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Medical School Application Tips

Medical School Application Tips

Understanding the Application stage of the medical entry process

You've been studying hard. And now you have another hurdle to cross before you are offered a medical interview. You are ready for the challenge, but is that what your written application portrays?

Your JCU Medical School Application and  UNSW Medical School Application is part of an important pre-interview screening process that conveys an overall impression of a candidate that is directly comparable to other applicants in the same intake. Your answer reflects your knowledge of social appropriateness along with other precursors of success, such as your writing style, spelling and punctuation awareness, and general awareness of content suitability. All Australian universities assess application criteria differently, but usually, they will subscribe to a structured process where an admissions committee will screen your application to assign a score. This score will directly reflect your chances of being offered an interview place, dependant on the calibre of other candidates. Some universities then use secondary assessors to further assign scores to establish inter-rater reliability. Regardless of how your university assesses your medical school application, you’ll have only a small window of opportunity to impress the university, and it’s important that you approach this gateway to medical entry with the magnitude it deserves.

Every year, students become overwhelmed with the varying criteria that their medical school applications need to meet in order to gain them a coveted interview position. After spending so many days working on your application, and so many years working on your practical criteria, don’t fall over so close to the finish line. Submit a medical school application that enhances your chances of selection and opens doors to your dream future, and do not rest until you know you have crafted that application!

Does your Medical School Application reflect the 'best you'?

The art of writing an impressive application is not too difficult once you’ve successfully completed all the academic criteria, work experience, medical involvement or extracurricular activities that will really make your writing pop. The hardest thing is – how to integrate this information when and where it is relevant, without committing the common ‘faux pas’ of non-relevance, self-grandiosity, misdirection, cliché, stereotyping, and insipidity? And how can you be sure that you’ve avoided the very worst mistakes, including the content matter that will single-handedly dismiss your application from further consideration? Furthermore, which universities expect résumé information written into your application, and which universities disapprove of it? Does your writing read like an application, a curriculum vitae, a biography, a dramatic script, or something else entirely? – and what does your choice of style reflect about you?

Your James Cook University and University of NSW medical school applications need to maximise differentiation in the right ways and facilitate an opening to your relationship with the university you are applying to. And it all happens using the magic of words and genuine communication.

Advice on writing your medical school application

Some handy advice for you, from NIE’s professional team of education, medical and psychological experts, is to pay great attention to every word you write, and to the concepts you are leveraging to tie those words together. Take some time to let your answers ‘cure’ (that is, to rest your writing so that you can then re-read your answers with fresh eyes after a short break).
Some other tips from our team to help make the writing component of this daunting task easier are as follows:

  • Do not present superficially. That is, it is better to theme yourself to show strength in a few areas if you are limited for writing space than it is to scatter your accomplishments ‘too thin’ and lose any advantage that theming may gain you when capturing the attention of a reader.
  • Avoid untruths and exaggerations. We can tell. Just believe us.
  • Be humble yet proud. When you convey facts or personal information, do so with humility rather than arrogance. Most of our clients are high achievers, and you are used to progressing through life with success and hard-earned results as a matter of familiarity. However personality is easily revealed within open-answers, and you should manifest this familiarity as a strength and not as conceit.
  • Show grit. Grit is a psychological construct that predicts success, especially in competitive fields and in higher academia. It is described as ‘the perseverance and passion to attain long-term goals’ – and you will want to show some aspect of grit in your medical school application.

How do you know that your application is up to par?

The sad truth is that most medical school applications from aspiring candidates do not make the cut. Even those with the most brilliant GPAs or academic rankings have been caught out by the application process.

There is nothing that can predict the acceptance of your application by your chosen university or universities with 100% accuracy, as the assessors on the other side of the process are given set criteria but are also human, with all of humanity’s personal foibles and idiosyncrasies. However, there are many things that are within your power that will increase your chance of success.

There are many online resources that may help you to practice your writing, editing and communication skills, and we would encourage you to utilise any reputable ones that you find. Have your parents and mentors look over your writing, and ask them for their honest take on how you deliver yourself. 


Contact us if you would like a recommendation for a reputable application review service provider


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Free UCAT Information Session

Free UCAT Information Session

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Upcoming UCAT and Pathways into Medicine and Dentistry Information Session  


LIVE Online Webinar - Monday evening 11th October 2021 (7 pm - 9 pm AEST ) 

Register here  (free admission)


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  • Are you currently studying in years 10, 11 or 12?

  • Are you considering a career in medicine or dentistry?

  • If you have answered yes, then you may need to sit a compulsory entry exam known as UCAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) before you can apply to certain universities!

The National Institute of Education (NIE) is proud to present the free information seminar all about UCAT and the undergraduate pathways into medicine, dentistry, and some other health science programs. This is NOT a sales/advertising/promotional seminar.  The session is PACKED with invaluable information during which we will be covering the following topics and more. 

