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Undergraduate Medical School Newsletter July 2015
Introduction from Prof Matthew Walters, Head of Undergraduate Medical School

Dear Students, Staff and MBChB Contributors,
Dr Matthew WaltersSummer’s finally here and we’re looking forward to graduations and holidays. As this newsletter shows, it’s been a great year for the medical school and we’ve much to celebrate. Our final year have done us proud, achieving tremendous success in their applications to foundation year jobs, and leading the UK in successful applications to academic FY posts. The Final Year Ball was a memorable occasion, although my enjoyment was dampened slightly when, as the oldest person in the room and wearing a slightly disheveled tuxedo, I was mistaken for a waiter and harassed to fetch more champagne by a 4th year student in a particularly advanced state of refreshment.
While our students enjoy their holidays and electives, we’ll be busy putting the finishing touches to the brand new Teaching and Learning Centre at the new hospital. This building, together with the New Lister Building at the Royal Infirmary, will become a major hub of clinical teaching for years 3-5 and I’m confident both staff and students will enjoy the state of the art facilities we now have at our disposal.
The major reconfiguration of NHS GGC hospitals will also be completed over the summer, and for next year we’re changing our system of clinical placements to make full use of the wealth of clinical teaching opportunities on our doorstep in Europe’s largest acute hospital. I’d like to acknowledge the immense efforts of academic and administrative staff across the whole programme in meeting the challenge and making the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
I’d also like to recognise outstanding achievement of our NES Medical Directorate Award Winners. Dr Robbie Robertson was the deserving recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education for his inestimable contribution to our communication skills teaching over many years. Also from General Practice, Dr Margaret D’Silva received a commendation for Outstanding Role Model for her work as a tutor in Vocational Studies and Mrs Catriona McPhail received the Award for Excellence in Staff Support for her contribution to the undergraduate curriculum. The Undergraduate Neurology team (Drs John Paul Leach, Niall Macdougall, Krishna Dani and Ed Newman) were particularly pleased to receive the NES teaching team of the year award for their excellent programme of clinical teaching at the Institute of Neurological Sciences.
Our course is heavily oversubscribed with applications every year, and selection of the most appropriate applicants is a huge challenge. Our goal is to have our undergraduate population comprise outstanding students from all backgrounds, who reflect the society they’ll serve after graduation. As such I was delighted to see Dr Nana Sartania’s commitment to widening participation recognised by NHS Education for Scotland.
In addition to saying a fond farewell to a superb final year class, this term we’re sad to see Professor Fiona Lyall leave her important post as head of welfare. She’s given years of excellent service to this crucial and difficult role, she’ll be sadly missed and we wish her a long and happy retirement. Dr Angela Cogan joins us as the new leader of our welfare team and we’re delighted to have her expertise and experience on board. Professor Hazel Scott has also joined us as Deputy Head of Undergraduate Medical School for Clinical Quality Assurance. She’ll be working with Dr Joanne Burke (QA lead for the School of Medicine) and colleagues in NES and the NHS to maximise the experience provided to our students during their clinical blocks.
I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter, and that your summer fulfills its promise.

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Teaching & Learning Centre, South Glasgow University Hospital
John HarrisThe Medical School’s state of the art new teaching facility at the South Glasgow University Hospital, the Teaching & Learning Centre, is to be formally opened on 3rd July 2015.
From September 2015, our students will benefit from superb new facilities at one of Europe's largest acute hospitals, including this purpose-built learning and teaching centre, teaching laboratories and a state of the art clinical skills suite.

