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Wollongong University Medical Students' Society

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Elections

 

Nominees:

COMMITTEE:

 Phase 1 Reps (1 position Wollongong/1 position Shoalhaven)

1. Alexander Mills(Shoalhaven)

Cohort: 2020

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

I genuinely want to contribute to the student environment at Shoalhaven while also contributing in Wollongong too. I have always wanted to be involved in as many areas within our school as possible. I would like to assist with the first year’s transition into the GM during their first few months, as well as engage all phase groups as they rotate through the Shoalhaven Region. I have held similar positions before in my undergrad, both at college and through student organisations and have truly enjoyed the fulfillment of giving back to the community. Student body experience and engagement were at the forefront of my duties. These roles also involved planning for student academic needs, looking after the social and health welfare of residents and overseeing the planning of the social calendars, balls and formal functions. 

I am extremely enthusiastic, hardworking, loyal and will give my all to help advance the WUMSS initiatives and grow our presence within the wider medical student community, as the University of Wollongong is one of the younger medical schools in NSW and Australia. I really would like to be able to involve and engage the Shoalhaven student population and foster the bond between the Shoalhaven and Wollongong campus’s. I’m also organised, and have learnt to time manage effectively to give my time across both campuses if needed.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

More charity based initiatives to support organisations in need, around the Greater Illawarra Region and champion their causes, an example of this could be a large-scale charity trivia night where it is both a social and fundraising event and is able to bring the different years together for a great cause. Also initiating a Shoalhaven-Wollongong buddy program, similar to the successful mentoring program in place, to foster more diverse interactions within the GM.

2.  Ha-Vy Nguyen( Shoalhaven)

Cohort: 2020

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

I want this position to ensure the students at the Shoalhaven campus are up to date with changes, are able to voice their concerns and queries, and feel supported throughout this degree.

I like to think of myself as an easy-going and approachable person who gets stuff done.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

I would like to establish some kind of accommodation network between Shoalhaven Phase 1 students and UoW Phase 2 students. This network could assist Shoalhaven students transition to Wollongong for Phase 2 by having them slot into accommodation left over by the previous students heading into Phase 3.  

3. Emma McGhie (Mumma G) (Wollongong)

Cohort: 2020

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

Hey babes,

For those of you who’ve ever interrupted me from my constant cycle of coffee and gin (equally snobby about both beverages) you’d know that at any time you can come and give me your life problems and receive motherly love and advice in return.  For those that don’t know me – feel free.

While the frazzled blonde mess you see running late to class, covered in Dalmatian fur, riding a bike in a dress that’s too dressy for Uni and drinking from her wanky glass coffee apparatus may not seem like she has her life together I actually (mostly) do. I’m also used to being in charge from my previous life as a radiographer in a busy hospital and run a pretty tight ship. I will smack into next week the CBL that forgets to clean the tea towels but I’m also of the belief that people need love and adoration to do their best, and would be honored to get the opportunity to get more involved in making the GM become everyone’s home. Not in the Seb Sproats sleeping under the desk way - more of a Nigella Lawson freshly baked cookies kind of way.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

Spread more Woolie + Shoalie love.

Extra practice time in the Clinical Skills lab (like Anatomy) on a Friday

Smaller events at the start of the year to help us get to know each other. I’m a fantastic binge drinker but I recognize not everyone is and some quieter events in Jan/Feb might make some of the less outgoing of us feel more comfortable/welcome.

Meal prep info session/cooking class for those who don’t know how to cook and have just moved out of home. Two minute noodles are not a food group.

Phase 2 Reps (2 positions)

1. Katherine Pryor

Cohort: 2019

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

Hi Everyone!
I would love to represent you all as phase 2 rep. I think being able to attend academic meetings is an excellent opportunity to network and would look great on my CV - Jokes :P
But seriously - I think the most important part of being a phase 2 rep is being approachable to all students so they can represent any and all concerns or questions to the academic and hospital staff. I hope anyone would feel comfortable talking to me about any feedback they have about phase two. I will listen to every one of your suggestions and concerns. 
I have also been very close with a lot of the senior years and have seen some of the challenges 'second-hand' that they have had and would be excited for the opportunity to discuss these with students and staff to improve the phase two experience for us all.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

During phase two there are often many opportunities for additional bed side tutes, tutorial sessions and other educational experiences. These opportunities are not always advertised or well known amongst students until later into the phase. I would be keen to make these more available, and ensure the cohort is aware of what opportunities exist - as well as trying to facilitate new ones when-ever possible.

