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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!

The Oncology Section 2015-2016

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Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, especially in the developed world. As a disease of aging and affluence, it is likely to grow in significance in the coming years, burdening healthcare services all around the world.

Through organising a cornucopia of engaging events throughout the course of the academic year, our society hopes to inform students about this major disease, and inspire them to join in the war against cancer.

Visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UCLUMedicalSocietyOncology to find out more about our exciting events for the year.

Alternatively, email us at oncology@medicalsociety.org.uk directly for any enquires you may have. We look forward to seeing you at our events!

Yu Hsuen

Chair, Oncology Section

Bethlem and Beyond Week update

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Meeting the Shrinks
For our first event as part of the Psych section’s ‘Bethlem and Beyond’ week we were joined by an impressive nine psychiatrists. All from different sub-specialties and all keen to talk (and talk they did – five minutes proved a tough time limit to keep to!) to medical students about why they love psychiatry. Hearing from such a diverse range of psychiatrists made for a fascinating evening…
But don’t take our word for it check out our video from the evening on Facebook to see for yourselves!
To Bethlem we go!
Having heard all about the fascinating career psychiatry offers an intrepid few embarked on journey to discover more about the history of psychiatry and of the link between art and mental health. Arriving at the Royal Bethlem hospital, historically the first asylum in England and the reason ‘Bedlam’ became a synonym for chaotic madness; we were impressed by the beautiful grounds and the vast size of the hospital.
Proceeding to the cosy ‘Museum of the Mind’ attached to the hospital we attended a talk about one of the museum’s more famous artists Louis Wain. We heard about his struggles in early life – after his father’s death he was required to support his mother and five sisters… difficult in his chosen profession as an artist. Eventually, though, Wain made a name for himself becoming famous for his paintings of cats which appeared in children’s books, magazines and postcards. In his later years Wain was admitted to an asylum and was believed to have suffered from schizophrenia. The talk focused upon the change in his work during this period – the cats become more stylised and abstract. Some have seen this change as representing a decline in Wain’s mental state. Others disagree seeing simply greater experimentation and use of colour rather than a deterioration.
Following this fascinating talk we were able to explore the small gallery including several striking pieces of artwork from artists who have suffered with mental health problems. Finally we attended the art fair which showcased artwork from current patients at Bethlem hospital which included paintings, drawings and sculptures.
All in all it was a wonderful outing – check out some of the photos from the day on our Facebook page

BETHLEM AND BEYOND: a whistle-stop tour of psychiatry… 

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At the Psychiatry section we’re getting very exciting for our upcoming dual event celebrating all things psych!

We’ll be kicking off the week on Tuesday 2nd December with our ‘Meet the Shrinks’ event. This will be an exciting opportunity for anyone who’s interested in psychiatry to learn more about the vast array of sub-specialties available within psychiatry. Begone the old-fashioned image of a psychiatrist asking you about your relationship with your mother whilst you lie on a couch. Instead welcome to the reality of psychiatry: a truly vibrant and varied specialty. We’ll be hearing from psychiatrists who specialise in everything from Children and Adolescents to Old Age with a bit of Forensics and Psychotherapy thrown in for good measure! After hearing from each of these fascinating speakers they’ll be plenty of opportunity to ask questions with many of the psychiatrists staying afterwards to chat further with students. An event not to be missed!!

Not ones to do things by halves, here at the Psych section we felt one event was simply not enough to give people a true taste of psychiatry! On Saturday 6th December we’ll be heading for a riveting day out at the ‘Museum of the Mind.’ Located within the grounds of London’s Royal Bethelm Hospital, historically the UK’s first asylum, the Museum will allow us to explore the fascinating history of mental health. Whilst at the Museum we’ll also have the opportunity to explore its gallery which includes work done by previous patients at the hospital. Here we’ll have chance to see first-hand the vast interplay between art and psychiatry.

For more information check out our event on Facebook!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!