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Contacts

President president@mmsa.org.mt Vice President for External Affairs vpe@mmsa.org.mt Vice President for Internal Affairs vpi@mmsa.org.mt Secretary General secgen@mmsa.org.mt Finance Officer finance@mmsa.org.mt Public Relations Officer pro@mmsa.org.mt Exchanges and Research Officer - Incomings Exchanges and Research Officer - Outgoings

neo.nore@mmsa.org.mt neo.nore-out@mmsa.org.mt

Medical Education Officer scome@mmsa.org.mt Sexual and Reproductive Health Officer scora@mmsa.org.mt Public Health Officer scoph@mmsa.org.mt Human Rights and Peace Officer scorp@mmsa.org.mt Peer and Education Training Officer npet@mmsa.org.mt Leisure Officer leisure@mmsa.org.mt Electives Officer electives@mmsa.org.mt Faculty Representatives facultyrep@mmsa.org.mt IT Officer ito@mmsa.org.mt

MMSA

Address: 74, Sliema Road, Gzira, GZR1634 Tel: +356 21315789 / 21333212 Email: infodesk@sidroc.com

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Tel : (+356) 25951899 Address: Malta Medical Students’ Association University of Malta, Medical School Block A, Level 0 Mater Dei Hospital, Tal-Qroqq Msida MSD2090 Malta

Credits

Editor, Design and Layout: Gabriel J. Ellul Cover and Design: Kurt Apap

Contents

Introduction Editorial .......................................................................................2 Message from the President .....................................3 Department of Anatomy ............................................4 Department of Physiology & Biochemistry .........5 Get to know your BD!......................................................6-7 Vice President for External Affairs.......................8 Vice President for Internal Affairs ......................9 Finance..........................................................................................10 Secretary General..............................................................11 Professional & Research Exchanges- Incomings..12 Professional & Research Exchanges- Outgoings..13 SCOME ........................................................................................14 SCORA ........................................................................................15 SCOPH .........................................................................................16 SCORP ..........................................................................................17 Peer Education & Training ............................................18 Leisure ..........................................................................................19 Electives .....................................................................................20 Supervising Council ..........................................................21 First Year by the ex-First Year ..................................24 Being a medical student on the National Youth Council.....25 The experiences of a past EB member..............26 Using the MMSA Website ...........................................27 Your Booklist ..........................................................................30-31

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own medical curriculum, and getting our message across. The MMSA has represented students since 1951, making it one of the oldest organisations on campus. But the MMSA’s needs have changed and we want you to be part of the change for the years to come.

Public Relations Officer

So my appeal to you is simple: get involved as much as possible! In this booklet you can find the details of all the members of the Board of Directors of the MMSA. Make sure you give it a look and get in touch if you want to help out!

Gabriel J. Ellul

Hi and welcome to the MMSA! Congratulations on starting your course as a medical student! This booklet is designed just for you, so that you can get to know the MMSA better. We know that starting University is a challenging experience and we want you to know that the MMSA will always be there, to guide you through medical school. My work in the MMSA started from my first year, when I started helping out in SCOPH (Standing Committee on Public Health) campaigns and became an NPET (National Peer Education and Training) trainer. From then on, I started seeing the MMSA as an opportunity to get involved, meet new people from different course years, and, most of all, have fun! My aim as a Public Relations Officer is to help the MMSA deliver its message to medical students, students from other faculties, and the Maltese public in general. Year after year, we are continually helping to shape our country’s awareness on many health issues, empowering ourselves to guide our

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Your experience with the MMSA will lend you great memories. I remember gathering a number of MMSA members to join the President’s Fun Run, and running alongside them as one many other medical students contributing to charity. I also fondly remember setting up a new campaign, with the help of two friends who are also active members of the MMSA. This is the MMSA! A chance to give your contribution in a creative and unique way, as a medical student. Embarassing moments are also part of the package deal, by the way. I remember helping out during HealthFest, and almost crushing an old lady’s hand whilst trying to take her blood pressure. Fortunately, she was in good health, and in a good mood. So use this occasion to make your years in medical school worth remembering!

Favourite quote? Don’t count every hour in the day but make every hour in the day count!

MMSA - representing medical students since 1951........................................................................................................www.mmsa.org.mt Hello Freshers! The Malta Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) will be your companion for the next five important and crucial years, and will provide you with guidance, friends, activities and opportunities like no other. Being part of such an amazing association is not only an honour but also a privilege. This is the association that has helped me grow and become the person I am today, and that is why I cherish every minute of my MMSA experience. I believe that the MMSA should be an integral part of every medical student’s daily life as it was for me during my previous four years of med school. It offers uncountable opportunities that no other student association offers to its members. The MMSA has always been there for me and it will always be there for you, and this is why I felt the need to give something back and be on the forefront of this organisation, by leading the Board of Directors and the association for the term 2013 - 2014 as the MMSA President. The role of a president is one of a leader but also a follower, a friend and a hard worker. The MMSA is going through a phase of growth and change and therefore I aim to be a leader who is close to MMSA’s members and who can take on the responsibility of pushing the association to the next level of greatness. This association has achieved a lot during the last 62 years; however, I believe that it has the potential to go further. My dream is that, one day, the MMSA will be a main stakeholder within the national health care system contributing to medical education and public health in a more concrete way. It truly has a lot to offer as the voice of the future doctors and leaders of our country.

Welcome message by our

President Robert Cachia

As a person who lived the MMSA life to the full, I humbly recommend that, as medical students, you should take a proactive role in your own education and in the health care of the country. The MMSA offers perfect opportunities to help you become active leaders rather than passive believers. Do not wait until you graduate to start making a difference: as medical students you can already start working on your dream to change the world. “This is about us believing that as students we can be more than just passive receivers. It is about us wanting to create change by spreading the energy, the motivation, and the skills. What trickles out might help improve the world around us bit by bit.” My most embarrassing moment was in my first year during the MMSA World Diabetes Day, when a 6 year old wanted her finger pricked for a blood glucose test. Naïve as I was, I accepted despite my inexperience; the result was that she burst out crying and screeching for ten lengthy embarrassing minutes. She also refused a chocolate I offered to try to calm her down.

