Wollongong University Medical Students' Society
Wollongong University Medical Students' Society

Representatives/Officers Election

Click on each category below to view the nominations for each category.

Please provide a legitimate UOW medical student email address and matching student ID number when you submit your vote. To maintain the integrity of this election, submissions without a legitimate medical student ID number and UOW email address will not be considered.

When voting, please rank candidates from your most preferred to least preferred, marking your most preferred candidate as number 1, your second preference as number 2, and so on. To vote, click here!

+ Academic Representative Nominees

Name: Lara Karadeniz - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Academic Representative

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

Hi everyone! I’m Lara, a Turkish born and bred, Psyc&Pre-med grad from the US and I’m stoked to be a phase 1 Shoalie at the moment. My favorite part about this journey so far has been that although we all come from different backgrounds, we are one warm and collaborative group of people who are always willing to help each other out. We are lucky to have a student body that has been going above and beyond their abilities to reinforce this sense of belonging for our cohort since day one. I believe that the WUMSS events and especially the mentorship program have played a huge role at providing us with such a supportive atmosphere and I would love to be a part of it as an Academic Representative.

I believe that my previous experiences as the coordinator of MEDLIFE and secretary of International Student Association for three years helped me develop organisational and social skills that are necessary for this role. I had the chance to take the responsibility of organising volunteer trips in underprivileged countries, which now helps me to better appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into organising these events that make us feel welcomed to the GM from the very beginning. I would love contribute to planning of such events for us as well as for the cohorts of students to come.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

I would like to help keep the momentum of mentorship program after our mentors move away for their second phase. As an academic representative, I would like to keep in touch with various mentors each week and organise group study sessions to pass on their advice to everyone in the cohort. I believe that this can help us regularly revise the past content without going down the rabbit holes!

Name: Morgan Neasey - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Academic Representative

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

Having attended both the Inspiration evening and the Women in Surgery night, I got to experience not only a fabulous dinner and some bargain drinks, but also got the opportunity to listen and engage with many influential and inspiring individuals. I want to be academic representative because I want to bring everyone together with the Wollongong culture of inclusivity, to engage everyone in experiencing these invaluable nights together. I also a have a large passion for teamwork; TOGETHER! EVERYONE! ACHIEVES! MORE! And that’s what I love about Wollongong Med, in particular the mentoring program.

Over the course of my life I have had the opportunity to contribute to the community through volunteer associations, as well as leading committees throughout University, College, and Sporting clubs. These opportunities have allowed me to display as well as develop leadership, organisation and communication skills of which I believe will be a great asset to the role of Academic Representative for WUMMS.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

I would like to see WUMSS continue the mentoring program, and continue to encourage everyone to get involved and feel comfortable to ask anyone for help. I am a big believer in learning together, and using the strengths of every individual for the greater good.

If successful I would love to place an even larger emphasis on the mentoring program, organising larger mentoring study groups, with the potential to incorporate practice exams (involving anatomy, clinical skills and lecture content), creating greater engagement for both mentors and mentees.

I would also like to investigate bringing back the chocolates! For those 3:30pm cravings.

Name: Breanna Sip - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Academic Representative

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

Hey everyone, my name is Bree. I am a bright, bubbly and enthusiastic person who has a passion for life-long learning. I would relish the opportunity to help share this passion with my peers through the position of Academic Representative. As the wise Winnie the Pooh once said, “some people care too much. I think it’s called love”. This quote embodies our cohort. Medicine is an all-encompassing profession. It takes dedication, resilience and a steely resolve to unearth solutions to problems. We are here because we love what we study and we’re prepared to go the extra mile to quench our curious minds and desire to help others. As your academic representative I will help develop and foster such ideals. I will do so through careful planning of events, such as the inspirational evening and mentoring that assists in developing our academic goals and purpose, but most importantly instil in us the belief that anything is possible.

