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Domestic graduate entry

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

  • have completed a bachelor degree, 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 2017 entry

2015/16
Early November - February 1
GAMSAT registration
2016
March 19 Australian GAMSAT test date
May 2 Flinders MD Applications open
June 3
Flinders MD Applications close
Final date for change of preferences
Final date for payment of application fee
June 10 Final date for submission of statutory declarations and autobiographical statements

June 10

 

June 10

Final date for submission of details of overseas qualifications and/or qualifications from non-ARTs institutions
Final date for confirmation of Semester 2 Flinders study for Grad Certs/Grad Dips
June 27 (approx)

First round invitations to interview released for:

  • Flinders graduates
  • Northern Territory Medical Program applicants*
  • Rural applicants (including PRCC)*
  • Humanitarian Visa holders*

*Includes eligible non Flinders graduates

July 7-9 PRCC location interviews
July 11-15 First round interviews
August 17
First round place offers released
August 29 (approx)

Second round invitations to interview released for:

  • Non-Flinders graduates (as required)
  • Top-ups for all other places (as required)
September 19-20
Second round interviews
Ongoing from early November Second round place offers released
2017
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.

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 or attending another medical school interview 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. These places are broken up into various groups.

 

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

In 2016, the Adelaide places include the following sub-quotas for students who meet the admissions requirements:

  • Flinders University graduates. Within this sub-quota, places are reserved for competitive applicants who hold the following qualifications:
    • Bachelor of Health Sciences
    • Bachelor of Medical Science
    • Bachelor of Paramedic Science
  • Graduates who do not hold a Flinders University qualification
  • Indigenous applicants
  • Applicants with an Australian rural background including those who wish to undertake the Parallel Rural Community Curriculum
  • Holders of a humanitarian visa
Northern Territory Medical Program

There are expected to be up to 12 Northern Territory Government Bonded Medical places in Darwin in 2016.

For these places, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants and to applicants who meet Northern Territory residency requirements. Indigenous applicants may apply for these places via the Indigenous Entry Stream.

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 (PDF 2MB)

 

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 annually and scores are valid for two years. Testing locations and timetables can be found on the GAMSAT website.

The overall GAMSAT cut-off score required to be offered an interview is determined each year by the Medical Admissions Committee. This information is available in the MD Admissions Guide (PDF 2MB) .

Cut-off scores for the Northern Territory Medical Program and sub-quotas may vary, with minimum score requirements historically being slightly lower than the cut-off for other places.

The interview

Invitations to applicants eligible for Round 1 interviews between 11-15th July 2016, for 2017 entry, have now been finalised.

The GAMSAT cut off for Adelaide sub quota places are as follows: Rural (including PRCC), 60; Flinders 75% sub quota including 25 places for Flinders Bachelors (Health Sciences, Medical Science, Paramedics), 59; and Humanitarian Visa, 56.

A small number of special invitations to interview for applicants with slightly lower GAMSAT scores but exceptional GPAs (6.3 or higher) were offered for Adelaide places (excluding PRCC).

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 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. There will be a $50 non-refundable interview fee for applicants that are invited to interview in 2016. This is payable at the time you accept your interview.

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 that include medical school staff and a community member. The interview panel are not provided with any background information about you.

Offers

After interview, you are ranked against other applicants on a scale of 0-100 by an ‘entry score’. Your entry score is an equally weighted combination of your:

  • GAMSAT overall score
  • Weighted GPA
  • Interview score

How to apply

There are two separate and independent steps required for applying to Medicine at Flinders. You must:

  • Register for and sit the GAMSAT.
  • Apply online via this website.

 

More information

86

The number of Medical School places in 2016 for domestic graduate entry

 

MD Admissions Guide (PDF 2MB)

 

Information for:

Indigenous applicants

Rural applicants

Northern Territory applicants

 

Information about:

Flinders Rural Health SA

NT Medical Program

Onkaparinga Clinical Education 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 Admissions/Prospective Students Office

 

Applications to the Doctor of Medicine for 2017 entry have now closed for domestic applicants.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED