My first day as Medsin National Director
Today is a very special day. I am now officially “Incoming Medsin National Director”, as the month-long handover of the National Director position gets underway. By the end of this month, I hope to be equipped to live up to the Medsin network’s vote of confidence in me as its leader, working with the wonderful National Committee that you elected in Spring. The National Committee members take on their posts on the 1st of September, the same day my handover ends and my term truly starts (for the next month, the outgoing co-National Directors, Felicia and Lucas, will still be in post as they prepare me for National Director life).
The first message I want to communicate to you is my thanks. Being entrusted with this amazing opportunity is an honour I will proudly wear. Medsin is an incredible organisation, with some of the most intelligent, dedicated people I have had the pleasure of meeting. Medsinners, whichever form their activism and actions take, are effective agents of positive change in society. Being elected to lead Medsin is therefore thrilling. Thank you for handing me this invaluable year. I hope I live up to your trust in me.
The second message is a reminder of why I ran for this position. I firmly believe in Medsin’s vision for a fair and just world in which equity in health is a reality for all. I am passionate about the fact that we are a group of students who are working towards that vision. I also think that, even if we do not achieve that full vision by ourselves, we have an essential role to play. Medsin is also incredibly fun.
The potential of Medsin is huge, and leading the network at this time in particular is exciting. Our members’ engagement with every aspect of the network is impressive, and is a strong reminder that all electable positions in Medsin need to serve the aims and objectives of our members. To do this, we need to develop a culture of an ongoing feedback loop between all aspects of the network at all levels (national, regional, local) that allows members to shape the organisation however they see fit at any one time. We also need to build strong relationships with our alumni and external partners, which will open up the opportunity to increase our potential impact, and to improve our financial sustainability. Finally, we need to ensure that we have a more cohesive and sustainable National Committee to lead the network.
Improving the health of Medsin will play an important part in all these plans. That is why our upcoming consultation for our next Long Term Development Plan 2015-18 is so key to Medsin’s future, as it will direct how it is that we should improve. It will ensure that we are focused, strategic and democratic. I make special mention of this because it will be the first tangible opportunity you will see, as our members, to input directly into Medsin’s strategic goals over the next 3 years. A lot more will follow in time. If you have any questions about this or any other plans, please feel free to e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
I want to finish with one of my favourite quotes of all time, which I am sure you have heard many times before. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” (Margaret Mead). You are that group of citizens. Let’s change the world together.