Admission Information

This information is up to date as of Aug 2009.

Australian National University (Canberra, ACT)
# International Spots: 8
GPA: Minimum of 2.7/4.0 (weighted, 3x 4th year 2x 3rd year 1x 2nd year)
MCAT: Minimum of 8/8/8/M (24M)
Interview: Yes – hurdle requirement
Admission Weighting: 50/50 MCAT/GPA with Interview hurdle (Pass/Fail)
Cost: $40,800 AUD
Pros: Great research reputation (highest research ranking in Australia, #16 in the world as of this posting), small class sizes (~80 students) and one of the cheapest schools. A particularly large pro is that the school will convert internationals that get permanent residency from having a full fee place to a commonwealth supported place. This is a HUGE advantage for cost ($40K AUD down to $8K AUD).
Cons: New school so does not have California licensure approval.
My Opinions: This school was my 2nd choice and I believe the ACT is not going to be hit as hard with respect to the medical school tsunami (see relevant post) as compared to NSW or Qlnd. That being said, it’s a brand new school so it’s certainly a risk. Also, only 8 internationals are accepted per year.
How to Apply: Direct application to the school
Website: http://medicalschool.anu.edu.au/admission/?IntCatId=3

Deakin University (Geelong, Victoria)
# International Spots: 20
GPA: Minimum of 2.7/4.0 (weighted, 3x 4th year 2x 3rd year 1x 2nd year)
MCAT: Minimum of 8/8/8/M (24M
Interview: Required and weighted
Admission Weighting: The three above are weighted into 1/3rd each and the individual is ranked against the other internationals.
Cost: $47,420 AUD
Pros: Relatively small class size compared to the big schools like UQ and very personable dean (I spoke to him personally on numerous occasions). New school so the curriculum will grow with you providing the student with the ability to mold their education.
Cons: Because it’s new, the school will most certainly have some bugs it needs to work out. Especially considering 2010 will be it’s first cohorts of internationals. The school is also quite expensive and is located in a relatively small city. This could obviously be a pro for some.
My Opinions: I was accepted here and was thrilled to be. It seems like a great school and is willing to work with it’s students. I will not be attending but look forward to hearing how other internationals fare when they start in Feb of 2010.
How to Apply: Directly
Website: http://www.deakin.edu.au/hmnbs/medicine/index.php

Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia)
# International Spots: 19
GPA: Minimum of 2.7, average matriculated of 3.5 (weighted, 3x 4th year 2x 3rd year 1x 2nd year)
MCAT: Minimum of 24M (as above), average matriculated of 31P
Interview: Required and weighted
Admission Weighting: The three above are weighted into 1/3rd each and the individual is ranked against the other internationals.
Cost: $43,300 AUD
Pros: One of the most well established programs in Australia and the oldest GEMP program. It has licensure across the board and it has traditionally done well in CaRMs and ERAS (USMLE Step 1 scores above national mean for it’s students). Relatively cheap tuition and living expenses. Large network of international alumni working in North America. Probably the best location for GEMP internationals to gain internship post-graduation due to South Australia resonably increasing student enrollment for medicine. Good connections with Northern Territory schools too.
Cons: Difficult admission standards. School is pretty slow to reply to you.
My Opinions: This is the school I will be attending and am inherently biased towards it. Regardless, this is also after doing months of research into each school and tabulating the chances of internship for international students in SA and NT. I believe Flinders offers the best education for the best price and is in the best location with respect to chances of getting an internship in Australia post-graduation.
How to Apply: Directly
Website: http://som.flinders.edu.au/HTML/COURSES/GEMP/

Monash University – Gippsland (Gippsland, Victoria)
# International Spots: 10
GPA: Minimum of 2.7 weighted (3x 4th year, 2x 3rd year, 1x 2nd year), bonus points for PHd/MSc. Hurdle.
MCAT: Minimum of 24M
Interview: Required, weighted MMI (multiple mini interview)
Admission Weighting: GPA Hurdle and unknown weighting between the MCAT and Interview. Interview invitation is based solely on the MCAT score, ranked against other internationals.
Cost: $44,630 AUD
Pros: It has the Monash name attached to it which carries a lot of prestige in Aus. Furthermore, the class size is very small (~70) which could be bonus for some. The school gives free laptops to first years!
Cons: Located in a rather small town in the middle of nowhere (2.5 hours to Melbourne). The curriculum is delivered in an odd way, as well as it is 1 year preclinical and 3 years clinical. This goes against the traditional 2/2 split. I don’t know what this will mean for licensure in stricter locations. Furthermore, the school is quite new so this may be a pro or a con, depending on how you look at it (are you a glass is half full person?).
My Opinions: It looks like a very nice school located in the middle of nowhere. Since I would prefer a little bit of civilization, at least for my undergrad medical training (libraries and hospital resources are nice), I would likely not attend this school. But that doesn’t mean it’s poor. It looks fabulous with a solid teaching staff. I would recommend it to the rurally oriented individual.
How to Apply: Through ACER (http://www.acer.edu.au/)
Website: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/

