Admission to the Deakin Medical Course for domestic applicants

In 2015 the Deakin Medical School will be offering 130 Commonwealth supported places (CSP) . This includes 4 Medical Rural Bonded Scholarships (MRBS) and 32 Bonded Medical Places (BMP).

International full fee paying places are available. These places will be subject to demonstration of proficiency in spoken and written English. Information on entry requirements can be found in the international students section.

Students in corridor

Admission to the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS)  is determined by a combination of grade point average (GPA) in an approved undergraduate degree; Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) score and interview performance. No exemptions, credit for prior learning or advanced standing is offered.

Applicants are required to sit the GAMSAT test in the two years prior to the year in which they wish to commence study. Please check the GAMSAT website for further information. http://gamsat.acer.edu.au

All applications for the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery course must be made via the Graduate Entry Medical Schools Admissions System (GEMSAS). Domestic applications cannot be made directly to Deakin University.

Please see http://www.deakin.edu.au/health/medicine/applications.php for more information on how to apply for Medicine.

Minimum entry requirements

  • A completed undergraduate degree from an Australian university or a Higher Education institution recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework, or a recognised Bachelor qualification listed in the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) Guide. Deakin does not recognise 2 year Bachelor degrees or 1 year conversion degrees for the purposes of admission to the medical course.
  • An overall GAMSAT score of 50 and a score of 50 in each of the three sections of GAMSAT.
  • A GPA (weighted) score of at least 5. The GPA score is based on academic grades during the final three full time equivalent years of the most recent undergraduate degree (including an honours year if applicable). Greater weight is given to results from later years of academic study, with the final year weighted x 3, the penultimate year x 2, and the first of the final 3 years x 1. Postgraduate study beyond an honours year is not included in the GPA calculation.

Applicants are required to have been awarded their undergraduate degree within 10 years of their projected commencement date. Applicants whose undergraduate degree was completed outside the 10 year period may be considered for admission only if they have successfully completed the equivalent of 1 year of tertiary study (i.e. 1 full year of the curriculum) at Honours or Graduate Diploma level or higher at an Australian university or Higher Education Institution recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework or at a recognised International university listed in the NOOSR Guide. Postgraduate study should also have been completed within 10 years of the projected commencement date of the medical course.

Indigenous Students
Deakin University encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples who are committed to a career in medicine to contact the School of Medicine directly.

Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites.


Selection
1. Selection for interview
Invitations to interview will be sent to up to 200 applicants based on GAMSAT + GPA Score (50:50) with additional weighting for:


Rural / regional residency
Applicants who meet defined regional and rural residency criteria have a bonus added to the combined GPA and GAMSAT/MCAT score. To qualify for a bonus for rural/regional residency applicants must have lived or studied for at least 5 years (consecutive or cumulative) after commencing primary school in a place classified by the Australian Standard Geographic Classification - Remote Areas (ASGC-RA) system as level 2 - 5. The bonus is also given to applicants who have lived or studied in the City of Greater Geelong for at least 5 years (consecutive or cumulative) after commencing primary school.

  • Residence in ASGC-RA 2 or the City of Greater Geelong: a bonus of 2% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT/MCAT score.
  • Residence in ASGC-RA 3 - 5: a bonus of 4% of the combined GPA and GAMSAT/MCAT score.

Prior clinical experience in a health discipline
Applicants who have completed one year of clinical practice as a registered health professional receive a 2% bonus. The following health disciplines will attract a 2% bonus: Chiropractic, Dentistry, Nursing, Midwifery, Optometry, Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Speech Pathology, Paramedics, and practitioners in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Chinese Medicine and Medical Radiation.

Demonstration of financial disadvantage
Applicants who can demonstrate financial disadvantage, which may have impacted on academic performance during their undergraduate degree, may qualify for a bonus for financial disadvantage. Deakin Medical School recognises the following benefits:

Australia: Centrelink
ABSTUDY, AUSTUDY, Parent Payment (Partnered or Single), Youth Allowance, Disability Pension, Veterans Means Assessed Pension.

New Zealand: Study Link
StudyLink benefits apply for applicants from New Zealand. Please note, this does not include a StudyLink student loan.

Applicants who are able to demonstrate that they have been in receipt of a Centrelink/StudyLink benefit for at least 12 calendar months during their undergraduate degree, receive a 2% bonus.


2. Applying for the bonuses.

Please read this entire section carefully before applying for the course.

Applicants who wish to apply for the prior clinical experience in a health discipline bonus or the financial disadvantage bonus must provide (to GEMSAS), supporting documentation postmarked no later than 5:00pm AEST on Wednesday 11 June 2014.

Applicants who wish to apply for the Rural/ Regional residency bonus must provide (to GEMSAS) supporting documentation, postmarked no later than 5.00pm AEST, Friday 27 June 2014.
Please send your supporting documentation and the cover sheet to:

GEMSAS Processing
PO Box 522
Ferny Hills DC
QLD 4055

Acceptable supporting documents include:

Rural/Regional residency bonus
School reports, transcripts from a regional university, supporting letters from a school, university or workplace (signed originals on letterhead), other documents to prove residence such as invoices for telephone, rates, utilities, or bank statements showing your  (or your family’s) address. Please ensure that your documentation supports 5 years of rural living and includes the cover sheet you will print off when you submit your on-line application.

