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June 2009 - MSAND

June 2009 - MSAND

What the reps reckon

What the reps reckon Sarah - 1st Year IWell, it’s been pretty quiet on the western front this month. I think it’s safe to say that everyone that attended the cocktail party had a fantastic time! It was great to see the 1 st year ladies all frocked up and the gentlemen all looking sharp in their suits. The year was looking hot! I saw many talented people magically make alcohol disappear before my very eyes at the bar, as well as some amazing balancing acts involving very little spilling of numerous drinks as they were carefully carried away from the (very crowded) bar. There have also been several interesting and fun educational events, including the confronting and eye-opening documentary Rape in the Congo, as well as the very popular talk by Dr. Kathryn Edyvane and the skill-requiring suturing session that followed. I think that study and exams are in everyone’s minds as these last few weeks of the first semester tick by and we all start looking forward to the short break that follows! Rohen - 2nd Year Recently I have not been advocating for MED200 much, and have returned to join you all in stressed out study mode. Exams are on their way, however I’m sure like last year we are all amping up our stress levels all to say, why did I waste so much energy studying, when we meet at the pub to have a well earned beverage following MSAT’s. On a happier note, there are no more core unit lectures and only a single Ethics exam standing between us and a complete focus on real medicine. AMC (Australian Medical Council) accreditation is coming up in a couple of weeks, so please feel free to email me with any advice you would like the AMC team to pass on (constructive things only please). Also just to let you all know Prof Frost is cracking the whip behind the scene to beat out the hiccups and continue to build an awesome medical school for us all.

Meet the press Born? The bustling metropolis that is Armidale NSW. What were you in your former (pre-med) life? Had a crack at a Ph.D. researching differentially expressed genes between dark and light skin using...blah blah blah...most people's attention starts fading about now. If you were an animal what would it be? Sloth, a very lazy sloth! If you could be any superhero who would you be and what powers would you have? Superhero: Astroboy, being the greatest superhero of all time he needs no explanation. Humm, super power. I guess the only super power lacking in the Astroboy arsenal would have to be a Batman style phone with a direct line to Jasmine's office. Anything to try and figure out where and what on earth I'm meant to be doing to get through this degree. Born? Yes, 18th December, Broken Hill Base hospital, delivered by my grandfather. Damien Turner: 4th Year What makes you angry? Not having my Batman phone! What’s the best thing about living in Perth? The people, the beaches, the life style. What’s the worst? Being so far away from family and friends back east. If you were stuck on a desert island what 5 things would you take with you? Laurie my partner, our little star Aiden, Astroboy dvds, my GPS unit (I get lost walking around the block), and of course my We don’t think Batman phone. this is Damo, but Last, but not least, who it may well be the would you change sexual product of his loins orientation for? Good old Hugh Jackman. It goes without saying that he would have to be the little spoon in this romantic soiree. Georgie Fisk: 2nd Year What were you in your former (pre -med) life? A chemistry graduate with the full intention of becoming a multilingual travelling gypsy and never returning to study again. If you were an animal what would it be? Definitely not a sloth or a ferret. Shivers run down my spine just thinking about those two. Perhaps a Black Panther or a Condor. If you could be any superhero who would you be and what powers would you have? I think I’d be Supersoppy hero woman, a superhero with the amazingly soppy ability to transfer a lifetimes worth of experience from the mind of a person targeted by prejudice into the mind of the person judging them, just for 10 minutes. I’m sure this would make the world a better place. I wouldn’t mind incorporating the ability to fly in there somewhere as well. Not sure how this would help mankind though? What makes you angry? PMT and small town gossip. What’s the best thing about living in Perth? Not having to wear a beanie and scarf inside my house during winter to be able to study comfortably. In fact, not having to heat my house at all during winter! This, moving from Hobart, is unbelievable! What’s the worst? There seems to be an overwhelming number of really rich people with really bad taste (whoops, did I say that out loud?) If you were stuck on a desert island what 5 things would you take with you? A fishing rod A really sharp knife A sexy masseuse that doubled as a psychologist Spanish teacher and guitar tutor (who just happened to bring along his own guitar and one for me) And… is it too much to ask for a library? Last, but not least, who would you change sexual orientation for? Scarlet Johansson in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

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