In a previous post I gave an overview of the steps to applying for medical schools in Australia as a graduate student, and step number 1 was to conquer the monster – the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Most schools in Australia have M.D programmes with graduate entry, so apart from a Bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to take an entrance exam to be eligible for entrance. There are 2 – the MCAT and GAMSAT. For me, I took only the MCAT..and thought I should share with you some tips on tackling this monster!Read More »
Here in Singapore there are 3 medical schools of a combined intake of about 400 students (?) a year. For graduate applicants, there is only the Duke-NUS School of Medicine which has the M.D or MD/PhD programme and the other 2 schools are undergraduate entry only. Needless to say, getting into these school are extremely competitive. Read More »
To share a little bit about myself, I’ve been working full-time for 2 years now. In July 2014 I graduated from National University of Singapore, and I had thought that I’ve seen the last of formal education. I also thought that I’ll begin my career as a healthcare administrator, and stick to it for (maybe) the rest of my life.
Little did I know I’d give med school another shot. (I tried with NUS after I did my A levels back in ’11)
So yes, I have not been studying for 2 whole years…and I can’t wait to start again! One of the reasons why I’m really excited, is that I’m gonna be using notebooks and writing notes again! There’s just something about writing on a nice and fresh piece of paper with a G2 pen that gets me. Besides, when it comes to studying and info retention, nothing beats writing your own notes that is summarised in your own language.Read More »
When I decided to go ahead to book my MCAT exams, it was in the last of my worries that there would be a situation of full house! It had been around May when I logged onto the AAMC website, and I already couldn’t book any slots for the month of August or September because they were all full at my local exam site. Didn’t know the exam was so popular…I mean yes, there were slots for May or June, but I wasn’t going to do myself a disservice by signing up for an exam that is scheduled in the next two weeks! I had graduated from university for a year now, at that point. MCAT in 2 weeks? That’s a no no.
My mouse cursor strayed over to the exam sites in other countries, and that was when I thought, this may be an opportunity for a holiday too!
After contemplating for awhile, I decided to go ahead to sign up for the exam in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read More »
The wait for med school to start can be hard! At the time of writing, it is still a long 6 months away for me. So I thought I’d come up with a list of things to do to distract myself from
my day job the arduous and long wait.
Making sure that you’ve got all the admin in order
For those of us who are moving to another country to pursue our doctor dreams, this is THE FIRST thing to settle before even thinking about anything else. Even for domestic students, this can be a headache with all the necessary health checks, police checks, vaccinations etc etc and the list goes on! Read through your offer letter carefully to make sure that you do not miss out any important detail. Read More »
Okay I lied.
I’m not exactly an MD student yet, but I’m going to be one in about 6 months’ time! So so so so incredibly excited to be finally be attaining my med school dreams. So excited that I’m gonna write about it starting now, 6 months before the start of medical school.
One of the reasons why I’m doing this is also because, I couldn’t really find much information for the international student who’s about to move to Australia (Adelaide, to be specific) for 4 years.