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MAY 28, 2020 • 5 min read
If you’re keen on joining the ranks at USyd - there are two different pathways to entry - the postgraduate four-year MD program, and the double degree seven year program. This blog will give you a little bit more information about how to get into med at the University of Sydney!
USyd has a slightly different structure than other medical schools - they’re deeply invested in early clinical exposure for their students. The first year consists of lectures three to four days a week, with one day a week in the clinical schools. The first year is important to establish the medical science foundational knowledge, focusing on the major body systems and clinical reasoning. The second year allows students to spend approximately 50% of their time in the clinical schools - students will also be allocated a research project to conduct in year three. Years three and four are primarily clinical based practice with some structured teaching. Students are also able to complete their four years in Dubbo - this campus aims to attract Aboriginal & Torres Islander students as well as rural students from NSW.
In order to gain entry to the Postgraduate MD program, you’ll have to pass three major hurdles, The GAMSAT, the application, and the MMI. The GAMSAT is a postgraduate medical admissions exam, aiming to assess all the qualities needed by future doctors. The GAMSAT is a mammoth exam - 6 hours long with a 1 hour break. It’s broken up into three major sections, Reasoning in Humanities, Written Communication and Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences. So you’ll have to achieve a GPA of 5.0 as a hurdle, all while preparing to smash the GAMSAT, and maintaining your extracurricular activities to keep your application fresh. Sounds easy, right? If your GAMSAT is enough to earn you an interview (the minimum average for 2020 was 69), you should be prepared for the MMI. MMI stands for Multiple Mini Interview - consisting of several stations with differing situations presented to students. This isn’t your average interview and preparation is key. In addition, students will sit a Situational Judgement Test after the MMI - this is designed to assess professional traits such as empathy and ethics. If all of these things sound like a lot - that’s okay. MedView is here to help lighten the load, and give you the tools you need to succeed in your application.
The double degree combines the four year MD program with an undergraduate degree - either in the arts or sciences. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a selection of majors and minors, then after the first three years, progress to the medical program as described above. Here’s a major bonus - if you get in, you don’t need to sit the UCAT or the GAMSAT! This program is for students who are high achievers in high school!
To make it into USyd’s double degree program, you’ll need an ATAR around 99.95 and you will apply through UAC. The UCAT isn’t required for USyd’s double degree program - what a relief! But that just places more pressure on your ATAR! You will also need to make it through an assessment process including a written assessment and a panel discussion. The panel discussion is often described as a free flowing conversation, which allows students to let their personalities shine. You’ll want to make sure you’re ready for this interview, so practice, practice, practice!
Let’s face it, there’s a lot that goes into applying to medical school - and the stakes are high. What we offer is personalised help, based on your track record and your goals. Maybe you have great grades and interviews make you nervous? Maybe you just need a little help navigating the rough terrain of application season! Whatever your needs are, we’re here to help. Sign up for a Free Academic Assessment today and let’s make your dreams a reality.