Otago University Medical Students Association - 2022 ALM Executive

Our people - students working for students

Duncan Finlayson


Advanced Learning in Medicine – 6th Year



Kia ora e te whānau!
Ko Duncan tōku ingoa
Nō Ōtautahi ahau

My name is Duncan and I’m your president this year. I’m originally from Christchurch but have called Dunedin home for the past 6 years. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in with our fabulous exec team to deliver an awesome education, welfare, and social calendar for you all. Please keep an ear out for the various events and workshops that we’ll be putting on throughout the year. Please also get involved with your SSLiC reps to help our education team advocate on our behalf! This year, our exec is putting a strong focus on whakawhanaungatanga – so please get involved! Whether it’s putting your dancing shoes on for our Wine & Cheese, or lending a helping hand to our ELM colleagues at the clinical skills workshops – there’ll be many opportunities throughout the year to build connections and make our time at medical school memorable. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or any of our wonderful team if you have any ideas, concerns, or expectations. Ngā mihi!

Niamh Berry-Kilgour

Vice-President – ALM Secretary

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 6th Year


Hello everyone, I’m Niamh and taking on the role of DSM VP and secretary this year – I’ll make sure everything keeps ticking over in the background and working hard to make the execs ideas come to fruition. Feel free to contact me if you have anything you want to discuss!

Sophie Brown

Social Officer

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 5th Year


Hey I’m Sophie the 2023 ALM Social Officer. I’m super excited to be a part of OUMSA this year ! ALM can be some of the best but most stressful times in medical school and what better way to unwind then with a few social events throughout the year. I look forward to working with the social team to organise some fun events and activities for you all, don’t hesitate to reach out and share your ideas!

Jessica Bruce

Education Officer

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 5th Year


Kia ora koutou. I’m Jess and I’ll be leading our amazing education team through 2023. I’ll be here to help navigate us through education issues that relate to all ALM year groups, and support your reps to help each individual year group have a good experience this year. I’ll be working closely with staff and our OUMSA team to help ensure your voice is heard, and improvements made. Our team would love to hear your ideas, and any concerns so we can accurately advocate your views to staff. If you have any questions please feel free to message or email me. I’m a true coffee addict, so happy to shout a coffee if in-person chats are more your style. Looking forward to navigating 2023 with you all! Have a fabulous year!

Amy Miles

Welfare Officer

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 6th Year


Hi guys, I’m Amy your Welfare Officer for 2023. I’ll be advocating for your welfare at SSLiC meetings and organising welfare events, freebies, and community outreach projects. Throughout the year I will be working with the lovely Karen, Cole and ALM4 rep to be elected. Please flick me a dm or email at almwelfare@oumsa.org if you have any course related/other welfare concerns or if you’re ready to get stuck into some volunteering!
Have an epic year!


Natalie Matheson

TI Education Representative

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 6th Year


Kia ora koutou!

I’m Nat and I am the 2023 TI Education Rep. I’m looking forward to working with OUMSA and the education team to help facilitate a great TI year for the class of 2023. I will also be helping to organise TI-led study sessions for ELM students, these will give TIs the opportunity to step into a leadership and teaching role so I hope to see many of you get involved! Please get in touch with me or your SSLiC reps if you have any feedback on your runs or any issues related to the curriculum or your learning.

Kate Shearer

TI Social Representative

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 6th Year


Hello! I’m Kate, your TI social rep for 2023 & I’m looking forward to organising some great events throughout the year to help us all connect, fill up our social cups and have a bit of fun! Get excited and keep your eyes peeled for more info around the TI Ball and end of year dinner as the year progresses and of course if you have any ideas of events you’d like to see, feel free to reach out!

Karen Suresh

TI Welfare Representative

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 6th Year


Kia ora! My name is Karen and I am the TI Welfare Rep for 2023. I grew up in Wellington and I am currently a TI based in Dunedin. I’m always happy to help – feel free to reach out! Looking forward to successful 2023 with you all.

Ruth Bridgman

5th Year Education Representative

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 5th Year


Kia ora koutou, ko Ruth taku ingoa. Hi everyone, I’m Ruth and I’m the 5th year Education Rep for 2023! I’ll be working with the education team headed by the fantastic Jess, as well as being part of SSLiC (Student-Staff Liaison Committee) and helping organise events. I’m keen to pass on relevant feedback, answer questions or find answers where possible!

Lucy Phibbs

5th Year Social Representative

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 5th Year


Hey everyone I’m Lucy and I’ll be your 5th year social rep! I’m so excited for another year ahead for sports events, flat parties and wine and cheese. Feel free to message through any suggestions on events you’d love to see and can’t wait to have a boogie!

Cole Melhopt

5th Year Welfare Representative

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 5th Year


I’m Cole, the 5th year welfare rep again. In case you don’t know me I am in stream D and in my free time I enjoy running and painting. My job is to organise welfare promoting events and activites. My main goal for this year is to try and get eveyone to exams in as good of a state as possible. If you have any student welfare concerns or feed back you can feel free to email me or message me on facebook.


4th Year Education Representative

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 4th Year


Kia ora. My name is Luka and I am the fourth year education rep this year. I was an education rep in ELM 2 and 3 and am glad to be representing you all again this year. It is my role to act as a liaison between you and the staff. If you have any feedback about our course or suggestions of what could be done better flick them my way and I’ll be sure to pass them on to the right people. If you have any issues education wise I am always up for a chat and will work with you to find a solution that suits. This year has gotten off to a rocky start with COVID but we have been here before and can do it again. I look forward to seeing what 4th year has in store for us. 


4th Year Social Representative

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 4th Year


Hey everyone!! My name is Lucy and I am really excited to be a part of the social team for this year. We have a few ideas up our sleeves and can’t wait to get out and about and meet you all. Always welcome to message me with anything you’d like to see and any ideas for social activities! I’m all ears! Can’t wait for a good year. 



4th Year Welfare Representative

Advanced Learning in Medicine – 4th Year


Kia ora, everyone. I’m Cole, your 4th year welfare rep for 2022. I’m here to help you keep your wellbeing thought our transition to ALM in these uncertain times. No problem is too big or to small, the welfare team will be here to help. So please reach out if you want to ask for help, have any suggestions, or just need a chat. You can contact me on Facebook or with the email above. 😊