Annual General Meeting #

One of the most rewarding ways to be involved in the AMSS is to take on a committee position. There are a variety of positions available on the committee which entail a spectrum of time involvement and require different skill-sets: there is something for everyone, from first year through to sixth year, for those with no AMSS experience to those with years of AMSS experience. All you need is enthusiasm and a passion to be involved.

Positives

  • Spend time with like-minded individuals
  • Meet people from other year levels
  • Drive new initiatives: sport, social, charity… anything
  • Be involved behind-the-scenes
  • Run events: learn how to deal with sponsors, make budgets, marketing principles
  • Rewarding
  • Opportunity to represent the interests of your peers

Negatives

  • Variable time commitment
  • Have too much fun

Myth-busters

'The AMSS is too cliquey – I wasn’t involved in first year, I can’t be involved now.'

TRUTH: This year well over half to two thirds of the committee is brand new and represents a broad cross section of ages, year-levels and experience.

'AMSS Committee meetings happen weekly and go for 6 hours and they’re really boring.'

TRUTH: AMSS Committee meetings are once per month to fortnightly and whilst they used to go for over 5 hours, they now run for a maximum of about 2-3 hours. Whilst the term ‘meeting’ never really implies fun, we are constantly trying to add something new to meetings including guest speakers, venue changes, different food and drinks etc. The meetings are social as well – a group of 30-40 like-minded individuals all trying to improve student life on campus – we feel it’s actually a lot of fun.

'The AMSS is all political – I don’t want to be a politician so I don’t want to be involved.'

TRUTH: Whilst the AMSS does recognise that many changes to health care and medical education are made at political levels and therefore engages in these discussions, the majority of the work the AMSS does is apolitical. In addition, most of the ‘political work’ the AMSS does is within several positions on the committee including the executive, AMA Rep and the AMSA rep.

'You have to be in 3rd year or above to be in the committee. I don’t think I could manage a position anyway – I don’t know enough.'

TRUTH: Whilst there are some positions in which experience is valuable, the majority of positions can be very well handled by enthusiastic students from any year. Whilst some positions entail a lot of work, the office bearer from the previous year is usually more than happy to support with any advice throughout the year.

'The AMSS is now totally centred around preclinical years and does nothing for us in the clinical years.'

TRUTH: While at the moment most of the committee does seem to be from preclinical years, there are always clinical members on our committee and we are continually trying to engage those from clinical years and encourage them to be involved. The AMSS is continually brainstorming ways to ensure the AMSS maintains its relevance to the older years.

'The AMSS Committee and Executive don’t achieve anything – all they do is talk round in circles and don’t take action.'

TRUTH: The AMSS Committee and Executive are constantly acting to benefit members. In 2011, the Education arm successfully advocated for students regarding exam and teaching issues, as well as putting together the submission to the Australian Medical Council for the re-accreditation of the Medical School -- a significant achievement. The Society has also realised that communication channels between students and the committee and executive need to be improved - whilst it’s not perfect, we are responding and making changes to benefit the entire membership.

Getting involved in other ways

The AMSS welcomes involvement from all medical students, right from first year through to sixth year. Whether you are interested in nominating for a committee position, helping to run an event, or simply picking up cups after Jazz Night we’d love you to get involved! There are literally dozens of opportunities to contribute. If you are interested, why not:

Committee Meetings #

The AMSS holds Committee Meetings approximately once a month. These meetings are open to all AMSS members, and all Executive and Committee members are expected to attend.

The Committee is comprised of Officers with a myriad of different skills and responsibilities. The AMSS Photographer, Skullduggery Convenor(s), Sixth Year Education Representative and IT Officer are all members of the Committee and all have equal voting rights. Given such a varied group of contributors within the context of a student organisation, meetings of the Committee are generally interesting and frequently hilarious!

It is important to note that all members of the AMSS are very welcome to attend meetings of the Committee, regardless of whether or not they happen to hold an official position on it. The attendance of observers is strongly encouraged and welcomed by the Executive and Committee.

In 2017, the AMSS Committee Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • March 6th 
  • April 3rd
  • May 1st 
  • May 15th 
  • July 31st 
  • August 14th
  • October 9th (Handover)
Tip: subscribe to the AMSS calendar

To view agendas, pre-reading and minutes for these meetings, click on the above dates or scroll to the 'Related Articles' section at the bottom of the page.

To view archived minutes, click on the relevant year below:

If you would like to submit an item for discussion, send an email to secretary@amss.org.au.