Advice needed: JCU dentistry application written component

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  1. blvc33

    blvc33 New Member

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    Hi all,
    For those who did well in the application written component and got accepted into JCU dentistry, can you please kind enough to give some advise on what need to be researched in order to write a good piece of response?

    Also, for the reference letters section, whose reference letter will most likely to increase the success of the application? Is it from employer, lecturer, or voluntary organization ...?

    I am from another university but is hoping to change to JCU. Your responses will be very helpful to me.

    Thanks
     
  2. C2H6

    C2H6 Regular Member

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    I'm not sure anything needs to be researched? Aren't they more-or-less personal questions?

    For the referencing, anyone with good public standing will be fine. A dentist, principal, lecturer etc. I think there is more emphasis on whats written in the reference then the reference itself. I think a reference from a voluntary organisation which you may have volunteered for would be a nice touch though..
     
  3. blvc33

    blvc33 New Member

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    Ok, for JCU, there is a question that asks about why the applicant is interested in rural, remote, Indigenous, & tropical health and medicine. And I really don't know much to write about these. So if someone knows a few books, subjects or hot issues related to these and can share, that will be very helpful.

    There is also this question that ask the applicant to provide any other information that he/she believes is relevant to the application. The scope is so broad that I wonder what others wrote in this last time.
     
  4. C2H6

    C2H6 Regular Member

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    I see,

    Well as a rural student i talked about: Living in an area which i like (not the biggest fan of city life), inequalities that exist for rural people (not the same degree of healthcare access), etc. But this was because i lived in a rural area and had experienced all of that. I used personal references to having to travel long distances for specialist treatment and long waits etc.

    My biggest tip would be to try and keep it as personal as you possibly can (especially because the question is why do you want to..). I can guarantee you they don't want an essay style response..

    Perhaps you could say stuff like...As you always wanted to become a doctor to help people, and you see this disparity in health care standards between rural/city indigenous/non indigenous you want to go help those people and try and change this. Do you have any family in rural areas which you can relate stuff too?
     
  5. Benjamin

    Benjamin Admin (JCU MBBS) Administrar

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    Then say that. If you don't actually know anything about it then tell them that you don't, but of course admit that with something in mind - do you want to learn about those things? Actually think about it, is helping the underserved population something you're actually interested in? Because if it isn't, perhaps JCU isn't a place you want to be - it really is a big, big emphasis. As for a couple things you can read, maybe try these: Rural and Regional Health Australia - Health status

    The summary of this: http://www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=6442459831

    Though this is likely the best one to read: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/nhhrc/publishing.nsf/content/16f7a93d8f578db4ca2574d7001830e9/$file/primary%20health%20care%20in%20rural%20and%20remote%20australia%20-%20achieving%20equity%20of%20access%20and%20outcomes%20through%20national%20reform%20(j%20humph.pdf

    If you're only going to read one of those make it the last one, basically the issues that you need to think about though is that: in rural areas it is harder to actually get to people (further away from everything); the majority of people in rural areas have a different, occupational view of health such that it's unlikely they'll see a doctor or a dentist unless they absolutely have to/it stops them from working; perhaps not as much as an issue for dent as for med, but confidentiality is a huge problem since in most rural towns its very hard to go to a doctor/dentist without knowing the receptionist or other people there first hand; there's further problems in that rural towns and their populations are generally poorer/have a lower socioeconomic status along with a lower level of education which all lead to poor health decisions.. couple all of that with much greater rates of smoking, alcohol, tobacco and mental health problems and you've got the average rural town with significantly lower health outcomes. At this point I haven't even begun to talk about the challenges of indigenous health or trying to tackle the idea of tropical diseases that outright aren't a problem in places like Brisbane or Sydney. Rural and tropical health is a whole different game and it's hard to get a handle on just how different it is until you see both sides.
     
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  6. MoonFeng

    MoonFeng New Member

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    ^ that's great advice thank you ben!
     
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    Blvc33, I suggest that your response should be humble, demonstrate your personality especially in the question "why do you want to be a dentist... and at jcu". Do not write anything cliche or fake for the rural health question as it will not be accepted. Researching it won't really help.
     
  8. Sam

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    Just remember every. single. application. will have the exact same bullshit about socioeconomic this, rural lifestyle that, health status inequalities etc etc. Try think outside the box a bit with your response, the top kids in the country will be applying alongside you, you have to stand out from them in some way or you're just another boring application.
     
  9. blvc33

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    Thank you all
     
  10. plai26

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    Hi blvc33,

    I got in JCU without a reference letter, I personally don't think it play a critical role. I did mentioned about my dental related research, shadow a dentist, and very personalized reason working in rural dentistry.

    You can have anyone to write you a reference letter, but pick someone who knows you very well to write a very positive reference letter. Someone who will highlight your unique strengths on the letter. Don't pick a lecturer rarely talked to, but got a 90+ in the course, because nothing else he/she
    can talk about other than your grade.
     
  11. dying4dent

    dying4dent New Member

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    hey plai26! did you apply as a non standard or school leaver?
     
  12. lavieestbelle

    lavieestbelle New Member

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    What do you recommend then? :)))
     
  13. Dayvit

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    Try answering honestly without being too over the top. The thing is it's difficult to recommend any specific tips since it's an application that displays YOUR interest and potential. Good luck :)
     
  14. smartgirl

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    Do you know how how many places are available for non-school leavers and graduates for entry into Dentistry?
     

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