6th annual event is back for the first time since COVID, May 6-8 in Brisbane

When the Welcome Reception kicks off on Friday evening, May 6, OUM will launch its first Student Conference since 2020, which took place a few short days before COVID caused its global lockdown.

While the first five Student Conferences took place in Melbourne, OUM welcomes this year’s attendees to Brisbane, home to the 2032 Summer Olympics, at the Airport Conference Centre located in The Ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel. As always, attendees will gain important information, learn new skills, make new friends, and see old friends graduate from medical school.

“We are finalizing arrangements for a balanced agenda which will inform students of all the recent changes in our world-class programme of hybrid medical education, and for all participants to see the outstanding efforts of our students as they compete for the inaugural Research Prize,” says Professor Hugh Bartholomeusz, OUM Vice Chancellor.

“Invaluable information” is always the theme for the day at OUM Student Conferences. One of the most important aspects of attending the conference is the opportunity to connect with classmates, graduates, faculty, and staff. Past attendees have stressed the importance of making these professional connections, as well as the invaluable friendships that develop during each conference.

Taffy Gould, Founder and Chair of the OUM Council, will welcome attendees on Saturday morning, May 7. The day’s sessions open with Professor Bartholomeusz delivering the Taffy Gould Oration “Tissue Reconstruction in War and Peace.” That keynote address will be followed by updates from Regional Deans and University leadership, as well as speakers focused on the Clinical Curriculum, the Clinical Core Courses, Clinical Skills, Clinical Mentors, and Clinical Placements. Next will be input from OUM students, graduates, and OUM Student Association officers. 

Perhaps the most anticipated portion of each conference is the OUM Graduation Ceremony, which will be held late on Saturday afternoon. Attended by graduates’ friends and family, as well as their OUM colleagues, 20 students are anticipated to participate in the Graduation Ceremony and they, with their family and friends, will enjoy a reception to follow. 

Sunday’s programming will focus on Preparation and Research. The first session will present students with information on preparing for Pre-Clinical Exams, Clinical Rotations, Final Clinical Exams, AMC Exams, and Intern Interviews. The final sessions of the conference will see students presenting their Research Projects for consideration as the inaugural winner of the OUM Research Prize.

Participants will receive preferential rates at The Ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel (click here to make reservations). This year’s conference has a registration fee of $200 for those who register by March 31 and $250 after that. To register for the Conference, visit here. Those with questions are asked to please email

(March 2022)