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La Trobe University's provisional entry program for rural students



Just thought I’d put it out there that La Trobe is starting a new course that gives rural students provisional entry into University of Melbourne’s postgraduate new Rural Doctor of Medicine program in Sheparton.

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical)* [La Trobe: Bendigo/Albury-Wodonga]

-RA2-RA5 for 5 years (consecutive) or 10 years (cumulative)
-85 ATAR (without SEAS adjustment)
-VCE: study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. At least 25 in Chemistry.
-HSC: One of English (Standard), English (Advanced) (Band 3), English as a Second Language (Band 4). Chemistry (Band 3).
-brief written personal statement on VTAC
-completed high school within the last 2 years

From there, admission is based on your MMI interview and your SEAS-adjusted ATAR.
La Trobe said:
The MMI will consist of situational questions focussing on: advocacy, collaboration, critical thinking, empathy, ethical reasoning, motivation, and regional identification.
The course is available in Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga (separate VTAC course codes)

*Not to be confused with La Trobe’s already existing course, “Bachelor of Biomedical Science” (not 'medical') - which has a separate VTAC course code and isn't a guarantee, but will fulfill Melbourne second year physiology/biochem/anatomy prereqs so that you can apply via the GAMSAT. sarangiya Crow

Doctor of Medicine (Rural) [University of Melbourne: Sheparton]

A 75 WAM is required to guarantee a place in the course through the provisional pathway.
I'm not sure if there is a legal obligation to work rurally after the degree. However:
La Trobe said:
The expectation is that you will practice in a regional location.

This is (afaik) correct as of Jan 2019 but may change since the course is very new!!

More info: Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical), Courses and degrees, La Trobe University
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