General Interview Discussion 2018

Discussion in 'Interviews' started by GottaGo, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Lone Cheng

    Lone Cheng New Member

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    Thank Mana. That makes sense.
     
  2. sparestuff

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    Hi, I’m an interstate applicant who is going to the JMP interview on the 23rd/24th of January. What time does the interview start on those days? I’m trying to book a flight out of Newcastle on the 24th, the only time is 7:30pm so hopefully the interview should be over by then?

    If anyone knows, any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks :)
     
  3. Numerouno

    Numerouno New Member

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    I got an interview invite (ATAR 99.20 and 94%ile UMAT) but I will not attend as I am overseas. Out of curiosity I wonder how many interstate interviews are offered vs the places for Interstate offers. I think it would be very small in comparison to other schools as I understand that the total number of places available for the year is 70 and the interstate would be 10 or so... just a guess. Do we have any stats on Curtin for interstate? They mentioned 50 in all sections of UMAT for consideration but not a cut off for selection for interviews and many have missed out after securing higher than those scores in all sections. It could be stricter due to small number of seats available as well.
     
  4. betty crocker

    betty crocker New Member

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    In reality, nobody will get in with the bare minimum scores considering how competitive entry is. The 50/50/50 rule is just to be considered for entry.
    Going on the TISC statistics for last years (2017/18) offers, 78 total offers were made and 34 of those were WACE (West Australian) students. The rest would be non-standards and interstate (I think). These are just offers so some people would've rejected, but it's a decent indication I think.

    This website has all the stats for offers and enrolments - pretty useful.

    TISCOnline - Publications, Reports and Statistics

    A cutoff for interviews this year would've been low 80s %ile based off what I saw. A friend with 81st %ile missed out on an interview invite whereas one with 84th %ile made it, with similar predicted ATARs. But this is for non-rural, WA students. I'm guessing the interview cutoff for interstate might be higher?
     
  5. Gav10

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    Soz, I'm gonna intrude here with a totally different topic...so, considering that Curtin is a relatively new med school, there's not a lot of info out there about Curtin MMIs (just one short thread from last year). I was wondering if any veterans on here have any info about it that they can share with us (without breaking the NDA of course ;)). One question in particular I have is- do they ask more than one question per 6-minute station (i.e. are there follow-ups)?
     
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  6. betty crocker

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    Yes, there are follow-ups.
     
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  7. Gav10

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    Ok. How many questions do they usually ask per station altogether?
     
  8. LMG!

    LMG! Moderator (UTAS MBBS) Most Helpful Member and Staff Member of the Year 2017-2018

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    My interview went from 8.30 - about midday for 2018 entry. There was also an afternoon session.

    7.30pm should be totally fine to fly out, I’d think.
     
  9. Coughee

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    Hi everyone! I'm beyond ecstatic that I managed to snag an interview at UNSW!
    I just wanted to ask (if this is something that is allowed to be answered)- how structured is the UNSW interview? Do they just have a set list of questions or do they tend to also ask other questions based on what you say?
     
  10. lucky888

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    Hi Guys.. I just attended the interview for Monash. However I just realised that I didn’t put “rural cohort” in my preference. I thought it is only one VTAC code for Monash and didn’t know that BMP has different VTAC code. What should I do now? I am really stressed..
    Thanks everyone.
     
  11. Crow

    Crow Moderator (Griffith MD) Most Active 2018

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    Are you an interstate applicant? I would send an email to the medical faculty today and explain that you didn’t realise there were two different codes and that you’d love to be eligible for the ERC, then call them up tomorrow. You’d need to make sure you add the ERC to your preference list in VTAC for this to work out for you as well,
    I imagine. I’m unsure whether this is still possible for medicine but the VTAC site suggests you can change preferences any time between offer rounds - Lear may be able to give more details.

    I’m not sure whether they’d allow it but if you’re ranked high enough for an ERC place but not a direct entry place Monash may prefer to offer you a place over a lower ranked applicant.

    FYI - The two different course codes are for the direct entry pathway and the ERC; you are already eligible for a BMP place by applying for the direct entry pathway and this is not its own course code on VTAC. Make sure you understand the difference before getting in touch with anyone!

