The Executive is a seven-person team that performs the day-to-day functions of the Adelaide Medical Students’ Society and carries out the directions of the Committee.
In practice the Executive has a multifaceted role including performing technical background work, co-ordinating the efforts of the Committee, and acting as the public face of the AMSS. Each medical student on the Executive is elected by the members of the Society at the Annual General Meeting and serves a twelve-month term.
The positions on the Executive and very brief summaries of their responsibilities are provided below.
The President is the face of the Society and co-ordinates the function of the Executive.
VICE PRESIDENT (Education)
The Vice President (Education) leads 'Team Education’ and represents the Society to the University of Adelaide.
Vice President (Communication)
The Vice President (Communication) is responsible for overseeing many of the events run by the Society, as well as the promotion of the Society to its members.
The Treasurer runs the accounts of the Society and ensures it adheres to an appropriate budget.
The Secretary prepares agendas and writes minutes for meetings. They also perform a range of other important internal organisational tasks.
The Sponsorship Officer liaises regularly with our Major Partners and ensures that their expectations are consistently and successfully met.
The Membership Officer arranges all aspects of membership sign-up, runs a number of events and organises all member benefits.
It is important to note that the Executive does most of its work very much as a team, and so the delineation of specific duties above is somewhat misleading. As a strong team the Executive is responsible for carrying out a significant amount of technical background work required to enable members of the Committee to function effectively. In this sense the Executive can be seen as the ‘engine room’ as it works away at behind-the-scenes tasks like preparing minutes, signing-up members, running accounts, ensuring adherence to legislation, organising meetings and arranging sponsor partnerships. The Treasurer, Sponsorship Officer, Membership Officer and Secretary are particularly important for this kind of work.
The AMSS is a large student organisation which runs over sixty separate events each year, with some of them attracting over five hundred students and carrying budgets into the tens-of-thousands of dollars. It has a Committee of approximately seventy different Officers and is active in many spheres including education, representation, health and wellbeing, recreation and philanthropy. It is therefore unsurprising that a large volume of the work of the Executive is ensuring all the different components of the Society work seamlessly together. The President, Vice President (Communication) and Vice President (Education) focus on this role.
Finally the Executive acts as the public face of the AMSS. The entire Executive greets First Years upon their entry to medical school. When an issue arises within the Medical Program that negatively affects students, it is the President and the Vice President (Education) that meet with the Faculty and represent student opinion. The President and Vice President (Communication) focus on being an open and approachable face for the AMSS to all of its members.
The Executive is an exciting group to contribute to! Please get in touch with any current Office-bearers if you want to find out more about their roles.