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The Anatomy Department Head of Department Dr. Pierre Schembri-Wismayer

Academic Staff Prof. Marie-Therese Camilleri-Podestà

Prof. Isabel Stabile Prof. Cristoforo Pomara Dr. Jean Calleja-Agius Mr. Aaron Casha Dr. Edith Said

Dr. Sonia Waiczies Dr. Marilyn Casha Dr. Krystle-Blaire Bugeja Dr. Christian M. Zammit

Secretary

Ms. Graziella Azzopardi E-mail: graziella.azzopardi@um.edu.mt Tel: (+356) 23402280 Dear All, You are probably now part of the largest intake of medical students ever taken in by this University in a single year. I wish you all a very warm welcome. You will be introduced over the first two years to the basic sciences of Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and Pathology which will help you understand what is the normal status quo in humans which is then perturbed by trauma and disease – which you will study in more detail in your later clinical years, although immediately we start introducing you to the clinical relevance of the basic sciences you learn.

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Anatomy includes cell biology, histology, embryology, gross anatomy and neuroanatomy and in the new curricular form, intermingles effortlessly with physiology in a systems based curriculum.

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The Physiology & Biochemistry Department Head of Department Prof. Christian Scerri

Your greatest challenges in my opinion at this point – a. growing up and learning to study and think by yourselves instead of regurgitating what your teachers tell you – a difference in University from what you are used to and – b. hitting the ground running in your new course as in January, only a few months from now, you will be assessed on 50% of your examinable material for this year and based on those exams alone, you may have to repeat the year – not even sitting the June exams.

Academic Staff

I have just finished reading a book on happiness research and the most important things for happiness – apart from genetics (which you will learn about) include friendships (and family), faith, following your dreams and feeling in control of your circumstances. Cultivate these important points. They will help you get through the tougher times.

Ms. Sharon Cachia E-mail: sharon.cachia@um.edu.mt Tel: (+356) 23402288

I am sure you will enjoy your time with us – you have a wide set of academics and clinicians teaching you anatomy – a very interesting combination – giving you diverse viewpoints. See you around! Pierre Schembri Wismayer

Prof. Gary J. Hunter Prof. Rena Balzan Prof. Giuseppe Di Giovanni Prof. Alex E. Felice Prof. Richard Muscat Dr Renald Blundell

Dr Ruben Cauchi Dr Therese Hunter Dr Neville Vassallo Dr Marion Zammit Mangion Dr Mario Valentino Dr Edgar A. Pullicino

Secretary

Welcome and congratulations on being here! I’m absolutely delighted to welcome you to the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry.

histology and embyrology) and Physiology and Biochemsitry). Since 4 years, a slow revolution has been initiated in an attempt to integrate these subjects and including others such as Pathology, Pharmacology, Behavioural Science and Medical Ethics. The introduction of Critical Thinking Sessions has been instrumental to expose students to certain aspects of clinical medicine from year one. Though every year we are trying to improve the teaching metodology and instruments used, there is always room for improvement and your constant feedback shall always be more than welcome. Other things have not changed, such students’ house, the quadrangle and the pool! So I shall be expecting you to enjoy yourself within the university campus, as we enjoyed our first two years here, without forgetting that studying is a continous effort and not cramped within the last three/four weeks of the semester. Congratulations, once again. It’s truly wonderful to have you here! Christian Scerri

Since I was in your shoes (and I can still clearly remember my first day at University) certain things have changed while others have remained the same. One thing that has especially changed is how students learn. When I was in medical school, preclinical subjects were taught as discrete modules, mainly divided into Anatomy (including

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make many new foreign contacts. I loved meeting new people and learning from other medical student associations. I definitely want to continue to work on what I started last year and improve our external contacts and liaisons.

Vice President for External Affairs

How do you see MMSA in the future? Bigger, better and even more recognized!

Giacchino

Why did you contest to become part of MMSA Executive Board? Isn’t it obvious? We are the best student association on Campus and everyone wants to be part of MMSA ;) However on a more serious note, I chose to be part of the Executive Board yet again this year because I feel that the MMSA has given me so much and provided me with so many opportunities that this is my way of giving back and working hard for the betterment of the MMSA. Why is MMSA important for you ? It keeps me sane! Being a medical student should not just be all about studying and stressing out. Being part of this association gives me the opportunity to have a well balanced lifestyle. Even though working with the MMSA is hard work , it’s obviously A LOT of fun too. Why did you chose to contest for that particular role? This year I wanted to take things a step further and delve into the Administrative sector of the MMSA particularly within the VPE office. My experience as NEO/NORE -IN last year allowed to

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What message do you want to convey to other medical students? Do not miss out on this great opportunity to form part of the MMSA. Thanks to this association I’ve already crossed continents and been to Africa, India and I’m just back from Germany... where might you end up? Any particular message to freshers? Welcome dear freshers to the most exciting but exhausting 5 years of your life!! We are so excited to have you on board.. get involved with the MMSA...from NOW ;) What is your favourite MMSA memory? IFMSA GA August 2012 India What is your most embarrassing moment? MMSA TRD Parties. I wish I could remember and elaborate on them but unfortunately my memory gets a bit hazy during those weekends. Favourite quote? “ You cannot save people, you can only love them” Anais Nin

MMSA - representing medical students since 1951...........................................................................................................join us on Congratulations! You have made it to Medical School!

