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

Dear all,
 

Professor Matthew WaltersAs you can see, we’re full of the festive spirit already. The year has flown past, and it gives me great pleasure to introduce the last newsletter of 2015.  It’s been a busy year, marked by some notable successes for staff and students alike. There are too many high points to mention them all, but the great success of the class of 2015 in having the best success rate of academic FY applications of any UK medical school, and the third highest overall performance in FY applications is definitely worth noting. They’re a credit to themselves and to their alma mater.

We hosted AMEE, one of the largest global medical education conferences, and were proud to showcase our School, its staff and its students. The conference was widely acknowledged to have been one of the best, helped in large measure by the unseasonably fine weather and by a fantastic opening ceremony, hosted with panache by our very own John Paul Leach.

We’ve make a successful transition to our world class new clinical campus at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where our students are now able to benefit from immersion in a state of the art modern hospital and teaching centre.

While we’re proud of our facilities here, we’re also keen to provide our students with an international dimension to their learning, and we have developed and expanded our international exchanges this year. Our links with excellent overseas universities have expanded, yielding truly global opportunities to our students while allowing us to welcome international students to experience the study of medicine in Glasgow.

In this newsletter you’ll find details of some of these international experiences, together with a range of accounts of the other activities of our truly remarkable medical school community. I hope you enjoy reading it.

In closing I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.


Matthew Walters signature



Prof Matthew Walters
Professor of Clinical Pharmacology
Head of the Undergraduate Medical School

AMEE (Association for Medical Education in Europe) Meeting, Glasgow 2015
 
amee 2015, GlasgowFor teaching staff within the Undergraduate School of Medicine, AMEE 2015 proved to be an intensive exposure to new teaching methods, curricular development and thought-provoking ideas about medical education. The conference focused on several themes including interprofessional education, technology - enhanced learning and assessment and the continuum of education, all things highly relevant to our curriculum in Glasgow. The Undergraduate School of Medicine was strongly represented with a range of well-received talks, posters and workshops from our staff.
 
The conference was preceded by an eLearning symposium; a large focus on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) with Dr Sarah Meek presenting the role of peer review in the Cancer in the 21st Century MOOC
 
Dr Nana Sartania delivered a short communication on her work with the Reach Programme, which enables an increased intake of students from a widening participation background. Her study evaluated students’ in-course progression and the effectiveness of the support services, and will contribute to the Medical School’s admissions strategy aimed at ensuring a wider participation in the medical profession. Dr Joanne Burke delivered a workshop with the other Scottish SSC Directors.  This session explored the design, implementation and assessment of an SSC programme and addressed the challenges encountered.
 
E-posters were a new innovation at the conference, and Dr Carol Ditchfield, Dr Margaret-Ann Flynn, Dr Sharon Sneddon and Dr Genevieve Stapleton all presented e-posters on a variety of topics including peer observation of PBL, the flipped classroom, the use of peerwise and interactive tools in lectures. Dr Waqar Ahmed presented a traditional poster based on his work looking at student feedback.
 
All the abstracts can be found here in the AMEE 2015 abstract book.
 
The conference was an excellent opportunity for staff to present their work to an international audience and a means to hear about examples of good practice from other medical schools, which can be integrated into our teaching here in Glasgow.
 
Dr Joanne Burke, Director of SSCs and Senior University Teacher.
Dr John Paul Leach, Director of Year 5 (and Master of Ceremonies) on the AMEE Opening Ceremony

amee 2015 Opening CeremonyI have been to perhaps dozens of Conference Opening Ceremonies over the years. These are usually worthy affairs, taking time out to honour distinguished faculty members and notable achievers in whatever discipline is being studied and celebrated. Nothing could prepare me for the festival of Scottishness produced for AMEE conference in September.
 
Backstage at Glasgow's Armadillo was a riot of tartan and grace; singer Sheena Wellington prepared her lilting voice, while the chorus of dancers Highland-flung and jigged their way between dressing rooms, giggly with anticipation. The photos of Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, and the cast of Still Game seemed more than a bit bemused.
 
By the time the show started, the audience were politely enthused by the Burns (sung and recited), the Scottish Scenes in the background, the singing and the dancing. That would have a great start to a conference, but then the lone piper strolled on stage, and the crowd strained forward. Within 5 minutes, the look of mild recognition and bemusement ("Is he really playing ACDC on the bagpipes?") turned to infectious enthusiasm. Middle-aged (surely elderly? - Ed) educators forgot themselves, and there was dancing in the aisles, singing along, crowd-surfing, nudity, .... well maybe not. But there was lots of dancing. Whoever thought the Red Hot Chilli Pipers should open AMEE is a good idea is an absolute genius.  Now I wonder if they'd be available for graduation day...?
AMEE – View from our Student Volunteers
 
amee logoIn August 2015 I had the privilege of presenting a poster on behalf of the University of Glasgow, at the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) conference. AMEE’s enormous conference took place in the Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, and the enthusiastic, bustling ethos it generated could be felt inside and out-with the conference. Moreover, I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the wide variety of seminars, symposiums and poster presentations AMEE had to display - being immersed in discussions as variable as; didactic teaching methods vs self-directed learning; implementation of SSCs according to both student enjoyment and GMC objectives, and even the establishment and development of >90 medical schools in Brazil!
 
To conclude, I’m very grateful for the privilege of being able to present on behalf of the university and I thoroughly enjoyed being integrated into a vast diversity of culture and medical backgrounds throughout.
 
Ross Cairns (MB 3).
Glasgow Medics fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust

Rosalind Kelly, Marysia Lange, Louise Hagerty and TCT Youth Support Coordinator; Ronan Kelly.Over the past year, the University of Glasgow Oncology Society have been busy raising cash for Teenage Cancer Trust. They have been baking, teaching and even abseiling for the cause! This year they raised a fantastic £795 which they donated to the new Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. TCT provide tremendous support to young people throughout their illness and really emphasise the importance of allowing the individual to behave as any young person would want to, not letting cancer define them.

Louise Hagerty (MB 5).
 
Pictured: Students - Rosalind Kelly, Marysia Lange, Louise Hagerty and TCT Youth Support Coordinator; Ronan Kelly. Special mention also to Amrutha Mittapalli for super fundraising!
SSC Success: Enhancing virtual anatomy education using e-tutorials

Students involved in the SSCAs part of a recent student selected component led by Dr Paul Rea and Dr Aileen Linn, a group of 9 medical students became active participants and co-creators of their learning experience in Anatomy teaching through the development of E-tutorials using Articulate Storyline 2 software. The students designed and developed a series of three interactive e-tutorials focusing on different anatomical regions of the body (the abdomen, the heart and the hand and wrist).  The tutorials were comprised of a variety of different features including interactive animated Doctors, (these characters were used to direct the student through the tutorials), videos, diagrams, histology slides, images from Anatomy.TV and photogrammetry of prosection specimens which were developed into 3D digital models were incorporated into the packages to engage the student user.  Interactive quizzes were created to assess the users knowledge and provide active learning feedback in each of the three topic areas.  The e-tutorials were highly rated following an evaluation of their peers on the course with requests for more to be developed in other areas.   The e-tutorials are now embedded into the curriculum and available for students in Phase 1 and 2 of the course.  Students were invited to present their work on enhancing virtual anatomy education through student development of e-resources at two international conferences including the EDULEARN15, 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies in Barcelona and the AMEE e-learning Symposium in Glasgow.
 
Photo of the students involved in the SSC (Robyn Wilson, Emma Andrew, Nimra Zaidi, Jenna Woods, Jenny Thomas, Andrew Hayburn, Nikitha Rajaraman, Daniel McCluskey, Iskandar Mohamad Hashim).
 
Dr Aileen Linn, University Teacher (E-Learning).
Electives: My experience of Ecuardorian healthcare
 
I undertook my Junior Elective with the Cinterandes Foundation in Cuenca, Ecuador. During my time in Cuenca, I rotated between General Practice, Surgery and A&E.

Before I arrived in Ecuador, I had a preconceived image of what I thought the healthcare system would be like and how different it would be compared to Scotland’s NHS.  As Ecuador is a developing country, I wasn’t expecting any new £842 million hospitals, and that held true. Free healthcare wasn’t something I envisioned either, however in this respect I was proved wrong. As I began my placement, some of my predetermined ideas were either refuted or confirmed.

I expected to encounter fascinating exotic diseases on my rotations, but I soon found out that health problems and life expectancy are very similar to Scotland. The medical management for common conditions is also the same as it is Scotland. However, in regards to surgical practices, laparoscopic procedures are by no means the convention.

The manner in which patients are managed is also different in A&E; I noticed that investigations were minimal, protocols were not strictly adhered to, and there was only one bed in the department which offered high flow oxygen and cardiorespiratory monitoring. Reusable suction electrodes, as opposed to adhesive electrodes, are used to undertake ECGs. I found this proves considerably more difficult when applying them to an elderly, underweight patient one after the other, in the hope that they will all stay stuck to the skin by the time I had finished applying them all and taken the reading.

The resources and clinical environment were also basic on my General Practice rotation, but not to the degree I initially imagined. Consultation rooms were sometimes shared with only a bookcase to separate the room, meaning that two consultations would be taking place simultaneously. This led to the sacrifice of patient privacy and dignity during intimate examinations, as no curtains existed around the examination tables.