A warm welcome to Dr John Harris, the Centre’s Manager, pictured by the reception desk on his first day!
Complete University Guide logoLeague Table Success
The Medical School has achieved excellent standing in the 2016 Good University Guide league tables (, with Medicine in the UK top 10.
In 2015, Glasgow Medical School also had the highest success rate of any UK university for applications to academic foundation posts, and average in the Foundation Programme, with 98.2% of applicants from Glasgow receiving one of their top 5 choices.
NES Medical Directorate Award Winners
Mrs Catriona McPhail, Dr Margaret D'Silva, Dr Robbie RobinsonNES Directorate Awards were established in 2014 to recognise outstanding contributions to the quality of medical education and training in Scotland. The awards acknowledge the breadth of skills and attributes that contribute to a successful teaching and training experience.
We are very pleased to announce the recognition at the Awards of three of our members of staff at General Practice and Primary Care, School of Medicine.
Dr Robbie Robertson (right) was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education for his role in designing and delivering Communication Skills course to undergraduate medical students.
Mrs Catriona McPhail (left) received the Award for Excellence in Staff Support for her contribution to the undergraduate curriculum delivered by GPPC.  
Dr Margaret D’Silva (centre) received a commendation for Outstanding Role Model for her work as a tutor in Vocational Studies.
Congratulations to our successful colleagues for a job well done!
Teaching Team of the Year Award
Undergraduate Neurology Team
Congratulations to the Undergraduate Neurology team (Drs John Paul Leach, Niall Macdougall, Krishna Dani and Ed Newman) who have received the NES teaching team of the year award for their excellent programme of clinical teaching at the Institute of Neurological Sciences.

Success for the Glasgow Medical School Reach Programme

Dr Nana SartaniaCongratulations to Dr Nana Sartania, Senior University Teacher in the Undergraduate Medical School, who has been awarded a NES Education award for Excellence in Transitions for her work with the University of Glasgow Medical School REACH Programme.
The Reach Programme co-ordinates efforts to reach out to students and schools with the most limited access to higher education. This is an important part of the School’s strategy to give able secondary school students from all backgrounds an understanding of the challenges and rewards of a life in medicine, and help overcome the significant barriers to progress.
Since 2012 over 100 students have come through this programme from one of the targeted 93 West of Scotland schools to study medicine.  In an age where access to higher education becomes more difficult for those from areas of deprivation, this team does an excellent job in broadening access to undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Active promotion of widening participation is essential if the practitioners are to represent population they serve.
MedChir’s Year
Med Chir 2015As summer begins and the sun finally decides to emerge, our holidays/electives begin. For me it has been a wonderful year, and I hope the same is true for everyone.

Medchir certainly has had a very successful year. We got off to a flying start this year in September, with the new year of firsties proving to be a fantastic, sociable group. We obtained a record number of new members, just over 130 this year! With our first couple of events going very well. We had a very big turnout for the 1st medic families event and the welcome back ceilidh. Our Halloween Beer Olympic was another resounding success resulting in some spectacular hangovers.
We had a lot of educational events this year, with our inaugural paediatrics and pizza night going very well. We decided to put the proceeds from these events towards charity and with the Christmas Carol singing, Scrub crawl and Raffle from the ball we managed to raise just shy of £3000 for our charity this year, Social Bite.Our premier event of the year, the Medchir Ball was held in the Lighthouse venue in the city centre. Despite, getting stuck in a lift for an hour with 5 other men, I had a fantastic evening. It is a great opportunity for the students and faculty to socialise outside of the lecture hall.
Either side of the Christmas break, with over half of the Medical school sitting exams at the time, we had our annual meetings with both the Royal College of GPs and the Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society. We also had our Annual Meeting with the Barber’s Incorporation, held this year at the beautiful Trade House in the City Centre.
Our annual Debate with the Dialetics society was a fun affair, with the motion “Should all drugs be legalised” provoking some passionate speeches on both sides. Once exams were finished and we ran through our OSCE practice nights, we got to look forward to the Annual Scrub Crawl. In which this year over 400 people took part and we raised a massive £1600 on the night for charity!
Finally we finished up our year with our Annual General Meeting, where our new President/Chairman Trung Ton was elected to take the reins for the 2015/16 year, as well as our new committee (details of which can be found on our website