University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Victoria)
# International Spots: 80
GPA: Assumed minimum of 2.7/4.0 (weighted, 3x 4th year 2x 3rd year 1x 2nd year)
MCAT: Assumed minimum of 24M
Interview: Required, MMI
Admission Weighting: 1/3rd all three above aspects
Cost: ??
Pros: Melbourne, the city, is awesome and UMelb has a great reputation.
Cons: Class is relatively big and Victoria is going to be hit hard by the tsunami. The only school with the following pre-requisite requirements: one each of 2nd year or above courses in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.
My Opinions: This school was not accepting students for 2010 entry so Ihave little information on it’s upcoming entry requirements/specifications. As a side note, this is the only school in Australia that will be giving out MDs. Not that it means anything because an MD = MBBS = BMBS, but if name of degree has to be MD for you, then UMelb is for you. Also, because of it’s popularity, I’d imagine the program is going to be competitive for admissions.
How to Apply: Directly
Website: http://www.medicine.unimelb.edu.au/

University of Queensland (Brisbane, Queensland)
# International Spots: 130 normal, 80 Ochsner, 210 total
GPA: Minimum of 2.7
MCAT: Minimum of 24M
Interview: None
Admission Weighting: GPA is a hurdle, no interview so admission is completely based on MCAT score.
Cost: $48,000 AUD
Pros: Very established program with a great reputation and located in a wonderful city with a helluva lot of hospitals and resources.
Cons: By far the easiest school to get into in Australia, which could be a con for some. People have been reporting admission scores of 24 on the MCAT and being offered places in the first round. This calls into question standards, but that’s a whole other debate. The class sizes are huge (510) with 130 international spots for local training and 80 spots for the UQ-Ocshner program.
My Opinions: Queensland (the state) is going to be hit hardest by the medical student tsunami. Furthermore, UQ is a very large school accepting far too many internationals, to the point where they recognize that they themselves can not offer equivalent clinicals to their internationals. Thus, internationals are not guaranteed the same clinicals that other students are (rural clinical rotation, to be exact). This forms a hierarchy within the school – a hierarchy that should not exist. Furthermore, they’ve been heavily advertising a program called UQ-Ochsner for US residents. This program involves 2 years pre-clinical science training in Brisbane followed by 2 years clinicals in Ochsner (located in Louisiana). I’m not really sure what the purpose of this program is. Australian schools are not USMLE oriented, so the preclinical years will likely not adequately train you for the USMLE and not getting Aus clinical experience will hurt you for getting internship in an already bloated state. Then, there’s the added cost of ~$16K per year on top of the normal tuition. It’s a weird mix that doesn’t seem to make much sense. In the end, be careful with your choice, and if your goal is to practice in North America, and you don’t get into any other school, I’d recommend the big 4 carribeans.
How to Apply: Via Oztrekk (http://www.oztrekk.com/)
Website: http://www2.som.uq.edu.au/som/Pages/default.aspx

University of Sydney (Sydney, New South Wales)
# International Spots: 60
GPA: Minimum of 2.7 (Hurdle)
MCAT: Minimum of 24M (although the average matriculated seems much higher)
Interview: Required and weighted MMI
Admission Weighting: GPA Hurdle and MCAT decides interview invite. At that point, the weighting is 50/50 between interview/MCAT.
Cost: $57,360 AUD
Pros: Probably one of the most reputable if not most reputable schools in Aus for medical education. Beautiful campus, vast resources and highly ranked teaching staff. A dean that recognizes international contributions to medical education in Australia.
Cons: Incredibly expensive tuition and living costs.
My Opinions: If the costs weren’t so high, I likely would have had a hard time choosing between this school and Flinders.
How to Apply: ACER (http://www.acer.edu.au/)
Website: http://www.medfac.usyd.edu.au/

University of Wollongong
# International Spots: 12
GPA: 2.7 Minimum (weighted, 3x 4th year 2x 3rd year 1x 2nd year)
MCAT: 24M Minimum
Interview: Required and weighted
Admission Weighting: The only school in Aus that really cares about your ECs, UoW requires you to fill out a rather lengthy admission form detailing every little aspect of your extra-curricular life. The weighting is completely unknown, but the process is difficult and probably weeds out a lot of individuals on it’s own. The admissions dean (Lyndal – see website) is a wonderful individual. She seems to be the sole individual in charge of admitting students and seems to be looking specifically for those looking to work rurally in primary care.
Cost: $38,580 AUD
Pros: Very personable admissions staff and incredible communication (regular posts on SDN, premed101 and paging dr.). Integrated, friendly curriculum. Location seems quite good (1 hour south of Sydney) with 2 campuses, both rurally focused, one moreso than the other (Shoalhaven = rural, Wollongong = not as rural).
Cons: Hard to judge chances of admission. Seems like some people get in with mid-20 MCATs and lowish GPAs and others (like yours truly) don’t. New school as well, so may cause some licensure issues.
My Opinions: This was the only school where I was rejected. Likely because I bombed my interview. It seems like a wonderful place, though. Also high on my choices.
How to Apply: Australearn (http://www.australearn.org)
Website: http://www.uow.edu.au/gsm/index.html