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- Since 1936 -

A little bit about us.

Who we are

The University of Queensland Medical Society is a not for profit organisation that aims to serve over 1800 medical students enrolled at the University of Queensland.

Why we are

Our goal is to enrich the medical student experience and provide our members with once in a life time opportunities to develop skills, friendships and life long memories.

Where you are

Are you seeking something different? An opportunity? We invite you to join the conversation our community has been having for the past 80 years.

How it starts

Whether it’s your first day or last year in medicine we would love to have you! Our events are tailored to suit everyone’s needs. Click above to sign up today.

Our Values

The UQMS has an ambition to enrich the lives of all UQ medical students through our three core values.

Leadership

To effectively represent the interests of UQ medical students.

To foster the development of UQ medical students as leaders in the society.

To inspire and encourage UQ medical students to reach their full potential.

Advocacy

To safeguard and promote the interests of UQ medical students.

To protect the rights and responsibilities of UQ medical students.

To support the wellbeing and academic advancement of UQ medical students.

Community

To foster a collaborative and inclusive environment for UQ medical students.

To cultivate medical student engagement within the broader community.

To impart a sense of social responsibility to UQ medical students.

Our Mission

Is to be regarded as the peak body concerning medical student development at UQ.

What

The UQMS aims to enrich both the social and academic environments of medical study. To promote and foster links and professional associations with student colleagues at other medical schools within Australia and overseas. And to promote the health of the community through participation in community projects and charity functions.

How

The UQMS works to achieve its mission and meet its goals by networking within the wider medical profession, fostering the development of partnerships with sponsors, and by raising the Society’s profile in the public eye. Through our advocacy and community activities, the UQMS will ensure its members graduate from the University of Queensland with more than just a degree.

Governing Documents

The UQMS is an incorporated association, under the Queensland Government Department of Fair Trading. The organisation is governed by a set of rules and a number of By-Laws, Policies, and Agreements. These documents are freely available to its members.

Our Mascot

The official UQMS Mascot is Ashintosh Macopenjy.

About

When the University of Queensland Medical Society formed in 1936, Dr Macopenjy was chosen as its official mascot. He was the ships doctor for the HMS Endeavour. The UQMS is now in possession of Ashintosh’s skull, proudly on display at all general meetings. The UQMS motto, displayed under the skull of Ashintosh, is “domine nos dirige”. This is best translated as “God help us” – entirely appropriate.

Our History

A chronology written by the UQMS past patron, Professor John Pearn.

The University of Queensland Medical Society was initially established in 1936 as the Queensland Medical Students Association (QMSA). Its name was changed to the University of Queensland Medical Society (UQMS) in 1943, with its terms of reference “To advance and protect in all ways the interests of graduates and undergraduates of the University of Queensland.”

It was established by a concerned and vigorous group of senior medical students which included, inter alia, Russell Neville (QMSA Foundation President), Douglas Gordon (later Dean of the Faculty of Medicine), Max Hickey (later Professor of Anatomy and Warden of Union College), and Fred Schwarz. Their prescience and foresight was a first step in the establishment of the undergraduate society which was to become the most significant and professional of all undergraduate bodies within the University of Queensland, over the ensuing seven decades.

Its office holders and committee members have gone on to become national and international leaders in the world of medicine; and the history of the UQMS is, in one small way, a partial history of some of the important collegiate developments of medicine in Australia more broadly. The UQMS was the trail-blazer in equity for resident medical officers. In 1944, it was a proactive stakeholder in the Queensland Industrial Court, liaising with members of the Miscellaneous Workers Union, in obtaining better working hours and rates of pay for first year resident medical officers employed by the Brisbane and South Coast Hospitals Board.

Since that time the UQMS has maintained a vigorous and respected voice in the developments of conditions of service, collegiate outreach and professional standards in the profession of medicine more broadly. In 1960, the UQMS established the national Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA), reaching out from Queensland to promote the Hippocratic spirit of medicine, not only at State but at national level.

The UQMS has also maintained a significant charitable role in the more than six decades of its history, and it continues to provide an “in house” training infrastructure for young graduating doctors who wish not only to serve their colleagues, but to have the opportunity for self-training and extended experience in the collegiate as opposed to the individual world of medicine.

Professor John Pearn (July, 2003)

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