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JCU Med, Re-sit UMAT or GAMSAT



 
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IM26
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:35 pm    Post subject: JCU Med, Re-sit UMAT or GAMSAT Reply with quote

Hi
I am a year 12 student who has recently finished her HSC. My UMAT results weren't very pleasing. I received an interview from JCU med as they don't consider UMAT. I know I haven't been selected yet, but planning ahead, I don't know if I should go. I live in Sydney and the cost of moving will be quite a load on my parents and I don't want them to go through that even if that means I have to decline an offer into Med. I really want to study Medicine. I was browsing the JCU website and I think their course is 6 years and then you have to do your internship. I'm not entirely sure. So that makes it seven years=the same amount of time as graduate med. Also, in years 4-6 students can be relocated at Darwin, Townsville or Cairns and this would put an additional financial strain. My question is, should I re-sit UMAT, or go for graduate med or attend JCU? If I choose to do grad, then I'll probably go comm/science. How hard is the GAMSAT? Is it as hard as the UMAT? I know it's a knowledge based test and it is very long? I desperately need some advice. Sad
Thanks a lot.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok.

firstly,

Undergrad med = 6years (then Intern year)

Grad med is atleast 3 + 4 = 7 years (then intern year)...

so an undergrad medicine course straight out of highschool is faster.

What is the rush? if you're just finishing highschool, don't you think it might be worth having a bit of a look around before diving head first into a career as full on as Medicine? I mean, geez.... if you start at 19, you won't finish up as a specialist until your in your early thirties,..... and there isnt much room for learning about yourself there, as you'll be busy learning to be a Doctor.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey, i'm going through the same situation.. seeing as today is the last day to change preferences i'm trying to consider whether graduate entry into unsw (while having to maintain a distinction average for 3 years) or post grad entry into usyd (with 5 hr gamsat exam) would be easier .. I was wondering if you've came to your decision yet and was hoping for some advice as well..
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IM26
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey!
First of all, have you received any interstate offers like Flinders where UMAT is only 10% of the selection process?
About the graduate entry scheme at UNSW, personally I feel it is kind of impossible because you have to be in the top 15 for that. I think if you are considering sitting the GAMSAT then basically you can do any degree. However, there is a knowledge based component so I think it is better if you do a science related course. It'll only be one year more than undergrad but it means you have to stay for 3 years in a course that you dont really want to be doing. Sad So maybe pick something you enjoy and then go for a prep course for GAMSAT. You could resist the UMAT too. I might do that and might even try for GAMSAT. I'm going to do adv science. What about you?
Do you think it is worth moving interstate if you get an admission? I mean I really want to do med and grad entry isnt really a certainty. The only reason I will move away from home is because i really want to do med.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i agree with u on the graduate entry.. maintaining a distinction average for 3 years is kind of insane..
i'm considering doing psychology and then trying post grad after that.. so either way if i dont get a good gamsat score i still have a psychology degree which can get me somewhere in the medical field.. i was going to try adv science too but then what happens after you dont get into post grad med.. if i get an offer interstate then i would take it.. i considered the costs but think of it as a definite chance of doing medicine.. i'm just very very worried because jcu hasn't contacted me.. :\
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IM26
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey!
Yeah i was thinking of psych too. but then that's a four year degree so it means that grad med would be 8 years all up. but i guess it's more of a back up than other options and it's very interesting too! With adv. science, i can also major in maths and stats and there is a strong demand for that.
Thanks for your advice. I think i might accept an interstate offer if i get it. I would just have to get used to living away from family for the sake of med. Did you receive an interview from JCU?
I reckon GAMSAT would be okay for you. Study hard and it should be fine. My point is that when you become a doctor with undergrad, you'll be around 33. while when you finish by going grad med, you'll be around 34. Both are old so there is not much difference. The only problem is that we would have to wait for so long before we get a chance to do something we've always wanted.
Where are you thinking of doing psych?
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krimji
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeh jcu was the only uni i got an interview at.. =S my umat was really bad.. so i think my gamsat will be too which is why im so scared.. well i was reading a few things todayand apparently for usyd i have to complete psych before doing post grad.. but at unsw if i do psych and do really really well i can try to transfer into med in my first year and they use my atar from last year and my tertiary score from my first year combined to make a 50 to 50 score.. to determine if im eligible.. and then i gotta resit umat.. which i hope i will improve at =S.. where did u get an offer at ?
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IM26
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey!
I reckon you should go for unsw psych then, I'm not sure though. i dont know much about psych. I havent received an offer yet. I was hoping to get one from flinders. Did you apply?
With re sitting the umat, i know someone who was doing engg and he got an offer after completing first year. So yeah that's always an option. If you think you can improve at Umat, then you'll do well at GAMSAt too. And it's a knowledge based test and there is also essay writing. I think that really discrimiates. so be positive. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm hoping to improve my section 1 in umat since thats what dragged my overall score down.. and i'm quite bad at english which is why gamsat horrifies me. mm sounds like we're both set.. more or less.. haha no i didn't apply for flinders.. i only applied in qld, nsw and melbourne.. i should have applied for adelaid but i got really worn out and jst gave up.. i kind of regret it =S you?
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IM26
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont worry if you didnt apply. But for me, i think umat is impossible to improve. When i was preparing for it in year 12, this time last year i sed to do really well. I dont know what happended later on and in the actual test. Maybe nerves, maybe my umat peak was over. i also had my trials the week after. Persoanally, i find GAMSAT more achievable. I think if i really put myself to it and if i have a science degree to guide me through it, it is achievable. But then there is so much more to grad med than just gamsat. there is the interview and GPA or whatever. So like, i'm hoping i get something from jcu or flinders. even though it'll be hard for me financially and emotioanally to live so far away at a place which might be a hole and where i know no one, at least i'll know that i will definitely achieve what i have dreamsed of my entire life.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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