IMPORTANT NOTE: The final year of intake for the undergraduate medical course at the University of Western Australia is 2011, after which it will be discontinued and replaced with a graduate course, starting in 2012, that requires an applicant to already hold a university degree. The new MD, or Doctor of Medicine, will be a 4-year graduate medical program and will replace the existing 6-year undergraduate and 4.5-year graduate programs from 2012 onwards.
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General information on the current course
25-30 contact hours for first semester of first year; between 15-25 in subsequent semesters upto and including 2nd semester of 3rd year. 4th-6th year are all entirely clinical ie the specific time commitments vary but are usually around 8 hours a day for most rotations, with additional study time, clinical tutorials from lecturers and 3 hours of lectures on Pharmacology, Infectious Diseases and Pathology (in 4th year) per week.
Structure: Basic Sciences (Molecular and Cell Biology/MCB, Foundations of Animal and Human Biology & Medical Chemistry) in first semester of first year along with Foundations of Clinical Practice/FCP, along with a non-scientific elective (students who didn’t do physics in year 12 take an introductory physics unit in place of this elective). Second semester of first year involves a continuation of MCB and FCP, but introduces a integrated, systems-based approach with a large anatomy/laboratory based-focus which continues throughout second year.
The 3-part integrated unit, “Normal Systems”, covers the Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems (Yr 1, Sem 2), the Gastrointestinal, Renal, Reproductive and Endocrine Systems (Yr 2, Sem 1) & the Musculoskeletal and Nervous Systems (Yr 2, Sem 2). It is delivered through a combination of labs (especially anatomy labs), lectures and tutorials. FCP is taught through clinical skills sessions teaching relevant history/examinations for each system, and introductory lectures on topics such as biostatistics, epidemiology and diagnosis by guest lecturers supplement the small group, Problem-Based Learning which is part of FCP throughout the first 2 years.
Third year content is delivered through lectures, and includes the year-long units of FCP, Pharmacology, Infectious Diseases and Pathology. There is more of an emphasis on clinical skills, and a revision of the OSCE-related history and examination skills covered in the first two years with associated assessments at regular intervals.
4th year rotations include General Medicine, General Surgery, Psychiatry and Musculoskeletal/Geriatrics (2x 1/2 rotations). Each rotation is of 8 weeks duration. Apart from thursday afternoons (which are allocated to lectures on pharmacology, infectious diseases and pathology) and friday afternoons (which are set aside for a compulsory, year-long small-group research project), all the time is spent during hospitals.
5th year is entirely clinical, and may be carried out through one of UWA’s Rural Clinical Schools. Entry is competitive, with the number of applicants exceeding the number of positions (strict quota of 25% of the CSP/BMP cohort). Clinical Rotations include 2x 2 week options, Obstetrics&Gynaecology, Paediatrics, General Medicine, as well as General Practice/Ophthalmology.
Between 5th year and 6th year, there is the opportunity to undertake a 6 week elective; most students use this as an opportunity to experience a different health-care system interstate or overseas and to ‘broaden horizens’
6th year is also entirely clinical, and clinical rotations include Rural General Practice, Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, Psychiatry & General Surgery .
There is a strong focus on Personal and Professional Development from 3rd year onwards.
Can be combined with Arts (7.5 years), Doctor of Philosophy (8 years) or Medical Science (7 years); and with special permission from the faculty, can be combined with a Language Diploma or Medical Science in the same amount of time (7 years)
There are Rural and Remote, as well as Aboriginal Health Specialisations available
Honours is an academic title awarded at the faculty’s discretion and is based on marks obtained during the course with a 1:2:3:4:5:6 ratio in each of years 1-6 respectively. The overall standard of work in all years of the course must be of an “appropriately high level in the opinion of the Board of Examiners”, however, students who fail are provided with the opportunity for supplementary assessment in any unit in the course are not eligible for the award of honours.
English or English Literature or equivalent (ESL for eligible students).
Chemistry is desirable (strongly recommended) but not a prerequisite.
Applicants to undergraduate entry who have not competed year 12 physics will be required to undertake an introductory physics unit in year one of the course.
The selection process for dentistry and non-graduate entry into medicine (for both bonded and unbonded places) has three components.
1. ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
Standard Applicants (school leavers) will require an ATAR, or its equivalent for interstate applicants, of approximately 96.00 (Tertiary Entrance Score of 383) or better.
If you are a studying at a Western Australian secondary school in 2010 you will be required to authorise your school to send to the Faculty a signed copy of your school-based numerical scores and final grades (SBA).
Non-standard applicants must attain a Faculty GPA of at least 5.5
A UMAT score no more than two years old is essential to be considered for entry to medicine and dentistry courses at UWA. Applicants who sat UMAT in both 2009 and 2010 can select which score they want to be used for their application for 2011 entry to medicine and dentistry, and ensure they enter the correct year’s UMAT ID number on their TISC application. Non Standard applicants will also need to ensure that they enter the correct UMAT ID number on the Faculty’s Online Registration Form
3. A STRUCTURED INTERVIEW
The purpose of the interview is to consider a range of personal attributes which are considered desirable in medical practitioners.
Standard applicant selection for interview will be based on UMAT and academic performance.
You will be notified in late November (after the last day of TEE) whether you have been selected for an interview.
Non-Standard applicants will receive notification of an interview in October* (TBC).
For more information on the interview process, see this link http://www.meddent.uwa.edu.au/course…ate/interviews
Final ranking is based on performance in the UMAT, interview and ATAR and will be weighted 1:2:2 respectively.
Applicants must meet a minimum threshold in each of the three areas to remain in contention for a place.
Number of Places
120-130 medical places and 34 dental places.
For medicine, about 1500 people applied for 2010 entry. For 2011 entry, about two to three people will be interviewed for each place.
For dentistry, about 670 people applied for 2010 entry. For 2011 entry, about two to three will be interviewed for each place.
About 15 medical places and about 16 dental places.
For medicine, about 340 people applied for 2010 entry. For 2011 entry, about two to three people will be interviewed for each place.
For dentistry, about 230 non-standard applicants applied for 2010 entry. For 2011 entry, about two to three will be interviewed for each place.
Course Quotas (Rural and Indigenous)
Bonded: 25% of CSPs
Rural sub-quota: upto 25% of medical places
Indigenous sub-quota: upto 10% of medical places
Medical Society: www.wamss.org.au
Cutoffs are not officially published by the faculty as they change every year, however:
-There is evidence that the cutoffs for non-WA applicants are considerably higher than for WA applicants, but there is no official word on it
-The definition of ‘Local’ or ‘WA-based’ depends on residential address rather than highschool attended
-Applicants must meet a cutoff of 20%ile in section 1 to be eligible for consideration (confirmed)
As a rough guide (based on previous offers)
-The 2009 standard, non-rural cutoff for WA applicants med was around 75%ile (possibly less)
-The 2009 non-standard non-rural cutoff for WA applicants med was 93%ile