Hi all. My son is a recent high school graduate (OP 1, ATAR 99.55, UMAT 168/77%). He applied for medicine at Griffith Nathan/GC, JCU, SCU and UNE, but missed out on any offers. He has conditionally accepted a place in pharmacy at UQ, but are hoping against hope for a 2nd round offer on Jan 25. From what I have learned, all things point to an extremely high chance he won't get an offer in the next round so the dilemma is to decide the best way forward from here. I've read lots and lots of advice going back over the years but find myself even more conflicted as to how to advise him best. I've seen the suggestion that rather than deferring study for a year just to sit UMAT again it's better to get started on a degree, do as well as you can and aim for post-grad entry (or even non-standard along the way), as well as older advice that anyone with an ATAR of 99+ should consider re-sitting UMAT (I'm assuming this implies taking a gap year, but perhaps I've misunderstood). As a result, I'm confused and not sure what to think. Perhaps I've misunderstood something, so any clarification and advice at this point would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.