e-Newsflash - June 2014
SMS Student Visits 2014 Heart Rhythm Society
I am a second year Master of Genetic Counselling student at the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney. In May of this year I had the opportunity...read more...
Timor-Leste scholars graduate
Sydney Medical School congratulates Noeno Anuno Sarmento and Diana Vieira, the first scholarship students from Timor-Leste to graduate...read more...
The 2014 Marie Bashir Address
We are excited to be relaunching this key event in the SUMS calendar ...read more...
I am a second year Master of Genetic Counselling student at the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney. In May of this year I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Heart Rhythm Society in San Francisco to present my research project as a poster, ‘ The clinical and genetic description of long QT syndrome (LQTS) in Australia’. The conference was attended by over 5000 cardiac health professionals and scientists and was a unique opportunity to learn from international leaders in cardiology. I think it is indicative of the increasing role and awareness of genetics, its challenges and the opportunities, that a student genetic counsellor has the opportunity to choose between fascinating and relevant sessions at a conference primarily attended by electrophysiologists. There was interest in my project and international groups with experience in LQTS had particularly relevant and interesting comments. A particular highlight was a session led by key international leaders in inherited arrhythmic disorders discussing the art of genetic diagnosis and management.
Sydney Medical School congratulates Noeno Anuno Sarmento and Diana Vieira, the first scholarship students from Timor-Leste to graduate from the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Sydney.
At the recent graduation ceremony, the students were personally congratulated by Mr Abel Guterres, the Timor-Leste Ambassador to Australia, who attended the ceremony.
Noeno said: “I am so thrilled to have graduated; I have always wanted to be a medical doctor. I am thankful and proud to be associated with the University of Sydney because of the opportunity they have given me through its Timor-Leste’s medical scholarship. I received so much support from staff at University of Sydney Northern clinical school. Also friends and local Timorese were instrumental in helping me through the training.
“I will be going home soon and I am looking forward to providing a different experience of health care to my countrymen. I am excited to share my knowledge as well as learning from the other Timorese medical doctors most of whom were trained in Cuba, Indonesia and elsewhere.”
Noeno and Diana were the first students from Timor-Leste to arrive at the University of Sydney under a scholarship program introduced by the Faculty of Medicine in 2008. The scholarships covered all their fees, living expenses and other costs for up to five years as they take part in the graduate medical program.
Diana said: “My journey has been challenging yet a very positive, life changing experience. The extraordinary help and support from the University's Faculty of Medicine and the many friendships I've made has been what’s really helped me along the way. Without their help this achievement would not have been possible.
“Based on my experience at Sydney University, I’m sure that I am getting world-class education by the best teachers, and I’ll be well prepared in my career. I'm confident that upon completing any degree here that work and research opportunities will be plenty for everyone.
“I look forward to returning to Timor-Leste with my family and applying my new medical skills. I’m particularly interested in using my medical skills to help reduce the very high maternal child death rates in Timor Leste. I believe if I am to make any contribution to Timor-Leste, it would be in the area of health.”
The scholarship initiative was the idea of the Dean of Medicine, Bruce Robinson, who felt the University should make a tangible contribution to the health of people in Timor-Leste. Professor Robinson said: "The University has an important role to play in building capacity in Timor-Leste, a country that has come through very difficult times in recent years."
“I congratulate Noeno and Diana on their graduation. It is a great achievement and I look forward to seeing them take the next step in their careers back in their home country.”
We are excited to be relaunching the SUMS' Celebrating Women in Medicine Dinner and renaming it the Marie Bashir Address. This key event in the SUMS calendar is named in honour of Her Excellency Marie Bashir, who will be opening the event and acting as Patron. This is our premier event celebrating diversity and opportunity and as such, we are delighted to welcome Gynaecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Dr. Nesrin Varol, to give the arresting keynote address; 'Towards abandonment of female genital mutilation'. Whilst primarily directed at Sydney Medical Program (SMP) students, this year I have endeavoured to also involve Sydney Medical School alumni, academics and faculty members to broaden the scope of the event and foster what I hope to be a more diverse, interactive audience.
I've attached our promotional flyer, however as we're in the final stages of ticket sales, if the registration page is no longer live, please direct any questions or interest to me via email or my phone number listed below! I am more than happy to provide further information or arrange a ticket.
Shian-Li (Stephanie) Wong
Phone: 0435 847 101
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