Convenors Welcome


It is our immense privilege to welcome you to The University of Melbourne’s MD Student Conference for 2023. This year marks the 13th iteration of our annual student conference and for the first time since 2019, it will be delivered in a completely in-person format. 

Housed at Melbourne’s iconic Marvel Stadium, this will be a grand event filled with inspiring keynotes, workshops with cutting-edge technology, glittering social nights and unmatched opportunities for collaboration and networking across The Melbourne Medical School.

As Co-Convenors, our vision this year is one of “engagement and representation” for our student conference. As MDSC returns to its original format, we hope to see our student body engaged not only in the conference program, but also engaged with each other, our guests and our external stakeholders. We also hope to see the diversity of our student body represented, with sessions,speakers and sponsors who celebrate the multitude of interests and perspectives of our cohort.

MDSC2023 would not be possible without the hard work of our dedicated Organising Team and we can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for the conference. 

We’ll see you in June!


Alison Edsell & Manasha Kumarasiri

MDSC2023 Co-Convenors


Subject Coordinator's Welcome


After three years of remote delivery and hybrid events, I am very excited to welcome you back in 2023 to a fully face-to-face MD Student Conference.

It is also a welcome return to Marvel Stadium, the home of MDSC2013 and MDSC2014.

This is the only event in the MD calendar where all 1350+ students are present at the same time, in the same venue. It’s a wonderful opportunity to not only reconnect with old friends, but to share the experiences of MDSC – keynote addresses, symposia, workshops, wellness activities and social events.

Keeping with tradition, the MDSC Day Convenors have strived for a breadth of topics and range of guest speakers, ensuring that discussions continue well after conference is finished.

Congratulation to Alison, Manasha and the whole conference organising team for their dedication and enthusiasm over the past 12 months as we remember (!) the challenges of organising an in-person event of this size.

MDSC remains a highlight of the MD calendar and continues to be unique amongst medical schools worldwide.

I look forward to joining you at Marvel Stadium for MDSC2023.


Dr Justin Bilszta

MDSC Subject Coordinator

The MD Student Conference (MDSC) is a core university subject of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program at the Melbourne Medical School.

MDSC is entirely student-led, with over 100 students involved in its organisation, planning and execution. The annual conference is a unique and innovative step in medical education that brings together over 1400 students of all years within the Melbourne Medical School into a setting akin to what they will experience in their future as medical professionals, in order to explore facets of medicine that are not covered by their MD curriculum.

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