End-of-life issues in the emergency department

By Clinton Ellis | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

In AMSJ Vol. 3, Issue 2, Michael Li provided an insightful and personal dissertation on the futility of medical treatments and the potential of students to relate to and support patients and their families. [1] Li’s article captures one of the most confronting situations faced by all health professionals, in acknowledging the futility of aiming [...]  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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Burdens lifted, hopes restored

By | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

During the summer break of our third year of medicine at the University of Tasmania, we decided to embark on an elective at Padhar in India. The country of India fascinated us as an opportunity to experience a very different health care system and to learn more about the Indian culture. Padhar is a small [...]  Read More →

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Student-led malaria projects – can they be effective?

By Benjamin Wood & Siak Lee | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

Introduction In this article we give an account of establishing a sustainable project in Uganda. We describe our experiences, both positive and negative, and discuss how such endeavours are beneficial to both students and universities. The substantial work contributed by an increasing group of students at our university and around Australia demonstrates an increasing push [...]  Read More →

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Medical students in the clinical environment

By Foong Yi Chao | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

Introduction It is common amongst medical students to feel apprehension and uncertainty in the clinical environment. It can be a daunting setting, where medical students can sometimes feel as if they are firmly rooted to the bottom of the pecking order. However, there are many ways medical students can contribute to their respective healthcare teams. [...]  Read More →

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Immunology beyond a textbook: Psychoneuroimmunology and its clinical relevance for psychological stress and depression

By Adrian Lee | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Our medical studies encompass many areas of medical science, and immunology is an example of just one. Traditionally, we have been taught that our immune system exists to protect us from pathogens; however, in recent years, this romantic view of the immune system has been challenged and it is now well recognised that it is [...]  Read More →

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On the nature of the alcohol-based hand rub and its use for hand hygiene in medicine and healthcare

By Adrian Lee | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

Abstract Hand hygiene (HH) is today recognised as being the most important factor in preventing the spread of infections; however, adequate compliance with this remains unacceptably low amongst healthcare workers (HCWs). One of the leading products in the push for successful HH is the alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR), which currently exists as a ubiquitous item [...]  Read More →

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The good, the bad and the ugly of mobile phone use in clinical practice

By Chrisovalantis Tsimiklis | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

Act 1 Scene: at the bedside Enter stage: registrar, intern, medical student, Mrs. Thompson Registrar: “Hi Mrs. Thompson, how are you travelling?” Mrs. Thompson: “Not too well dear, I’ve had a pounding headache since last night.” Registrar: “Really? Well you are recovering from a stroke, but I wonder if we have overlooked something. Maybe we [...]  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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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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ISSN (Print): 1837-171X
ISSN (Online): 1837-1728
ABN: 51967802511