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This website is not designed to somehow undermine the teaching that you receive at University. It is intended to be an intellectual forum for sharing of students' notes and opinions (the use of the "discussion" page for each learning activity is highly encouraged). No information on this site is any different to information you would have obtained in lectures, in textbooks, or on superior online resources such as Wikipedia. The point of the site, therefore, is to collect this information in a central repository that users can view, edit, improve and reflect on and to organise the sharing of information between medical students.


Feel free to update/improve anything I write here. I am not a legal professional, I am just writing based on common sense.

Past papers and facilitators' guides

Past papers, facilitators' guides and other "off-limits" materials are strictly NOT allowed on the site. If you see any such content in uploaded files or wikitext on StudyingMed, please contact one of the mods (e.g. User:Willem, User:SameerMahajan or User:HakeemHa). If you choose to upload this content, your account will be permanently deleted and you will no longer be allowed to use this site.

Lecture and practical material

Accounts for this site are strictly only available to UNSW medical students so we see no reason why images etc from handouts given in classes cannot be uploaded.

However, some lecturers do not give out their slides for the exact reason that the content is copyright and not allowed to be distributed. In this case, do not simply photograph their lecture notes and upload them. This is copyright infringement. I suggest using open source material (e.g. from WikiMedia Commons -- look at this article to show you how to include useful images from out-of-copyright texts like Gray's Anatomy), and including your own notes. This way, you can still publish the relevant information, but no-one is hurt.

University's attitude to social media and notes sharing

The University sent out the following email earlier this year. I suggest you read it, as it is highly relevant to users of this site.

Quoted text - Reproduction of Examination Questions and Social Media

Dear Student,
The Senior Academic Staff of the Faculty of Medicine wish to draw the attention of the student body to two issues, which are detailed below in point form for clarity.

1. Reproduction of Examination Questions

Our Program encourages collaboration, mentoring, study groups, peer feedback and teamwork as we recognise these aspects as important parts of learning and medical practice, and the comments below are not designed to discourage collaboration or these other aspects.
a. The Faculty is very aware that students reproduce, write, store and share questions from assessments such as the MCQ examinations, viva and clinical examinations. These repositories exist as hard copies, electronic files and web pages, and they are produced by individuals, years, Colleges and Medicine Special Interest Groups.
b. Many of these repositories are very inaccurate, out of date and contain the wrong answers to the questions. It is not a good idea to rely on these repositories to direct and guide your study. The formative questions released by the Faculty are of far better quality and authenticity.
c. The Faculty needs to be very confident that no Student Conduct Rules are being breached, so it is every student's responsibility to be aware of the Student Conduct and Misconduct Policies.
d. The Faculty needs to be very confident that some students are not being preferentially advantaged or disadvantaged by these practices and that no student is gaining financially or through any other means. Although many students are involved in this practice, some individual students are named on web sites and identified by other students and staff to the Faculty.
e. Every student needs to be confident that they are acting in a very professional way. A good way to consider your involvement may be to ask yourself whether you could claim: "I would be happy to present my involvement with these repositories to the Faculty and Peers".
f. Be aware that identifying patients, examiners and staff in these repositories constitutes student misconduct and a potential breach of the Medical Board's Fitness to Practice Policy. This will be dealt with very seriously.
g. Be aware that UNSW has copyright on any academic material produced, so if a document purporting to "copy" or "reproduce" a UNSW document is advertised or promoted, this may be a breach of copyright and may be dealt with directly by UNSW.

2. Social Media

a. As everyone is aware, social media have become an integral part of society. Recently, the AMA, NZMA, AMSA and NZMSA have released a guide for practitioners and medical students on online professionalism and social media (attached below). This is timely as we have had a number of instances of unprofessional behaviour between students, mainly on Facebook, which have reported to the Faculty. Although the attached document is not a policy document, it is a useful guide and we thought is would be good to bring it to the attention of our students. Please read it.
b. Some of the repositories discussed above are on social media websites. These repositories, including their comments on teaching and staff, are often in a public and permanent forum. When using these social media websites, you need to consider what you have posted, who will read it and that it may be on the site permanently. Also the post may be linked easily to other postings and altogether the comments are inappropriate.

Attached file: File:Social Media and the Medical Profession.pdf

Anthony (Tony) O'Sullivan
Consultant Endocrinologist
Associate Professor of Medicine
Program Authority Medicine 3802
2nd Floor Pitney Building
St George Hospital
Kogarah NSW 2217
ph 9113 2040
fax 9113 3998