Vancouver, Canada
by Greg (Login pigfiddle)

Hey guys,

It be cool to head over to Adelaide with a fellow classmate in January before school starts.

Let me know if anyone from Vancouver is going, or if you're passing through on the way.

Greg

Posted on Sep 20, 2002, 12:35 AM
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Hi Greg!
by sn (Login nimalan)

Hi Greg!
I am from Vancouver,Canada as well.Congratulations on your acceptence to Flinders. Could you please e-mail to [email protected] asap?,
Thank you!
Vincent

Posted on Sep 22, 2002, 10:34 AM
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I am a sophomore, but I am starting to worry about chances =(
by Christopher (Login C.A.R25)

Hello guys, I have been looking up lots of stuff online about medical schools etc. I have been wandering about both international schools and also schools in the US.

I am a student here in Maryland at the University of Maryland, Baltimore county (UMBC). This school is affiliated with the well known Shock Truama Center (may be you saw it on TLC or discovery health).

Ever since Ieft Jamaica to do college here, my freshman yr is totaly below my usual standards (1.98 freshman GPA). Those mostly include the intro humanity classes though, my 1st semester of my sophmore yr was much better (3.0 GPA, Could have been better if it was not for that Bio302-Genetics).

At this time, I have been tooo worried about my future, because of my poor freshman yr because I know I have what it takes.

So far I have been fitting in any classes I once took in freshman yr to retake (replaces old grade, so GPA would be better).

I have also been volunteering in Shock Truama, this has truly been an eye opener as well as an inspiration.

Next semester I hope to add Emergency Health Sciences as my major (or might double major with Chem if I can handle it). Next semester I shall also be an EMT.

What do you guys think of my chances, if one were to have a 3.3-3.4GPA and a MCAT of 28-30 with good LOR and ECs?

PS--> I could get into Howard Med with that, and I am a under repusented minority.
Thanks

Posted on Sep 14, 2002, 7:32 PM
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INFORMATION RESOURCE for Australian Grad Med Interview
by Dan (Login dcorkery)

Hi,

I've built a fairly large databank of possible questions for the Grad Med Interview, along with resources to aid in answering them.

It is available online at:

http://www20.brinkster.com/dcorkery/..._interview.htm

Another great resource about the GAMSAT exam itself is available online at:

http://gmp.steinerfamily.com

Cheers, Dan Corkery

Posted on Sep 14, 2002, 6:17 PM
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Grad Med and GAMSAT information
by Dan Corkery (Login dcorkery)

Hi guys,

I've cleaned up the site and uploaded it (minus the interview info) online at:

http://www20.brinkster.com/dcorkery/index.asp

Although the old URL should still work.

The interview information is not going to be online until November 2002, or until I get offered a place.

For anyone stuydying for the 2003 GAMSAT, I'm also running tutoring sessions, specialising in people who have English as a Second Language. E-mail me at [email protected] if you want to line up some tutoring in Sydney.

Cheers, Dan Corkery

Posted on Sep 20, 2002, 11:45 PM
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Information on Sydney Med interview
by Geoff (Login geoffrey001)

Does anyone have any suggestions or helpfull hints about sitting the Sydney interview? Anything would be great as im not exactly sure what to expect.

Posted on Sep 11, 2002, 12:28 PM
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University of Sydney Interview
by Dan (Login dcorkery)

Hi,

I've built a fairly large databank of possible questions for the Grad Med Interview, along with resources to aid in answering them.

It is available online at:

http://www20.brinkster.com/dcorkery/..._interview.htm

Another great resource about the GAMSAT exam itself is available online at:

http://gmp.steinerfamily.com

Posted on Sep 14, 2002, 5:37 PM
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Nice, but......
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

That's nice of you Dan to put all that stuff up for people, but aren't you shooting yourself in the foot a bit by giving people who mightn't have prepared as well as you for the interview all the information that you've worked hard to put together. It's very helpful and unselfish to do it, but it means that people are getting a free ride off all your hard work, for something that seems really important for you. I mean they're probably competing with you for the same spot. Just a thought.

BTW, hope you don't mind me asking, but what was your overall GAMSAT score? Do you know what overall score is likely to be needed for USyd assuming the interview goes okay? My understanding is that the first group is "Medicine can't do without you", second group is "Medicine would really like you", third group is "Medicine would like you", fourth group is "Medicine doesn't want you", fifth group is "Medicine can't afford to have you". I've been told that most people get in the third group, and then it comes down to the overall GAMSAT score. Do you know what would be needed assuming you're in the third group?