Thelma

All your hard work has finally paid off and you’re now on your way to becoming a doctor! Medicine has its ups and downs- however do not despair! The MMSA is here to guide you, giving you the opportunities to get involved in one of the biggest and most active associations on campus as well as the health sector. The aim of MMSA is to make a difference both locally and internationally. I have been an active MMSA member from day one of medical school. The opportunities which I have been presented with over the last three years have shaped me into the person I am today – they taught me how to speak publicly, how to deliver presentations in front of a variety of audiences and gave me the opportunity to learn many skills which are of use for both my personal life as well as my future career as a doctor. MMSA allowed me to go to Portugal on a medical exchange in 2012 and I have also represented MMSA on an international level at the European Regional Meeting (EuRegMe), Prague 2012 and at the General Assembly (GA), Baltimore, USA 2013. The Vice President for Internal Affairs (VPi) position comes with many responsibilities such as working with the President and other admin members on anything that needs to be done, compiling and archiving report forms, mantaining the MMSA offices at Mater Dei and University, whilst also directing the VPi office. My office consists of four coordinators: the Alumni Coordinator who takes care of the alumni database, the Projects and Feedback Coordinators who make sure that all campaigns are of great quality through the preparation of the coordinators and the feedback we get from all medical students; and from this year, we are introducing the Policy Committee Chair who will kickstart MMSA policy statements which is of utmost important to back up the mission of our campaigns and ultimately, our beloved association. This term will be my second year as part of the executive board. This entails a lot of hard work, but the satisfaction and the experience is truly

Xerri Vice President for Internal Affairs

incredible. I hope that you will have a similar experience with MMSA – keep in mind that the next five years are a journey. Don’t let them pass by only to look back and remember the long hours stuck inside studying. MMSA will open the doors to so many opportunities - take them and let yourself grow! Become part of the MMSA family <3 I look forward to meeting you all and I wish you the best of luck! Do not hesitate to contact me on vpi@mmsa.org.mt if you require more info on medical school, MMSA or our campaigns – I will do my best to help out!

What is your favourite MMSA memory? EuRegMe Prague 2012, the whole week was crazy but it was an AMAZING first international experience with all the Maltese delegates!

What is your most embarassing moment? I have daily embarassing moments, but one MMSA moment was during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) when I went up to present my candidature with a wet (groin) patch on my dress - as I had spilt water all over me a f ew minutes before...

Favourite quote? trolololol (with Phoebe Debono :P)

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Lisa

Buttigieg

Financial Officer Dear Class of 2013, Together with my colleagues, I would like to welcome you to Medical School. This means that summer is over and it is time to hit the books once again. The medical course is not easy but it is very challenging and will help you grow in all aspects of your life. I also welcome you to the Malta Medical Students’ Association (MMSA). The MMSA will be like a family that will help you through your University years. Its various events throughout the year will aid you to better understand the subjects that you will be studying. I encourage you to participate in many events held by MMSA. These will give you motivation and also an opportunity to get to know better your future colleagues. Moreover, I encourage you to participate in the Finance Team. Throughout the year, the Finance Team works to find sponsorships for various events and takes care of the purchase and sale of MMSA’s merchandise amongst other things. MMSA’s merchandise includes pens, badges, T-shirts, fleeces and lanyards and it will be on sale during TRD. By taking part in the Finance Team activities, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the structure on which MMSA is

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built and how it performs its function. Through this team you will get to know the heart of MMSA and you can work to improve the quality of MMSA’s events. I would like to add that MMSA offers the Travel Assistance Fund (TAF) and the Physical Activity Fund (PAF). These funds cover a percentage of MMSA’s annual budget. Hence a substantial amount of money is dedicated to enhance the student’s education. This summer, the Finance Team has worked hard to get more money for MMSA and it will continue to work to get more money for the MMSA. The Finance Team intends to keep up its great work throughout the year. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the previous Executive Board for their outstanding work. I look forward to meeting you all and wish you a pleasant year. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me or other members of the Executive Board who will all be present at TRD.

What is your favourite MMSA memory? EB weekend 2012. What is your most embarassing moment? Not that I remember any :P Favourite quote? Live as if you will die tomorrow

MMSA - representing medical students since 1951........................................................................................................www.mmsa.org.mt Dear Freshers, I would like to congratulate and welcome you to the medical course!! When I first joined medicine I was encouraged by some friends to become an active member within the MMSA and so I did. I attended various seminars and workshops throughout my first year and I felt welcomed. It was this very sense of belonging which motivated me to become part of the executive. I feel that being part of the MMSA allows me to create a balance between my studies and my life in general. It also gives me an opportunity to get to know more people and learn more in terms of public health and medical education. The post of Secretary General always appealed to me, since it has a lot of potential. I believe that through this executive role the administrative side of the association may improve. Besides the administrative side, the Secretary General also takes care of the Training and Resource Development (TRD) weekend. I have experienced two TRDs so far and I admit that they were both great. My aim this year is to have a TRD with a difference, making it more team-based and more appealing to all medical students. My vision for the MMSA is a larger and stronger association. This would involve greater numbers of medical students with one common goal, that of increasing more awareness in public health and medical knowledge. On a similar note I’d like to invite ALL medical students to get more involved in our student body. It’s easy for you to get active within the MMSA, because it’s a broad association which leaves you free to choose the area you like most. I would like to emphasise the fact that the course is not as bad as you might have heard. Many people managed to get through it and

Steve

Sammut Alessi Secretary General

I’m sure that you can make it too! It’s just a matter of determination and good time management. In the meantime I would like to encourage you all to become part of this big family. The TRD Weekend will take place this October and I would like to invite you all to make the best of this opportunity to get to know each other and to get to know older students too. See you all there!

What is your favourite MMSA memory? When I was in my first year and I went to World Diabetes Day to take people’s blood pressure and blood glucose in Valletta; it was an extremely rewarding moment.

What is your most embarrassing moment? I was giving a training session during last year’s TRD and I was leaning on a foldable table which accidently closed and hit one of the medical students at the front of the room. Favourite quote? “Where there is a will there is a way.”

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Fenech Exchange and Research Officer – Incomings

Why did you contest to become part of MMSA Executive Board? As a third year Medical student and going on Exchange myself, I realised that the MMSA, and the IFMSA, is made up by the individual work of Medical students who give their extra time to create such a great association. I felt that I wanted to contribute to make this association better. Why is MMSA important for you? The MMSA is important to me because being integrated and recognized by Medical School, it is not child’s play but an association formed by aspiring medical students, helping other students with their studies, raising awareness in society and most importantly, enabling us to have a month’s experience to see Medicine practised in other countries. Why did you choose to contest for that particular role? Last year, I had been introduced to and helped out with the Incomings Exchange students. These are foreign medical students who spend a month, during their summer, working at Mater Dei, so as to experience working in a foreign hospital, while also enjoying what Malta has to offer in their free time. After I saw the large amount of

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work that has to be done, and as in everything, improved, I decided I wanted to be the one in charge of the Incoming Exchanges for this year – willing to put Malta’s and the MMSA’s name on the top of the list.

