Executive 2018

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President- Chris Wang (Between 3rd and 4th Year- BMedSc Hons)

Hello everyone, I’m Chris, your OUMSA President for 2018. My role is to work alongside the executive team to make sure you have the best journey through medical school. The executive team is very approachable; so let’em know of any suggestions you have and cheer them on when you see them around. We have begun a 5-year plan to target 3 main areas for you: Student Welfare, Professional Development and Student Advocacy.

I’ll usually be popping in and out around Hunter Centre so don’t hesitate to stop me for a chat. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Vice President- Mary Cane Demecillo (Between 3rd and 4th Year- BMedScHons)

Hey guys! I’m Mary Cane, your Vice President for 2018. A lot of what I do is admin-related. Here is a snippet: I oversee the projects within the committee; work with our awesome subgroups; and liaise with our pals from the other health professional courses. Aside from that, my focus for this year is to improve student wellbeing together with the rest of the (brilliant!) committee members that you have. A little bit about me: I was born in Cebu, Philippines #PinoyPride; my family moved to NZ in 2008; I love plant-based foods and being active; I also enjoy a wee bit of brush lettering, photography and filming. Don’t be afraid to say hi and have a chat when you see me around okay J. Take care you guys and enjoy meeting such a cool bunch of people – med is full of talented & inspiring humans :).

Treasurer- India Alexander (3rd Year)

Kia ora, hello, hola and bonjour! Welcome to the OUMSA from yours truly, the money behind the operation. My name is India and for the next year, I will be making sure that all of the extravagant events planned just for you will have some cash flowing into them. I work behind the scenes, so you might not have too much to do with me, but I’ll be involved in just about everything that goes on this year. Can’t wait to see your smiling faces around campus!

Secretary- Min Yi Lee (3rd Year)

Hey everyone!! I’m Min Yi, your Secretary for 2018 and I am really looking forward to meeting you all! Some of my main roles are to organise OUMSA elections and make monthly newsletters, so you’ll be hearing a lot from me around election time. Other than that, I’m here to help out in any little (or big) way I can! I love binging TV, cooking and eating all sorts of good food. So, if you have any questions about anything then please don’t hesitate to ask and all the best for the year ahead :).

Communications Officer- Amelia Ofman (3rd Year)

Hey crew! As your Communications Officer, I am the one behind OUMSA’s social network presence. I’m your gal for event promotion, questions and act as a liaison between different groups, the community, OUMSA and you guys. I’m a big fan of exploring the outdoors, dancing and Rob Roy ice cream. I can’t wait to meet everyone and always happy to stop for a chat!

Education Officer- Ashton Blake-Barlow (3rd Year)

Hey guys, I am your Education Officer this year! I am a long-time member of the university entering medicine through the grad pathway and am passionate about teaching and learning. I enjoy motor biking, fishing/boating, keeping fit and connecting with people so happy to talk about whatever!

Like all the Exec, I’m dedicated to making your first year of ‘real’ medical school the most enjoyable. My job is to liaise with faculty and voice your feedback about the course so that we can learn to be the best doctors in the way that suits us best. We are fortunate that our student voice carries a lot of weight to change how we are taught. I am open to discuss any part of the course you want good, bad or ugly. Really excited to meet and work with you guys this year to ensure that ELM is the best experience ever!

ELM2 for me was the best year of my life and I wish for it to be the same for you. Work hard, play harder and don’t sweat the small stuff!

Welfare Officer- Munya Marowa (3rd Year)

Kia Ora kotou! Bula! Mhoro!! Wo shi Munya Marowa, but I will answer to anything (try me). I am your Welfare Officer and I am here to work tirelessly night and day alongside the amazing welfare committee to ensure your sanity is kept intact.

Firstly, congratulations for having made it this far in medicine and no matter what stage you are, I can guarantee you that there is still a long way to go. Whilst medicine is very rewarding, it is sometimes very demanding and challenging. Along the way there will be bumps and the light at end of tunnel sometimes is just the train coming. Sacrifices will have to be made along the way, but I am here to ensure that they are never sleep or good meals and that your wellbeing and welfare are kept intact at all times. Whilst it is a long process, remember that in medicine you are not alone. You always have support and help in the form of your peers, friends, family, welfare committee, the staff and other services offered by university. If you ever feel like you need someone to talk to or feeling overwhelmed, do not hesitate to contact me. I will lend you a pair of ears and if necessary will point you in the right direction within OUMSA or extending to the medicine faculty and university. There is no issue too small or too big to approach me with. Keep in mind you can just approach me to talk even if everything is good and you just wanted to let me know that you’re the next House.

Social Officer- CC Zheng (3rd Year)

Aloha all you beautiful people! My name’s CC and I’m going to be the one (along with my amazing social committee) who’s going to make sure your year of med is a wild one. Get ready for crazy flat crawls, nasty steins and a magical ball – I’ll make sure you get that break we all deserve. I want to ensure everyone has a way to let loose and have fun this year and would absolutely love to hear any requests you all have so I can make them into reality. So, hit me up whether you have ideas, want to meet new people, or just want someone to eat with you! I would consider being social a hobby too, but other than that I love to dance, experience different cultures and lose myself in a fantasy book.

2018 is going to be a good one, can’t wait to meet you all!


Sports Officer- Harry White (3rd Year)

Hey guys, I’m Harry and I’m your Sports Officer for 2018. It’s my role to get you guys out of the library and into any of the many sports and activities throughout the year. I’m always keen for some football or a bit of a run although nothing compares to my love of (free) food. Feel free to come and have a chat if you have any questions or suggestions. It’s gonna be a great year!

