UQ-Ochsner 2019 Cohort

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  1. drnzb

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    Hey! I'm a late applicant myself, and had similar worries as you. I applied mid October (I think a day before the last two Oct interview dates), and was told by Alex that I still had as decent of a chance as anyone, aside from the obvious numbers and class space concerns. I don't know how things have changed since that date, because more people have since been accepted and accepter their offers. That being said, it's worth a shot. She told me the class would be 80-90% full by the last batch of interviews, with that batch filling up the class (and then some, so people would be auto rolled over to the next cohort... and yes it is a guaranteed auto roll over and acceptance if you are accepted the previous year). In terms of the visa, because that was also a concern of mine, she said what students have done in the past is apply for the visitor visa. This visa is easy to get, and allows you access to Australia for up to six months with the ability to take classes. They do this, knowing the student visa process can take a minute. So, you would have access to the country and apply for the student visa from Australia. Obviously, it's not ideal because who wants to be worrying about these things while also adjusting to med school BUT it is doable and has been done by students in the past; then, everything in terms of first aid cert requirements, or physician panel etc. can be done from Oz. I had a nearly 2 hour convo with Alex a week or so after I applied, and she was super forthcoming with answers to all of my concerns being a late applicant. She also answered many questions I didn't even know I had which was great! I would highly suggest applying and giving her a call. If she doesn't answer, leave a message and shoot her a quick email and she will 100% get back to you. She'll be very honest as well in terms of whether or not you should wait until the next cohort. Hope this helps :) Goodluck!
     
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    I keep seeing physician panel, what does this mean exactly?
     
  3. mcat_taker

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    Special set of healthcare tests you need for your student visa. Includes chest x ray, physical, and some labs for hepatitis and HIV, etc. The catch is only certain physicians are qualified by the Australian govt to administer it so you cant just go to anyone, so therefore depending where you live there may not be many of these qualified docs or there will be a waiting period to get an appointment w them.

    It's basically to make sure you aren't going to bring anything contagious into the country I guess.

    It's been 3 years so details are a little hazy but that basically sums it up I think.
     
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  4. akinetopsia

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    Spot on.

    Here's the link to look for panel physicians: United States of America

    As you can see, you may have to travel a bit for your panel physician visit, depending on where you live.
     
  5. drnzb

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    So I think I'm going to change from a skype interview to an in-person interview. The hospital was being super unaccommodating at first, but they are now giving me time off to fly down! What are people's experiences with skype vs on-site? Also, who else is gonna be down for the 11/29 on site? I'm thinking of flying down a day and half early to explore and acclimate, would be cool to catch up with people before the big day :)
     
  6. sean80439

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    If you live near the Canadian border, there are places there that might be closer. I went to Montreal for mine when I was working in Burlington in 2014.
     
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    I thought about changing from Skype to in person initially but when I found out I would have to wait that extra day I stuck with my Skype interview. I think it went fine (I got in so I guess they agreed lol). I don't think there is much of a difference in the interview itself, but from what I hear, you do get to experience the NOLA campus if you go in person. I actually ended up taking a trip to NOLA the same weekend as my interview and I completed the interview via Skype while there (I know it sounds crazy but I really didn't want to wait that extra day lol). I would definitely say NOLA was worth the visit. I'm so glad I went.
     
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  8. mcat_taker

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    It's whatever you feel comfortable with. They aren't going to penalize you for doing Skype instead of in person. They know a lot of people have jobs or live far away and cant make it down plus the cost associated w going in person. Anecdotally I feel there are more people I know who did Skype interviews instead of the in person for that reason.

    I did in person for personal preference- and I had the funds for a hotel stay, flights down to nola, etc. Made a long weekend out of it.
     
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    Would you be willing to give interview advice? I don’t know exactly what to expect, I got the invite today. Dm?
     
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    They tell you precisely what to expect. Read their website. You also should have a phone call with Whitney beforehand to prepare you for the events of the day
     
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    Sweet, so no surprises. I read the website thoroughly. I’m just double checking!
    Thank you.
     
