Annual General Meeting

Committee Positions

Ever wondered what a specific Executive or Committee position actually entails? What exactly does a Vice President (Communication) do? How busy is the Junior Education Officer? Do you have to be a clinical student to be AMA(SA) Rep? These questions and more demystified through the Position "Snapshots" included on this page.

If you want to nominate for any of these positions up for election at the AMSS' 2017 AGM, click on the position title to read the snapshot, then click "Nominate for this position." Email returningofficer@amss.org.au with any questions.


Executive

President

The role is both immensely rewarding and demanding at the same time. There are four main aspects to the role of President: (1) management of the Executive, and thereby ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the Society, (2) leading the society at a macroscopic and strategic level, (3) managing the risk profile of the society and (4) acting as the public face of the Society in both internal and external advocacy efforts.

Apart from the above four aspects, the role is poorly defined, and this affords the President a lot of discretion as to how to lead the Society. One can bring their own ideas, initiatives and goals to the position and has the ability to enlist help from the full 50+ Committee to achieve these. 

 

Favourable Experience

  • Previous roles on the AMSS committee
  • Event management
  • Previous advocacy/representative experience
  • Leadership
  • Public speaking skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 11+ hours per week
Baseline workload is approximately ~20-25 hours a week, which increases during busy periods such as O-Week, March and August

Working with a variety of different individuals, from Executive, to Committee to general AMSS members
Ability to pursue new ideas and directions for the Society
Development and refinement of skills in leadership, organisation, strategic direction and risk management
Intimate involvement and understanding of all aspects of the Society
Fun and fulfilling!
Large time commitment, and sometimes there are 'emergencies' that need to be dealt with
Lots of emails and following up of tasks
Nothing to show for your work in terms of an 'event' or end-product
Easy to lose 'vision' when caught up in day-to-day oversight of the Society's activities

Ideas For The Future

Largely up to the candidate!
Implementation of the Strategic Plan
Focus on future-proofing the Society, particularly with changes to MD in the near future
Initiatives targeted at reducing volunteer burden and improving engagement with the Society

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Simon Cousins
  • 2016 James Johnston
  • 2015 Shane Selvanderan
  • 2014 Tom Eldredge
Vice President (Education)

Vice President (Education) or VP(E) is a privileged position which, along with the Junior Education Officer, represents the student body in all things education related. This is done both directly through meetings with the Medical School Faculty as well as through the running of Team Education and publication of student submissions.

Team Education is the driving force behind advocacy in the Medical School. It is the role of the VP(E) to facilitate and guide Team Education to both gather student opinion and feed it back to the faculty. Working with a group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about advocacy is one of the highlights of this role.

One of the most time consuming aspects of this role is attending the various meetings held throughout the year. These meetings are the behind the scenes work that drives the medical program, which can certainly be intimidating at times. It is here where the important issues are raised with the Faculty. This usually is in the form of presenting formal reports of student surveys or speaking to feedback raised at Team Education meetings.

Furthermore, the role also includes the general task of being an Executive member - which is always a fun, but also at times a demanding commitment. Time management is crucial in this role.

Favourable Experience

  • Previous roles on the AMSS committee
  • Computer literacy
  • Previous advocacy/representative experience
  • Leadership
  • Public speaking skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Communication skills
  • Clinical student

Time Required

Avg. 11+ hours per week
Time commitments vary from week to week, depending on the amount of meetings needed to attend, meetings are usually after hours but may be between 9-5. Other busy times surround the production and publication of student submissions

A privileged position to speak out for your fellow students
Working with Team Education
Working closely with the Faculty
First hand seeing changes to the medical program
Gain insight into Medical Education and administration
Large time commitment
Feedback not always well received

Ideas For The Future

Asking the Deans to provide written comments to large issues raised
Proactive advocacy on key issues
Updating and rejuvenating rotation feedback documents (ROVERs)

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Thomas Gransbury
  • 2016 Simon Cousins
  • 2015 Joshua Calleja
  • 2014 Caitlyn Sun
Vice President (Communication)

The Vice President (Communication) or VP(C), is responsible for maintaining the AMSS' internal perception and external brand. He or she is charged with ensuring the Society's events, advocacy and representation efforts are promoted appropriately and that membership benefits and publications are communicated and distributed to Committee officers and members. At all times, the VP(C) must ensure consistency in the AMSS' branding, high quality of produced content and proper representation of Adelaide medical students.

Additionally, the VP(C) is responsible for overseeing all of the events of the Society – he or she must ensure that they are are run appropriately and on budget. This involves pre-event planning and promotion, helping out 'on the day', facilitating effective handover from year to year and guiding event convenors. 

Other responsibilities of the VP(C) include:

  • Regularly updating content on the AMSS website
  • Maintaining the AMSS Facebook page
  • Promoting, ordering and distributing AMSS merchandise
  • Coordinating communication to members via year-level representatives
  • General Executive duties (e.g. assisting at AMSS events, attending executive meetings, overseeing Committee portfolios)
  • General Committee duties (e.g. writing for [stimulus], attending committee meetings)

Favourable Experience

  • Previous roles on the AMSS committee
  • Event management
  • Computer literacy
  • Previous advocacy/representative experience
  • Design skills
  • Leadership
  • Public speaking skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Prior attendance at social events
  • Communication skills
  • Competency with Photoshop/InDesign

Time Required

Avg. 6-10 hours per week

Ability to shape the visual image of the Society
Assist with the running of all Society events
Help maintain the traditions and culture of our wonderful AMSS
Interacting with almost all members of the Committee
Creating promotional material (posters/banners) can be difficult
The workload increases significantly around event-dense periods (e.g. March & August)
Merchandise ordering and distribution is not always straightforward

Ideas For The Future

Continue to improve handover between event convenors from year to year
Consider in-person meetings with Year Reps and Event Convenors to coordinate the promotion of upcoming activities / events
Develop methods to better engage students with the AMSS and make our Society stand out against other student groups

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Hiep Tu
  • 2016 Anna Grosse
  • 2015 Annie Hebenstreit
  • 2014 Oscar Russell
Treasurer

The Treasurer is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the AMSS finances and accounts. They are tasked with ensuring responsible budgeting goals, both on a societal scale and for individual events, and then enacting these goals effectively. They are the first port of call for any necessary payments, and must always be aware of the AMSS' financial status and future needs. Accurate financial records are the key to this role in order to guarantee precise reporting, and their creation and maintenance are where the majority of time will be spent. Other key roles include taxation reporting in conjunction with Perks, the formation of Invoices for sponsors and the tracking of their payment, and communication with the Committee regarding the state of accounts.

