Entry via HSFY

As you will hopefully have noticed by now, entry to Medicine through HSFY is entirely based on your academic and UMAT performance.

In order to determine whether you would make a suitable doctor, the Admissions Committee for the Otago Medical School will, for the vast majority of candidates (this differs for students applying who fit into the Maori, Resident Pacific Origins, and Rural Origins subcategories) completely ignore anything other than your grade-point average (GPA) and UMAT scores. There is no interview for candidates applying through the health sciences first year.

There are only about 150 places available to students applying for entry through HSFY (153 in 2008, to be precise). Considering that there are generally upwards of 1500 students enrolled in HSFY, most of whom are also keen to become doctors, it should quickly become apparent that you must academically outperform 90% of your peers to be in with a chance. To make matters worse for many of you, this 150 from HSFY also includes the aforementioned students applying who fit into the Maori, Resident Pacific Origins, and Rural Origins subcategories. A conservative estimate would be that about 25 or thereabouts (quite possibly more) make it through from HSFY with this assistance, so if you don't fit into those subcategories, you are staring down the barrel of having to be in the top 125 or so students in your year.