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    I don't have first-hand experience with Ochsner interviews but came to Australia for three interviews when that was exremely rare to do. As mcat_taker said, you shouldn't be penalized either way for going down to N.O. vs. Skype, at least from their perspective (you could on the other hand be someone who performs much better in-person of course). Going down in person will however give you a better idea of what the school is like -- you'll be able to seek out current students and get frank answers, see the health facilities, check out N.O., etc., and that will help you feel better about your decision, assuming you have one (I rejected one sandstone school in Australia after visiting -- the interviewers were wanks, and I sought out and had a frank discussion with the head of the uni's anatomy dept who said the school was run by wanks...; decided not to go to another despite really liking the school and interview process because I really didn't like the city it was in; and ended up picking UQ).
     
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    Hey everyone! New member here! I am applying for the 2020 cycle, I take my MCAT in March and my GPA is solid (3.6). If I apply as soon as I get my score in April when do you think I would get my interview/acceptance? I'm kinda hoping to get accepted before I graduate mid-May but I don't care as long as I get to go to UQ.

    Also, do you think the MCAT score requirement will increase again?
     
  14. fingiez

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    The MCAT average has gradually gone up over the years from 498 to 504, so I would expect next year to be no lower than 505 or even 506.

    Still, with your GPA and an MCAT above the cut off, you'd be competitive for many MD and most (if not all) DO schools. Any reason why you're set on going UQ-Ochsner? Lastly, don't forget to read the MCAT forums and feel free to PM me if you'd like advice on prepping for the test.
     
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    I have taken the MCAT before and it wasn't great lol. I'm setting aside 3 months to JUST prepare for this one but I'll have to work harder if the score requirement is going to increase again. I might apply to MD schools next cycle but I genuinely fell in love with UQ when they visited my school and would prefer to do med school there.
     
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    Thoughts?
     
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    Hi guys. I have been looking for info on housing near uq and I was wondering if there are any recommendations on housing areas within a walkable distance to the uq led school.
     
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    Hard to say exactly. When I applied interview was granted right away as soon as they verified I met cutoffs and then it was a matter of scheduling it which was a few weeks after, then a month or so after that for acceptance. It depends where in the cycle you are.

    I think they generally work pretty fast.

    @fingiez MCAT average has gone up over the years from 498-504 but not every single year. It also depends on yield. MCAT was low when the program was newer as they needed to attract more students, now the MCAT is higher because they have more applications. At a certain point MCAT cutoff will stabilize when their applications stabilize or when applicants become competitive for U.S. MD and stop choosing UQ as they have other options.
     
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    @mcat_taker good points. Still, based on 2018 entering class the incoming MCAT was 507, so I think the cutoff score has yet to stabilize. This program is also very straightforward to apply. Considering UQO's application cycle opens up (quite conveniently) near the end of US schools' app cycle, I think this program attracts applicants with numbers high enough to match many US matriculant stats.

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    Particularly given all the exposes demonstrating the somewhat arbitrary nature of US medical school admissions, I see no reason why UQO stats cannot continue to improve until they are essentially on par with them.
     
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    You are welcome to DM me! But yeah as others have stated, the website is pretty straight forward, Whitney is super helpful, and it's really all about confidence and authenticity. We've all worked so hard and this is our space to exemplify what we have done! The best thing I can tell you is come up with a variety of examples that can fit within each domain so that you have about two or three/ domain. Don't go on tangents. Even if you have an awesome story, if it doesn't have anything to do with the question, don't tell it. That was probably the biggest piece of advice that Whitney gave me :)
     
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    Hi. I was wondering what first aid classes you guys took for Queensland. I was using US Red Cross and they told me I have to take a combo of 3 class. What are your experiences with this?
     
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    Combo like child+adult+AED? If it's that class then it will take a couple of hours, but there should have a lunch break.

    Come to think of it, I remember someone in the class who said she was going to Australia for med school. Maybe she went to UQ.
     
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    Applied early nov, interviewed nov. 29, passed dec. 1! odds of acceptance?
     
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    Depends if they filled the class.
     
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    Congrats on passing. Here's hoping we see you in AU. :)
     
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    I received an offer on Oct 30th and I just accepted my offer this past Monday so you probably still have a chance
     
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    I talked to Toby about the whole thing, she says 99.9% of the time if you pass the interview you get an offer.
     
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    Accepted, whoop whoop!

    I plan on accepting my offer 100% hope to see you all there, just gotta get all the paperwork in!

    Question for those ready to go, what’re y’all doing for housing?
    I want to do off campus housing but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. I also don’t want roommate.
     

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