Lessons learned from internship

By Michael Miu | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Many medical students this year have asked me about what it is like to become an intern. The truth is, nothing you learn at medical school can fully prepare you for the transition to internship. In fact, 42% of newly qualified doctors feel their medical training does not adequately prepare them for starting work. [1] […]  Read More →

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Melioidosis in the Torres Strait Islands: an 11 year audit 2001-2012

By Kathrin Rac & Michael McLaughlin | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Melioidosis is an infection of concern to global health. It is caused by the intracellular gram-negative bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which is found in the soil and fresh waters of endemic regions. This study identified the average annual incidence of melioidosis in the Torres Strait region between 2001-2012, and compared this to one other similar study, […]  Read More →

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Social phobia in children – risk and resilience factors

By Sara de Menezes & Alasdair Vance | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Introduction: Anxiety disorders account for one third of psychiatric complaints that young people present to their general practitioners with. Social phobia (SP) is one of the most prevalent of these disorders, in children and adolescents. Methods: Sixty nine patients with carefully defined SP and a control group of 129 typically developing (TD) children were recruited […]  Read More →

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A case of solid pericardial metastases causing constrictive pericarditis in a patient with non small cell lung cancer

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Introduction: Cardiac metastases are rarely diagnosed in patients with cancer despite being a common finding at autopsy. We report on a case of pericardial metastases in a patient with non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the setting of coexisting direct tumour invasion into the superior vena cava (SVC) and right atrium. Case: We present […]  Read More →

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Acute viral bronchiolitis in the setting of extensive family history of asthma

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This case report describes a previously healthy eleven-month old ex-preterm female with a severe presentation of acute viral bronchiolitis with an extensive family history of asthma. The link between viral bronchiolitis and asthma has always been controversial despite extensive research. Several studies have linked respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) bronchiolitis to the development of persistent wheezing […]  Read More →

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Adult Onset Still’s Disease – a diagnostic dilemma

By Suyi Ooi | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Introduction ASOD is characterised by fever, an evanescent skin rash, polyarthralgia, hepatosplenomegaly, leucocytosis, liver enzyme elevation and a high serum ferritin level. [1,2,3] It is a difficult diagnosis to make, as there is no pathognomonic test for the disease and it is a great mimicker of other conditions, such as autoimmune disorders and haematological malignancies. […]  Read More →

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Mobile segment of the hamulus causing dynamic compression of the motor ulnar nerve branch in the hand

By Sheldon Moniz & Tarryn Sohn | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

This paper is the first to document the mechanism of how a mobile segment of the hook of hamate can dynamically compress the motor branch of the ulnar nerve. Presented is the case of a professional golfer who experienced pain on the ulnar aspect of his right hand that he attributed to weakness and inability […]  Read More →

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Australian Medical Student Journal Volume 4 Issue 2: Editor’s Welcome

By Foong Yi Chao | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Welcome to Volume 4, Issue 2 of the Australian Medical Student Journal. Coming into our eighth issue, we are proud to announce that the journal continues to be a showcase of the outstanding quality of medical research done by students across Australia. We have continued to focus on the issues relevant to local medical students […]  Read More →

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International medical electives: time for a rethink?

By Foong Yi Chao | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

International medical electives (IMEs) are rapidly growing in popularity. A recent study by Law and colleagues [1] conducted across Australia reported that 53% of graduate entry program students and 35% of high school entry students undertook IMEs, of which just over half were in developing countries. In some medical schools the majority of students head […]  Read More →

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National Leadership Development Seminar: developing the health care leaders of the future

By Manda Kaled & Linh Nguyen | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

The vast field of medicine transcends the mere finding of cures for ailments, seeking approaches to prolonging life, and undertaking research in the pursuit of wellbeing, important as these duties are. However, medicine’s empathetic pledge to the ill requires us to exercise leadership, amongst other qualities, as an important tool to advance the interests of […]  Read More →

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