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PSA: Bachelor of Health Science and PhB at ANU for entry into medicine

Icanttypeasd

Monash BMedSci & MD
Happy New Year fellow meddies and aspiring ones.! This may be a very late PSA but if you are worried about your chances of entering medicine ( like me a year ago) it is worth checking out these two courses. I promise ANU nor Canberra Tourism paid me to say this but Canberra is a nice city as long as you like roundabouts and don't feed the politicians.

The first course is the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Science and from my research, about a year ago, it offers 10 non-GAMSAT interview dependent places into medicine. The only catch is to maintain a high distinction average to stay in the program but according to my friends, it shouldn't be too hard. The information about this pathway is limited so I recommend getting in contact with the ANU.

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Science - ANU

The second course is the Bachelor of Health Science. It is a 60 student course that offers 30 non-GAMSAT places into medicine. The cutoff score may be relatively low but since there are only 60 places there is quite a lot of competition.

Bachelor of Health Science - ANU
 

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FlyingAce

New Member
Had a quick read and it's important to note that: "Ten of the 30 places in the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) program are reserved for rural and Indigenous students from the Bachelor of Health Science".
 

Icanttypeasd

Monash BMedSci & MD
Congrats on your offer!

Did you think the course was well advertised? Also, are you ready to experience Canberra’s cold?
 

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msheppard

New Member
Congrats on your offer!

Did you think the course was well advertised? Also, are you ready to experience Canberra’s cold?
Thanks! The course wasn't advertised at all. I found it by hunting through ANU's website. It was the 'eureka' moment after getting my UMAT back. The reserved rural spaces I feel helped me (I was considered rural). I'm currently working two jobs through 38+ heat, so the cold will be a welcome change.
 

humantorch

New Member
Thanks! The course wasn't advertised at all. I found it by hunting through ANU's website. It was the 'eureka' moment after getting my UMAT back. The reserved rural spaces I feel helped me (I was considered rural). I'm currently working two jobs through 38+ heat, so the cold will be a welcome change.
Congrats!! I'm planning to apply for Bachelor of Health Science for 2019 through the rural entry too. Do you mind if you share your ATAR results as I believe that ANU had found rural students with an ATAR of 86 high-achieving, I wanna see whether I'll be competitive for the course.. Thank you.
 

g333

New Member
Hello,
I am going to be doing this course (BHealthSci) this year but I am having trouble with choosing classes. I just have a questions about electives that you can take in this course in the first semester of year 1. I emailed the course coordinator and he said that the following subjects need to be undertaken:
HLTH1001

BIOL1008

CHEM1101

elective course

However when I went to the programs and courses page and looked through all the electives they either had a million pre-requisites or are offered in semester 2. Can anyone doing the course please help me on how I choose the elective for semester 1?

thank you!!!
 
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apk22

New Member
Hi guys, I was just wondering if anyone could give me a bit more information about the Bachelor of Health Sciences at ANU. I understand that after the second year 30 students will be given entry into medicine but from what I understand there isn't any guarantee that you'll be one of those 30 students? As in its not a guaranteed pathway?
 

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Crow

Moderator
Most Active 2018
Hi guys, I was just wondering if anyone could give me a bit more information about the Bachelor of Health Sciences at ANU. I understand that after the second year 30 students will be given entry into medicine but from what I understand there isn't any guarantee that you'll be one of those 30 students? As in its not a guaranteed pathway?
There are 60 students in the course so you need to be in the top half of your cohort to receive a place offer into medicine. 10 of the 30 places are reserved for rural applicants so you essentially need to be in the top 20 if you’re a non-rural applicant. IIRC selection for interview is based solely off GPA.

By no means is the course a “guarantee” for entry into medicine and given the lack of career prospects provided by a health science degree, I’d advise against this pathway myself.
 

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