As a predominantly event-based society, the AMSS' treasurer is involved in virtually all portfolios and roles, working particularly with event convenors to guide and oversee their financial priorities, ensuring budgets are kept, and approving all payments travelling through the AMSS accounts.

In addition to this, the Treasurer is an Executive position, which carries additional responsibilities outside the realm of finance, to do with the everyday running and oversight of the AMSS and its events.

 

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Computer literacy
  • Budget and financial skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Meeting etiquette

Time Required

Avg. 11+ hours per week
Time commitment is consistently high, as events run year 'round, and reporting and taxation must be done regularly. During busy periods such as O'Week, this can lead to 20 hours or more of work a week.

Able to be a part of organising every event the AMSS runs
Skill-building in financial areas
High level of influence when shaping the AMSS' monetary focus
Large time commitment, requiring at least an hour a day to remain on top of things
Much of the bulk of your work cannot be delegated during busy periods
The role is active for the entire year not just the university year

Ideas For The Future

Maintaining the AMSS' strong financial position through long term investments
Increased use of the AOPG by other university societies to generate revenue
Streamlining of events budget reporting to the Executive

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Patrick Kennewell
  • 2016 Tom Rogerson
  • 2015 James Turnbull
  • 2014 Nathan Shugg
Secretary

The Secretary position is a lot of fun and especially good as a first Executive role! You will learn about the Society completely from the inside-out.

You will be responsible for co-ordinating  Agendas, Pre-Readings, Minutes, Apologies, and the overall running of Committee Meetings. This can be time consuming but organisation is key. It's very important to have an accurate record of the discussions at both Committee and Executive Meetings so that they can be referred to later and included in Handovers for the subsequent years.

You also get to let your gastronomic creativity run wild when deciding on Committee Meeting dinners. Your options are endless (within the budget!)

As an Executive member you are expected to help out at all AMSS events and support the Executive and Committee Members as needed. This means you end up meeting lots of new people and learning a lot about the running of the AMSS!

 

Favourable Experience

  • Computer literacy
  • Organisation and time management
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Appreciation of good food
  • Communication skills
  • Fast typing skills

Time Required

Avg. 6-10 hours per week
On-going committment through out the year

Decide on the food for meetings
Know a lot about all areas of the AMSS
Forced to listen in all Exec and Committee meetings
Executive is a lot of fun!
Learn the names of all of the Committee
Spend a lot of time chasing people up
Hard to contribute at Committee Meetings

Ideas For The Future

Different delicious cuisines!
Provide food at Executive meetings
Make Committee Meetings more of a "thing"

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Sachini Perera
  • 2016 Rosie Massolino
  • 2015 Jessica Walker
  • 2014 Nick Clarke
Sponsorship Officer

The Sponsorship officer is responsible for liasing regularly with our Major Partners and Minor Partners and ensures that their expectations are consistently and successfully met. The AMSS could not operate and run over 50 events without the help of our Sponsors. Communication and organisation are key and you will soon become an email God or Godess as well as learn to say yes to a free coffee when a sponsor offers. Always remember happy sponsors equals a happy AMSS. 

The main roles of the sponsorship officer include maintaining the sponsorship prospectus, , strengthening relationships with current sponsors, looking for new avenues to attract further sponsorship and organising a number of events including MIGA electives night and Perks money matters financial evening. In addition you must fullfill you role as an executive member by being a sound leader and supporting the other executive and committee members. 

 

 

Favourable Experience

  • Previous roles on the AMSS committee
  • Leadership
  • Organisation and time management
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 6-10 hours per week
Constant throughout the year!

Get mad business skills
Member of the Exec (wooooo)
FREE COFFEE at meetings
Writing and signing contracts is super cool!
All the skills and etiquette you learn prepares you for the professional world, both in business and medicine
Get to talk to and meet loads of people!
Inbox is rarely at 0
You have to chase people up quite a lot... like A LOT
Rejection ... :'(

Ideas For The Future

Tidy up the minor sponsor portfolio
Invite sponsors to more events!

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Collette Massy-Westropp
  • 2016 Jarrad Hopkins
  • 2015 Tony Barbaro
  • 2014 Rachael Murray
Membership Officer

The Membership Officer of the AMSS is responsible for accumulating and managing the society's member base each year. This means keeping members updated on upcoming events and opportunities through the monthly member mail-outs, as well as running O'Week & Pres Keg. You'll learn event management and even some basic design skills along the way.

A lot of the work for the role happens before the year starts, from acquiring member benefits to designing and order merchandise like retractable ID card holders, stickers, keychains and other fun things!

The start of the year gives you the opportunity to run two well-loved events - O'week and President's Keg! This gives you an opportunity to get to know new and old faces in the medical school, learn about event management and budgeting. If you're in Clin, it's strongly recommended that you take O'Week off to coordinate all this! 

Another big part of this role is as part of the Executive Team. This adds up to a considerable amount of time, but it's so much fun and you learn a lot more about how the society works and what goes in to planning each event.

Overall it's a fantastic way to get involved in the Executive and the AMSS, and requires less specific skills than some of the other Exec positions. It's perfect if you're keen on the AMSS, would love to get involved and are have some new ideas!

 

Favourable Experience

  • Previous roles on the AMSS committee
  • Event management
  • Budget and financial skills
  • Design skills
  • Leadership
  • Public speaking skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Prior attendance at social events
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 6-10 hours per week
Time requirements are quite substantial in the beginning of the year and then drop off throughout the year, although being part of the Exec requires quite a time commitment during the year for meetings and helping out at all our events!

Scope to be creative with membership merch and events
Great opportunity to learn; from design and event promotion, through to picking up tips from the rest of the exec or negotiating with venues
Lower work-load during the year than most other Exec positions
Being on the Exec which is great fun
Opportunity to meet the new students
Limited budget
Approaching stores for discounts and freebies can be intimidating!
High work load at start of the year
O Week at new medical school may be difficult to arrange

Ideas For The Future

Be creative with merchandise and O'week!

