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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 2018 entry

2016/2017

Early November - February

GAMSAT registration for 2018 commencement

2017

25 March

GAMSAT test date

31 May

Flinders MD Applications open

30 June

Flinders MD Applications close

30 June

Final date for submission of statutory declarations and autobiographical statements

31 July

Final date for submission of Academic Transcripts

From approx. 21 August

Invitations to interview

18 to 27 September

Interviews (PRCC dates To Be Confirmed)

From approx. 16 October

Place offers

2018

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. 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

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
    • Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) Medical Biotechnology Stream
  • 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

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 2018 which will be available in mid May 2017.

 

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.

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 2018 which will be available in mid May 2017. To be eligible to apply, you must obtain a score of 50 or above in each Section of the GAMSAT.

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

2016 GAMSAT cut-offs for offer to Interview

  • Rural (Including PRCC) = 60
  • Flinders 75% = 59
  • Humanitarian Visa = 56
  • 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 (6.3 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. 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 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.

Transferring into the Flinders University Doctor of Medicine (MD)

It is not possible to transfer into the Flinders MD from another medical course.  The course is currently full and there are no places available.

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More information

 

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

Please note, applicants to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) for 2018 entry who have completed, or are due to complete, a Flinders University undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in 2017 are not required to submit a copy of their Flinders academic transcript with their MD application.

 

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

 

Applications to the Doctor of Medicine for 2018 entry are now open. Applications will close on 30 June 2017.

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