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President's Welcome

Thank you to those of you who took the unprecedented step of opening this email. In the interests of keeping your attention, I'm going to subheading + dot point my President's chat this month. 

First off, a big welcome to our wonderful new first years! We hope you enjoyed your O-Week, and lovingly welcome you to our MedSoc family!


If you have beef with any aspect of the SoM's curriculum, assessment, evaluation, etc, MedSoc can help. Each year, a group of wonderful students volunteer to sit in on the MedEd committees to directly (and bravely) tell staff in person what we think about what they do. Check out the MedSoc structure map (the colourful thing we showed you during our PPTs earlier toxic megacolon this month) to figure out WHERE your complaint should go. 

Problem 1: I'm in Year 5 and my exam results never came, WTF
Solution: Complain to the ASSESSMENT committee
Problem 2 : I wrote some scorching feedback on my Year 3 Conference Week feedback form. What does the SoM even do with these forms?
Solution: I have no idea, but the EVALUATION committee might.
Problem 3: Year 4 sucks and these logbooks are crap and how am I supposed to get my CAA signed in Onc when I've seen my supervisor once, ever?
Solution: Complain direct to the YEAR 4 MANAGEMENT committee.

Sigh, so easy.

Now that I have succeeded in stressing you out about academics, it's time to blow off some steam. I cannot spruik the new Calendar ( enough - it has dates and times for all MedSoc run teaching sessions as well as our upcoming events, notably Friday Night Drinks to welcome the first years, MedCamp Party (Life's a Beach) on March 5th and Twilight (see below).
As always, MedSoc welcomes feedback on all of our events an initiatives. 
Love/hate our new Social Media aka the anti-spam policy? Let Vaish know at 
Think our new pubs and website are the best thing you've ever seen?
Thank Zahraa at and worship Albert at

Our Annual General Meeting is on March 14. In the lead up to AGM, Executive have been working hard to finalise all of our official documents (Constitution and policies) which govern how we run, our relationship with School of Medicine, our Special Interest Groups and affiliated groups. These policies are essential to maintaining our Incorporated status with Fair Trading and getting funding so we can continue to bring you amazing academic and social programs. 
Each year ~ 1 week before AGM, we publicise these documents so that you, our members, can check them out and comment on them. Then, at AGM we vote to either pass or reject the new documents. 
If you would like to make suggestions about how MedSoc should run, where we should direct our funding and resources in the future, please attend. Meeting will be held at 6pm - 7:30pm on Monday 14th March at the Small Lecture Theatre. 

We'll try to keep things interesting with prizes, great dinner and drinks and simple explanations of our policies in the form of memes. 

Lana Nguyen
WSMS President
We are proud and excited to introduce you to Western Sydney Physicians Society (WSPS)!
We are the new-SIG (Special Interest Group) on the block. This year, WSPS will be hosting events to expand your knowledge about a variety of medical specialties, and help you learn what you can do now as a medical student to prepare for training after medical school. Our first original major 2016 event is the “Physicians Panel” on the 18th July 2016.
Like our Facebook page and follow our website to receive up-to-date news and information about our events.
WSPS will also be looking for a First Year Representative so keep your ears and eyes open! We will see you all at our O-week and Medcamp stall.

Looking for First Year Reps

WesternSydneyMedSoc (WSMS) is looking for:

  • 2 WSMS first year reps (to be voted by first years)
  • 1 first year rep for each of our SIGs, to be chosen by written application
    • Surgical Society (WSSS)
    • Physicians Society (WSPS)
    • Global Health (GHAWS)

Timeline of Elections: 

  • We’ll release position descriptions in the next week on
  • Submit applications by email to WSMS Secretary ( BEFORE MedCamp
  • Voting opens for WSMS reps AFTER MedCamp 
  • SIGs will privately read written applications and choose their rep
  • Announcement of all 5 reps on March 14th at AGM (annual general meeting)
Look out for this cover photo on the MedCamp Party Facebook Page! Click attending and tag your friend for the chance to win tickets!
Academic Director's Note

Academic Programs
Anatomy, ICM and Clinical Skills Mentoring are up and running for the year!
We’re proud to welcome the program coordinators for 2016:
  • Anatomy: Christopher Kocx and Nicole Da Cruz
  • ICM: Macarthur – Dominic Ng, Blacktown – Ashley Creighton and Maddie Southey
  • Clinical Skills: Macarthur – Ben Griffiths, Blacktown – Nivetha Nallailingam
We couldn’t be more excited to see what these coordinators achieve, and look forward one of our biggest years of peer-peer teaching yet. To get further information about the programs, check times and locations of scheduled sessions or enquire about further information, check out the Academic Events section under the ‘Events’ tab at, then have a look at the calendar at
Research2Publication Workshop
Professor Wendy Hu is looking at running a workshop aimed at helping students convert their research into publications. The workshop would be open for students to bring their community and/or individual research projects, and receive advice from a number of tutors as to how to publish their work. To express interest and help guide the content of this workshop, head to this link and fill out the survey!
Students as Teachers Focus Group
After the success of the 2015 event, we’re going to be running another Students as Teachers Focus Group at the end of March this year. This event is a highly valuable learning opportunity with Professor Hu, with engaging discussion and interactive activities covering peer-peer teaching, focus group facilitation and highlighting opportunities for further involvement in medical education throughout the course. This is an especially great opportunity for new students to start building new skills early in the year. Dinner will be provided. Places are limited so please contact to express interest ASAP.
Where: Small Lecture Theatre, School of Medicine, Campbelltown Campus.
When: 5-8pm, 30th March 2016.