Thank you everyone for your consideration.

2. Bransen Noel-Gough

Cohort: 2019

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

The Shoalies know me as the guy always sitting in the same seat in our resource room, and the Woolies know me as the guy who steals one of their seats on GIL Friday/weekends. That’s right, I go both ways…..which means I’m open to everyones suggestions about phase 2.

In all seriousness though, I feel strongly equipped to be your phase 2 representative. I am not only a morally driven person who will fight for what I feel is right, but also open and receptive to the needs of all students, because after all; we’re all in this together.

I am passionate about giving a voice to the values and concerns of our cohort.

Did everyone at the GSM just come down with a case of Broca’s aphasia?? Or was that just me leaving you speechless??

P.S. Pop (aka Jo) and I have decided to combine forces: With the power of Woolies and Shoalies combined we are Captain GSM (planet). I shall be the Jay-Z to her Beyonce, the Obama to her Michelle, the Romeo to her Juliet, the Gandalf to her Staff, the ring to her Gollum, the Sock to her Dobby, the elder wand to her resurrection stone, the Han to her Leia, the R2-D2 to her C3-PO, the Alladin to her Jasmine, the Simba to her Nala, the Nemo to her Dory, the Trump to her Melania, the med student to her generalised anxiety disorder.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

I would like to see the amount of feedback we get from competencies increased. Excellent progress has been made by the current WUMSS team regarding exam feedback, and I would like to keep pushing further to include feedback from both competencies and OSCEs as I strongly feel that it would be such a valuable way for us to learn and grow as medical students.

3. Joanne Ehemann

Cohort: 2019

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

Some of you know me as Jo, some as Poppy… the benefit of having multiple personality disorder is that it’s a 2 for 1 deal. Jo is legit, will stand up for little people (that’s us) against goliath (that’s uni and certain professors… we all know who) and Poppy is the nice one, a helping hand, someone to listen in the darkest of times, someone to take everything onboard and represent you.

But in all seriousness, having been on SHARP last year, I know how a committee is run, how to be part of a team and am happy to help out anywhere I can.

I couldn’t think of a bigger honour then to help represent our cohort be the best, stand up for what we want/ believe in and help make change, to make this epic journey we are on even better.

I promise to represent you all confidently in phase meetings, asking more questions than I do in class. I’ll make sure that everyone’s ideas are heard and equally represented and go into bat for us all.

P.S. Branson and I have decided to combine forces: With the power of Woolies and Shoalies combined we are Captain GSM (planet). I shall be the Beyonce to his Jay-Z, the Michelle to his Obama, the Juliet to his Romeo, The Staff to his Gandalf, Like Gollum and the Ring, Like Dobby and his sock, the elder wand and the Resurrection stone, The Leia to his Han,  The C3-PO to his R2D2, the Jasmine to his Aladdin, The Nala to his Simba, The Dory to his Nemo, The Melania to his Trump, The generalized anxiety disorder to the med student!!!

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

One thing is show more guidance, to make the transition into phase 2 slightly easier. A little more support and direction as to expectations and our role within the next phase.

WUMMS represents all year levels and I think there is a wealth of knowledge and collaboration that could benefit us all. I would like to collaborate with previous phase reps to come up with a structured guide, a “who, what, when, where, why and how to” of phase 2…

Because let’s be honest, we have no idea what is waiting for us on the flip side.

4. Jess Barnes

Cohort: 2019 

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

Hello pals of GM! Surviving my first 16 months of med school and still managing to have THE best time was 1) a miracle and 2) largely due to the opportunities and events WUMSS organised throughout the year. This time around I’d love nothing more than to give back to the committee and think that phase 2 rep is the role for me. Why, might you ask? Phase 2 rep is about communicating any queries, qualms and questions in an effective, calm and positive way. I believe I am the girl for the job as I am approachable, love talking to people and always try my absolute best to be as positive as possible*. Phase 2-ers can definitely count on me to lend an ear to anyone needing a chat, liaise effectively with GM staff and enthusiastically attend monthly meetings. I would love nothing more than to represent THE best (and most good-looking, but I may be slightly biased) cohort to ever grace UOW so choose ME to represent YOU!

