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Rural category entry criteria

Bunny230

New Member
Hi everyone,

Just wondering if anyone else has had issues with the health sciences admissions office regarding applications for MBChB entry via rural? I've applied for Medicine under the rural category over the last two years with no issues but today I gave the office a ring just to confirm they still had proof of my rural residence and pre-tertiary education stored in their system but to my surprise they told me I didn't qualify for rural entry. The rural entry criterion I believe I meet is:

"Have undertaken a combination of pre-tertiary education at a school in a rural area of New Zealand and residence in a rural area of New Zealand, for a minimum of four consecutive years"

I spent two years at a rural primary school and resided in a rural area for 6 consecutive years (so 4 years if you exclude my years at primary). According to the receptionist I talked to, the years of rural residence must follow secondary school but this is a separate and optional criterion. After reading out the criterion to her she discussed the matter with some other staff members then later told me that there seems to be a lot of confusion between students and the health sciences office atm so they currently don't know if I qualify for rural entry or not. A few other students are in the same boat as me right now apparently. I personally know of someone that had the same background as me last year and managed to get in to medicine via the rural category under the same criterion. It would be extremely unfair in my opinion if they chose to exclude students like myself from the rural category just because their criteria wasn't very clear or erroneous.
 

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rustyedges

Otago MB ChB
Moderator
Am I right in saying you lived in a rural area for six years, two of which you attended primary school in that area, and four of which at an urban school?

If that's the case, my interpretation of the criteria would mean you wouldn't meet them, unfortunately. That third criterion implies that the years living rurally but not at school were because you were working in a rural area, not studying in a city. It might seem unfair, but it would be less fair to take a place from a student with much stronger rural connections, for whom the places are designed.
 

Fencess

lil doggo
If they approved you in the past and haven't changed the criteria since then there's no reason they wont approve you again. They have to ensure the system is fair however, so you can understand their stringency.

I can see how your situation could be both included and excluded based on their criteria statement. It's not really up to us to debate the semantics.
I assume you had to put in some kinda statement alongside your application about your commitment to rural medicine. That might play a part in this as well. If it's well written and then that might tip the balance in your favour.
Best of luck.
 

Fencess

lil doggo
Seeing as the other criteria are:

Have undertaken a minimum of four years of their pre-tertiary education at a school in a rural area of New Zealand
or
Have resided in a rural area of New Zealand for a minimum of four consecutive years following the completion of their secondary education
or
Have undertaken a combination of pre-tertiary education at a school in a rural area of New Zealand and residence in a rural area of New Zealand, for a minimum of four consecutive years
I would say that your combination of living and going to school in a rural area of New Zealand for >4 years qualifies you.
Seemingly they haven't really sorted anything yet so just give it time, it'll come through.
 

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