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APR 15, 2020 • 5 min read
Monash University is located in beautiful Melbourne, so if you study at Monash, you’ll never run out of things to do. Monash is a member of the prestigious “Group of Eight”, Australia’s leading research and academic Universities. They’re also one of the top medical schools in Australia; if you’re keen to graduate as a doctor from Monash, here’s what you’ll need to know. Most importantly, Monash has two major entrance pathways, direct entry and graduate entry.
Direct entry means that you will enter straight out of Year 12! The program is five years in duration. The first two years are campus based learning to establish your foundational science knowledge, then you’re thrust into the hospital to start learning the clinical methods through on the ground training. To gain admission to Monash through the direct pathway, they’ll evaluate your Year 12 results, your UCAT and your performance in the MMI equally. This means that you’ll have to prioritise your Medical School Admission prep, UCAT study and interview training while you study for Year 12 papers (NZ) or ATAR (AU).
Entrance through the graduate pathway is for students that have completed their undergraduate studies at Monash University in the following degree programs Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), and Bachelor of Science. To gain admission through the graduate pathway, students will need a weighted average mark of 70 or above. 70% of places in Monash’s graduate entry are reserved for students who have completed Monash’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science, so keep this in mind if you’re considering one of the other programs. You will need to consider both the most likely path for admission, as well as what will allow you to shine amidst stiff competition. Monash’s postgraduate program is 4 years in duration, with one year of campus-based learning focused on the basic sciences, and three years of clinical based learning in the hospital. Students will also need to sit the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) or the Situational Judgement Test (SJT). Some people say that you can’t prepare for the MMI, but those people are wrong! It can be especially tough to prioritise the MMI while you’re keeping your grades high, but it’s imperative that you do. Try explaining why you want to be a doctor in five minutes, while sounding composed, collected and professional. Now add extra nerves, knowing this interview might make or break your admission to Monash! Some good news though, GAMSAT is not required for graduate entry to Monash (so if you’ve been terrified of the GAMSAT, fear not). All up, admission will depend on academic performance (40%), and the MMI/SJT (60%).
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