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gmacpac

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    do i use oztrek? or ACER? im pretty confused.



    Oztrekk is for canadian and USA student. You can also try Australearn.

    I will definity go with either Oztrek or Australearn since some programs waive their application fees if you apply through them.

    If you go through ACER you will have to pay for application fees for each individual school.

    best of luck.
     

    shan564

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      It's pretty much too late to get in for the 2009 entering class (the semester starts in January in Australia).

      OzTREKK is based in Canada, but they're not only for Canadian students. I'm in the US, and Matt was very helpful to me in the process of learning about and applying to Australian schools (unlike AustraLearn, which was much more mechanical). He even followed up with me after I was admitted to UQ to guide me through the student visa process (it's a bit unusual for me b/c I have a Pakistani passport). You should definitely get their help to apply to the schools with which they do work.

      As far as the rest of the schools, you can apply directly through ACER. Unlike OzTREKK (which is a private company), ACER is the standard Australian application system. You can only apply to one first-preference school and one second-preference school through ACER, and you will only get an interview from one of those two schools. Wherever possible, you should apply to a university externally (i.e. through OzTREKK or AustraLearn, or just directly to the school). You should only use ACER for the schools that don't accept any other type of application (i.e. U.Sydney).
       

      copacetic

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        i want to thank all of your for your valuable responses. i have another question however, if i go the OZ route, how easy/difficult will it be to stay after doing my internship? from my understanding you're not a doc in OZ till you graduate, then do two years internship, after which you can apply for permanent resident status. i would also like to specialize if i could, though i hear this is extremely difficult (i could live without specializing). i would be interested in cardiology.
         

        shan564

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          That's the most controversial discussion on this forum. It seems like people haven't had too much trouble finding internships, but nobody knows that the picture will be like when we graduate in 4 years. Australian citizens/PRs do get priority for internships over immigrants... and yes, it is difficult to get PR status if you haven't already worked in Australia for two years.

          In any case, the general consensus is that you'll probably find an internship, but you shouldn't count on it.
           

          redshifteffect

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            i want to thank all of your for your valuable responses. i have another question however, if i go the OZ route, how easy/difficult will it be to stay after doing my internship? from my understanding you're not a doc in OZ till you graduate, then do two years internship, after which you can apply for permanent resident status. i would also like to specialize if i could, though i hear this is extremely difficult (i could live without specializing). i would be interested in cardiology.

            You are a doctor the minute you graduate. You however are not fully registered (which really makes no difference other then you can't do locum work) until you have completed 1 year of internship. Internship IS NOT 2 year years...I think that's only in some parts of the sub-continent (ie India/Pakistan).

            You can apply for PR after your internship. I will be apply for mine in Jan next year.

            Specialising is not difficult, but it depends on the speciality. Currently BPT (internal medicine) is very easy to get into, especially in smaller cities. If you have a pulse and can speak English during your interview you're in.
             

            JoeNamaMD

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              UQ uses Oztrekk, both US and Canadian students can use their services. I think its too late for 2009. But your application in early in March of next year ASAP as UQ runs on a rolling basis. Schools like Sydney and Monash run through ACER.
               
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