Our last event of the year, the Inaugural Friends of Medchir Dinner held in the historic Dining Room of the Glasgow University Union closed out the year in a flurry of dining, drinking and dancing.
Personally, I have thoroughly enjoyed the past year, and I’m sure next year will be even better! I hope everybody has a wonderful summer and see you all in September! Keep it real.
Kris McArdle
Outgoing Medchir President
Candy Anatomy
The Undergraduate Medical School is delighted to introduce Candy Anatomy, AKA Mike McCormick, Y1 Medical student and creator of tasty and informative anatomy images. Here are two of our favourites – ‘The Lem-ph Node’ and ‘Eye Candy’. Look out for more Candy Anatomy images appearing around the Medical School next academic session. 
More on Twitter @CandyAnatomy and

Candy anatomy
Getting in! – Admissions to Medical School
New Lister buildingFrom over 1800 applications, MBChB Admissions has to recruit approximately 230 students each year. After careful analysis of all aspects of the application a proportion of candidates are invited to attend for interview. In December 2014, for the first time, the interviews were held in the New Lister Building at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
The new venue proved to be ideal. Using one of our hospital clinical teaching areas also allowed us to raise our profile, strengthen our relationship with clinical colleagues and to promote the high quality teaching facilities that are available to medical students studying at the University of Glasgow.
Over 600 applicants were interviewed by approximately 230 interviewers. Our interviewers were drawn from a wide range of hospital and general practice based disciplines as well as medical school teaching staff. Sincere thanks to all who were involved in this successful development for the Medical School.
Mr Graham Haddock, Operational Lead for Undergraduate Medical School Admissions
Screening Programmes in Medical Genetics – Highlighting a popular SSC

