The Wounded Healer: Film & Panel

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 – 5:30pm

‘Stigma is killing people’ Dr Ahmed Hankir says in his passionate crusade fighting for those with mental health issues. Through his personal journey in a life as both ‘the wounded’ and ‘the healer’ the film takes us into the subjective experience of ‘The Wounded Healer’ and Hankir’s moving campaign to fight stigma.

The film is followed by Q&A with Dr Ahmed Hankir and Sal Anderson.

Dr Ahmed Hankir is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, Florida, USA., Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholar and Research Fellow of BCMHR in association with Cambridge University. Dr Hankir’s talks on the Wounded Healer have been delivered to more than 20,000 people, across 20 universities worldwide and have been integrated into the curricula of several UK medical schools.

Sal Anderson is an award-winning filmmaker and has received a number of Wellcome Trust Arts Awards for films and research into visual agnosia and epilepsy. Sal is a founder member of the Cinema and Psychosis research group and is director of The Institute of Inner Vision, supporting filmmakers with lived experience of mental health conditions.

All UCL students welcome!

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Time: 5:30pm
Venue(s):  Darwin Lecture Theatre – TBC

NEW LAUNCH: Conference Bursary

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We are delighted to announce the introduction of a conference bursary for 2017.

In addition to funding Summer Studentships for UCL medical students, RAM now offers a conference bursary to help cover travel costs for students who have had their research accepted at a conference in the UK or abroad. The value of the bursary is up to £250. We hope this will help students to get to conferences they might otherwise not have been able to attend without financial help.

UCL Medical Students in any year can apply any time – please check out our ‘conference bursary’ tab for the application form and email at any time.

Summer Studentships: Applications opening soon

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Our summer studentship applications are opening very soon. They offer the opportunity for UCL Medical students to take part in research either here at UCL or elsewhere. Our scheme offers students a grant of £400 to carry out a 4 week research project over the summer months. We have our own limited number of projects to apply to however, if you are interested in a particular area of research or medicine, try and email a professor or researcher in that field and ask if you can get involved. This does sound daunting, and if you’re stuck, have a look at our ‘useful links’ page for tips from our affiliated research society NSAMR on how to get involved in research. Good luck!

Charlotte Perry.                    – Research and Academic Medicine Section Chair


Workshops: Critical Appraisal

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Professor David Bender, lecturer and researcher at UCL and a committee member of charity Health Watch, hosted a great workshop on how to appraise clinical research protocols, giving us an insight into the health watch student competition. We were delighted for the tips on publishing papers and the 10 top tips a research protocol could contain. Our section hopes to host some more workshops in the coming year.

Charlotte Perry.                            – Research and Academic Medicine Section Chair

Journal Club: Immunology

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We hosted our first journal club session of the year aligned with the pre-clinical module of Infection and Defence, featuring a new and exciting paper on how HIV-1 evades innate immune recognition through specific cofactor recruitment. An interactive session hosted by Dr. Richard Milne, it was an opportunity to read, discuss and understand a really top class paper, and was very well-received – we learnt a lot about how data tells the story of scientific discovery and how basic science research can potentially lead to clinical applications! We are delighted to hear that more such sessions would be welcomed – in fact, we are planning to organise at least one journal club session for every module, so watch this space!

AnYee Low.                  – Research and Academic Medicine Pre-clinical Representative


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The Research and Academic Medicine Section are looking forward to a great new year. We have introduced a new conference bursary for 2017, and we are excited to offer 10 studentships for the summer. In addition, we will still be carrying out our speciality seminars and journal club, as well as hosting some workshops and careers events. Check our website and Facebook page for upcoming events and opportunities. We are hoping to expand our reach within the medical school and encourage you all to get involved in research in one way or another.

Charlotte Perry.            – Research and Academic Medicine Section Chair

Medfest 2017: Eros & Thanatos

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“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and the other begins?” —Edgar Allan Poe

The delicate balance between life and death is often dealt with internally. We all have thoughts on the matter, but it can be difficult to externalise them or share them properly.

