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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The meteoric rise of technology in medicine

By Rose Brazilek

Harvey Cushing, the renowned neurosurgeon, once wrote of surgery:

“I would like to see the day when somebody would be appointed surgeon somewhere who had no hands, for the operative part is the least part of the work.”

While technology has not yet advanced to such levels, medicine is increasingly shedding its archaic image and beginning to engage with the technological enhancements that characterise the 21st century. However, with this increased uptake comes a new set of challenges, many of which have no precedent. Evolving discussion surrounding the impacts of such technology on patient interaction, education and care is a critical adjunct to the adoption of electronic practices that will ultimately change the face of medicine.

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