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Topic # 56788 23-Jan-2010 22:41
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First off all I would like to say I am only new at this forum posting!!!! And I need some Help

I finished at my secondary school in 2008 and moved in to full time work. 
(I left school because I wasn't learning anything, and there were complications around at the time.)

 In 2008 at school I was completing my NCEA Lvl 2, so I did not pass this at the end of the year.

In may 2009 I resigned at my workplace and my family moved down to Hamilton, for the whole family really.

I Completed my National Cert In Hospitality ( Food & Beverage) Level 3 with top marks between mid 09 - Nov 09.

I am now 18, and I have my NCEA Lvl 1, about half of Level 2, and my Level 3 Cert as above.

I consider myself Hard working and a pretty bright person.

I'm really stuck at the moment In what I really want to study.

The following are the areas I want to study in to. 
Emergency Medicine
Software Engineering (Software Design)
Hotel work - Reception Manager

I will be studying very hard this year, but unsure on the things I need to do to help me get into Medical School.

Could someone please help me, or direct me in the right direction.

I'm currently'living in Hamilton and have search many areas but I am unable to find anything to study to help me towards Medicine.

I understand I may need to move to Auckland for health studies ect, and will probably consider this.

Are there courses out there to help me get into Medical School, or can you go back to secondary school to do year 13 at the age of 18????

I am up for anything that will help me pursue a career in Health Science.  I am hoping this is what this forum website is for.

I thank you very much in reading, and hope to get some feed back,

Kind Regards
Makiha Moka

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  Reply # 292592 23-Jan-2010 22:50
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University's in NZ offer a University Entry Course that is a semester long and teaches you everything required to get you into University if you don't already have UE (or are over 20). Once you've passed that course you can apply to enter various courses on offer. Medical Studies as far as I know are taught at Otago and Auckland Uni's, Otago (I have been told) will only accept new students, not students with previous tertiary qualifications (I have not confirmed this). I suggest you contact Auckland Uni's enrollment office and ask them what is required if you want to study up there and how to go about it.

You could also try talking with your local St Johns and look at enrolling in their advanced EM training ( and moving on from there. As for the Hotel work, get a job in reception at a hotel if you can and work your way up, a year or two's experience will likely get you a managers position (if you're any good though!). Software engineering, you could look at doing this at a tertiary level or through a Polytech. There are also private training institutes that offer training in this field.

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  Reply # 292595 23-Jan-2010 23:04
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Hey good on you, I finished y13 at the end of 2008 (im 18 atm) and I have now just finished my first year at akl uni (bcom in infosystems, accounting and a cojoint bsc in geography and computer science), here is some advice based off my experiences this year

Firstly investigate something like this, or similar (other places do it too).
Or nothing wrong with doing y13 at some school at 18(at my school half the first XV were y14 or y15)

Secondly if you want to be a doctor you need freaking awesome marks as it is highly competitive (as in 8 a's or a+'s for your first year, 70%+ in Umat and you need to ace your interview, just to get a look in). At otago uni its slightly easier as you don't have an interview but its still very intense. 5 out of 6 of my friends did not make it into med this year (3 of them where dux at there schools). If you do want to do med, take biomed as your first year rather than health sciences as like 95% of people who where excepted into med this year did biomed rather than health sciences.

A computer science degree (bsc) or Software Engineering degree (Beng)is much easier to attain than becoming a doctor, (Its what im doing at the moment haha) But seriously if you havent done level 2 / 3 at school (physics, calculas ect,) it will still be quite a mission.

Uni is well worth the effort to get into.
Any more questions just ask.


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  Reply # 292600 23-Jan-2010 23:35
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to do emergency medicine it takes
at least 6 years of university (5 in australia)
at least 2-3 years of general post grad (while working as a doc - 60-70hrs/week)
at least 4-5 years of specialist training with the EM college (FACEM) (while working as a doc) including about 4 exams, 15 hrs/wk office hours, 30hrs/wk evening and overnight
some people do an extra 1-2 years as a 'fellow'

are you sure you want to do this?

if yes then enquire otago, auckland, try also australia.
some people do a 'relevant' degree before starting the 5-6yrs of uni (but yeah you need top grades) - usually after starting year 1 and couldnt get in the first time round.

Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.

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