Wellbeing Blog

To BE or to FEEL beautiful?

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To BE or to FEEL beautiful? A stethoscope clad girl took charge and before I knew it the bottom of my t-shirt was held firmly beneath my neck. I faced the wall, my back exposed. My peers took turns, as I had done before, to meticulously examine my breathing.  I stood there silently, fighting the […]

Wellbeing Blog

Expectations

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Mental health is, inarguably, a recent societal focal point. I still remember the times when I was told to keep my thoughts and emotions solely to myself. The word confession, therefore, possessed a sense of guilt and shame.   To deal with the challenges of life, I started to express myself through art. At times it […]

Wellbeing Blog

Treading Water

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Treading Water  Verse I I’ve been thrown in an ocean Scared ill drown in it But they’re so busy trying to keep their boat above the water  To see I don’t know how to swim   I’m drifting in the chaos Barely afloat I would love if someone stopped just for a moment To throw […]

Wellbeing Blog

Catherine O’Brien: A Reflection

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Have you ever rolled your eyes when the topic of ‘mental health’ gets brought up? I know I have. I would immediately picture a delicate millennial complaining about the basic realities of adulting or whining about a breakup, whilst posting cringy inspirational quotes on social media.  Humbled by my own experiences, I now know that […]

NZMSA News

Call for 2020 NZMSA President and Vice Presidents

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Dear NZMSA Members, NZMSA is now in the process of calling for 2019 NZMSA President, Vice President Internal (VPI) and Vice President External (VPE). These roles are elected by the Executive in accordance with the NZMSA Constitution which can be found on our website. Ideal candidates for the President and Vice-President roles will display strong […]

NZMSA News

Call for 2020 NZMSA Officers

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Dear NZMSA Members, In 2013, the NZMSA trialled a new “Officer” structure, whereby skill-specific roles were developed to improve the way NZMSA advocates and organises events on behalf of medical students. Since this new structure has been implemented Officers have produced outstanding work and excellent events for New Zealand medical students. Overall, we found that […]

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Hello Brother

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Friday the 15th of March marks the darkest hour in New Zealand history. Not only was this an attack on the Muslim community but on the values that make us all kiwi. Let’s spread a message of peace and love in such times. It’s by coming together and helping our neighbours in times of need […]

The First Year Blog

Winter Water – Joshua Smith

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Josh Smith is one of the amazing house officers joining the blog this year. Based in Palmerston North, he’s passionate about medical education, and emergency medicine. Winter Water “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop” – Rumi It’s very much August in Palmerston North. Down roars […]

The First Year Blog

The First 6 Months – Em Dwight

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Em Dwight is the other amazing house officers joining the blog this year. She’s currently based at Capital & Coast DHB, and has interests in public health, primary care, and palliative medicine. The First 6 Months When I started medical school I envisaged that by the time I had completed 6 years of university that […]