NSW universities require NDA for medical school admissions

The reason students must sign a confidentiality agreement before an interview is to protect the integrity of the questions asked and to focus on learning more about the applicant as a person. she says.

“They’re often about the kinds of qualities you want: someone who is caring, a good listener, resilient and able to work in a team,” she said.

Medical courses at the University of New South Wales are some of the most in-demand courses of the past 20 years.credit: Louise Kennerly

“I tell my students that ATAR is a substitute for hard work. We are very interested in your hard work.”

For the past 20 years, studying medicine at the University of New South Wales has been the most popular course. Every year, most applications are rejected.

The university was their first choice again this year, with 1,645 students choosing it as their first choice. The joint program between the University of Newcastle and the University of New England is the next most popular course, followed by the joint MD program between Western Sydney University and Charles Sturt University.

University of New South Wales student Lawrence Lancaster, 19, is one of about 290 students starting their first year of medical school this year. In addition to studying for the HSC, he also practiced for the university’s clinical aptitude test, which he found difficult on online websites. But he stopped short of paying for interview advice.

University of New South Wales student Lawrence Lancaster, 19, is one of about 290 students starting their first year of medical school this year.

University of New South Wales student Lawrence Lancaster, 19, is one of about 290 students starting their first year of medical school this year.credit: Brooke Mitchell

“I doubted that [would] “Not everyone can participate…I was thinking broadly about what kind of backup we have,” he said.

At HSC, I studied Extension 2 Mathematics, Extension 1 English, Chinese, Chemistry, and Physics. He received an ATAR of 99.65, scored high on an aptitude test in July or August, and went on to an interview, but said he received no coaching to do so.

“It’s a matter of your personality. It’s more about knowing yourself and what drives you. I just talked about the passion and motivation that drives me. “I think we’re paying more attention to how we look at what we’re doing,” he said.

Adrian Torda, interim dean of the NSW Faculty of Medicine and Health, said the interview was conducted because they were looking for someone with the right personality for the job.

“We know that there are many factors beyond academic performance that go into being a good physician, a successful physician,” Toda said.

It’s also important to make sure your students are taking their work seriously. “You study for six years at university, then two to four years as a junior medical officer in a hospital, then a few more years of specialized study in general practice or a hospital-based specialty…it takes 12 to 16 years to become a specialist. “Yes,” she said.

He said the non-disclosure agreement was put in place to avoid misleading future applicants.

“In our interviews, we expect applicants to give honest and truthful answers. If interview information is leaked, it will affect future applicants’ answers and reduce their performance in interviews. So the less information out there, the better it is for applicants,” she said.

The average gross income for surgeons and anesthesiologists is more than $400,000, according to tax office data, but Truda said students are not motivated by money.

Fahad Khan, a medical student at Western Sydney University.

“I don’t think they get into this industry for the money. Maybe that was the case in the past, but it’s not the case now, and compared to other careers, you get paid much more quickly. “It will be done,” Toda said.

One man with keen insight into the motivations of thousands of aspiring medical students is Fahad Khan. Unable to get into a medical program straight out of school, he completed a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience at the University of New South Wales, followed by a doctorate in medicine at the University of Western Sydney.

He has a TikTok account where he discusses life in medical school and also runs a tutoring business. Many people who dreamed of a career in medicine wanted to help people, but there were exceptions.

“There are a worrying number of students who come in for other reasons, like status… They want to be leaders in high-stakes fields,” he says.

Additionally, many students chose the subject because they “didn’t want to waste” a high ATAR on a course that didn’t require it, Mr Khan said.

There are approximately 290 places on the UNSW course, 100 places on the University of Western Sydney and Charles Sturt program and 170 places on the joint program between the University of Newcastle and the University of New England.

Admission to the University of Sydney is probably the most difficult. Students apply directly to universities, but only 30 of the 220 places on the course are for undergraduates. Entry score is ATAR 99.95.

Professor Cheryl Jones, head of the department, said the university overhauled its offer about 15 years ago and most places were now offered to postgraduate students.

“It’s done that way intentionally, so no matter what department you graduate from, the majority…
“Part of the reason for that is having a more diverse student population, not just those with very high ATARs,” she said.

The 30 spots for undergraduates means that as long as you first earn a science or arts degree and maintain a credit average, you will be given direct access to the MD program.

“The cohort that has come through that route is often very engaged in research. They are part of the type of doctor they are. Not everyone needs to have an ATAR of 99.95… We like people from all backgrounds,” she said.

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