People with DNA fingerprints‘Screening programmes in Medical Genetics’ is a popular 2nd year SSC which has been running for several years. In this SSC students gain an in depth understanding of some of the screening programmes that operate in the West of Scotland and learn how their effectiveness can be evaluated. The SSC is based at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, and will relocate to the new campus at the Southern General next session. This will allow us continue to learn from the expertise of those involved in running the screening programmes based there.
We examine screening programmes at all stages of life including pre-conception, prenatal, new-born, childhood and adult, including a variety of cancer screening programmes. Throughout the SSC students are challenged by several case studies and develop their oral presentation and group working skills through compiling a comprehensive case report. They also develop their ability to give accurate risks of recurrence in families where screening information is available.
Additionally we encourage students to undertake a piece of literature-based research into an area of their own interest. Current areas of focus include; The advent of non-invasive prenatal diagnosis and its implications for screening, Uptake of bowel cancer screening programmes in the West of Scotland Ethics of screening for Down Syndrome, Variations in new-born screening between the U.S and U.K, Influences of the media on screening uptake, and The validity of SNP screening by commercial companies.
A student currently undertaking the SSC commented “I’ve appreciated being able to explore genetic diseases, especially the research into the underlying mechanisms relevant to screening, with genuine curiosity rather than with the pressure of an exam and have very much enjoyed the self-directed learning aspects!”
We hope to continue to develop this SSC to provide students with an insight into this increasingly important area of health care.
Drs Leah Marks and Maria Jackson,
University teachers in Medical Genetics
Yorkhill Hospitals
Links with Brunei
Universiti Brunei DarussalamIn March, Prof Walters was a guest at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam, where a Memorandum of Understanding between UBD and the University of Glasgow was established, paving the way for Brunei students to study Medicine at Glasgow.
Prof Walters delivered a presentation in which he gave an overview of the School of Medicine and its position within the MVLS College and University, together with an insight into living and studying in Glasgow and broader aspects of Scottish culture. The presentation was very well received and resulted in an extended question and answer session.
We look forward to welcoming our new Brunei students into MB3 in September 2015. 
Caitlin Jones, MB5, on her Medicine Elective in Uganda
Caitlin Jones and Lucy WaiteMy senior elective was in the small village of Ruhanga, in south western Uganda. It was a fantastic experience and one that I will never forget. It was far from what I expected, we worked both in the district hospital and a local clinic. Resources in rural Uganda are very sparse, and hygiene is not really a concept in the hospitals which was to be expected but to see patients with HIV sleeping on the floor next to patients with TB was something that really stuck in my mind.
The most rewarding part of my elective was working in the local school where we did some talks on typhoid and how to try and avoid germs spreading by regularly washing your hands. We even managed to build soap dispensers next to the taps at the school! My elective was partly funded by the Jean Mackintosh Award which was a great help and paid for my flights out to Uganda. There was plenty of opportunity to explore the beautiful country, go on a safari and see the source of the River Nile, I would recommend anyone to use their senior elective to explore a part of the world they have never seen before!
Caitlin Jones, MB5
Each year, the Jean Mackintosh Bursary provides funding for 20 student electives. Dr Jean M Mackintosh CBE was educated in Stirling and graduated from Glasgow Medical School in 1920. She was Regional Medical Officer of Health for maternity & child welfare in Aberdeen and then in Birmingham where her work made it possible to introduce the first comprehensive recording system for maternity and child health purposes. After retirement, she was much sought after as a speaker and adviser, and travelled widely for WHO. She was president of the Society of Medical Officers of Health, and of the Medical Women’s Federation. She died in 1971.
Cappell Award 2015
Daniel Fowler CapellThe Cappell Award was founded in 1967 by Daniel Fowler Cappell, Professor of Pathology 1945-67, established for the best dissertation giving evidence of independent study or research submitted by a student reading for the degree of MBChB.
The award was reintroduced in Session 2012-2013 after being dormant for some years, and is now made to the Year 5 MBChB student(s) who has published the best peer-reviewed research paper, as determined by the MB5 Viva Panel.
In late 2014, students were invited to submit articles, published in peer-reviewed journals, for consideration. Articles may be a joint work, and can have been published at any time during the student’s undergraduate career.
On 1st April 2015, the MB5 Viva panel considered 28 submissions, and were highly impressed by the quality and range of publications. Because of the high calibre of submissions, the decision was made to split the £2000 award between 5 candidates, as follows:
Donald McVinnie Obesity and pain   British Journal of Pain April 11, 2013
Philip Emerson The utility of scoring systems in critically ill cirrhotic patients admitted to a general intensive care unit Journal of Critical Care 29 (2014) 1131.e1–1131.e6
Venla Kantola Endonasal, transmaxillary, transpterygoid approach to the foramen ovale: radio-anatomical study of surgical feasibility J Laryngol Otol. 2013 Nov; 127(11): 1093-102, doi: 10.1017/S0022215113002338PMID: 24148265
Jessie Ruijun Wang   Nanotopology potentiates growth hormone signalling and osteogenesis of mesenchymal stem cells Growth Hormone & IGF Research 24 (2014) 245–250

Jessie Ruijun Wang
An update on diabetes related skeletal fragility Expert Rev. Endocrinol. Metab. Early online, 1–18 (2014)
Jennifer Dunn
(nee Herd)
Intraoperative cell salvage in revision hip surgery Annals of Medicine and Surgery, Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2014, Pages 8–12
Rebuilding Nima’s house

