29 April, 2016
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Given the number of graduate medical places available and the location of medical schools in Australia, most people will have considered the prospect of moving interstate to study medicine. Of course for some people, this isn’t possible, so this blog is more for those who are either hell bent on, or just considering the possibility of, moving interstate to study medicine. If you're not sure, ask yourself what you'd prefer; no offer and try again next year, or an offer from an interstate med school only. If think you'd prefer the second option, then it's probably worth putting down some extra preferences when you apply.
As with all important life decisions, the value of a list of pros & cons should not be underestimated! Here are a few things to consider:
If you’ve never ‘flown the coop’ before, and the idea of moving interstate to study medicine seems terrifying, here’s something to bear in mind. In my experience, if you speak to a number of people who have moved interstate (or even overseas) for study or for their career, the overwhelming majority will say that it was a good experience. It’s quite rare to speak to someone who’s in their 30s or 40s and have them say, “I lived in [insert interstate city of choice here] for 5 years when I was younger, but I really wish I’d stayed at home instead and never travelled”. Life is what you make of it, and while you may leave some friends behind (for a period), you’ll undoubtedly make many new ones that will enrich your life. You may leave the comfort of your old room at your parents’ place, but that shared house with other med students will be a great experience.
If you want to look at your options & where you could potentially study, PostgradAustralia is a great platform that allows you to explore, compare and apply for different medical specialities around Australia.
Ultimately it depends on your own personal attitudes towards these things and where you priorities lie, but it is important to think about all this stuff if you’re considering a long-term relocation. So read up on each uni, chat to current students, talk to your friends, family and partner and if in doubt, draw up a list of pros & cons!