Medicine

OzTREKK is the Canadian expert on Australian medical schools’ admissions processes.

OverviewStudying medicine

Every year, we help hundreds of Canadian students choose the right Australian medical school program. Because we understand their admissions requirements and application procedures, we can guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate streams and outline what you need to know about practicing medicine following graduation.

Understanding graduate and undergraduate pathways

Depending on your educational background, you may be eligible to apply to post-graduate programs, undergraduate programs (yes, it’s an option), or both!

If you have a degree and have written the MCAT (required by most, but not all medical programs), you may be eligible to apply to both graduate and undergraduate medical programs. If you’re coming straight from high school or haven’t finished your degree, you can apply to undergraduate medical programs.

Choose a program from the selection below to review all admissions requirements.

Licensing Practicing Medicine

Each year, OzTREKK hosts several Canadian Medical Licensing seminars for students who have submitted their med school application via OzTREKK. These sessions provide the latest information regarding the accreditation and medical licensing processes in Canada and the United States, as well as outline options for internships in Australia—an option that a growing number of students choose.

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“Very supportive program”

Great program! Very supportive program with professors always keen to help. So much cool stuff to learn!

Brett L
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Queensland, 2019

“I am definitely enjoying the program at USYD”

University of Sydney is an amazing University with everything a student can ask for. The only issue that I have is that it can be hard to find spaces to study since there is a huge student population. I am definitely enjoying the program at USYD. This is because there are amazing lectures both at the main campus and the teaching hospitals. The only issue is that the program is being changed to an online based one with MD2020 so not everyone is on board with online teaching.

University of Sydney Krishna S
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Sydney, 2019

“The early clinical exposure is really good”

Great weather in Sydney, well renowned institution, and great emphasis on research projects.... The early clinical exposure is really good and allows us to apply our theoretical learning into real clinical and practical applications.

University of Sydney Desmond H
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Sydney, 2019

“I’m learning a lot and feel that the clinical introduction from an early date has been beneficial”

I like USYD. It is a great program with a long history of success. I am enjoying it. I feel like I'm learning a lot and feel that the clinical introduction from an early date has been beneficial to our learning.  Take advantage of all the events that happen to make friends and get the most out of the program.

University of Sydney Jagpreet D
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Sydney, 2019

“The Usyd Med program has such a family-like culture”

I do like my university. It is a world-class university in a wonderful city. I love how supportive the students are to each other. The Usyd Med program has such a family-like culture where everyone wants you to do well.

University of Sydney Tina L
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Sydney, 2019

“Love the content we are learning”

Love it. Weather is great, the cohort is friendly and the campus is really nice. Cons: I recommend self learning (recommended readings on your own and using additional resource like boards and beyond/pathoma even if you are not going to do USMLE). Also, the campus needs more study space. Love the content we are learning and I have a greater appreciation for the medical profession. You will see that some kids in the program are absolutely brilliant and are willing to help you out if you ask.

Ranko S
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Queensland, 2019

“…lots of good instructors and lecturers”

Yes UQ and the people there are great. There's some stuff that the students complain about, but I've never been to another med school, and I imagine each has their flaws. I realize the rankings are relatively irrelevant, and what you put in is what you're going to get out anyway.... Certainly some room for improvement, but overall, lots of good instructors and lecturers, and very comprehensive information is supplied.

Karson S
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Queensland, 2019

“Melbourne’s MD program is ranked as one of the best in the world and it’s clear to see why”

University of Melbourne is a very good school and their campus is beautiful full of all the amenities that a student might need. It's also within walking distance to the core business district making it easy to get access to all the city has to offer. Melbourne's MD program is ranked as one of the best in the world and it's clear to see why. There are many methods deployed to teach the content. From lectures, to anatomy dissections to lab practicals. With only year being pre cl... Read More

Aditya M
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Melbourne, 2019

“The faculty know each of us as individual people and supports us as such”

MQ is a really nice campus, the MD program is a little isolated (closer to the hospital) but that's okay. It's in a part of Sydney that doesn't require you to live deep in the big city which is really nice. Being so close to the mall makes it easy to do all the life things outside of school too (ie. banking, phone plans, grocery shopping - you can do all of that on your lunch or before going home). The MQMD program is fantastic. Being so small it really feels like a little fami... Read More

Macquarie University Emma B
Doctor of Medicine
Macquarie University, 2019

“With the small class size and great team of staff around us, they give you the tools to succeed”

Love Macquarie University. The campus is beautiful and there is a strong support network available to anyone who needs it. The MD program has been great. With the small class size and great team of staff around us, they give you the tools to succeed, especially in such a stressful program.

