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Change of personal details

March 18, 2016

Please advise GEMSAS of any change of personal details by emailing info@gemsas.edu.au

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Why didn’t I get an interview for Medicine?

August 31, 2012

My GPA and GAMSAT combination are better than someone else I know who has got an interview but I haven’t – why not?
Selection is very complex and many factors impact on whether or not you will get an offer of an interview.  There are many reasons why an applicant with the same or worse GPA and GAMSAT scores as you may have been offered an interview when you were not.

  • They may have done considerably better than you in portfolio or personal statements
  • They may have come from a rural background.
  • They may be of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent
  • They may have received bonus points for postgraduate study
  • They may have received bonus points or come through a preferential entry scheme that recognises disadvantage.

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Do I need to work out a GPA and can I see the GPA that GEMSAS calculates for me?

June 2, 2011

You don’t need to work out a GPA for the application. It’s only for your information so you can assess your likely competitiveness for the schools you are planning to include on your preference list.

GEMSAS will calculate a GPA for each of the schools on your preference list so there could be six different GPAs calculated for you. It would be very difficult for you to emulate the computer algorithms that do this.

For more information there is a GPA section on our website and a GPA calculator available for use on our application page –www.applygemsas.edu.au.

GPA calculations will not be finalised until early August.  You are welcome to email info@GEMSAS.edu.au from the second week in August to request your GPA. When emailing to request your GPA, please include your full name and GAMSAT ID.

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My degree includes credits or exemptions from other institutions

June 2, 2011

You need to include in your application, the names of other institutions at which you have studied.  For ARTS participating universities you don’t need to send original transcripts, but for all non-ARTS universities, please supply an original transcript.

GEMSAS Operations
PO Box 2025
South Melbourne
VIC 3205

See the GPA section on our website – GPA guidelines

Specified credit as per the definition, requires the key degree record to show the subject codes, names, weightings and results, which most results retrieved through ARTS do not show.  So we then will use the most recent prior study up to the number of credit points awarded as credit for prior study.  We do not use transcripts if results are available via ARTS.

Credits from prior study not at the same study level, will not be used in the GPA calculation (e.g. a bachelor degree with prior credits from a diploma).

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Who runs GEMSAS?

June 2, 2011

GEMSAS is an initiative of the Australian medical schools who are members of the GAMSAT Consortium:

  • Australian National University
  • Deakin University
  • Griffith University
  • Macquarie University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Notre Dame (Sydney)
  • The University of Notre Dame (Fremantle)
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of Wollongong

The GAMSAT Consortium own the GEMSAS application and selection processes.  Management of applications, processing and selection is contracted to the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

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Can I call GEMSAS by ‘phone?

June 2, 2011

GEMSAS Operations isn’t able to maintain adequate coverage of a telephone enquiry service this year.  Please ensure your enquiries by email (to info@gemsas.edu.au) are clear and precise so the officers can best assist you by email.

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What is ARTS?

June 2, 2011

ARTS is the Automated Results Transfer System that allows academic results to be retrieved directly from participating university systems. This means as soon as results are loaded into a university system,  results can be retrieved and uploaded directly into GEMSAS. It’s both immediate and paper-free and saves you as the applicant the time and expense of ordering and paying for a paper transcript and then sending it to us. From our point of view we have immediate access to the most recent and validated data and can directly upload it electronically rather than having to manually enter subjects and grades.

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How do I order my preferences

May 30, 2011

GEMSAS allows applicants to list up to six medical schools in the order that they would like to be considered for entry. A school does not have to be listed as the first preference for the applicant to be considered by the school.

Starting with the first preference, applicants will be assessed and ranked according to each schools specific selection rules. A computerised matching process will allocate applicants meeting the minimum requirements to an offer of an interview and later, if the applicant is competitive, an offer of a place to the highest listed preference for which they are eligible.

This matching happens concurrently for all applicants and all schools so every applicant will have been ranked for the schools for which they are eligible and will have been considered for each school on their preference list in order.

A maximum of one offer of a place will be made to an eligible applicant, and this may not be at the school where the interview was held.

If an offer of a place is not made in the main round of offers, the application remains in the system. Additional offers may be made during December and January after final results of applicants completing their qualifying degree are known. Applicants will not however be considered further for any preferences above the preferenced school at which they have been interviewed.

Examples

Applicant A has schools X, Y and Z on their preference list.

School X – not eligible

School Y – is eligible, interviewed but does not rank highly enough

School Z – is eligible and ranks highly enough so receives an offer to school Z.

 

Example 2

Applicant B has schools V, W, X, Y and Z on their preference list. When offers are released:

 

School V – not eligible and not interviewed

School W – not eligible and not interviewed

School X – eligible, interviewed, did not rank highly enough for an offer

School Y – eligible, did not rank highly enough for an offer

School Z – eligible, did not rank highly enough for an offer

 

In December, school Y makes further offers and at this point applicant B is allocated to an offer of a place at school Y, but is not considered further for schools V and W. School X makes no further offers.

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How does GEMSAS work?

May 30, 2011

GEMSAS allows applicants to list up to six medical schools in the order that they would like to be considered for entry.  They will be considered for their first preference and if they are unsuccessful (based on eligibility or merit) they will then automatically be considered for their second preference and so on,  down to their sixth preference.

For each preference, starting with the applicant’s most preferred course, GEMSAS will use medical school selection rules to determine eligibility and merit for an interview as well as an offer at the medical schools listed. Successful applicants will receive an offer of an interview and later, if warranted, an offer of a place for their highest eligible preference based on merit and the school’s quota. Please note – a maximum of one offer of a place will be made to an applicant, and this may not be at the school where the interview was held.

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FAQ #1

May 30, 2011

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