Bulletins by Emma Lewin, MBBS Year 2, RUMS News Editor
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Inspire MEdicine Conference
In its third year, the student-organised Inspire MEdicine conference was, once again, a big success. This year the conference was much more career driven, with a theme of “what does medicine mean to you/where will medicine take you”. It consisted of talks by speakers from various backgrounds, specialty workshops run by doctors and students in 17 different fields, a poster competition, a careers fair and a “Dragon’s Den” competition in medical innovation. Highlights of the day include the anaesthesia workshop, in which the attendees had the opportunity to learn basic skills required for anaesthetists such as intubation, the exciting talks on Wilderness Medicine and Battlefield Medicine and, of course, the MDs’ performance at the evening social. Congratulations to the Inspire MEdicine committee for pulling off such an inspiring, entertaining and educational conference. We look forward to attending again next year!
On the 23rd of March the 460-strong RUMS sports community congregated, once again, for the annual sports ball. The evening, which was held at the Royal National Hotel, was a perfect way to celebrate the successful year of sport, featuring a 3 course meal, award ceremony and plenty of dancing.
Team of the year was awarded to Tennis Men’s 1st Team, whilst the coveted freshers of the year went to Josie Baker (women’s hockey and squash) and Josh Bryan (men’s football). Robert Tuckwell was the deserving winner of this years sports personality of the year.
Also in March, RUMS Netball held their annual charity event, the Lumsden Cup (a netball tournament held between each RUMS sport). The money raised this year went to Children’s House of Hope, which sends clothes, toys and medical supplies out to several communities in Ghana. The atmosphere was enjoyable and became particularly heightened when the MDs started to show great promise! The final involved MDs vs Rugby competing for 3rd place and a match of netball 1s vs 2s for 2nd and 1st place, with netball 2s ultimately winning the tournament. The money raised from the Lumsden event will be used to set up a room in the health centre.
Timothy Wong wins Ophthalmology prize
Timothy Wong has been awarded the Patrick Trevor-Roper Award by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. This award will be used to support Timothy’s elective in the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia next year, where he intends to conduct a clinical project on Charles Bonnet syndrome. He will be supervised by Professor Andrew Symons and Dr Dominic Ffytche. Timothy was awarded his prize at the Annual Congress of the College in May.
A huge congratulations to the finalists, who finished their exams on 15th March and have now received their results. However, their time at UCL is not quite over as they are currently having an exciting time on their various electives and “preparation for practice” SSCs. Their graduation on 7th July will be celebrated with a ball- dinner, dance and overnight stay – a few days later at the Beaumont Estate in Windsor. After a well-deserved break they will then start their first jobs as doctors on 3rd August. It is going to be an exciting few months for the finalists and we would like to wish them luck for starting their new jobs. Well done on completing medical school!
UCL Medical Student Commended for Exemplary Emergency Care
Ms Williams, a 5th year medical student, was recently commended on her “willingness to help, for ensuring the patient’s safety with an ABC approach and for her calmness in the circumstances”, while attending to a man who had collapsed in a busy tube station during rush hour. Dr Lucy Bemand-Qureshi, a palliative medicine registrar who was also passing by, was impressed when Ms Williams ensured he was in the recovery position, checked his ABC, and gave a calm, brief handover. Ms Williams proceeded to assist Dr Bemand-Qureshi until paramedics arrived.
UCLMS Student Gains Pledges for the Housing of 20 Camden Refugees
One of the clichés that many of us used when writing our personal statements to get into medical school was that we wanted to ‘make a difference’ to the world. However, with the intense workload, busy social and sport commitments and a need to fit in sleep somewhere, many of us may feel that we have not yet made a significant difference during our time in RUMS.
Issy Good, a second year student, wanted to start making this difference, so joined a charity called Citizens UK who are currently running a campaign to find homes for 5,000 refugees displaced by the Syrian conflict. She took on a major role and organised a large event in Camden Town Hall on 14th March, in a bid to raise awareness and get MPs to pledge to make an actual difference in the local area.
Among those in attendance were Natalie Bennet (leader of the Green Party), Keir Starmer (QC and Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras) and Tim Farron (leader of the Liberal Democrats) as well as members of Camden Council. Also speaking were Rob Lawrie, a former soldier who has done huge amounts of work in Calais and Dunkirk. This was particularly insightful as he has recently been prosecuted for trying to smuggle a four year old girl who is living in The Jungle, and reunite her with her family in the UK. Ahmad Al Rashid, a Syrian refugee himself who has lived in The Jungle and now lives in the UK, also spoke.
Issy was responsible for organising and chairing the meeting as part of the Citizens UK charity. She took a leading role in asking these influential politicians to pledge to ensure that at least 20 refugee families are rehoused in Camden by 2020, as well as to try to raise the government targets. All the attendees, apart from Starmer, agreed wholeheartedly to this task. The event was a huge success, with a turnout of over 60 Camden residents all pledging to do their part towards finding refugees a home here in Camden. They intend to do this by talking to landlords and encouraging them to rent their houses to the government for refugees as well as attending Citizens UK rallies later in April.
Constance Wraith, MBBS Year 2