Posted on Sep 15, 2002, 5:30 PM
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Nice...but... response
by Dan Corkery (Login dcorkery)

Hi,

thanks for the heads-up, the site is pulled until 1 November 2002, or until I get an offer for a place. Or both. Or neither. I'm working on whim here, people...

I got 68/69/68 for the GAMSAT, which is in the 4th percentile, I think. Maybe. I just remember getting it and snorting my coffee and then doing that homer simpson "whoob-de-doo-doo-doo" floor running thing.

I don't have a science degree (I've an Arts/Comp Sci thingamajig they call a B.IT), I finished my degree in the last millenium and I was working 10 hour days whilst studying for the GAMSAT. It's hard, but it isn't that hard. Go climb a 21,000' mountain or have a child or enter an adventure race or something.

I'm not sure what the scores were for the 5 ranking bands (based on the interview) but we can try and work them out.

Okay, about 1/3rd of the potential members is gotten rid of. Assuming an equal spread between all of the five ranks (perhaps in a bell curve, but life ain't like that). Now you only have to contend with the people in rungs A-C as the people in D-E will be getting nasty little letters in the mail. Bye Bye D and E.

Cut-off score for the 2003 intake will be 57. What they do is they sort everyone into the different interview bands, and then sort by GAMSAT score.

Then they go from the top of Band A, and keep on going, and the top of Band B and keep on going and then probably reach 2/3rds of the way down band C and then run out of places.

So they send out acceptance letters (early November) and wait for replies. A usual amount of people get sick, die, do dentistry, decide to travel to india, or decide that medicine isn't for them. Then another handful of people next on the list get an offer (this is how some people know in November and some in January).

As the GAMSAT rank is scaled on a curve, you'll need to be 30% higher (all things being equal) GAMSAT score than everyone else in the C band, a good interviewing technique or blind luck on your side. As you can't work on anything else, practise your interviewing technique.

Then again, they could be using sub-bands and that's screw us up even more - ie. A1, a2, a3 then b1, b2, b3 etc etc.

Off the cuff, I'd say the borderline for Band C would be about 60. I'm not sure how they judge someone who has 80/57/57 but I know that they're looking for "well-rounded" candidates, so it'll count against you if you've got a weird score like that.

All of these bands, plus the criteria that they are explicitly looking for can be found in a PDF document on the U.Syd website. I'm not sure where it was, but I found it by looking for "University of Sydney GAMSAT Medicine" and then paging through the results.

Jimmy P - if you're interviewing for Sydney I've got a group of people that are going to meet up for a beer before the interviews so we can discuss possible questions and get all the nervousness out of our systems before the big day. I'd rather spend a couple of days making sure that I was in band A or B than letting it slide and fining out I was at the bottom of band C.

Send me an email on [email protected] and I'll include your name on the email list.

Cheers, Dan Corkery

Posted on Sep 15, 2002, 10:27 PM
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Thanks A lot Jimmy
by Anonymous (Login Harps222)

not

thanks for advising that info be removed after you have seen it
could have been helpful

Posted on Sep 16, 2002, 7:52 PM
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No worries
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

1. I didn't gain anything from the information.

2. I didn't remove it.

3. Why should Dan give you a free ride on the coat tails of all the work he's done. He'd be shooting himself in the foot. Not selfish, simply sensible and common sense. He said he'd put the stuff up post-interviews, so that future interviewees can benefit from it, but why should he give people that he's competing against a leg up. Let's call a spade a spade.

4. Good luck in the interview.


Posted on Sep 17, 2002, 4:14 PM
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Grad Med Info back online (minus interview info)
by Dan Corkery (Login dcorkery)

Hi guys,

I've cleaned up the site and uploaded it (minus the interview info) online at:

http://www20.brinkster.com/dcorkery/index.asp

Although the old URL should still work.

The interview information is not going to be online until November 2002, or until I get offered a place.

For anyone stuydying for the 2003 GAMSAT, I'm also running tutoring sessions, specialising in people who have English as a Second Language. E-mail me at [email protected] if you want to line up some tutoring in Sydney.

Cheers, Dan Corkery

Posted on Sep 20, 2002, 11:43 PM
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