British Society for Dermatological Surgery Essay Prize

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Twice yearly the British Society for Dermatological Surgery (BSDS) sets an essay title on a topic relating to dermatological surgery and offers a prize for the winning essay. The title for the next essay prize is:

“Should NHS patients have access to scar management?”

Attached is a poster and application form (with conditions of entry) for the Essay Prize. The BSDS Medical Student Essay Prize is open to any individual who has medical student status at the time of application, or who graduates in 2017.

Closing date for applications is 31st July 2017. The winner will get a place on the BSDS Stitch-Up course in November. For further details on how to apply please click here.

Clinical Placement Student Interviews

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London Medicine are a group that consists of the Heads of schools of medicine, dentistry and associated clinical academic institutions in London. All of the five London medical schools are members of London Medicine. We carry out work on the key issues that affect medical schools and their students. You can find more information on our website here.

One of the key topics we are currently working on is that of undergraduate clinical placements. Within this we have been looking at issues including how placements are funded, the quality of placements, and the availability of placements.

As part of our work on undergraduate clinical placements we are now setting up face-to-face meetings with medical students for an informal chat in order to discuss your views and experiences of clinical placements in more detail. If you would be happy to take part in this please let me know and myself or a colleague will come and meet with you over coffee for up to 30 minutes to talk about your experience of placements. This would take place in April or May 2017, and we’re happy to work around your timetable to find a convenient time to meet. My email address is Any information you provide will be anonymised.

Through carrying out these meetings and discussions we hope to find out more on how placements could be improved to better meet the needs of students. This information will then be shared with the members of London Medicine, including the Heads of London’s five medical schools, and so the findings will be used to drive improvements in the placements system.

Target Ovarian Cancer Essay Prize

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I am delighted to be writing to you with information on the inaugural Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize being delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

More women die as a result of ovarian cancer each year in the UK than all other gynaecological cancers combined. At the moment, women with breast or uterine cancer are twice as likely to be diagnosed with early stage disease as women with ovarian cancer and early diagnosis is key if more women are to survive this disease. Ensuring the doctors of tomorrow are aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and how the disease presents is a vital step in ensuring more women are diagnosed sooner.

Essays are therefore invited on one of the following topics:

* Early detection of ovarian cancer. Is it possible?

* Screening for ovarian cancer. Are we there yet?

* Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Does it matter?

These titles are intended to encourage students to read more widely on ovarian cancer, to think about some of the current issues and learn about recent research.

The prize is open to all UK medical students. There will be a first prize of £500 and a second prize of £200. Essays are to be no longer than 2,000 words with up to ten references. The deadline for submission is Friday 30 June 2017 with all completed essays to be emailed to Essays will be marked by a judging panel comprising representatives from RCOG and Target Ovarian Cancer’s GP Advisory Board. Winners will be announced in autumn 2017 with prizes to be awarded at an event jointly hosted by the two organisations.

If you have any questions or for any further information please contact

CV and Careers Workshop

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Hello all,

We’ve put together a half-day event dedicated to helping medics and medical students apply for Foundation training, Core Training or Academic careers to boost their CVs and start their careers off on the right track.

If you’re looking for tips and advice to bolster your shortlisting scores in any future application, then this is an excellent course delivered by a team who have experience in securing top-choice jobs.

For only £20, you can secure a place on this unique workshop – which in turn will hopefully help you secure your dream job!

CV and Career Workshop

When: 9am to 1pm, Sat 13th May 2017

Where: Royal Miners Building, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London

There are limited places so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To book your space, follow the link below:

We hope to see you there!

Kind regards,
TeachMedics team

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 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, 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 –

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 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:

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 –

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 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 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