I have had several life experiences that have furnished me with tenacity, endurance and confidence that will be of benefit in the role of Academic Representative. I have spent 12 months living abroad in China, 6 months on exchange in Finland and 2 months in Nepal working in an underprivileged hospital. As a direct consequence of such travel I have seen the value of learning through action and experience. I believe these skills equip me as a valued candidate and will help me in my journey as your Academic Representative.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

If elected as your Academic rep, I would build a stronger focus on learning through collaboration and new perspectives. Pooh said, “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes”. Effective learning occasionally occurs when we approach things by looking through a different lens. Let’s use each other to think and learn outside the box. One idea could be to introduce a ‘top tips’ blog. At the end of a task, we could open up a space where a year group could post a quick sentence as to what they would do differently if they were to do that task again. Each new cohort would benefit from student testimonials as to what was the most effective preparation in planning for that task.

Name: Samantha Wong - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Academic Representative

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

Hey everyone, my name is Sam and I would love the opportunity to be part of the amazing WUMSS team as one of your Academic Reps. I am a positive, passionate and dedicated person, always giving 100% to everything I do and never shying away from a challenge either.

The multifaceted nature of this position, involving roles in both social and academic aspects, is one of the reasons why I want to be an Academic Rep. I would strive to support and build upon the many great programs and events created by WUMSS, to ensure a social and academic balance, and overall the best medical school experience for everyone.

Firstly, I would love the opportunity to take a leading role in the mentorship program. Stemming from my own positive experience as a mentee so far, I want the new first year students to benefit from this program as I have. I would also enjoy getting to know everyone so I could do my very best in forming the mentor-mentee pairs.

Secondly, having attended Inspiration Evening over the past 4 years which has become an annual highlight of mine, I would love to now take on the responsibility of organising this great evening. I believe I have the necessary skills and passion to undertake such a task and would strive to continue this wonderful event as we all know it to be.

Lastly, I am seeking this role because of its academic involvement. I possess a strong work ethic and have always applied myself to my studies, and so I believe that I am well-suited to represent the student body in this regard. I would gladly lend a hand in organising the valuable clinical competency practice sessions for everyone, and I am also willing to meet with academic staff to serve as a bridge between you and them. I want to create a safe and supportive environment which will equip everyone with the best chance to succeed in their studies but to also make it fun and enjoyable along the way :)

Previously, I have held various leadership roles such as being a PASS leader during my UOW undergrad from which I worked effectively with a wide variety of students and developed important skills such as communication, adaptability, decision-making and teamwork. I have also been responsible for managing various programs and initiatives, the most recent one being Vampire Cup, from which I have developed and honed my time management and organisational skills.

Overall, I am proud to be part of the GM family and would be honoured by the opportunity to be one of your Academic Reps.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

Creating a supportive, integrated and connected environment is one of the most important goals that WUMSS strives towards, and I believe I can contribute to this as an Academic Rep by extending the mentorship program. In addition to the existing program, I would love to connect the entire GM family through an ‘all phases mentorship program’. This way, not only would we have a friendly face in the year above/below, but also someone we know from every year group. I believe that fostering more friendships will overall diversify and strengthen the supportive environment of our medical school.

+ Social Representative Nominees

Name: Gabriella Marriott - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Social representative

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

For those of you who don’t know me, my names Gab, my middle name is social and I pride myself on being the most social person to have gifted the UOW med school. As the most social person going around, I am applying for social rep because I know what makes you tick. Other than the feeling of using a functional whiteboard eraser in the GM or discovering no microwave line at 12.30pm, I know what really makes studying medicine bearable. That’s right, I’m talking about social events and I think we can all admit they are the only things keeping us going (despite what our brain cells think).

On a serious note, I feel I have relevant skills and experience that will make me a valuable social rep in the next WUMSS committee. I have major event planning experience from my time on the social committee at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. I’ve organised monthly social activities for employees (scientists love to party) and company wide end of year Christmas parties. Therefore, it’s safe to say I know how to cater for a bunch of nerds who love to have fun!