How do you see MMSA in the future? The MMSA is one of the strongest associations on campus, and in my opinion it lives up to its hype – it has never stopped growing and improving, at least over the last few years, and with so many students involved and wanting to form part of the association, I believe there is still a lot more in store for the MMSA in the years to come. What message do you want to convey to other medical students/ freshers? When I first started out as a Medical student, I was not so involved in the MMSA and I saw it as something for a different kind of medical student. However, now that I form part of it, I can say that it is you who will make the MMSA in the future, so do not feel discouraged if you do not associate yourself with some other members in the association; MMSA is not just theirs to control – it can be yours too! What is your favourite MMSA memory? I have to say I get my satisfaction for my post when I receive praise about our Exchange Program, and emails from ever more people wanting to sign contracts with Malta to send their students here.

Favourite quote? Nelson Mandela “There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

MMSA - representing medical students since 1951...........................................................................................................join us on Dear Freshers,

Janice

Congratulations and welcome to the exciting world of medical school and obviously to the MMSA! The first few days may seem unbearable, especially after a long, relaxed summer and undoubtedly, medicine is not an easy course. However, the MMSA is here to guide you all the way, giving you the opportunity to interact with the public on relevant health issues, as well as with other Maltese and foreign students. I still remember my first day on campus; getting a headache after all those long talks (but if you’re reading this, then yours most probably hasn’t set in yet)! However, on hearing what the MMSA entails, I felt the need to involve myself in this association and ever since I eventually did so, I have enjoyed every second of it! After helping in various campaigns and coordinating some myself, I wanted to contribute to the MMSA even more and decided to contest the elections to become part of the Board of Directors 2013-2014 as Professional and Research Exchange Officer- Outgoings. I like this particular post since it enables me to interact with and answer queries of medical students both on their allocated exchanges as well as on their MMSA points. I strongly recommend that you consider going on an exchange in summer. These opportunities are organized via the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA) and include Professional and Research opportunities. Both are amazing experiences. The former involves hospital work, attending and assisting surgeries etc., whilst the latter enables the student to take part in pioneering research. Both take place in the department of medicine which interests you. They enable you to meet new people, visit places of interest and experience different cultures and lifestyles! Exchange applications will be out in December, so make sure to always read the MMSA newsletters! Students are selected on the basis of a fully transparent points system, where points are allocated in proportion to the student’s work within the MMSA. Hence, besides offering you wonderful opportunities to develop yourself and your skills, participating in various MMSA campaigns will also earn you points. Having said that, working within MMSA is fun and truly

Azzopardi Exchange and Research Officer – Outgoings

gives you satisfaction and, hence, points should NOT be your main focus!

What is your favourite MMSA memory? My favourite MMSA memories are the Fashion Show which we organised as part of the Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign 2013 as well as X EuRegMe 2013 (European Regional Meeting) which was held in Italy.

What is your most embarassing moment? My most embarrassing moment?! That’s difficult since I have loads to choose from, but I shall mention a recent one that occurred at EuRegMe 2013. I was in one of the morning SCORE/SCOPE sessions, barely awake/hung-over from the previous party and the person sitting next to me asked me if I had seen his tablet. I took a vague look around and saw nothing and he continued to ask around for about 15 more minutes, to no avail. Then it occurred to me that the chair seemed somewhat ‘hard’…yes you got it, I was sitting on it!! My face went all red and my heart started pounding, but at least the tablet worked perfectly well!

Favourite quote? My favourite quote is: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at CHANGE”. However, my mostly commonly used saying would probably be “Xagħri qiegħed goff?!” That sort of means “Is my hair frizzy/ puffy?” for the English-speaking students’ sake.

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Rebecca Stoner Medical Education Officer

All the hard work has paid off – congratulations and welcome to Medical School and the world of MMSA! This is the first organisation I have ever been a part of and it’s made me feel that I truly belonged in a team for the very first time. The MMSA does so much for the medical student that I felt I had to give back in some way, and I thought the best way I could do this was by being as involved as possible in the organisation. The MMSA is important to me because it’s so rewarding to do something, not only for myself, but for other students who are also in the same boat. It’s also inspiring to see a group of people so dedicated to changing the world. Through my work in different subcommittees, I have developed a real passion for working within the MMSA, especially when it comes to medical education. SCOME is the Standing Committee on Medical Education and it is the organisation which represents the medical student and directly advocates for him. It also bridges the gaps in the curriculum, trying to achieve a medical education which is as close to perfect as possible, preparing us for when we actually become doctors. Thanks to the various seminars which the MMSA organises students can learn valuable skills like suturing, bandaging and sign language which can’t be learnt from lectures or books. In the future, I would like to see MMSA reach out to encompass even more students so that it may eventually end up being comprised of the

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entire student body with all members working for themselves to enhance their medical education as well as their student life in general. Everyone is welcome - the more people are active in the organisation, the more effective we can be in making changes in our education. I encourage all medical students to participate in the MMSA not only for the educational aspect but also for the personal skills you’ll develop and the new friendships you’ll make. You need to find some outlet for all your studies or else, before you know it, you’ll find yourself drowning in your books. The most important advice I can give to you freshers is – treasure your friends, because whether it’s the phone call freaking out at 2AM before your first exam, the whatsapp photos of the notes you seemed to have misplaced or the lab coat you forgot and have to borrow for dissection, your friends are your lifeline and the only reason I made it through my first year.

What is your favourite MMSA memory? My favourite MMSA memory was the MEDIK-T seminar. This was a 3 day live in where I came to fully understand what SCOME is about and how I could be more involved in the MMSA. I also started to develop personal skills such as public speaking and suturing. I made so many new friends and I have never laughed so hard and slept so little.

What is your most embarassing moment? My most embarrassing moment was the first speech I ever gave to my whole year, where I suddenly forgot how to speak and started gaping and staring at everyone until someone had the sense to take the microphone away from me.

