Hey fam! Gentlest reminder that UMAT registration closes in approximately a month from now - 1 June, 2018. It costs a hefty 260 Australian Dollars. It’s not a fun test, but it’s a necessary one. Many people apply because it provides them the option to apply for Medicine as you’ll find not everyone is 100% sure of what they’d want to do in the future! We’ve detailed the tiniest blog about the UMAT along with a little checklist you can refer to closer to test day.
For those wanting to apply for MBChB, a pre-requisite is to sit this test: the “Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test” (UMAT) https://umat.acer.edu.au/ . This test is run by ACER: the Australian Council for Educational Research. They actually provide heaps of details on their website for UMAT and we strongly advise you literally scour through the entire website and read the relevant sections through:
Be sure to click on the different tabs on the left-hand side panel.
I would like to draw your attention again specifically to the “Prepare” section which has 4 more sub-sections: “Preparation strategy”, “Preparation materials”, “Test taking strategy”, and “FAQ about preparation materials”. It would be very good to read them thoroughly!
The main thing I’d advise is to:
Now, also, I hope you’ve read about this, or just realise these two things (we’ve covered before in our previous entry in this link):
Lastly, below’s a checklist for preparing for UMAT. We’ll post this up again closer to the date because it’s really not important right now; but I guess it’s just nice to know there’s a checklist out there somewhere….!
(It’s paraphrased from our 1st Year FAQ here: link)
Hi fam, hope you’re all going well :) Test week is over and hopefully you’re getting back into the rhythm of everything again… Anyhow, every so often we’ll invite a guest to write a short blog post about our fellow medical and health science degrees in our #Insights blog posts. This issue’s highlight is on Pharmacy!
In your words, how would you describe your profession?
To be very honest, I can’t say that I know much about my profession yet. HAHAH
How is the year organised? (Do you have papers anymore?)
Part II students of the BPharm Programme (second years) have three papers over the whole year - PHARMACY 211, 212 and 213. None of these papers are year-long papers, with PHARMACY 211 and 212 taken in semester 1 and PHARMACY 213 taken in semester 2.
The two papers of the first semester are focused on building a good foundation of scientific and clinical knowledge required to progress further in the BPharm programme. A wide range of topics are taught, from Pharmaceutical chemistry in 211 to compounding and human interaction skills in PHARMACY 212 labs and workshops. We only have to take one paper in semester 2 as mentioned above.
What did you enjoy about it?
The School of Pharmacy is very welcoming and feels like one big family. The staff and students are all very caring towards us second years so that we settle in well and don’t feel out of place. I also like that we have a smaller cohort so it’s possible to get close to most people in your year level, and many in the years above!
In terms of the content, I really enjoyed the compounding labs (where you get to make ointments, oral liquids etc.) which were heaps of fun, as well as the workshops many of which are interactive. Learning about the chemistry behind drug design (such as the strategies they use to ensure drugs work efficiently) and the role of pharmacists in public health was also very interesting.
What sort of clinical experiences have you had so far?
We have ten days of placements during the second semester where we get to visit pharmacists in hospital, industrial and community settings.
What’s the one thing you did not expect from this degree?
Many people have misconceptions about the BPharm programme (I did too) and think that it would be very heavily focused on chemistry with little clinical skills and physiology. But I came to find that there is actually a significant emphasis on clinical skills, with a good balance between chemistry and physiology.
What’s your fondest memory so far about your degree?
Freshers camp and Pub Crawl! They’re great opportunities to meet new people and bond with other pharmacy students whilst having fun. The poverty simulation is where you get to role play and experience being a family member of a low income family which was also lots of fun (some people would deal drugs or steal other people’s furniture)
What’s one thing you’d tell your first year self?
To focus on myself and work at my own pace instead of comparing myself with other people. It destroys you!