The calibre of the social representatives this year has been incredible, and If I were to be elected as social rep, I would aim to follow their lead by bringing the med school together and help to build relationships outside of our academic setting. In summary, I will listen to the students, I will embrace their dreams of fully sick social events, and if elected, we can dream of a super social UOW med school together.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

What I’ve really liked about being a student at UOW is how integrated all the years are, making it feel like home away from home. I’d love to continue the events that have been the foundations of this. In 2019/2020 I’d like to suggest an open forum for students to contribute what social events they’d like to see this year.

Name: Rebecca Newton - Cohort: 2021 - Position: Social Rep

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

I would like to be social rep this year for the following reasons: Point 1: I love being social (surely essential for this position) Point 2: I like encouraging others to be social with me Point 3: As president of the GHG in 2018, I enjoyed organising lots of events for the UOW medicine community. It was great to work amongst a big team of motivated people and I would thoroughly enjoy this again if given the opportunity this year in WUMSS

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

I would like to see WUMSS this year continue to encourage social events in the GM so as to create a good life balance amongst people in medicine. I believe it would be beneficial to work more closely with the health and wellbeing officer to achieve this not only in the big events such as Med Ball and Med Camp but also in low key social activities at uni. Being the current VP of the global health group, I would also like to further incorporate WUMSS with their events like the other clubs in med are currently. I second Kate’s promise and doubly ensure tim tams at all meetings.

+ Sports Officer Nominees

Name: Shelby Archer - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Sports Officer

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

For those I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Shelby and I’m from the Central West where I did my undergrad in Physiotherapy. And for those with that burning question I haven’t been able to answer yet, – yes, I am the little Archer, following in the footsteps of my big brother.

I believe everyone should have the opportunity to partake in any sport, social or competitive, be it: tennis, hockey, swimming or even the controversial ‘sport’ called golf. Coming from a rural background I know opportunities to do so can be limited and sometimes difficult trying to find your new team.

I would love the opportunity to hold this position and promote sporting involvement, as it acts as an opportunity for socialising and making new friendships, a stress outlet (something I’m sure all Med students require from time to time) and the obvious – good old exercise.

As a personal lover of all things physical, I’ve had the chance to not only try most sports but also help organise and manage events in: Cadets, Triathlon, Swimming, Water Polo & Touch. The leadership and collaboration skills I’ve learnt through these roles would aid me in the organisation of WUMSS events such as the annual Inter-Phase Sports Day & local events like the MS 24 hour Swim-a-thon. My willingness to get involved and try new things also leaves my mind open for another’s input and ideas and the prospect to develop new sporting opportunities both within the GM cohort and outside.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

As a new comer to the GM life, one thing I found challenging was the daunting search for a new sporting team or exercise outlet in an unfamiliar place.

For the future students that enter into the GM program I’d like to ease this process, with the help of WUMSS, by helping individuals find their new teams or trying a new sport by providing access to the right networks and guidance on managing the balance between study and sport.

Another prospect I’d like to explore, and initiate is opening the field for more fundraising events to support some of the local Health Charities.

+ Health & Wellbeing Officer Nominees

Name: Tom Skinner - Cohort: 2021 - Position: Health and Wellbeing Officer

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

Hey guys, I’m Tom (the guy who awkwardly says hi in that corridor a few paces too early).

I’m applying for the Health and Wellbeing Officer as I think it’s important we make the GM, and all that it involves an environment where everyone deserves to feel safe, comfortable and heard. Whilst there is a litany of avenues of support for us, I believe they are all underutilised and a large part of that is the lack of understanding as to how, when and what there is available to us. I’ll be hoping to make all of the support networks/initiatives currently provided by the GM more transparent and approachable!

I think this is a fairly unique role that no experience can really set you up for, but I hope my mediocre chat, caffeine tolerance and need for a study break every 15-20minutes puts me in good stead!

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

I feel like it is important to have a few people around you who you can approach to let off some steam, go for a walk or even re-caffeinate with whenever you need to get something off your chest. I hope to be that person for anyone who just wants to let off some steam over a coffee/walk. Problems don’t need to be ‘big’ to be significant. You don’t have to be sick to feel unwell.

