- Missed out on your first choice for medical school?
- Looking to add adventure to your life now that you’ve finished Year 12 studies?
Combine medical studies with a travel experience others only dream about. Many students “take time off” after Year 12 to travel overseas and see a bit of the world. Do both. Study hard, but enjoy a tropical paradise when there’s free time.
Be warned: You may never want to leave, which is alright because you’ll be qualified to practice medicine in Samoa -- provided you satisfy immigration -- or go home and sit the medical licencing examination required to practice in Australia.
OUM’s curriculum centres on problem-based learning (PBL), the cornerstone of modern medical school teaching. All PBL course materials are presented in a case study format which links basic sciences – biochemistry, physiology, genetics, etc. - with development of clinical reasoning needed for making patient care decisions.
Learn using a combination of interesting teaching formats:
- Face-to-face lectures and small group tutorials
- Podcasts available for every lecture
- Virtual classroom presentations from visiting physicians and professors from Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
- First-year hospital rounds
- Community clinic and private practice training sites
- Applicants must have successfully passed their final state or national secondary school examinations achieving a minimum aggregate grade of 80 percent (or equivalent) in English, Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
- An acceptable passing score on the OUM Admissions Test (OUMAT) or an entrance exam commonly used in his/her home country (UMAT, ICAT, MCAT, etc.)
- A high level of written and verbal English
- Due to the flexibility of OUM’s program, students are able to enroll at one of two times during each year, February or July.
- Applicants are eligible to sit the OUMAT up to the end of April for July intake; those applying for February intake may sit up to the end of September.
- OUM graduates have passed licencing exams and are currently completing internships at teaching hospitals in Australia, Samoa, and the United States (only graduate-entry MD program graduates may practice in the US).
- Graduates can practice medicine in Samoa, provided that they meet the country’s immigration requirements and successfully apply to the Samoan Ministry of Health.
- Oceania University of Medicine operates a 3,048 sq metres dedicated teaching facility on the grounds of the National Health Complex in Apia, Samoa. This facility houses classrooms, offices, library, computer lab, student lounge, and kitchen facilities.
- OUM’s neighbours at the National Health Complex are Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (called TTM, the medical school’s primary teaching hospital), the Samoan Department of Health, and the TTM Nurses’ Residence.
- Shared-housing is provided within walking distance of campus. These rental homes offer three to four bedrooms where students live as a small community, cook, study, relax, socialise, and travel to and from campus together.
- Small class size, individual instruction, personal attention.
- Laptops are not required, but extremely helpful.
- Electricity is 240V. But surge protectors are advised.
- There are two main islands Upolu and Savaii. Two-thirds of the population lives on Upolu, where Apia (the capital) and OUM are located.
- Located in the South Pacific, just south of the equator and east of the International Date Line. Fiji lies just below Samoa.
- Cost of living? Similar to being away at school in Australia. (But the fish and fruit are fantastic.)
- The climate is hot and humid (perfect for a swim after class). The average temperature is 28.5ºC and you’ll need an umbrella for sudden rainstorms during the wet season (November-April).
- It’s a tropical island so don’t expect large glass buildings and sleek polished chrome fittings. However, Apia is the country’s government/business hub and main national port, so it has shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and cultural/entertainment activities.
- The Samoan people are warm and friendly and life is laid back, but medical school is intense and serious study is expected.
- Although medical students aren’t awarded much free time, Samoa is a paradise for outdoor lovers -- swimming, hiking, snorkelling, diving, fishing, and more .