Favourite quote? Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we may as well dance.

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Phoebe

Congratulations on making it into the medical course!

Debono Sexual and Reproductive

Unavoidably, this takes me back to the time when I was still a fresher: I remember having all sorts of mixed feelings about the decisions I had made. Thankfully, I don’t regret any of them, and although being a medical student is “quite” stressful, being involved in the MMSA and being able to help the people around you makes it much more rewarding. I have to admit, in the beginning I had only heard about the MMSA and thought it was just one of the many other organisations on campus…. but oh how wrong I was! I didn’t know which standing committee I liked best so I tried to work with each of them: for example, I participated in World Diabetes Day (SCOPH – Standing Committee on Public Health) and gave NPET (National Peer Education and Training) sessions in secondary schools. In time I saw that SCORA (Standing Committee on Reproduction and AIDS) was the standing committee I enjoyed the most because of the fun, yet professional, approach towards issues which people often shy away from such as AIDS, STDs, and personal sexual health. Following this realisation, I started my journey in the SCORA direction, first by becoming SCORA secretary and now in my role as the Sexual and Reproductive Health Officer. If anyone were to ask me for advice I would simply say: don’t just get lost in studying. Studying alone does not make a good doctor! Get involved in MMSA and find time for extracurricular activities.

Health Officer

What is your favourite MMSA memory? Hmm… favourite memory, so many to choose from! I think it has to be the first TRD  I will not go into the details of what happened, but I’m sure you’ll get a good idea once you go to your first TRD!!!

What is your most embarrassing moment? Where to begin?? A recent one comes to mind, when I was scrubbed in and assisting in a very long vascular surgery. That day I had a very bad runny nose and half way through the surgery I ended up with a wet face mask and half my face covered in…(I’ll leave that to your imagination). At a point I could not take it anymore and very abashedly had to ask one of the nurses if she could help me out. She ended up wiping my face in front of the surgeon and everyone else like I was a three year old girl!

Favourite quote? It has to be this one. Every morning in the car with Thelma Xerri: “Thel għandi bżonn kafè!” (I need a coffee).

With regards to MMSA, don’t limit yourself to one standing committee, but try out all the different SC before deciding where your passion truly lies.

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Adriana Grech

Public Health Officer Hi freshers! I am Adriana, a third year medical student who is going to be in charge of SCOPH (Standing Committee on Public Health) during your first year! You will hear and learn more about SCOPH as time goes by, but for now I will just give you a brief overview about SCOPH.

Personally, I chose this post in the MMSA because I truly believe that this standing committee has the opportunity to influence the public. Moreover, it also helps us, medical students to learn and grow, whilst interacting with fellow future doctors and possible patients. I hope to see you around! Involve yourselves as much as possible!

What is your favourite MMSA memory? My favourite MMSA memory was organising the Flashmob for World Diabetes Day 2012. When I saw so many enthusiastic students dancing our choreography, the hard work it had entailed certainly paid off.

As we all know, since we are not yet doctors, we are not able to prescribe medication or give any kind of treatment advice. However, as young and energetic medical students, there is still a lot that we can do to help the public.

What is your most embarassing moment? For the first surgery I observed whilst at an exchange in Holland, I spent all morning in scrubs. After about 5 hours, I realised that I had not put them on properly and that my underwear had been showing all along. It definitely wasn’t the right way to impress the cardiothoracic surgeons: P

This is where SCOPH comes in! SCOPH’s main aim is to educate the man in the street about certain diseases especially those with a high prevalence in our country.

Favourite quote? We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

Promoting public health mainly involves encouraging a healthy lifestyle and promoting the prevention of diseases, which is a better option than the treatment of disease. Apart from that, SCOPH gives medical students the chance to start practising some skills, such as taking blood pressure and blood glucose readings.

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MMSA - representing medical students since 1951...........................................................................................................join us on Hi freshers! In between the lectures, the books, and the studying, the MMSA has always been there to give me an opportunity where I can be myself, make new friends, meet future patients, and give a helping hand to those in need. Right from the start I wanted to involve myself in this organisation: I attended events, workshops, and trainings in my first year, and coordinated several campaigns in my second year. Through this, not only did I gain many skills, but I also developed a desire to give something back to this association: it was for this reason that I decided to contest the elections for the MMSA Board of Directors. I have always had a passion to speak out for minorities, and I am really against stigma and prejudice. I involved myself in SCORP (Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace) because this standing committee cares about the human being. But my real love for SCORP sparked off after attending the Healthcare Leadership Summer School (HLSS) in the summer of 2012 in the Netherlands. I met other medical students from around the world, who shared a common desire: to change the current healthcare system to one where the patient is the focus of healthcare professionals, and where compassion and empathy are its core values. I was very inspired by the students and also had the privilege to meet Patch Adams. This week empowered me to become the change I want to see in the world. I would like to see the MMSA grow even stronger, especially with your help! Lecturers will bombard you with book titles and studying schemes which are obviously important, but, as they say, the key to life is balance. Through MMSA events, you can acquire skills that can’t be learned from any book whilst having fun and getting to know new people. My advice to you Freshers is to allocate approximately 2 hours of studying every day, but most importantly, keep calm and enjoy med school!

Kristina

Bartolo Human Rights and Peace Officer

My favourite MMSA memory is being part of the MMSA delegation in EuRegMe 2013, which is a regional meeting for European medical students. I attended SCORP sessions, learned about campaigns abroad, and made a lot of international friends. It was definitely the experience of a lifetime to feel the strength of the SCORPian spirit abroad. One of my most embarrassing moments was when I went to my friend’s house for a study session. At some point I decided to go grab a glass of water from the kitchen. As I was walking from the bedroom to the kitchen, her father came out of his room wearing only his underwear! I rushed back to my friend’s bedroom as I was so embarrassed, but her father came to excuse himself later (wearing decent clothes :P) saying that we were so quiet that he didn’t realise I was there! To conclude, I’ll leave you with my favourite quote: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. Always look at the positive side of life!

