So you think you can research?

By Sina Babazadeh | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

I had always considered myself an exceptional dancer. In my mind, my dance moves were unparalleled. However, in reflection, I must admit that the majority of my moves were employed to impress the scrub-nurses by turning my gown in tune to the bopping background beat of the theatre iPod. However, my delusions of dancing grandeur […]  Read More →

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A very good iDEA: The inaugural gathering of the student division of Doctors for the Environment Australia

By Elizabeth O’Brien et al. | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

In early December 2009, just prior to the much-hyped COP15 round of United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen, 40 medical students, representing six states and eleven medical schools, descended upon Melbourne for iDEA, the inaugural gathering for the student division of Doctors for the Environment (DEA). Attendees were encouraged to be mindful of their carbon […]  Read More →

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Applying the retrospectoscope to an elective: Reflecting on six weeks in Timor-Leste

By Belinda Gowen | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

The medical elective is notorious for being an excuse for taking a holiday in an exotic corner of the world. Like many of my colleagues, I also travelled to one such corner, Bairo Pite Clinic in Timor-Leste (the official name of East Timor), in search of an adventure with some medical experience thrown in. In […]  Read More →

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What’s wrong with the Nobel Prize?

By Heather Lee | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

Introduction The Nobel Prize is the single greatest honour that can be bestowed upon a scientist, and yet it has received its fair share of criticism. Even Nobel Laureate, Max Dulbrück, has criticised the Prize stating “by some random selection procedure, you pick out a person and make them the object of a personality cult. […]  Read More →

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Nicholas Talley: A career of reinvention

By Nicholas Talley | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

I finished medical school at the University of New South Wales at the end of 1978 wrapping up my course with an inspiring elective at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, England; they invited me to stay on, but I returned to Australia eager to start my internship, although I had no clear idea of how my […]  Read More →

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The iPhone: Is it an indispensable tool for medical students?

By Cara M. Kajewski | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

Technology is always presenting us with new ways of going about our daily lives, and our inability to be separated from our mobile phone, internet or online social networking is growing. Some technology has become obsolete and fallen into obscurity, while some has never caught on. One that definitely has, though, is Apple’s iPhone. As […]  Read More →

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Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialities

By Aniket Nadkarni | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

As medical students progress through their clinical years, they are exposed to the varied streams of medicine, which not only functions as a key component in their broader medical training, but serves as a degustation for potential specialities they may choose to pursue after medical school. Students often find themselves starting a specialty term without […]  Read More →

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‘Moore’ than just a doorstop: Clinically Oriented Anatomy vs. Gray’s Anatomy for Students

By David Sparks, Gareth Davis & Ashwarya Nath | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

The study of anatomy is often a challenging endeavour for many medical students. Central to the learning process is the use of a good textbook. Two of the most often recommended texts for medical students are Gray’s Anatomy for Students (GAS), descended from the iconic text by Henry Gray, and Clinically Oriented Anatomy (COA), by […]  Read More →

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What do medical students think about pharmaceutical promotion?

By David Carmody & Peter Mansfield | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

Abstract Aim: The aim of this review was to produce an overview of surveys of medical students’ exposure to and attitudes towards pharmaceutical promotion. Methods: PubMed was searched for studies featuring surveys of medical students regarding their interactions with pharmaceutical promotion and tabulated the findings for survey questions relating to the main themes. Results: Students […]  Read More →

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Information and support needs of adolescents with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

By Rebecca Chan | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

Abstract Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) is a dominantly inherited bowel cancer predisposition syndrome presenting with hundreds of premalignant polyps in the colon. The standard form of treatment is preventative surgery which involves removal of the entire colon. The rectum and colon may also be removed. Predictive testing is usually done at ten to fourteen years […]  Read More →

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