The 2020 election for the NZMA Board Medical Student Representative is underway. As a fellow medical student, your vote counts! Below are your candidates. Voting period closes at 4pm Monday 30 November. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kia ora e te whānau, my name is Savannah and I’m originally from Ōtautahi but have spent the majority of the last few years both in Ōtepoti and now, up in the North, in Pōneke. Outside of medicine, I love to bake (especially cakes), frequent the Newtown market for its delicious produce and cook anything and everything, especially some fresh pasta to enjoy with friends! If I’m not procrasti-baking, you’ll find me in the ocean, working up a sweat and moving my body at the gym, eating peanut butter from the jar or searching for a dog to pat.
I am going to be a Trainee Intern student during 2021 and I hope that having come to the final year of a very long journey (a total of eight years after initially doing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science in Dunedin), I can fairly represent the voice of medical students throughout Aotearoa and make sure that we are heard. I have had significant past involvement with the Otago University Medical Students’ Association (OUMSA), organised the 2018 Teddy Bear Hospital and am an active member of the Wellington Surgical Interest Group (WSIG) this year, so, you can trust that I will follow through on my words with actions and contribute.
There is so much discussion amongst students and they all have so many ideas on a huge array of issues and topics that I believe would be very valuable if shared with the decision-makers – I will be here to facilitate that sharing. We have the chance to influence the medical system that we will one day have to represent as doctors in Aotearoa so it’s important to me that we will be able to do that with pride, knowing that we have acknowledged, engaged and acted on any need for change.
Conflicts of interest: Nil
Kia ora tātou, ko Emma toku ingoa. I was born and raised in the mighty Christchurch and moved to Auckland for medical school where I’ve since had the pleasure of completing 4th year at Tauranga Hospital and 5th year at North Shore and Waitakere Hospital- and now I’m lined up for Auckland City Hospital for my TI year in 2021. I’m an outgoing, energetic person who loves her music, house plants, puzzles and all things D.I.Y.! My favourite thing about being a medical student is being able to get amongst the fast pace and experience acute situations.
Why should you vote for me? Firstly, I’ve recently been elected onto the AUMSA Council and its Education Committee with my new role as Auckland City Hospital Clinical Site Representative for 2021. This means I’ll be able to utilise the input we get from students through the council to more accurately provide the opinion of medical students and advocate for the things that worry us on the NZMA council. Furthermore, heading into TI year for 2021 means I know the struggles of pre-clinical and clinical years. Medical school is not easy for anyone, and I understand the extra burdens many of us carry- having moved away from home, worked part-time jobs through most of university and balanced health issues myself. But most importantly, I’m not afraid to speak up and work hard for the things that matter to us as students and soon-to-be junior doctors. Being able to bring my energy and enthusiasm to a role where I can advocate for students would not only be a huge privilege, but also a way for me to take my passion for medicine and apply it to something bigger than myself.
Conflicts of interest: AUMSA Council and Education Committee 2021 as Auckland City Hospital Clinical Site Representative.
Kia ora! My name is Duncan and I am a Dunedin-based medical student undertaking a BMedSc(Hons) between my 3rd and 4th years. I grew up in Christchurch but am now a fully-fledged Highlanders supporter. My interests within medicine include oncology and palliative care, a field which has formed the basis of my BMedSc(Hons) project this year. I have also developed a passion for medical education through my role as a tutor for undergraduate health sciences and medical students.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy watching the odd game of rugby and exploring the beautiful hills and peninsula of Otago.
My experiences lie in pastoral care and medical education. For the past 3 years, I have been a tutor and residential assistant for undergraduate students. In these roles, I have worked to improve student wellbeing and education – including during the COVID-19 lockdowns. In addition, I have advocated on behalf of residential students during the development of the Pastoral Care Code of Practice. In doing so, I have established relationships with three Otago medical cohorts – becoming acutely aware of issues pertinent to them. If elected, I will build on these connections to advocate for all medical students nationwide. I will ensure the NZMA’s key advocacy issues of sustainability, primary prevention, workforce, and health investment have student consultation and consideration.
Specifically, I will tend to NZMA policies that most closely impact medical students. According to the NZMA’s position statement on ‘Doctor’s Health, Wellbeing, and Vitality’, student debt and early vocational pressures are significant stressors to medical students. As your representative, I will work with all stakeholders to implement and revise policies that ameliorate these stressors. Above all, I will apply the principle of whanaungatanga to ensure my advocacy is truly representative of the opinions, values, and beliefs of all medical students.
Conflicts of interest: Nil
Kia ora everyone! I'm Aroha and I originate from Christchurch. I am now studying here and am about to enter my final year. I like to keep busy with working part-time, mentoring, and baking sweet treats in my downtime.
I want to be a student representative to ensure that our student voice is heard within the NZMA. NZMA is an organisation in which we all will be involved within the future and it's important to ensure that it is reflecting the views of all of us within the medical field. I have previously been on the executive team for the Christchurch Medical Student Association and the organising team for the ELM Clinical Conference Otago. From these positions I have obtained skills which help me advocate on behalf on you for our rights to be heard and ensure that we are able to make a change.
Conflicts of interest: Nil