn't even get a receipt of payment, then it's quite possible the transaction didn't go through and you may have to do it again...

    And yes, I'm not sure if I made the right decision too, since both universities seem equally good, but I have read elsewhere of complaints about UQ's pre-clinical years... But then again... USyd's pretty good... so I don't think we could go wrong in a big way... haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by badveg View Post
    Hi, I'm in the same situation--I paid my deposit but other than the automatic receipt, there's no confirmation from the medical faculty or international admissions. But if you didn't even get a receipt of payment, then it's quite possible the transaction didn't go through and you may have to do it again...

    And yes, I'm not sure if I made the right decision too, since both universities seem equally good, but I have read elsewhere of complaints about UQ's pre-clinical years... But then again... USyd's pretty good... so I don't think we could go wrong in a big way... haha
    You're right about how both schools are pretty good. In fact, the main thing I was agonizing over the past few days was the extra amount of tuition for USyd each year (compared to UQ) and whether or not I wanted to pay it, lol.

    I might email International admissions in a few days if I still haven't received any news from them. Will let you know if I get a response.

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    Thanks so much for your replies.
    I was so torn between the two schools, but it was really interesting to hear that all you guys were worrying over the same decision between the two schools, lol.

    I decided to go to USyd and just accepted by offer and made the payment. (BTW I recieved a confirmation letter for both the web acceptance fromt the international acceptance and Travelex for the payment. I think you guys should definitely check with the office if you didn't get the letters.) My main concern was the tuition, but I think (and hope) that Sydney life would be worth it (especailly that city life ).

    So... I guess I'll see some of you guys at USyd ???
    Have you guys selected preference for the hospitals and residences?

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