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MSSBU Newsletter elcome to the first issue of the MSSBU Newsletter for 2012! We are excited to bring it to you in print and electronic format.

What better way to kick off the semester than with the traditional MedEagle on Tuesday of week 2 at Hotel CBD. First and final years alike enjoyed themselves mingling and getting to know fellow meddies better‌

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Week 3 Tues 31/1

Trivia Night

7:30pm Don’s Tavern

Fri 3/2

HMSA Handover

TBA

Those available & willing to assist the faculty with the new intake of med students in 122, make yourselves known to the faculty or email us.

SCRUB CRAWL COMING SOON!! Watch this space for more info

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Spring 2012 BOND AID: Cambodia Medical Placement

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Over the December holidays, I, along with a group of 2nd and 3rd year medical students from Bond University, participated in an aid trip to Cambodia. We were given the opportunity to complete a voluntary medical placement in the major hospital in the Oddar Meancheay province, close to the Thai border. Every day we followed the doctors around like ducklings, and learned what we could directly and through our translator. We practiced our physical examinations, and watched surgeries and deliveries. By earning brownie points with the staff by spending hours folding gauze to be sterilised, we redressed patient’s wounds. The most common cause of mortality in Cambodia is the garden-variety motorcycle accident, and we saw plenty of those cases. The conditions there were certainly not what we are used to. There was mould growing on the ceiling in the ED, the oxygen bottles were stored in the foyer, whole families clustered around each bed and the drugs available each day constituted an extremely limited list. But everyone made do with what they had. Although there are some practices we would not bring back, sometimes we underestimate the value of a more careful resource allocation. Another thing that struck me was the bravery of the people; most were silent in the face of excruciating pain. Despite the poverty and disease that we constantly saw throughout our placement, the children were always smiling and laughing. We could brighten a patient’s day simply by showing up and letting them marvel at the strange habits of the barang (foreigners). Some of our time there was spent in building projects and cleaning the hospital. We also spent time at primary schools teaching basic hygiene principles once a week, and frequented the local orphanage. There are many orphans in Cambodia, with the recent and not-so-recent history of war, the prevalence of HIV and the general poverty. Education is possibly the largest focus of those going to Cambodia to help set up a system of sustainable development in the community. I am sure that we will carry this experience with us and will one day be able to say that we are better doctors because of what we have seen. -­‐

Kathleen Lockhart 3


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MEDBALL TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Tickets $120 includes: @ Jupiters – 2 course dinner, chocolate fountain buffet dessert, all inclusive beverages @ Shooters Superclub afterparty - VIP entry, 1x token, specials all night long

All proceeds go to the charity – Helping Children Smile. Also raffle tickets on sale and will be drawn on the night. 1 for $2 or 3 for $5. Prizes include: 3 x Mt. Tambourine retreat stays for 2 1 x Charity t-shirt signed by Roger Federer 1 x Accommodation by Mantra 1 x Jupiters bed and breakfast 1 x Seafood buffet for 2 at Radisson Hotel Seats are limited and almost sold – 250 places – so get in quick for the most anticipated event on the Med student calendar!

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Introductions are in order…

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your non-elective positions for MSSBU If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of these areas, approach us, we are happy to discuss them with you. Junior AMSA Officer - Naim Mridha Postgraduate Officer - Amani Savy Academic Liaison Officer - Neha Tewari IT Officers - Nandini Prasad and Clinton Colaco Publications Officer - Christina Popovic

The MSSBU would like to say a HUGE thankyou to all of the students and staff that supported Movember with their money or their MO’s! Altogether the “Bond 007 – Licence to Mo” team raised $8,449 winning the nationwide AMSA Movember Challenge & trophy.

The collective effort for all Med Schools raised a total of $36, 892!! So again, a big congratulations for those that managed to raise so many funds & awareness for this excellent cause.

Questions? Would you like more info? Email Christina Popovic – Publications Officer: Christina.Popovic@student.bond.edu.au 5


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