    Good luck :) Please let us know what Monash’s response is.
     
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  12. Lear

    Lear Monash BMedSci/MD I Gold star winner

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    Hey,
    BMP =\= ERC
    ERC means you do your clinical years in a rural hospital while BMP means you do your clinical years like other Monash students but just have to work in an area of shortage for one year AFTER you finish the course.

    I’d agree with Crow, call up Monash and see if you can try and get your self on the ERC applicant list. However, you’ll only be able to change VTAC preferences after the first round and i’m not sure how many ERC spots they give first round compared to second (there’s 30 in total IIRC)
     
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  13. lucky888

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    Thanks Lear and Crow.
    So just to confirm I automatically will be considered for BMP but not for ERC. Please confirm if my understanding correct. Just to make sure I get this thing right :(
    I will call Monash tomorrow.

    BTW Crow I am Victorian :)
     
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  14. Crow

    Crow Moderator (Griffith MD) Most Active 2018

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    Yes, that’s correct :)
     
  15. Gav10

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    Another question about Curtin MMIs...have they had videos/images that the candidate observes and describes?

    Also...to bring back attention to my previous question, how many questions have they typically asked per station (assuming the typical ethical scenario station, for example)?
     
  16. Crow

    Crow Moderator (Griffith MD) Most Active 2018

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    An answer to this will be in breach of the NDA. Keep in mind we also want to ensure all candidates in the current admissions cycle go into the interview on equal footing - this means not giving extra advantageous information to later round interviewees that first round interviewees didn't have.
     
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    I am aware of this. I was just hoping that the answer to that question wouldn't breach the NDA. :)
     
  18. Numerouno

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    Not sure if this is the correct forum to ask...or if it was discussed already before, I have a short term memory loss, I will fire it away anyway.

    If anyone knows the details please clarify this for me.
    I discarded the invitations to attend interviews for
    Adelaide, JCU and now CURTIN. I attended JMP. (unsuccessful). If Monash comes, I will have to relinquish that too...why?
    Question: Is it correct that I cannot enrol into any Medicine (MBBS or MD) course anywhere in Australia as I am already enrolled into a Medicine course overseas (UK) and completed a semester? Where does this rule reside... any link please?

    I thought this was answered to me that Australia does not allow entering into a medical course as a School leaver or gap year (not in strict sense as I enrolled in Medicine in Sep 2018) like in my case so I cancelled all my interview offers. I will do the same for Monash if I get one... can someone enlighten me?

    Looks like I shot myself in the foot by enrolling into this UK med because it was one of the best in the world but faraway from home. This deprived me all the chances I could have taken up in those interviews. Anyway there is no going back but happy I scored a distinction average in this semester in Medicine, close to HD in Ischemic Heart Disease Brochure prep. . So it’s gaining momentum and challenging.

    JMP was one hit I had with a massive travel in three days to and fro with a massive jet lag but did not make the cut at the end. Can anyone answer me please (again) with the rule of overseas Med student enrolling into a Med course in Australia. btw I am a true blue, Citizen of Australia. Thanks for taking the time to read.
     
  19. A1

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    The rule that you mostly "fell foul" of is most undergrad/provisional schools do not accept applicants who have commenced uni studies (regardless in Aus or overseas), except the five schools that accept non-standard applicants: JCU, UNSW, WSU, JMP, Bond (not counting Curtin accepting grads only).

    Then of these 5 schools, UNSW also excludes anyone who is already doing a Med course. We don't know whether that means an Aus med course, or regardless in Aus or overseas.
     
  20. jamesatwestbeach

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    Hi guys, I saw that letmedomedicine posted that the interview cut-offs for UNSW were 98.2 and 60 UMAT, I'm a non-standard applicant with 97.55 ATAR (2017) and 7 GPA and I received 182 in the UMAT (92nd). I ended up getting a rejection email back in the main round of offers late last year. Therefore, considering my scores are above the cutoff (Going off the fact my GPA of 7 = 99.5) do you think its worth trying to contact them?

    I want to add I'm an interstate applicant from Adelaide; however, for some reason I got a rejection in the main round.
     
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