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17 Apr 2018

Hey Legends - my name is Zaheer and I’ve got the privilege of being the Editor of the inaugural AMA Student e-newsletter.

You might be wondering what you can expect from this newsletter. Well, in a nutshell - if something big happens, we’ll cover it. What do we define as something big? Anything which piques your interest and curiosity (who knew that it wasn’t peak or peek?).

You can consider it your one stop shop for everything med related. Pertinent advocacy issues - tick, upcoming events - tick, tips and tricks about getting your resume up to scratch, latest member deals, and so much more - tick, tick and tick.

This past week on an anaesthetics rotation I was given some life advice. “You must always reflect, Zaheer, always reflect.” The context within which this occurred isn’t important... (ok, maybe I was venting my frustration after my third failed cannula attempt), but it set me off on a journey of reflecting on the last few years.

I reflected on the fact that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and work with a lot of medical students. Whether that was during my time as President of the ANU MedSoc, through my work as Policy Officer for AMSA, or representing students on a State and national level at AMA hosted events all over Australia.

Two things have stood out during this time - the first is that we all share similar experiences; the buzz and excitement that is O-Week, the blur which is the year whizzing by, and the daunting truth that it’ll be exam season before we know it (6 months but who’s counting..). The second is that we also share similar goals - we want to work in a rewarding profession and make a positive contribution to society. I’ve seen the AMA strongly advocate for the interests of patients and society, and have thought to myself “that’s the kind of doctor I want to be”. 

So, get involved. Whether it’s at the next AMA event, educational workshop or social event, have a chat to your AMA representative about what they can do for you or what you can do for your profession through the AMA.

Don’t hesitate to send through what you think about this newsletter, what works well and what you’d like to see more of. Drop me a line at with feedback or questions. 
Till next time


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Published: 17 Apr 2018