Interview info for University of Sydney
by venk (Login venk)

Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone had any information about the interview for University of Sydney. How long is the interview? What kind of atmosphere is it? What can I expect? Thanks for the info!

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Try this
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

www.gmp.usyd.edu.au has some info. Otherwise a guy called Des O'Neill at www.comptext.com.au runs interview preparation courses.

I'm hoping to get an interview with USyd too - are you?

Later

Jimmy

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Grad Med information - U.Syd
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
U.Syd entry interview for 3rd October.... good luck guys!

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U Sydney - clinicals in U.S. for Americans?
by Randy (Login rpitman)

I've been researching Flinders and U. Sydney, and so far I like both, BUT I do not know what clinical affiliations U. Sydney has with hospitals/centers in the U.S. What's worse is that U. Sydney's admissions won't tell you anything specific (Flinders proudly reports on their website), except that "clinicals can be done outside of Australia". This is relatively important (see messages from Kimberly Cox), since Americans, to get a U.S. residency, need to do some clinicals in U.S., and they should be done at ACGME centers (those which also have residency programs).

Does anyone know of the nature or any particulars about U. Sydney clinicals (particularly the electives) done in the U.S.? Know of any affiliations, or current placements, or if they're ACGME?


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U.Syd Clinical Affiliations with the US
by Dan (Login dcorkery)

Hi,

Medical Program information and admissions enquiries
Tel: +61 2 9351 3132
Email: [email protected]

or contact:

Mr Keith McMullen
Manager, Faculty Office and Medical Program Administration Unit
Tel: +61 2 9351 7068
Email: [email protected]

Cheers, Dan Corkery

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PDAs
by mika (Login mika1616)

Do you think it would be useful to have a PDA for schools that use PBL? I was thinking it would make life easier having some of the resources (drug databases, etc) already on your PDA...

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PDAs for PBL
by Anonymous (Login tree_sap)

I asked myself that same question last year. I thought I would be the only person who didn't have one. Third year medical students tell me they are really useful, you can download all sorts of "bugs and drugs" information into them, but they are really not essential until them. The people who do use them use them in the same way I'd use a dayplanner...except quite a bit more expensive. I can't imagine how they would be useful for PBL...?

I am glad I didn't get one last year, the technology is changing so much. I am planning on getting one for third year, who knows what will be available by then.

Of course, that's just my opinion and you won't look like a dork if you have one!

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where to go med. school?
by Anonymous (Login laweie)

Hi - this is for any suggestion on which country to go to med. school. I went to undergr. college in us. Now I am thinking of applying for med. sch. in australia or somewhere else. are the requirements very diff. from us medical schools? I plan to live outside of us although still deciding where to practice medicine. my question is that whereever I go to medical school am I limited to a life in that country and if I ever move will I need to obtain new training/license all over again? some doc. have said they had to redo their training when they moved to u.s. I would like to travel and practice in different countries. which country should I obtain my license so it will be strongest and allow me the freedom to take it anywhere and practice medicine. [email protected]

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Oz Med = Great
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

Australian medical schools are widely very highly regarded. Australian medical science and the medical system are equal to the best in the world, and Australia offers a great standard of living. Doctors make good money (maybe not the mega-bucks that can be made in the US, but still enough to live very very comfortably - particularly if you are a specialist), and from what I've heard, the stress and hours, although obviously not insignificant, are not as much as in the US or UK. I personally know many doctors who have trained and worked in Australia and have gone on to be the top of their field in the US and UK. Most specialists will do stints training around Australia and around the world (particularly UK and US). So I don't think you'll be "stuck" practising in the country you train in if you train in Oz (who knows, you might actually decide you like it enough to actually "want" to be "stuck" here). Flinders Uni has a strong US-expat student focus, and is supposed to be an excellent uni. Adelaide is much cheaper in terms of living expenses than Sydney or Adelaide, but in terms of social life is probably a bit quieter. Melbourne Uni is highly regarded, and Melbourne has some top-notch hospitals/teaching hospitals. Melbourne is particularly renowned worldwide for its orthopaedic surgery specialists. Melbourne is a beautiful city, which is bigger and more interesting than Adelaide, while not as big as Sydney (ie: not as bad traffic and pollution, and cheaper accomodation/living expenses). Sydney Uni is a *** *** ****** (the oldest in Oz) and Sydney Uni is a beautiful uni. Sydney is a great city, but is the most expensive and crowded (nothing compared to NYC crowded though!). Queensland Uni has a high reputation and Brisbane is actually quite a nice place that is rapidly starting to become a real growth area. It's cheaper than probably Sydney and Melbourne, but maybe a bit more than Adelaide (Flinders).