This year, at Medfest, UCLU MedSoc Psychiatry are breaching this taboo subject and questioning our own preconceptions about life and death through film and discussion with:

  • Liz Tucker – BATFA winner, director and producer of the Channel 5 documentary “Filming My Father: In Life and Death”
  • Dr Rasha Al-Qurainy – Consultant in Palliative Medicine, UCLH & HCA Palliative Care Team Camden
  • Dr Elizabeth Baquedano – Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • Dr Georgia Belam (chair) – co-lead of the Medfest Central Organising Committee, Psychiatry Trainee in Surrey

The full list of films we will be showing can be found at So do join us for what will undoubtedly be a thought-provoking evening! Refreshments are provided and all are welcome. And as always, Medfest is absolutely FREE to attend!.

Friday 10th March 2017, 6-9pm. Lecture Theatre 1, Cruciform Building, UCL (TBC).

See our Facebook event for details.

About Medfest

Medfest is an international film festival which aims to promote and discuss topics relevant to the medical profession through the medium of film.  Medfest is held each Spring at medical schools across the UK, Ireland and further afield. It is an evening event whereby a selection of short film clips are shown and discussed by a panel of eminent speakers before the floor is opened to the audience for comments and questions.

It is primarily funded by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and led by junior doctors training in psychiatry, whilst local events are organised and run by medical students.

Enterprise & Innovation

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Welcome to Medsoc Enterprise & Innovation! If you are interested in cutting edge technology in healthcare, the business side of medicine or simply want to know what else you can do with your MBBS degree, then this is definitely for you.

Do you have creative ideas in medical technology but unsure of how you can develop them? Do you have business ideas but don’t know how to set up? Our officers are here to help. We are partnered with the Institute of Making and the UCL Enterprise Hatchery to make sure that you have all the help that you need for your start-up!

We post up-to-date information on our Facebook page so make sure you like our page to get the latest news. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to message us on our Facebook page.

O&G Laparoscopic Cinema

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Last year, the first event of the MedSoc Obs & Gynae 2015/16 calendar was the “Laparoscopic Cinema”, run by Mr Tom Holland, a laparoscopy fellow at UCLH. Beginning with a lesson in female pelvic anatomy, Mr Holland guided the audience around from a laparoscopic perspective. The “best bits” of a range of laparoscopic procedures were shown, including endometriosis surgery and ectopic pregnancy removal. As well as explaining the advantages of laparoscopic surgery, Mr Holland explained how to orientate oneself whilst watching the procedure on the screen, in order to understand the operation instead of just a mass of pink tissue! Guest speaker, Miss Elizabeth Bean also presented two different cases of ovarian ectopics, which were interesting to watch. Minimal access surgery is a growing field within gynaecology, so an introduction to it at this stage was certainly useful.

This was an excellent event to kick off last year, and we look forward to kicking off this year with just as much enthusiasm!

Personalised Medicine for Cancer: The Future or a Fantasy?

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As part of the fantastic MedSoc Mondays programme, MedSoc Oncology proudly hosted our first debate on February 1st between two of UCL’s brilliant Professors of Oncology; Daniel Hochhauser and Charles Swanton. Both speakers chose their sides and chose to take the tough options, with Prof Swanton, whose research focuses on developing personalised therapies choosing to argue against the role of personalised interventions and Prof Hochhauser putting aside his own stance to argue for a personalised approach. Our speakers set out their arguments in opening statements before an entertaining and broad-ranging open debate, covering issues such as costs of therapy, scientific challenges and even the definition of the personalised therapies about which they were debating! There was an excellent rapport between Prof Hochhauser and Prof Swanton, with some amusing criticisms of each other’s arguments being thrown about, much to the pleasure of the audience. The audience had an opportunity to ask questions and there were many insightful and interesting questions, which brought yet more important topics up for discussion. Overall the debate was very informative and we were delighted to hear that so many of the audience enjoyed it. It was a great privilege to be able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of our two speakers. Please do keep an eye out for future MedSoc Oncology events and owing to the success of this debate, we will surely hold another in the future!