This forum is an excellent opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to find out about the UCAT and to have their questions answered by an expert who has been working in the field since 1999.

  • What is UCAT? UCAT scores? UCAT Sub-tests?
  • The Undergraduate Selection Criteria
  • Application process into universities for medicine and dentistry
  • When and who can sit the UCAT
  • UCAT vs GAMSAT - How is UCAT different?
  • Can you prepare for the UCAT?
  • Undergraduate medical school interview explained and medical school interview preparation advice
  • Gap Year
  • Alternative degrees and career choices
  • Q & A

Please note that this information seminar is not a UCAT preparation workshop. If you have already attended an information seminar by the National Institute of Education in the past and would like to attend a UCAT preparation workshop or enroll in a complete UCAT or Interview training course, then please browse the NIE website for details about dates and events near you.

UCAT NIE Resources and Services include:

UCAT Training - Choose from UCAT Platform to Complete Preparation Courses 

Coming Up!

Attention Year 10 and 11!  LIVE-online UCAT Training Workshop - LIVE ONLINE INTERACTIVE 2-DAY PROGRAM - 9 October 2021

UCAT and Interviews Textbooks

UCAT Tuition

University Application Review Service

Medical Interview Workshop and 1-on-1 Personalised Training


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About Us

About Us

National Institute of Education (NIE)

UCAT Preparation Australia

Medical Interview Preparation

NIE is Australia’s oldest and most reputable training organisation in our industry. With a proud history rooted in academia and quality education, NIE was founded in 1999, twenty years ago, with one goal in mind: to provide excellent assistance to medical applicants, medical students, medical specialists, and medical organisations, in partnership with career advisory and education networks throughout Australia and New Zealand.

We invest in our clients and their families because our clients are the future of healthcare in our country. We also provide experienced support for doctors in medical specialist fields who may require medical interviews, psychometric testing, or high-quality university or workplace applications, to help them attain the medical role they aspire to. With consistency in our quality services across the medical education training industry, we arrive at work every day dedicated to empowering the next generation of doctors.

We hold ourselves to the highest levels of accountability and work hard to maintain our place as Australia’s Number 1 provider of medical interview training resources, courses, coaching and information. Our tried and tested principles include consistency, authenticity, transparency and student empowerment, with our training and teaching techniques incorporating the latest research in neuroscience, emotional intelligence, memory retention, educational design, public speaking, self-development and psychometrics.

Our personalised and family-centered service has enabled us to help more aspiring medical applicants achieve entry to medical school than any of our competitors.

“NIE is an Australian institution in medical entry admissions. They helped my father gain entry to a medical program 18 years ago; they helped me do the same last year; and now they are preparing my little sister for a future in medicine as she finishes up Year 11. We feel like they are part of our family, and they support us every step of the way to reaching our dreams.”
~ Edward Tan

School Careers Advisors refer to NIE as ‘turnkey medical education training providers’ – because we look at the big picture for you and your family, and we guide you through the confusing waters of medical entry right from initial concept, through work experience and UCAT, and beyond university applications, medical interviews and psychometric testing. Our specialists travel throughout Australia, presenting at high schools on behalf of career advisory services, encouraging students to prepare for medical entry the correct way, rather than leaving their admission up to chance.

Our most meaningful moments are in following the accomplishments of our students as they progress from high school to medical school and beyond, and when clients of ours return to us as fully qualified medical practitioners, ready for guidance into their medical specialty, our whole team of experts is behind them, supporting them and cheering them on.

The first question we ask any family that engages us is the same: Are you ready to achieve your dreams of a career in medicine? And do you have what it takes?

NIE Specialist Services

  • National Institute of Education is renowned for our following services:
  • One-on-One Medical Interview coaching (online and in-person)
  • National medical entry workshops
  • Simulated UCAT Days (SUDs)
  • Simulated MMIs (in coaching and workshops)
  • Interviews Skills Advanced Studios – immersive training experiences
  • Medical entry ‘Confidence Webinars’ – psychological help for addressing self-doubt
  • UCAT resources
  • KAPLAN training
  • Psychometric Test preparation
  • GAMSAT resources
  • GAMSAT interview and preparation assistance
  • Medical program application preparation assistance
  • Parent information sessions – Support for getting your child into Medicine
  • High school information evenings – Medical Careers Advice
  • Industry Talks and Round Tables – Medical Admissions

Being established in the industry as Australia’s oldest and most trusted provider, our valued families return to NIE again and again as parents progress through the professional echelons of medicine, and children and siblings then rise to the same challenge. We believe in supporting whole families, and we do what it takes to ensure that our applicants, where possible, gain offers from multiple university medical and dental programs.

As written about us in My Health Career, National Institute of Education’s “–sound educational ethos of specific distance education supported with ongoing teacher access and finalised with the excellent NIE face-to-face workshop and tuition, has been proven year after year as a well-structured, clear, concise, practical and effective preparation tool.”