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Nupur Shukla
  • 2016 Alex Bate
  • 2015 Jane Collinson
  • 2014 Ben Wingrove

Committee

Pre-Clinical Coordinator

This is a fantastic way for pre-clinical students to become involved in the AMSS. It provides many opportunities to interact with the comittee, as well as the wider pre-clin community. its definitely one of the more enjoyable positions on the comittee, and there are always options for new initiatives.

Key Roles:

  • Organising the Pub Crawl
  • Organising the AMSS Debating with the Clinical Coordinator

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Pre-clinical Coordinator is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

 

 

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Prior attendance at social events
  • Communication skills
  • Pre-clinical student

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
Throughout the year, time commitments on average are low. Peak periods occur prior to locker allocation, and in the week leading up to the debating and the Pre-Clin pub crawl

Relatively low workload
No demands during peak periods
Good way to interact with pre-clinical students
Organising pub crawl
Difficulties maintaining common room cleanliness with high usage

Ideas For The Future

Use of initiative funding to improve common room facilities
Improvement of locker management system
Making the pub crawl bigger and better every year!

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Jennifer Chataway
  • 2016 Brandon Stretton
  • 2015 Alex Bate
  • 2014 Evan Garrett
Clinical Coordinator

Clinical coordinator is a fantastic role which is great for those with minimal experience looking to get involved with the AMSS, but equally as rewarding for those on the opposite side of the spectrum with plenty of experience! The core components of the role include organising PubCrawl, the annual Clinical Welcome Back Drinks, Inter-year Debating, Sixth Year Welcome Event and generally being involved with AMSS events. These events are great fun to organise and it's a good opportunity to meet fellow clinical students. Even if you haven't been involved in running an event before, it's a simple matter of basic organisational skills and communication with your fellow students and pubs alike.

There is certainly room for innovation within in the role. It's a fantastic position to hold and I recommend it to anyone keen to be involved.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Clinical Coordinator is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Prior attendance at social events
  • Communication skills
  • Clinical student

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week

Easy to organise and fun events
Organising the RAH Lockers can be time consuming
Keeping the RAH common room clean

This position is not elected at the AGM.

Ideas For The Future

New oppurtunity with the new RAH facilities and potential clinical common room

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Charlotte Blacketer
  • 2016 Jessica Walker
  • 2015 Laura Goodwins
  • 2014 Joshua Calleja
Junior Education Officer

Just an Excellent Opportunity

The pinnacle of Pre-Clinical advocacy, this role is an opportunity to be on the frontline, brush shoulders with the top brass within the medical school and be the direct link between students and the faculty.  The primary function of the JEO is to liaise with pre-clinical EdReps and formulate feedback from across years 1-3 in order to advocate on behalf of the students at various committees within the faculty.You will work closely with the VP(E) and be the Starsky to their Hutch, assisting in all matters of educational advocacy and representation.  

Your calendar year will consist of 4-6 action packed weeks across the year, covering the various faculty meetings.  The rest of the year however is yours to use as you please and to liaise with EdReps and your fellow peers. Other tasks within the role include working with the EdEvents Coordinator and VP(E) on the submissions for [stimulus] and the First Year Guide as well as running the First Year Exam Forum in Semester 1 and developing Assessment Surveys at the end of the year.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the JEO is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected at the AGM and nominees are invited to give a 1-minute speech, followed by 1-minute of questions.

Favourable Experience

  • Computer literacy
  • Previous advocacy/representative experience
  • Organisation and time management
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Communication skills
  • Pre-clinical student

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
Time requirement is fluctuant and highly dependent on the Faculty meeting schedule, can be as much as 6 hours when multiple meetings are scheduled but can drop to nearly 0 during other times

Learn about the inner workings of the medical program
Upskilling in meeting etiquette, leadership and advocacy
Working with an amazing team of Education Representatives - TeamEd
Opportunity to have a positive impact on medical education
Meetings can often be long and/or boring
Unresolved educational issues can cause frustration
Meeting times can conflict with other after hours commitments

Ideas For The Future

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Jack Rumbelow
  • 2016 Tom Gransbury
  • 2015 Simon Cousins
  • 2014 Malcolm Borg
AMA(SA) Representative

The AMA(SA) Representative will represent the AMSS and Adelaide medical students at meetings of the Australian Medical Assocation (SA).

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the AMA(SA) Rep is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Previous roles on the AMSS committee
  • Previous advocacy/representative experience
  • Leadership
  • Public speaking skills
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
Approximately 9 meetings in a calendar year of the AMA(SA) Council. 4-5 meetings of the DiT (doctors in training) Council.

Insight into the political issues affecting doctors in South Australia
Networking with junior doctors and senior clinicians
Experiencing higher level discussions about the health workforce
Gaining a better understanding about the advocacy of the AMA
Mainly observational - little scope to create change

Ideas For The Future

The DiT is becoming more active - involvement in campaigns including social media, junior doctor AMA membership, junior doctor pipeline issues will continue to be important
Greater involvement with the AMSS in its advocacy position re interships and other training issues

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Monica Chen
  • 2016 Brian Gue
  • 2015 James Johnston
  • 2014 Alyssa Parsons
Rural Representative

The Rural Representative provides a link between the AMSS and students on rural placements.  They keep students updated with all matters AMSS and keep the AMSS updated with all things rural.  

In this position, the Rural Representative sits on the rural school's course curriculum committee and provides feedback on issues affecting students in the country.  For this reason, it is a role probably best suited to someone in the rural fifth-year cohort.  

Other duties of the Rural Rep include updating the AMSS Guide To Going Rural and keeping good cohort communication through regular mailouts and Facebook group discussion.

There is lots of scope to expand this portfolio in terms of creating rural-based events, working with other rural health groups and pursuing sponsorship opportunities.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Rural Rep is expected to attend all AMSS meetings where feasible (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Meeting etiquette
  • Rural interest
  • Clinical student

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
Attendance at course curriculum meetings once per month (videoconference is available)


Ideas For The Future

Creating a rural rolling handover (ROVER)
Running an event for the rural fifth-year cohort in their mid-year teaching week
Improving AMSS member benefits for rural students

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Emma Kelly
  • 2016 Maya Todd
  • 2015 Anna Grosse
  • 2014 Olivia Rygorowicz
Senior AMSA Representative

The Senior AMSA Representative is a fulfilling leadership position. This role is the conduit between the AMSS and AMSA; communicating between each, bringing issues and concerns of the AMSS to AMSA Council, being an advocate and leading the Adelaide delegation at Convention.