*after coffee

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

A ‘phase 2 unofficial student guide’! Hopefully, we could begin to compile all the wisdom from past phase 2 students and put it all into one handy guide. The guide would contain general tips and information about the different rotations and locations in phase 2.

Phase 3 Rep( 2 positions)

1. Ashlee Hedrick

Cohort:2018

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

I have had experience on the WUMSS committee this past year in the role as treasurer where I have learnt a lot about WUMSS and would like to continue my involvement. I would like to become the phase 3 rep so that I can advocate for my cohort when required whilst assisting the wider committee when able.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

Continue being awesome!! (and not lose money :-P)

Social Rep (2 positions)

1. Rose Kelly

Cohort: 2019 

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

Hey team I want this position because as a social butterfly and youthful member of my cohort I basically still want an excuse to continue to go to med parties in third year and it not look weird. In all seriousness though through my work as a #promogurl for craft brewers ( yes hipster I know) I have learnt 7 things which will help me in this role

(1) How to sell a product ( ticket sales)

(2) How to convince a man/woman/gender neutral person to give me free stuff (good deals for med camp and ball)

(3) How to manage inebriated people ( inebriated people are my speciality)

(4) How to be sober when everyone else gets to party ( RSA life)

(5) How to organise a good party ( obvious!)

(6) How to lead a brewery tour ( pub crawl, basically the same)

(7) How to convince a man/woman/gender neutral person to give me free stuff ( Kegs are the aim)

Also I generally like people and would love to bridge the gaps between years and get second and third years to still attend events.

I am also quite good on the organisational side of things and don’t mind sending an e-mail or two. I’ve also dealt with all the CSC/SAF restrictions and funding stuff before and understand how all the behind the scenes stuff works.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

I want to get a brewery to sponsor med camp or med ball.

Fun fact AMSA convention used to be sponsored by cascade so why can’t we?

2. Natasha Staude 

Cohort: 2020 

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

Having been on the social committee for my College, I have experience organising Ball’s, Pub Crawls, and other (alcohol fuelled) events. I’m motivated, organised, and can take on ideas and opinions from others.  What’s more, I really enjoyed organising all of the above, and personally think that I have the ability to (in conjunction with the other Social Rep and WUMSS as a whole) organise such events well.
These events are particularly important to me personally as I believe Med Camp and Pub Crawl were integral in getting to know everyone and creating a support base for myself here in Wollongong – extremely important, particularly for students moving internationally and interstate to a place they don’t know anyone. I would like to assist in providing such an opportunity for the 2021 cohort, ensuring their transition into Wollongong is as smooth as possible.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

Obviously I wasn’t at ball last year – I just had the pleasure of witnessing the resultant hangovers as I struggled through my med school interview. I plan to have some kind of survey to see what those who have previously attended ball liked/disliked, and see what additions (*cough* free-post-harp-kebabs *cough*) or changes you would make. I will then integrate these as best I can into one big, groovy, magnificent, glamorous, exhilarating, and unforgettable event that will be ball 2017.

3. Keegan Wikaire

Cohort: 2020

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

I was genuinely concerned when I arrived here that my fellow med students would be boring academics with no personality and only care about study (like most other med schools).

Needless to say when I rocked up to the Ajax Australia Day party and saw half the cohort doing shots and cutting shapes to the Hottest 100 I knew I had found my people and that I was home :D

This was only further reinforced by the incredible weekend that was Med Camp 2017 – I think I speak for all first years who attended that that was the best possible way to start our medical degree and I will strive to live up to the incredible job that Dave and Jen did, should I be fortunate enough to be voted into the position, and I’m sure the other events further in the year will be of the same calibre! I was also honoured to have Med Camp Elmo bestowed upon me for safe keeping, something which I have taken very seriously (he watches over me while I’m studying ©)

I believe I have the skills and qualities necessary to be an outstanding Social Rep for WUMMS. I’m highly organised and manage my time effectively, but more than anything I just enjoy seeing people have a great time! It would be a huge source of pride for me to see an event that I put time and effort into planning go well, and for us all to have fun! We work incredibly hard and any opportunity to let our hair down and blow off some steam should be made as enjoyable and memorable as possible, and that would be my goal for every event on the WUMMS social calendar, particularly Med Ball and Med Camp!

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

There are two things which I would like to see change in 2018, both of which the Social Rep would be heavily involved in.

