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Choosing Between Universities

Intissar

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Hey Guys, so people have mentioned that choosing a uni based on location is important since it influences where you work afterwards. I know this is true for Internships but what about residency years and beyond? I'm choosing between Tasmania and Sydney and i figured I could complete my internship in Tas and continue afterwards in a bigger city like Melb/Syd. Is this difficult to do?
 

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chinaski

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Hey Guys, so people have mentioned that choosing a uni based on location is important since it influences where you work afterwards. I know this is true for Internships but what about residency years and beyond? I'm choosing between Tasmania and Sydney and i figured I could complete my internship in Tas and continue afterwards in a bigger city like Melb/Syd. Is this difficult to do?
More difficult than applying as an inside applicant, yes - workplaces tend to favour known quantities (this is especially so when vying for competitively sought-after hospitals within the major CBDs). Also bear in mind that NSW graduates go onto two year contracts, so the need for additional applicants for PGY2 jobs in NSW within Sydney is tight.
 
Another thing to remember is that there is a possibility you will need to move from Townsville (to Cairns/Mackay/Darwin) in the second half of your degree at JCU.
Hi, could you please clarify why JCU students would need to move from Townsville to Cairns/Mackay/Darwin?
 
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Logic

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Hi, could you please clarify why JCU students would need to move from Townsville to Cairns/Mackay/Darwin?
Presumably, one might need to move depending on which hospital they complete their clinical years (Years 4-6) at. From the JCU website: "The JCU program is decentralised across the northern Australian region in years 4–6, with the majority of students moving away from the early years base in Townsville to rural clinical school sites in Cairns, Mackay and Darwin ."
Source (and more information): Clinical Schools
 

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worldno8

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Hey guys,

A little unsure about how to order my preferences for QTAC.
As a NSW school leaver, should I put UQ first or Griffith? I'm from NSW so they're equivalent in terms of distance. (FYI, my UCAT was 99%).
If I put Griffith as my first preference for first-round offers, can I change it for second-round so that UQ is first? Would this hinder my chances of getting into UQ?
 

Cal

vibe
Valued Member
Hey guys,

A little unsure about how to order my preferences for QTAC.
As a NSW school leaver, should I put UQ first or Griffith? I'm from NSW so they're equivalent in terms of distance. (FYI, my UCAT was 99%).
If I put Griffith as my first preference for first-round offers, can I change it for second-round so that UQ is first? Would this hinder my chances of getting into UQ?
Yes uq has no second round offers, put which one you want most in the first position.

EDIT: second round offers for prov entry. All the rejected spots go down the line to the graduate entry pool for clarification. Every other uq course offers top up positions.
 

Cal

vibe
Valued Member
Wait so, does UQ only offer once?

Does Griffith do second-round offers?
Yeah Griffith does top up offers, not necessarily second round but they fill rejected spots with people further down the list.

EDIT: read the edit to my above comment about uq offer rounds for prov entry
 

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worldno8

Regular Member
Yeah Griffith does top up offers, not necessarily second round but they fill rejected spots with people further down the list.

EDIT: read the edit to my above comment about uq offer rounds for prov entry
Uhh, sorry, I'm a tad confused.

So UQ definitely gives second-round offers for UQ provisional entry?

In that case, should I position Griffith as #1 (since it's a shorter degree) and have UQ to fall back on for 2nd round?
 

Cal

vibe
Valued Member
Yeah Griffith does top up offers, not necessarily second round but they fill rejected spots with people further down the list.
Uhh, sorry, I'm a tad confused.

So UQ definitely gives second-round offers for UQ provisional entry?

In that case, should I position Griffith as #1 (since it's a shorter degree) and have UQ to fall back on for 2nd round?
They definitely do not give second round offers as I said they go to the graduate pool, and yeah if that is what you want then that is best option to put Griffith first.

And also don't forget if you don't fulfil the Griffith but you do fulfil the uq requirements you will get a first round offer to UQ, and if you conditionally accept then you can be considered for second and later round Griffith offers.
 
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Crow

Moderator
Moderator
Hey guys,

A little unsure about how to order my preferences for QTAC.
As a NSW school leaver, should I put UQ first or Griffith? I'm from NSW so they're equivalent in terms of distance. (FYI, my UCAT was 99%).
If I put Griffith as my first preference for first-round offers, can I change it for second-round so that UQ is first? Would this hinder my chances of getting into UQ?
I'd place UQ first if I were you, given that with your UCAT you're guaranteed a CSP place. With Griffith you'll have to compete for a non-bonded position during your undergraduate degree, and that's not a risk I would take if you can avoid it given the increased ROS requirements with BMPs now.
 

worldno8

Regular Member
I'd place UQ first if I were you, given that with your UCAT you're guaranteed a CSP place. With Griffith you'll have to compete for a non-bonded position during your undergraduate degree, and that's not a risk I would take if you can avoid it given the increased ROS requirements with BMPs now.
Wait, I thought both degrees are provisional entry?? Meaning that I have to maintain a certain GPA to get into postgrad med?

Oops, did I confuse this completely...
 

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Crow

Moderator
Moderator
Wait, I thought both degrees are provisional entry?? Meaning that I have to maintain a certain GPA to get into postgrad med?

