The AMSS is one of the most active student societies in the country – perhaps in the world.

There are activities and events of every size and shape aimed at making medical school, and the lives of those who attend it, just that little bit better. As a Member of the AMSS, you are entitled to your own stake in the Society. As a stakeholder, you are invited and encouraged to be actively involved in the direction the Society takes and the activities and events it provides.

After all, it is your AMSS.

Whatever interest you may have and time commitment you wish to make, there will be something you can sink your teeth into. That’s a guarantee.

You are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant Committee member or representative for further information on anything that takes your fancy. They will be more than happy to tell you what’s involved and point you in the right direction.

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. 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.

See the AMSS Calendar for Committee Meeting dates.

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

Annual General Meeting #

The Annual General Meeting is held in September each year to elect the Committee for the following year. This is your chance to nominate 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
  • 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: Each year a significant portion 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 they 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: 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.