Firstly, I think organising more casual hang outs throughout the year would be great like group movie nights and BBQ/beach days, particularly at the start of the year prior to semester starting, I think that would be a great opportunity for newly arriving first years to meet their peers and form relationships. Nearly all of us have moved to Wollongong to study and we all work together and help each other get through med school, so I think we could do more to get to know one another before the year begins, plus it would be summer so the beach would be amazing, why not take advantage!

Secondly I know personally how much I love seeing Jess’ dog every time he comes through the GM, so I was thinking we could have a Bring Your Pet to the GM Day on the grass behind the GM – BBQ, animals everywhere, what’s not to like! :D

Those are a couple of my ideas I would be looking to implement should I be fortunate enough to be elected, hopefully you can see that I would be the right choice!

4. Georgina Healy

Cohort: 2020

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

I’ve been dabbling a little too lavishly in the social side of life for the past 23 years and have come to the realisation that my finely-tuned goon drinking skills can be put to good use – as a Social Representative for WUMMS!

I have always enjoyed coordinating functions throughout my high school years, Undergraduate Degree and further employment and I pride myself on being skilled in collaborating with others to accomplish a common goal. I completed my Undergraduate Degree at UOW and subsequently am well-accustomed to the Wollongong nightlife and social happenings (My diet currently consists of Whiskey Apples from the Howlin Wolf and pides from Turkish Paradise as result - I even considered submitting my bank statement as proof of how heavily I endorse the Wollongong night life, but thought a safer approach might be to fill out this application form instead.) As a Social Representative, I would endeavour to not only ensure the success of the social events ran by WUMMS, but to also be a friendly face for anyone to approach in an attempt to enhance the social experience of all students inside the GM!

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

WUMMS ensured that my transition into Medicine has been smooth and enjoyable and that’s something I’d love to continue for future cohorts entering the GM! One thing that will hopefully not continue is the colour scheme - No more mint scrubs, and definitely no yellow pub crawl shirts (sorry Tuffley). As Social Representative I’d encourage all students to voice their opinions on what has made past events a success or any improvements needed to ensure that all events are enjoyable for everyone!

Academic Reps (2 positions)

1.Fiona Gipps

Cohort: 2020

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

Hey team! I’m throwing my hat in the ring for Academic Representative because I love getting involved and want to help out the WUMSS community in any way I can. I am keen to be involved as one of the Academic Representatives because I have greatly benefitted from the initiatives and events WUMSS have run to help me settle into studying and social life here at UOW.

The mentoring program has been such a positive and useful platform for me for several reasons. I love that this gives the first years an opportunity to get to know those in the year above, as well as learn handy tips and tricks for remembering and understanding the concepts taught to us in class. Mentoring has helped me academically understand concepts from class and also gave me the opportunity to talk to someone who has ‘been there, done that’ about settling into medical school and study habits, plus it is great to have another friendly face in the corridor looking out for you. I’d love to have the opportunity to facilitate the program and its outcomes for other students.

In addition, I know the Academic Representatives have a big role to play in the organisation and execution of Inspiration Evening – a job I would be super excited to take on! I have been involved in event planning and organising in my previous roles as part of UQ society executives and will be able to transfer my knowledge from those roles to academic representative. I am hard working, organised and have a genuine passion for getting involved in WUMSS life – I would love this role to ensure that I can contribute positively to life here in med school and help work with everyone on WUMSS to make the coming year as fun as possible.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

WUMSS has been so great for helping me adjust to life here in medical school and I think platforms like the mentoring program have contributed immensely to that. I know that I have benefitted from the program, but I would love to listen to feedback from others about their experiences and how I could improve and develop mentoring to help others also gain as much as I have out of it. I know that everyone works differently, so I would endeavour to be open and listen to every ones feedback and work towards improving the mentoring program, as I believe it to be one of the most important and useful ways to help students academically.

2. Stephan Morris

Cohort: 2020

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

If you ask me, one of the most interesting aspects of UOW’s approach to medicine is the idea that “everyone can win”. What does that mean? When I heard Lyndal say this, on our first day – it reminded me that UOW wasn’t the same as every other medical school. The phrase means that instead of holding each other down, sabotaging each others work (this happens at some medical schools), or … I don’t know… feeding the dog someone’s notes? We can help each other to all achieve the same goal, get through medical school with our psyches intact, and a maybe even a shred of a social life. Having the chance to be your academic rep is a great opportunity to help put this message to work. Although my current role as ‘library hermit’ already allows me to support my fellow 2020’s and rally them around riveting (there’s an ALDI joke) case studies, I think there is more to be done.

