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Mechanical engineer looking at med -am I kidding myself? ;)

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Joined: 03 Jan 2008
Posts: 4
Location: Sydney city

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:54 pm    Post subject: Mechanical engineer looking at med -am I kidding myself? ;) Reply with quote

Hey gang!

Thought I may as well post something here and offer my very limited advice or assistance to anyone who is interested, given how much I have gained from this board already! Wink

I'm an engineering graduate looking at sitting the GAMSAT this year. Obviously I have HEAPS of work to do with regard to section III (and with my commitments to the service, I only have until the end of Jan! Crap!). Been at it for a short while and things are slowly coming back to me from high school and first year uni, but not a lot. Would love to hear from anyone in Sydney from ANY background who would be keen to study anytime over the next four weeks or so. I live in the city, so am quite happy to travel somewhere reasonably nearby Smile I am aware of the 'study groups' board (I posted in there as well).

There's my useless rant. Would love to hear from anyone, particularly those from a technical background who have made this weird decision to try and get into medicine! Smile (yes, I am after someone to say "Don't worry mate, you will be just fine" and so forth....Wink)


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Joined: 09 Jan 2008
Posts: 3
Location: Melbourne

PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi there,

you are lucky have your undergrad. degree done. my father is a mec.eng. and very intelligent. so are you given you did it. yes, you do have what it takes to study med so just do it Very Happy
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Joined: 28 Dec 2007
Posts: 6
Location: UK

PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi mate,

Glad to hear that another mech engineer is thinking of doing medicine. I have an engineering background as well. I am currently a teacher of tech and engineering. I always wanted to do medicine but was put off because i was under the impression that my non biologial degree killed off any chances of entering medicine. I have found a few universities that will accept me with GAMSAT. Hearing about GAMSAT gave my dream of becoming a doctor a new lease of life!. Our background in engineering I believe will help alot towards us passing GAMSAT and achieving the magic number of 61/62. I am an optimist and I will try my damned hardest to do the best I can in the exam. By the way I am from the UK and hoping to take the exam in sept 2008. I have just purchased the griffiths review and huskys notes, they both seem ok and provide some good quality notes. Wot about you?
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Joined: 26 Feb 2008
Posts: 3

PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Ant,
I'm a Manufacturing Engineer, so we're not too different you and me ;/.
I'm thinking about sitting GAMSAT in 2009. My problem is that I'd have to revise entire chemistry as I don't remember anything from highschool.
How about yourself?
All the best,
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Joined: 22 Mar 2008
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


I am an undergrad aerospace engineer, also considering Med as a second degree. It does seem like an odd combination, but it is possible to do both in one lifetime. If it is your passion, I believe you can do it. The UAI to get into Aerospace and Med are very similar - so is the work load. And from the amount of people from faculty who have successfully entered med after engineering has shown that it is possible. The rigors of an Engo degree can be good preparation for Med. Looking at the topics - most Engos would have section 3 covered (all the physics, maths and some of the chem topics - especially thermal fluids, not to mention our skills in logic).

Good luck on your Gamsat journey, it won't be an easy one.

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