Assured Pathway entry to Medicine and Dentistry for domestic applicants
- Overview of the application process - presentation for school leavers
This presentation provides an overview of the admissions process for HMS Assured Pathways for school leavers, and is a supplement to the detailed information below.
The HMS Admissions team are here to help you with any queries you or your parents may have.
- Application process and timelines
- Applicants must register for and sit UCAT ANZ (registrations usually close during May, test sittings take place during July).
- Applicants are required to lodge a TISC application, entering the relevant TISC course code(s).
- Applications for the Assured Pathway to Medicine and the Assured Pathway to Dentistry will open early to mid-August and will close late September according to TISC deadlines.
- Rural eligibility form must be submitted to the HMS Admissions team by the Medicine and Dentistry TISC deadline.
- Refer to the TISC guide for current course codes and application deadlines.
Admission and selection processes may be amended should changes become necessary due to COVID19 restrictions.
Western Australian applicants are also required to submit predicted ATAR information. After applications close, the HMS Admissions team will provide the Predicted ATAR form to all applicants who have indicated a WA address on their TISC application. WA applicants who have not yet sat their final exams are required to submit a predicted result which is provided by their school. The form will include detailed instructions including steps required for students who have already completed their final exams.
Eligible applicants who are based outside Western Australia are interviewed during January and are therefore not required to submit a predicted result.
Applicants will be contacted after the WACE exams are complete regarding eligibility for interview. Applicants who are based outside Western Australia will be contacted after final ATAR results have been released.
Interviews will take place during:
- Late November/Early December for WA-based applicants who are eligible based on UCAT ANZ and predicted ATAR or equivalent (or actual score where available)
- Early January for WA-based applicants who are eligible based on UCAT ANZ and actual ATAR (or equivalent)
- Mid to late January for applicants based outside WA who are eligible based on UCAT ANZ and actual ATAR (or equivalent)
Course offers will be as per TISC timelines.
- Eligibility criteria
High Academic Achievers
This quota is for school leavers with a minimum ATAR of 99.
The Rural program is part of a Government initiative to address rural and remote areas of workforce shortage in medical, dental and allied healthcare.
To be eligible, an applicant’s principal home address must have been in an Australian Standard Geographical Remoteness Area ASGC-RA 2-5 (2016) for any five years consecutively or at least 10 years cumulatively. A search engine for towns in areas can be found on the DoctorConnect website by clicking the link under Search the Maps for ASGS-RA (2016).
School-leaver applicants to the Assured Pathway who believe they fit the rural definition must submit the Rural Eligibility Form to HMS Admissions before the TISC closing date for Medicine and Dentistry (late September, refer to TISC website for updated information on deadlines). Note that this form is in addition to applying via TISC by the deadline. TISC applications open early to mid August each year. Contact the HMS Admissions team should you have further queries.
Broadway UWA is designed to ensure access to UWA courses is available to the broadest range of students with the potential to succeed at university. The main goal of the program is to increase the diversity in the student cohorts and to promote equity in the selection of students.
Specified schools are invited to participate in this program. You are eligible for consideration as a Broadway Assured Pathway applicant if you have undertaken your entire Year 12 studies, including WACE, at a UWA Broadway school.
Broadway eligible school-leaver applicants will indicate their school as part of their TISC application, and must apply by the TISC closing date for Medicine and Dentistry (late September, refer to TISC website for updated information on deadlines). Contact the HMS Admissions team should you have further queries.
Applicants who identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are accepted as such by the community in which they live, or have lived are eligible for consideration as an Indigenous Assured Pathway applicant. Applicants must provide a person or organisation who can verify their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status. Contact the Faculty Admissions team or the School of Indigenous Studies for information regarding this pathway.
- UCAT ANZ – University Clinical Aptitude Test
All applicants to the domestic High Academic Achievement, Rural and Broadway Assured Pathways to Medicine and Dentistry must sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ). UCAT ANZ must be sat during the application year, that is, the year prior to commencement in the Assured Pathway. UCAT ANZ assesses a range of abilities identified as important by university medical and dental schools for success in their programs or courses, and later as a clinician.
The UCAT ANZ is a two-hour computer-based test. Candidates will sit the test at Pearson VUE test centres located in Australia, New Zealand and some overseas centres. Refer to the UCAT ANZ website for a list of test locations.
The UCAT ANZ will be offered on a range of dates and venues throughout the month of July and early August.
Free, comprehensive preparation materials, including an online guide, tutorials, question banks and practice tests are available on the UCAT ANZ official website.
