Interview Questions Now Online
by Dan (Login dcorkery)

Hi guys,

seeing as I have been accepted into the 2003 cadre for University of Sydney, I've uploaded the sample interview questions for all and sundry to see.

Visit them at:

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

Cheers, Dan

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Anyone please reply abou U of Queensland interview!
by sn (Login nimalan)

Dear friends!
Anything that you know or might have heard from somee body else would be really helpful to me.So please reply .Thank you
sincerly
sn

Posted on Aug 27, 2002, 9:15 PM
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UQ 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

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Do they want us to stay?
by vk (Login venk)

Hi,

I was just wondering if Australian med schools want the international students at their schools to stay in Australia after med school? I've heard that Australia needs doctors in rural areas so is this why they allow international students to attend their school? I was just wondering since I wanted to know if it is possible to stay in Australia? Thanks

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No, they don't
by Anonymous (Login flindaphile)

US students can't stay in Australia, even for residency training. I think Canadians are able to stay; however.

North American students are accepted because of the revenue we generate. This is not necessarily a bad thing (the education is pretty good) but we would not be here if it were not for the dollars we bring.



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Rural doctors, Citizenships etc etc
by Dan (Login dcorkery)

Hi,

Australia has a problem - too many doctors in the wrong locations. Hence they make it exceedingly difficult for foreign doctors (especially those not from the former commonwealth) to practise in Australia.

Australia is desperately short of doctors in rural areas, however, and it is possible to get a full scholarship to medical school only on the basis of signing an agreement to work in a rural area for 5 years after you graduate. This is the scheme that I'll hopefully studying under. "Rural" is defined fairly liberally - some of the major centres are available to live and work in, and rural is defined by census data taken on April 20th, so it is possible to work in a fairly cosmopolitan tourist town as the population fluxes.

Another way no-one else has mentioned to work in Australia as a doctor is to apply to join the Australian Army. Once you've served a number of years (2?) you can have automatic citizenship, and all the rights that that entails. Some citizens from some countries cannot enter this way (Iraq, Iran, etc).

The Australian Army/Navy/Air Force also has EXCELLENT scholarship schemes - well paid (about 35,000 per year + books + other) and well looked after (Full dental, health, insurance et al), and due to the large amount of Australian Peace Keepers overseas, you're likely to be stationed overseas (where your income is not taxed at all - effectively doubling your income).

Either that, or you can find, fall in love with and marry an Aussie, which'll give you immediate residency and improve your chances a bit.

Cheers, Dan Corkery
http://www20.brinkster.com/dcorkery/..._interview.htm

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after MBBS???
by sidd (Login aliendoc)

hello everybody. i am studying in russia in 4th year in MBBS.i always wanted to join mbbs in australia but couldn't. now i wish to join any good university in aus. after mbbs.pliz inform me if anybody has got info that can help me. thakfull to u . sidd

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Any info about U of queensland interview process pls
by sn (Login nimalan)

Hi all!
Does anyone know anything about u of queensland's interview process? Please let me know if you know any info about the programme.Past or current students' experiences would be very much appreciated.Thanks for your help.
sincerly
sn

Posted on Aug 22, 2002, 7:45 PM
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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


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HELP FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS COMING TO FLINDERS FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL
by vegemitosis (Login vegemitosis)

I am a medical student at flinders and don't mind helping some of you students coming from overseas. I did not get all the information I wish I had before I got here and now I want to hopefully start a trend of students truly helping students. I am from North America and please ask me anything. Also, as I answer your questions, I will try to add more information which may be useful to you... it was to me.

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Impressions of Flinders
by Samuel Ing (Login saming)

My daughter just was accepted at Flinders for the first year class of Feb 2003. Since we have not had any contact with Adelaide or Australia before, I would be interested in your impressions of the quality of education at Flinders.

Samuel Ing

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Re: Impressions of Flinders
by Anonymous (Login vegemitosis)

