The Wits Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) encourages graduates to apply for direct entry into the first year of the GEMP (i.e. the third year of the MBBCh programme). Candidates have to comply with a set of minimum requirements, as follows:
As from 2010 candidates wishing to apply for direct entry into GEMP 1 (MBBCh 3) will also have to write a entrance exam the Wits Additional Placement Test (WAPT). This is in addition to the abovementioned requirements, which still remain in place. If you want to be considered for entry into GEMP 1 in 2011 this new regulation applies to you. For more information please click on the links below:
Why is the WAPT being introduced?
Experience has shown us that graduates who enter GEMP 1 without sufficient background in the subjects normally taught in the MBBCh 2 year experience problems in learning subject like Anatomical Pathology and Chemical Pathology later on. It is difficult for them to catch up with the other students who have formally studied these subjects, and sometimes they never do.
You have to apply for admission to GEMP 1 by the end of June of the year before you intend to study. The Faculty of Health Sciences scrutinises your application, you past academic record and the results you obtained in the HSC test. If your scores are satisfactory you will be invited to an interview. If you get this invitation you are eligible to sit the test.
You have to learn content from three subjects: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Molecular Medicine. These three subjects are basic building blocks for the practice of modern medicine. The specific content that you have to learn, and on which you will be examined, is given in detail in three documents (one for each subject). Click on the headings below to take you to those detailed documents.
There are different ways in which you can learn this content:
From this you can see that Wits is not obliging you to spend more years at university, if you are a graduate who wants to study medicine. You can prepare for the entrance exam at your own pace. We also believe that you will find what you learn to be interesting, even fascinating, and that you will enjoy the process of mastering this material.
Each of the three documents listed above contains a list of learning objectives. Each of these learning objectives starts with one of a small number of words, such as list, describe, explain. These words tell you how deeply you have to study each objective. To find out how each word tells you how much to learn, click on this link: Terminology for learning objectives.
There is another way in which we help you to study at the right level. We recommend specific textbooks from which you can study, and we direct you to specific pages in these books.
We recommend the following books to you:
1. Marieb EN, Hoehn K. Human anatomy & physiology (8th ed.) San Francisco: Pearson/ Benjamin Cummings
2. Marieb EN. Essentials of human anatomy & physiology (9th ed.) San Francisco: Pearson/ Benjamin Cummings
Why do we refer you to two sources rather than one It is because the first one (Marieb 1) is much more detailed than the second (Marieb 2). Wherever possible we have referred you to Marieb 2 since this will make it easier for you to achieve the desired level of competence.
In some few cases the two textbooks do not contain the information that will enable you to achieve the desired objectives. You will notice that we have included such information in the documents which set out the learning objectives. In the case of Molecular Medicine we have also prepared notes for you to study from, in areas not covered by the two textbooks. These notes are attached to the Molecular Medicine document.
Although these two textbooks are recommended, you do not have to study from them if you prefer to use others. What is important is that you have to achieve the learning objectives on which you will be examined.
The exam will last three hours. It will consist of about ninety multiple choice questions (MCQs) only this means you have two minutes to answer each question. The paper will contain similar numbers of questions from each of the 3 disciplines: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Molecular Medicine. These questions will be offered in separate sections. To give you an idea of what the questions will be like, please click on this link: Sample WBSE questions.
The exam will be taken at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, on 20 October 2010. Registration for the test will take place at 07h30 and the exam itself will start at 09h00. When you receive your invitation to sit the exam you will also be informed of the exact venue.
The pass rate for the WAPT is 50%. However to pass you also have to achieve at least 50% in each of the three disciplines: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Molecular Medicine. If you have an overall mark of over 50% but get less than 50% in one of these sections you will fail and you will therefore not be considered for the 2011 GEMP 1 entry group.
If you pass your name is entered onto the list of applicants that go into the final selection round. For this selection the Faculty uses a formula to rank applicants, taking into account their academic record, their HSC test results, their interview score and the biographical questionnaire they complete. The mark applicants get for the WAPT is not taken into account, but they can only get onto this final list if they pass the WAPT. Once the ranking is done successful candidates are offered a place on the GEMP 1 programme.