Monash CSP vs WSU BMP
Both 5 year courses - I'm from NSW but warming up to the idea of moving out and learning towards monash since it's unbonded, and the MD course at wsu is new this year. Although wsu would allow me to get a guaranteed internship in nsw once I graduate.
What would YOU choose in my position and why?
If anyone could also comment on any other pro/cons (e.g internship, social life) at either uni that would be appreciated, thank you!
MONASH UNBONDED PROS/WSU BONDED CONS
1) Didn't you want to go the US before? I do remember a WSU bonded person asking a question regarding the US so it might be you? Well, Go8 Monash would edge WSU for getting into an American residency. Prestige matters for the US.
2) Unbonded>>>> bonded. Now bonded is great if you have no other offer. But unbonded? In a city like Melbourne? I would go for the unbonded.
If you try to do your bonded obligation out of the way in intern year, you'll likely to be stuck in a rural NSW hospital for 2 years(and not 1) because NSW Health signing new intern recruits to 2 year contracts. This is NSW (and therefore WSU) specific. This takes away valuable networking time for specialty applications. While a 2 year contract provides job stability, for those on bonded, it can also potentially be a hinderance.
It would be hard to do your obligation during registrar years unless you're in a "general" training program such as GP or emergency since a rural hospital may not be able to accommodate the more "obscure" or "highly specialised" specialties. Likewise, if you ended up in a "highly specialised" specialty, the rural area may not be able to accommodate specialty even when you're a fully licensed specialist. However, you will still need to fulfill the obligation to serve in an underserved area as signed on the contract. This kind of complicates things if you push your obligation to later in your career.
TLDR. So if you want a completely unhinged career options after graduation, go for unbonded. If you're gungho and set on going to general practice, it shouldn't impact you too much BUT in reality, most medical students flip flop during and after medical schools and it is advised to to keep specialty career options open.
3) Melbourne>Sydney. Obviously subjective but those livability rankings seem to favour Melbourne over Sydney and Melbourne gets ranked no. 1. Gladys is doing a stinker of a job governing NSW (NSW State Labor doesn't seem any better though) and there is a net outflow of people from Sydney(and NSW) into Victoria and Qld. There definitely seems to be a sentiment amongst Sydneysiders that they're a bit sick and tired of the city.
On a local level neighbourhood wise, Clayton> Campbelltown. 30-40 minutes to CBD vs 1 hour for Campbelltown. Clayton isn't exactly flash though by Melbourne standards. It would be the equivalent of perhaps Lidcombe in Sydney? However, since you mentioned social life, this is one aspect that favours Monash since it is much closer to its respective CBD. Monash is also close to Australia's largest shopping centre, Chadstone. Melbourne itself has a more vibrant social life due to the lack of lockout laws.
4) Campus life. Monash Clayton is a full sized campus. Clayton is not a "pretty" campus though. Nevertheless, the campus itself would have more food options, student societies and a more active social life(lunch time sport, gym etc) than WSU. Campbelltown is a small, cozy campus and the buildings look modern but is very small.
WSU BONDED PROS/MONASH UNBONDED CONS
1)Since you're from NSW, you could potentially save rent by staying at your parents house if you're close enough to Campbelltown Campus.
2) If you're deadset on a NSW internship (even rural NSW), you can get a NSW internship more easily. But the bonded kind of negates that since your post medical school options become slightly limited by the bonded obligation.