All resources contained on the UCAT ANZ website are FREE. Candidates should be aware that while third party organisations may charge fees for books, courses and coaching, these organisations do not have access to any information which is not already freely available. UWA does not recommend or endorse any commercially available courses offering admissions test preparation, including those held on UWA grounds.
UCAT ANZ results
Invitations for interview will be based on UCAT ANZ performance with the condition that applicants are also predicted to meet or have met the minimum academic threshold (ATAR or equivalent).
Applicants should not base decisions regarding the current admissions year on results from previous years, particularly with the implementation of UCAT ANZ in place of UMAT.
Applicants must sit UCAT ANZ the year of application (that is, the year prior to commencement). The UCAT ANZ score cannot be carried over from a previous application year.
COVID19 and the 2021-2022 admissions cycle
Pearson VUE will make arrangements for testing to be carried out in compliance with any COVID19 restrictions which may be in place at that time. Candidates who have registered for the test will be kept informed should any further changes become necessary as the situation develops.
Be aware that should the COVID19 situation develop such that UWA is unable to carry out interviews, it is possible that results from the Situational Judgement section of UCAT ANZ may be used as part of the selection process. Applicants will be kept informed of any changes that may become necessary.
- English language competency requirement
All Assured Pathway applicants are required to meet the standard English language competency level for The University of Western Australia.
- Prerequisite and recommended subjects
Assured Pathway students must complete a UWA bachelor’s degree before commencing the MD or DMD. In addition to English language competency requirements, there may be other prerequisites depending on the chosen major. In most cases, students who have not undertaken prerequisite subjects may undertake bridging units as part of their bachelor’s degree studies.
The following ATAR or equivalent subjects are recommended, or may be taken as Level 1 university units:
• Biology or Human Biology
• Maths Applications or above
Students who plan to apply for a Assured Pathway into the MD or DMD should prioritise getting their highest possible marks.
- Assured Pathway – Bonded medical places
The Government’s Bonded Programs aim to provide more Australian trained doctors where there are workforce shortages, particularly in rural and remote Australia. In accordance with the Department of Health and Ageing, 28.5 per cent of all Commonwealth-supported places (CSPs) in UWA’s MD have been designated as bonded medical places (BMPs).
Bonded places will be allocated according to the ranked list. Applicants are not required to specify a preference for a BMP.
MD students who have accepted a Bonded Medical Place agree to work in an area of workforce shortage for a period specified by the Department of Health after they have graduated. Depending on the specialisation, areas of workforce shortage may be in remote, rural or urban locations. This period can be completed between commencing internship and five years after fellowship is achieved.
Further information on the current BMP Scheme, including the Deed of Agreement, is available on the Department of Health BMP website.
Applicants who accept a Bonded Place in the Assured Pathway to Medicine will not be contractually bound to their Bonded Medical Place until ready to commence in the MD. Students with a Bonded Assured Pathway place who would prefer an unbonded place in the MD may sit the GAMSAT and apply via graduate entry.
- Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on their UCAT ANZ score and predicted or actual ATAR.
- The interview allows applicants to display some of the personal qualities considered desirable in medical and dental practitioners, and increase their competitiveness for a place.
- WA-based applicants are notified after the WACE exams (mid-late November) regarding their eligibility for interview.
- Applicants based outside WA are notified after the ATAR actual results are released (late December/early January) regarding their eligibility for interview.
- Applicants who accept their interview will be provided with detailed interview information and preparation material prior to the interview.
- The Faculty interviews approximately two to three candidates for every available place.
- Should the COVID19 situation develop such that we are unable to carry out interviews it is possible that results from the Situational Judgement section of UCAT ANZ may be used as part of the selection process. Applicants will be kept informed of any changes that may become necessary due to COVID19 restrictions.
Timing and location
- Interviews for domestic Assured Pathway applicants are held in Perth.
- WA-based applicants who are eligible based on their UCAT score and predicted ATAR will be interviewed late November/early December.
- WA-based applicants who are eligible based on their UCAT but do not have an eligible predicted ATAR will be placed on an academic reserve list to be interviewed early January should their actual ATAR meet the minimum.
- Applicants not based in WA will be interviewed late January.
- Candidates should allow two-and-a-half hours, including registration, preparation and the actual interview process.
- Applicants must attend their interview in person within their given interview period and are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
- Applicants unable to attend within their given interview period cannot be guaranteed an alternative interview period.
The interview process
For domestic applicants, interviews are in the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format. The MMI is an interview process developed at McMaster University in Canada and is now used by many Australian and international medical schools.