Christine Byrnes
WSMS Academic Director

Clinical teaching in your own space, at your own pace!
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February Elections

Do you want to be involved in WSMS in 2016 or have a special interest? If you want to get involved in something you feel passionate about or want to try something new, your opportunity is now.

Come to AGM on March 14 and nominate yourself in person. Ask for more details.

Positions available are:

A. Event Conveners
  • MedRevue Director and Producer
  • Sports Day Convener
  • Indigenous Representative 
Megan Foo
WSMS Secretary
AMSA Update

Hello friends!

National Leadership Development Seminar
The National Leadership Development Seminar (NLDS) held each year in the political heart of Australia, Canberra, is AMSA’s premier academic event. NLDS is a unique forum, which provides passionate, enthusiastic and engaged medical students with a platform to discuss ideas, network and workshop their ideas into advocacy campaigns and national projects for tomorrow.
This year our program centres on ‘Empowering the Individual’; to develop promising students’ leadership potential and empower them to create the change they hope for in the world. There are reserved places for each medical school, as well as for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students, and for medical students from New Zealand and the Asia-pacific. Through this we will ensure that AMSA up-skills regional leaders to become better advocates and leaders within the medical community.
In 2016, 92 delegates from around the country and region will be selected to undertake an academic program with a broad range of plenaries, panel discussions and workshops that will develop delegates’ understanding of leadership and give them the skills to make a difference, whatever their passion.
The selection process for NLDS2016 consists of a set of selection criteria to be released on Friday 12th of February, focusing around students’ motivations and desire to engender change within their communities. Information of registration prices will be released when applications open via
What: NLDS
When: 22nd to 26th May
Where: Parliament House, Canberra
Applications: Open from 9am 12th Feb to 11:59pm 11th March - selection criteria to be released with the first round of speaker announcements at 9am on the 12th.
Website: for more info or to apply.

Global Health Conference
Originally known as the Developing World Conference, and established in 2005 by members of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Global Health Conference is a meeting of medical students from around Australia that aims to fulfill the desire of medical students to discuss broader issues relevant to global health, in innovative and spectacular ways.
In 2014 the conference hosted over 700 delegates in Sydney for the largest Global Health Conference to date. It was a huge success and encouraged attendees to ‘Jump In’ to global health issues in a myriad of different ways.
Every year it becomes increasingly competitive to get a spot at GHC and while the delegate numbers have risen with demand, we limit the numbers in order to build the community vibe and craft a more individual delegate experience. In 2014, GHC sold out in under half an hour, this year competition will be tough, and medical students will need to be quick to be part of the most hipster, internationally focused conference about Global Health issues in Australia.
What: GHC
When: 26-30th August
Where: Newcastle, NSW
Applications: Open soon.

AMSA BOARD – Nominations for Director Positions 
An invitation is hereby extended for the nomination of candidates for consideration as non-executive directors of the Board of the Australian Medical Students' Association.
Potential candidates for the Board must follow the process outlined in the attached document and in the first instance contact the current Chair of the Board.
Candidates for the Board positions are required to have the required level of knowledge, skill and experience to serve on the Board.  

If interested, please contact for more information or to apply.

AMSA National Convention Promo Video Released
The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) National Convention was started some years ago, when a group of Queensland medical students gathered around a pint to share their experiences of medical school. Fast forward 57 years, and the AMSA National Convention (or lovingly referred to as “Convention”) has turned into the largest student run event in the entire world. More than 1500 medical students congregate in one city for a week of inspiring academic sessions, interactive networking events, and spectacular social nights.
A picture paints a thousand words, so check out this promo video just released:
What: AMSA National Convention
When: 2-7th July
Where: Townsville, QLD
Applications: Open soon
As always, if you have any questions at all regarding the wonderful world of AMSA, please feel free to shoot me an email at!

Ali Cimen
WSMS AMSA Representative

You’re invited to Australian Healthcare Week 2016 Expo, Australia’s largest health facilities, technology & medical devices expo

Exhibition opening hours at Australian Technology Park, Sydney:

 Tuesday, 15 March: 10am - 4pm
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 Thursday, 17 March: 10am – 1pm

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