The key roles of the AMSA Rep include:

  • Attending the 3 AMSA Councils during the year (2x in AMSA Executive's home state and 1x in the Convention location, reimbursed by AMSA)
  • Leading and managing the Adelaide Convention delegation (organising logistics and teams, helping with floor sweeps, attending meetings etc.)
  • Promoting AMSA and AMSA events to Adelaide medical students
  • Running the SA Leadership Development Seminar (in conjunction with the AMSS Junior AMSA Rep and the Flinders Junior/Senior AMSA Reps)

During each Council, the AMSA Rep will represent the AMSS's views, discuss and pass official AMSA policy and be updated on AMSA events, projects, activities and affiliate organisations. They wil also discuss the activities of other medical student socities, attend upskilling workshops, and network with medical students from around the country and attend fun social nights! 

Each AMSA Rep holds their university's vote for votes on passing policy, board members, incoming AMSA Exec bid etc. Before each Council, the AMSA Rep needs to read all the policies and relevant documents, hold a TeamRep meeting and/or run a survey to gage AMSS opinions in order to accurately represent it, particularly on things voted on. The AMSA National Co-ordinator sends you a weekly email with tasks and relevant information. 

Although it is a rewarding representative role and provides the opportinity to meet many amazing people along the way, this position is quite a big time committment. This position is recommend for anyone intersted in AMSA, policy and advocacy and who has a deep love of Convention! 

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the AMSA Rep is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected at the AGM and nominees are invited to give a 1-minute speech, followed by 1-minute of questions.

Favourable Experience

  • Previous roles on the AMSS committee
  • Event management
  • Previous advocacy/representative experience
  • Leadership
  • Organisation and time management
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Communication skills
  • Clinical student

Time Required

Avg. 6-10 hours per week
Varies - busiest before each Council and Convention, sometimes no work, sometimes many tasks

Gain leadership experience
Become friends with many fantastic interstate medical students
Get an orange T-shirt
Guaranteed rego for Convention
Upskilling in policy production
Work closely with like minded driven medical students
Represent the AMSS at AMSA Council
Upskilling in event organisation (SALDS)
Stay up to date on key medical student issues
Can be time consuming
Politics can be frustrating
Convention organisation and giving up some of your time at Convention

Ideas For The Future

Consider new ways to engage the AMSS with AMSA Policy/Council

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Letti Sweet
  • 2016 Monica Chen
  • 2015 Kimberly Brown
  • 2014 Brian Gue
Junior AMSA Representative

The AMSA Junior Representative acts as a conduit between the AMSS' pre-clinical cohort and the activities of the Australian Medical Students' Association. 

Key roles include:

  • Attendance at Team Rep (which the Junior usually takes minutes for) and AMSA council.
  • Supporting the Senior AMSA Rep in organising SALDS (the South Australian Leadership Development Seminar)
  • Coordinating Adelaide's effort in the National Vampire Cup (AMSA's blood drive)
  • Assisting the Senior AMSA representative in managing Adelaide's Convention delegation. This includes assisting with welfare. 
  • Any general support the Senior AMSA rep may require (communicating with AMSA, moral guidance)

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the AMSA Junior Rep is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

 

Favourable Experience

  • Public speaking skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week

Meeting like-minded peers across Australia.
Working with an experienced member of the AMSS
Contributing to AMSA through council +/- policy
Largely supportive role and somewhat ill defined

Ideas For The Future

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Henry Marshall
  • 2016 Letti Sweet
  • 2015 Jonathan Chou
  • 2014 Tom O'Neill
IT Officer

As IT officer, your main job will be to maintain, update and preserve the AMSS website. This will involve:

  • Adding and removing content.
  • Working with the Treasurer, VPC, and event coordinators to set up online payments.
  • Setting up pages for things like payment gateways, AGM nominations, etc.

Althought it may seem like you need to know how to ~code~, the website is actually not that hard once you get the hang of it. Problem solving and navigation of resources is more important than any specific IT skills. 

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the IT Officer is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year) and help out at AMSS events. If you want, you can also write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Computer literacy
  • HTML/CSS knowledge is very helpful. PHP/Drupal knowledge is even better!

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
More time required during busy ticketing times (MedBall)

Get to work with almost all other committee positions
Can do pretty much everything from home
Not really a true negative, but most work is behind the scenes, so you’ll rarely see your work “on show”
Depending on your IT proficiency, you'll need to ask for help occasionally

Ideas For The Future

AMSS discussion forum
Future planning for IT support
Exploration of alternative payment gateways

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Rosie Massolino
  • 2016 Lorenzo Chewparsad
  • 2015 Dexter Leong
  • 2014 Toby Zerner
Historian

There are lots of great opportunities to put your historical skills to the test and implement new ideas as Historian.

You'll need to write an article for [stimulus], attend all of the AMSS Committee meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and generally GAI. But that is where the real 'requirements' end...

It would be great to continue work on the 'time capsule' for the new medical school and on digitising all of the old files and editions of [stimulus] which currently live in Arcadia. The rest of this role would be up to you and any ideas you have.

Pop quiz: what was the magazine of the Society called before it was called [stimulus]? If you know the answer, you should apply for this role. If you don't know the answer, apply and you're sure to find out.

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Any or none

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
As much or as little as you like

Rewarding for those with an interest in the history of the AMSS
Reading through old editions of [stimulus] and finding articles written by your reg (or even consultant!)
Lots of scope to implement your own ideas
You'll never be able to go through everything on the hard drive

Ideas For The Future

Continue with plans for new med school 'time capsule' and curate the content into the future
Update the history section of the website or include material in member mailouts
Continue digitising old editions of [stimulus]

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Sib Hare-Breidahl
  • 2016 Joe Hewitt
  • 2015 Matthew Borg
  • 2014 Karthik Venkataraman
Gender Officers

The role of Gender Officer is new this year, created to replace the existing Women’s and Men’s Officers. The primary responsibility of the Gender Officers is to advocate for gender diversity and equality within the course and the Society itself. What form this takes is up to the incoming Officers to define; previous initiatives include networking events and a discussion forum.

Candidates should apply in pairs for the role. Please note the two Officers must be gender-diverse (i.e. two people who identify as different genders).

As with all AMSS positions, the Gender Officers are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for [stimulus], the Society’s major publication.

The positions will be elected online; nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Previous advocacy/representative experience
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week

New position - lots of scope!
Ability to shape the role into something meaningful
Very few (that we anticipate)!

