O&G Careers Evening
The most recent MedSoc Obs&Gynae event was an exciting careers evening held in conjunction with MedSoc Paeds – so head over to their page to read about their half of the event! To begin the evening, we had the honour of welcoming back the founder of MedSoc O&G – Dr Gemma Goodyear, an ST1 in O&G at North Middlesex. Dr Goodyear was full of enthusiasm for the speciality and gave her account of how she got into it, as well as tips for others hoping to do O&G. She also introduced her senior registrar, Dr Elaine Cheung, who she had shadowed back when she was at UCL! Dr Cheung gave a glowing review of the speciality, from her perspective as only a few months away from becoming a consultant! It was great to hear from these 2 inspiring speakers. If you’re gutted to have missed out on this event, head across to @UCLUMedSoc twitter page, where the whole evening was live tweeted.
Does conscientious objection undermine the practice of medicine?
The final event on the UCLU MedSoc O&G Calendar was the widely anticipated debate on ‘Does Conscientious Objection Undermine the Practice of Medicine?’, held in conjunction with UCLU MedSoc Debating and UCLU Viva La Vulva. An impressive panel came to discuss this controversial topic, including chairs of UK reproductive rights charities, practising doctors and current medical students. The evening began with each speaker giving their opening arguments, and an insight into their background in the subject. This then moved onto questions between the panel, mediated by the chair of MedSoc Debating. The debate was intense, with thought-provoking and compelling arguments coming from both sides of the panel. The audience also became well-involved in the debate, and it got quite heated at times! All-in-all this was a very interesting event, and I hope there will be many more O&G debates next year!
One Born Every Minute, Worldwide – 14th December 2015
The latest MedSoc Monday, run in collaboration with UCLU Friends of MSF, was “One Born Every Minute Worldwide”, a fantastic event informing about maternal health in the developing world, from speakers with first-hand experience.
First to speak was Dr Hadi Waheed, a recent graduate from UCLMS, who spoke about his experiences on elective at Mulange Mission Hospital in Malawi. He spoke about the many “awards” Malawi can claim – being amongst the countries with highest infant and maternal maternity – and how he saw this reflected in his elective in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. He gave a poignant and emotive description of a woman he helped deliver, who later went on to die from post-partum haemorrhage, illustrating the lack of resources, services and communication that makes maternal healthcare in developing countries so poor.
Next Dr Neal Russell, a Paediatrics Trainee, described working with MSF Newborn and Child Health. Dr Russell spoke about his time working in South Sudan – an area where there is only 1 obstetrician per million patients. He detailed the difficulties MSF obstetricians and paediatricians face working in remote settings. He spoke of places where babies born weighing less than 1kg would not be treated, as there was insufficient space or resources to treat them. Dr Russell was a real advocate of MSF and encouraged all medics interested to look up opportunities available or contact Friends of MSF.
The final speaker was Mr Seni Subair, a consultant Obstetrician at UCLH, who trained at UCH Ibadan, in Nigeria. He described new strategies for reducing maternal mortality worldwide, and his roles in teaching Obs & Gynae in the third world. Mr Subair encouraged anyone interested in this important topic to look up the RCOG Global Health work on RCOG website.
Another excellent event to end the calendar year!
Battle of the Specialties – 26th October 2015
The latest event Obs & Gynae had a key role in was “Battle of the Specialities”, the return of MedSoc Mondays. Speakers from Anaesthetics, Radiology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry and O&G, all vied to be voted as the best speciality.
Speaking on behalf of Obs & Gynae, Mr Tim Mould, consultant gynaecological oncologist, spoke about the variety of fields open to someone training in this speciality. For example, the pure medicine of a career in fertility medicine and endocrinology, to the surgery of gynae oncology. Mr Mould also discussed the academic opportunities available in a career in this field. With his great video clips and hilarious talk, Mr Mould should surely have won the event for O&G.
However, all the other specialities also argued their cases well, and it was Dr Rory Conn for Psychiatry that won the day. Paediatrics came a close second – despite suggesting O&G had zero “cute factor” (what about the babies??).
Another successful event for MedSoc, and we’re looking forward to future Mondays!
O&G Laparoscopic Cinema – 17th September 2015
The first event of the MedSoc Obs & Gynae 2015/16 calender was the “Laparoscopic Cinema”, run by Mr Tom Holland, a laparoscopy fellow at UCLH. As everyone sunk their hands into the mountains of popcorn, Mr Holland began with a lesson in female pelvic anatomy, guiding 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 the year, and there will certainly be many more to follow.
Obstetrics through the ages – 26th January 2015
Interested in Obs and Gynae? Medical education? The evolution of medicine? This is the event for you!
Obstetrics, or the care of pregnant women, is a relatively new medical specialty despite childbirth being around since the beginning of time! There was a time when doctors shunned the pregnant birthing woman and now their care is largely run out of a hospital! How has the care of these mostly healthy women changed over the last few decades? How has it stayed the same? How is it going to change?
We have four consultant obstetricians each representing the decade they trained in: 70s, 80s, 90, 00s
Finally, the GMC recently released a report indicating that O&G trainees are the most bullied and undermined of all the post graduate medical and surgical trainees- so we will conclude with a brief discussion about this: the reasons why this sort of thing may happen and also potential ways of remedying it!
The link to the document can be found here: http://www.gmc-uk.org/NTS_bullying_and_undermining_report_2014_FINAL.pdf_58648010.pdf
70s- Mr Anthony Silverstone (Consultant at UCH)
80s- Mrs Ruth Cochrane (Consultant at Lewisham Hospital)
90s- Mr Jullien Brady (Consultant at Bedford Hospital)
00s- Ms Chandrima Biswas (Consultant at The Whittington Hospital)
Current/future O&G training and GMC Training Survey: Ms Amma Kyei-Mensah