Fast Facts: Cardiac Arrhythmias is a readable introduction to arrhythmias, which presumes little prior knowledge on the topic. The excellent opening chapter on the classification and mechanism of arrhythmias sets the scene for this succinct and clinically relevant manual, which sets out a logical guide aimed at medical students, trainees and GPs. The text has a comprehensive section on AF, yet could benefit from improved coverage of other clinically important arrhythmias such as SVT and VT/VF. Also, in places it tends to be text-heavy, and lacks sufficient diagrams and treatment algorithms favoured by visual learners. Furthermore, this book’s focus is on the management of arrhythmias, and as such little time is spent on the recognition of arrhythmias on ECG – these details are left to other texts. Despite its flaws, Fast Facts provides a beneficial overview of arrhythmias for any medical student.
Written by Josh Monester, Monash University
http://www.fastfacts.com/fast-facts/Cardiac-Arrhythmias-2nd-edn (Use ‘MSA20′ at the checkout to claim your 20% AMSA discount, plus get every fourth book FREE!)
The Influenza Specialist Group (ISG) consists of medical and scientific specialists from around Australia and New Zealand with an interest in influenza. The ISG works in conjunction with key Australian professional and consumer groups and also with the Australian Federal, State and Territory departments of Health in their educational activities regarding influenza and its prevention.
Each year, the ISG commences its program of activities with the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), held in Melbourne in early February. Attendees and presenters include members of the scientific and medical community, government health officials, pharmaceutical industry representatives, academics, and delegates from other health related NGO’s. The purpose of the meeting is to update members on information relating to influenza, to debate issues and to provide input to the annual influenza awareness program.
The ISG Scholarship to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) aims to promote knowledge of influenza. It also provides the opportunity for the successful applicant to network with like-minded colleagues. ISG_ASM_Scholarship_Final
Applications are now open to join the Australian delegation that will attend the 63rd March General Assembly (GA) of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). Nearly 1000 medical students from a range of national and cultural backgrounds will converge on Hammamet, Tunisia. For more information, please click here.
If you have any questions, email James Lawler, AMSA’s Global Health Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close 2359 hours AEDST, Sunday 24th November 2013.
25 October 2013
Medical students call for vital medical research to be freely accessible
The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) has joined student organisations worldwide, this week, in calling for Open Access; the free, immediate, online access to scholarly and scientific articles.
Most publishers restrict access to research findings to those who can afford to pay, even if the research has been publicly funded. In advocating for Open Access, AMSA endorses the Right to Research Coalition, which believes students should not be denied access to research based on their, or their institution’s, ability to pay.
Medical student, Ms Georgina Taylor, who has been representing AMSA to the Coalition said that Open Access to research is not only a student right, but an important global health measure to improve access to life-saving knowledge.
“AMSA is part of a global push by students to make Open Access the default for scholarly publishing,” Ms Taylor said.
“As future healthcare professionals we need access to the latest research to make the best evidence-based decisions for our patients.
“We call on researchers, research institutions and funders to ensure their findings are disseminated as widely as possible through Open Access.
“For many students in low- and middle-income countries, academic paywalls represent a frequent impediment to their education and research.
“Open Access will allow our colleagues worldwide to benefit from the wealth of Australian research.”
AMSA is the first Australian student organisation to join the Right to Research Coalition, which represents nearly 7 million students in 71 organisations worldwide who have signed the Student Statement on the Right to Research.
Open Access week runs from October 21-27 2013 and aims to inspire participation in Open Access initiatives. More information about Open Access week activities around the world and how to get involved in Open Access can be found at www.openaccessweek.org.
AMSA’s policy on Open Access to research can be found here.
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AMSA is very pleased to report that the Commonwealth Government has announced funding for medical internships available to 2013 international graduates of Australian medical schools.
We would like to acknowledge the efforts of our advocacy team who, in conjunction with the AMA, have worked tirelessly in their campaigns to secure additional employment positions.