Most importantly, if I’m not successful for this role, don’t feel fright about asking for a chat – I’m always keen.

+ Publications Officer Nominees

Name: Kimarnie Baskerville - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Publications Officer

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

Hey all,

If we haven’t already met, I’m Kimarnie, a phase 1 UOW undergrad. I originally grew up in Mudgee but have spent the past 4 years in heaven AKA the gong. I would love the opportunity to get more involved in the med school by becoming a member of the WUMSS team, who already do an amazing job at making it seem fun to sit in the GM from dawn-dusk.

My previous experience of managing my own small business gave me a great passion and understanding of the social media sites and I would love to use these skills to engage everyone in the med school. My other main passion is socialising, so I love keeping up to date with everyone around the GM. I’m pretty good at procrastinating on social media, so it would be great to combine the two towards something beneficial and keep everyone in the GM feeling connected, no matter where they are.

This role would allow me to help out behind the scenes and assist the WUMSS committee in all their duties, not just posting on social media, and to ensure everyone in the GM is having a positive experience.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

I’d like to increase the activity of the WUMSS social media presence, especially on Instagram, by keeping everyone up to date with current and past student activities, daily life in the GM and by celebrating the achievements everyone in the med school. This will hopefully foster med students at all locations to feel more connected.

On a more academic note, I’d also push for the WUMSS team to deck out the CBL rooms with better erasers, markers and adapters for the projectors.  

Name: Reya Taouk - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Publications Officer

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

I’m applying for the role of Publications Officer for the Medical Society because, like most medical students, I have a passion for all things pertaining to the human body and the wonders of medicine. I’m a dynamic and diligent person, with an upbeat demeanour and a desire to foster an even more deepened sense of community and collaboration amongst our cohort. The student body of the UOW Medical Program is comprised of talented, hard-working, and remarkable people, most of whom have travelled far and wide to undertake our medical degree. I would love to be afforded the platform to further our communication and engagement as a student collective, and to curate thoughts, photographs, media, and ideas that speak to all of us. I’m an avid reader and photographer, with a passion for the arts and a love for people. I’d deeply appreciate the avenue of Publications Officer and would honour the role by utilising it to the fullest extent of its potential to unite, inspire, and represent our student body. Lastly, I believe that I’m an excellent contender and perfect fit for this role, particularly its social media aspects, because I’m great at coming up with ‘humerus’ medical puns. Regardless of what method is afforded to me to do so, I intend on continuing to support and encourage my fellow medical students and am confident that it’s going tibia great year!

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

As Publications Officer, I would like to ensure that students feel involved in all WUMSS-related events they participate in, and would do so by providing a platform through which their experiences and voices can be heard and shared across cohorts. I would also launch the initiative to use social media as a tool to celebrate the personal journeys of students in both Wollongong and Shoalhaven campuses, by inviting them to share interesting information about themselves such as their background, previous degree(s), previous experiences and accomplishments, and as much as they would feel comfortable sharing about their personal lives. This enables students to learn from one another and to feel a sense of belonging and connectedness which strengthens us as individuals and as a collective medicine family.

+ Junior AMSA Representative Nominees

Name: Fergus Duncan - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Junior AMSA Representative

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

Hi everyone, My name is Fergus and I am a first year Medical Student applying for the Junior AMSA Rep position. I was born in NSW however studied and worked in QLD as a Physiotherapist.

I have a keen interest in getting to know everybody in the course and making them all feel welcome. I understand that people have come from a variety of places to study here and I believe I would be a good candidate in making their voices heard.

I believe I am an approachable person and more than willing to listen to any concerns raised.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

I have been impressed with the current Junior AMSA Reps and would like to continue with their efforts. I want to ensure all students’ issues are taken seriously because we were all students once. I have felt very welcome during my first year here and my goal is to make the 2023 cohort feel the same.