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James

Gauci Peer Education and Training Officer

Why did you contest to become part of MMSA Executive Board? To say that the MMSA has helped me grow would be an understatement. When I compare the present and fresher version of James Mario Gauci, the difference in confidence and social skills is obvious. I have changed – hopefully for the better – thanks to the skills that the MMSA has helped me sharpen. Consequently, I feel obliged to give something back to the association and to pass on what I’ve learned to new MMSA members.

Why is MMSA important for you? The MMSA has given me a sense of belonging and identity. By participating in the events which the MMSA organises I feel a certain sense of satisfaction. I also feel more enthusiastic as regards becoming a doctor.

Why did you choose to contest for that particular role? I chose to contest for the role of training officer (head of SCOPET) because I am passionate about peer education. Education is power. Change for the better can be brought about if today’s youth – who are, after all, the leaders of tomorrow – are taught, so that they will steer away from the mistakes their ancestors have made. Young ones will tend to listen to their peers more, particularly when it comes to

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controversial topics such as sex and drugs. This is why the power of peer education should not be underestimated and this is why I will do my best to strengthen it.

How do you see MMSA in the future? The association has gone from strength to strength since it was first formed and I am certain that it will continue to do so in the future. My prophecy is that the popularity of the MMSA will grow and so will the enthusiasm of its members.

What message do you want to convey to other medical students? Guilt loves the passive. I want to encourage other medical students to participate as much as possible in our organisation because being involved gives you an irreproducible sense of pride.

Any particular message to freshers? Impossible is nothing. Even when you feel that you are on the brink of insanity because of your busy schedule and tough studies, remember that many others were in the same boat and that you can definitely make it if you believe in yourself.

What is your favourite MMSA memory? My first Ballu back in 2010…then again, that’s not much of a memory…

What is your most embarrassing moment? Do I have any embarrassing moments?

Favourite quote? “The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct.” - Confucius

MMSA - representing medical students since 1951........................................................................................................www.mmsa.org.mt From the start, I was always an active member within the MMSA. I saw it as an organisation which could aid me with the academic and also help me to grow and mature as a person. I regarded the MMSA as an organisation which had much to offer and I wanted to be an active contributor to aid it in its growth and further its success. It is for this reason that I decided to contest for a post in the MMSA exec. Being an avid party-goer (not just to the MMSA Leisure parties), and having contributed in the organisation of parties both within and outside the MMSA, it did not take me long to decide which post I should contest. I was determined to raise the bar on all things leisure and make sure that YOU, the student, find an outlet for the stresses of the course, by attending the MMSA Leisure events. This year, more than any other, the MMSA Leisure is striving to allow the medical student to be more active within Leisure events. Due to the outstanding reputation, it gathered throughout the previous years of the MMSA Leisure events, the events seem to be better received even by students outside our course. Hence, this year the Leisure Team intends to give preferential treatment to our own in the attempt to not only encourage more active participation from the medical students but also to help strengthen friendships between medical students, something we believe a good party will do with ease. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new freshers. Guys you made it! Trust me I know more than anyone that it is not the easiest course to get into! Right now you may be a bit overwhelmed by the vast amount of information being thrown your way; all the things you have to remember and the lecturers telling you to start studying from the first week. I suggest you take a deep breath and calm down. Although I do not recommend leaving all studies till the end, I doubt that learning the ISBN numbers to the books lecturers are

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Leisure Officer recommending will be helpful. What I’d recommend is to take the first few weeks to develop a system that you can apply throughout the whole year whereby you fit in a bit of studies and obviously an MMSA Leisure event here and there. Venting away the stresses of the course will help you in the long run.

What is your favourite MMSA memory? My favourite MMSA moment to date is the MMSA Alcocrawl. This was the first time I was entrusted with the organisation of such an event. The fact that I could take an active role in a Leisure event gave me a taste for what was about to come. Although it was tiresome and work laden it was something I enjoyed doing.

What is your most embarrassing moment? An embarrassing moment was when after a very good TRD party I felt slightly sick due to alcohol intoxication. I woke up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. When I went back, I saw the vomit and simply went back to sleep on the other side. The following morning I woke up annoyed at whoever had threw up on the bed no knowing that my shirt and my mouth still had the conclusive evidence.

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Thomas Gatt

Electives Officer Congratulations on finally making it to medical school! I can assure you that the fun has only just begun! By now you’re probably still trying to get your head around the 1,000 or so acronyms that have been thrown at you on your very first day; trust us, it gets easier. Personally, the MMSA should act as a safe haven from the academic side of university. The MMSA will help you develop skills, forge friendships and bring out the best in you. From outreaching to the public in Valletta, to organizing events on university campus, to public speaking in front of a class of students, the MMSA is there to offer you opportunities which the academic side of medical school cannot. “But what are ‘Electives’?”, you’re probably asking yourself with mild interest. The Malta Electives Programme allows foreign students the chance to visit our islands and undertake a clinical clerkship within our hospital. The MMSA helps these students by processing their applications, offering accommodation and organizing airport transfers. The electives programme is one of the main factors that keeps the MMSA running, and allows us to come up with brilliant campaigns and initiatives, year after

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year. I encourage you to get in touch should you wish to join the Electives Team. The future of the MMSA is very bright. With your help, I believe that we will continue to grow even stronger as a student organisation. I would also like to see the MMSA get the national recognition that it deserves! To the freshers, please don’t let the workload overwhelm you. The first couple of weeks are the most challenging, but there are tons of people who are there to guide you along, so feel free to reach out to them. My take home message: get active, study smart, and have fun! Make the most out of these five years so that on graduation day, you can look back at this holistic experience with great satisfaction. I look forward to meeting you all! See you at TRD!

What is your favourite MMSA memory? MMSA Football Tournament. The feeling of watching your own coordinated event unfold before your eyes is indescribable. What is your most embarrassing moment? One fond anatomy lecture, when Prof. Stabile announced to the entire class that, due to my height, my hands would be ideal for a ‘bimanual palpation’. Google it ;) Favourite quote “…imma next semester I’ll start studying earlier ta...” – stated repeatedly to my tear-stained books.