Being part of an AMSA National Executive is one of the most challenging yet rewarding opportunities a medical student can experience. Such an opportunity exists to apply for the role of Events Coordinator on the Victorian based 2014 AMSA National Executive. The successful applicant would begin their role immediately as an active participant in the ongoing handover process between the 2013 Events Coordinator and outgoing 2014 Events Coordinator.
The role is suited to a highly organised, sociable, and team-oriented applicant. Previous AMSA events coordination experience is preferred.
This position is open to any medical student studying within Victoria or Tasmania in 2014. The successful applicant will operate as part of the fifteen person National Executive including regular contact via email and in person at fortnightly meetings.
For information about the position and application process click here.
If you are looking for a comprehensive, yet concise, evidence-based information on bleeding disorders and their diagnosis and treatment, then look no further than Fast Facts: Bleeding Disorders.
Whether on a medical or a surgical ward, a doctor ought to experience patients with bleeding disorders and rapid action is usually warranted for successful management. With a wide array of differential diagnoses to consider, this book is a good one-stop resource that will help you navigate through this complex topic. The colour pictures, easy to follow text and key-points’ text boxes and tables make it a relatively easy read. Chapters on Liver and Kidney Disorders and Pregnancy are handy to provide information on management of complex cases. The chapters are well laid out and I found the pictures of clinical signs particularly useful. Also, the description on the bleeding score provides the student or clinician to quantify the severity of the bleeding and use it to aid management.
The second edition has updated information especially on the chapter of Anticoagulants and Antithrombotic Agents. It also includes information on the newer drugs, their risk of bleeding and subsequent management. Finally, the section on Useful Resources offers links to major, leading organisations worldwide on bleeding disorders.
Written by Piyush Grover, University of Notre Dame Fremantle
http://www.fastfacts.com/fast-facts/Bleeding-Disorders-2nd-edn (Use ‘MSA20′ at the checkout to claim your 20% AMSA discount, plus get every fourth book FREE!)
For information about the position – click on this document Information for Student and Trainees re the Council October 2013
‘Fast facts: Renal disorders’, the newest volume in the ‘Fast Facts’ series, is aptly named. It squanders no time on the background information regarding renal anatomy and physiology, but gets directly to the crux of all the major renal pathologies and covers them well.
Once you’ve learnt tubular physiology and gross renal anatomy, ‘Fast facts: Renal disorders’ is a quick, easy and concise reference for all renal disorders. Chapters include acute and chronic kidney disease, stones, glomerulonephritis, UTIs, renal replacement therapy, urinary tract obstructions and tumours. The book also covers some basic concepts which are crucial to understanding renal disorders such as proteinuria, haematuria, electrolyte disorders and acid-base disturbances. Chapters average about 10 A5 pages each in length and are to the point and succinct; they contain the key points, without superfluous information. The book does away with waffle and utilises many tables to present the important information in a clear and direct format.
This isn’t a one stop renal text book, but it is well-written and well laid out. I would definitely recommend it as a revision tool in clinical years as the information it contains is pertinent to clinical practice, as a quick refresher for exam study or for brushing up before PBL cases. As part of the ‘Fast Facts’ series, the book retails for USD$25 and can be purchased in a bulk deal on the publisher’s website (www.fastfacts.com) at 4 for the price of 3, which is useful for those topics which need reviewing pre-exams.
Written by Sian Myers, University of Sydney
http://www.fastfacts.com/fast-facts/Renal-Disorders-2nd-edn (Use ‘MSA20′ at the checkout to claim your 20% AMSA discount, plus get every fourth book FREE!)
In September 2015, the 11th annual AMSA Global Health Conference (GHC) will be held in the city of Perth. This provides an exciting opportunity to inspire, challenge and connect medical students from around Australia and for local medical students in Perth to be involved in shaping the event.
We are now seeking applications for the position of the AMSA 2015 GHC Convenor to lead the team of medical student volunteers in Perth and hold a position on the AMSA Board.
If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about the role, please contact the AMSA Events Coordinator (email@example.com).
Application process can be found here.
Applications close: 10 November 2013