We’re very excited to introduce our executive team for 2016.
- President – Arzoo Fazaluddin
- Secretary – Lesley Nishio
- Treasurer – Sapphira Putri Rusli
- Academic VP – Cathy Liu
- Social VP – Aishwarya Jangam
- Marketing and Publications – Sheree Nan
- Community and Initiatives – April Wu
- Liaison and Advocacy – Jessica Nguyen
- Sponsorship – Ken Huang
President – Arzoo Fazaluddin
Hi friends! I’m Arzoo, the president of SWIM for 2016. This is my second year being involved with SWIM as I was the Social VP in 2015, and I could not be more excited to still be here! I’m very excited about working with the new executive team, I think it’s going to be a great year for our organisation.
I’ve stepped up to the position of President for 2016 because SWIM holds a dear place in my heart. Since first year, I’ve really admired everything this group stands for and love being able to be a part of a student group that both recognises the challenges women face in the incredible field of medicine, but also brings awareness and student support to all of our fellow peers.
Having said this, SWIM has no gender, and we provide academic, community, and social support to all of our members – both male and female alike. Whether you have a Y chromosome or not, I think it’s great to be able to network with our amazing clinician guest speakers. They have so much to teach us!
I can’t wait to see you at all at our future events, 2016 is going to be a good one!
Secretary – Lesley Nishio
Hi SWIM fans! This year I have the honor of acting as secretary for SWIM. As you can probably tell by my spelling of “honor,” I am not originally from Australia. I hail all the way from a nice little town called San Francisco. In 2015, I had the pleasure of working with the SWIM executive committee as First Year Representative. Now, as secretary, I am very excited to further serve SWIM’s vision and missions. I look forward not only to upholding the amazing legacy of our club but hopefully even growing our organization and improving its events. If you see me on campus (I’m probably the sweaty one trying to get some steps on my fitbit) come say hi, or feel free to shoot any questions my way via email!
Treasurer – Sapphira Putri Rusli
Hello! My name is Sapphira. I hail from the not too distant tropical paradise – Indonesia (disclaimer: biased opinion). Previous to Med School, I completed a BSc undergrad in Melbourne Uni. So, I’m all too familiar with sausage sizzles and the likes of Aussie culture.
Drawing from my meticulous categorisation of Youtube video clips, I hope to bring my organisational skills to SWIM. In the short couple of years of my time in medical school, SWIM has greatly impacted my medical career. Not only does SWIM cultivate academic prowess, but also promotes a balanced healthy lifestyle for students. I am excited about all the events SWIM has to offer.
Don’t be shy to shoot me an email should you have any questions!
Academic VP – Cathy Liu
Hello! I’m Cathy, in my third year, and I will be taking on the role of Academic Vice President for SWIM this year. With the help of our exec team, I’ll be organising our clinical examination tutorials, so feel free to say hi if you see me running around on the day.
I’m really excited to be giving back to the club that has given me so much support over the past two years. Hopefully many of you will also feel well-supported (academically, socially and physically) through our events.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about our academic events. Looking forward to meeting you all and for a great year ahead!
Social VP – Aishwarya Jangam
Hello! My name is Aishwarya and I’m the Social VP for SWIM this year. I’m embarking on this journey (also called a medical degree) as a twosie hailing from this very sleepy town – however this didn’t make it any less daunting to be surrounded by a sea of strangers and teetering workload. One of the many supports that has helped, and still does help, me navigate this maze and stay passably sane is this wonderful group of motivated, friendly and enthusiastic students. From attending SWIM events in first year to being involved behind the scenes as the Guest Speaker Convenor I have truly gained so much from SWIM and its rich, well-rounded calendar of events over the past two years. Aided with my past experience in leadership roles and hearty love of food, I am very excited to take charge of the social side of SWIM for this year and hope to build on our old favourites – clinician dinners, wine and cheese – and perhaps bring something new to the table. Can’t wait to meet you all!
Marketing and Publications Officer – Sheree Nan
Hello there! My name is Sheree and I’m in my second year of med. SWIM has been one of the most supportive and useful medical clubs for a lot of us back in first year (the name may be deceptive, but it is the goal of SWIM to promote equality and provide support to ALL students – men included!), and as the Marketing Officer this year I’m excited to be giving back by helping raising awareness about the fantastic academic, well-being, social and networking events SWIM hosts.
Unlike some med students, my childhood dream was not to become a scalpel wielding surgeon but a designer/architect/something more artsy than being able to recite the functions of the twelve cranial nerves. Therefore, I’m excited to combine two of my favourite things – creative arts and anything med related (jks) – and slightly spam you all about our events!
Community and Initiatives Officer – April Wu
Hello SWIM family! I am so excited to be a part of the SWIM executive board this year and particularly to provide an outlet for service. It can be hard to find time to build community and volunteer amidst the challenges of medical school. We strive to make this easier and create opportunities for all students to stay healthy and involved. I am especially looking forward to Ronald McDonald house volunteering and free group workouts throughout the year. I hope to see you there!
[April graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition. She eventually moved from one Sunshine State (Florida) to another (Queensland) in pursuit of a bright future. She apologizes for this pun but the opportunity was too great.]
Liaison and Advocacy Officer – Jessica Nguyen
Hi, I’m Jess! Having been a member of SWIM for the past four years, I am thrilled for this opportunity to play a larger role in advocacy for our members. I would love to see more SWIM members getting the opportunity to have more input into what we do! Whether it is the Mentoring events, Breakfast with the women of AMAQ, “Women In Rural Medicine” with TROHPIQ, or fundraising for different charities, SWIM works together with lots of other clubs and organizations in order to work towards shared goals. This year, I am looking forward to engaging with SWIM members and these other groups to make sure our events continue to be meaningful and leave a lasting impact. I hope to work with you all to collaborate on events, particularly those that will enable more interactive experiences!
Sponsorship Officer – Ken Huang
Hello there! My name is Ken. I am a born and bred Melbournian and this is my fourth year of med and my third year being involved with SWIM. I am very excited to be a part of the executive team this year as the Sponsorship Officer and look forward to working with an amazing team. With luck and a silver tongue I hope to successfully acquire more sponsors for our cause, because I sincerely believe that SWIM is an amazing organisation which holds boundless potential. We stand for a great cause and can also proudly say that we run marvellous events throughout the year. I hope to take on any challenges that we face in the coming year with an open heart and open mind. I am optimistic that everyone will enjoy the SWIM events this year! Feel free to say hello if you catch me around!