Name: Jethro Symons (Jed) - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Junior AMSA Rep

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

I am applying for a role within WUMSS for a number of reasons and feel that I can best serve our faculty as a junior representative for AMSA. The biggest motivation for me to take on this role is the opportunity to further submerge myself within medicine and amongst my peers, especially with those from Shoalhaven. About myself; I am from a country town in Western Australia and worked as a high school teacher in the Perth metro. I love to have a laugh and am a sociable person who is stoked to be surrounded by people who have such great merit.

The AMSA rep position encompasses a huge range of responsibilities and roles, with my experience in debating and with social clubs I feel that I can fulfil this duty and support our universities growth. I have a great capacity to listen to others, and the effective communication skills to convey their views to the other university bodies and medical council with confidence. If given the opportunity to represent you, I assure you that I will be personally committed to the role like no other. I possess the organisational skills and the ability to advocate for improvement and policy change when needed. Speaking with our current representatives I have a basic understanding of the intrinsic workings of the AMSA National Council and look to continue their great work ethic.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

I think WUMSS so far has been great and as a first year am learning more and more about what it entails. I would continue to support events like the Vampire Cup and clean up Australia day and any sort of movement that unites our medical students together for a greater good. I think Mental health awareness and support is probably one of the big ticket items that WUMSS can do for medical students. As we are compassionate and competitive people in a high stress environment we are more likely to be challenged by mental health issues relative to other careers and a continued campaign targeting awareness and support I fully endorse.

The one thing that I would love to see WUMSS do moving into 2020 is to bring our students together on a social level! When studying abroad I observed this as a primary focus by student bodies in a lot of universities throughout the UK and it made my whole experience there far more fun. It’s an aspect of university that is not prevalent within Australia but as a member of WUMSS I would encourage this for now and our future cohorts. I would like to increase the frequency of events like that of the welcome drinks at Pepe’s. I would like to organise more social events down in Shoalhaven as I haven’t seen enough of the Shoalies thus far. The aim to get around each other on a casual basis for the sake of fun can have a cascade of positive outcomes. The more connected we are to each other allows us to be further immersed within medicine, provides us with further support from those around us and facilitates a more enjoyable experience as united group.

Name: Kieren Richards - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Junior AMSA Rep

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

Hey guys, I’m Kieren. I am applying for the position of Junior AMSA representative so that I may be a voice for the medical students of Wollongong on a national stage. I am eager to advocate for new and innovative ideas that reflect the values and ideas of UOW Medicine. For those that I haven’t been fortunate enough to get to know well, here’s a little context about me. I am your local born and raised Wollongong boy. I am a relaxed yet determined individual that enjoys the responsibility of taking on feedback and fighting for fair outcomes.

I understand that the AMSA representative position encompasses a magnitude of responsibilities which I believe I have the skills to thrive in. I have demonstrated this through my coordination of AMSA’s Vampire Cup. I am currently in communication with AMSA’s executive committee, with the assistance of peers and current UOW AMSA representatives to organise and promote blood donations as a representative of WUMSS. In order to excel in the AMSA representative position, one must have the ability to facilitate forums that foster diverse ideas and issues of all students. These ideas and issues must then be effectively communicated to medical councils, university bodies and the general public so that productive change can be achieved. I have developed these skills through my management of a nationally recognised waterpark, Jamberoo. I am responsible for all park staff which I regularly meet with to hear their concerns and potential areas of improvement. I then voice these to head leadership in weekly meetings so that current policies and procedures may be re-evaluated. Through this experience, and many others, I have learnt the value of patience, active listening, reflection, and implementing change for the beneficence of all. Furthermore, I will be acting as a future liaison for Osmosis, a current AMSA partner. Therefore, I will be able to directly voice areas of improvement to both Osmosis and AMSA so that online learning resources can be enhanced, and stronger partnerships developed.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

WUMSS has played a pivotal role in our cohort’s success in the Vampire Cup 2019. I would like to advocate for consistency in blood donations throughout the year and to play the role of mentor for the students of 2023 so that they may have even greater success next year. I would also like to further WUMSS’ involvement in AMSA’s policies and priorities. In 2019, AMSA has prioritised the improvement of medical student mental health and wellbeing, taking action on sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination in medicine and guaranteeing the availability of quality internships to all graduates. These are all very current and real issues that face medical students today. Therefore, I will aspire to be the link between AMSA and UOW medical students regarding upcoming events and useful information that will benefit all.

