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rookie
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 2:28 am    Post subject: transcript and undergraduate course worries! Reply with quote

Hi All,

just after some advice on what undergraduate courses are best for arming you with enough knowledge to pass the GAMSAT. After completing a business degree, working in the finance industry, and currently a proffessional athlete (not joking), I have come to the realisation that I want something more out of a long term career than just valuation and pricing.

I feel I have always been drawn to science and medicine despite having NEVER studied any of it beyond year 10. I want a challenge, and a meaningful career that will benefit the community. In the past I never indulged myself with the prospect of becoming a doctor because up until a couple of years ago, I was under the impression that I had closed all of those doors during high school.

I realise that I sould go back to uni to undertake a undergrad science degree, but which is the best one that can be completed in the least time?

Will I be penalised by my previous degree given that my GPA for that degree is insufficient?

any advice would be much appreciated.
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dapangzi
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi rookie, don't you just love it knowing that the window of opportunity hasn't quite disappeared yet!

GPAs are taken from your latest degree. I'm not absolutely certain, but i'm pretty sure that you'd only need to submit the transcript for the degree you're applying with. ie they won't know anything abt your previous degs.

as for courses, the most expedient alternative would be to undertake a graduate-entry undergraduate course which are generally of 2 yrs duration (think nursing, social work, law...). however if you'll consider studying at UQ, they now accept gpas from masters/phds/honours. in the case of masters/honours that's a min. of 1 yr, basically THE quickest option! i'm pretty clueless abt the science degrees. am regretting not doing one now!
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rookie
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice.

I think I will go with a science degree rather than some sort of postgrad option based on my previous studies. I think it would be beneficial to get a good science grounding before attempting GAMSAT.

I think I will have to speak to one of the medical faculties around the country to get an opinion on the selection procedures. In my case I was thinking of returning to RMIT to do science, however, I was awarded my business degree there where the GPA is insufficient. I would hate to bust my backside getting a science degree with a good GPA only to have them turn around and deny me because I have a shoddy Business degree on the same trainscript. Anyway I have got some time so I will continue to look into my various options over the comming months.

Cheers
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alex
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey rookie
You could also look at something like Physiotherapy or exercise and sports scienc or medical science. I'm a physio and am currently in the graduate Dental program at syd uni (which has essentially the same entry requirements as med). You also need to consider the ten year rule that applies to some unis, where you need to have done some academic work within the last ten years.

With the degrres I mentioned above you also have a sound career option in a simmilar field (especially in the case of physio) to med. You'll also develop clinical reasoning skills along the way. I know my interview panel found that and the ten years clinical experience as being of benefit.

Good luck and hope it helps
alex
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rookie
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Alex,

over the past month or so I have been looking into various undergraduate courses and have come to the conclusion that I will undertake a degree in biomedical science. This will complement any previous busines training as a fallback option. One further question; are the various medical faculties biased toward any degree from particular institutions? I know that most stipulate that any graduate qual is fine so long as you meet the GPA, but is this really the case in practice? ie. they may give preference to a Sydney uni degree over say a Macquarrie uni degree?

Cheers
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alex
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, interesting question!
My experience is that I doubt they have a preference. All that needs doing is jumping the various hurdles ie undergraduate degree with an appropriate GPA and GAMSAT to get an interview - last year there were some 300 interviews for 80 dental places. Once you get an interview then the panel is blind to your past. They only know you've met the criteria for interview - the rest is up to you in how you answer the questions +/- the manual dexterity test for dentistry. They then have to come to a consensus in terms of your interview grade. And then its up to the gods, depending how you placed in relation to the other hopefuls. I have a UNSW and a Syd uni degree and I had to use both to calculate my GPA as I had some advanced standing in the second. We have people in our year from Melb and Perth not to mention quite a few Canadians and graduates from asian Unis as well.
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Donna
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi rookie,

I am doing a life science/biomedical degree externally. I think anything in the biomedical sciences gives good grounding and helps prepare you for the GAMSAT. The course I am doing is a pre-course to medicine. I am a RN and midwife but my degree and postgraduate diploma are too old to use. Wish I could use that because my GPA was really good. Don't worry about your old degree just start your new one soon. I wish you all the best!!
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rookie
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you are right alex, so long as you get the required GPA, why would they differentiate between undergrad courses given that everyones knowledge can be compared adequately through the GAMSAT.

Hey Donna, would you be able to give me the name of the course you are doing externally so that I can look into it. It sounds like an interesting option in that maybe its possible to complete it in less than three years.

Thanks
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