The University of Newcastle Medical Society (UNMS) is the peak representative organisation for medical students at the University of Newcastle. The Society (affectionately known as ‘medsoc’ on campus) represents over 700 medical students. Since starting in 1978 the UNMS has grown and matured into a multi-faceted organisation that organises a broad range of services for its members, including: representation, academic events, charity initiatives, welfare support, social events and sporting events.
The UNMS comprises of an Executive that is responsible for the daily operations of the Society and an expanded Committee that includes representatives from all year levels and clinical schools to ensure all students get a direct input into the running of the Society.
With events held almost every week of semester the UNMS helps to ensure students have ample opportunity to achieve an optimal work/life balance.
With regards to representation, UNMS’ role is to represent students in school-based committees on the medical curriculum and student affairs. It also represents students to wider stakeholders such as the Australian Medical Students’ Association, and has active involvement in the New South Wales Medical Students Council (NSWMSC) and Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) to advocate for issues affecting us as medical students.
UNMS has regular formal and informal meetings between faculty members of all disciplines, as well as the Dean of the Medical School. We have representatives of all year levels to complement formal student representation on school committees, and allow for more in-depth exploration of student concerns and ideas. This strong relationship held with the School of Medicine and Public Health and the Joint Medical Program helps to ensure students are able to provide direct feedback regarding the medical program if and when any issues arise.We also provide support for students based off campus and in rural and remote sites including the various Rural Clinical Schools.
With events held almost every week of semester the UNMS helps to ensure students have ample opportunity to achieve an optimal work/life balance, UNMS provides events of all varieties, from orientation camps and year commencement cocktail parties to premier academic events such specialty training seminars and elective information evenings.