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ALM class reps

Each year, a group of students is divided into four groups for administrative purposes. Each of these groups should nominate a class representative, one of which for each year should be the Otago Medical Students' Association representative. The main role of the student rep is to facilitate the flow of communication between the group, the rest of the class, the reps in the years above and below, Faculty, and vice versa.

Reps sit on a number of important committees and both School and Faculty value their input. The quality of feedback to and from students is greatly influenced by the class reps and this will become more important as curriculum and assessment changes are considered.

By sharing the workload between the reps the individual commitment need not to be too time consuming. The knowledge gained of the workings of the Medical School and curriculum development is invaluable.

The class reps also carry out organisation of the annual 5th year class/consultant dinner and other social events, in conjunction with the Student Affairs Office and OUMSA.

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Trainee Interns as teachers

A natural part of the role of the Trainee Intern (TI)is the informal support of junior colleagues. This is an important preparation for the role of all doctors who, as part of their professional responsibility, have a teaching role.

Trainee Interns in Dunedin have become more and more involved in teaching their junior colleagues.? Initially there was a movement to buddy up with new fourth-year students. This was extended to help supervise the clinical skills work in the fourth-year introductory course. Following the success of this initiative a group of Trainee Interns volunteered to take part in the end of fourth-year formative OSCE examinations, running four of the stations.

In addition to this relatively formal contact it is clear that the Trainee Interns are heavily involved in informal teaching in the clinical context.

Trainee Interns are now offered support in their teaching role. Much of the support offered by Trainee Interns will be informal, e.g. bedside discussions, follow up from ward rounds, observing junior students undertaking a clinical skill, helping prepare for assessments, ward orientation, etc. Occasionally they may run a more formal seminar.

Remember this part of the TI's role is voluntary and will need to fit in with their own clinical and academic requirements, but it is an invaluable experience that will help prepare you for your role as a member of the medical profession.

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