MMSA - representing medical students since 1951...........................................................................................................join us on Dear medical students! We are Kelly Gatt, Fabrizia Cassar, and Julian Agius: together we make up the Supervising Council (SupCo) of the Malta Medical Students’ Association for the term 2013-2014. First of all we would like to welcome you to the medical course and say a big well done to all of you for already making it this far! It is with pleasure that we welcome you to the Malta Medical Students’ Association, which is one of the most active student organisations on campus. As medical students and active MMSA members we feel that the MMSA provides the student with ample opportunities to learn new skills, broaden their medical knowledge, and integrate with other students and with the general public. The opportunities offered are not only local, but also international, thus presenting once in a lifetime opportunities for all medical students to experience. It is for these reasons that we ourselves have become active members of the MMSA. To us the MMSA has provided our well-deserved study break and has also instilled in us a sense of belonging and responsibility. We feel that the MMSA has given us so much and as members of the Supervising Council it is now our turn to give back to the MMSA. The SupCo was created 3 years ago and is based on the structure of the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) SupCo. Its purpose is to overlook the work of the Executive Board (EB) and the Board of Directors (BD). We ensure that the Statute and Bylaws of the MMSA are adhered to and that all the workings of the MMSA are to the maximum benefit of the student body in general, to ensure that all opportunities are distributed

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fairly. If this is not the case, it is up to the SupCo to investigate and tackle the issue. This year we intend to work hand in hand with the Board of Directors and with you to ensure that the MMSA is working as efficiently and transparently as possible. We greatly encourage you to participate in the MMSA and we look forward to meeting you and working with you in the very near future. Should you have any queries or complaints please do not hesitate to contact us on supco@mmsa.org.mt. We wish you the best of luck in your studies and look forward to seeing you at the first major MMSA event: TRD 2013!

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1st Year

by the ex-1st Year

Eve Warrington - a now-2nd-year student Dear Freshers, Welcome to medical school! As an ex-fresher myself, I know the feeling of complete and utter bewilderment that you are probably all feeling. Having lost my way to the faculty around three or four times (a week) last year, I can assure you that things will soon get a lot easier. Having said that, here are a few pearls of wisdom that I hope you find useful. The thing which you are probably tired of hearing, but which I cannot emphasise enough, is the importance of starting early! Don’t leave your studying to the last minute. It takes an eternity to figure out the best source to study each topic and module from, so planning earlier will save you a few panic attacks and all-nighters come the January exams. Of course, us second years will always be eager to answer any questions and offer any advice, so don’t be afraid to seek help from us. We know exactly what you’re going through! Now that the annoying bit is over, it is time to examine the other side of the coin. I want you to know that it IS possible to have fun in medical school! Seriously now, as long as you manage your time well, you will have plenty of time to enjoy yourselves. And if you

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make the most of every opportunity, these years will be the best years of your life! Our calendar is jam-packed with events, which I encourage you all to participate in. Besides countless legendary Leisure events (which I’m sure I don’t need to encourage you to attend), MMSA organises loads of other events such as World Diabetes Day and Healthfest, which will really help you blossom as a medical student. There is more to a medical student than just books, and taking part in these events will give you a holistic experience that will be enormously useful to you, both for your future careers as well as for your student life in the present. The friends you make in medical school are for life! Having a good group of friends who are familiar with the stacks of books that you need to study will help you tremendously, and with a bit of humour you can help each other through the darkest of exam nights. My final pointer is to keep an open mind, make friends with everyone, and take every opportunity that comes your way. It won’t be long before you find your niche and settle into the wonderful family that is MMSA. I hope you enjoy your stay!

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Being a medical student on the National Youth Council

Keith Pace - KNZ Public Relations Officer | ex-MMSA Vice President Hi guys! It is a pleasure to be writing in the Freshers’ booklet once again, this time not as a MMSA Executive board member but as a medical student on the National Youth Council (KNZ) board. The MMSA provides skills which cannot be obtained simply through studying and attending lectures; over the years it has opened my eyes to the importance of being an agent for change and of advocating for what I believe in. After three years on the MMSA executive boards I now find myself employing all I have learnt from the association which you now form part of, on a national level within the National Youth Council.

I encourage you to take on an active role not only within the MMSA but also in the campaigns organising by other associations both on campus and also on a national level, and KNZ acts as a platform for exactly this. You can keep updated with all that is going on within the KNZ by checking out our website and subscribing to the mailing list at www.knz.org.mt or by finding us on Facebook and Twitter. When I became a medical student I wasn’t sure what to make of it. All the hard work had finally paid off, but sitting in class for the first time I remember feeling very unsure of the journey ahead.

KNZ is a voluntary and autonomous NGO, which acts as a forum for dialogue between young people. KNZ aims at promoting youth policy and influencing such policy both nationally and internationally. Moreover, as an organisation we aim to increase the participation of young people and youth organisations.

The MMSA made me feel more at home in the medical course, and empowered me to take on an active role within society. The next five years are a journey which only you can unravel. Don’t let them slip away only to look back and remember the long hours you spent in the library and the all-nighters you pulled before your exams!

As an umbrella organisation KNZ is there to support all its member organisations. The MMSA is an associate member of KNZ, which means that as members of the MMSA you are also entitled to all that the KNZ has to offer.

On a final note I wish to congratulate all of you and give you a warm welcome to the medical world and to life on campus. I look forward to meeting all of you soon!

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Make it count

- the experiences of a past EB member

Daniel Vella Fondacaro - KSU Education Coordinator | ex-MMSA President Students can be looked upon as a collection of brain cells and nerve bundles that are ready to absorb all the information given. On the other hand, students can be opinion leaders, lateral thinkers and beings who use their intellectuality for the greater good of others and of society as a whole. I sincerely hope that these few words will convince you to choose the latter. When I started off as medical student back in the old days of October 2009, I did not have an idea, nor did I have the slightest interest to take up an active student role. However when everything is smooth and constant something unexpected tends to crop up. That is the moment where you need to stop and think. In a nutshell, this is a story of someone who never thought that anything that happened was indeed going to take place. In my first year of medicine my area of interest within the MMSA was medical education, what we call SCOME. Standing committees are powerful tools specific to an area. It would be a good move to become involved in your area of interest from the start of medical school. In April 2010, amidst all the hassle and the studying, I was approached to run up for an executive position, that of Leisure Officer. This was a big unexpected decision. Stop|Think. Was this going to affect my studying? Was I capable for the job? Well I put forward my candidature eventually, got elected, and embarked on a journey that took me to the beginning of the rest of my life, and to the nerve-wrecking crazy medical student parties!