Nina Kitar with Dr Mike TownendNima Kitar is a retired Sherpa guide who helped me on several of the treks that I led in the Khumbu region of Nepal. He is now 75 years old and makes a living by cultivating his small area of land. He is one of the kindest, most loyal and most generous people I have ever met. I still remember one occasion when I arrived in his village in pouring rain with 10 very wet trekkers after a full day on the trail. Nima insisted that we should all go into his house to drink tea and dry out in front of his fire, and although he had already done more than his duty, helping some tired members of the group by adding their rucksacks to his own load, he set about erecting our tents in his vegetable garden so as to avoid our having to use a very wet campsite.
He is pictured above with me outside his house in the village of Chaumrikharka on the last occasion when I visited him. That house was destroyed in the earthquake on 25th April, and since then he has been living in a tent. My immediate reaction on hearing of his plight was to start raising funds to help him to rebuild his house, to repay him for all that he had done for me and my trekking clients, and for many other similar groups over the years. I am delighted to be able to report that at the time of writing we have raised over £3500, with money still coming in. I have a trusted contact in Kathmandu who is able to pass on to Nima the money that is being sent in instalments.
I have been amazed by the generosity shown by all those who have donated money. If you would like to be among them, I am able to accept payment by PayPal to my email address or by cheques made payable to me and sent to me at Smithy Cottage, Millhouse, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 8HR. If more funds are raised than are needed for this project, any excess will be donated to similar rebuilding projects in Nepal.
Dr Mike Townend
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
School of Medicine
2015 MB3 Prize Viva
MB3 Prize Viva
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 MB3 Prize Viva, pictured with Y3 Directors Dr Malcolm Shepherd (left) and Dr Russell Drummond (second from right). Not pictured – Cassandra Teng, who sat her viva by Skype! Students were selected because of their outstanding results in the Y3 written paper. 
Prize Subject Area Awarded to:
Dr Neil Arnott First Prize Pathophysiology Mohammad Goodarzi
Dr Neil Arnott Prize for Pathophysiology
(Proxime Accessit)
Pathophysiology Cassandra Teng
Dr Neil Arnott Prize for Pathophysiology
(Proxime Accessit)
Pathophysiology Jennifer Allan
Cullen Medal / Kerr Prize Clinical Medicine Bruce Taylor
Cullen Medal in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics Clinical Pharmacology
& Therapeutics
Mohammad Goodarzi
Fergus Prize Clinical Medicine Thomas Ainge
Gairdner Medal Clinical Medicine Cassandra Teng
MacFarlane Prize Medicine & Surgery Akash Maliampurakal
Sir Robert Muir Medal Pathology Bruce Taylor
Stockman Medal & Prize  Clinical Pharmacology Alan MacDonald
Our Award Winning Medical Students
Wolfson Medicial School BuildingThe Medical School is delighted to congratulate six students who have been successful in recent national competitions:
  • Simon Hobson (MB4), came equal 3rd (of 486) in the prestigious national Duke Elder Ophthalmology exam. The Duke Elder exam was also successfully passed by Sarita Sinkha (MB4) and Alasdair Simpson (MB4).
  • Sarjit Singh (MB3) was one of the national winners in the Arthritis Research UK National Essay Prize in Musculoskeletal Medicine 2014.
  • Basu Dawar (Intercalating) was the winner of the 2015 Undergraduate British Association of Dermatology Essay Prize for his entry entitled: ‘What is the most important advance in dermatology in the last 25 years?’
  • Mary-Elizabeth Conn (MB5) was one of the winners of the 2015 Arthritis Research UK essay competition on "Helping, encouraging or enabling patients/people with MSK conditions to do more physical activity to benefit their MSK condition (and their general health and wellbeing)".
Reach Medicine Student Society

REACH Medicine SocietyGlasgow Medical School is committed to widening participation, and for several years has run outreach activities in partnership with RIO (Recruitment and International office). As a result, over 100 students from less privileged backgrounds have been offered a place on the course since 2010. These students take part in the Reach Programme, which is designed to inspire, nurture and support able pupils from target schools in the West of Scotland. Reach students are now well integrated into the student body and are supported by Medical School and University support services.
However, some students find the early days of transition to University life are the hardest for them, and it was agreed to form a Reach Medicine Student Society, affiliated with the Student Representative Council. The Society was launched on 18th of June at a well-attended event in the Williams Room of the John MacIntyre Building. The Society aims to support pupils on the programme by offering advice via a designated email address ( and to mentor Reach students once they are admitted to study medicine in Glasgow. 'I think we can help pupils by giving advice on number of issues from admissions to study skills' said Emanuel Feldano, Reach Medicine Society Vice-President.

Photo: Scott Iguchi-Sherry (Reach Co-ordinator, RIO), Emanuel Feldano (Reach Medicine Society, Vice-President), Naomi Lungu (Reach Medicine Society, Student Liaison) and Dr Nana Sartania (Medical School Reach Liaison)
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