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General FAQ

How do I enrol in an IME course or program?

IME makes it simple to enrol into your desired course.

Complete your enrolment in the 3 easy steps below:

1. Find your study area

2. Choose your course

3. Enrol

Read our guide to enrolment here.

What is the history of IME?

The Institute of Medical Education (IME), formerly METC Institute, is an international organisation proudly founded in Australia and operated by specialist medical practitioners. IME currently provides high quality medical educational products and services in Australia and all over the world. 

You can read more about us here.

Who are the members of the IME Academic Faculty?

 The Institute of Medical Education (IME) values the provision of exceptional education and academia. IME hand picks the members of our team to ensure we achieve excellence for our students.

Each division within IME's portfolio is led by experienced professionals with an abundance of expertise and specialised knowledge within their teaching area.

IME separates our team into four main divisions. Read more about our passionate team members here.  

How do I pay for IME courses or programs?

The Institute of Medical Education's mission is to provide comprehensive and high quality medical education for an affordable price. IME offers flexible payment options for your convenience. 

Instalment options are also available for select courses. 

You can read more about our finance options here. 

Are all courses and programs delivered online?

We know that you're busy. That's why we provide flexible delivery of our courses that is tailored to your needs. 

Our user-friendly and intuitive learning management system allows our students to study with peace of mind, connect with our support team and contact your tutor directly, no matter where you are. 

With live, online and in-person lectures and workshops, you received the best of all worlds under our flexible learning model.

Where is IME located?

IME is well versed in delivering quality education all over the world. Our head office is located on the Gold Coast, Australia.

 

Pre-Medical Division FAQ

I am unsure if your Programs will get me into Medicine

If you are a student who approaches their studies with vigour and is willing to work hard to achieve your goals, then you are a great match for our preparation services. Our team has extensive experience in guiding students in their exam preparation, medical school applications, and interviews. Sometimes entry into Medicine occurs on the first attempt; however, more often than not, further attempts are required.

Of course, sometimes students work very hard and still miss out on a place in Medicine as it is a competitive endeavour. In these cases, we continue to work with students to help them improve and to realise their goal of becoming a Doctor.

I am too old to study Medicine

The average age of the Australian medical student lies between 24–27, depending on the school. However, this is just an average and there are many students in their thirties, forties, and even later. It really is never too late to follow a career in Medicine!

I completed my last university degree over 5 years ago. I don't know if I am eligible for entry into medical school

GAMSAT is available to any person who has completed a Bachelor or an undergraduate honours degree, or who will be in the penultimate (second-last) or final year of study, at the time of sitting the test.

At most medical schools, your degree must have been completed within 10 years of the projected medical degree commencement date. Applicants whose degree was completed outside the 10 year period must contact the relevant school for eligibility requirements.

I'm not smart enough to score well in the GAMSAT

Most people have the capacity to perform in GAMSAT and in a medical degree. The challenge for most lies in developing the necessary competencies for success in the GAMSAT and then applying these competencies. If you have completed an undergraduate degree with a GPA of > 5.5/7, you can achieve a competitive score in GAMSAT and enter Medicine. From this point, it is a matter of working hard to build proficiency in the domains of GAMSAT and applying your skills in the exam.

I don't have time to study for the GAMSAT

Do you have a spare four hours per week? If so, you have time to study for GAMSAT! All our GAMSAT courses can be completed with minimal impingement on your current work, study, or lifestyle commitments. Additionally, our Programs can be commenced at any time, and completed online from anywhere in the world.

My GPA is too low or not competitive enough

Provided you have a GPA of above 5.0 (on a 7.0 scale), you are eligible to enter most Australian postgraduate medical schools. However, there are implications for how universities use your GPA.

Some universities use the GPA criteria as a hurdle: if you have a GPA > 5.0/7, you are eligible and the actual magnitude of your GPA from this point is irrelevant. For example, if you have a GPA of 5.2 and your friend has a GPA of 6.9, such schools would see you both as equal.

Most other universities consider the magnitude of your GPA. They do this in combination with your GAMSAT score when making offers. Though the actual formula may vary, a common way to consider this is as follows.

Say you have a GPA of 6.5, and your friend has a GPA of 6.0. If you both achieve a GAMSAT score of 70, your combined scores will be calculated according to the following:

Your score = ((6.5/7) x 100) + GAMSAT score of 70 = 162.85

Your friend’s score = ((6/7) x 100) + GAMSAT score of 70 = 155.71

It is these combined scores that are used to rank candidates for interview. In general, to be competitive you should be aiming for a combined score above 155.

Given the calculations above, it is also worth considering which type of school favours your GPA. In general, we suggest that those with a GPA in the range of 5.0–6.0 aim for schools that use the GPA criteria as a hurdle. Those with a GPA of > 6.0 will be more competitive in the schools which rank GPA, and in these cases the higher your GPA, the greater your combined score and with it the chance of an interview. It must be stressed however that those with a GPA < 6.0 are still capable of being competitive at a school which ranks GPA, especially where other criteria such as portfolios or rurality are involved.