Congratulations on your daughter's acceptance to Flinders. Where do you come from? Flinders is a very unique medical school in that students receive clinical training beginning from the second week of classes. The clinical training is thorough and by the end of the first year, if the clinical tutor assigned to your daughter's group is good at teaching, she will be able to take a complete patient history, and perform physical exam on all of the following body systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, and blood & defense. This is all done on real patients in the hospital. Also, the hospital is always open to students to come in and see patients whenever they want. So that is what makes Flinders great. As you probably know by now, the curriculum is PBL which means "problem based learning". The students get a case on a specific condition and formulate learning objectives for the case and then do a lot of self-study to find answers to the learning issues. At the end of each case, a sheet is given out with the required learning objectives so that students can see if they met them. Usually they haven't so this means more self-study. They pros of this type of system are that it encourages group study, and makes the course less intimidating and does not encourage competition among peers. There is no need for competitiveness since exams are not based on a curve, but a flat scale. The bad is that, too many students shoot in the dark with their answers, not enough guidance and many times things become quite messy. The lectures that accompany the cases are average at best. Every so often, the lectures are gems. Thankfully, typed lecture notes are given out with every lecture(very important to learn). Sometimes the lectures are not at all helpful. Also, nothing here is geared to help international students with the USMLE. So all of that must be self taught (buy the review books early and use them with this course)You will have lots of time for that. If your daughter prefers didactic (traditional lecture style) type learning, then things will start out rocky for her, as they did for me. Thankfully I am used to a lot of self-study and when exams came around I did not find them to be very challenging. I personally don't care for PBL, and feelings are mixed here. Books are cheap here, considering the US, and Canadian exchange rate at this time. But one book your daughter should bring is "Clinical Microbiology made ridiculously simple". I found it very useful for the second half of the first semester. Well I guess what I am really saying is that the clinical aspect of the course is wonderful, but the foundation students recieve is not so great, so I hope you have some sort of biology background before you start here. Even though the first semester is supposed to help with that, but does a poor job of doing so. Hope this helps, please let me know if you have anymore questions.

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Impressions of Flinders
by Anonymous (Login saming)

Thank you for your very informative post. In addition I would be interested in your estimation of the Flinders program in comparison with the other Australian Medical schools that accept international students...i.e. Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland. Do any of the other schools have a track record to compare with Flinders? What are your comments on the living accommodations at Flinders? Do you recommend or not recommend The Flinders apartments or do you suggest looking for private accommodation? Can one get along without a car or is one advisable? We are from the Los Angeles, CA area and therefore drive on the right hand side of the road. Not sure how hard it is to learn to drive on the left hand side of road. Do you have any information on the rural health rotations? i.e. Darwin. Is that rotation recommended as opposed to just staying at Flinders Medical Center.

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Re: Impressions of Flinders
by Anonymous (Login vegemitosis)

I am not too sure about the other programs here. But I do know that Flinders is the most respected here and in the USA. U of Sydney only gives exams at the end of second year and if you don't pass those exams you are in trouble. Also that style of program does not help your daughter since she probably wants to return to the US and needs exams to gauge herself and help her prep for the USMLE. Flinders is definitely well respected here as far as 4 year programs go. There are some 6 year programs that are well known but that is no good for North Americans. Flinders is definitely the school to attend here and even the students from Sydney and Melbourne say that. Also, the cost of living is much less here than those other places. Sydney is outrageous as far as cost of living goes, but it is also a much larger city so there is a trade off. Adelaide is a very small city especially compared to L.A. In all of Australia, everything shuts down around 5pm everyday except for Thursday. That is the night shops stay open until 9 pm. Also, everything is closed on Sundays all day. The Flinders apartments are almost impossible to get into unless you want to wait a couple of years. But they do have the medical center flats which are basically dorm living except for your own room. You will share the kitchen, the bathroom (called a toilet or water closet here) and the common area. The benefit is that the flats are right next to the hospital and medical school and there are many students there. It costs about 80 dollars (AUS) per week to rent and there is no lease to sign so you can move out whenever you like. You can have your own phone in the room and a TV if you want but we only get 4 stations in this state. (Adelaide is in the state of South Australia. The State is about the size of Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and two more US states but only has 1.4 million total as oppose to L.A. which has about 35 million. So there isn't much diversity here.) Driving isn't difficult here, it is easy to get used to, you just have to get out and drive. But in addition to driving on the opposite of the road than the US, the steering wheel is also on the opposite side of the car here. People can get around without a car here but I don't recommend it. Public transportation is not too good. It is very slow. That is another brownie point for Sydney, as they have great public transport there. I live off campus and rent is good. You can find apartments for 100-150 per week off campus. I rented a house about 10 minutes from campus and ride my bike there when it doesn't rain. But I also have a car for shopping, movies, etc. If you want private accommodations here I recommend you arrive here one month before classes begin and look. There is a lot but try to get the campus housing until you find something. Let the school know that you want it. Bring warm clothes since the winters (now) are cold and there is no such thing as central heating in this country. Sometimes I think that this place is a third world country. You will get here in the dead of summer. (Dec-Jan) Now, on to the rural health rotations which are undertaken during third year. I really wanted to do them but as it turns out they are only for locals who might want to go rural after medical school. The school will tell you that anybody can apply but I found out from one of the coordinators that no international student that applied was accepted last year. It would be a great experience, but on the other hand, if your daughter doesn't plan to stay here in OZ after medical school, then she is better off staying at Flinders, so she can focus on the USMLE. As I said before, clinical experience here is great and surpasses the US in that regard. If you need clarification on anything please let me know. I hope all was clear, and please continue to ask anything you need. You can also email me whenever you want.

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Comments/Corrections
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

Just a clarification - not everywhere in Australia do ALL the shops close at 5pm, and most definitely in at least the bigger cities on the Eastern Seaboard (even some of the small ones I'm sure!) the shops are definitely open on Sundays.

