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Flinders Medicine Entrance Information

Pathways
Flinders offers 3 main pathways to its Medicine program:

  • Year 12 entry
  • Graduate entry
  • Graduate Indigenous entry stream.

Year 12 entry
Course: Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Type: Undergraduate – 6 years – Full Time
Campus: Adelaide or Darwin (via the Northern Territory Medical Program)
SATAC Code: 214941 (Adelaide) and 114831 (Darwin)
This pathway to Medicine is open to school leavers and to those applicants who do not have an academic record of study at University. It is not available to international applicants.
Information: http://www.flinders.edu.au/courses/undergrad/bclsbmbs/.

Course overview
This pathway allows students to complete a Bachelor of Clinical Sciences combined with the MBBS in 6 years. Subject to passing all topics in these first two years and gaining a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5 (Credit average) students will then undertake the existing 4 year graduate-entry medical program. Students who do not pass all topics and/or who fail to achieve the minimum GPA will transfer to an alternative undergraduate degree (depending on their area of specialization in the first two years) and may apply for entry to the MBBS as a graduate applicant.

Adelaide
In the first 2 years, students will undertake studies in Clinical Sciences with either a Medical Science or Health Sciences focus. These studies include topics in biology, chemistry, physiology and communication skills. The Medical Science focus emphasizes the biomedical sciences that underpin virtually all fields of medical science, whilst the Health Sciences option emphasizes biological and psychosocial sciences in a health and healthcare context.

Northern Territory
Students undertake full-time studies for 2 years in a Bachelor of Clinical Sciences based at Charles Darwin University (CDU) and offered jointly by CDU and Flinders. Students can choose a Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Science or Exercise and Sports Science stream, which will provide foundation knowledge and skills relevant to medicine including biology, anatomy, chemistry, statistics and communication skills.

Intake per year
Adelaide: 25 places (sub-quota of up to 5 places for Indigenous applicants).
Northern Territory: 12 places (sub-quotas of up to 2 places for Indigenous applicants and up to 5 places for applicants who are residents of the Northern Territory). All students admitted to the pathway who are successful in progressing to the Northern Territory Medical Program will be allocated Northern Territory Government sponsored bonded places.

Prerequisites
There are no prerequisite Year 12 subjects, but Year 12 chemistry, physics and/or biology are recommended.

Admission Criteria:
To be eligible for a place in this pathway, applicants must satisfy two separate criteria:

  • ATAR: A minimum of 95 is expected to be competitive for a place in Adelaide. A minimum of 90 is expected to be competitive for a place in Darwin (this includes the addition of any relevant bonus points for special access schemes)
  • UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test)

Rankings for offers of places is based on an entry score combining ATAR (90%) and a UMAT-derived score (10%), which will be determined mainly from Sections 1 and 2 of the test.

Application process
1. Register to sit UMAT. Registrations open in April each year and close in June. The test is held in July each year. Applicants register to sit the test via ACER (www.acer.edu.au/umat)
2. Apply to SATAC. Applicants will be asked to enter their UMAT identification number when they lodge their application on SATAC’s UniWeb
3. Offers are released on 18th January 2012 via SATAC.

Graduate entry
Degree: Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery (MBBS)
Type: Postgraduate – 4 years – Full Time
Campus: Adelaide or Darwin (via the Northern Territory Medical Program)
Information: http://www.flinders.edu.au/courses/undergrad/bmbsg/.

Intake per year
Adelaide:

  • 86 places for Australian citizens and permanent residents
  • International quota: 20 places.

There will be up to:

  • 55 CSP (NZ citizens eligible to apply)
  • 27 bonded places
  • 4 Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) places.

Within these 86 places, there is a sub-quota of 4 places for applicants from a rural background with a commitment to rural practice. To be eligible for consideration in this sub-quota, applicants must fulfil additional selection criteria which can be found here (http://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/medical-course/domestic-applicants/rural-applicants.cfm)

Northern Territory:

  • 24 places for domestic students
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the NT, particularly Indigenous residents, although other non-NT applicants may apply. A resident of the NT is defined as a person who at the time of commencement of the medical course has resided with a permanent address in the NT for a total of at least two years out of the last six years or at least five years since commencing primary school
  • Students who take up these places will be bonded to work in the NT for 2 years after graduation.

Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites and all undergraduate bachelor-level degrees are acceptable.