Ideas For The Future

Please contact Sally Wark (Women's Officer) at womens@amss.org.au if you want to find out more!

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Tony Barbaro (Men's Officer) & Sally Wark (Women's Officer)
  • 2016 Gracey Goodwin (Women's Officer) & Alex Howes (Men's Officer)
  • 2015 Jess Ransom (Women's Officer) & Donald Shivakumar (Men's Officer)
  • 2014 Jane Collinson (Women's Officer) & Sam LaBroome (Men's Officer)
LGBTQI+ Officer

The role of LGBTQI+ Officer is a brand new position on the AMSS Committee for 2018! The role of this officer is intended to represent the views and needs of the LGBTQI+ community within medicine and aim to liaise with other members of the committee, ensuring all discussions, events and so forth regarding LGBTQI+ community and or individuals are handled with respect and sensitivity.

With LGBTQI+ medical students at a heightened risk of mental health issues, particularly within our current political climate (re: Same-Sex Marriage) this position is preferably to be filled by an active member of the LGBTQI+ community or someone who considers themselves a strong ally and experienced voice of such.

As this is a new role the particular requirements are yet to be clear, so it’ll be up to the individual elected to help the position find its feet and breathe some life into it. Collaboration on Health & Wellbeing Events, EdForums, MedCamp and so forth are a great place to start and we look forward to seeing what can be brought to the role. The LGBTQI+ Officer will also be expected to attend all AMSS meetings throughout the year, as with any committee position.

The position will be elected online; nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Previous advocacy/representative experience
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week

New position - lots of scope!
Ability to shape the role into something meaningful
Very few (that we anticipate)!

Ideas For The Future

Please contact Ricky Stocker-Johns at ricky.stocker-johns@student.adelaide.edu.au if you want to find out more!

Previous Office Bearers

  • None (It's a New Position!)
Sports Officers

The Sports Officer(s) role is a really fun one! It is an event focused position, with a few key events throughout the year. These include MedFooty, medrugby (at Medcamp), Med vs. Vet Soccer and another event or two - it's up to you!

This year the sports officers focused on sports appreciation and banter by creating the sports appreciation group and some great memes. 

Sports is a fun role, especially to do in a group! There's enough flexibility to bring your own flavour and has time demands in the lead up to an event but otherwise a low stress job!

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Sports Officer(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Computer literacy
  • Budget and financial skills
  • Design skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for sports!

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
Increases quite a bit in the lead up to your events

Lots of fun!
Can improve your own fitness
Meet a lot of people
Gain event management skills
Very flexible in what can be done
Good platform for banter/memes/photoshop
Time consuming in the lead up to events

This position is not elected at the AGM.

Ideas For The Future

Increasing fitness opportunities for AMSS
Improving interfaculty relationships
Different sporting events!

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Hubib Ahmad & Dan Zweck
  • 2016 Tony Barbaro, Eliza Colley & Sam Harms
  • 2015 Brian Gue
  • 2014 Ellen Burch, Alex Buckby, Charles Livingston & Siobhan Misan
Publications Officers

The Publications Officer(s), lovingly known as ‘Pubs’, oversee the design and creation of the First Year Guide and the AMSS’ major publication, [stimulus].

Key roles include:

  • Designing and formatting the FYG and [stimulus]
  • Liaising with (read: sending hundreds of nagging emails to) other committee members and students to submit articles
  • Overseeing the printing of the FYG and [stimulus]
  • Overseeing the distribution of [stimulus], including mailing to rural students

Pubs is a very diverse role, and due to the breadth of tasks, applying as a team is ideal. This enables the workload to be shared and tasks delegated. Computer skills and familiarity of the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) are worthwhile; however, prior knowledge is not required as these skills can be learnt on-the-job. A good grasp of punctuation and grammar are invaluable and, because of the need to chase up articles, effective communication skills are also essential – yes, you may need to nag a little.

Whilst the role can be challenging, and peak workloads come during swotvac/exam time (and even before the academic year starts), Publications is a very rewarding role, the networks you form with your peers will last you a lifetime and seeing the physical manifestation of your labours makes it all worthwhile. 

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Publications Officer(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year) and help out at AMSS events.

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Computer literacy
  • Design skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 3-5 hours per week
Most of the work concentrated in the few weeks before printing deadlines

Huge amounts of creative freedom
Develop invaluable skills
Having a reason to talk to other Committee members without looking awkward
Being able to hold a finished product after months of hard work
Lots of work in a short space of time (around exam time)
Some people are terrible at sticking to deadlines (and replying to emails)
So much nagging
Spellcheck doesn't always work (and doesn't check names)

Ideas For The Future

Run submissions through dropbox or similar (being trialed at time of writing)
Online edition of [stimulus]
Improving utilization of Facebook page - videos were suggested this year but unable to be implemented due to time restraints

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Abby Moore, Huy Pham & Hamish Phillips
  • 2016 Henry Colovic & Joe Hewitt
  • 2015 Charlotte Blacketer, Henry Colovic & Nicholas Scott
  • 2014 Gordon Goh, Hiep Tu & Alyssa Pradhan
Research Officer

The Research Officer is an evolving position which is full of promise and untapped potential. The role’s key purposes are to help engage medical students in research and represent medical students in discussions regarding the research components of our course. The current core duties of the portfolio are a general advisory role for students interested in undertaking research, attendance at meetings (student representative on the MBBS Research Committee and AMSS Team Ed meetings), updating of the AMSS’s online research materials and assisting the University of Adelaide in the promotion of the Ram S. Tulsi Award.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Research Officer is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

 

 

Favourable Experience

  • Research experience
  • Organisation and time management
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
Most aspects of the role are sporadic and not time consuming. The largest part of the role is responding to research-related enquiries from students. There is significant scope to however add more to the role.

Only through adding to the collective knowledge of mankind can we truly claim to have improved the edifice of medical science.
Only through adding to the collective knowledge of mankind can we truly claim to have improved the edifice of medical science.

Ideas For The Future

Continue running the AMSS Honours & Research Opportunities evening annually
Expand the portfolio and online research materials to include information relating to postgraduate and non-clinical opportunities for medical students
Organise new initiatives to supplement teaching on the research components of the course
Perhaps more responsibilities will arise with the eventual shift to the MD program….

