Choosing Between Universities

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  1. faysapprentice

    faysapprentice Regular Member

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    Hi all, I would really like some advice on which of the offers I should choose
    At the moment, I have gotten Griffith provisional gc, JCU unbonded and Flinders
    I have also gotten the adelaide interview offer and am wondering whether or not I should go
    For all of these, I would be moving interstate (I am from sydney) and I am not sure about how to compare these to choose a one to enrol in (what are the pros and cons of each)
    Any input/advice would be greatly appreciated!!
     
  2. ccsaus

    ccsaus New Member

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    no thoughts about UMelb Chancellor's Scholars Program at all?
     
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    ccsaus New Member

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    Here is what Mana suggested:

    The most important things I would consider when I have multiple offers are these, in this order:

    1. Are you already living in a city with one of these universities? If so - regardless of the year committment or even the bonded committment - I would take that offer, because it means that you get to save on rent for that year, and you get family support because you still live at home (which honestly makes a huge difference).

    2. If none of these are, then, where do you want to stay for the next few years, including the years of early practice? Where you will live for the next few years as well as where you will receive an internship is dictated mostly by which university you attend. If you graduate from a NSW university, for example, you will be prioritised first for NSW, and the same for all other states.

    3. Finally, I would then take 5 year courses over 6 year ones, because you finish earlier and start work earlier. (I would take 6 year courses over 7 year provisional ones for the same reason). When you start work earlier, you will avoid the intern bottleneck by one year, the training bottleneck by one year and and you'll also be around $65k richer pre-tax (because working as an intern earns more money than being a final year medical student).

    That should be sufficient to make your decision - because otherwise, no one cares where you did your degree (as long as it was in Aus/NZ). No one cares about prestige, no one cares about the name of the degree (as long as it's a medical one, MD, B. Med, MBBS, all the same, no one cares).
     
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    ccsaus New Member

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    I am from Sydney as well. Got Griffth Gold Coast/UMelb Chancellor's Scholars Program/JMP New Castle
    Seems I should choose JMP over UMelb Chancellor's Scholars Program
    Not sure about your case
     
  5. faysapprentice

    faysapprentice Regular Member

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    Yeah the thing is that im gonna have to move out for all these offers and theyre all 6 years so not sure how to choose between them
     
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    biom Regular Member Supreme Overlord of the Chatbox

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    see point 2) where would you like to live or alternatively... where would you like not to live.
     
  7. faysapprentice

    faysapprentice Regular Member

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    tbh im not too fussed about where im gonna have to spend the 6 years and most likely ill be able to come back to NSW for internship because ill just put blacktown hospital first (which no one wants to go to)
     
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    faysapprentice Regular Member

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    I guess gold coast might be fun to live in though?
     
  9. LBoG

    LBoG BMedSci/MD-JMP II UoN

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    Take into account cost of living too.

    I wholeheartedly recommend GC as a great place to live. The beaches, restaurants, scenery - all extremely appealing.

    Will you be living on-campus? Research the on-campus options, prices, expenses, etc. Off-campus? Start comparing prices for rent, suburbs, etc.

    While we here at MSO can help you with many things, the ideal place for you specifically to live might be a bit out of our reach ;)

    Good luck with the awesome predicament you find yourself in!
     
  10. Mana

    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

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    That doesn't guarantee that you will get a place in NSW, sorry.
     
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    heart New Member

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    Seems like you really want to stay in NSW. I wonder in your situation if you do take Griffith and sit the gamsat to try and get into a med school in NSW and if you don't just continue with the MD at Griffith. Not sure how GEMSAS looks at accelerated degrees though.
     
  12. Mana

    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

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    Generally quite unfavourably - someone I know used a 2 year accelerated degree for entry and UNDS was the only university willing to look at that degree out of the entire GEMSAS consortium... and they only looked at it because this person also had a 3 year completed bachelor degree before it which was non-graded.
     
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    faysapprentice Regular Member

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    @Mana, what would your thoughts be on these unis?
     
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    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

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    I would take JCU. It's non-provisional. Simple as that.
     
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    faysapprentice Regular Member

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    prestige of uni/md vs mbbs doesnt matter for med right? Im right in saying all prospects are up to me being a good intern and researching etc?
     
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    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

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    Correct, as stated above, prestige or name of your degree doesn't make any difference.
     
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    Thankyou!! Also would you happen to know how JCU is for research opportunities etc or would I have to direct that question to someone else?
     
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    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

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    Aaronm New Member

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    I need advice pls. I have bonded offer from UQ for medicine 7yrs and non bonded from UWA 6yrs. Which uni is a better option if cost of living is not an issue. Thank you
     
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    A1 Admissions Speculator Moderator

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    Quite obvious isn't it, unbonded + 1 year shorter?
     
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