How does the biomed society make themselves unique and different compared to other academic clubs?
First of all, we are the one and only club specially dedicated to Biomed and its students!
What makes us different? We offer many member-exclusive events all year long, both social and academic. We’re known for our award winning Biomed ball, along with many other bar nights, booze cruises and pub crawls throughout the year, which anyone and everyone is welcome to attend. The events allow everyone to get to know each other and have lots of fun!
Academically, we provide several opportunities for networking throughout the year like our Corporate Cocktails night that may help you gain insight into future career pathways. We also have a valuable partnership with Fraser’s GAMSAT to provide information to those students who are aiming to do postgraduate medicine.
One of the most special things the Biomed Society offers is a close group of friends which provides a family throughout your degree at Monash!
Will you give an updated survival guide before 2nd semester to focus more on on campus things?
Yes, we will. It will have a comprehensive introduction and description of important locations on campus (academic, food, support etc), as well as all of the fully packed events we have planned, both social and academic. We will try our best to help all biomed students or at least put them on the right track if they’re looking for some support that we are unable to provide ourselves.
Who can we talk to for one-on-one help/advice?
The best person for this is your peer mentor! Remember that your peer mentor is here to help you throughout the year and they would all love to offer advice and assistance wherever they can to support you. So just send them a quick message on Chronus and they will get in touch to help you out with any particular concerns you might have. It is also worth keeping in mind that the connections you make with the other mentees in your group can also be a really great way of talking to someone in the same position as you and initiating these conversations can be an excellent way to make new friends while you’re not on campus.
What events are actually happening this year?
Great question. On the academic side of things, Fraser’s GAMSAT events are all running as usual except that they’ll be delivered online as webinars —so far we’ve had the UCAT Open Day and an information session regarding the transition of the GAMSAT to an online exam. As for what else to expect, we’ll be hosting two GAMSAT Masterclass events in preparation for the September 2020 and March 2021 exams, as well as the USyd Interview and GEMSAS Interview workshops. Just a heads up these events hosted with Fraser’s GAMSAT are exclusive to Biomed Society members only so make sure you sign up for your membership soon if you are interested! As for networking events, we may be looking to reschedule Biomed Corporate Cocktails (originally a semester 1 event) into semester 2 and are hoping to work alongside the Monash BDI to host the Biomedical Sciences Industry Night.
On the social side of things, we have had to indefinitely postpone all of our events, as all social gatherings of more than 2 people are currently banned. We are really hoping that in a few months time, the situation will be better and that we can have some face-to-face events! If social gatherings are allowed in the near future, we will definitely let you guys know what events we have planned for the 2nd semester. In the meantime, we are trying to come up with some new and creative ways to hold social events online. In order to keep up with our latest updates, feel free to like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and keep an eye on our website!
What are your plans for this years' Biomed Ball?
We still have our booking in place with our venue for Biomed Ball, and have full intention to plan and hold the best Biomed Ball yet. However, we’re at the mercy of the venue and how this pandemic pans out. Ball is planned for September (2nd semester) - who knows what can happen in six months time. We would all be gut-punched if Ball is cancelled - is our favourite event to celebrate the year with people we love. We will do everything in our power to make sure Ball happens.
How to get in touch with other biomed years/cohort?
Each year level has a Facebook page set up which should enable communication between students in the cohort.
What's going on with PASS?
Unfortunately, we are not in charge of PASS and so can give you little information as to whether it will be running this semester. We highly recommend you contacting your lecturers/asking on moodle forums as they may have a better idea as to what is going on. However, we can suggest it may be helpful for you all to organise your own study groups as it will allow you to collaborate on ideas and ask each other questions about topics you may be struggling with. This can be just as useful as PASS sessions and will hopefully assist you all in understanding content and also meeting new people!
P.S remember your lecturers/tutors/TA’s are all here to help you as well and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have, whether it be via the forum or on email.
Advice about deferring?
If you are contemplating deferring this semester/year we recommend you contacting the Biomed faculty to get the best advice regarding this. All of the information on how to defer should be located on WES, however we suggest discussing this possibility with faculty members first so that you are equipped with all of the information needed to make a well informed decision. Potential contacts may include your unit coordinators/lecturers whose contact information should be easy to find on moodle - most likely within the unit information section. If they are unable to answer your questions, they will be able to refer you to someone who can.
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