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Student success in and out of the classroom

Congratulations to all UCL students who graduated

Late June saw 350 final year students graduate at Royal Festival Hall in front of their proud families and friends. Congratulations to all the new UCL doctors who are now frontline staff in the NHS up and down the country: we wish you well in your careers. Also, well done to all the staff who helped them on their way. Several staff have received letters from last year’s students, thanking them for excellent teaching and support, and highlighting how this made the transition from student to doctor smoother.

University of London Betuel Prize student success

Bethan Goulden (MBBS 2012) received the 2012 University of London Betuel Prize, the runner up prize in the annual University of London Gold Medal. She won this medal for her performance in a prestigious exam taken by the top 1% of final-year medical students in London.

The Gold Medal examination involves being interviewed by experts on pathology, medicine, surgery, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and paediatrics. The criteria examined were knowledge, clinical context, therapeutic relevance and evidence-base, social and community context and relevance, recent advances, and judgement and reasoning. Bethan was one of five UCL Medical School students sent to the Gold Medal examination.

Bethan joins a long list of UCL MBBS graduates who have successfully represented UCL at the Gold Medal Examinations. Congratulations!

College of Medicine Essay Prize for UCLMS student

Rita Issa (UCL MBBS graduate 2012) has been awarded the second prize in a College of Medicine essay competition, the Michael Pittilo Essay Competition. Rita’s  response to the title ‘In the context of constricted health budgets and a rapidly growing population of service users with multiple chronic conditions, what strategies can we as health practitioners use to encourage healthy ageing?’ was one of 82 entries from across the healthcare sector student community. Rita received her winner’s certificate at the  College of Medicine Annual Conference, which was presented by Moira Howie, Head of Nutrition, Waitrose.

UCLMS Student success relocates to Edinburgh for the summer

UCL Medical Student, Kwame Asante, won the prestigious Chortle Student Comedy Award 2012 at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. The MBBS Year 4 student took home the £2,500 first prize – plus the valuable kudos the title gives to young comics.

Kwame commented “Stand-up comedy has always been a passion of mine, which I have enjoyed watching for as long as I can remember. I have been performing it myself now for 2 years now, mainly around the London comedy circuit, but in recent times I have been lucky to venture as far as Oxford, Coventry and Edinburgh for gigs! Winning the Student Comedy Award means an awful lot to me. The competition was very tight, and I was surrounded by incredibly talented acts. I feel blessed to have come out on top on the night, and would like to thank my friends and family for all their support.

You can watch Kwame’s act via YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H3-Qh0HJyo

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