Studying at Nepean
Sydney Medical School Nepean provides excellent conditions for learning. The administrative staff and the clinical tutors provide a friendly atmosphere and are flexible and supportive in their approach to your studies.
You can be assured of seeing many interesting cases, owing at least in part to efforts made by staff finding patients well-suited to the problem of the week. A high patient-to-student ratio makes it easier to find a patient when you want to practice clinical skills outside of class.
The hospital itself is quite new, and a comfortable place to work. The library is well equipped and makes the most of a stunning view of the mountains which you can gaze at while you get your head around the finer points of a case.
Nepean's supportive working environment makes for high student morale which is highly contagious.
Welcome to 2015 Nepean Students!
Teaching for the 2015 cohort of new medical students is now well under way. This being my seventh year teaching and coordinating Stage 1 at Nepean and I’m again delighted by the energy and good spirits I observe in the individuals starting with us.
This is our largest number in a cohort since the School started 17 years ago, with 58 students. Our previous largest group was 55, in 2009. As you might recall, this will be the second year of the MD program, and we have again been offered generous numbers of project ideas and formats from academics, which will develop further as the year progresses toward their selection.
Orientation Day for Stage 1 was three weeks ago (which seems ages now) on February 4th, and the consistent input from staff and senior students, as we have had in previous years, meant that we could run another successful day. Apart from a delicious lunch cooked by our staff, the learning menu covered topics essential to hospital orientation like Infection Control and Hand Washing; a briefing by Security Officer Lee Aston; Fire Safety and WHS issues by the redoubtable Colin Anlezark, in both lecture format and a practical session; manual handling; BLS reviews; these activities went smoothly, as did tours on both sides of Derby Street.
Stage 1 are at Nepean most Mondays and Wednesdays all year, and with the help of all of you, I'm glad to be able to make them very welcome here indeed.
Clinical Skills Educator and Stage 1 Coordinator Nepean.
Two students from Nepean -Andrew Wallace and Namraj Goire recently represented SMS in the SIMPIC competition in Bangkok.
A team of four Sydney Medical School medical students recently represented the faculty in the 4th Siriraj International Medical Microbiology, Parasitology and Immunology Competition (SIMPIC) in Bangkok between 30th January to 2nd February 2015. The participation of this team was made possible with the generous support from the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity at the University of Sydney.
Andrew Wallace, Mandy Wang, Marianna Rudakova and Namraj Goire went up against 35 other teams from medical schools around the region in a gruelling 1st and 2nd round. The team did a fantastic job in the competition which included laboratory examinations, multiple choice questions and short answer quizzes before losing out to last year’s competition winners from Universitas Gadjah Mada for a place in the semi-finals. Andrew finished the competition with a Silver Medal for achieving one of the highest individual scores in the 1st round. Mahidol University emerged as the eventual champion for this year. Well done to all!
2014 Graduation Ceremony
Our 2014 Nepean Clinical School Graduation Ceremony was held on Friday 5th December
2014 SMSN Graduation Powerpoint
TUTORS AWARD LUNCH
The Nepean Clinical School Tutors Awards Lunch was held on Wednesday 10th December.
We are very privileged and grateful to have so many wonderful caring Tutors at Nepean.
2014 Nepean Tutors Awards
2014 Nepean Tutors Awards Lunch Photos
Stage 4 2014 Students Final Morning Tea
2014 Nepean Clinical School Orientation Day
This year’s welcome to our new medical students was well supported by staff and senior students, with a new event and a new BBQ.
Energetic Stage 1 students were punctual for our Orientation Day talks and activities, succeeding in the first task of finding their way to Nepean Clinical School’s site. Well done, and we look forward to the same promptness, which is a good reflection of the School’s expectations in this pre-professional course.
The introduction of the Medical Doctorate (MD) this year gave our School the impetus to change Orientation Day a little from recent years, and we had a terrific response to an invitation for Academic and Professional staff from Nepean to speak briefly on their areas of interest in research; MD students will undertake a mandated research project and we hope the dozen or so talks inspired candidates to utilise the infrastructure available and willing, here at Nepean.
Tasks vital to orientate staff to a hospital setting can take three days to complete, so we are delighted to be able to pack so much into one Orientation Day. This is in no small part due to the capable, flexible and diligent staff from School and Hospital alike, and my thanks go to them all.
Topics covered include:
- Fire Safety and Evacuation Procedures
- Infection Control
- Introductions to key staff
- Tours of the School building and the Hospital
- Work Health and Safety
- Basic Life Support
- Manual Handling
- Hand Washing and Personal Protective Equipment
- Introduction to our student society, the Nepean Medical Student Society
- Fire Safety practical (putting out real fires)
As you can see it’s a long list but as always it was successfully completed with enthusiasm.
Another change this year was to invite students and staff downstairs to our courtyard where our official photograph of the group and staff was made, before a light BBQ lunch. This was possible due to the good timing, planning and abilities of Rhonda Willis, Sarah Whereat and Ann Quinton, as well as the foresight of the boss, Professor Peek, in buying a BBQ.
Welcome to all our new students, we look forward to working with you.
Narelle D Brown
Clinical Skills Educator and Stage 1 Coordinator Sydney Medical School Nepean
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SYDNEY NURSING SCHOOL 2014 COHORTS
This is the third year we have hosted the Sydney Nursing School at Nepean