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The MMSA was changing, in structure and function. After seeing the true potential of student unity, I decided to run for Vice President of the association and started my term in office in June 2011. I can safely say that this role, be it the boards, subcommittees, policies or events, shaped my character. After this productive term, I went up for MMSA President and started my term in June 2012, in which we worked for a radical updated change within the association’s structure, which is what we have today. Third year and fourth year medicine were not easy, but perseverance and good will led the man to the moon, and it led me through medical school. I guess this was the time to stop, or not. Three years in an executive board of such a prestigious association gives you the satisfaction and experience of a lifetime. However in April 2013 I put forward my candidature for University Student Council (KSU) Education Coordinator and got elected, which finally brings me to now. Medical school is a tough experience, however a balanced student will manage to get the best of both worlds. There are countless opportunities, seize them! My last piece of advice to the medical student population is to strive for what you believe in, be it music, sports, politics, charity, world peace or global health. If the student population does not inject the innovative and progressive push in society, then no one will. Keep your family, friends and loved ones close at heart for they will be your pillars of strength when you need the most. Dream big and act wise, but always keep to your values and modest self. And most of all, always lead by good example. Every day, every opportunity, every moment. Make it count.

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Leonard Callus - Information Technology Officer A warm welcome and a brief description of services offered by the MMSA Website Dear MD 1 Students First of all welcome to MMSA and the Medicine and Surgery Course. I wish to congratulate you for entering such a prestigious course. I’m sure you have worked hard to get here. I wish to point out that if you’ve heard a lot of rumours that as soon as you enter the Medical Course, you will have to study hard for the rest of your life, with no time for free time, it’s far from the truth. If you plan your timetable well, you will have enough free time for your hobbies or to go out with friends.

second hand. Remember that second hand books can also be Smart Card refunded and you will be given a receipt which could be used to get a refund from the KSU office. As a medical students, you will be granted access to the site, where you will be able to access and view the number of points you have collected by participating in the MMSA. These points can then be used to go abroad for research exchanges. In the members’ section, you will also find minutes done for each and every event and also funds and grants offered by MMSA to Medical Students. A feature which you should keep your eyes peeled on is the events section. This is linked to the MMSA Google Calendar. Using this events calendar, you can find the events planned to take place for the upcoming year. Inform yourselves and participate!

I am writing this to give you a brief description of the MMSA website and things that you might find useful. As soon as you enter the site, the top banner shows the featured events that are about to take place or have taken place in the past few weeks. This helps you inform yourself about upcoming events. This featured banner is constantly updated with new events that come up with time.

Last but not least, there’s another feature which you might find interesting the standing committee section. In this section, you will find a brief description of each and every standing committee and info about the events they organize.

Another important feature in our website is the books section. You can access it from the website menu. The booklists are divided in sections according to the subjects covered by the particular book and your year of study.

If you have issues regarding the site, Google groups or any problem regarding IT, which you might encounter during this scholastic year, feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to solve it for you.!

In the same section, there is also a page dedicated to second hand books. Buying all the books might be expensive so you might consider buying some

ito@mmsa.org.mt

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Your booklist for first year Med School

Biochemistry

The following is a list of recommended books for the Medical Course. Feel free to contact us on scome@mmsa.org.mt if you need help! Gross Anatomy Gray’s Anatomy for Students Drake, Vogl, Mitchell 9780443069529 2nd Edition 2009 Clinical Anatomy by Regions Snell 9781451110326 9th Edition 2011 Clinical Anatomy by Systems Snell 9780781791649 1st Edition Anatomy Atlas McMinn’s Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy Boon, Hutchings, Abrahams 9780323036054 6th Edition 2007 Colour Atlas of Anatomy: A Photographic Study of the Human Body Rohen, Lutjen-Drecoll, Yokochi 9781609137854 7th Edition 2010 Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy Agur, Dalley 9781451110319 13th Edition 2012 Atlas of Human Anatomy Netter 9781416059516 5th Edition 2010 Imaging Atlas Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy Weir, Abrahams 9780723434573 4th Edition 2010

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Physiology

Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology

Guyton and Hall 9781416045748 12th Edition 2010

Pocket companion to Guyton & Hall’s Physiology Hall

9781416054511 12th Edition 2011 Physiology Costanzo 9781416062165 4th Edition 2009 Berne and Levy Physiology Koeppen, Stanton 9780323045827 6th Edition 2008 Renal Pathophysiology the Essentials Rennke, Denker 9780781799959 3rd Edition 2009 Israel’s Mechanisms in Haematology Israel 9780443074349 4th Edition Cardiovascular Physiology Concepts Klabunde 9781451113846 2nd Edition 2011 Introduction to Cardiovascular Physiology Levick 9780340942048 5th Edition 2010 Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology Barrett, Boitano, Barman 9780071605670 23rd Edition 2009

“So many books, so little time.”

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Embryology

Langman’s Medical Embryology Sadler 9781451144611 12th Edition 2011 Larsen’s Human Embryology Schoenwolf, Bleyl, Brauer 9780443068119 4th Edition 2008

Histology

Wheather’s Functional Histology Young, Lowe, Stevens 9780443068508 5th Edition 2006

Pathology

Muir’s Textbook of Pathology Burt, Fleming, Harrison 9780340740620 14th Edition 2008 Robbin’s Basic Pathology Kumar, Abbas, Aster 9781437717815 9th Edition 2012 General and Systematic Pathology Underwood, Cross 9780443068881 5th Edition 2009 Pocket Companion to Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease Mitchell, Kumar, Fausto 9781416054542 8th Edition 2011

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MMSA Fresher's Booklet 2013  

An informative booklet aimed at welcoming new medical students into the MMSA and orienting them to our association's structure

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