All applicants are required to have completed or be in the final year of a Bachelors degree, either from an Australian university, or from another tertiary institution of equivalent standard. The degree may be in any area of study and there are no specific topics or subjects required as Medicine prerequisites. For those in the final year of study, satisfactory completion of the degree will be a condition for entry.
Strong performance in the Bachelors degree is an important indicator of the intellectual abilities necessary for admission to medicine. The weighted grade point average (wGPA) in that degree makes a significant contribution to overall ranking for offers of admission. The wGPA, based on the last 3 full-time equivalent years of study in the most recently completed Bachelors degree (including an Honours year if results are available at the time offers are made), is determined by weighting final year studies x3, studies in the second last year x2 and studies in the first of the three years x1.
No other qualifications (eg Master of Science, PhD) will be included in the wGPA calculations. The varied structures and grading systems of such degrees make valid comparison of grades across different programs and institutions difficult. Higher degrees may, of course, provide experience that is relevant and valuable and thus help a candidate's interview performance.
Candidates with exceptional results in their first degree, but who are not selected for interview on the basis of the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT), may be included in a "Special Entry to Interview" category.
Information regarding how GPAs are calculated can be found at the GEMSAS website. Applicants may apply when in the final year of study but must complete the degree and submit final results within the timeline specified.
All applicants, except those seeking entry via the Indigenous Entry Scheme, will be required to submit results of the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT). The admissions test is essential not only to ensure that commencing students understand the principles and vocabularies of the basic disciplines that underpin the medical course, but also to act as a major discriminator in the admissions process.
All domestic applicants must take the Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT), developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in collaboration with the Consortium of Graduate Medical Schools.
GAMSAT is held annually (in March) in all Australian capital cities (and in Townsville) and in selected centres overseas. Details of the GAMSAT testing centres and timetables can be found at the GAMSAT website. Flinders accepts valid GAMSAT test scores from different sittings, such as GAMSAT UK.
A GAMSAT test score will remain valid for two years. If a candidate attempts the test more than once, the applicant has a choice of which of the two valid total scores will be used. All applicants will be required to achieve a minimum standard in each section of either test in order to be considered further in the admissions process. This is determined each year by the Admissions Committee, after the close of applications. For most domestic applicants who are applying for the South Australian places, the overall GAMSAT score required for interview has been in the range 61-67 in recent years (65 in 2013, 67 in 2014). Minimum GAMSAT section scores are also determined each year. Normally these are 50 for Sections I and III and 46 for Section II.
The Northern Territory Medical Program and sub-quotas such as the PRCC have separate GAMSAT cut-offs for interview, set by the Admissions Committee after reviewing applications. In general these cut-offs have been a little lower than the cut-off for other places.
Backgrounds in humanities or in social, behavioural, biological or physical sciences will all contribute to success in the test. Guidelines on preparation for GAMSAT can be found on the GAMSAT website.
Graduate Entry Appeals
Any requests for an appeal relating to GEMSAS processes (including GPA calculations) should be directed to GEMSAS which acts on behalf of Flinders University in such matters. If GEMSAS considers it to be a University issue as opposed to a GEMSAS issue, they will refer it to Flinders University.
Any other requests for an appeal should be directed to the Executive Officer of the Admissions Committee for the MD and BCS/MD by letter or email as soon as possible after the communication of a decision, and no later than 20 working days after the decision. A response will be provided within 10 working days of receipt of appeal.
Flinders does not have any formal mechanism to give any applicant, regardless of worthiness, academic background or circumstances, special consideration for entry and does not deem a request for special consideration to be the equivalent of an appeal. Such requests cannot be considered further.
An appeal will only be upheld if it is subsequently found that an error of process occurred such that the outcome for the applicant would have reasonably been different to the actual outcome. The appellant will only be issued with an offer of admission if he or she meets the entry requirements for the MD or BSC/MD, as appropriate, and would have been issued with an offer had the error not occurred.
The Executive Officer will liaise with the Chair of the Admissions Committee for the MD and BCS/MD who will investigate the underlying circumstances leading to the appeal in consultation with the Executive Committee of the Admissions Committee. A report will be provided to the Dean of the School of Medicine with a recommendation in relation to the appeal. The appellant will be advised in writing of the outcome of the appeal. In the event that an appellant is not satisfied with the findings of their appeal, they may submit a further appeal outside of the School of Medicine to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). Such an appeal must be in writing and must be lodged within 20 working days of the decision.