Anyhow, let me know if you need anymore info about Oz or in particular Sydney.

Cya.

Jimmy P

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don't plan on staying...
by Anonymous (Login tree_sap)

I agree, Australian medical schools have a good reputation and you'll get a great education. I just don't want to mislead you into thinking you can stay after graduation. I am also an American and it was made VERY clear when I was accepted that I would also return (or at least leave the country). There are a shortage of doctors in rural areas, but not in the cities. I suppose if you pledged you would practice in a rural area for the rest of your life, maybe you could stay...

Of course an Australian degree opens many doors, elsewhere as well. If you are interested in international health, there are tons of opportunities. You can always take the USMLE and go back to North America as well (although I'm not looking forward to that very much).

Maybe you could have a think about where you'd like to eventually practice (1st world? 3rd world?) and then where you should go to medical school will be clearer.

Cheers!

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5 year program at Monash University
by Anonymous (Login bliss187)

Hi- I was wondering if anyone had information about Monash University. What is the selection criteria for international students (particularly U.S.)? I read that they look at SAT scores, but what else? I'm going to be a senior in college and I just want to get started with applying for med school now.

Does anyone know anyone who goes to this school who can give some input on Monash?

Thank you in advance!

Posted on Jul 2, 2002, 10:30 AM
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updated info
by Anonymous (Login bliss187)

Just in case anyone is interested in this school...below is an email I got from an admissions representative at Monash University.

__________________________________________________ _____________
Thank you for your inquiry regarding application materials.

Your understanding in application materials are almost correct. The only
thing you have to add is evidence of your secondary education and academic
transcripts from it.

The MBBS course is one of the most popular courses in Monash so that we have
many applicants from all over the world and finally only few people are
allowed to study this course. I do not have exact figures for how many
international students has been successful so far. Your application will be
assessed individually and the outcome of your application will come out four
to six after lodging of application.

Should you have any further inquiries and require any assistance please feel
free to contact me.

Regards,

Candy Chun
Monash University
CRICOS CODE: 00008C



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Monash - Great Uni
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

I'm actually looking at doing the Sydney GMP next year as a local student, but I know for a fact that Monash is one of the most highly regarded medical schools in the Southern Hemisphere, if not the world. Their research is particularly strong, and Melbourne has many top-notch hospitals. I'm no expert, but I have been told by many people, that Melbourne is a world centre for orthopaedic work, not in a small part due to the fact that there are so many sporting injuries, particularly knee and shoulder injuries from the local "main game" - Aussie Rules Football. Melbourne itself is quite nice. Cheaper than Sydney to live in (particularly accomodation), and more continental and reserved than its brasher cousin Sydney. Good luck.

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Re: Monash - Great Uni
by Anonymous (Login bliss187)

Hi! Thank you for responding with the very useful informaation. Good luck with Sydney. i hear it is a wonderful school. Thank you again!

Posted on Jul 4, 2002, 7:59 PM
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hey
by pinoymax (Login pinoymax)

hey wasabi, how's it going?? from what you've said i think they are willing to accept you, but didn't they send you a list of requirements?? in my case i was required to send in my transcripts and other info.
try getting in touch with them, if it isn't possible through email, then i think you should try calling them or sending them fax. it's important that you move as fast as possible on this especially if you want to make it to the start of the first sem early next year.

i wish you all the best man, let me know how it goes.

all the best.



