Who wants to be a medical student? An update from 2016’s first AMSA Council


By Josh Monester, 2016 AMSA representative

One of the reasons I love studying medicine is that our student community is one of the most diverse I have yet to come across. I’m proud that no matter who you are, where you live, or what you look like, anyone can apply to study medicine.

In response to the recent release of a draft document titled ‘Inherent requirements for studying medicine’ by the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ), we – at the first AMSA Council meeting of the year – spent a long time discussing who exactly is a medical student? And what should they be expected to do? Continue reading

The fragile ecosystem of poverty: A trip to Swaziland

By Shalini Ponnampalam, Daffodil Anton, Kate Drummond & Madeline Tickle

Throughout the first few weeks of February, four medical students from Monash University volunteered in the Sub-Saharan African country of Swaziland. Swaziland is a landlocked nation nestled within the borders of South Africa and Mozambique where 87% of the population live in desolate, rural and remote regions, 63% in extreme situations of poverty (World Bank, 2016).

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Everybody does it.

By Thomas de Vries

There is a stigma associated with it even though everybody does it. Following some ‘reliable’ research conducted over a period of minutes, this article will describe why people often “don’t enjoy it very much,” and sometimes “save it for the middle of the night,” when instead it should be a “great experience for everyone involved.”

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