Unique opportunities as an Assistant in Medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic



In Australia, the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic led to the formation of a new and unique role within the medical system, known as the Assistant in Medicine. The Assistant in Medicine program involved a group of selected final-year medical students joining the workforce as a government initiative to expand and reallocate hospital resources.


This reflection explores the unique opportunities in professional development as an Assistant in Medicine. Similar pre-internship models seen in New Zealand reported higher levels of competence and preparedness for internship compared to other final-year medical student placement models (92% in New Zealand, compared to 58% and 64% in the UK and Australia, respectively). These positive outcomes lead to an interesting question: could the Assistant in Medicine placement or a modified version be integrated into Australia’s final-year medical student curriculum?

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Feature Articles COVID

Social distancing and domestic violence: an exploration of the paradoxical impact of our public health response to COVID-19

Public health responses and policies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic have had a substantial impact on the incidence of domestic violence globally. Whilst regulations are in place to protect lives and livelihoods, an evaluation of these reveal the paradoxes embedded within such actions and the effects on vulnerable individuals. A consideration into the catalysts which prompt such a rise in rates of interpersonal abuse due to increased psychosocial pressures are discussed. Furthermore, strategies which could be implemented on a legislative and social level to counter these issues are deliberated.

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Where in the world is the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The following article explores the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the global race to develop a vaccine and the many challenges faced by researchers during this unprecedented time. With a focus on the eight most promising vaccine candidates currently in clinical evaluation around the world, the results from the early stages of human trials are discussed and the difficulties faced by those at the forefront are brought to light.

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Medicine in the age of COVID-19 considerations for the ongoing use and development of telehealth

COVID-19 has necessitated rapid adoption of telehealth. The evidence for telehealth, however, is inconclusive at best. Further studies are required before it sees more widespread use.   

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How COVID-19 has changed My Medical Experience

An expression piece on the personal impact of COVID-19 on my travel home (to Sri Lanka), personal life, studies and clinical placement.

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The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of medical students in Australia

COVID-19 has left an overwhelming impact on medical students through the miscommunication of directives. It has resulted in many students feeling confused, dejected and exhausted.

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Australiasian Students’ Surgical Conference (ASSC) collaboration with the AMSJ

The AMSJ is proud to announce a partnership with the upcoming Australiasian Students’ Surgical Conference (ASSC).

Australasian Students’ Surgical Conference (ASSC), June 30, 2012.
“Australasian Students’ Surgical Horizons”
UNSW Main Campus, Kensington, Sydney, Australia.

This inaugural conference is open to all Australian and New Zealand medical students and JMOs and will feature poster and oral presentations.
The abstracts from this exciting venture will be published in an online supplement of the AMSJ.

Abstact submission details:
Abstract submissions for podium and poster presentations are now open and will close by midnight (EST) on 7 June 2012. There will be prizes and publications!

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About the ASSC
The ASSC is fully endorsed and supported by the UNSW Medical Faculty, and is presented by the UNSW Surgical Society. It will feature a keynote address from the President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons about the surgical training pathway, speeches by leading surgeons from each of the nine surgical specialties, and student research presentations. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend surgical skills workshops. It promises to be the highlight of the student surgical calendar!

Speakers include:
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons President, & USYD Professor of Surgery, Professor Michael Hollands
UNSW Dean of Medicine, Professor Peter Smith
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Chair, Board of Surgical Education and Training, & UNSW Senior Lecturer, Dr Phil Truskett
UNSW Professor of Surgery, Rhodes Scholar & 1979 Bledisloe Cup Wallaby Winner, Professor Phil Crowe
Australia & New Zealand Journal of Surgery Editor-in-Chief & USYD Foundation Professor of Vascular Surgery, Professor John Harris
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons first Indigenous surgeon, & UNSW Associate Professor, Professor Kelvin Kong
Sydney Children’s Hospital Head of Paediatric Surgery, RACS Paediatric Surgery Examiner, Dr Guy Henry
2010 NSW Australian of the Year, Founder of the Cure for Life Foundation, founding Director of the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital, & UNSW Associate Professor and Neurosurgeon, Professor Charlie Teo

Delegate registration will be $10, and will be available online soon: