The Flinders Medical Students’ Society was established in 1975 and is the peak organisation representing medical students at Flinders for issues affecting students such as curriculum and teaching, internship places, and student wellbeing.
FMSS has a membership base of almost 600 medical students, comprising more than 95% of the medical student cohort at Flinders. Our members come from a wide range of age groups and professional and academic backgrounds, and this diversity is represented in the activities of our society. FMSS provides a range of academic, social and community-based activities aimed at ensuring student success during medical school and beyond.
Mission statement 2019:
FMSS is dedicated to developing a unified, positive culture within Flinders Medicine. We endeavour to engage, educate, support and advocate for our student body and wider community.
In 2019, our aims will be to:
To instil a culture of involvement, belonging, and community across the entire MD cohort
Continue to maintain focus of mental health within the committee and as an acting body for the students
To continue to create positive culture within the committee
To ensure the executive committee runs transparently and reports back to the rest of the committee regularly
To provide a scaffold of how to plan and run events in order to ensure accountability of committee members/portfolios and bolster event success and legitimacy
To create financial longevity beyond 2019
To explore and achieve the outsourcing of bookkeeping/ professionalisation of finance
To aim to engage and coordinate more successfully with other FM societies
Maintain the professional relationships with the college and wider community
Create a contingency plan in case committee members need to step down due to medical/personal reasons
The success of FMSS depends on the many medical students and staff who volunteer their time and skills, and also the generosity of our sponsors.
What We do
Represent student concerns to the Course Administration, College of Medicine, and University - and get results
Provide quality academic resources for members. From peer-teaching to clinical exam practice to up-to-date seminars.
Strengthen the collegiate culture within the MD programme, and foster inter-year engagement.
Supply financial support grants to members in need
Deliver access to clinicians and academics for career planning and development
Provide Medical Students with an opportunity to engage in our community
Organise fun and safe events for the MD cohort
Engage with medical students on a national and international level through the Australian Medical Association [AMA], Australian Medical Student's Association [AMSA], and Australasian Students' Surgical Association [ASSC]