The UWA MMI model consists of eight stations. An 11-minute time period is allocated to each station, consisting of three minutes' preparation and eight minutes for responding. Five of the stations will consist of sets of questions, based on a preamble/scenario presented in the three-minute preparation time. The remaining stations are for the Explaining Skill Exercise, Explaining Skills Preparation, and a rest station.
The usual process on the day is as follows:
- Registration including statement of confidentiality.
- Interview pre-reading.
- Preparation for the Explaining Skills Exercise. This is a short verbal presentation on a basic topic chosen by the interviewee from a list provided on the day.
- Undertake the MMI. All applicants will be asked exactly the same questions in exactly the same manner.
Student helpers who are usually current medical or dental students will assist with the interview process. Interviewees will have the opportunity to talk with student helpers about their personal experiences studying medicine or dentistry at UWA.
Applicants who qualify for an interview for both medicine and dentistry will be interviewed based on their higher preference. The results from that interview will then be used for other eligible courses.
Applicants shortlisted for an interview will be sent further information about the day and the nature of the interview closer to the interview period.
What to bring and wear
- Photographic ID – passport/driver’s licence/school card
- Mobile phones and other personal effects cannot be carried throughout the interview and will be placed in a secure location. Interviewees may prefer to leave such items at home.
- Interviewees may carry bottled water and a jacket or cardigan throughout the interview.
- Dress as if attending a job interview – clothes that feel comfortable and look smart. Layers are advisable in case the venue is cool or warm.
- Interviewees should not wear any uniform, accessories or badge that identifies membership of a particular organisation. This is to avoid the perception that bias has entered the selection process.
Interviewees will be asked to sign a statement of confidentiality as part of the registration process, indicating their agreement not to disclose information about the interview.
UWA staff, student helpers and interviewers will not disclose information regarding an applicant’s interview, responses or performance, including to other UWA staff or the applicant’s family. Information from the interview is not placed on an applicant’s student file whether or not they accept an offer to study at UWA.
Interviewers may be representatives from the community or from the University. Interviewers receive regular training to ensure consistency in the way questions are asked and responses assessed. One interviewer will assess applicants in each station. A second interviewer may be present in a station room for training purposes. In this case, the second interviewer will be an observer only and will not have a formal role in the assessment of the applicant.
The assessment is evidence based. The interviewers can only rate interviewees on what they say in response to interview questions. The interviewers will take notes throughout the interview; however, this is to note what the interviewee has said. Interviewers have a comprehensive set of evidence-based measures with which to rate an interviewee’s responses and formulate a score directly after each interviewee completes each station. The final score is aggregated from results across the four criteria stations and the Explaining Skills Exercise station.
There are seven criteria used in the interview each year; three of which are constant:
Motivation/commitment to a career in Medicine or Dentistry.
Previously criteria have been selected from: awareness of social diversity; provision of assistance; self-awareness; trust and trustworthiness; values and ethics; working with others. Applicants who accept their invitation to be interviewed will be provided information about interview criteria.
Interview questions will not be based on clinical or scientific scenarios which would require specific medical, dental or scientific knowledge. The questions are designed to encourage interviewees to think and to explain their reasoning. The questions may be scenario based, awareness based, or experientially based, but the assessment is evidence based. The interviewer can only rate interviewees on what they say. It is therefore important to give more than one-sentence answers, and that interviewees draw on their own experiences and knowledge to address a topic and provide appropriate examples.
The interviewers will read the questions as they are written to ensure every applicant is asked exactly the same question in the same way. Applicants will need to respond to the specific questions asked. There are no generic questions or opportunities for applicants to list their achievements and skills outside the scope of the questions.
Interview preparation and third party courses
There are many ways to address a question; interviewers are not looking for one specific ‘correct’ answer. Be prepared to articulate your motivation and commitment to working as a health professional in your higher preferenced field. Have some background information about your preferred career, the course and about going to university.
Familiarise yourself with the interview topics. Consider how your own life experiences may reflect aspects of these topics. Find opportunities to discuss the topics with your family, peers and different people in your community.
The University of Western Australia does not recommend or endorse third party interview preparation courses, including those held on University premises. The Faculty does not release any information relating to UWA interview questions to any third party, and interview questions within the topics will be different each year. Furthermore, interviewers and interviewees are required to sign confidentiality agreements regarding the interview process. Therefore, third party preparation course providers do not have access to any information which is not already freely available to applicants.
Applicants may benefit more from generic interview preparation rather than interview preparation which purports to aim specifically at UWA Medicine or Dentistry.