Here’s to CBL intro objective templates,

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What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

One aspect regarding WUMSS’ role in academia I would like to develop, is an improved coordination and communication between student and staff. For those who are currently working, and for those who will eventually join the UOW med life – improving the level of communication regarding curriculum development will only be a benefit. Other goals include: 1. Access to peer-peer studying for those who don’t have access to ‘study groups’, 2. Avenues for academic support.

 

Junior Amsa Reps (2 positions)

1. James Dudas

Cohort 2020

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

Hey everyone, I am applying for the position of Junior AMSA Rep to ensure that the big ideas, problems and initiatives of the Wollongong students can be heard and acted upon in a national forum. A little about myself, I am an easy going, sociable person who is keen to close the gap between Wollongong and Nowra. The position of AMSA Rep encompasses a wide array of responsibilities and duties that I believe I have the skills to be able to effectively carry out. To be efficient in the very busy position of AMSA Rep, I will employ a sound work ethic coupled with a strong organisational agenda. The ability to be able to listen to the ideas and issues of other students and effectively communicate with council and university bodies is not a foreign task for me. Having been involved in the managing of many social clubs and as a university representative during my undergraduate degree, I have learned how to effectively represent student bodies and advocate for improvements in policies and events. Also for those that know my sister and that she was AMSA Rep, you can understand that there is some serious sibling rivalry that needs to be addressed.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

The Vampire Cup, a prominent part of the AMSA calendar is a major focus point for me. In the past, I have been affiliated with the Red Cross as part of their Blood Red Ambassador Programme, involved in promoting the donation of blood to youths around Australia. In the position of AMSA Rep I will be heavily promoting and providing information regarding this important event. I would like to see the continued promotion of blood donation throughout the year, not just during the vampire cup as well as continued Bone Marrow Donor enrolment support.

2. Sebastian Sproats

Cohort 2020 

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

I think I’d be suited to either of the positions I’m applying for, just have faith.

I’ve had previous experience in similar roles within committees and societies during high school and during undergrad. In high school I was the President of the Interact Club (Rotary), 1 of 6 School prefects and social leader; basically these positions meant I was organising or helping at every event or fundraiser in either major or minor roles, depending on what was required.

My time at St Mark’s College JCU allowed me to be in the Student committee as a minor role as ‘Shop Boy’- supplying the returning club goers with delicious food each week, which involved collecting tab money, shopping, cooking and cleaning. It also allowed me to help organise the Committee O’Week activities for the new students, which involved returning before university started and setting up the college. In my penultimate and ultimate years I was the Student Mentor Leader for the Biomedical and Medical Laboratory Science Cohorts. This involved coordinating the other student mentors with their first year students as well as coordinating with faculty members about student retention ideas and progress.

During this time I was also a part of the Biomedical Medical Laboratory Society committee, first as a Treasurer/Secretary, then stepping down as just a 4th year rep the following year due to travelling away for placement. This role involved fundraising, talking with faculty members, coordinating of social activities, liaising with individual year groups and of course the organisation of the student ball!

I think I would be a good candidate because I’m generally easy to get along with and am happy to listen to people’s ideas.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

In the short period of time I’ve been here there hasn’t been any major changes to current activities. I would like to see the development of a running club, a trivia night fundraiser and some sort of pet therapy, like puppies or kittens for exams. I would like to push for a 24hr computer lab/ Learning centre. I would like to see what could be done about parking permits for students, which might allow more flexibility with studying at the GM. I would also like to see what can be done about lecture notes from previous years being provided on our LGS pages for those people who annotate lecture slides, just as a back up, if it would help them engage with the lecturer.

Sports Rep (1 position)

1. Harriet Raleigh

Cohort 2020

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

I would love this position because I have always believed that a healthy body makes for a healthy mind and I would love to provide more opportunities for Med students to get outside and enjoy themselves. Team sports have been a massive part of my life and through captaincy and sports prefect roles in netball, swimming, athletics and cross country teams I have gained valuable skills in communication, leadership, organisation and good time management all of which would help me in this role.
This year I have been on both the WUMSS netball team (Greater Trochanters) in the mixed uni social comp and the first year waterpolo team (Mermedics) which has given me a great insight into some of the sports available at UoW. I also organised a team of 15 medical students to participate in the 24 Hour Multiple Sclerosis Megaswim held at the University pool in March of which I have only received positive feedback!!

