Educating tomorrow’s global health leaders

By Neeranjali Jain, Swaranjali Jain | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

One of the six key priority areas identified by The United Nations Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health is to develop ‘stronger health systems with sufficient skilled health workers at their core’. [1] Such skilled workers   require   an   awareness   of   global health issues in order to meet the challenges inherent in future practice in the […]  Read More →

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Medical students and a career in pathology

By Adrian YS Lee | Volume 6, Issue 2 2015

“Medicine is pathology” declares The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) [1] – a motto that has driven many to delve into this esoteric medical discipline. The legendary Robbins and Cotran textbook elegantly summarises pathology as the study of disease. [2] However, the discipline entails more than just studying disease, since it is firmly […]  Read More →

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Editor’s welcome: healthcare leaders of tomorrow

By Dylan Morris | Volume 6, Issue 1 2015

It  is  with  great  pleasure  that  I  welcome you to Volume 6, Issue 1 of the Australian Medical Student Journal (AMSJ); the  national  peer-reviewed  journal  for medical students. The AMSJ serves two purposes: firstly, to provide a stepping-stone for medical students wishing to advance their skills  in  academic  writing  and  publication; and secondly, to inform Australian medical […]  Read More →

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Recapturing compassion

By Grace Sze Yin Leo | Volume 5, Issue 1 2015

John was wheeled into hospital on a Friday of a long weekend. He was elderly and frail, with severe Parkinson’s disease. Many hospital staff attended to him – prescribing medications, delivering meals, and changing his sheets. Unfortunately, no one realised that John’s limited mobility meant that he could not reach his drinking cup. Although the […]  Read More →

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Appraising laboratory-based cancer research for the medical student

By Alison Browning | Volume 5, Issue 1 2015

Increasingly clinicians are being asked to participate in translational research–working closely with laboratory scientists to help guide research goals and projects. The work that is done in the laboratory setting can sometimes fall outside the scientific grounding that most medical students and clinicians receive at university, making it difficult to assess the quality of techniques […]  Read More →

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A platform for research and endeavour

By Saion Chatterjee | Volume 5, Issue 1 2015

Welcome to Volume 5, Issue 1 of the Australian Medical Student Journal (AMSJ). The latest issue continues to showcase the vast breadth of medical student and junior doctor research, reviews, and opinions in a wide range of relevant and compelling articles. This issue includes the latest trends in laboratory-based cancer research, covered in an editorial […]  Read More →

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Thought the ‘bed shortage’ was bad, until the ‘surgeon shortage’ came along

By Janindu Goonawardena | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

“Make up your mind how many doctors a community needs to keep it well. Do not register more or less than this number.’’ George Bernard Shaw If you have ever had the opportunity of finding yourself in a surgical theatre, the last thing you want to have on your mind are doubts about the person […]  Read More →

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Freedom of information

By Saion Chatterjee | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

Early last year, a David and Goliath battleraged between the most unlikely of foes. The gripes of a single blog post inspired a group of disaffected mathematicians and scientists to join forces and boycott the world’s largest publisher of scientific journals, Elsevier. Their movement, dubbed “Academic Spring”, was in response to the company’s political backing […]  Read More →

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The Australian Medical Student Journal: a nationwide endeavour

By Michael Thompson | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

Welcome to Volume 4, Issue 1 of the Australian Medical Student Journal. This issue of the AMSJ continues to develop our core aims of supporting medical student research by providing a dedicated journal for publication of outstanding medical student work and a focus on issues relevant to Australia in general and Australian medical students in […]  Read More →

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Modelling human development and disease: The role of animals, stem cells, and future perspectives

By Kiryu K. Yap | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

Introduction The ‘scientific method’ begins with a hypothesis, which is the critical keystone in forming a well-designed study. As important as it is to ask the correct questions to form the hypothesis, it is equally important to be aware of the available tools to derive the answers. Experimental models provide a crucial platform on which […]  Read More →

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