Prior clinical experience in a health discipline bonus
Supporting letters from your employer stating length of employment and duties, registration documentation, payslips or tax returns. Please ensure that your documentation supports at least 12 months of clinical experience, as a registered health professional and includes the cover sheet you will print off when you submit your on-line application.


Financial disadvantage bonus
Supporting letters from Centrelink or StudyLink, PAYG Payment Summary or tax returns. Please ensure that your documentation supports at least 12 calendar months of being in receipt of a Centrelink or StudyLink benefit, during your undergraduate studies and includes the cover sheet you will print off when you submit your on-line application.

 

3. Interview
Deakin Medical School uses the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process. Each applicant undergoes a series of 5 minute interviews at 10 stations, using standardised questions and scoring procedures. The stations are designed to assess applicant attributes such as:

  • Communication skills
  • Commitment to rural and regional practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Self-directed learning
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation for a career in Medicine
  • A commitment to social justice
  • Professionalism
  • Effective use of resources

 

4. Selection for Offer

The final ranked list, from which offers will be progressively made, is based on an entry score calculation which gives equal weighting to GPA, GAMSAT and interview. Additional bonus points, previously listed, will be included in this calculation. Offers will be made during November 2014 - January 2015. Offers for applicants in the final year of their degree will be provisional. Please note that deferrals are not permitted.

 

5. Accepting your offer of a place- Additional Requirements

Department of Human Services Policy and Working with Children Check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course.

Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake any placements and therefore will be unable to complete the course requirements.

 Students will be asked to undergo serological testing prior to enrolment. Students are required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience.

 * Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/facs/bdb/fmu/service-agreement/4.departmental-policies-procedures-and-initiatives/4.6-safety-screening-referee-checks-police-record-check-and-working-with-children-check
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved 16 June 2008.

Deakin Medical Student Code of Conduct
All students in the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery course are required to sign and comply with the Deakin Medical Student Code of Conduct.

 

6. FAQs
Can I apply directly to Deakin University?
No. All domestic applications, must be made via the GEMSAS online application system. http://www.gemsas.edu.au

When can I apply for 2015 entry?
Applications (via GEMSAS) are scheduled to open on 30 April 2014 and close on 31 May 2014 at 11:59pm AEST.

Can I send my supporting documentation directly to Deakin University?
No. All supporting documentation must be sent to GEMSAS, with the cover sheet which is to be printed off at the time of online application, to:

For Transcripts
GEMSAS Processing
PO Box 120
Kelvin Grove DC
QLD 4000

For Bonuses and Rurality
GEMSAS Processing
PO Box 522
Ferny Hills DC
QLD 4055

If I am offered a place can I defer?
No. Deferrals are not permitted for the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery course.

I completed a 1 year conversion degree. Can this be used to apply to the course?
No. Deakin does not recognise 2 year bachelor or 1 year conversion degrees for the purposes of admission to the medical course.

How can I get an indicative GPA?
GEMSAS will provide an online GPA calculator on their website: www.gemsas.edu.au . Applicants will be able to enter their marks into the calculator and work out an indicative GPA.
If you have any further queries you may email GEMSAS

How will the Deakin Medical School contact me?
The Deakin Medical School will primarily contact applicants via email. Therefore it is very important that you provide a current email address, which is valid from April 2014 to February 2015. You must also regularly check your emails to avoid delays. Some email messages may be flagged as spam by some email providers. Applicants are advised to use email addresses other than Hotmail or Yahoo for admissions purposes.

When will the Multiple Mini Interviews be held this year?
The Multiple Mini Interviews are scheduled to be held in the week commencing 15 September 2014.

When will classes commence in 2015?
First year medical students will commence on Monday 2 February 2015.

Are there any full fee places available?
Fee paying places are only available for international students.

Can I study part time?
No. The course is not offered part time.

Can I choose which Clinical School I will attend for Year 3 and 4 of the course?
The first two years of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery course, are studied at the Deakin University Waurn Ponds campus. After which, students attend one of the Clinical Schools, for the remaining two years of the course.

Clinical schools are located in Warrnambool, Eastern Health, Ballarat and Geelong. Third year students also have the opportunity to undertake the IMMERSe (Integrated Model of Medical Education in Rural Settings) program. Students who undertake the IMMERSe program are attached to a GP Practice which is affiliated with a local hospital. In 2015, the IMMERSe program will be running from the following rural locations: Portland, Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh, Horsham, Stawell, Colac, Hamilton, Casterton, Camperdown and Ararat.

Students will be given an opportunity to list their preferences for which Clinical school they will attend. However, there is no guarantee that a student will be allocated to their Clinical School of choice.

The Deakin Medical School has a strong rural and regional focus. Applicants are advised that there is a strong possibility that their clinical years may be spent in one of these rural or regional areas.

What was the average GAMSAT score and the average GPA to obtain a place in the course for 2014?
The average GAMSAT score was 63.27 The average GPA was 6.75.

Would I qualify for a rural bonus if I lived  in a rural or regional location in New Zealand or another country?

No. We can only award the rural/regional residency bonus to applicants who have lived or studied for at least 5 years (consecutive or cumulative) after commencing primary school in a place classified by the Australian Standard Geographic Classification - Remote Areas (ASGC-RA) system as level 2-5. The bonus is also given to applicants who have lived or studied in the City of Greater Geelong for at least 5 years (consecutive or cumulative) after commencing primary school.

 All information is correct at the time of publication. Last updated 14 April 2014.

 

 

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