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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