MDSC 2020 Academic Program

MDSC 2020 is shaping up to host an exciting and thought-provoking academic program!

Keynote Speakers

MDSC invites distinguished guests of various backgrounds to address the entire MD cohort in plenary sessions and share their stories, experiences and ideas. MDSC has been lucky enough to have had some inspiring keynote speakers in the past, including comedian Jordan Raskopoulos and paralympian Dylan Alcott in 2018, as well as the late Connie Johnson in 2017.

Breakout Sessions

During the day, several smaller breakout sessions run simultaneously and delegates can choose which one to attend. These sessions explore different aspects of the day's theme, and may involve a single speaker, a panel of speakers, or a roundtable discussion promoting collaboration between delegates.


Workshops allow delegates to develop practical skills, such as suturing or ultrasound scanning, or work in a team to complete an Emergency Medical Challenge or solve a mock public health crisis. Every student is guaranteed one workshop at MDSC!


MD Research Projects

MD Research Projects are completed by MD4s in the first half of their final year. MDSC gives MD4s the opportunity to present a poster and oral presentation based on their research. All MD students are encouraged to explore the MDRP Poster Display in the foyers at MCEC, and attend symposia sessions in which MD4s deliver their oral presentations.

Academic Day Themes

Each day at MDSC has its own vibrant theme.

“The future is here – it’s just unevenly distributed.” – William Gibson

Globalisation, the climate, politics, technology and culture - what do they have in common and why do they matter to us as future doctors? The health of our future patients is being determined largely by forces beyond their control. In turn, our careers are being shaped by these powers that exist beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics - how will we adapt?

Forces at Play will be an exposé of the major determinants of health and will challenge us to consider how they are impacting our future roles as doctors - both in the everyday practice of medicine and in wider advocacy capacities. We will leave with a better understanding of how societal issues are shaping our careers and in turn how we can help determine change in society as future doctors.