Domestic applicants

2021-2022 Admissions

Please refer to our webpage frequently to ensure you are up to date with the most current information.

Timeline for 2021-2022


February 2021

GAMSAT registration deadline

17 - 30 March 2021

Applicants sit the GAMSAT

Late April 2021

GEMSAS application and portfolio submission opens

May - June 2021

Applicants are encouraged to register for the test as soon as possible.

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

Please see the CASPer section of our website for dates and details.

CASPer FAQS [PDF] are also available.

 

Applications to GEMSAS close

Mid-May 2021

Applicants receive GAMSAT results

20 May 2021

Domestic MD Admissions Information Session. Watch the session.

Late June - August 2021

Application processing

Early September 2021

Interview offers sent out

September 2021

UOW conducts Portfolio Verifications

Late September 2021

Online interviews conducted

Early November 2021

First Round Offer of places made by medical schools

Mid-December 2021 - Mid January 2022

Subsequent offers made (if any)

Mid-January 2022

Enrolment

Late January 2022

Session commences at UOW

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.

All domestic applicants must apply through GEMSAS. The GEMSAS Admissions Guide for 2021-2022 will be released shortly and can be accessed via the GEMSAS website. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read this guide.

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 5.5 or above on a 7 point scale or 3.2 on a 4 point scale at the time of interview selection, to be eligible to apply. The GPA score required to receive an offer for an interview may fluctuate annually. This GPA will be calculated based on the most recently completed Bachelor's degree (including an Honours year if applicable). Postgraduate qualifications are not included in GPA calculations.  

For 2022 entry, GPA scores will be used as a qualifying hurdle for interview offers. Applicants must achieve a weighted GPA of 5.5/7.0 to meet the hurdle requirement. It will not be used in ranking for interview or places offers once the hurdle has been met.

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. 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.

In response to the changes in coursework subject grading by Universities as a result of COVID-19, all 2020 subjects will be excluded from the GPA calculation. A research honours year completed in 2020 is exempt from this rule and will be included in the GPA calculation.

 

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 an 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 can be used for up to two consecutive years. 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

For domestic applications to be considered at UOW GM, applicants are required to complete Altus Suite (Casper + Snapshot) 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 2022 entry, Casper scores will be used as a primary hurdle requirement for interview ranking and will be included along with interview and portfolio score for final offers. Snapshot will be used in the case of borderline applicants or tie-breakers to provide additional information for place offers.

More information about the Altus suite tests can be found on our FAQ's.

 

 

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 an interview.
    • Applicants who do not submit a valid email address in their portfolio will not be considered for an interview.
    • All activities listed in the UOW GM Admissions Portfolio require a contact name with a 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
    • High level of performance in an area of human endeavour
    • 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 an 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 the 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.

Applicants for the UOW MD who meet the qualifying hurdles of GPA and CASPer performance are ranked for interview using 50 % GAMSAT and 50% portfolio scores (including rurality). Approximately 160 applicants will be invited to interview.

Domestic interviews for 2022 entry will be conducted by formally trained interviewers in an online format due to COVID-19. Interviewees are rated on personal qualities including their communication skills, empathetic and ethical approach, reflective manner, teamwork and decision-making skills. The interviews will take place in late September.

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 entry.

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-enquiries@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.

Offers to successful candidates completing their degree in 2021 will be conditional to their maintenance of the minimum required GPA. Evidence of completion must be produced for the offer to be ratified.  Qualifying degrees must be completed by 31st December 2021, unless otherwise approved by the Admissions Executive.

Student campus preference and place type have no influence on decisions for offer. UOW currently offers CSP and BMP places.

The Bonded Medical Program provides students with a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in a medical course at an Australian university in return for a commitment to work in eligible regional, rural and remote areas for a specified period after completion of their medical course. This commitment is referred to as a Return of Service Obligation (RoSO).

Participants of the Bonded Medical Program are subject to Part VD of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Act) and must abide by the Health Insurance (Bonded Medical Program) Rule 2020 (Rule).

You should obtain independent legal advice before agreeing to opt in to the Program.

Further information is available at www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/reformed-bonded-programs 

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.

ffers 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.

GM at the University of Wollongong is delivered at 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, a 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.

Please refer to this section of the website for UOW MD admission information relevant to Indigenous applicants.

Please refer to this section of the website for UOW MD admission information relevant to international applicants.

First Aid Certificate

Successful applicants must have completed and hold a current approved First Aid Certificate (including a CPR module) prior to commencement of study. Evidence of this certificate must be provided to the GM Curriculum Team prior to the scheduled Orientation Day in late January. More information for commencing students will be provided once offers are released.

No exceptions will be made to this requirement for entry regardless of previous work experience or qualifications.

The cost of a First Aid course is the student's responsibility.

NSW Health Verification

Prior to the commencement of any clinical placement, all students are expected to complete the verification process with NSW Health. Students may be excluded from clinical placement if this process is incomplete.

International students are required to bring with them a certified criminal record check clearance letter, in English, from their country of origin. At the time of enrolment, applicants must show this letter plus provide a copy for certification by a Justice of the Peace. The copy is then attached to the criminal record check application form.

Students will be excluded from clinical placement if this process is incomplete.

Information on scholarships may be found at:

The NSW Rural Doctors Network keeps track of Scholarship opportunities: