Medicine and music have much in common – a dedication to excellence,
performance under pressure, teamwork and much more – so it is little wonder that many
physicians are talented musicians behind their stethoscopes. Like doctors,
musicians require empathy and communication skills to translate their music for
audiences and convey its emotions.
For many of us, music is one of the few passions we are able to indulge in alongside the busy schedule of medical school.
Thus we felt the need for the Australian Medical Students’ Orchestra. Just over 20 years ago, the Australian Doctors’ Orchestra was formed, and over the past eight years, medical student orchestras have sprung up around Australia - this year, the University of New South Wales medical orchestra will become the fifth medical student orchestra to open its doors. As this momentum has built over recent years, we have been inspired to take this idea to a national level.
In 2016, AMSO brought 100 medical students from around Australia to Melbourne for three days of intense rehearsals, culminating in a concert which took place on July 31, 2016. At this concert, we raised money for two incredible charities: the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and Very Special Kids, the only paediatric hospice in Victoria. Not only do we share a love for music, but we are also passionate about using our music to benefit others.