Some medical schools require a portfolio of personal and community experience for admission. I doubt my portfolio is good enough for Medicine entry

Do not fall into the trap of believing you are not the ideal Medical student. In reality, you are just as qualified for entry into Medicine as the rest of the cohort. Write down all your accomplishments — whether big or small — and rank them in order of importance. Next, try to "sell yourself" — the key to a successful portfolio submission is persuasion. Try convincing the committee that the skills learnt from your experiences mirror those required of a medical professional. In addition, students enrolled in a GAMSAT or UCAT Program can liaise with a member of the IME Academic Faculty to develop a strong portfolio and will receive constructive feedback for improvement.

Your programs are expensive, I could just watch educational videos online for free

The IME Academic Faculty comprises a team of qualified and experienced tertiary educators. We offer intensive, detailed, and comprehensive one-stop resources. Once enrolled in the correct course or program, students will not require any further materials to prepare. Moreover, all student progress is tracked and support is always available.

In addition to quality, our GAMSAT programs deliver time savings while you study by teaching you both what to study, and how to study it. In the long-term, we save you time and effort by helping you achieve your best score faster.

Finally, it is important to consider the cost of not enrolling in a preparation course. For instance, delaying your progression into Medicine by a year or two subsequently delays your entry into the medical profession with a resultant downstream impact of hundreds-of-thousands of dollars of lost earnings. In this context, even the most comprehensive preparation programs like the GAMSAT Premier Program (course fee $5,997) seems a modest investment.

I don't have a background in science nor mathematics and I am sure I will score poorly in the GAMSAT because of this

The IME offers intensive and detailed resources for prerequisite GAMSAT science units. Our Academic Faculty comprises a team of experienced university educators who can guide your learning through personal tutorials and provide expert advice on areas of concern.

Are all classes online or will there also be in-person seminars

IME Pre-Medical programs are interactive and provide students with unlimited support. For ease of access, all courses and inclusions such as personal tutorials and Q&A Webinars can be completed online. We are currently based in the Gold Coast and also offer in-person tutorials to students at their convenience. Additionally, live Medicine Admissions Interview workshops are held in capital cities across Australia in preparation for Medicine/Dentistry interviews. Pending COVID-19 restrictions, live GAMSAT/UCAT workshops will also run on-site in the Gold Coast.

Does IME provide UCAT example questions and practice tests

The UCAT Consortium provide free example questions and practice tests representative of the live test on their website. The IME provides five personalised one-on-one tutorials with a member of our Academic Faculty and focuses classes on the five key domains of the UCAT exam. We also provide five, on-demand recorded lectures that teach students specific approaches to each of the question archetypes seen in the UCAT.

It is recommended you use official UCAT material in conjunction with the IME UCAT Premier program to prepare for your test.

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Introducing the Institute of Medical Education

Introducing the Institute of Medical Education

Introducing the Institute of Medical Education. METC Institute is pleased to announce that we have changed our name to the Institute of Medical Education, affectionately known as IME. 

${reading_time(` Introducing the Institute of Medical Education. METC Institute is pleased to announce that we have changed our name to the Institute of Medical Education, affectionately known as IME.  When METC Institute was founded in 2013, our vision was to improve the quality of health care around the world through the provision of comprehensive and affordable education products. After a period of exciting growth and expansion, we have decided to update our brand to better reflect who we are and all that we have to offer. A major catalyst and in this change was our official accreditation with the Australian Medical Council (AMC) to formally conduct PESCIs for International Medical Graduates. In obtaining accreditation, IME will be joining the RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) and the ACRRM (Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine) as the third accredited organisation.  IME is proud to be officially accepting applications for PESCI. Today, we launched this new service alongside our brand new website. Rest assured that our expert educators are enthusiastic about our new brand and we expect minimal disruption to current students. You will continue to receive communication and resources over the next few weeks as we transition from METC Institute to the Institute of Medical Education. We hope you enjoy our new look as much as we do.  Regards, Dr Kenneth Loon MBBS, B.Pharm (Hons), FRACS Executive Director Institute of Medical Education (formerly METC Institute)`)} Arror right

UCAT Abstract Reasoning Tips & Practices

UCAT Abstract Reasoning Tips & Practices

The Abstract Reasoning section of the UCAT tests your pattern recognition skills under tough time constraints. Some units in this section will contain Set A and Set B questions that require test...