We speak throughout Australia at career development events and have ongoing relationships with some of Australia’s best schools and educational institutions to train their emerging talents for medical entry. Please do not hesitate to call our NIE Medical Career School Advisory Service if you would be interested in applying to have our doctors and medical entry specialists come to speak at your school.

Still Australia’s Number 1 Medical Education Training Provider

NIE gets more students into medicine than any other provider, and we have experienced consistency in our success rates for twenty years, despite the many changes to the medical admissions industry. Our students’ entry results, UCAT results, and the success of our NIE referral system speaks for itself. Families dedicated to successful medical entry engage NIE to help them navigate the ever-changing environment of medical admissions.

NIE is internationally recognised, safety accredited, and is a member of Australia’s peak national body representing tutoring organisations and educational tutors nationally, the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA). As members of ATA, we endeavour to work alongside lobby groups and raise the standards of tutoring in Australia using industry research, tutoring trends, best practices and the highest quality resources. ATA also contributed to the development of the Child Safe Standards in relation to the legislation that took effect 1st January 2017, and all our trainers hold WWCC cards, having completed Working With Children Checks and police clearance.

Our gold standard is emphasised in NIE’s position as official Kaplan Certified Education Providers, gaining recognition in 2019 as official partners of KAPLAN Global, worldwide leaders in UCAT preparation.

After twenty years of excellence, we have attracted to our NIE team industry specialists in Medicine, Health, Advanced Science, Education and Teaching, Psychology, Adolescent Development, Test Performance, and Gifted and Talented Education. Our staff are dedicated to the NIE ethics of diversity, accessibility, excellence, transparency and care – and we collaborate openly with our NIE families to share best practice across all aspects of our business, because your success is our success.

NIE’s one-on-one Interview Training Sessions are the only Medical Interview Coaching program in Australia that gives aspiring medical students up-close access to their own educational or psychological consultant specialising in medical program admissions, who creates a tailored and personalised coaching program based on each applicant’s own aptitude, experiences, key strengths and universities of interest. We know that success begins in the mind, and many of our students gain lifelong awareness of their own capabilities during personalised training sessions.

We invest in the latest technologies to enable high quality training online from any place in the world, making you feel like you are in the same room with leaders in the medical program entry field. With advanced speaking, strategic, psychological and memory-retention skills that we humbly share with our students, we give you the option to gain excellence in medical interviews from the comfort of your own home over the internet, in our NIE offices, or in an immersive, group environment. We work in partnership with our NIE families to do whatever works best for you.

NIE are committed to excellence – to our clients, to our NIE families of clients, to our partner organisations such as KAPLAN, and to the future of the Australian and New Zealand medical industry. We hope you join us on the journey into the future of quality healthcare.

Psychometric and Interview Training for Medical Specialists

Australian medical specialists who are progressing to the next level of their education of career may wish to enquire about our psychometric and interview training packages for aspiring medical specialists.

As many medical entry interviews now ask high school leavers and undergraduate medical school applicants about their aspirations for speciality medicine, this list can also serve as a great reference for our younger clients to choose from, should they wish to focus any parts of their medical interview training on the specialty of their choice.

  • Anaesthetist – administers anaesthesia and monitors patients during surgery, and treats chronic pain syndromes
  • Cardiologist– treats heart conditions
  • Dermatologist – treats skin conditions, including some skin cancers
  • Endocrinologist– treats conditions of the endocrine system, which is a group of organs in the body that make hormones
  • Gastroenterologist– treats digestive disorders
  • GP – general practitioner
  • Gynaecologist– treats conditions of the female reproductive system and genital tract
  • Haematologist– treats conditions of the blood and blood-forming tissues
  • Neurologist– treats conditions of the nervous system
  • Neurosurgeon – performs surgery on the brain and nervous system
  • Obstetrician– treats women during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Oncologist– treats cancer and other tumours
  • Ophthalmologist– treats eye injuries and conditions
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeon– surgically treats conditions, injuries and birth defects of the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth and jaws
  • Orthopaedic surgeon– treats injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system
  • Otolaryngologist– treats conditions of the ear, nose, throat and neck
  • Paediatrician– treats infants, toddlers, children and teenagers
  • Plastic surgeon– restores, reconstructs, corrects or changes the shape and appearance of facial and body features
  • Psychiatrist– treats people with mental and emotional health issues
  • Radiologist- uses medical imaging technologies to diagnose and treat injury and disease
  • Respiratory physician– treats conditions and diseases of the lungs
  • Rheumatologist– treats rheumatic conditions characterised by inflammation, muscles soreness or joint pain
  • Urologist – diagnoses and treats the urinary tract and the male reproductive system.

If you are interested in a specialty that is not on this list, please mention it to our friendly staff when you book your medical interview training session on 1300 974 187.

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