Mock PACES at West Middlesex Hospital

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Do you want to practise your Paeds/O&G/Psych PACES technique?

Do you want to raise money for Medecins Sans Frontieres in the process?

Come to the Mock Specialties exams day at the WEST MIDDLESEX hospital!!

When : Saturday 3rd June 2017
Time : 09:30 – 16:30 (you will be allocated a 3 hour slot within this)
Where: West Middlesex Hospital, TW7 6AF

What do I get?
– 4 x 15 minute PACES stations in realistic circuit format (PACES stations verified by senior Imperial Examiners), covering Paeds/O&G/GP/Psych
– 5 minutes of individual feedback on each station
– Mark scheme and information hand out on each topic
– 50 minute SBA/EMQ paper covering Paeds/O&G/Psych
– 30 minute debrief and Q&A session on written paper.
– The same event 2 years ago got exceptional student feedback and helped raise £2700 for charity!

Cost : We ask for a £20 donation to Medecins Sans Frontieres. 100% of this donation goes directly to the charity and all examiners and actors give up their time for free.
For the price of 4 fewer pints between now and the exams you can prepare for the exams and raise money for a very worthy cause in the meantime!

What do I do now?

– Email specialtiesmock2017@gmail.com to put your name on the list for a place.
– The list closes on 1st May 2017
– If oversubscribed we will allocate places based on a random ballot system to ensure fairness for everyone (we have bad memories of first-come-first-served exams in Med School!)
– We will confirm places in the first week of May

Please do email if you’d like any further information or have any questions and hope to see you on the day!!!

UROP project – “Developing Interactive Visualisations for Education”

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The College are looking to recruit a strong team of UROP students from across College, who are competent Python coders. The UROP student team will be instrumental in realising our project, which is funded by the Excellence Fund in Learning & Teaching innovation. If you are interested in participating, please read on!

UROP project: “Developing Interactive Visualisations for Education”

This funded UROP project is an exciting opportunity to help realise one of the programmes funded by the Excellence Fund in Learning and Teaching Innovation. From June through September 2017 we aim to develop a suite of interactive visualisations for education. These visualisations will be designed to enhance understanding of abstract concepts and fall within the broad subject areas of Maths, Core Physics, and Modern Physics.

UROP description

The duration of the UROP placement will be 5 to 10 weeks over the summer break. During this time, you will work as part of a team of UROP students to undertake the programming of the visualisations in Python and Jupyter Notebooks. Within the team you will closely work with one or more other students on your particular subject area, under supervision of a member of staff of the Physics department.

There are two main stages to the project:

(1) Finding / developing suitable modules and packages for use in the creation of visualisations. If you are involved in this stage your main work will be to create the ‘core tools’ for the visualisations, i.e. packages that are compatible with Jupyter Notebooks and allow for the creation of stand-alone graphic, interactive web apps.
This stage is particularly suitable to Computer Science students or others with significant experience in Python programming and a knack for independent searching and evaluation of Python packages. We aim to employ students for this phase as early as possible (ideally June) to facilitate the implementation of stage (2).

(2) Creating visualisations in Maths / Core Physics / Modern Physics, using the ‘core tools’ identified in stage (1). You will work to realise and improve the designs that academics will have created, and probably help expand the ‘core tools’ library. This stage is best suited to students from the Maths and Physics department or others with a good conceptual understanding of vectors, vector calculus, differential equations, and/or Electromagnetism and other Physics courses, and who are competent Python programmers.

Skills and experience required

– Essential: enthusiasm to create tools for education; competent in Python programming; ability to work and code independently; willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team.
– Desirable: experience with Jupyter notebooks; experience with interactive and / or graphic Python modules; affinity with graphic design.

How to apply

If you are interested in participating in this project, please email Dr Caroline Clewley at c.clewley@imperial.ac.uk, with the key word ‘UROP’ in the subject line. In your email, indicate your background and which stage of the project would suit you best. If you have any examples of relevant previous work, appending them as attachments or web links will be very helpful. Please also attach a short CV with relevant skills and experience, as well as a list of modules and marks obtained so far. This will help us put together a team with complementary skills.

We will review all applications and contact you at the beginning of term 3.

Royal Medical Benevolent Fund – Financial support available for medical students

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The RMBF (Royal Medical Benevolent Fund) aims to support and protect the future of the medical profession, offering financial help in the form of grants for students facing critical and unexpected hardship while studying. Previously this support was offered in the form of loans, but by switching to grants the RMBF hopes to reach more students in need who may be wary of taking on additional debt.

A new downloadable publication, The Vital Signs for Medical Students, highlights key pressure trigger points for medical students and provides advice on managing stress during the rigours of medical education. A new-look leaflet, for distribution in medical schools, will also set out the support on offer and encourage students to seek help in difficult times.

The relaunched RMBF website also hosts an updated guide to medical student finances, which provides information on sources of funding, advice on applying for bursaries and grants, and top tips for saving money as a student. It also features a dedicated online money adviser and interactive budget planning tools.

All details of our new programme can be accessed – http://www.rmbf.org/about/our-campaigns/support-for-medical-students-2017/

APMJ Conference 2017

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We welcome submissions (maximum 400 words) for oral and poster presentation at the APM Juniors Conference 2017, which will be held at the Education and Conference Centre, City Hospital Campus, Nottingham on Saturday 4th November 2017.

Please submit the attached with your abstract (maximum 400 words using ‘background, methods, results, discussion’ format) to conference.apmj@gmail.com. Two submissions will be offered a 15 minute oral presentation. Please use the form to indicate if you would NOT like your abstract to be considered for this.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 14th August 2017.
Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and successful applicants informed by Monday 18th September, 2017.

