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Information Session. How do I apply for Medicine in 2015?. Eligibility. Must have either completed or be in final year of Bachelor or Honours degree Must have a current GAMSAT score Scores from 2013 or 2014 may be used Can use score from GAMSAT UK 2013

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Information session

Information Session

How do I apply for Medicine in 2015?


  • Must have either completed or be in final year of Bachelor or Honours degree

  • Must have a current GAMSAT score

    • Scores from 2013 or 2014 may be used

    • Can use score from GAMSAT UK 2013

  • International applicants must apply directly to university of their choice

    • May use MCAT (USA and Canada) or GAMSAT score for entry

Admission based on
Admission based on

  • Performance in GAMSAT

  • Performance in the qualifying degree (as indicated by GPA) calculations;

  • Performance in interview (except The University of Queensland);

  • Performance in a portfolio, special application or supplementary form or autobiographical statement.

Types of places
Types of Places

  • Commonwealth-Supported Places (CSP).

    • These places are standard Commonwealth supported (formerly HECS) places and do not carry any additional restrictions or obligations.

  • Bonded Medical Places (BMP)

    • 25% of Commonwealth supported places must be set aside as Bonded Medical Places.

    • Require you to (at the end of your training) practice in a designated area of need. An area of need is a district of workforce shortage as defined by the Commonwealth Government (and not necessarily in a rural location).

  • Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Places (MRBS)

    • The scholarship amount is $23,686 (in 2010) and is indexed annually, tax free, not subject to a means test and received yearly for as long as it normally takes to complete the medical degree.

    • Students agree to practice in rural or remote areas of Australia for six continuous years upon completion of basic medical and vocational training as a specialist (including general practice).

    • The scholarship is formalised in a contract between successful applicants and the Commonwealth Government and there are penalties for breaking the contract  strip you of Medicare provider licence.

  • Full-Fee Places

    • Exactly what it sounds like. Only a few unis offer these for domestic students.

Choosing preferences
Choosing Preferences

  • 6 Preferences – candidates are matched to the highest ranked university for which they are competitive for

    • Rank within each preference, type of place preference.

  • If you are below the minimum criteria for a certain university you will not be considered for an interview or a place

  • Most Unis have minimum entry criteria e.g. 5.00 GPA, GAMSAT score of 50 in each section

  • NOTE: If you interview at #3, you can only be considered for preferences 3-6, not 1-2

  • Choosing a university, what qualities are you after?

    • Large vs. small cohort

    • Rural vs. metropolitan focus

    • Victoria vs. interstate

    • Admission  GAMSAT or GPA weighted?

    • Defer place?

Where to apply use your strengths
Where to apply? Use your strengths

  • ANU, Deakin, Melbourne Uniand UWA  Combination GPA and GAMSAT when ranking applicants for interview. (GPA/7 + GAMSAT/100)

  • Monash University and UsydGPA as a hurdle requirement (5.0) and ranks applicants based on GAMSAT results.

  • Griffith University ranks applicants for interview based on selections rank derived from a 50/50 combination of an unweighted GPA and the overall GAMSAT score.

  • The University of Queensland  Hurdle GPA then ranks applicants by GAMSAT results (using the GPA as a tie-breaker where necessary)

  • Flinders University  ranks applicants primarily on the basis of GAMSAT results, although applicants with outstanding GPAs may be given special consideration.

  • The University of Wollongong, The University of Notre Dame, Australia (Fremantle) and The University of Notre Dame, Australia (Sydney) rank applicants on combined GPA, GAMSAT results and portfolio/written submission.

Rural areas
Rural Areas

  • Schools have a variety of sub-quotas and places reserved for applicants from indigenous applicants and applicants with a rural background, or who are from a specific local area. 

  • If you have lived in a rural area (ASGC-RA 2 to 5) for 5 years either consecutively or cumulatively since the start of primary school you may be eligible for consideration in rural schemes and subquotas.

Special considerations
Special considerations


  • Applicants from ASGC-RA 2 areas or those living in Geelong receive a 2% bonus

  • Applicants from ASGC-RA 3-5 areas receive a 4% bonus

  • Applicants who can demonstrate having at least 12 months of "clinical experience" receive a 2% bonus to their combined GPA/GAMSAT score

  • Applicants who can demonstrate financial disadvantage during their undergraduate degree are eligible for a further 2% bonus to their combined GPA/GAMSAT score


  • Bonus if applicant has lived in Gippsland for 5 years (consecutively or cumulatively)

Minimum scores for entry 2014
Minimum scores for entry 2014

  • Scores are presented as a (GPA/7)+(GAMSAT Overall/100)


  • 31 May – Applications close

  • 3 June – USyd applications close

  • 11 June – Supporting documents due

  • Early September – Offers for interviews (and offers for admission to UQ) released

  • September/October – Medicine interviews held

  • Early November – First round offers for places released

  • December 2014/January 2015 – Additional offers made to fill vacancies