University of Sydney Medical School Class of 2019

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  1. pandrew6

    pandrew6

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    Hey, I'm Pauline and I'm a Canadian student heading for Sydney, AU in February 2015 for medicine. I was looking for anyone else out there in my class. I saw that 45% of international students this year were Canadian, so I'm hoping to find some fellow Canucks- but even if you're not from Canada, it'd be nice to meet anyone in my class~
     
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  3. SteveConnery

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    Hi Pauline, I'm heading to the University of Sydney for medicine from Canada as well.
     
  4. tljeffri

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    What's up guys? I'm headed to Sydney as well, from the States. Do you all have any information about enrollment yet? I'm hoping they'll send out a list of students or something so we can start finding roommates.
     
  5. Aaron R

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    Hi there.... I'm a first year int'l student at Usyd. It may sound weird but since your school year ends the same year you start in Australia, ya'll will be class of 2018 not 2019! Doesn't that sound nice? It's almost as if your finishing a year earlier! Anyways.... let me know if you have any questions.
     
  6. SteveConnery

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    Hi Aaron,
    Many thanks for the offer of advice - a few (very specific) questions you might be able to help out with:
    1) Where is the most feasible area to get a studio apt. for ~$300/week? Best living arrangements in general?
    2) Approximately what proportion of students planning on taking the USMLEs take advantage of Sydney's 'flexible study arrangements'?
    3) Do you know the proportion of NSW IMGs who received an intern position this/last year?
    4) If you were to go back in time and move to Sydney all over again, what would you do differently to make the move easier?
    Thanks!
     
  7. Aaron R

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    Ahh you ask some complex questions and we could probably have a 45 minute convo about each. Ill try to answer them with some hindsight and not bog you down in too much information.

    1) When you come here, you will get to know the city and public transportation, where your clinical school is etc etc and you will almost certainly move after your first year. Everybody I know is moving after first year and you will meet plenty of mates to move in with. It's impossible to figure out properly where you want to until your here for a bit because there are so many factors. Newtown is the safest bet in terms of closeness to the train, uni, most other students, and plenty of stuff to do. I recommend you just find a place in Newtown for the first year (maybe Sydney uni village) and then figure out where your going after. Bachelor places in Newtown run around 350.

    2) I'm first year so I have no idea. I know I probably won't do it because it delays graduation until the subsequent year and, thus, internship is also delayed.

    3) I'm not sure of the exact internship numbers..... check the HETI twitter page for updates as well as AMSA. The government is saying everyone who wants one got one but AMSA is saying this is not the case. The senate recently voted to guarantee IMG's internships so we will se where this goes.


    4) Go to the registry and get a letter from them saying how long you have been licensed. Getting a license here will make getting into bars much less of a hassle. Aussie bouncers all have a long thick metal rod shoved far farrr up their ass and will randomly give you flack over you Canadian/US license not being valid.... it will ruin your night many times over. Also don't skimp on extra baggage. Everything in Australia is more expensive and it will very likely be cheaper to bring it here than to buy it here. When you arrive, just take a cab home and don't bother trying to figure out the train because its not that much cheaper (airport train tickets are ridiculously expensive) and a huge hassle with all your luggage.
     
  8. joon8483

    joon8483 2+ Year Member

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    My personal experience might help to shed some light on internship situation as of this year.

    - I am considered Australian resident for the purpose of internship intake (2015)
    - I am a QLD graduate
    - I am considered P3 in NSW internship priority listing
    - I have not gotten an internship in NSW this year
    - I have received an internship in QLD
    - Friends in my cohort (P2/P3), only 3 out of 20 received an internship in NSW
    - International student from my cohort. 1 received an internship in QLD and other didn't get anything
     
  9. labqi

    labqi 2+ Year Member

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    Wow that doesn't sound too good. Hmmmmm didn't the graduates of sydney (internationals) all get a position last year?


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  10. monsterink

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    well internship can change a lot by the time you graduate ( most likely to get worse) and priority can also change a lot
    Thus, it's impossible to conclude that what happen to people now will be what you will experience in 2018/2019

    you just need to prepare yourself for worst case scenario ( not have internship in Australia)
     
  11. bashwell

    bashwell SDN Bronze Donor Bronze Donor 2+ Year Member

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    I'm a fellow North American studying here too. I can't agree more and highly stress getting PR (then citizenship) if at all possible either before or during med school. Otherwise it seems really hard to get internships in Australia. Others can please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe something like 200+ international students didn't or at least haven't yet received an internship this year (not sure if this is only in NSW or the whole of Australia). Sure, it's possible things could change/improve by 2019, so maybe there's hope. But right now, my understanding is things don't look too good for international students getting internships in Australia. Disclaimer: I'm a PR, and so haven't paid as much attention to the internship situation. What I know is mainly through other international students. Again, others who know better please correct me if I'm mistaken.
     
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  12. SteveConnery

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    Aaron - many thanks again for the information

    Bashwell - it seems getting PR is the way to go. Did you encounter any difficulty getting PR while a student, or know of any difficulties you might foresee for an international student applying for PR? I'm surprised that international students don't all get PR if it means a better shot at an internship... thanks!
     
  13. RahX

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    Applying for PR in Australia as a mere student is impossible. You would either have to marry an Aussie and wait the required years before applying for PR, or be in a profession that is in the skills worker stream. Everyone would like to apply for PR but only a selected few would be able to.
     
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    bashwell SDN Bronze Donor Bronze Donor 2+ Year Member

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    Sorry, I didn't see this until now! Please PM if you want personal details, but in general I agree with RahX unfortunately it's really hard to get PR without marriage or certain skills. :( You could try to do a masters/PhD at the same time as med school (like Phloston I believe is doing?). I believe that might help, but I didn't go this route so not totally sure.
     
  15. pandrew6

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    Oh man, I'm so sorry for letting this thread go! I didn't get any notifications about replies and totally forgot about it! Nice to meet you- where in Canada are you from? I'm in good 'ol Ontario.
     
  16. pandrew6

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    Hi Aaron,

    I was wondering if you could share how you found housing in Sydney when you first moved. Did you find roommates before, stay in residence, etc? I'm looking to figure out housing before I move down there, as I hear it's pretty competitive the closer you get to the start of the semester. Thanks for all your help!
     
  17. Epell

    Epell 5+ Year Member

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    Hello all,
    I found out that U Syd is recertified for US Gov't Loans.
    If my paperworks go through on time, I'll be attending USyd starting Feb. 2015

    Do you guys know of any facebook group for the 2015 entrance of Faculty of Medicine?
     
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  18. Epell

    Epell 5+ Year Member

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    No, I applied directly withe school.
     
  19. pandrew6

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    Yay, congrats!

    If you go onto Facebook and search Sydney Medical Program Class of 2018, you should find it. It's a closed group but you just request to join.
     
  20. DalaiLama

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    Just curious, if you guys are comfortable with it, could you share your entry stats for the MD 2019 admission?

    Thank! :)
     

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