Welcome to the Obstetrics and Gynaecology section of the UCLU Medical Society!

We represent all things weird and wonderful about the world of O&G. If you’re interested in maternal and fetal health, ethics and law, global health, sexual health, maternal mortality or any of the other branches of the giant tree that is O&G- we are the section for you!

Our events are open to everyone and are held at least one a term. From debates to films night, from speaker events to educational tutorials, we try to be as diverse and creative as possible.


 

Natasha Graham

Natasha Graham

Chair

Natasha is a final year medical student who loves fancy-dress, yorkshire puddings and all things Harry Potter. Her housemates said she would love O&G and they were right, she cannot wait to get back on labour ward.

Chiamaka Maduanusi

Chiamaka Maduanusi

Vice Chair

Amaka is a final year medical student who loves knitting, watching TV dramas and cheese.
She thought she'd hate O&G - but was completely wrong! Fate was sealed the second she saw a caesarean section and now she can't imagine doing anything else.

Rheanan Buckle

Rheanan Buckle

Secretary

Rheanan is a final year medical student that enjoys learning aerial arts, cooking and spending time with friends. She has been in love with O & G ever since she delivered her first baby.

Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones

Events Officer

Rebecca plays badminton and loves travelling and mexican food. She hopes that her O&G placement will live up to expectations!

Bryony Peiris

Bryony Peiris

Publicity Officer

With Bryony's love for publicity and Obs&Gyn, being publicity officer is a dream come true! She is indifferent towards long walks on the beach

We are currently organising a panel discussion on conscientious objection in February and educational events for clinical students next term. Please get in contact if you would like to get involved! 

 

We will also be organising a workshop for this year’s InspireMedicine Conference

Babies on a Plane!

You’re settling into your anatomy notes on a quiet flight back from your weekend away when you hear a man 3 rows in front call out for a doctor – his wife has just gone into labour! No one else answers, would you stand up to the challenge and deliver the baby? This is a hands-on interactive session showing you how to deliver a baby in a role play that will have your heart racing!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1706665476216059/1719670131582260/

 

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Watch this space for more events.

 


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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

“My Most Challenging Case”

We are proud to be present Consultant Obstetrician at the Whittington Hospital Miss Amma Kyei-Mensah who will be speaking at this collaborative event with the General Internal Medicine Section. Alongside other inspirational speakers she will be giving us insight into her most challenging case. Not to be missed.

Date: 15th December 2015

Time: 18:00

Location: Archaeology Lecture theatre, Gordon Square, UCL


InspireMedicine Conference 2014

Below are photographs form the workshop the O&G section held titled ‘Delivering a Baby in a Supermarket’. Many thanks go out to Sina Saffe, Maximilian Wills and of course our expert midwife Carol Saunders.


We work closely with the O&G societies at Barts and The London, St George’s, King’s College and Imperial College.

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Themed around Reproductive Health, this event includes expert speakers involved in a wide range of obstetric and gynaecological subspecialties and areas of research, giving attendees a flavour of some of its most recent advances and hot topics.

We are hoping to make this an annual event so get in touch if you would like to get involved with the 2017 conference!

Obstetrics through the ages – 26th January 2015

We had an excellent turn out to our ‘Obstetrics Through The Ages’ event, which saw obstetricians who had trained in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s describe their experiences. O&G president Hadi wished to introduce each doctor not by their professional achievements but by how they had inspired their students.

Miss Kyei-Mensah kicked things off with a discussion of the recent GMC National Training Survey, which cited O&G trainees as feeling the most undermined and least supported of all surgical specialties. Indeed, UCH’s Mr Anthony Silverstone described his training in an unregulated time of ‘no scans, no epidurals, no litigation, no accountability…’ and the cultural change he’s witnessed since. The lack of a structured training programme in the 70s meant that Mr Silverstone had to apply directly to consultants for training posts, panicking when he ended up with a job in Stoke-on-Trent as he ‘didn’t even know where it was’. He reflected that perhaps learning from these experiences allowed him – a ‘hopeless’ trainee whose role models smoked while talking to their patients and allowed their registrars to serve them lunch – to become the doctor, teacher and support tutor he is today.

Next, Ms Ruth Cochrane cited her own biggest inspiration in the 80s as a consultant who she remembers serving punch at a Christmas party in a T-shirt reading ‘enthusiasm is contagious’. She described running multiple day and night shifts together over Christmas in order to get a ‘free run’ over new year, getting her students to babysit while she was on call, and phoning her consultant for help only to be told she could manage on her own. Again, this all strengthened her resolve to be an inspiring and supportive leader herself, affirming that whenever she gets a call from a junior ‘if I’m in London and I’m sober, I’ll come and help’.

Mr Jullien Brady discussed the incredibly long shifts of the 90s and the ‘bully figures’ of his training environments, and emphasized the importance of stamping out bullying in the workplace. His advice to us as students was to ensure that we all choose career paths that we will thoroughly enjoy, while the final speaker, Ms Chandrima Biswas, told a familiar story of choosing medicine as a career because her parents told her to. However, since her training last decade she has had the privilege of working under numerous leading figures in London, stressing the importance of having good interpersonal skills (and charm) not just patients but also with superiors as you train. She told us how she progressed quickly thanks to her strong basic skills, and was allowed to carry out caesarians very early on as consultants were confident in her stitching abilities from day one.

The evening helped us to reflect on risks to patient safety and professional confidence of bullying in the workplace, and the possible perpetuation of the bullying culture by those who have experienced it while training. However, Ms Kyei-Mensah reminded us that good practice can also be disseminated though a supportive environment and a resolve to change things for future generations of doctors, and such an inspiring panel of speakers and an enthusiastic audience of students certainly gave heart that she could be right.

Beth Jones & Adesh Sundaresan

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Welcome to UCLU’s first Obs&Gynae Society

In the ever popular field of O&G we aim to:

– host lectures from world class experts in Fetal Medicine, Stem Cell Research and Gynae Oncology

– assist with elective planning and advice through promotion of Global Maternal Medicine

– provide mentoring and careers events with O&G doctors at different training levels

– facilitate audit and research opportunities at UCLH

– run extra revision/teaching sessions for members only (4th years watch this space!)

– practical workshops for all levels: Would you know how to help deliver a baby in an emergency…?

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us: og@medicalsociety.org.uk

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