University of Sydney
by jay (Login caljay96) [email protected]

Hi! My name is Jay and I've been accepted to the USyd program for the 2003 school year. Can anyone tell my about their experience at the various clinical schools? Which is best? How have you found the work load?

I'd love to hear from anyone in my class, as well. I am really looking forward to February!

Thanks, J.

Posted on Nov 18, 2002, 7:30 PM
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congratulations...can you answer some of my questions?
by Anonymous (Login bliss187)

Hi Jay! First, congratulations on your acceptance!! I don't have any info for you but was wondering if you could give me some - I really want to go to Sydney next year. I'm a US citizen from New York in my senior year of college - did you apply as an international? Can you give me some info on the admissions proceess? How did your interview go? What is the gpa cutoff? (I know they say 5.5/7, but I'm not sure how they look at gpa for US citizens). How do you send in your recommendations if they require them (does each recommender send a referencee letter directly to the school....or does the prehealth committee do that like they do for US med schools - but I know that some colleges don't have prehealth committees...)


Any info is very much appreciated! Thank you!

Posted on Nov 19, 2002, 2:56 PM
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application info
by jay (Login caljay96)

Sorry-- I have a passport, which makes me a "local" applicant. I can't tell you much about the international process. I can tell you that most of the info you need is on the website. As for the interview, it is semi-structured and closed, meaning that they ask everyone the same set of questions and weigh the individual's responses and that the interviewers know nothing about you. It was really very straight-forward. As for the letters of rec, you won't need them. USyd doesn't accept them. Your transcripts, your MCAT or GAMSAT score, and your interview are all they look at. By the way, I have no idea what the GPA cutoff is on a 4 point scale...I just sent my transcripts in and they converted it for me. If it's any help, I had a 3.6 from UC Berkeley. Good Luck!

Posted on Dec 11, 2002, 8:42 AM
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Re: application info
by scott (Login sflan) [email protected]
Hey,

I am an international student who appied to Usyd from Indiana and got accepted this past sept. I had a 3.4 at Indiana University, the thing is, Usyd only weighs the last three years of a four year degree. So since I did my worse my freshman year, I looked a lot better. Like Jay said, On the ACER app. I just did the best I thought, and sent my transcripts with it and let them convert the rest. Once you finish the ACER app. all you have to do, is sit back and wait for a reply, probably sometime in August. Then interview in New York, I dont know if you have interviewed at any schools in the US, but the interview with Usyd was 15times better than any interview I had in US. They were so interested in me, and who I was and not so much what I knew, Well, hope that helps, let me know if you any more questions.


Posted on Dec 12, 2002, 7:40 AM
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question.......
by scott (Login sstirling1)

congrats on sydney I'm going there in feb also... I put the north shore hospital as my first choice cuz I'm trying to live on the north side of sydney but that probably won't help too much however I do think the main hospital in sydney is the largest hospita(I lived in sydney for about a year) anyway I have a few question for you assuming you're a U.S applicant if not no worries don't read the rest of this but if you could help I'd be very appreciative ...... I've already submitted my stafford loan stuff and got a lender etc... but obviously the stafford loan will just cover tuition however sydney goes through that teri organization for private loans which will cover your living costs my question is... why go through teri and not one of their lenders? and what is your plan for the private loan stuff or about the extra 10 grand we have to borrow?? let me know what your plan is (assuming your a U.S applicant) thanks!
scott

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loans
by jay (Login caljay96)

I'm actually an Australian citizen, so I'm not doing the Stafford thing. I have some money saved, and will have to take out private loans for the rest. Sorry.

Posted on Nov 26, 2002, 7:16 PM
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Hey, so your in my medical school class, huh?
by Scott (Login sflan)

Hi,

My name is Scott. I just stumbled across this little forum today and it is great! I really could have used this over the past 4 months while I tried to figure all the loans, living, flights, and visa pains that I have went through. I am proud to say that I did it all on my own and am coming on January 4th. How are you?

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classmates
by jay (Login caljay96)

Yeah, it is a great forum isn't it? I had to figure most stuff out on my own as well, but fortunately I was living in Perth at the time so I could ask my mates. I will be arriving the 1st week in February or so (my family has threatened to kill me if I take off again without a proper Xmas!). Where are you from? How did you decide on med school in Oz? Just wondering. J.

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Re: classmates
by Anonymous (Login sflan)

Actually, my parents are little teed-off that I am leaving so soon, I just cant wait to get there (never been!!!!) As for why I am coming, long story that I will more than willingly tell you over a couple of, what do you call them, "midis"!! anyway, from the US, Indiana actually. I think you said in a post(to the american hater, racism guy) that you lived here for a time, where, when? Where are you living in Sydney? hope you are as excited to go as I? keep postin...


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still classmates
by jay (Login caljay96)

Yeah-- my best friend is threating to disown me if I head out any earlier than Feb, but I had two years in Perth prior to this so I'm not quite as antsy! I am a little nervous-- but in a good way. I am really excited about med school! I'd love to get together for a midi-- maybe even a pint! If you like beer, you'll fit right in. Where will you be living? Have you found a place yet? I'm at SUV. Seemed like a good place...we'll see. You can email me if you like at my primary email address: [email protected]. See you when I get there! j.

Posted on Dec 15, 2002, 10:15 AM
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hey
by scott (Login sflan)

Jay,

I am leaving tommorrow, I will be arriving in sydney on monday. I am staying with a family for the time being, I would love to get in touch and hang out, let me know when you get in, I am looking forward to meeting you....
scott

Posted on Jan 3, 2003, 10:08 PM
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Selected to Flinders : What should I bring?
by mike (Login med_hopeful)

To all Flindaphiles,

I am living in the UK at the moment and having being selected to Flinders, hope to come to Adelaide in January.

It would be great if those of you who came to Flinders from abroad could give me some hints as to what to bring (ie. stuff that you found it difficult / expensive to get in Adelaide).

Any info on part time work is also greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,
Mike

Posted on Nov 13, 2002, 2:56 AM
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What you need...
by flindaphile (Login flindaphile)

Contrary to what you may have seen on TV, Australia is a developed country. You really don't need to bring anything. The cost of living here is very low so, in general, it is less expensive to buy things here than to ship them from overseas.


Posted on Nov 13, 2002, 3:52 AM
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check out....
by Anonymous (Login tree_sap)

Check out the post from Kimberli Cox, a Flinders grad, from last year. It is currently on page 10, under the topic "what should I bring?"

Anything more specific, please ask.

Posted on Nov 23, 2002, 8:52 PM
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