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

I think it would be lovely to have more opportunities for people of all abilities to be involved in social team sports through the establishment of a lunch time or afternoon sports comp or the organisation of teams to train and participate in community events such as the 24hour mega swim, Fun Runs, Relay for Life events, Ocean swims, cycling events etc.

2. Jack Archer

Cohort: 2019

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

Ok so I’m not an Olympic athlete and I don’t sport a six pack like some of our other WUMSS members but I think I can have a solid dig at this gig. I enjoy all forms of sport and have given more than a few sports a go in my time.

I have had some minor successes in my sporting history and understand what it takes to be an athlete while also appreciating the great social aspects sport has to offer (AKA North Gong Schnitties). Some of my past accomplishments are:

-         Record of 52 not out in backyard cricket.

-         Once I did a 1 arm push up.

-         Ate ¾ of a KFC family feast in an hour while watching the cricket.

-         Competed at Rep level for Water Polo and National level for Swimming.

-         Haven’t been benched by Britt in Touch Footy yet this season.

-         Being an avid supporter of the local St George Illawarra Dragons.

-         A Golf handicap of 22.

In all seriousness though, I have a plethora of experience with organising sport and competitions. I have been a committee member for multiple sporting clubs, competed in many sports/competitions, coached many sports/levels of skill, timetabled sports/transport, and organised finances for sporting teams. Most of all I understand the requirements of this WUMSS role and how to be of the most help to you guys. I can provide clarity in what is expected in different competitions, and be readily available to anyone with any questions regarding any sport.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

I have 3 main goals for WUMSS:

1)    Provide a streamlined, problem free system for signing up, paying for, and competing in the different sports on offer. Including team uniforms.

2)    Overthrow Mitch as President and put Ali in his place.

3)    Get WUMSS more involved in inter-phase, inter-club, and inter-University competitions. After all we are competitive med students!

Publications Officer(1 position) 

1. Jessica Cusumano

Cohort: 2019 

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

I was the WUMSS Publications Officer for the 2016/2017 period and thoroughly enjoyed being able to contribute to WUMSS and Medicine at UOW in a creative and collaborative way. It is a position that requires a lot of delegation and coordination to bring together articles and imagery from across all cohorts as well as the affiliated clubs and groups that UOW Medicine Students are a part of. My outgoing personality and attendance at a variety of events and activities has given me the access required to either write and produce articles myself or to request articles from the most appropriate and connected people.

I hope if I retain this position to be able to grow and expand the Publications Role from its current concept of publishing the ‘Freshers Guide’ and ‘Rupture’ to growing the social media presence of WUMSS so that all cohorts have greater access to what WUMSS is working towards, including earlier notice for planned events and greater interactive opportunities to put forward questions, comments and feedback.

With regards to suability for this position; I have ample experience in editing the written work of others. In my previous life in the Navy, I deployed as the personal assistant to a very high-ranking officer. In this role I ruthlessly proof-read, red-penned and edited all correspondence including policy, commendations and print and social media articles which were published in defence and mainstream news platforms. The above-mentioned position also proved my ability to produce large volumes of written work in very short amounts of time due to the dynamic and fast tempo of the operational environment and I am comfortable in producing high quality written work, in short amounts of time when facing approaching deadlines. I am also confident in using Microsoft Publisher, Blurb and a myriad of online imagery tools to put together cohesive and professional looking print media and as a hobby photographer can take photos on behalf of WUMSS when required.

 My main role in my final years in the Navy was as a Communications Specialist and I have ample experience in the areas of Social and Digital Media Awareness and Public Affairs where I advised my commanders and provided training to all personnel. I have a sensible approach to producing publications and understand the need to create articles that are interesting, informative and fun whilst balancing the reputation requirements of WUMSS and the university. Having worked for the Department of Defence for the last 12 years I have learnt a lot about positive reputation management and believe that I can produce positive publications and social media content for WUMSS that reflects WUMSS positively without being dull or dry.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

I would like to see increased Social Media presence for WUMSS and would like to help make that happen. This would allow for greater visibility of WUMSS and the work that they do for UOW Medicine Students. My hope is that it would help students who don’t form part of the WUMSS Executive and Committee interact more with WUMSS and have a better understanding of what WUMSS does and the projects and events WUMSS work on.

