MD Admission

Admission Information - Domestic Applicants

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Timeline for 2019-2020

February 2019 GAMSAT registration deadline
March 23 Applicants sit the GAMSAT
Late April GEMSAS application and portfolio submission opens
May 16 UOW MD Information Evening
Mid May Applicants receive GAMSAT results

Thursday May 23, 2019 - 10:00am AEST

Monday June 3, 2019 – 7:00pm AEST

Sunday June 9, 2019 – 10:00am AEST

Applicants are encouraged to register for the test as soon as possible, by visiting https://takecasper.com/

When registering for CASPer please ensure that you use your GAMSAT ID, as your Application ID

CASPer FAQS [PDF] are also available.

May 31 Applications to GEMSAS close
Late June - August Portfolio Scoring
Early September Interview offers sent out
September UOW conducts Portfolio Verifications
September 20 and 27* Pre-Admission Information day - held at Shoalhaven and Wollongong campuses respectively, for invited candidates
September 21-22 and 28-29* Interviews held (at Wollongong and Shoalhaven campuses respectively)”
Early November First Round Offer of places made by medical schools
Mid December 2019 - Mid January 2020 Subsequent offers made (if any)
Mid January 2020 Enrolment
Late January 2020 Session commences at UOW
* Dates are subject to change.

Application process

The GM is seeking to enrol candidates who have a proven high level of achievement in a higher education program of study, a wide range of experiences and activities, the personal qualities and skills deemed desirable in a medical student and practitioner, and a commitment and desire to contribute to health outcomes in regional, rural and remote Australia.

Individuals who are currently enrolled in the final year of their university undergraduate program, or those who have completed their undergraduate degree, irrespective of the field of study of that degree, are invited to consider applying for entry into the UOW MD.

Applicants who are currently citizens or permanent residents of Australia or citizens of New Zealand are considered domestic applicants.

There are three steps in the application process:

1. First step – sit the GAMSAT (http://gamsat.acer.edu.au/home/)

All applicants for Commonwealth Supported Places and other domestic places at graduate-entry schools (i.e. citizens/ permanent residents of Australia and citizens of New Zealand) must have a current score on the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

Registration for the GAMSAT and application for admission to the graduate programs are separate processes. You must register to sit the GAMSAT with ACER. 

2. Second Step- CASPer

CASPer is an online video based scenario, situational judgement test and is designed to measure the personal and professional traits, such as ethics, empathy and communication and how these traits will be best suited towards a career in medicine. 

CASPer testing for UOW MD applicants will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday May 23, 2019 – 10:00am AEST
  • Monday June 3, 2019 – 7:00pm AEST
  • Sunday June 9, 2019 – 10:00am AEST

Applicants are encouraged to register for the test as soon as possible, by visiting the CASPer website.

When registering for the CASPer test, please use your GAMSAT ID as your application ID. This will allow your CASPer score to be uploaded to your GEMSAS application via your GAMSAT ID.

For more information, feel free to download the CASPer FAQ page [PDF].

3. Third step – apply for admission

GAMSAT candidates are responsible for determining their eligibility to apply. Applicants are selected for interview based on the following criteria: 

  • performance in GAMSAT
  • performance in CASPer
  • performance in a Bachelor degree (as indicated by GPA)
  • and UOW GM portfolio

4. Submit additional supporting documentation

If any of your tertiary study is from a non-ARTS university please remember to submit your original transcript(s) postmarked no later than the closing advertised date directly to GEMSAS. This can include exchange study and study for which you may have received credit towards another degree.

More information on applications can be gained from the GEMSAS website: https://www.applygemsas.com.au/index.jsf

Admission Criteria and Eligibility

Admission to the UOW MD degree for Domestic applicants is based on:

  • A weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) from a valid Bachelor’s degree for all applicants *
  • A valid GAMSAT score *
  • A valid CASPer score *
  • A completed UOW GM Admissions Portfolio *
  • A structured UOW GM Admissions Interview *
  • * see specific sections on eligibility to determine required standards for each measure

A weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) from a valid Bachelor’s degree

Applicants must be in their final year or have a completed Bachelor’s degree from either:

  • An Australian University listed in the National Register of higher education providers at the TEQSA National Register
    OR
  • An equivalent overseas Bachelor qualification from an institution that is recognised under the framework and guidelines set by the Australian Department of Education and Training Qualifications Recognition Policy Unit (previously AEI-NOOSR).

UOW does not normally recognise 2 year Bachelor degrees or 1 year conversion degrees for the purpose of admission to a medical course.

Grade point average (GPA)

All applicants must have a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or above on a 7 point scale at the time of application, to be eligible to apply. The GPA score required to receive an offer for interview may fluctuate annually. This GPA will be calculated based on the most recently completed Bachelor's degree (including an Honours year if applicable).

The GPA is calculated using all subjects taken within the last three full time equivalent years of the most recent undergraduate degree. GEMSAS will calculate the GPA of applicants for all Australian graduate medical school applicants. A GPA calculator is available on the GEMSAS website: http://www.gemsas.edu.au. This will provide an estimated GPA for your use and information only. Note also that your manual calculations may use GPA grades, but GEMSAS will use percentage results to calculate your GPA (where they are available). If you calculate your GPA it will be an approximation for your information only.

