Admission

Requirements

Oceania University of Medicine welcomes applicants from all backgrounds, and students are selected regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. While OUM reserves the right to vary requirements based upon standards in a student’s country of origin, a basic set of requirements and procedures is applied to all admissions candidates.

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Prospective students are encouraged to speak with an OUM admissions counselor early in the admissions process. They can answer questions regarding the medical school’s unique curriculum, the timeline for completing medical school and postgraduate training, and can put prospective students in contact with current members of the student body. Upon one’s first phone call or e-mail to the Office of Admissions, prospective students are assigned to an admissions counselor who will walk them through the application process and remain their advisor throughout enrollment and the first day of course study. To speak with an OUM admissions counselor, call 1-877-463-6686 toll free in the US or e-mail info@oum.edu.ws.

Prerequisites

Applications are accepted from all undergraduate majors. OUM feels that students who select an undergraduate major primarily to enhance their chances of acceptance to medical school are not making a decision in their own best interest. A science major is not a prerequisite at OUM, and students should not major in science simply because they believe this will increase their chances of acceptance. For most physicians, the undergraduate years are the last available opportunity for an in-depth pursuit of non-science subjects of interest, and all those who hope to practice medicine should bear this in mind. OUM will strongly consider the overall quality and scope of all successfully completed undergraduate work.

All candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher at an appropriately accredited and recognized tertiary institution. US students seeking a medical degree also must have completed a full year of college chemistry. As a general rule, for medical school success, applicants are expected to have a credit-level degree or GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is not required, as OUM's curriculum provides the requisite basic science courses.

English Proficiency

Since all instruction at OUM is in English, students must be fully fluent in the language. Normally, fluency will be assumed if English is the applicant’s first language. If an applicant's native language is not English, but s/he has completed a bachelor's degree, master's degree, or PhD from a university whose curriculum is delivered in English, the applicant may be exempt from this requirement. Otherwise, fluency may be demonstrated through the applicant’s achieving a minimum score, as indicated below, on a standardized test administered by one of the following testing services:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service - at www.ielts.org) - achieving a minimum score of 6.5. A score of at least 6 is required for each individual band and applicants must undertake the appropriate reading and writing modules;
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language at www.toefl.com is administered by the Educational Testing Service) - minimum test score of 577 with a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 5. Scores must be available for both TOEFL and TWE;
  • Computer-based TOEFL - minimum score of 233 with an Essay Rating (ER) score of 5;
  • Scores must be submitted directly to the OUM Admissions Office from the testing service.

Procedure

The following items must be submitted in order to apply for admission to Oceania University of Medicine:

  • Completed online application. (Click here for the application.)
  • US$250 non-refundable application fee ($100 will be credited to tuition payment) for all applications filed on or after 1 March 2016.
  • Certified or official academic college transcripts (from all institutions)
  • Confirmation of English proficiency (TOEFL score, if not a native speaker)
  • Essay on why you want to become a physician
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a physician)
  • Professional resume
  • Background check or Letter of Good Standing from state police or federal law enforcement authorities on official letterhead (Required if accepted to OUM)
  • Health certification from physician, including immunization records (Required if accepted to OUM)

Please send all application materials to:

Oceania University of Medicine
Box #4573
616 Corporate Way, Suite 2
Valley Cottage, NY  10989-2050

The application fee may be paid by check or credit card (pdf Click here for Credit Card Authorization Form 76.78 Kb). Checks should be made payable in US dollars to e-Medical Education and sent to:

e-Medical Education
c/o MMPS
276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 404
New York, NY 10001

Please note that only payments and no documentation should be sent to the e-Medical Education / MMPS address.

Applications are not reviewed until all documentation and fees have been received. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-463-6686 toll free or admissions@oum.edu.ws if they have questions.

Admissions Interview

If an applicant successfully meets the basic admission requirements, the final component in the admission process is a semi-structured interview, conducted online via Blackboard Collaborate, which is the OUM classroom environment and is also used for Meet the Student sessiones open to prospects and applicants. The admission interview is conducted by members of the admissions staff and faculty. The interview focuses on personal qualities and attributes agreed to be essential to both the study and practice of medicine, based on internationally accepted criteria for medical school selection. The qualities assessed during the interview are:

  • Motivation to become a physician
  • Empathy
  • Decision-making
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility in learning style
  • Communication skills

The official decision regarding acceptance is typically made approximately within ten days following the personal interview. Applicants are notified via postal mail.

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