Macquarie University Paulina A
Doctor of Medicine
Macquarie University, 2019

“Griffith has a great med program”

Griffith has a great med program and the difference from other schools is becoming more apparent (we have the biggest/best funded cadaver/specimen lab in the country, there is a big emphasis on clinical application of knowledge like x-ray interpretation and clinical reasoning from day one). I think I made the right choice coming here. Gold Coast is also a great place to live, the weather is amazing so it does feel like you’re on holiday most of the time. I’m definitely looking ... Read More

Bryce D
Doctor of Medicine
Griffith University, 2019

“There is fantastic clinical exposure”

The medical program itself and my interactions with other students and faculty have really increased my confidence in my abilities. Australia is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer. There is fantastic clinical exposure, an amazing cohort of students I call colleagues and friends, and a supportive faculty who are passionate about teaching and training the next generation of doctors.

Mani R M
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Melbourne, 2019

“It is very obvious that Griffith really cares about their students.”

Griffith is super supportive of their students. We have had 11 sessions on studying smart, making sure we know who to go to for help, the various resources and support systems on available to us. In almost every one of our intro lectures, each instructor encourages us to send feedback. From my experience in school this genuine invitation for feedback is almost unheard of. It is very obvious that Griffith really cares about their students. It's also more obvious that Griffith... Read More

Imran B
Medicine
Griffith University, 2019

“The people are extremely friendly and welcoming.”

Monash is a great place where live and make friends. It is more than just studying, indeed there are an infinite number of clubs to join and different activities to do. The program is very careful about its students well being and correct coping with the amount of studying to do. Students are then constantly monitored, to be sure that all the support they need is given to them. The people are extremely friendly and welcoming. It is really easy to make friends and share facts, l... Read More

Monash University Assia C
Medicine
Monash University, 2019

“Fantastic school”

Fantastic school, really good opportunity to learn clinical skills.

Monash University Andrew J
Medicine
Monash University, 2019

“I get a lot of clinical experience.”

Right into the hospital ASAP. I get a lot of clinical experience. Additionally, there are many different learning activities so I rarely get tired of any. For example, the pathology labs, the team-based learning classes, clinical days, anatomy labs, lectures, and seminars.

University of Sydney Barry B.
The University of Sydney, 2018

“World class lecturers teaching challenging material is very cool and rewarding.”

Pros: large university with a very active campus so there is always something going on within the med program and beyond. World class lecturers teaching challenging material is very cool and rewarding. The anatomy labs and cadavers are an amazing tool to study anatomy and the staff is incredible. Cons: Organization of the lecture material sometimes seems thrown together without much thought so flow throughout a block of study can be a bit scattered.

University of Sydney Tyrel C.
The University of Sydney, 2018

“I like how hands on and practical it is…”

I like how hands on and practical it is from the first weeks of the program and the variety of learning environments offered through the program. The campus is quite large and busy, and there aren't any devoted spaces for medical students to study or congregate on the main campus outside of lectures. There is a graduate library, but it is small and fills with people in other programs near the ends of their semesters.

University of Sydney Hayden S.
The University of Sydney, 2018

“Definitely a challenging course but worthwhile.”

The Sydney medical program can be a bit disorganized, but it is very hands on and you are expected to learn things quite fast. Definitely a challenging course but worthwhile.

University of Sydney Cynthia C.
The University of Sydney, 2018

“We have a close relationship with some of the staff, especially at our clinical schools.”