To be accepted, applicants would normally have spent at least 2 years in the institution conferring the degree.

The GPA is calculated for each of the last 3 calendar years by GEMSAS.

The scores are expressed as:

  • GPA1 for the first year of study
  • GPA2 for the second year of study
  • GPA3 for the third (most recent) year of study.

The scores are weighted by GM as follows:

GPA1 + (2 × GPA2) + (3 × GPA3) = weighted GPA ÷ 6

This weighting is based on calendar year of study, not academic level of each subject. All results that are available at the time of application processing will be included.

Postgraduate qualifications such as Masters or PhDs, or postgraduate diplomas, are not included in GPA calculations. Students are discouraged from undertaking such programs specifically as a means of gaining entry to a medical course.

Currency of Qualification

Applicants are required to have graduated from their undergraduate degree within 10 years of the closing date of applications. This is designed to ensure the currency of a student’s academic and research skills which are required in the rigorous academic environment of the MD program. Applicants whose undergraduate degree was completed outside the 10 year period may still be considered for admission if they have completed the equivalent of one year’s full-time tertiary studies at Graduate Diploma level or higher at a recognised university within the last 10 years; or if they can demonstrate through other activities that they hold current high level academic skills. GM reserves the right to also waive the 10 year policy if a student demonstrates academic currency and skills by experiences other than the qualifications stipulated above. All evidence must be produced in writing prior to application to md-admissions@uow.edu.au. In cases where the degree is greater than 10 years old, and the candidate is considered eligible to apply, the GPA will still be calculated on the most recent completed Bachelor degree.

A valid GAMSAT score for domestic applicants

For domestic applications to be considered at UOW GM, applicants need to have gained a minimum score of 50 for each of the three sections on the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT) and an overall minimum score of 50 to be eligible to apply. The GAMSAT score required to receive an offer for interview may fluctuate annually. GAMSAT UK is also accepted, but must be completed before applications close.

GAMSAT (UK and Ireland) are considered to be equivalent tests and are also acceptable for entry as a domestic student to the UOW MD. As per the GAMSAT website, GAMSAT results obtained from different sittings and can be used for up to two consecutive years. To apply in 2019 for a course commencing in 2020, ONLY the following results can be used: September 2017, March 2018, September 2018 and March 2019. GAMSAT results show a score for each of the three test sections and an Overall Score.

No other entrance examination will be accepted for domestic applicants.

More information can be gained from the ACER website: http://gamsat.acer.edu.au

A CASPer Score

For domestic applications to be considered at UOW GM, applicants need to have completed the CASPer test during the testing periods identified for UOW MD applicants. Applicants who do not have a CASPer score will not be considered eligible for entry.

For 2020 entry, CASPer scores will be used as a primary hurdle requirement for interview ranking and may also be considered as an additional piece of evidence in final offers.

More information about the CASPer test can be found on our FAQ page [PDF].

A completed UOW GM Admissions Portfolio

The UOW GM Admissions Portfolio is a written description of the applicant’s experiences and achievements. Applicants have the opportunity to highlight areas of achievement, leadership, teamwork, service ethic and commitment as well as ties to regional, rural and remote communities.

The portfolio is used by GM to rank eligible applicants for interview.

  • The portfolio must be submitted with verifying rurality documents along with an application to GEMSAS, regardless of the UOW ranking on the applicant’s preference form.
  • Applicants who do not submit a portfolio will not be considered for interview.
  • Applicants who do not submit a valid email address in their portfolio will not be considered for interview.
  • All activities listed in the UOW GM Admissions Portfolio require a contact name with valid email address and/or contact phone number to verify the activity.
  • Only portfolios submitted electronically as part of the overall application to GEMSAS will be accepted.

In submitting an admissions portfolio, applicants will need to consider the following:

  • Leadership
  • Capacity to work with others
  • Service ethic - outside your employment environment
  • Diversity of experience
  • High level of performance in an area of human endeavour
  • Academic Experience
  • Admissions Rural Residency and Schooling

The portfolio is de-identified and then scored with a standardised process by trained staff. The process will provide a score based on the activities described and rurality. After candidates are selected for interview, the GM will verify the content of the activities described in the portfolio by phone / email. Those applicants who are passed to UOW after interview will have their portfolio verified prior to their offer being sent. Failure to confirm the accuracy of information provided in the portfolio may preclude selection or offer.

The GM Admissions Portfolio may take time to complete and it is recommended that applicants commence preparation early.

Please note that all activities highlighted in the portfolio require a current email contact for verification.

The application form and portfolio must be completed electronically via GEMSAS by the advertised closing date.

UOW GM uses the rural residency/schooling part of the application to assess your background as far as living and studying in rural and regional areas. The information on your form is assessed and scored using Australian Standard Geographical Classification- Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA). GM will require rurality verification of your schooling and residential address details as outlined in your Admissions Portfolio.