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Beware of (PBU) Pacific Basin University SOM
by "Ripped Off" (Login rippedoff)

This is a school that will clearly take your money and the school is just a tool for taking Step 1/2. (No way your going to pass a USMLE step)
*Ask the school for a "MANDATORY" tour of their Basic Science location .
*Class size 3-5 students maximum.
*Ask the school about their REFUND Policy (No Policy).
*Ask the school about their withdrawal policy (No Policy).
*Ask the school how many graduates have they graduated 0%.
*Do not listen to the pre-paid so called students for advise.
*99.5% of student body came from other medical schools.
Dr. Aktar and his wife will promise you everything and anything, but once they get your Tuition payment in full they will turn you over to the local nationals that teach their basic science courses. You will not here from Dr. Rashid Aktar or his wife until tuition is due again.
* No financial aid (So called private high interest loans).
**Did you notice PBU does not have a forum on this site (Why not something to hide and/or to many complaints)?
*** Most of all get everything that they promise you in writing, because this is a foreign school and they will be very hard to take to a USA court and sue for the return of your USA funds. I learned the hard way and now I'm out of $4,500.00

Signed: "Screwed real Good by Rashid"

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Re: Living in Adelaide
by mika (Login mika1616)

Is adelaide relatively safe? If I need to walk home late from the university is there any reason for concern?

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Flinders interview experience for local students
by Mike (Login med_hopeful)

Hi,

I hope to apply to Flinders Graduate Medical Course as a local student.

Is anyone aware what the interview is like for local applicants? Would appreciate any tips or hints.

Many thanks,

Mike

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Any local students in this forum?
by mike (Login med_hopeful)

Hi,

If there are any local Flinders students, would be great if you could tell us a bit about your interview experience at Flinders. I have heard that there is a 'scenario' section and would like to find out what it is really like.

Many thanks,
Mike

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Untitled
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

Does anyone have any tips for the USyd interviews?!? I got a good GAMSAT result and am above the required GPA, so I am virtually assured of an interview.

What should I do to prepare? What are the do's and the dont's on the actual day?? Any experiences or advice would be much appreciated.

Thanking you in advance.

James

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SORRY - TITLE OF LAST POST IS "INTERVIEW???"
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

Correction.

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Anyone going to answer my question?!? : )
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)


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hi jimmy p
by pinoymax (Login pinoymax)

hey jimmy p, i think the problem is most IMG's in australia are enrolled at flinders and so don't have much info on the interview at the university of syd. you seem like a nice guy, i don't think you'll have any problems getting in.
hope you make it.


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Thanks Guys
by Jimmy P (Login JPO2002)

Hi guys, thanks for your responses. I'm actually a local student (hence I chose GAMSAT instead of MCAT), who stumbled across your great site in my search for info on GAMSAT. It's good to know that there are such nice and helpful international students coming to study here. If anyone has any tips on the GAMSAT interviews (particularly, but not exclusively at Sydney) it would be great. I'm actually working in a non-medical field, and my undergrad degree was not a science/medical-based one - do you guys reckon I should try to get some type of work experience/volunteer work in a medical setting? I did work experience at school with a cardiologist at a major Sydney hospital and absolutely loved it, but do you think that the fact that I haven't had any exposure since will go against me. It's been pretty hard to do it, with full-time uni and in the last couple of years full-time work and part-time study - any suggestions?

Thanks and all the best.

James

(P.S. Also, if any of you international students want to know anything at all about Sydney or Uni Sydney (or Australia in general) I'm more than willing to help).

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Congrats Jimmy
by sn (Login nimalan)

Hi Jimmy!
Congrats on the GAMSAT.Good luck with your interview.I am sure you would have checked the previous postings for interview tips.Just curios why did you opt for GAMSAT over MCAT?
Thanks

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