Unprecedented academic success during Otago University's Health Science Year has seen six John McGlashan College old boys gain entrance to 2nd Year Medicine in 2017!
The McGlashan community has reacted with delight after hearing the news that six old boys (from the 'Class of 2015') gained admission to 2nd-year medicine at the University of Otago. Five of these, Wilson Mitchell, Jimmy Jo, Han Zhang, Joshua Preston, and Joshua Kim, all accepted the place offered to them after completing the highly competitive Health Science programme during 2016. All the boys gained an A+ (90% or above) average and passed the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) to book themselves a spot in the prestigious Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme.
While attending McGlashan some of the boys studied for the IB Diploma and others took the standard NCEA pathway (taking IB Biology in the NCEA programme in a few cases), but all seemed well-equipped to cope with the demands of Health Science. Competing for just 282 places, of which only 220 were taken from the First Year Health Science class, the boys assembled at the start line last February pitted against 2000 young hopefuls all vying for a place in five competitive programmes. A reward for an outstanding effort was confirmed on the 13th of December last year when they received word from the Medical School that they had been successful in securing a place. Like many things in life, the reward for hard work is more hard work, as they look ahead to five more years of study to qualify as junior doctors in 2021.
We offer our heartfelt congratulations to these old boys and others who have qualified for 2nd year Law and wish them well for the future.