Rurality supporting documentation must be submitted directly to GEMSAS. Please visit http://www.gemsas.edu.au for more information.

GM reserves the right to check your details with any school or institution listed.

The UOW GM portfolio template and guidelines for the 2019/2020 cycle are attached above.

A structured UOW GM Admissions Interview

The interview for domestic students will take the form of a scenario based process in which each applicant proceeds through a series of ten stations and one rest station, with each active station assessed by a different interviewer. Interviews for 2020 entry are currently scheduled to occur on two weekends in late September, on each campus (Wollongong and Shoalhaven).These interviews have been developed with the assistance of McMaster University and are part of a licensing agreement of their MMI process.

The interviews are designed to assess the following personal qualities deemed desirable in medical students and medical practitioners.

  • Communication skills
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Resilience and coping skills
  • Decision making and Problem solving ability
  • Teamwork
  • Honesty
  • Reflection / self appraisal
  • Leadership
  • Ethical standards and values
  • Insight and understanding

All interviewers are formally trained in the interview process. The interviewers have no academic information regarding the candidate at time of interview.

Applicants to UOW are ranked for interview using the overall total of their weighted GPA, GAMSAT and Portfolio scores (including rurality). Approximately 160 applicants will be invited to interview. Invitations to interview will be sent in early September.

If you are invited to interview, you will be required to nominate a preference of interview time for both campuses.

If you fail to indicate availability for interview by the closing date, we consider that you have rejected this offer and you will be excluded from the process.

Applicants unsuccessful in receiving an interview at any of the medical schools they applied to will be notified by GEMSAS.

Applicants must meet all expenses associated with the interview.

No domestic applicant will receive more than one interview offer from a medical school participating in GEMSAS for 2020 entry.

Ranking for offers

The interviewed candidates are ranked after interview by a combination of interview score, portfolio and rurality score. CASPer scores may be utilised as additional evidence at this stage of selection. If candidates’ scores are tied, or if candidates perform particularly poorly on individual stations, primary secondary and tertiary ranking can occur based on other factors such as performance at certain interview stations or CASPer score.

Offers

On the completion of the interview process, candidates’ interview scores and portfolio scores are used to rank for offer. The candidates’ GPA and GAMSAT results are not included in the formula after interview. Candidates’ campus and place type preferences also have no influence on the decision for offer.

Firm offers are only made to applicants who are already graduates. Provisional offers are made to applicants who have not completed their final year of their Bachelor's degree at the time of interview. A provisional offer will lapse if the applicant does not reach a weighted GPA of 5.0 or above on completion of their degree. Offers to successful candidates completing their degree in 2019 will be conditional to their maintenance of the minimum required GPA. Documentary evidence of completion of studies may be required for the offer to be ratified.

Offers will be made in early November, and a small number of subsequent places may be offered in December and in January. Successful applicants will be provided with a firm date by which the offer must be accepted; offers not accepted by that date will lapse and be re-offered.

Offers will be made to a particular campus only, and some places will be offered as Bonded Medical Places (BMP). The remainder of places are termed Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).

Student campus preference and place type have no influence of decisions for offer.

Information about the BMP scheme can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing website (http://www.health.gov.au/bmpscheme).

The  BMP scheme is only available to Australian citizens/permanent residents.

In their GEMSAS application, applicants will need to rank the order in which they would like to receive a certain fee type.

Students will need to have by the date of enrolment:

  • documentation regarding vaccination status;
  • completed an Australian Registered Senior First Aid Course;
  • obtained State and Federal Government Police Clearance

Further details on these requirements will be made available to successful applicants.

Deferral

Offers of a place are made for a specified year only and course commencement can only occur in January/February (Semester 1) of each calendar year. Deferral of a place is not normally granted. Applicants who do not, or are unable to accept an offer, must re-apply if they wish to undertake the course in a subsequent year.

There are no domestic full-fee paying places in the UOW MD program.

Campus allocation

GM at the University of Wollongong consists of two main campuses - Wollongong and Shoalhaven. At the time of application, candidates will need to indicate their preferred campus (Wollongong or Shoalhaven) which will apply for the first 18 months of the program (Phase 1). After that time students will be rotated through both campuses and other regional, rural and remote areas in NSW. The campus preference will be considered but not guaranteed. Extenuating circumstances for campus preference may be considered.

An applicant’s request for campus allocation will have no bearing on their ranking for a place within the cohort.

While every attempt will be made to meet applicant’s allocation preferences, final decision regarding campus allocation will be made by the Academic Leader, Admissions & Selection taking into account all information available.

Acceptance of a UOW MD place indicates acceptance of the campus allocation. Transfer between campuses will not be considered except in exceptional circumstances. If an applicant refuses an offer at a particular campus, then that offer (at that campus) will be made to the next applicant on the list until that place is filled.

Additional information

Please refer to the Admission Information - Indigenous Applicants page for UOW MD admission information relevant to Indigenous applicants.

Please refer to the Admission Information - All Applicants page for UOW MD admission information relevant to both domestic and international applicants.

Last reviewed: 22 March, 2019