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Malcolm Borg
  • 2016 Stefan Court-Kowalski
  • 2015 Lucy Pittolo
  • 2014 Mitchell Petersen Tym
Philanthropy Officer

The Philanthropy role includes coordinating charity fundraisers, working with the Mary Magdalene Centre and implementing any new initiatives. It is a really fulfilling role with room to grow in the future.

The Philanthropy Officer(s) will be responsible for organising the annual end-of-term 3 AMSS Charity Event that has now replaced Red Party. This event is truly a blank canvas and a great opportunity to raise awareness and money for a charity of your choosing.

A creative individual with enthusiasm and ideas of how to expand this area of the AMSS in the future would fit this role well! 

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Philanthropy Officer(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Leadership
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Rural interest
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 3-5 hours per week
Can be fairly light on, week to week, but in the lead up to events or programs the time commitment can be increased.

Very rewarding!
Opportunity to meet people in different year levels
Experience different community groups (ie Mary Magdalene centre)
Room to incorporate your own new ideas!
Organising a major charity event will make this role more time-consuming than it has been in the past

Ideas For The Future

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Jessica Ransom
  • 2016 Carla De Angelis
  • 2015 Tess Ryan
  • 2014 Gordon Goh
Photographer

Ever-present at AMSS events, on Flckr and Instagram, the AMSS photographer is responsible for documenting (in .jpeg form) the Society's activities for all to see! Don't have a camera? No stress, we've got you covered.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the photographer is expected to attend all AMSS Committee meetings (approximately 6 per year) and help out at AMSS events. The photographer also has the special privilege of having their photos featured in the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Computer literacy
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
It really depends on how many events are on and how many photos are taken (more photos = more editing time!)

It's a great way to meet new people and be involved at events
Planning Instagram posts is really fun
Photo editing can be time-consuming

This position is not elected at the AGM.

Ideas For The Future

A photography team or duo would be great so that if one person can't make an event/ doesn't have time to edit photos, there's always a back up.
A camcorder for videography could also make capturing memories more interesting!
A Photographer snapchat so that people can send in funny selfies of them at events.
More photography competitions!

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Jordan Anderson
  • 2016 Collette Massy-Westropp
  • 2015 Oshadha Aluthwala
  • 2013 Oscar Russell
Skullduggery Convenors
 
 
Skullduggery is the University of Adelaide's premier O'Week party run by the AMSS, welcome to all; both medical and non-medical students. Having sold out with 2000 students the past few years, the Convenors' job is to organise, market and continue the traditions of this historically fun-filled event. 
 
It is a fantastic event to convene due to the fact that you get to work with enthusiatic helpers and the exec, it will upskill your event organisation, Skullduggery already has a huge name for istself, you can let your creative juices flow and you just end up having so much fun with your fellow convenor! (traditionally has been 2 convenors). 
 
Skullduggery is an event that has so much creative potential and future convenors can explore new ideas. Running a smooth event requires motivation, organisational ability, some computure literacy and creativity. Because the event is in O'Week, the majority of work is done during the summer holidays and in the previous year. 
 

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Skullduggery Convenor(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year) and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected by the Executive and nominations typically open in August-September each year.

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Computer literacy
  • Budget and financial skills
  • Design skills
  • Leadership
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Prior attendance at social events
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 3-5 hours per week
Most time requirement during O Week, then the summer holidays, then work done the previous year

Huge budget to play with
An already well established event
Lets your creative juices flow
Get to meet new people and work with amazing helpers and the exec
So much fun throughout!
Not so time heavy during most of the year
Event organisation upskill and learning experience
Pressure to make a large profit
Limited event venues due to lack of huge capacity venues in Adelaide
Time commitment in summer holidays - may be hard if both convenors are not in Adelaide, at least one is fine, however these days email correspondence is sufficient for most things

This position is not elected at the AGM.

Ideas For The Future

Explore new themes and venues
Music act

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Fergus Lynch & Darcy Noll
  • 2016 Sib Hare-Breidahl & Tom Rogerson
  • 2015 Monica Chen & Nupur Shukla
  • 2014 Ellen Burch & Jen Rice
MedCamp Convenors

MedCamp is the best weekend of the year! It's a great experience to be a part of and the best way to kick start your involvement with the AMSS. Make mates with first years, helpers and exec, get to attend at least one exec meeting, 10/10 upskilling (event organisation, AMSS website skills, promotion, budgeting, sponsorship, leadership, self control), find out who does the best alcohol quotes for your 21st, get to wear walkie talkies etc. 

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the MedCamp Convenor(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year) and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected by the Executive and nominations typically open in August-September each year.

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Budget and financial skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 6-10 hours per week
Pre Christmas 3-4 hours/week, January 5-6 hours/week, Pre O-week and O-week 20 hours/week

Plan the best event on the AMSS calendar! (Convenors may be biased)
Learn loads about event planning and management
Eat whatever you want from the kitchen
Make awesome mates with other convenors/helpers/exec
Relaxing weekend at picturesque Normanville
First years think you're cool (at least for a bit)
Prep time doesn't really overlap with term/doesn't inhibit studies
Can't drink over the weekend
Relatively big responsibility
May have to miss Womad

This position is not elected at the AGM.

Ideas For The Future

Increase accessibility and appeal of the weekend for a broad range of people
Further integration of points system into weekend
Strategies to increase clinical years attendance
Silent Disco?!

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Jed Campbell, Jack Doney, Bianca Kennedy & Zoe Taylor
  • 2016 Chloe Borgas, Harry Judd, Ellie Schofield & John Snow
  • 2015 Ben Koszegi, Rosie Massolino, Collette Massy-Westropp & Letti Sweet
  • 2014 Alexander Bate, Tess Ryan & Jessica Walker
Functions Convenors

Functions is one of the most fun roles on the AMSS Committee. The role can be what ever you'd like it to be! You get to run two events and can decide to do with them whatever you would like!

Jazz Night has a huge degree of potential to be expanded on, as is slowly being done over the years. This year we had 800 people atteneding and was at Elder Park. It requires a fair bit of effort early in the year but is very rewarding to see it all come together. Including a charity cause for the night was a new initiative this year and worked well. Jazz Night is mostly limited by the budget.

MedBall is arguably the biggest event on the AMSS calendar with the biggest budget, and therefore can be intimidating but is also very unique event experience. You can be as creative as you would like from the theme to the food, to the room, to the table settings. You have to be confident in meetings and negotiations with the big venues, as well as being efficient with emails.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Functions Convenor(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year) and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected by the Executive and nominations typically open in August-September each year.