This forum is an excellent way for medical students and juniors to gain presentation experience at a national conference. It represents a useful networking opportunity, and will offer valuable learning on topics pertinent to a career in palliative medicine. We look forward to your submissions. Queries regarding the above should be addressed to: conference.apmj@gmail.com.

Summer School Medicine Tutors Required (Paid)

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Debate Chamber is a small education company running non-exam oriented academic Summer Schools for students aged 15-18.

The subjects we cover include Philosophy, Politics, Economics, International Relations, History, Classical Civilisations, History of Art, English Literature, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Medicine and Dentistry. You can take a look at our courses here – http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/

We’re a little different to other tutoring or admissions companies, in that we don’t coach students to pass their school exams, or finesse their interview technique. Instead, our events focus on building on students’ intellectual curiosity and desire to explore academic material in a more sophisticated way than is often available to them at school. We encourage students to explore material more independently, pursuing their own interests and questions, rather than trying to second guess the desires of an examiner, interviewer or teacher.

We are looking for fourth and fifth year medics with excellent subject knowledge and strong communication skills to teach some introductory medicine topics to classes of bright and motivated secondary age students. The courses will take place at weekends in July and August and are held at University of London venues.

The rate of pay is £145 per day. We require Tutors to hold or apply for a DBS check (we can help you to do this).

If this sounds like something that would interest you, then please send your cv and cover letter to Jessica Harvey-Smith at recruitment@debatechamber.com. We will be holding interviews over the next few weeks.

Mock OSCE Helpers Needed

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Dear 2nd/4th/5th Years,
I am an FY1 at Ealing hospital organising a mock OSCE for your 3rd year colleagues. The event has already been partially advertised and we have seen strong demand.
The teaching is part of a mock OSCE open to all medical students in the NW Thames area (which is mostly Imperial medics). You will be required to either facilitate, be a patient or examiner on the day.
Should you participate, I will be arranging for the postgraduate office to issue a certificate to reflect your role as faculty members on the day. As you know, evidence of teaching is very attractive on CVs for your future careers ;)
The event details are as follows:
Date: Saturday 6th May 2017
Time: 9:30am – 4pm
Location: Ealing Hospital
We are looking to run two circuits, morning (~09:30-12:30) and afternoon (~12:30-15:30).
If you would like to participate, please email us directly ealingosces@gmail.com. Please indicate in the email your availability – morning, afternoon or both sessions. Places are limited so please only commit if you are sure you can help on the day and be sure to reply ASAP to avoid missing out.
Kind Regards,
Kanyada Koysombat

Be a Student BMJ Representative

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Student BMJ are looking for medical students from each of the UK’s 33 medical schools to join our editorial committee. As a Student BMJ “rep” you will help tell your peers in all year groups about Student BMJ and provide ideas for topics you would like us to cover.

We are looking for one representative from each medical school to act as our main point of contact for that school. The role involves organising focus groups to give us feedback on the Student BMJ, promoting Student BMJ membership and competitions within your medical school and collaborating with other Student BMJ representatives from other schools. Our day to day communication will take place via a private Facebook group and there may also be the opportunity to visit the BMA House for annual committee meetings.

The position would grant that person free access to student.bmj.com, a profile on our website, input into Student BMJ content, fantastic networking opportunities and, of course, an invaluable certificate of participation.

To apply for the position of Student BMJ rep please write short paragraph outlining why you would be an excellent and proactive sBMJ rep and send it to: studenteditor@bmj.com Also, feel free to nominate any peers you think would be suitable for the role and encourage them to apply. Deadline for applications is May 31st 2017.

British Society for the History of Medicine Congress

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The British Society for the History of Medicine Congress is in Edinburgh this year.

Keynote speakers will include Philippa Langley , who led the successful search for the remains of Richard III, and the Guthrie lecture will be delivered by Professor David Watters from Melbourne. The Congress is being held in association with the Society for the Social History of Medicine whose sponsored keynote speaker is Professor Malcolm Nicolson.

We are keen to encourage medical students and students of history of medicine to attend the Congress and present a poster or paper.
Students have reduced delegate rates and there are bursaries for travel and delegate fees for students who register as delegates. More information can be found on the poster below.

BMJ Focus Groups – Medical Society Contribution

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The BMJ are looking for current Medical Students to take part in a series of focus groups and interviews.
We’re trying to make what we do here better for med students and so we want your advice about how we can do that.
The benefits are that you get to have an active influence on the direction of our company and we’ll send you a participation certificate that you can add to your portfolio. (Plus free cakes and coffee!)

The interviews can be in groups or by phone, in London or on your campus, whatever works for you! Drop me an email at rwhistler@bmj.com if you or you’re society members might be interested.

Frontiers in TBI 2017

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“Frontiers in TBI 2017”

13-14th July, South Kensington, London (UK)

· A 2-day scientific program at the forefront of TBI research.
· Networking with colleagues from a range of disciplines.
· A beautiful location in Central London.

We have a fantastic speaker line-up, covering major topics in TBI, from big data collaborations to animal models, from neuropsychiatric complications to new treatment approaches. We’ll also be covering sports TBI, military TBI and medicolegal aspects. Our speakers include: David Brody, Lee Goldstein, David Sharp, David Menon, Steve Gentleman, Tony Belli, Marten Risling, Simon Fleminger, Seena Fazel, Tom McMillan, Faraneh Vargha-Khadem… This promises to be an exciting conference for any scientist or clinician working within the field of TBI.

For full details: www.frontiersintbi.org

***Abstract and Early Bird Registration Deadline March 31st 2017***