OUMSA + NZMSA + NZMA 5 yr Subscription
Not only will you get to enjoy the great benefits of being an OUMSA member, you’ll also get membership to the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) and New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) for your 5 years at Medical School.
Otago University Medical Student’s Association (OUMSA)
OUMSA is the student association for medical students, run by an executive and council consisting of medical students elected by medical students. We operate independently from the rest of the University. OUMSA works with the Dunedin School of Medicine to help you transition from being a medical student to entering the workforce. Join the OUMSA Facebook page here
OUMSA members enjoy benefits such as:
- Exclusive discounts at Dunedin businesses and service providers
- Discounted pricing on medical equipment such as stethoscopes
- Invitations to OUMSA social events such as Wine and Cheese, Med Ball and Steins
- Access to advocacy, student welfare and mentoring programmes
You are entitled to apply for a one-off, 5-year membership with OUMSA if you are a medical student at Otago University. This membership also entitles you to a 5-year membership with both New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) and the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA).
The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA)
NZMSA’s vision is to represent and unite New Zealand medical students on the views, issues and concerns relevant to them. NZMSA recognises that the overall purpose of its work is to improve the health outcomes of all New Zealanders. Please visit the NZMSA website at www.nzmsa.org for more information.
NZMSA has recently persuaded the government to extend student loan limits (previously a maximum of 7 years) for postgraduate medical students which has meant that they are able to finish their medical degrees without having to find their own finance to pay for their final year(s).
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA)
The NZMA is the only doctors’ organisation that can represent all sectors of the medical profession, beginning at the student level and continuing throughout its members’ medical careers. The NZMA provides leadership of the medical profession, and promotes professional unity and values and the health of New Zealanders.
The NZMA provides advocacy on behalf of the profession, exerts influence on medico-political issues, and works on the most important professional and public health issues. The NZMA is a strong supporter of medical students, and supports the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association through sponsorship of events (such as career evenings and camps), OUMSA newsletter, conferences, and projects (such as the Doctors In Debt casebook).
The NZMA has a close relationship with the NZMSA and we work together to achieve goals on issues that affect medical students. Together, the NZMA and the NZMSA successfully increased awareness of medical student debt through the Doctors in Debt casebook and by lobbying politicians, resulting in an increase in the Trainee Intern grant.
In addition to discounts at local businesses with your OUMSA membership, your NZMA membership gives you great discounts at places like Noel Leeming, Beaurepaires and corporate rates at Jett’s Fitness – for details of all their member discounts click here.
Join the NZMA and NZMSA, become a part of your future in medicine, protect your career investment and have your voice heard! Visit the website at www.nzma.org.nz for more information.
Please note that purchase of OUMSA subscription does not provide you with membership to MAS or MPS.
Click Here for the OUMSA Constitution