MD student conference report plus Audible staff and student offer

July 15 / 163

2015 University of Melbourne MD Student Conference, where students help shape their own curriculum
2015 University of Melbourne MD Student Conference, where students help shape their own curriculum


The University’s fifth MD Student Conference, held over June 29-July 2, was a great success with an expansive 116 sessions over four days, more than 200 speakers, and an audience of 1, 365 future doctors.


With support and guidance from the Melbourne Medical School, students from all year levels worked together to craft an innovative, diverse and unique academic program. 


Speakers included social commentators and advocates, such as Dan Savage and Rosie Batty; giants of medical research, with Sir Gustav Nossal and Ian Gust; and inspiring medical figures, such as Michael Kidd, Richard Smith and Fiona Wood. The program received accolades not only from the student delegation, but also from our speakers who appreciated the professionalism of the organising team.


The ambitious program was accomplished with the invaluable support of the Medical School, in particular Dr Justin Bliszta, Professor Stephen Trumble and Professor Geoff McColl. 


Among medical students, working in the MDSC team is regarded as a huge privilege, as this type of support embedded into its curriculum is unique. At the core of the MDSC vision is innovative medical education: medical students are given the tools, autonomy and empowerment to shape part of their own educational experience. 


On the one hand, this gives medical education a fresh perspective, one that is attuned to the current societal milieu and speaks to the relevant issues that might never make it past the hurdles of clinical curriculum. 


On the other, students are given a new set of skills which are important to our medical careers, but lie outside medical training: leadership, organisational skills, academic learning objectives, professional networking and an introduction to the world of conferences. 


MDSC2015 highlighted the breadth of a medical career and the necessity for a continually evolving medical education. Given the opportunity to share and explore their passions, medical students crafted a kaleidoscopic program, exploring the complexities that underpin the medical profession.


Dan Savage for the MDSC is proudly sponsored by who are providing the University of Melbourne community a free audiobook and year access to their Science News podcast at


Story by Asiel Adan. Asiel is a third year medical student at the University of Melbourne. He was an academic day convenor for The MD Student Conference, President of MDQueer LGBTIQ Health Collective and LGBTIQ Health Officer for the Australian Medical Students' Association. 

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