Forging Ahead

By Matt Schiller | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

It is a pleasure to welcome you to this issue of the Australian Medical Student Journal (AMSJ). After the very successful launch of the AMSJ’s inaugural issue in 2010, it has been decided that the journal will now operate on a biannual basis from this year. It has been almost a year since the AMSJ’s [...]  Read More →

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Ensuring pathways for junior doctors

By Prof. James Angus | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

It appears that all the students who graduated at the end of 2010 and are now doing their intern year did find a place. But that is unlikely to be the case for all students finishing this year, and in the immediate future. All medical students who qualify in Australia must be guaranteed access to [...]  Read More →

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Gifts between pharmaceutical companies and medical students: Benefits and/or bribes?

By Anthony Khoo | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

It was with some interest that I read the Review Article ‘What do medical students think about pharmaceutical promotion?’ by Carmody and Mansfield, published in AMSJ Volume 1, Issue 1. [1] As the article reports, there is a conspicuous lack of solid data investigating the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and medical students, particularly in Australia. [...]  Read More →

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Amidst ovarian cancer screening challenges, there is hope

By Dr. Christine Katusiime & Prof. Robert Cumming | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

I am writing in response to the review article by McMullen (AMSJ Volume 1, Issue 1). [1] The major cause of gynaecologic-related cancer mortality in women in developed settings is ovarian cancer. [2] Recent research findings in this field provide hope in relation to both screening and early treatment – even though randomised controlled trial [...]  Read More →

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Minors, confidentiality and healthcare: What crosses the line?

By Hugh Stephens | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

Healthcare provision and access to effective healthcare for young people (aged fifteen to 24 years) has long been a debated issue. [1,2] The law is clear regarding the conditions under which a person under the age of eighteen (a ‘minor’) may consent to medical treatment. Yet there is a remarkable lack of clarity, and lack [...]  Read More →

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‘Bull-dogging’ for the RACP exams

By Dr. Katherine Ngo | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ (RACP) Clinical Examination takes a full day and for medical registrars is the barrier between basic and advanced training, including subspecialty training. My experience was as an ‘examination assistant’ (or ‘bulldog’ in colloquial terms) for the candidates. I had been on my general medicine rotation and the consultant of [...]  Read More →

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National standards in medical education

By Matt Schiller, Ania Lucewicz & Timothy Yang | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

Since 1999, the number of Australian medical schools has doubled. While this has brought about diversity, it has arguably also created a worrying lack of standardisation in the skills of graduates. National curricula are currently a hot topic, with the development of a standardised Australian curriculum for Kindergarten to Year 12 well underway. Is it [...]  Read More →

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Telemedicine: The possibilities, practicalities and pitfalls

By Praveen Indraratna | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

The internet has woven itself into the fabric of society, by offering a plethora of services which have evolved from luxuries to necessities. Telemedicine – the use of the internet to transmit information for diagnosis and management – has garnered recent attention because of the Federal Government’s promise to provide AU$392million for its development, and [...]  Read More →

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The significance of aphasia in neurological cancers

By Dr. Elizabeth Paratz | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

Abstract Aphasia associated with brain tumours has previously been regarded as essentially equivalent to the aphasia of stroke, and as a deficit unlikely to affect a patient’s prognosis. Recent research challenges such hypotheses. Tumour-related aphasias are commonly anomic aphasias, and hence pathologically distinct from classic post-stroke aphasias. Accordingly, many rules from the world of stroke [...]  Read More →

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Approach to the acute abdomen during pregnancy

By Dr. Tao Shen | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

Abstract Many physiological changes in pregnancy may affect the presentation of abdominal pain in the pregnant patient. Rapid diagnosis and management is required to prevent dire complications for both mother and fetus. Most radiological investigations are not harmful to the developing fetus and can avoid unnecessary and potentially detrimental explorative surgery. The role of laparoscopy [...]  Read More →

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ISSN (Print): 1837-171X
ISSN (Online): 1837-1728
ABN: 51967802511