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Budget and financial skills
  • Design skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Prior attendance at social events
  • Pre-clinical student
  • Clinical student

Time Required

Avg. 3-5 hours per week

Creativity
Event managment experience
Lots of work in the weeks leading up

This position is not elected at the AGM.

Ideas For The Future

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Lucy Adams, Chloe Borgas & Jennifer Hughes
  • 2016 Tess Ryan & Jessica Walker
  • 2015 Georgina Minns, Georgina Juniper, Dexter Leong
  • 2014 Maya Todd, James Turnbull & Anna Lammerink
MedRevue Convenors

MedRevue is a parody show that seeks to entertain the student body, doctors, other health professionals, and non-medical audiences. It usually takes the form of a “medical” take on a theme, for example The Rocky Horror Picture Show in this year’s performance.

As convenor(s), you will have oversight over a diverse range of responsibilities, including:

Script-writing and thematic formulation

  • Auditioning and Casting
  • Costuming/Props
  • Stage effects/Photography/Videography/Recording
  • Coordinating large ensembles
  • Recruitment of ancillary groups, e.g. Backstage and Front of House
  • Venue and A/V hire
  • Sponsorship
  • Marketing
  • Financial Budgeting

The way you approach these is flexible, and often involves delegation of tasks to other leaders in your production. Be aware, however, that the final responsibility will rest with you. MedRevue convenorship is a fun and rewarding experience but in order to be successful, key tasks (such as venue hire) must be completed in a timely manner.

The production is not-for-profit, and proceeds go towards philanthropic aims. This year we have supported an AMSS initiative, the Mimili Youth Holiday Programme.

 

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Computer literacy
  • Budget and financial skills
  • Design skills
  • Leadership
  • Public speaking skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 6-10 hours per week
Time requirements increase significantly towards the final date, be aware of this when committing to this role.

Great creative outlet
Enjoyable and rewarding
Development of leadership and organizational skills
Development of technical and design skills
Liaison with a large group of keen and enthusiastic peers
Significant time commitment
Overall responsibility for tasks that aren't always your area of expertise

This position is not elected at the AGM.

Ideas For The Future

Approach sponsors EARLY

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Tenayah Renshaw & James Whitehead
  • 2016 Kate Seagrim & Caitlyn Sun
  • 2015 Simon Tan & Nikhil Thyagarajan
  • 2014 Tessa Moody, Susanne Nicholson, Paaree Senguttuvan, Katie Stranks & Lachy Stranks
Health & Wellbeing Officer(s)

Great chance to get involved with such an important area in the medical school.  Heaps of room for growth whether you are a fresh face or a veteran of the AMSS. Best suited for someone with heaps of imagination and a passion for student wellbeing and mental health, advocacy and getting involved with AMSS members. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Health and Wellbeing Week and any other relevant events you choose to run
  • Advocate for health and wellbeing through Team Ed
  • Working party with faculty, university staff, and the Dean
  • Run Carefactor workshop
  • Running MedCamp chillzone 

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Health & Wellbeing Officer(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Budget and financial skills
  • Previous advocacy/representative experience
  • Leadership
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 3-5 hours per week

People are very appreciative and enthusiastic for you
Opportunity to work with other portfolios
Chance to address key issue in the medical school
Minimal direction
Difficulty engaging students
Focused time commitment around H&W week
Lots of meetings

Ideas For The Future

Continue advocating within the university

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Helena Torpy & Rachel Torpy
  • 2016 Lucy Adams & Bella Watts
  • 2015 Jessica Ransom
  • 2014 Jane Collinson
Educational Programs Coordinator(s)

The role of Educational Programs Coordinator helps to transition new students into their first year of medical school, collaborating with Second Year students to do so. The EdPrograms Coordinator is responsible for managing several initiatives of the AMSS including the three peer tutoring and transitioning programs - MedTransit, Peer2Peer and ClinPrac - the First Year Medical School tours and the TextBook Talk publication. There is also a First Year Exam Forum before the first semester exams. They also have a position on TeamEd and are responsible for liaising with the AMSS Teaching Series co-ordinator. Recent initiatives have included Third Year Mock OSCE.

The first duty of the year is creating TextBook Talk - the booklet guide for buying textbooks as a First Year. This is distributed during O' Week so is best done over the summer holidays. It involves gathering student opionion, positives and negatives, about textbooks and collaborating this information to create an informative and useful guide. 

Next up is Med School Tours for the first years! These run typically on the Tuesday of O'Week and involves organising Second Year students to take the new First Years on a guided tour of the Medical School. 

The first of the three peer programs is MedTransit, a program run only within the first term for First Years that aims to help the new cohort to transition into medical school. They are also reponsible for enlisting Second Year students in groups of 2-4 and assigning them groups of First Years as well as providing the tutors with a briefing session and information about what to cover in the program. 

Peer2Peer, a program run from first term onwards for both First and Second years, is a peer-tutoring program pairing up Clinical medical students with groups of First and Second year students and aiming to help these students consolidate the knowledge they are covering in CBL and Clin. Again, EdPrograms Coordinator is repsonsible for signing up both clinical and pre-clinical students to participate in this program and providing the tutors with materials to employ in their tutorials. 

The EdPrograms Coorindator is also responsible for assigning the role of ClinPrac Coordinators to a group of 2nd year students, this year done through an written application and interview process.

In conjunction with the JEO and VP(E), conducting the First Year Exam Forum is a part of the role. This takes palce ahead of first semester exams and is historically a well attended event. The main aim is to calm nerves for First Years by familiaring them with the content and format of their first set of examinations.

As mentioned, the EdPrograms Coordinator will also direct the Third Year Mock OSCE. This is an involved process, so ideally some experience with helping/assisting the First Year Mock OSCE as a Second Year (it is absolutely not necessary to be a ClinPrac director the whole year) would be advantageous. This is run in conjunction with the VP(E).

Other roles include reviewing the peer-tutoring/transitioning programs, sitting on TeamEd and running other educational initiatives like surface anatomy tutorials that have been done in the past. 

 

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the EdPrograms Coodinator(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Previous roles on the AMSS committee
  • Event management
  • Computer literacy
  • Design skills
  • Leadership
  • Organisation and time management
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 3-5 hours per week
Variable time - during summer holidays, TextBook Talk and arrangements for Medtransit/ClinPrac and Peer2Peer are necessary. Workload is dependent on upcoming events - e.g. there is some work ahead of the First Year Exam Forum and the 3rd Year Mock OSCE.