Also, I'm a Sydney local who has travelled to many other cities and lived overseas, and let me tell you, the Sydney public transport can be summed up in one word - NIGHTMARE!!

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Re: Comments/Corrections
by vegemitosis (Login vegemitosis)

Yes, not all shops close at five pm, but for the most part, things do shut down at five pm. But Sundays is another story. There are petrol stations, fast food shops, and grocery stores open but that is about it. If you think Sydney public transport is a nightmare, then adelaide's is non-existant

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Correction
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

Once again, maybe in Adelaide. But in all the bigger cities on at least the Eastern seaboard, ALL the shopping centres (not just petrol stations etc.) are open from 9-5 on Sundays.

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all the BIG cities?????
by vegemitosis (Login vegemitosis)

yes you are right about sundays, except here in boganville, I mean adelaide. But closing at five is still early.
By all the big cities you mean Sydney, and possibly Melbourne. That is about it for this country. And 2-4 million is not big. Actually they are quite crowded for their geographic size.

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Re: all the BIG cities?????
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

Well, I actually think that it's more than just Sydney and Melbourne. Brisbane definitely has all-day Sunday shopping, as do most of the larger tourist areas in Queensland (Gold Coast, Cairns etc.). Newcastle in NSW definitely does, as do many areas on the Central Coast (Gosford, Erina etc.). Geelong in Victoria definitely does. To be honest I don't really care - if I can't get my act together to go shopping the other 90% of the week, then I'm a fool.

I prefer quality to quantity when it comes to size. Four million in Sydney is enough for me!!

Jimmy P

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ENOUGH ALREADY!
by Anonymous (Login Lauren10)

OKAY! Enough already! Yes, Adelaide does have a funny law to protect small businesses which ends up inconveniencing the consumer. I think it is a valid point that people should know when choosing a university.

Every city has its quirks and Adelaide's is noted. Sydney is big (which is good or bad). Can we put this subject to rest?

Thank you vegemitosis for the time you have put into writing your posts, I think they are very helpful.

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sorry
by vegemitosis (Login vegemitosis)

I apologize if I have offended anyone, but I am glad I could help. If anyone needs anymore specific info regarding Flinders, and adelaide, I will be happy to help.



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No worries
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

No offence taken. None was intended.

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Interviews for local students
by med_hopeful (Login med_hopeful)

Hi,

I am an Australian permanent resident currently working abroad.

Are you aware of what the interview process is like for local students? I have heard that it is tough and specially so for those from non English speaking backgrounds.

Any info on this is much appreciated.

Many thanks,
mh

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Re: Interviews for local students
by Anonymous (Login vegemitosis)

hello med hopeful,

I asked some locals today about the process for their admission. Basically the interview is done in front of a panel of some of your future professors. I am told that it is not difficult at all. After some general questions, you are given a scenario that you must respond to. Kind of like a mini-case There is no right answer. It is all about how you handle the situation. So if you keep your cool, and act right, you will have no problem. Be thankful that you have an interview since most of the people interviewed are accepted. They just want to know that you are a good people person, and can work in groups well. But judging from some of the students here, that doesn't even seem to matter to them. As far as it being difficult for non-english background students, I don't think I agree with that. We have some students here that have major trouble speaking english, and sometimes I can't understand them, but they are getting along just fine and even are alotted extra time to finish exams. also, since you are given lecture notes, you shouldn't have a problem with the lectures either.

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Thanks!
by med_hopeful (Login med_hopeful)

Thank you very much for the trouble you've taken to find out this information. It gives me confidence to hear that others from a similar background have made it. Do you know if the mini-cases you mentioned are medicine related? I am wondering whether the interviewers are keen on knowledge of medical ethics etc.

Thanks again & best wishes,
mh

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Re: Thanks!
by Anonymous (Login vegemitosis)

Hey MH,
The cases are not medicine related, but are just to gauge you personally. Always answer in a compasionate way and be honest if you don't know the answer. Don't worry about medical ethics, since you will get lots of that during first year(enough to choke you).
Best wishes and keep in touch to let me know how it goes, and if you have anymore questions.

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Interview Information
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


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Please HELP
by Pret (Login pret9)

hey, I was wondering if u could help me out?? im also from North America. DO they take students into Med skool straight out of High skool, after gr. 12? What city is the med school in? Do you think its a good idea to go to medical school there??? Please help! Thank you, I would appreciate it if u would e-mail me, thank you so much!

e-mail me at [email protected]

Sincerely,
Pret

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need info
by A (Login MDdreams)

Hi, I am a North American student who would love info on Australian medical schools. I am going to be graduating from a good Uni here but with low GPA ( a 3.0, and a semi-decent MCAT)...can I get in and what kind information do I need? who do I need to contact and what was the process like for you?