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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.

Volunteers are required to:

  1. Attend an initial four hour training session (new volunteers)
  2. Work on a panel with two other interviewers
  3. Refer to manual to help assess the applicant

Existing interviewers can attend a 2-hour refresher training if they have not been involved in interviewing for three or more years.

Interviews will be held from 3-12 December 2019 and on 3 January 2020, with interviewer training held in September 2019.

JCU provides a selection pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants which consist of an interview panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members. These interviews will take place on 4 and 10 December 2019, with interviewer training held on 1 November 2019.

Interested volunteers will be placed on panels according to their select availability. Allocated panel dates will be sent by email.

All interviewers are required to agree to the Interviewer Confidentiality Statement.After reading this agreement, if you feel you may have a conflict in participating, please contact us directly on med.interviewers@jcu.edu.au.

In order to be placed on an interview panel, you must complete a training session which are held at the following times and locations:

Townsville training sessions:
-04/09/2019, 2.00pm to 6.00pm, JCU Townsville, Building 46, Room 010
-05/09/2019, 5.15pm to 9.15pm, JCU Townsville, Building 46, Room 007
-26/09/2019, 1.00pm to 5.00pm, JCU Townsville, Building 46, Room 002 & 003

Mackay training sessions:
-25/09/2019, 5.15pm to 9.15pm, Mackay Clinical School, Tutorial Room 1 and 2, Mackay Base Hospital

Cairns training sessions:
-11/09/2019, 5.15pm to 9.15pm, Cairns Hospital, 2nd Floor, Block A Room A2,09 (David Memorial Room)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training sessions:
-01/11/2019, 9.00am to 1.00pm, JCU Townsville, Building 39, Room 201

What kind of commitment do I have to give as an interviewer?

The bulk of our interviews are held over an eight day period from 3 - 12  December 2019 as well as 3 January 2020.

Two interview sessions take place each day, interviewing 5 applicants per session.

  1. Morning sessions between 8:00am and 12:00pm and
  2. Afternoon session between 1:00pm and 5:00pm.  (this includes lunch from 12.00 to 1.00pm before the start of interviews)

You can select to be placed on interview panels either for the morning, afternoon or all day interview sessions.  There is overlap from 12.00 to 1.00pm for lunch for both morning interviewers and afternoon interviewers.

If you participate on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicant interviews then these interviews are scheduled over two days, on 4 and 10 December 2019 between 11:00am and 4:00pm.

Morning Tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea will be provided each day.

Refresher training
If it has been some time since you last participated in the interview process you might need to schedule a refresher training session.  Log into the database and book in for one of the following refresher training.

Townsville refresher training sessions:

- 04/09/2019, 4:00pm to 6:00pm, JCU Townsville, Building 46, Ground Floor, Room 010

- 05/09/2019, 7:15pm to 9:15pm, JCU Townsville, Building 46, Ground Floor, Room 007

- 06/09/2019, 3:00pm to 5:00pm, JCU Townsville, Building 47, Ground Floor, Room 002 & 003

Mackay refresher training sessions:

- 25/09/2019, 7:15pm to 9:15pm, Mackay Clinical School, Tutorial Rooms 1 and 2, Mackay Base Hospital

Cairns refresher training sessions:

- 11/09/2019, 7:15pm to 9:15pm, Cairns Base Hospital, Room A2.09 (David Graham Memorial Room), 2nd Floor, A Block

Nominate your availability
If you are a returning interviewer, you can login to the Interviewer Database and nominate your availability during the dates indicated.

During the 2019 selection period for the 2020 intake, we will be conducting interviews from 3 December to 12 December 2019, and on 3 January 2020.

Interview Session Times
Two interview sessions take place each day, interviewing 5 applicants per session.

  1. Morning sessions between 8:00am and 12:00pm and
  2. Afternoon session between 1:00pm and 5:00pm (this includes lunch from 12.00 to 1.00pm before the start of interviews)

You can select to be placed on interview panels either for the morning, afternoon or all day interview sessions.  There is overlap from 12.00 to 1.00pm for lunch for both morning interviewers and afternoon interviewers.

Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea will be provided each day.

Other important information
We very much appreciate the support of volunteers and realise that this task could not be undertaken without you. To assist with placing interviewers on panels, please select the dates you are able to be placed on an interview panel and add them to your calendar. Between 30 and 33 interviewers are needed for each session, morning and afternoon (60-66 for the day) for the nine day interview panel.

The construction of the interview panels is quite complicated and finding a replacement for a panel member is not a simple matter.  Panelling is done automatically within the database following many different rules, trying to ensure that we have the correct mix of interviewers on each panel. If something urgent arises that would prevent your participation on these days, please contact us immediately on 07 4781 5025.

Reminder SMS
We cannot start the interviews on any given day if an interviewer does not attend.  An SMS reminder will be sent to the mobile number provided approximately 24 – 48 hours prior to your scheduled sessions.

If at this time you realise you are not available for your scheduled session we request you advise us immediately by telephone 07 4781 5025.

New volunteers register here to create a profile and select your availability.

Register here if you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander wanting to participate on the interview panel for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Experienced volunteers register here and use your login details from previous years. If forgotten, you can email  med.interviewers@jcu.edu.au to request your login in details

For further information, please contact us:

Medical Selections
Phone 07 4781 5025
Email med.interviewers@jcu.edu.au