The University of Sydney is a well-renowened university and the campus is very nice and walkable. The students are well-supported by staff. We have a close relationship with some of the staff, especially at our clinical schools. Despite being away from home, I always feel like someone is looking out for me.

University of Sydney Justine Moreno E.
The University of Sydney, 2018

“The clinical days are extremely useful learning opportunities.”

The University is huge, well established and with some very supportive and experienced faculty. Some aspects of the program are disorganised. Time tables change often depending on the block of study and this ends up keeping us on our toes regarding how to study each block. This is especially true when lectures get switched around in an order where more complex topics end up being covered before the intro lectures. The clinical days are extremely useful learning opportunities. O... Read More

University of Sydney Advait P.
The University of Sydney, 2018

“There’s certainly a lot of support though with fellow class mates and the small group tutors if you need it.”

I love the university and program. The university has a lot of events and things on campus to help you destress during exam time. It's also very beautiful with lots of cute coffee shops to do homework at. The one awful thing about UQ is how unbelievably crowded it is. Finding a place on campus to study can be impossible and the place for medical students on the main st. Lucia campus is too small and almost always full to capacity. This is my own big problem with the university.... Read More

Katherine H.
Medicine
The University of Queensland, 2018

“I have found the peer tutorials at UQ valuable part of my learning.”

The program always teaches me something new everyday. I enjoy hearing from doctors in various disciplines. I have found it valuable to learn about epidemiology and Australian healthcare system. I have found the peer tutorials at UQ valuable part of my learning. I wish there was more teaching done in anatomy practicals rather than self-learning. Also more time in anatomy facility would be awesome.

Harsh D.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“I’m surprised at the resources UQ pours into its students.”

Everything is actually really really good. I'm surprised at the resources UQ pours into its students. Like, my old university was technically higher ranked on a lot of global indexes, but they didn't really care as much about students as they do here.

Paul C.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“The clinical coaches and tutors are all great.”

I like the way the program is set up, and the administration seems very open to feedback and suggestions. The clinical coaches and tutors are all great.

Justin Andrew T.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“The program takes student feedback regularly and seriously and is constantly making changes to accommodate our needs.”

Living in Australia is incredible and I’m so happy with my decision to move here. The warm weather, and great people, close friendships have all been worth it. The university of Queensland is a beautiful large campus. Very clean, lots of activity, and feels very vibrant. There’s lots to do on campus to get involved with events, food, etc. It’s a little quiet on late evenings/weekends. The program is great! It’s certainly challenging but very well organized. The program takes st... Read More

Mauricio M.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“The program allows for a lot more clinical experience…”

The people are very kind and interesting. The program allows for a lot more clinical experience than other programs.

JCU Australia Gradon F.
James Cook University, 2018

“…has a strong reputation for its graduates being better skilled…”

Griffith puts a huge focus on communication skills with patients, and has a strong reputation for its graduates being better skilled in that regard.

Christopher Jordan K.
Medicine
Griffith University, 2018

“…the best starting point for my medical career”

The supportive and friendly environment with extensive clinical and research opportunities at the University of Melbourne provided the best starting point for my medical career. Not only did I get a taste of a different healthcare culture, I also had the opportunity to practice and build on my clinical knowledge and hands-on procedural experiences.

Jessica W
Doctor of Medicine (Graduate)
The University of Melbourne, 2018

“I love my program.”

I love my program. The clinical skills part is the most intriguing aspect. Do not underestimate the workload, but also don’t let it swallow up your whole life. Balance is key. Also get to know others outside of the program. Being surrounded only by medical peers sometimes can be draining.

JCU Australia Cassandra C
Medicine
James Cook University, 2018

“I like everything about the program”

I like everything about the program and the university. The only downside I have found is that it was different than getting education in North America and the standards are much higher. It is going well, I took to it fairly quickly though I still adapt to new things every day.

JCU Australia Daniel D
Medicine
James Cook University, 2018

“…really prepares you for the field.”

I like the amount of clinical work they make you do which really prepares you for the field. The transitioning process is easier than expected and as long as one stays on top of the school work, it is also manageable.

JCU Australia Rama M
Medicine
James Cook University, 2018