Free AFP Interview Preparation Course

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Calling all final years!

SORA, in conjunction with current AFPs, is running an AFP interview preparation day on Saturday 31st October.

This day will include:
•Lectures on clinical emergencies
•Small group teaching on critical appraisal of an abstract
•Individual deanery specific interviews with a panel of 2-3 AFP doctors.
•Personalised feedback
•Crib sheet handouts

On 4th September at 7pm we shall be releasing a google docs form. Places will be reserved on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS. The form will include the opportunity to rank your deaneries by preference so we can allocate you to the preferred interview style.

The event is FREE. All you need is SORA membership which you can get here and only costs £2. SORA membership also gives you discounted access to all our events including a talk by Lord Winston and the National Conference in November.

For more information, click attending on our Facebook event:

SJT Preparation Course

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A group of FY1s and FY2s who delivered last year’s SJT course are hosting it again in London on 01, 15 and 29 November 2015.

The doctors presenting the course have sat the SJT and designed the day to ensure you are fully prepared, without any gaps in your understanding of the 5 domains. It will also include insight on successful preparation techniques.

As part of the day, there will be the chance to practice a condensed SJT in exam conditions. This was extremely popular with last year’s students, with results mapped against a group EPM and emailed to you.

Students who attended last year’s course scored 4.4% above the national average and 98% said they would recommend attending. Numbers are limited so advance booking is encouraged as last year places sold out during the summer.

For more details and to secure your place visit:

Sleep Study Opportunity

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We are currently recruiting Imperial students to a study investigating the effects of losing sleep on your ability to undertake academic tests (information processing and memory recall) and perform physical tests (reaction times and sub-maximal exercise test). 
You will have two 1 hour assessment visits at the South Kensington campus (SAF) that will either be preceded by a night of sleep deprivation or a night of regular sleep (>7 hours). The study can be done at any time between now and end of August. 
Unfortunately we cannot offer payment for taking part, but we will provide travel support at £5 per visit. Also there will be a prize draw taking place after the study in which prizes of £150, £100 and £50 will be awarded.
Please fill in the google form to register an interest, or to obtain more information about the study.

Free National Starting F1 Survival Course 2015

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Starting FY1 soon? Worried about the challenges ahead or simply just looking for advice from those who have been through it already? Look no further.

On 1st August 2015 this year’s **FREE** National F1 Survival course will be held at the North Middlesex Hospital. A Free lunch (including fresh pizza!) will also be kindly be provided by our sponsor: The Medical Protection Society (MPS).

The crash course will go beyond what you learned in medical school and offer helpful tips to survive FY1, including common bleeps, surviving on-calls, effective handovers, making sense of ePortfolio and preparing for CMT and CST applications.

All delegates will get a certificate of attendance that can be uploaded to ePortfolio.

It’s open to all medical students anywhere in the country. If you are interested in attending please sign up on the course website here . Spaces are limited to the first 85 people so sign up now to avoid disappointment!

Visit out website ( or facebook event for further information!

**50 spaces already gone, sign up quick to avoid disappointment!**

Practical Skills Day

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Date for your dairies!!
Date: SATURDAY 25 JULY 2015
Where: UCL Institute of Ophthalmology/Moorfields Eye Hospital

As part of the UCL Ophthalmology Summer School, there is a one practical skills day event open to those not partaking in the week long programme. Space are limted and are on a first come, first served basis.

Please sign up via the BUOS website. Full info re: summer in the attache flyer.

Preclinical Refresher Course 2015

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This 2 day course is mainly aimed at students who have recently intercalated a BSc degree and who would like to refresh their memory of the most clinically important and relevant topics from their first 2 years of study.


We will cover the most clinically relevant topics from your preclinical studies. This includes anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, neuroscience and ethics & law. Each session will be 1 h long and we will teach 3 most important topics from each subject that will help you to ace your clinicals.

We will also deliver a mini-series of ‘Ace the Clinical Exams’. Each session will be 15 mins long and will cover the top tips for succeeding in exams as a clinical student. We will also give advice on what you can do from early on to get your ideal job as a Foundation Year doctor.


We particularly welcome medical students who have recently intercalated a degree (3rd and 4th years in most medical schools). However, students in 1st and 2nd years of medical school are also welcome to join in and we can advise which sessions will be most relevant to you!


Session 1: 11th-12th/July

Session 2: 18th-19th/July

9.30 am to 4.00 pm each day.

You are welcome to join one of both days of the course.


Central London. Exact location TBC


Please fill out our application form here

Cost –

covers administration, venue hire, refreshments throughout the day, teaching materials

£30 for 1 day

£50 for 2 days

Please contact Sophie at or see our Facebook page for more details (

Foundation Transition Course

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The second annual national foundation transition course delivers fundamental aspects of being a doctor not covered during medical school. If you are concerned about your transition from being a medical student to a doctor then this course is designed to give you the confidence you need for your first day on the ward.

Our interactive near-to-peer teaching approach provides a unique insight into what you can expect as a foundation doctor working in a demanding acute trauma centre or district general hospital. Designed and delivered by foundation doctors, the course allows students the opportunity to hear from those with first-hand experience of how to handle life as a newly qualified F1 doctor, both on and off the ward.

Our training provides medical students with practical ‘on the job’ tools to help newly qualified doctors cope with:

  • Common clinical scenarios
  • Managing workflow
  • Patient lists
  • Stressful work situations
  • On-calls
  • Financial concerns
  • Work life balance
  • ARCP signoff and e-Portfolio
  • How to make the transition into a successful foundation doctor

The morning session will be chaired by Professor Parveen Kumar, author of ‘Clinical medicine’ by Kumar and Clark.

Find out more about the team delivering the course by clicking here.

During the day you will have an opportunity to hear from and also network with foundation doctors currently working in your future jobs. You will find out what will be expected of you and hear how to succeed in your training.