Admission criteria
To be eligible for a place in this pathway, applicants must satisfy three separate criteria:

Performance in undergraduate degree

  • A credit average is generally needed to be competitive
  • A weighted GPA (wGPA) is determined based on your grades in the final 3 years of your most recently completed Bachelor degree (included Honours if relevant). The wGPA is determined by weighting final year studies x3, studies in second year x2 and studies in first of three years x1
  • High qualifications such as a Masters or PhD are not considered in calculating a GPA, although they may provide valuable background relevant in interviews.

Score in GAMSAT or MCAT
Minimum GAMSAT scores for Sections 1, 2 and 3 are 50, 45 and 50 respectively, with a minimum Overall Score of 50.
Minimum MCAT scores for Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Writing Sample and Biological Sciences are 8, 8, O and 8 respectively. Note that the MCAT is for international applicants only.

Interview

  • For domestic applicants, invitation to an interview is based solely on GAMSAT scores, mainly on the basis of overall GAMSAT score. It was 61 for entry in 2011 and 64 for entry in 2012
  • For international applicants, invitation to an interview is based on a combination of undergraduate GPA and admission test scores (either MCAT or GAMSAT)
  • Interview cutoffs for the MBBS in Adelaide and NT Medical Program are likely to be different
  • Applicants selected for interview will be notified in August by a tracker on the Flinders medical school website interviewed in late September/early October
  • Interviews for places in the Northern Territory Medical Program will be held in Darwin
  • Interviews are semi-structured, conducted by panels of 2-3 interviewers. They are structured to assess personal qualities such as motivation, decision-marking skills, preferred learning style, communication and team skills, personal management and self-evaluation
  • Up to 130 interviews are offered for the SA program, and up to 36 for the NT program
  • Interviews normally last 45-50 minutes.

Special entry to interview

  • Applicants who have outstanding academic records, but whose overall GAMSAT scores are slightly below the cut-off, may be invited to interview in a “Special Entry to Interview” category
  • The cut-offs for this group are determined by the Admissions Committee determines cut-offs for this group each year
  • Past practice has been to consider applicants with overall GAMSAT scores within 2 to 4 of the main cut-off (eg down to 61-63 if the main cut-off is set at 64)
  • Normally those falling within this sub-group must have a grade point average of at least 6.0 (on the GAMSA 7 point scale) in each of the last 3 years of their degree.

For final offers, Flinders weights GPA, GAMSAT/MCAT and Interview equally.

Application process
1. Register by January to sit GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test). For further information about GAMSAT, go to www.gamsat.acer.edu.au
2. Apply to GEMSAS by early June (closing date for 2012 admission applicants was 10 June, 2011)
3. Interviews will be conducted in late September/early October
4. Offers are made progressively from October onwards.

Indigenous Entry Stream (IES)

  • Indigenous graduates may apply directly to Flinders University for the graduate entry pathway in Adelaide without having to sit the GAMSAT
  • Applicants must submit an IES application form. The application will require considerable detail about academic, working and community background, and for those shortlisted there will be a detail interview process to assess readiness to undertake Medicine
  • Applicants may then be invited to undertake the four-week Preparation for Medicine program as a final step in both enhancing and assessing readiness
  • Indigenous applicants may also choose to apply through the standard graduate entry application process, and can transfer to the IES at any stage
  • Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Flinders Indigenous Support Unit at indigenoussupportsa@flinders.edu.au (for those who apply to study in Adelaide) or indigenoussupportnt@flinders.edu.au (for those who intend to study in the NT)
  • For more information see http://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/medical-course/domestic-applicants/indigenous-applicants.cfm.

Contact Information
Postal Address
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide SA 5001
Australia

General domestic student enquiries
Tel (08) 8201 3074 or 1300 657 671 (local call cost)
Fax (08) 8201 2580
Email: admissions@flinders.edu.au

Graduate Entry Medical Program domestic student enquiries
Telephone (08) 8201 2538
Email: karen.siegmann@flinders.edu.au

Graduate Entry Medical Program international student enquiries
Telephone (+61 8) 8204 4262
Email: ruth.sladek@flinders.edu.au

Links
Flinders University Website
http://www.flinders.edu.au/

Flinders School of Medicine Website
http://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/medical-course/medicine_home.cfm

Northern Territory Medical Program
http://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/nt-clinical-school/nt-medical-program.cfm

Graduate Admission Requirements
http://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/medical-course/domestic-applicants/

International Applicants
http://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/medical-course/international-applicants/

Course Outline
http://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/medical-course/course-outline/