Applicants who rehearse detailed answers to specific questions risk not addressing the question they are actually asked on the day.
- Eyesight requirements – DMD only
Applicants are recommended to have an eye examination to determine if they have any vision defects which will interfere with their ability to practise as a dentist. Students must meet these visual requirements. Vision defects that can be corrected, such as by the wearing of glasses, should be done so prior to enrolment. Colour blindness may affect the ability to become a dentist and it is strongly advised that affected applicants seek advice from an ophthalmologist.
- Inherent requirements – MD only
- Students who aspire to pursue medicine as a career should review the inherent requirements [PDF, 156KB].
- Final ranking and availability of places
- Final ranking will be based on ATAR or equivalent, interview and UCAT ANZ score weighted equally.
- Final ranking for Rural applicants will be based on ATAR or equivalent, interview, UCAT ANZ score, and rurality rating weighted equally.
- About 145 places across the various quotas will be offered for the Assured Pathway into the MD, with up to 30% being offered to eligible Rural applicants.
- About 36 places across the various quotas will be offered for the Assured Pathway into the DMD, with up to 10% being offered to eligible Rural applicants.
- Course Structure and Curriculum
Assured Pathway students will undertake a UWA bachelor’s degree of their choice before progressing to the MD or DMD. The most popular option is to undertake the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. On completion of their bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 5.5 Assured Pathway students will progress into the Doctor of Medicine or the Doctor of Dental Medicine. Assured Pathway students are eligible for a 3+3 option. The minimum period to complete both degrees is six years.
Students on a Assured Pathway may choose to undertake any UWA bachelor’s degree. This provides our students with the opportunity to build a unique skill set that will suit their interests and support their long-term career goals. Students who have an interest in research may like to undertake an honours year before proceeding to their postgraduate professional studies. Students who undertake an honours year, including those enrolled in the Bachelor of Philosophy, will take a minimum of seven years to complete both degrees.
Students choose a major from the degree-specific majors and may choose to add a second major from any field. This allows students to combine diverse interests for a unique degree. A student who has an interest in global health management may like to major in Population Health along with Political Science and International Relations. Students with an interest in public health promotion may combine a Biomedical Science major with Science Communication or Communication and Media Studies. Students who aspire to run their own practice may like to incorporate a major from the Bachelor of Commerce to build their business skills.
Students on a Assured Pathway are not required to sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) in order to take up their place in the MD or DMD. In order to be fully prepared for their postgraduate studies, Assured Pathway students may like to incorporate chemistry, biology and physics units into their UWA bachelor’s degree as major, complementary, elective or broadening units.
- Internship and registration for medical practitioners
Registration upon completion: Doctor of Medicine
On completion of the MD, graduates will have both an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree ensuring they have a well-rounded skill set as well as the specialist skills needed in their professional career.
For registration as a medical practitioner in Australia, all graduates are required to complete a pre-registration internship in an approved hospital, followed by a period of specialist training (e.g. surgeon, general practitioner). Doctors may undertake further specialist training after registering as a medical practitioner (e.g. psychiatry, neurology). The Australian Medical Association provides information regarding the registration process.
Priority for internships is given to graduates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents. The Department of Health has advised that due to an increase in Australian medical graduates, it is likely there will be limited internship opportunities for international graduates. As per previous years, international graduates who wish to undertake internship in Australia are only accommodated if sufficient intern places are available. International graduates may also look into requirements to undertake internships in their home country.
Graduates who did not complete the majority of their education in English in a recognised country may be subject to additional English Language requirements for registration. For further information, refer to the Medical Board.
Section 19AB limits Medicare access for Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) and Foreign Graduates of an Accredited Medical School (FGAMS) who became permanent Australian residents or citizens on or after 1 January 1997.
Refer to the Australian Department of Health for information regarding registration to practice medicine in Australia.
- Registration for dental practitioners
Registration upon completion: Doctor of Dental Medicine
On completion of the DMD, graduates will have both an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree ensuring they have a well-rounded skill set as well as the specialist skills needed in their professional career.
On successful completion of the DMD, graduates will be able to register with the Dental Board of Australia, or with overseas Dental Boards with reciprocal arrangements, and enter the profession immediately. Registered Dentists may choose to later undertake further specialist training (e.g. orthodontics, oral pathology).
Graduates who did not complete the majority of their education in English in a recognised country may be subject to additional English Language requirements for registration. Refer to the Dental Board of Australia for information regarding registration to practice dentistry in Australia.