A majority of the work is during the summer holidays, so there are some light periods during the year.
Get to be artsy and creative in creating TextBook Talk
A lot of it is organising and coordinating other stuff - which is a positive if you like that sort of thing!
Interacting and supporting the First Years especially
Gain a seat on TeamEd!!
Med school tours are difficult to coordinate as a third year because they are usually held on a Tuesday when you are at hospital, however this works well when co-ordinated with a keen 2nd year.
The nature of the position is such that it is now ideally suited to a 3rd year. Some experience with ClinPrac and Mock OSCEs is preferable, now that these events are incorporated within the TeamEd Portfolio. 2nd years would require some help from seniors.
There is a bit of a rush at the start of the year when signing up students and tutors for MedTransit, organising med school tours and interview for ClinPrac

This position is not elected at the AGM.

Ideas For The Future

Initiating another educational tutorial other than surface anatomy
Move to change med school tour day - This is very difficult due to the hectic nature of the 1st Year OWeek timetable

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Stephen Bacchi & Ivana Chim
  • 2016 Thu Nguyen & Esther Jones
  • 2015 Aashray Gupta
  • 2014 Katey Snaith
International Officer
International officer is a great role for any student, international or domestic, to get involved with the AMSS by being the voice for international students across a broad range of areas including education, internship, and student involvement. You also get to run two great events, the Welcome Barbeque for International Students (O'Week), International Food Fiesta. These events allow you creative flexibility and provide excellent experience in event organisation. Overall this position has room to be expanded on in future years. 
 
As with all AMSS Committee positions, the International  Rep is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].
 

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Leadership
  • Organisation and time management
  • Meeting etiquette
  • Appreciation of good food
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
Time requirement details: Monthly AMSS Meetings, TeamEd Meetings 3-4 times per year, International Food Fiesta requires 3-4 hours per week for 1-2 months and up to 30 hours in the week proceeding

Organising the International Food Fiesta is a great experience; it's a lot of fun, allows you to build skills in event management and working in a team
The role provides you with an opportunity to work with a team of International Reps from each year level as well as meet many students who are involved in the IFF
The role provides you with the opportunity to establish stronger connections with international students in your year level as well as students around Australia through being a member of the AMSA International Students' Network
International student internship advocacy continues to be a difficult issue to address

Ideas For The Future

Expanding the International Food Fiesta to host more food stalls and be more accessible not only to medical students, but also the wider university community

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Sharanya Shantharam
  • 2016 John Snow
  • 2015 Ashani Mahawattege
  • 2014 Aashray Gupta
EdForum Convenor(s)

EdForum (n); where education meets entertainment in an after-hours lecture or workshop.

Convening EdForums is a great way to get involved with the AMSS and build on your event management experience. There are a minimum of four EdForums run throughout the year on any topics of your choosing! The role involves coming up with ideas, contacting potential speakers, organising catering and room hire as well as coordinating event promotion.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the EdForum Convenor(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Favourable Experience

  • Event management
  • Computer literacy
  • Public speaking skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Appreciation of good food

Time Required

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
One hour per week per convener. Typically, the workload increases when approaching the forum date, after which there is a lull with little to no activity required.

Highly rewarding in that you get to rub shoulders with key figures in their respective medical fields (sometimes even the Deans!)
These events are often both entertaining and informative and continue the important educational work that is a pillar of the AMSS
Wide scope of topics (medical and non-medical) to choose between - lots of freedom to talk about current, interesting and relevant topics
Boosting attendance is a big challenge due to EdForum's after-hours nature and requires careful selection of speakers and persistent marketing of upcoming forums.

This position is not elected at the AGM.

Ideas For The Future

Potential to develop smaller break-out sessions, where smaller groups have a more interactive session with each speaker

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Natasha Grey & Katie Richards
  • 2016 Alice Crawford, Charlotte Pugh & Jess Ransom
  • 2015 Sibella Hare-Breidahl, Montgommery Do-Wyeld & Maud Taylor
  • 2014 Georgia Mead, Nupur Shukla & Helena Torpy
APY Exchange Coordinator(s)

There can be 1-3 AMSS APY Exchange Coordinator(s) per year. These coordinators would organise the program and logistics together and then act as independent community leaders. Ideally, at least one of these coordinators have volunteered on the program before. We suggest this as the program is quite unique and an ongoing relationship with NPYWC is important.

Role includes:

  • The ‘APY Exchange Coordinator/s’ will hold one vote on the AMSS Committee be held to the same expectations as other Committee members, including:
    • attendance at committee meetings
    • membership of the AMSS
    • submission of articles to [stimulus]
    • scheduling events such that they do not clash with other AMSS events (or events of its affiliates or subcommittees)

Hours of work required per week:

  • Jan - April (Only occasional emails, O’week lectures & application process)
  • April - July (On average 1-5 hours per week of emails / logistics planning / pre-departure planning sessions with volunteers or cultural awareness training)
  • July Program typically 9 days duration - leader & mentor for your group of 3 other volunteers

The APY Exchange Coordinator/s for 2018 and beyond will be elected by the 2017 AMSS Executive with assistance from the previous APY Exchange Coordinator/s.

Favourable Experience

  • Budget and financial skills
  • Previous advocacy/representative experience
  • Leadership
  • Public speaking skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity
  • Rural interest
  • Communication skills

Time Required

Avg. 3-5 hours per week
See Role Description

Opportunity to build connections with like minded students in other year levels
Leadership experience
Cultural awareness opportunity
Opportunity to build connections in Indigenous health
Majority of the role is completed by August (enabling the later half of the year to concentrate on studies)
Logistics can be difficult and unpredictable (coordinated mainly through NPYWC)
Need to be organised (peak organisation around May - July, during pre-clinical exams)
Need to be flexible

This position is not elected at the AGM.

Ideas For The Future

Continue 8 volunteers in July (continue established relationship with NPYWC and communities)
Room for April / October school holiday programs if prepared to double your work load
Build and establish more opportunities for other students in local Aboriginal health clinics
Continuity with relationship of communities, through Wiltja (school program supporting students at Woodville High) etc
Cultural awareness day / evening with connections

Previous Office Bearers

  • 2017 Laura Sharley & Jack Mintz