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IMG: Important elements of the Competent Authority Pathway that every IMG should understand

Posted by Kristie on Apr 24, 2019 3:08:13 PM

With so many different pathways to registration in Australia available, it can sometimes be confusing for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) as to which pathway is the best option for them as an individual.

This article covers everything you need to know about the Competent Authority Pathway, from eligibility and application, to training and registration.

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Topics: IMG, AMC

How to write a GAMSAT essay

Posted by Mat on Apr 24, 2019 12:54:00 PM

So far in this series of articles we have looked at an introduction to successful GAMSAT preparation and an overview of GAMSAT Study techniques. The next few articles will focus on the individual sections themselves with this article concentrating on writing the ideal GAMSAT essay.

Section II of GAMSAT can be a challenging section for those who are unprepared. The section requires the candidate to write two complete essays in 60 minutes. Instead of the luxury of simply colouring in the circles on an MCQ sheet, Section II presents candidates with the challenge of synthesising a novel response in the shape of a formal essay. More challenging is that the candidate does not know what the topic will be, and the fact that there are two essays that need to be written.

Writing strong GAMSAT essays requires sophisticated skills in two domains: essay structure and composition, and content. The importance of these two proficiencies are emphasised officially by ACER:

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Topics: gamsat, gamsatpreparation, gamsatessay

UCAT Situational Judgement Tips & Practices

Posted by Dan on Apr 18, 2019 10:13:51 AM
Your last section of the UCAT is the Situational Judgement section. In 22 different scenarios, you are either assessed on:
  • The appropriateness of particular actions you may take in response to scenarios
  • The importance of possible considerations within a situation/scenario
You’ll be given 26 minutes to complete 69 questions within this section and neither medical nor procedural knowledge is required. 
 
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Topics: UCAT, UCAT Preparation, UCAT Situational Judgement

UCAT Abstract Reasoning Tips & Practices

Posted by Dan on Apr 5, 2019 10:45:33 AM

 

The Abstract Reasoning section of the UCAT tests your pattern recognition skills under fairly tough time constraints. You’ll have 13 minutes to complete 55 questions, organised into 11 units of five questions each.

Each unit will contain two sets (of shapes): Set A and Set B. The question will then show you a test shape/pattern that needs to be matched with Set A, B, or neither.  

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Topics: UCAT, Undergraduate Medicine, UCAT Preparation, UCAT Abstract Reasoning

IMG Blog: Understanding the Specialist Pathway as an IMG

Posted by Kristie on Mar 22, 2019 2:40:25 PM

 

With so many different pathways to registration in Australia available, it can sometimes be confusing for International Medical Graduate (IMGs) as to which pathway is the best option for them as an individual.

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Topics: IMG

UCAT Quantitative Reasoning

Posted by Dan on Mar 22, 2019 9:35:51 AM

 

Your third task when sitting the UCAT is the Quantitative Reasoning section. This section involves 36 questions within a 24-minute period.

This section focuses primarily on testing your calculation skills under time pressure.

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Topics: UCAT, Undergraduate Medicine, UCAT Preparation, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning

UCAT Decision Making Tips & Practices

Posted by Dan on Mar 11, 2019 12:14:39 PM

Medical professionals (dentists and doctors) are often confronted with complex situational tasks that require quick and accurate decisions. This is tested in the Decision-Making section of the UCAT. Below, we’ve asked our UCAT experts their recommended approach in succeeding in this section.

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Topics: UCAT, Undergraduate Medicine, UCAT Preparation, UCAT Decision Making

Everything IMGs need to know about the PESCI

Posted by Kristie on Feb 26, 2019 4:17:17 PM

As an IMG, there are many steps to undertake when gaining registration with the Medical Board of Australia (MBA). One crucial step that applies to many IMGs is the Pre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview, also known as the PESCI.

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Topics: IMG, International Medical Graduate, PESCI

UCAT Verbal Reasoning Tips

Posted by Mat on Feb 22, 2019 10:13:55 AM

In this article, we will discuss the approach and tips to verbal reasoning in the UCAT. In this test, the candidate has 21 minutes to answer 44 questions.

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Topics: UCAT, Undergraduate Medicine, UCAT Preparation, UCAT Verbal Reasoning

GAMSAT Key Concepts in Biological Science

Posted by Mat on Feb 15, 2019 9:13:55 AM

In your study of physiology and biology, you will no doubt have come across the concept of organisms being based on organs which are in turn based on cells. Not all cells are the same and it turns out that complex life requires a rich diversity of cell types. In order to understand biological systems most students will have studied the cell, its specialist components, and their functions. From here, students typically study the different forms of cells (prokaryotes vs eukaryotes etc.) and the different forms of life (single-cell organisms vs multicellular complex life).

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Topics: gamsat, gamsatpreparation, gamsatsection3