The Adelaide Medical Students' Society (AMSS) works hard to advocate for medical students on issues across the breadth of the Medical Program at the University of Adelaide. In 2011, we have had a range of issues brought to our attention. Some of these have been present for a long period of time, such as access to information technology facilities in the Medical School. Some have been raised directly via students, such as the removal of the summative mid-year examinations in Second and Third Year. Finally some issues were highlighted in the Australian Medical Council (AMC) survey.
We have collected student opinion on these issues, and developed some ideas for potential solutions for the consideration of the Faculty of Health Sciences. We have written to Professor Justin Beilby (Executive Dean) and presented these data and the associated constructive suggestions. We have also asked some questions to further identify the causes of the issues, and to determine the feasibility of our proposed solutions.
We believe this letter summarises the major current concerns of the medical student at the University of Adelaide. We have based the letter in data gleaned from students, and from feedback submitted directly to us. We therefore see this letter as having come from directly students, through the AMSS as their representative body. We take our requirement for transparency and accountability to medical students very seriously, and so this letter is presented for your interest here.
We hope to work with the Faculty to develop constructive solutions to these problems. If you have any other ideas, or any feedback directly on this document, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Crowhurst at firstname.lastname@example.org.