For me personally interstate is too much upheaval, I love my home! Also I feel my marks would be better with full family/friends support for the first year anyway.I only got over 99. Is it worth doing Biomed for three years with the guarantee of a full-fee place in Med IF I pass the interview and keep up my GPA?
Or is it better to think of going interstate directly (if I get offered a place)?
What would you do?
Huh? Are you referring to accepting the guarantee of an FFP rather than a CSP? If so, be aware that there's no such thing as a guarantee of anything if you accept such a place.I only got over 99. Is it worth doing Biomed for three years with the guarantee of a full-fee place in Med IF I pass the interview and keep up my GPA?
Since I only got over 99 and not over 99.9, UoM only offers me the full-fee place guarantee in three years' time, which means I don't have to take GAMSAT but only have to keep up my GPA AND pass the interview.
It's difficult for some, and not for others - what you find easy may not be the next person's experience. You really don't know until you try.I'm most worried about getting the GPA. Apparently, it's a lot more competitive and much, much harder than year 12 (according to my friends). Is 75% that difficult over three years?
Perhaps they're gunning for the non-FFP place. Seriously, the offer of an FFP is what should be worrying you the most, not the prospect of GPA or GAMSAT.Also, UoM told me on the phone that there are only 30 full-fee places into Med and I know a LOT more people who got above 99 and are studying Biomed wanting to do Med later on. How does that make sense? :S
You're worrying about issues over which you have some control. You can study for GAMSAT and GPA - it's hard work, but certainly not impossible. On the flipside, if you accept an FFP, however, you have no control over the possibility of NOT GETTING A JOB AFTER YOU GRADUATE. Look beyond admissions policies and medical school for just a moment, and ask yourself: would you be happy to accept a position that came with absolutely no guarantee of an internship after you finish medical school?Can you explain what you mean by not worry about GPA or GAMSAT? I don't really get it.
The current position of COAG is that FFPs are not guaranteed internships. This was not such a huge problem, given that the Rudd government abolished FFPs for undergraduate degrees several years ago, but it still remains a very real issue and concern for those coming from private universities who still offer FFPs, as well as Melbourne University, who have gotten around the rule by way of tagging their degree "post graduate" (therefore, they can charge fees, unlike other public unis whose medical degrees are undergraduate by definition). Hence my earlier remarks: I think you'd have to be barking mad to even entertain the idea of an FFP, if the only thing you get out of it is the opportunity to avoid GAMSAT.Can full-fee people not get jobs after they graduate?
You can study Science or Health Science at any uni and then transfer to any uni you want for postgraduate MBBS. For any post grad entry your looking at GPA + GAMSAT + Interview.Also, I have a question about doing a Science or Health Science course at UQ and then going on to do postgrad Med at UoM. Is that possible?
It's hard to say, because we're yet to have a glut of FFP graduates in the system (which is also yet to reach capacity). IMO, your best case scenario is that an FFP graduate will get a job, but may well be preferenced below CSP graduates when it comes to job choice. Worst case scenario: you will not get a job. Period.Oh okay, that's something new to think about.
So then, if it's not guaranteed, how hard is it to get a job? Realistically :S
You are asking a lot of really basic questions; many of the answers you're looking for are already out there if you do some research. You would do well to do a bit of reading (both here on MSO, and at PagingDr WRT graduate entry issues in particular). To answer this one: you will have to read up on the pre-requisite subjects required by the UMelb MD, and then ascertain if they are offered at UQ.Also, I have a question about doing a Science or Health Science course at UQ and then going on to do postgrad Med at UoM. Is that possible?