+ Phase 1 Representative Nominees

Name: Emily Beard - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Phase 1 Rep Wollongong

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

Hi all,

For those who I haven’t had the chance to meet yet, my name is Emily. I’m a Biomed grad from the Sunshine state that has ventured down to The Gong (where it is becoming apparent, is MUCH colder #Pray4QLDers) to join you all on the GM journey. Despite being 5’3” I pack a big punch (seriously, you should see me in CardioBox) and throw myself into any challenge that arises.

Throughout my time at Griffith Uni I worked as a mentor for students and as a part of the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics squad. Both roles not only involved developing skills to work cohesively within a team but were largely focused around working with academics and staff of the university to improve either program. I believe these skills are transposable as the Phase One Representative for Wollongong allowing myself to contribute to improvements and adjustments that best reflect the academic demands of the cohorts.

For anyone that knows me, I am an approachable and welcoming person. I believe that is important to establish relationships with my fellow and the incoming students of next year to be the point of call for any issues.

I also basically live in the GM, so if you ever need anything, I’m always here just say my name three times and I’ll appear like Beetlejuice does or something like that.

As the Phase One Rep for Wollongong, I plan to work as part of a cohesive team to bring a strong, impartial voice to the committee that always has the school’s best interest at heart.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

In the forthcoming year of WUMSS I would love to build on the success of previous committees and see an even larger focus on student mental health related issues within the school. The stigma surrounding mental health still remains and can play a significant role in an individuals’ likelihood to seek support. As Phase 1 rep I can contribute to working towards removing the stigmatisation to improve and provide a supportive, open environment to discuss and manage mental health challenges.

Name: Naomi Werner - Cohort: 2022 - Position: Phase 1 Representative (Shoalhaven)

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

Hey Guys, hopefully I’ve had the chance to meet most of you but for those I haven’t, I’m Naomi, fresh out of undergrad in sunny Melbourne and doing my best to settle into Nowra life. I have loved the last almost 4 months getting to know life as a Shoalie and all the amazing people who make it. As the Phase 1 Shoalhaven representative, I want to be involved in positive changes both academically and socially for our campus and advocate for us within WUMSS and the GM. Short of feeding the local wildlife, I’d like to do everything I can to keep our campus running in tip top shape. I also hope to work closely with the Wollongong rep to #bridgethegap and see us living out our med days as a more integrated cohort.

I have been lucky enough in the past to have worked closely with my home community and sporting teams which have developed both my communication and leadership skills. In a role which is based on maintaining solid communication between the student body and the staff, I think these qualities are essential.

Finally, and most importantly, I promise to keep the coffee jar full, the milk flowing and more than one spoon in the kitchen at all times.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

Working alongside other members of the committee, I’d like to see the campuses equally represented in all aspects from access to academic resources to the hosting of social events. By taking into account invaluable feedback from the students, I hope changes can be made in the coming year to continually improve the GM program and better the medical school experience.

