Volunteers for Medicine Selection Panels
Help select Queensland's future health workforce, by selecting our future doctors
James Cook University (JCU) College of Medicine and Dentistry is seeking clinicians, members of the public, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community members, and JCU staff/adjuncts to be part of a medical student selection panel for JCU's Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course.
Regional, rural and remote communities suffer from poorer health outcomes than their metropolitan counterparts, and have less access to healthcare. The need in these communities for high quality, affordable healthcare as close to home as possible, requires a broadly-skilled medical workforce that is prepared to live in and serve those communities.
JCU is Australia’s most successful university in producing medical graduates who go on to serve regional and rural communities. This success is in part due to JCU’s unique approach to selecting students for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. JCU recruits students who are from regional, rural and Indigenous communities or have an interest in ‘going rural’. The program is regionally-based, focuses on priority community needs and collaborative partnerships.
Selection into our program is based on a written application, consideration of the applicant’s year 12 score or results from further study, and an interview. This process ensures we are selecting the right applicants who are more likely to work in the communities that need them most.
As part of the interview process, we invite applicants from across Australia and New Zealand to Townsville for a face-to-face interview with a three-person panel consisting of clinicians, community members and JCU staff/adjuncts. JCU also provides a selection pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants which consist of an interview panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members.
Find out below how you can help by volunteering as an interviewer.