${reading_time(`The Abstract Reasoning section of the UCAT tests your pattern recognition skills under tough time constraints. Some units in this section will contain Set A and Set B questions that require test shapes to be matched with their correct set. Pattern recognition is a critical analytical skill required of a doctor, who often must decide if a patient’s set of symptoms fit a particular “pattern” of disease from a selection of many similar disorders. These skills are frequently drawn upon and lucky for you, they can be learnt and developed.  Having a plan for this section is essential. You’ll likely spend your time first working out the pattern in Set A and B and this is the approach we recommend you take first. Try not to look at the test shape first, as this will only distract you from solving the pattern. It may seem excruciatingly difficult to decipher the sequence but take your time and with practice you’ll unravel an increasingly greater percentage of these puzzles. Through practice in a UCAT Preparation program, you will slowly develop an eye for the typical patterns that may appear. They may be the type of shapes that appear in each box, the proportion of colours, or the shapes that are coloured. Many variations exist and your task is to become adept at identifying them. Once you do, assigning the test shape to the set is a piece of cake. Contact us today and we can take on the arduous task of preparing for UCAT together!`)} Arror right

What Is The UCAT?

What Is The UCAT?

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) ANZ is an admissions test for entry into undergraduate medical, dental, and clinical science degrees in Australia and New Zealand. The test is used by a...

${reading_time(`The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) ANZ is an admissions test for entry into undergraduate medical, dental, and clinical science degrees in Australia and New Zealand. The test is used by a consortium of universities as a means of standardising access to their programs. The UCAT is adapted from the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) which is used in the United Kingdom for the same purposes as UCAT. For 2019, the UCAT replaced the previously used UMAT exam in Australian and New Zealand. Along with the student's grades from secondary school and performance in the medicine entry interview, UCAT is used to rank students for entry into undergraduate programs. Students sit the UCAT in the same year that they apply to university, which can only be sat once per year. The UCAT ANZ is a multiple-choice exam. It is split into the following sections which aim to assess a range of mental abilities: Verbal Reasoning – evaluate information that is presented in a written form Decision Making – apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments, and analyse statistical information Quantitative Reasoning – evaluate information presented in a numerical form Abstract Reasoning – use convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information Situational Judgement – understand real world situations and identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them The UCAT ANZ 2022 will be held in the month of July 2022 and can only be sat once by each student during this period. Though there is no specific curriculum for the UCAT, the innate skills assessed can be developed and improved through quality practice. Students sitting the exam are required to complete several questions in each section according to set timings spanning two hours. The structure and content of the 2022 UCAT ANZ exam, with scaled score ranges UCAT Subtests Questions Score Range Question Marking Test Time Verbal Reasoning 44 300–900 1 mark each question 21 minutes Decision Making 29 300–900 1 mark each question; 2 marks for multiple statement questions 31 minutes Quantitative Reasoning 36 300–900 1 mark each question 25 minutes Abstract Reasoning 50 300–900 1 mark each question 12 minutes Total Score Range 1200–3600 Situational Judgement 66 300–900 Full marks for correct answers; partial marks for response close to correct answer 21 minutes Candidates sitting the UCAT are scored using a specific system marked on the number of correct answers given, with no negative marking for incorrect answers. Question sets are randomly generated, and all test forms are scaled so that candidates receive impartiality between subsets. For each section of the exam, each candidate receives a UCAT score of between 300 (minimum) and 900 (maximum). A total scaled score of 1200–3600 is produced by adding the individual scaled cognitive section scores of Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning. Within the Situational Judgement test, full marks are awarded for a question if your response matches the correct answer and partial marks awarded if your response is close to the correct answer. On average, students sitting the UCAT will achieve scores ranging from 500–700 on each of the cognitive sections of the UCAT exam. Final scores for the exam will be provided to the candidate on the day of the examination. For reference, summary mean UCAT ANZ scores from previous years are shown below. Mean UCAT ANZ scores from 2019–present, with individual scaled scores for each cognitive subtest, total scaled score, and situational judgement subtest. This table was adapted from UCAT Test Statistics. Year Cohort Size Verbal Reasoning Decision Making Quantitative Reasoning Abstract Reasoning Total Cognitive Scaled Score Situational Judgement 2021 ~14,000 586 622 679 650 2537 581 2020 577 635 671 644 2527 592 2019 571 618 663 629 2481 592 Concessions/access arrangements are available for candidates with special educational needs, disabilities, or temporary injuries. Such students may be entitled to extra time or accommodations when sitting the test. Candidates need to register and create an online account via UCAT official to arrange a testing date and are encouraged to book early to avoid missing out on a place at their nearest Pearson VUE testing centre. Results from UCAT ANZ 2022 can only be used to apply for courses commencing in 2023. The current UCAT Consortium universities include: University of Adelaide Curtin University Flinders University Griffith University Monash University University of Newcastle / University of New England University of New South Wales University of Queensland (including Central Queensland University Regional Medical Pathway for provisional entry) University of Tasmania University of Western Australia Western Sydney University / Charles Sturt University The following key dates for the UCAT ANZ 2022 should be noted: Booking opens: 01 March 2022 Booking deadline: 17 May 2022 Late booking deadline (incurs extra fee): 31 May 2022 Testing period: 01 July – 12 August 2022 Results delivered to universities: early September 2022 `)} Arror right