Oops, did I confuse this completely...
They are, but UQ allocate CSP and BMPs on initial offers whereas Griffith allocate them at the end of the 2 year medical science undergraduate, so the bottom 28.5% of students in the medical science cohort (as determined by GPA) receive a BMP.

You need to maintain a GPA of 5.0 at Griffith and UQ to proceed to the MD at either university.
 

worldno8

Regular Member
They are, but UQ allocate CSP and BMPs on initial offers whereas Griffith allocate them at the end of the 2 year medical science undergraduate, so the bottom 28.5% of students in the medical science cohort (as determined by GPA) receive a BMP.

You need to maintain a GPA of 5.0 at Griffith and UQ to proceed to the MD at either university.
Thanks for your insight, Crow!! :)

Which other universities are provisional entry - UWA and Flinders? If they are, I should rank them below an undergraduate med degree (eg. place UAdel above Flinders), right?
 

Crow

Moderator
Moderator
Thanks for your insight, Crow!! :)

Which other universities are provisional entry - UWA and Flinders? If they are, I should rank them below an undergraduate med degree (eg. place UAdel above Flinders), right?
Not necessarily - depends on your personal preference. Griffith is the only university that doesn't immediately allocate CSPs and BMPs with provisional entry place offers. If you'd prefer to go to Flinders over Adelaide, then you should put Flinders first.

Benefit of Adelaide over Flinders: Adelaide is 6 years in a medicine course so your learning will be targeted from the get go whereas with Flinders you won't be studying medicine specifically until you get to the MD. Benefit of preferencing Flinders over Adelaide is that you could get a CSP with Flinders (as from what I believe they don't give BMPs to school-leavers) whereas you risk receiving a BMP from Adelaide if it's preferenced higher than Flinders.

With UWA vs Curtin I would personally rank Curtin first because it's a 5 year course while UWA will take you 6 years, but that's up to you.
 

ucatboy

Regular Member
Valued Member
I'd place UQ first if I were you, given that with your UCAT you're guaranteed a CSP place. With Griffith you'll have to compete for a non-bonded position during your undergraduate degree, and that's not a risk I would take if you can avoid it given the increased ROS requirements with BMPs now.
What about the fact that UQ has a course that's one year longer? Do the benefits of being guaranteed a CSP outweigh the drawback of one extra year in school (and the opportunity costs of sacrificed time, sacrificed income, extra student debt etc.)?
 

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Crow

Moderator
Moderator
What about the fact that UQ has a course that's one year longer? Do the benefits of being guaranteed a CSP outweigh the drawback of one extra year in school (and the opportunity costs of sacrificed time, sacrificed income, extra student debt etc.)?
That’s up to the individual to decide - but having to do at least 18 months of your ROS post-fellowship (and 3 years total) has the potential to have a big impact on your career further down the line. For me, one extra year at university from a school-leaver age outweighs the substantial requirements associated with a BMP.

However, as I say that’s an individual choice.
 

Lyyrre

Griffith MedSci II
Considering I'm from interstate and I want the shortest course with the lowest chance of a BMP, would you say it's wiser to place all the Griffith preferences (Gold Coast, Nathan, USC) above UQ bonded?
If this was last year, then I would have advised taking the UQ bonded over Griffith because UQ bonded would only have been 1 year (prior to the BMP length change in 2019) as opposed to Griffith's 3 years (as CSP/BMP was determined at the end of 2020, at which point BMP will have changed to 3 years).

However, now that the change is in place and BMP is 3 years for both UQ and Griffith, if you are looking for a shorter course – then Griffith GC and Nathan will both be 6 years, and provided you remain in the top 72.5% of the cohort during the 2 years bachelors, you should receive a CSP on entry to the MD (the same applies for USC, but the course is 7 years instead of 6).

If you decide to take UQ bonded – it will be 7 years, and the 3 years bonded will apply regardless of how well you do in your bachelors degree.

So to answer your question – placing Griffith GC or Nathan will give you the shortest course (between the two) and a chance to receive a CSP as opposed to UQ bonded. Now say you receive UQ unbonded, then that would save you the stress of competing for a CSP in your bachelor degree and you won't worry about receiving a BMP. The cutoff last year was quite high though (I believe it was 93%ile for bonded, 96%ile for unbonded).
 

Tomato

Regular Member
If this was last year, then I would have advised taking the UQ bonded over Griffith because UQ bonded would only have been 1 year (prior to the BMP length change in 2019) as opposed to Griffith's 3 years (as CSP/BMP was determined at the end of 2020, at which point BMP will have changed to 3 years).
When you were admitted to UQ bonded, do you sign the BMP document immediately or sign it after the bachelor's degree? What you said sounds you have to sign straight away after admission. Just want to clarify.
 

Crow

Moderator
Moderator
When you were admitted to UQ bonded, do you sign the BMP document immediately or sign it after the bachelor's degree? What you said sounds you have to sign straight away after admission. Just want to clarify.
You usually sign it towards the middle of the first year of uni. Because UQ is provisional entry it’s possible this wouldn’t occur until you’ve started the MD (so 4th year out of school). I believe it’s the latter but can’t recall this with 100% certainty.
 

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