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GAMSAT 2014 Tips

By Andrew Simpson

There's less than two months to go before GAMSAT 2014 and more than a few nerves are doubtless jangling. GAMSAT is a tough experience but, with the right preparation, you can make it a successful one. If you're only just starting studying now or if you're just looking for fresh ideas, here are my tips for preparing over the next couple of months.

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Keeping Up Appearances

By Andrew Simpson

And .. suddenly, we're in week 7. How did that happen? I felt reasonably comfortable in the first four weeks, somewhat overloaded in the next two weeks, and now I can feel the sheer terror building up inside of me when I think about how far behind I am. I guess this is how things are going to be for a while. Our first exam is coming up in less than four weeks now. It's only formative (ie. doesn't actually count for anything) but I'd still like to be able to pass it and give myself some confidence that I can handle the workload.

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Second Star to the Right ..

By Andrew Simpson

It's been a while since I posted a regular status update so, since this was meant to be a medical-studenty blog to begin with, I better get myself into the habit before next year rolls around. The past two months have been pretty busy. After weighting up all the pros and cons I decided to go with USyd and submitted my UQ withdrawal letter to ACER before GEMSAS offers came out. I think it makes more sense for me to stay; my family and support base are here, I prefer the (seemingly) more coherent organisation of the course and I like the idea of clinical contact from the very beginning. I have to admit that the nature of the interactions taking place in the two Facebook groups was also an influence. I'm sure not all the twosies are quite so immature but the UQ group really felt quite alien to me. In light of the VC scandal and the fact that almost 20% of UQ's MBBS2 cohort failed this year, I'm feeling even more comfortable about the decision. I've now completed my first aid course, got my police certificate, got most of my vaccinations sorted out and got myself enrolled, so all there is to do now is wait. It's quite amazing to think that there's less than two months to go until our first day on Feb 6th.

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GMI Live!

By Andrew Simpson

The new GMI is now live and running smoothly after some initial teething problems with the document library. I have also made some minor tweaks to the GPA calculator so that it gives a representative GPA for those who only have completed subjects for GPA years 1 and 2. It looks like ANU are enforcing a wGPA cutoff of 34 this year (despite conflicting information presented on their web site) and so I just missed the cutoff with a 33.5. Nonetheless I will be down at ANU this coming weekend meeting other awesome PDers :D

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GMI Development Continues

By Andrew Simpson

I have got most of the structure sorted out for the new site and am slowly adding in the content. University Overview and Info pages are essentially complete apart from the blurb, the revised GPA calculator is almost there and I am compiling the quotation database for the Random GAMSAT Quote Generator. Hopefully will be able to release the new site soon!

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