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tedch89
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:16 pm    Post subject: Question on GPA requirement Reply with quote

Hi,

I am just wondering which university to apply to if my wGPA is calculated to be 5.29 and my gamsat from last year is 60 with all sections above 50. Also since I did a bachelor degree in medical research and I have a rural background, would I have any advantage for specific univeristies?

Kind regards
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cat2devnull
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi tedch89,

From the 2012 Acer Admin Guide:
ANU - Generally applicants should have a GPA of 5.5 or higher. It is unlikely that applicants with a weighted GPA of less than 34 (roughly equivalent to an average GPA of 5.6) will be invited to inter view.
Deakin - A weighted GPA of 5.0 is required.
Flinders - does not set a minimum GPA, but weighted GPA is a significant component in ranking applicants (after interview) for offers, and a Distinction/Credit average is generally needed to be competitive.
Griffith - GPA is not included in calculation of the overall ranking of applicants for offers; however, all applicants receiving an offer must have achieved a minimum GPA of 5.0
Melbourne - 2011 was the first intake for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and no minimum GPA or GAMSAT has been set.The minimum will be determined on the basis of the ranked list.The indicative minimum for 2011 was 5.0. Applicants with a 5.0 GPA had a high GAMSAT result.
Monash - Applicants should have achieved a weighted Grade Point Average of 5.0
Notre Dame - Grade Point Average of 5.0+
Queensland - Applicants must have achieved a minimum converted GPA of 5.0 in their most recent key degree.
Western Australia - Applicants must have achieved a GPA of at least 5.5 at time of interview selection.
Wollongong - All applicants must have a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0

You have a tough road ahead of you because although a lot of universities have a GPA minimum of 5.0 you need to have a great Gamsat to compensate. For example Flinders use your Gamsat result alone to shortlist for the interview so although your GPA is fine you have to have a Gamsat of at least 64 to be eligible for an interview. Read the guide p17-27 to get more info. Also take a look at this thread where people recorded their GPA, Gamsat and what Uni made them an offer. It will help you work out what sort of combined score is required.
http://pagingdr.net/forum/index.php?topic=1478.0

Otherwise have another go at getting your Gamsat up. If you can get into the mid to high 60's a lot of doors will open up.
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tedch89
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thankyou very much for your reply, I would definitely take your suggestion to retake gamsat this year. By the way, do you know how much advantage would ruralty background give me. Just a rough idea or figure would do. thx
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cat2devnull
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are several ways it could help that come to mind. You could apply for a bonded position, the theory is that these are less preferable than the Commonwealth supported non-bonded places (CSP). You will still need to meet all the requirements for entry but assuming you do that, the competition may be less making it easier to secure a position (again I say in theory). Also in the interview I suspect that you would be looked upon favourably if you explained that you are from the country and are genuinely interested in returning once qualified.

Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS)
Only citizens and permanent residents of Australia are eligible to apply. One hundred Scholarships, worth approximately $24,000 a year (tax free and indexed annually), are on offer annually, Australia-wide, to first year medical students. If you are considering applying for a Scholarship, you must be prepared to commit to six continuous years of rural practice once you complete your basic medical and post graduate training as a specialist, including General Practice. Acceptance of a Scholarship is for students who are committed to making a difference to the people they will eventually serve in rural communities. The Scholarships are allocated and linked to the medical school making the Scholarship offer. Therefore, transferring between universities with the Scholarship is not an option. Further, as the Scholarship is linked to an additional MRBS Scheme place at medical school, a student withdrawing from the MRBS Scheme will also lose that medical school place. For further information about the MRBS Scheme go to: www.health.gov.au/mrbscholarships

Bonded Medical Places Scheme (BMP)
The BMP Scheme is an Australian Government initiative to provide more doctors to areas across Australia experiencing shortages. Applications are open to Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia. The geographical classification system for the BMP Scheme is based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) system. The system groups locations into ‘remoteness areas’, to determine eligible areas for BMP Scheme doctors completing their return of service obligations. The classification system is updated after each census so eligible geographical areas may change over time. A District of Workforce Shortage is determined by the ratio of doctor to population or locations where the population’s health needs are not being met. This is usually outside metropolitan regions where there are fewer doctors per head of population. On attainment of your Fellowship, you will be required to work as a specialist doctor (including General Practice) in an eligible area for the length of your medical degree. BMP participants can reduce the length of the RSO with eligible pre-vocational and vocational training and Scaling discounts. Further information about the BMP Scheme is outlined in further detail in this booklet or at www.health.gov.au/bmpscheme.

Northern Territory Government Bonded Places
Beginning in 2011, the Flinders Medical Program was offered in the Northern Territory, providing opportunities for Territory students to train in Medicine in their local environment. The NT Medical Program offers 24 places and replaces a previous NT sub-quota for Medicine at Flinders. In 2011 and 2012, all of these places will be graduate-entry but from 2013, the number of graduate-entry places will be reduced as the first students in the B Clin Sci/BMBS double degree in NT (up to 12 students) take up reserved places in the Northern Territory Medical Program.
These 24 places are fully sponsored by the NT Government and in allocating these NT Industry-funded places (NTIFP), preference will be given to students who are NT residents and particularly to Indigenous Territorians - although other Australians may apply. These places are associated with a bond to work for two years after graduation, including the Intern year. A Northern Territory resident is defined as a person who, at the time of commencement of the medical course, has:
    resided with a permanent address in the Northern Territory for a total of at least two years out of the last six year; or
    resided with a permanent address in the Northern Territory for a total of at least five years since commencing primary school.

For further information about these places see www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/medical-course/domestic-applicants/nt-applicants.cfm
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