We’ve got surprises!

Sorry for the AWOL folks, SWIM has been super busy the last few months – not only with our set events but also rolling out new ones!

Our new events and initiatives this year include:

Women in Alternative Medical Pathways (WIAMP) – A new addition to our ‘Women In…’ series, WIAMP gives you the opportunity to meet with amazing, well-established female doctors from a range of medical backgrounds beyond clinic work or surgery.

SWIM Running Group – We relaunched our running group this year, aiming it towards absolute beginners and mixing it up with sprints, lunges and more!

Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) – a series of workshops targeted to prepare medical students for some of the challenges they may face in the workforce. These workshops will include themes such as resilience, conflict resolution and recognising and dealing with workplace bullying or harassment.

PDW 1 Preparing for a Healthy Medical Career – Presented by the incredible Dr Ira van der Steenstraten this PDW focuses on mindfulness and resilience training. It is interactive, and is based on Dr van der Steenstraten’s Rapid Resilience program that is run for all QLD Health Interns.

PDW 2 Conflict Resolution through Negotiation –  Presented by Dr Anita Sharma, this PDW examines general strategies for resolving a disagreement and then focuses on tips for, and practising, negotiating to settle a difference between yourself and another person in a medical workplace.

Mothers’s Day Classic

“It doesn’t matter how you walk or run, it matters WHY”

Come join our awesome team – the SWIMsters – and walk (or run) all over breast cancer at the Mother’s Day Classic 2017!

1. Register yourself as an individual (4.5K or 8K, walk or run) at http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/event-info/event-locations-map/brisbane/
2. Select “SWIMsters” as your team, enter the password: swim2017
3. Email initiatives.swim@gmail.com to confirm your attendance as part of the SWIM group.
4. Show up and walk/run!
5. Consider making a donation to the SWIM page: https://mothersdayclassic17.everydayhero.com/au/swimsters

Mother’s Day Classic FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/mdcwalkrun/


Women In…

Our first networking event of the year, Women in Medicine, was a huge success! A big thank you to the amazing clinicians for sharing their valuable time with us. Your stories and words of wisdom were inspiring and much appreciated!

For our second event, we’re doing something different – Women in Alternative Medical Pathways. Held on the 25th of May, it’s a chance to meet some well established female physicians now working in a variety of non-clinical areas.

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/294724890971407/

Respiratory CET

Kussmauls? Agonal? Cheyne-Stokes? Wait. What even is percussing?

Our first CVS CET went off with a bang and SWIM is back again now to help hammer home your Respiratory exam (see what I did there?).

We’ll have our amazing tutors back again and another excellent guest speaker. As usual, a free light lunch will be provided for you at the end of the session.

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1385747174820725/

The F Word

International Women’s Day may have been over three weeks ago, but womens rights and freedoms should be experienced everyday. Check out this amazing article that does a different take on “The F Word” by our very own exec member Daphne!


CVS Clinical Exam Tutorial (CET)

Can you remember all the different signs for Infective Endocarditis? Can you name and grade your murmurs? How good are you at wielding a stethoscope?

We know how confusing and overwhelming your first clinical exams can be, so we’re here to help! SWIM is bringing back our ever popular Clinical Examination Tutorials (CETs), starting with the cardiovascular system. The CETs work hand in hand with your Clinical Practice curriculum, and are designed to give you an opportunity to practice your exam with experienced tutors, have your questions answered and hear from an expert guest speaker.
CETs are free for all SWIM members, so if you’re not one yet – please sign up online or at the event! You can head straight to our sign up page here:http://swimuq.org.au/membership/

If you’re a first year student, sign up here:

CET spaces are limited! Sign up will close on MONDAY MARCH 13 at 9pm – participants are selected on a first-come first-serve basis, and will be notified on WEDNESDAY MARCH 15.

If you are a 2nd/3rd/4th year and interested in TUTORING at the CVS CET sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/kfpLgKm9HtLygnkE2

Keen to join the SWIM team?

Interested in becoming more involved in SWIM? We have a lot of convenor positions waiting to be filled by enthusiastic and passionate people.

We will be electing these positions at our OGM on Thursday, 16th February at 5:00-7:00PM at the Therapies Building (84) room 128 (located behind the GAF). You must be a SWIM member to apply and vote. New members welcome!

We are looking for people to fill the following positions:

  • First Year Representative:
    Assist the exec team with organising events and be the liaison point for first years
  • Clinical Examination Tutorial Convenor:
    Assist with the organisation of 5 tutorials throughout the year.
    Work with the Academic VP, Hannah Laycock, to book speakesr, organise attendees and help with set up, check-in and food preparation on the day.
    Expected to be present at all CET dates
  • Guest Speaker Convenor:
    Assist Social VP, ErinJoy Bullough, with contacting doctors to be potential speakers at the ‘Women In…’ nights, Clinician Dinners.
    Assist with set up, food and drink prep, guest registration and meet-and-greet on event nights.
  • Community Outreach Officer:
    Work with Community Initiatives Officer, Daphne Mlachila, to organise events to get our SWIM members involved in community events such as Ronald McDonald House night, Micah volunteering and fundraising opportunities.
  • Fitness Program Convenor:
    Work with Community Initiatives Officer, Daphne Mlachila, to help develop and implement fitness program activities such as Yoga, Running Group. 
  • Returning Officer:
    A former member of the executive team whose role is to provide guidance for the current team, based on insights into how previous SWIM management have organised events. They establish continuity between executive teams and help facilitate the accomplishment of long-term SWIM goals.

To apply for the above positions, please complete the nomination form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4WRXhagk9ifgktRFNQJV92tD75vbfAPsBKRDnmgI5NesDRw/viewform

On the night, bring your buddies (+ yourself, of course) to vote for you at the OGM! If you cannot make it to the OGM but would still like to be considered, please let us know by emailing secretary.swim@gmail.com. Also shoot an email to this address if you have any comments or questions!