Newsletter June 2014 Things have been running very smoothly at the Wagga Wagga campus over the past few months. Our clinical students have been extremely grateful for the opportunities they have been given and all seem to be progressing very well. Our sixth years will soon begin serious preparation for their final exams, our Admin staff will be contacting many of you to organise revision sessions over the next 3 months or so. Next week the Griffith campus of UNSW Medicine will be officially opened by the Assistant Health Minister, Fiona Nash. The opening of the Griffith Rural Clinical School is a major milestone for the local community and the University. Currently six students spend the whole of Year 3 at the Griffith campus, additional students undertake short clinical attachments across a wide range of disciplines. Once again, our students have shown their competitive nature! The students this year won the Chariots for Charity fundraising race edging out Defence Force and CSU Veterary teams to claim the trophy. PS: Please note the next Update Presentation will be THURSDAY 26 June, 2014 â€” John Preddy, Anatomage Table A new teaching resource for Anatomy teaching will soon be available at Wagga campus. The Anatomage Table is a combination of hardware and software and is an anatomy visualisation system for anatomy education. It resembles an operating table or hospital bed and the visual contents perfectly illustrate the anatomical realism of a living human. The Table features: - 3D gross body male and female contents - 3D High Resolution regional anatomy - An optional digital anatomy library with over 120 pathological examples The data is from real patient scans or cadavers and is highly accurate and is the only system that can display true human gross anatomy in real life size. The Table will be located in a designated teaching room within the School with educators accredited beforehand and appropriate procedures in place regarding use of the table. More information will be available soon. Simulation Scenario RCS students emergency procedures were put to the test recently utilising the RivSim vehicle and equipment. They were supervised by Kylie Pleming, Skills Coordinator and Anne Hawkins CNC, and capably filmed by Joel Katz from UNSW Media. The scenario involved a young child knocked down from their bike onto the road. The students were required to manage the childâ€™s immediate injuries and transfer the patient to more definitive care. The scenario provided an excellent learning opportunity and although the students felt challenged initially they ultimately gained confidence from the experience. The official opening of the Rural Clinical School Griffith Campus will take place on Wednesday 11th June 2014 after a successful upgrade of their new building last year. Attending will be Prof Peter Smith, Dean, UNSW Medicine, Dr Lesley Forster, Head, Rural Clinical School, Heads of Campus and staff from each campus along with representatives of Griffith Hospital and the local community. Congratulations Dr Damien Limberger, Head of Campus, Griffith and Cathy Pianca, Administration Assistant, on building a strong and successful relationship within the Griffith community and establishing a new School to expand medical teaching in a rural area.
PROFILE: Joel Katz, Publicity Officer l Rural Clinical School - Sydney Campus Joel started working at the Sydney RCS campus in August 2013. His main role focuses on media including publicity, identifying success stories and promoting School activities through digital and traditional media. Joel has an extensive background working in media and communications with a number of organisations in Australia and overseas in healthcare, international development and education. Joel’s focus is on developing a broad communication strategy that includes the Rural Clinical Schools’ website across all campuses, social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. This strategy also integrates traditional media where Joel helps identify success stories for local media that showcase the School’s success at training the next generation of doctors. We can all look forward to a more vibrant and dynamic experience discovering more about UNSW Rural Clinical School campuses including Wagga Wagga. If you have any stories, photos or videos to share highlighting your experience studying or working with the RCS, please email Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check out the new look RCS website, please feel free to ‘Like’ us at Facebook.
In line with Joel’s role, he has visited all RCS campuses this year to familiarise himself with staff, students and campus life. Recently he visited the Wagga Wagga campus and we delivered plenty of action and content for his promotions and publicity. Following introductions with students and staff, there were meetings, coffee and cake, a road trip to see the highlights of Wagga Wagga, simulation exercises, and an action-packed evening at Jump n Putt with loads of good ol’ fashioned fun.
Chariots for Charity 2014—Cheers for Courageous and Athletic RCS Students! On Sunday, 27 April 2014 the main street of Wagga Wagga was closed off for the South Wagga Lions annual Chariots for Charity race as charioteers charged down the street raising funds for Wagga Base Hospital’s Maternity and Children’s Wards. 5 brave 5th Year med students took their place at the starting line with teams from the Army and Navy Defence Force , CSU Veterinary students and various local business houses. The team consisted of 4 runners, Timothy Do, Patrick Markey, Jakob Koestenbauer, Jamie Cham and Chariot pilot, Ella Sharp. After many heats, the RCS students were outright winners claiming the Community Cup and prize money and immediately donated the $400 prize money back to the hospital. We are all are thrilled with their win and very proud of their community spirit.
Library News A number of well-known medical texts have or will be releasing new editions during this year: The 7th edition of the highly regarded title, Clinical Examination: a systematic guide to physical diagnosis by Nicholas J Talley, Simon O'Connor was released late last year and the library has copies of this book available for loan. This new edition has expanded on the number of colour photos, illustrations and tables, and is updated with the latest clinical data. Later in the year it’s expected that the first new edition in 17 years for Hamilton Bailey's Physical Signs: Demonstrations of Physical Signs in Clinical Surgery, by John S.P. Lumley & Anil K. D'cruz, Jamal J. Hoball, Carol E. H. Connor will be released. This will be the 19th edition, first published almost 100 years ago with specially commissioned new research findings. For some light reading during our winter months, there are 2 titles to the general reading collection: The Emperor of All Maladies, a biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee and, The Boy Who Fell to Earth by Kathy Lette. The coverage of health and medical conditions is the focus of our small general reading collection, and contributions would be welcomed. So far, we have added the following titles: The Fault in our Stars by John Green, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes, April Fool’s Day by Bryce Courtney, Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, The Spare Room by Helen Garner. Jenny Price, Library Manager
Upcoming Dates: Medicine Information Evening: UPDATE Presentation: EXAMS DATES: Year 6
Wed 25 June, 2014 5.30pm - 7.00pm “Ending HIV?...” Dr Kym Collins Thurs 26 June, 2014—6.00pm Clinical Exam 17 Sept 2014
Portfolio Biomed Year 5 MCQ Phase 2 ICE Year 6 Graduation Dinner—Magpies Nest Awards Evening
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