My name is Liam McBride Kelly (he/him) and I am your Wellbeing Officer for 2021. My role is to support the physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing of all medical students at ANU. I will do this by running various wellbeing focused events throughout the year, advocating for your interests with the Medical School, and by helping link you with the many supports available at ANU.
Coming to medical school is an exciting time, but it can also present challenges. All students find themselves balancing a range of competing needs outside the academic load of medical school, including working, parenting, supporting family, nurturing friendships/relationships, and finding time for self-care. Simultaneously, many students (myself included) relocate to Canberra from elsewhere for medical school, and that brings with it the challenges of setting up a life in a new city. This is all superimposed on the background of COVID-19.
However, medicine at ANU is uniquely positioned to make sure your wellbeing is maximised. Our cohort sizes are small, so first year students quickly get to know their classmates and will find friendships to support them through med. Our degree is pass-fail, meaning that all you need to do is get a pass, giving you more time for balance. Critically, we have a culture at ANU of supporting each other – the competitive and at times cutthroat world of medical school admissions is over.
You are more than welcome to contact me at any time if you have any questions/concerns, or even if you just want to have a coffee and a chat. Further, I am always eager to hear feedback as to how you think I can best support the wellbeing of the student body, so please do reach out and let me know your thoughts.
Please feel free to contact me at any time via email (email@example.com) or Facebook.
I hope everyone has a great year,
Liam McBride Kelly
Meet Your Wellbeing Officer
Liam McBride Kelly
2nd Year Medical Student