I also hope that increased Social Media presence as well as more contributions of articles for Rupture will help increase interactions between students of all cohorts, hubs and campuses to make the UOW Medicine Community more connected and inclusive.

Health and Wellbeing Rep(1 position)

1. Jaimi Daniels 

Cohort: 2019

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

I’d like to support the health and happiness of UOW GM students! Having (almost.. hopefully) reached phase one’s end I’ve been here long enough to appreciate the unique experience of being a medical student and how self-care and state of mind can get a bit shabby along the way.

With this in mind, I want to be the WUMSS Health & Wellbeing rep not only to promote established health and wellbeing-related events (e.g. R U OK? Day, AMSA’s Blue Week, yoga) but also to get creative and come up with new health and wellbeing-related events/initiatives especially for our current cohorts. I’d also grow the social media presence of WUMSS Health & Wellbeing on Facebook, inaugurate an Instagram account, and consider a short newsletter to better reach you all. I’m also interested in your thoughts/feelings re: med student lyf and would release a few surveys to better inform my grand plans…

The skills I possess include writing and spelling good ;), trustworthiness/confidentiality, approachability (in person or electronically), and 12 months’ prior experience as a WUMSS rep (Academic). I also have genuine enthusiasm for engaging with GM students to nurture all-round physical and mental health and the achievement of full wellbeing potential! 

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

Provide more feedback to the cohorts re: what WUMSS is up to (electronically would probably be most feasible). Also to gather more feedback from cohorts re: their thoughts, ideas, and experiences in the course to inspire improved and new WUMSS initiatives

Environmental Officer( 1 position)

1. Alexander Mills

Cohort: 2020 

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

I genuinely want to contribute to the student environment at Shoalhaven while also contributing in Wollongong too. I have always wanted to be involved in as many areas within our school as possible. I have held similar positions before in my undergrad, in which I actually did environmental engineering, both at college and through student organisations and have truly enjoyed the fulfillment of giving back to the community. Student body experience and engagement were at the forefront of my duties. These roles also involved planning for student academic needs, looking after the social and health welfare of residents and overseeing the planning of the social calendars, balls and formal functions. 

I am extremely enthusiastic, hardworking, loyal and will give my all to help advance the WUMSS initiatives and grow our presence within the wider medical student community, as the University of Wollongong is one of the younger medical schools in NSW and Australia. I really would like to be able to involve and engage the Shoalhaven student population and foster the bond between the Shoalhaven and Wollongong campus’s. I’m also organised, and have learnt to time manage effectively to give my time across both campuses if needed.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

As environmental officer, I’d like to actually put on events! I’d like to also diversify the role to cover the physical environment of the GM and consult the cohort to potentially improve facilities and spaces in use to make them more student friendly and create a better learning environment for the GM students.

International Rep

1. Samuel Monebi

Cohort: 2020

Why do you want this position and what skills do you possess that would make you a good candidate?

Aims:

-         To ensure we all get along with our most hospitable Australian Med mates 😊

-         To encourage support for internationals.

o   Within WUMSS

o   With the medical school administration

-         To assist new internationals with their transition to Australia and provide connections with other international organizations on campus, as well other international med students in Australia.

-         To provide information/access to resources about research and volunteer opportunities, academic conferences, and networking events available to internationals.

-         To facilitate connections between current students and UOW med alumni/Australian Med School graduates from North America.

o   Sharing experiences/tips about internship/residency applications and process.

-         To provide support for North American Licensing Exams (MCCQE/USMLE)

What skills?

-         I am international! It is a very delicate task navigating border controls and immigrations across two hemispheres these days!

Seriously, I believe I bring three things to the table for this position and here is how I think they can help:

-         Communication

o   To encourage interaction and understanding between internationals and Australian medical students.

o   To effectively make concerns of internationals known to the appropriate channels.

-         Networking

o   To reach out, cultivate and provide helpful connections with international alumni/Australian Medical School graduates currently practicing in North America.

-         Negotiating

o   We cannot get our way all the time, but we can get the best deal on the table every single time.

o   I aim to get the most international-friendly resolution to any of our concerns, while understanding we are part of a larger student body.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2017/2018?

-         Adopt and support a health-related cause (Indigenous, Australian or Global) as a theme every year.

 

Positions Still Vacant

Community Engagement Officer(1 position)

IT officer( 1 position)

 

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