+ Phase 2 Representative Nominees

Name: Jennifer Evans - Cohort: 2021 - Position: Phase 2 Representative

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

I would love to be considered for Phase 2 Representative simply for the chance to learn something new and help my colleagues out along the way! I’ve previously been the Secretary for the Global Health Group, and am currently in my second year as the Indigenous Health Representative for UOW’s Rural Health group, SHARP. I’ve enjoyed the learning curve these roles have given me, and the opportunities to organise events to fundraise, increase awareness around social issues and help contribute to our community. I’d now love to focus some of my energy on giving back to the GM community. I feel I have an open attitude and hope that I could be the medium through which to communicate between students and staff. It would be a great opportunity to have a more academic role, as well as organising events to allow for the smoothest journey through Phase 2.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

I would like to hold one, if not more, full OSCE practises for phase 2 so that we as a cohort may practise the full length OSCE before the real thing. I would also like to conduct, as some previous years have done before, a survey of sorts from Phase 3 students so that phase 2 students have some real life experiences to base their applications on when choosing preferences for rural hubs. Otherwise, I hope to continue the hard work and events of previous phase 2 reps including the welcome back party, the Electives information evening and other social events so that we can stay in touch even when running between various rotations.

Name: Jasmine Pickard - Cohort: 2021 - Position: Phase 2 representative

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

For the past year I have loved being Social Representative for WUMSS and I have learnt so much from helping organise events for the GM. I have also learnt a lot about working as a part of a team through just being a part of the WUMSS committee. This year I would like to extend the skills I have learnt into the academic sphere and represent our cohort in connection with GM staff, help organise cohesive events for phase 2 and basically help us all have the best phase 2 possible. I hope I’d be a good representative of the phase 2 cohort and feel like I’m an open communicative person that people could approach if there was anything they’d like to see happen within the GM.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

I think when people ask me about what makes UOW med so great I always say the constant support from years above and the different initiatives that allow for a smoother transition into Post Graduate Medicine. One of my favourite initiatives has been the WUMSS run Clinical Competency practice nights so I would love to see more of these for all years, particularly for phase 2 I would like to incorporate some OSCE practice nights. I’d also like to create a survey from phase 3 students so that phase 2 students have their lived experiences in the various rural hubs, to base our future preferences and applications on. I’d also focus on continuing the great traditions of social cohesive events and the Electives Information evening.

+ Sponsorship Officer (Executive position)

Name: Michael Vine - Cohort: 2021 - Position: Sponsorship Officer

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

Hey everyone, I’m Michael, one of the 2nd year Shoalies and current President of SPARTA. I am applying for the role of Sponsorship Officer as I believe it would allow me opportunities to further network and promote the brand that is Wollongong Medicine, among the medical community.

Having been President of SPARTA, I have been involved in organising multiple events over the past year including an end of year campus-wide party at Shoalhaven campus, Med Camp Amazing Race, Golf pub-crawl and multiple anatomy quiz trivia nights (which included many prizes generously donated by those at Johnson & Johnson). Furthermore, my role at SPARTA has included liaising with members of the local campus and community to facilitate the running of events surrounding UOW Shoalhaven. These responsibilities have provided further strengthening of my communication skills and facilitatory abilities, which I believe are key assets necessary for the role as Sponsorship Officer.

My time as a SPARTA executive, along with volunteer work and continued endeavours on the sporting field, all whilst keeping up with the heavy work load during our medical studies, are evidence of my work ethic and time management skills. I believe these attributes will be crucial for the task of Sponsorship Officer. By taking on the role of Sponsorship Officer, I endeavour towards further success and promotion of our Medical School.

What is one thing that you would like to change or see WUMSS do in 2019/2020?

Firstly, the strong network that has already been built between WUMSS and sponsors must be maintained and further enhanced. As Sponsorship Officer I will prepare and present new sponsorship proposals with the executive team and work closely with them to obtain a more diverse portfolio of network relationships and sponsorships.

I would aim to build a relationship between WUMSS and brands that I have previously forged relationships with during my time as SPARTA president (including Johnson & Johnson). Furthermore, I will aim to provide more funding and resources for the benefit of WUMSS and the medical students within the GM. Lastly by networking with medical companies, I will aim to use those relationships to broaden the range of speakers at events throughout the year – including Careers night and Inspiration night.

Therefore, I am confident with my breadth of experience with medical companies, SPARTA and other university clubs, it makes me the ideal candidate for Sponsorship Officer to initiate affirmative change within WUMSS, and more broadly UOW.