Domestic graduate entry

Flinders University offers graduate entry into the Doctor of Medicine to prospective students who:

  • have completed a bachelor degree or equivalent, or
  • are in the final year of an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent.

Your degree can be in any area of study and there are no prerequisite topics or subjects.

 

Davina Lovegrove

“Being able to watch open heart surgery just down the hallway from where we attend lectures in Flinders Medical Centre has been the most amazing thing so far. Observing the whole process from beginning to end was fascinating."

Davina Lovegrove

Ryan Mahony

“The Flinders MD has given me the ability to gain clinical knowledge and to see real patients from a very early stage of medical school, which helps apply what we are taught in class."

Ryan Mahony

Timeline for 2019 entry (provisional)

2017/2018
Early November - February
GAMSAT registration for 2019 commencement
2018
24 March
GAMSAT test date
Late May/early June
Flinders MD Applications open
Late June/early July
Flinders MD Applications close
Late June/early July Final date for submission of statutory declarations and autobiographical statements
Late July
Final date for submission of Academic Transcripts
From mid August
Invitations to interview
17 to 28 September Interviews (PRCC dates To Be Confirmed)

From end of October to mid November

Place offers
2019
February Year 1 MD classes commence
Notes

Dates are subject to change without notice.If you apply to study medicine at Flinders and are invited to an interview during the above dates, you will be expected to attend in person. Skype interviews are not available.Individual requests for changes to the date and/or time of any scheduled interview are not considered except in exceptional and unforeseen circumstances. Overseas travel will not be accepted as a basis for offering an alternative interview date or time.

Medical school places

Flinders University has a limited number of places available each year for entry into the Doctor of Medicine:

 

Adelaide Commonwealth supported places

Domestic Commonwealth supported places are 'subsidised' by the Australian Government but require students to pay a student contribution amount. Places at Flinders consist of the following:

  • 71.5% - Non-bonded places
    These places have no restrictions or commitments after graduation.
  • 28.5% - Bonded Medical Places (BMP)
    These places have a return of service obligation of 12 months.

Commonwealth-supported places are open to Australian Citizens and permanent residents. New Zealand citizens are eligible for non-bonded Commonwealth-supported places only.

 

Sub-quotas

Adelaide places include the following sub-quotas:

  • Flinders University Graduates: places are reserved for competitive applicants who hold the following qualifications:
    • Bachelor of Health Sciences
    • Bachelor of Medical Science
    • Bachelor of Paramedic Science
    • Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) Medical Biotechnology Stream
  • Non-Flinders University Graduates: for applicants who do not hold a Flinders University qualification.
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander sub-quota: for Indigenous applicants.
  • Rural sub-quota: for applicants who have come from an Australian rural background.
  • Humanitarian Visa Holder: for applicants who have held or currently hold a Humanitarian Visa issued by the Asutralian Government.
Northern Territory Medical Program

Currently up to 12 Northern Territory Government Bonded Medical places are available in Darwin every admissions year. For these places, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants and to applicants who meet Northern Territory residency requirements. Indigenous applicants may apply either directly or via the Indigenous Entry Stream depending on whether (1) they hold a GAMSAT score or (2) personal choice.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

A weighted grade point average (wGPA) is calculated on the last three full-time equivalent years of your most recently completed bachelor degree (inclusive of honours if applicable).

Other qualifications, such as masters and research higher degrees, are not included in the wGPA calculation.

The method for calculating wGPAs is outlined in the MD Admissions Guide 2019 which will be available in mid May 2019.

 

Admissions test

You are required to undertake the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT), unless you are seeking entry via the Indigenous Entry Stream

GAMSAT is held twice a year and scores are valid for two years. Testing locations and timetables can be found on the GAMSAT website.

To be eligible to apply, you must obtain a score of 50 or above in each Section of the GAMSAT.

The interview

Invitations to attend an interview are issued to applicants for the South Australian and Northern Territory places on the basis of overall GAMSAT score.

The GAMSAT overall score cut-offs for 2018 were as follows:

  • Rural (Including PRCC) = 60
  • Flinders 75% = 61
  • Humanitarian Visa = 63
  • Non-Flinders Qualification Holders (Non-Rural / Non-Humanitarian Visa) = 76
  • A small number of special invitations to interview for applicants with slightly lower GAMSAT scores but exceptional GPAs (6.4 or higher) were offered for some Adelaide places.

Cut-off scores for the Northern Territory Medical Program vary each year.

The interview is semi-structured with a common set of scenarios and questions for all applicants. It is designed to assess qualities considered important both for success in medical school and in subsequent medical practice. These include:

  • Quality of motivation
  • Learning style and team skills
  • Communication skills
  • Pro-social attitude
  • Personal management and self-evaluation skills
  • Approach to decision-making

Interviews are conducted between July and September each year and last about 50 minutes. A small non-refundable interview administration fee applies, which is payable at the time you accept your interview offer.

You are required to attend an interview in person in Adelaide; or in Darwin if applying for entry into the Northern Territory Medical Program. Travel and associated costs are your responsibility.

Interviews do not require special preparation and responses to scenarios do not require specialist knowledge. However, you will need think about your motivation and expectations for a career in medicine and consider how your past experiences may be relevant.

You will be given an opportunity at the end of the interview to discuss experiences or achievements that you consider relevant and which have not otherwise been covered.

Interviews are conducted by a small panel. The interview panel are not provided with any background information about you.

Offers

After interview, you are ranked against other applicants on an overall selection score between 0-100. Your overall selection score is an equally weighted combination of your:

  • GAMSAT overall score
  • Weighted GPA
  • Interview score

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online directly to Flinders University.

Applicants must also register for and sit the GAMSAT.

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More information

 

Flinders MD Admissions Guide 2018 (Version 2) (PDF 1MB)

The 2019 guidelines will be available mid May 2018. The 2018 guidelines are to be used as a guide only.

 

Information for:

Indigenous applicants

Rural applicants

Northern Territory applicants

 

Information about:

Flinders Rural Health SA

NT Medical Program

Scholarships

Fees

Application feedback

Each year Flinders receives more applications to study medicine than the number of places it has to fill. Inevitably, there are a large number of applicants who are therefore disappointed to learn that they have not been offered a place. While we recognise this disappointment, due to the number of applicants we do not provide you with detailed feedback about your application or components thereof.

 

Contact Us to register for 2019 application notifications.

 

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

 

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