Just wondering... how old are you? I'm planning on doing first year BioMed as well and come from a non science background.Core GPA / Overall GPA: 7.75/7.625
UMAT: 73rd percentile
Interview Offer: Yes
OLY1 / Graduate: First year
Med Offer: Offered and accepted!
Absolutely no idea how i got in considering my interview went pretty badly (awkward silences, stuttering, repeating myself etc.) but i guess miracles do happen! I think it helped that i was very smiley and friendly throughout the interviews and made sure to shake their hands before and after.
I don't know if a 30s %ile UMAT is "OK" (seems kinda a bit low no?) but I've seen a couple of people with "solid" GPAs declined, one of whom in practical reality, almost certainly got "automatic fail" under the old two person interview, and well, let's be fair (albeit a bit linear), it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out where they went wrong then huh?Really? I haven't heard many graduates being waitlisted... for e.g. Cat from this thread got a solid GPA and an okay UMAT, she wasn't even waitlisted, she got declined
For Auckland graduate pathway, do they still have automatic fail or automatic entry based on interview?I don't know if a 30s %ile UMAT is "OK" (seems kinda a bit low no?) but I've seen a couple of people with "solid" GPAs declined, one of whom in practical reality, almost certainly got "automatic fail" under the old two person interview, and well, let's be fair (albeit a bit linear), it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out where they went wrong then huh?
thank you for giving me some hope I would also like to ask, did your friends get above 90 percentile in their UMAT?Yes you do! Yes there are people - I know them personally as well. Try your best - you never know what will happen and it might always surprise you come December. Even if you don't get in, you will have no regrets, knowing that you didn't give up half way through the year and tried your best!
(I don't usually post here, I only do when I think I can be positive! Hope you find this helpful!)
Hey there,I see, thanks for replying. With regard to the interview, I hear it has only one role play section. For the rest of the sections, do they ask you personal questions like "why you want to be a doctor?" and other things like how the NZ health system works? Are the things I need to know for the interview is how the health system works and health policies? Is there anything more I need to know?
thank you did they ask you about how the healthcare system works and health care policies?Hey there,
Yes, they could ask you why you want to be a doctor however it's unlikely they'll ask it in that phrasing because its quite cliché. Knowing your career motivations is a pretty good way for the interviewers to gauge if you are suited for medicine. There tends to always be a personal question so if they don't ask something along lines of that in the opening question, they will likely ask it in a follow up.
I personally did not get directly asked this -- I got asked "what do I want to achieve/ what are my goals as a healthcare practitioner?" in a follow up and you can see how it sort of ties in to the "why you would want to be a doctor" question
Hope that helps
Yup, you can check out the interview thread for the list of question I got. I think they asked me about reforms to our water sanitation, something about water fluoridation. I hadn't heard about this in the news before the interview so I kind of had to wing it on the spot with what I had learned in poplhlth but I reckon they don't expect any prior knowledge in order to give a good answer. It's just a bonus.thank you did they ask you about how the healthcare system works and health care policies?