The Medicine Interest Network Townsville (MINT) is the physician interest group for medical students at JCU. Our team consists of clinical year students who liaise with doctors at the Townsville Hospital, including the Physician Training Unit.

We aim to:

  • Ignite interest in physician specialities
  • Inform on Physician Training
  • Facilitate networking with doctors from the Townsville Hospital & Health Service
  • Educate on and promote research
  • Provide opportunities to maximise clinical placement

Event List:

In 2019, MINT will host a number of informative and enjoyable events, including:

  • Monthly Coffee & Case Studies
  • MINT Medical Challenge
  • Intro to Research Evening
  • Interpreting Research Papers
  • Speed Dating with Medical Registrars
  • JCUMSA Career Nights

These events are designed to ignite an interest in physician training, and are run by doctors from a range of physician specialties.

Plus, keep an eye out for the following:

  • Weekly MCQ’s on our Facebook page
  • Resources on how to start a research project
  • Podcasts of the registrar cases presented

Meet The Team

Shalisa Maisrikrod (Co-Chair)

Shalisa is a 6th Year who was born and raised in Townsville. She cultivated talents in eating and sleeping, with hopes to master the art of jigsaw puzzles this year. Shalisa has interests in general medicine, geriatrics, infectious disease and public health. She is enthusiastic about starting MINT and hopes that people enjoy and learn from events as much as she does coordinating them. Please contact Shalisa for any and all things MINT!

Monica Lovelock (Co-Chair)

Monica is a 6th Year and will be the Co-Chair for MINT in 2019, a role for which she is grateful. She grew up in Townsville and is very interested in being a physician and therefore the physician training pathway. Monica is very excited to see what the first year of MINT has in store. Please contact Monica for any all things MINT!

Ash Vu (Logistics Officer)

Ashly is a final year student and the MINT logistics officer. Her interests include general medicine, public health and rural and remote medicine. This year, her plans are to start a podcast series on interesting medical topics, master the Rubik’s cube and learn how to drive a manual car.

Brydie Mockeridge (Finance Officer)

Brydie is a 6th year med student who was born and bred in sunny Townsville. In her spare time you’ll find her travelling, planning her next holiday or scrolling through photos from her last holiday. She is this year’s finance officer for MINT and is very excited to work with likeminded students who are also interested in physician training. Feel free to contact her for any questions regarding money/sponsorship!

Helena Xiang (Communications & Memberships Officer)

Helena is the Communications and Membership Officer of 2019, and is currently in 4th year. At the moment, she’s enthusiastically settling into her first clinical year with lots of coffee, tea, and YouTube. She’s excited to learn more about the physician training pathway as she begins to plan for life after med school, and help others in their journey to becoming physicians through MINT. If you have any questions or concerns regarding MINT, feel free to contact Helena.

Sam Smith (Research Officer)

Sam is a Townsvillian, born and bred, and is currently in his sixth and final year of medical school. His involvement with research began with a chance encounter whilst on placement in first year, and he’s been talking about logistic regression to everyone who’ll listen ever since. His main motivation for becoming the MINT Research Officer in 2019 is to demystify research and help create a vibrant research culture at JCU. He also advocates for students on the College of Medicine’s Research and Research Education and Clinical Studies Committees and is happy for anyone with research questions or ideas to contact him and help them get started.

Vibooshini Ganeshalingam (Doctor Liaison​)

Hey! My name is Viboo, the doctor liaison officer for MINT. I have been involved with teaching and mentoring students since medical school and am keen to continue this role. My career interests: physician training (you guessed it!), global health Other interests: hiking, bushwalking, few dance styles, board games.

Dr. Rachael Norton (Doctor Liaison)

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