Trephine is the annual journal, and flagship publication, of the University of Queensland Medical Society. Established in 1941 Trephine aims to provide readers with a vibrant, topical and informative insight into life as a medical student with all the year’s highs and lows. It contains reports from the Executive, photo’s from every event, as well as articles on topics central to life as a medical student. Most significantly it contains the infamous Trephine Profiles — personal portfolios on MBBS II students submitted by one’s peers. Profiles are usually written about you by your friends. You could write it yourself but that might be considered lame.

Trephine enjoys a broad readership that includes current UQ medical students and staff, in addition to practicing medical professionals who form the alumni of the UQ School of Medicine. Furthermore, graduating students retain their copy as an important memento of their journey through medical school. The diverse readership of Trephine represents a substantial proportion of the current and future medical professionals in Queensland.

Where can I read it?

Our excellent 2015 edition has already been completed, which can be viewed below. To download a high quality pdf, please click here. In addition, the UQMS office in the Health Sciences Building at the RBWH always has copies of previous year’s editions for you to browse.

So I’m in second year! What should I do?

We are extremely excited to see work begin on the 2016 edition by our dedicated team – Bella Gosper, Casey Hawkins, Jessica Coleman, Joshua Russell, Kate Simpson and Thomas Mackay. For current 2nd years, more information will be coming later in the year on how to submit your profiles. Receiving your copy of Trephine is a rite of passage for all UQ medical students – so think hard about how you want to be remembered!

Did you know?

A trephine  is the surgical instrument that has traditionally been used to remove bone from the skull. It is now sometimes used to remove bone marrow biopsies — patients typically have this crude instrument screwed into their iliac crest until a core of bone is extracted.