Community Outreach Officer- Savannah Adams (3rd Year)

Aloha! I’m Sav- an ocean-loving, cake-baking, daydreamer from Summer. As Community Outreach Officer, I’m going to make it super easy for you guys to get involved & do good in the local, national & global community & have fun doing it too! Here to share round the sunshine, love & happiness!

Sponsorship Officer- Chloe Fuge (3rd Year)

Kia Ora Team! My name is Chloe and I’m your Sponsorship Officer for 2018! My role involves sussing out some mean deals and new sponsors as well as designing a super fashionable med clothing range for 2018. Don’t forget to order your trendy new Med threads from our OUMSA online store throughout Dec/Jan!

ECCO Convenor- Jack Smeeton (Between 3rd and 4th Year- BMedSc Hons)

My name is Jack and I am the convener for ECCO 2018 (ELM Clinical Conference Otago). ECCO is the annual conference for ELM students and this year’s theme is “Being the best doctor you can be: Balancing lifestyle and patient outcomes”. Born in England and brought up in Wellington, I started my journey into Med through post-grad after doing a degree in physiology.  Currently, I am doing a BMedSc (Hons) year before moving on to ALM4 in 2019.

The conference will feature speakers from various areas of medicine and will include doctors, leaders in today’s society and politicians as well as hands-on workshops and the gala dinner. If you have any ideas, concerns or expectations regarding ECCO this year, or even just about Med in general, feel free to contact me anytime. I’ll also be helping with organising seminars and workshops through OCEA (Otago Clinical Exposure Association) for you all this year.

WebMaster – Terrence Su (3rd Year)

Hello everyone! My name is Terrence and I am your WebMaster for 2018. I am the one who looks after the OUMSA Online Store and coordinates the podcasting of lectures. My goal is to ensure that you guys have a smooth shopping experience through the OUMSA website and have access to podcasts, for when your fifth alarm of the morning fails to wake you up. If you don’t find me doing Med/OUMSA stuff, you can probably find me taking a rather cheeky trip to Tokyo Gardens. All the best for the coming year!

2nd Year Rep- Could this be you?- Stay tuned!

3rd Year Rep- John Laurenson (3rd Year)

Kia Ora kotou, it’s yo boi J Lo coming in hot for a banger year at the helm of the ELM3 cohort. I’m your go-to-guy for any questions, concerns or feedback you have throughout the year that you want taken to the Exec. I’m also in charge of organising Study Buddy tutorials throughout the year. PLEASE hit me up at any time if you’ve got any problems or things that need sorting out- your ELM3 year is far too short to be spent stressing or in a slump. Message me, Snapchat me, shine the silhouette of a bat into a cloudy night sky- I’ll be there. Catch you on the mixer ladies and breathers, kia kaha.

4th Year Rep- Anna Galletly (4th Year)

My name is Anna Galletly and I am the 4th year rep for 2018. My role is to represent students at meetings with faculty members and advocate on your behalf. I also represent the interests of 4th year students as part of the OUMSA Exec. I am a mother of 3 boys so I am pretty busy but I manage to squash medical school in and I have loved the past two years! Looking forward to another good one, so if you have anything you would like to discuss that you think I could help you with, feel free to come and talk to me.

5th Year Rep- Sylvia Duncan (5th Year)

Kia Ora! My name is Sylvia and I’m a fifth year here in Dunedin. ALM is a whole different ball game to ELM and it’s my job to help out the 80 of us in fifth year here in Dunedin adjust to it, prepare for the oncoming exams and look to our futures where we’ll soon become TIs. I’m also around as a point of contact if any ALM4 students want to chat about fourth year or what to expect moving into fifth year. I’m always up for a good chat so don’t be afraid to flick me an email or cheeky Facebook message :).

TI Year Rep- Matt Page (6th Year)

Hey everyone! I’m Matt and I’m the Trainee Intern Rep for 2018. My role is to support the Trainee Interns in Dunedin, oversee the organisation of the graduation ball and coordinate the TI led anatomy tutorials for ELM. I will also chair a committee for providing feedback on the runs in ALM. If you have any issues or questions, please get in touch. All the best for 2018!

ALM NZMSA Representative – Ben Hoatson (4th Year)

Kia Ora everyone! New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) is the national body that represents, unites, and empowers all medical students in NZ on issues that affect them. My role is to advocate for Dunedin clinical medical students and assist in running NZMSA Dunedin events (Beyond the Medschool Gates, blood donation drive, Focus Month events, and many more). As for myself, I came into medicine through the grad pathway and I enjoy dancing, good food and music. Don’t be afraid to say “hi” and have a chat when you see me around.

ALM Education Rep- Sashika Samaranayaka (4th Year)

Hey guys! I’m Sashika and I will be your ALM Education Rep for 2018. In a nutshell, I will be looking out for what changes need to be made to better aid your learning and I will be your voice for when issues need to be raised with the faculty. If you have any concerns regarding your learning or can think of any areas you would like improved then please do not hesitate to contact me. Throughout the year I will be sending out ‘shout outs’ for anyone that have any suggestions/changes, events we may have organised to aid learning or regarding new/old useful resources. Look out for these and get amongst!! Looking forward to seeing you around the wards!

ALM Welfare Rep- David Wang (4th Year)

Awareness and action to improve welfare and mental wellbeing is on the rise. OUMSA has always advocated strongly and introduced many initiatives for our members. My role is to continue the ALM welfare projects carried out each year while building upon them and developing new initiatives that will truly make an impact.

ALM Social Rep- Jesse Cain (4th Year)

Kia Ora, I’m Jesse your ALM Social Rep for 2018. My role is to organise social events for medical students in ALM. I can’t wait to meet everyone and I look forward to having a good year with you all. Ngā mihi.

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