This Elective has certainly put into perspective how varied the spectrum of healthcare is and how it is delivered and practised in another country. It has further allowed me to appreciate the value of our NHS, as well as adhesive electrodes.

Bruce Taylor (MB 4).
An SSC in Pre-Hospital Medicine

Ashleigh WardEarlier this year I was given the option to self-propose a SSC and I chose to complete my 4th year SSC in pre-hospital medicine. This was a unique opportunity to gain great insight into the emerging field of pre-hospital care which isn’t commonly available to students throughout their undergraduate studies. Over the course of a month I had the chance to gain new practical skills and learn more about the challenges facing the medics working in this environment, as well as the decision making processes they often have to undertake whilst on scene.
 
Additionally, I saw the day-to-day running of the East Anglian Air Ambulance
charity as no UK air ambulance receives any government or NHS funding, which gave an appreciation of the behind the scenes scale of the operation to keep two helicopters in the air, 365 days of the year. There was also the chance to partake in helicopter observer shifts and in the Rapid Response Unit – a car-based critical care unit.

As part of the SSC I also attended the Major Trauma Centre in London, seeing major trauma patients brought in by the London Helicopter Emergency Service, rapidly assessed by a myriad of experts and treated all within the “golden hour”. Overall, I would say that the placement allowed me to gain valuable first-hand experience of this unique branch of medicine, with a mix of research and practical skills and thoroughly enjoyed my time with the team.

Ashley Ward (MB 4).
New Undergraduate Medicine Webpages
 
Medical Students: Research & Achievements web pageStudents and staff in the Medical School may be interested in two new webpages which have recently gone live on the UG School of Medicine webpages.
 
Medical Students: Research & Achievements
The Undergraduate Medical School generates and sustains excellence in both education and research in a supportive and stimulating academic environment, and this new site showcases some of our student achievements in peer-reviewed publications, and in winning national competitions and prizes. Students are asked to add to this record by emailing helen.lloyd@glasgow.ac.uk.
 
Educational Supervisor Guidance
The Undergraduate Medical School is greatly appreciative of the contributions made by those who provide our students with placement opportunities.  This new webpage is designed to assist staff involved in teaching University of Glasgow MBChB students on clinical placements.

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New E-resources

The Undergraduate Medical School continues to strive to provide the best possible e-resources for students on the MBChB Programme.  This year the following two resources have been added to the growing list.

Bates' Webpage

Bates' online visual guide
Bates’ Online Visual Guide is a series of clinical skills videos that delivers head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques. The site features more than 8 hours of video content providing a clear concise visualisation of examination procedures.  The resource can be accessed via the quick link in the e-resources block on the right hand side of all Moodle courses or here.


Anatomy and Physiology Online

Anatomy and Physiology online
This online resource is produced by Primal Pictures the creators of AnatomyTV.  Anatomy and Physiology online is set out in an intuitive, easy-to-use format, making it simple for students to follow, containing 20 modules with clear 3D images and interactive models, narrated animations and illustrations, dissection slides you can label, the impact of aging on each body systems, pronunciation guide, quizzes, reviews, learning objectives and clinical case studies on each system, aiding learning and retention.

The resource can be accessed via the eResources block available on the right hand block of each Moodle course or here.

Dr Aileen Linn, University Teacher (E-Learning).
The REACH Programme: Inspiring the Future
 
Insoiring the future volunteer programThe University of Glasgow Medical School is well known locally for its REACH program which encourages young people across Glasgow to explore and pursue a career in Medicine. It has been greatly successful in recent years and continues to expand as interest and awareness of the scheme evolves. In July 2015 Dr Nana Sartania, Deputy of Undergraduate Medical School Admissions, was invited by the Medical Schools Council and Inspiring the Future to elect two medical students to participate in their "Who's In Health?" campaign and competition. Both Sarah Bowers, 5th year, and Vidhya Chauhan, 4th year, designed and submitted problem-based learning style workshops, teaching children aged 7-11 years old how English, maths and science can be used in medicine. Both workshops are to be delivered to local primary schools in Glasgow.
 
Building on this success Vidhya joined the Inspiring the Future Volunteer Program offering to deliver workshops surrounding medicine, healthcare and science, to schools in Glasgow. Through this program Vidhya was recruited to deliver a medically themed "Maths in the World of Work" workshop on Tuesday 3rd November to 70 students aged 13-14 years old at St Margaret Mary's Secondary School in Castlemilk. Armed with scales and a tape measure, the interactive small group teaching session taught students how to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI), discussed its use in clinical practice, reviewed the health problems associated with obesity and examined the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The workshop was a success and it was excellent to see so many students engaging throughout the session, many jumping at the chance to measure and calculate their own BMI. Inspiring the Future has proven to be an excellent program and hopefully by delivering more sessions like this across the UK we will see more young people aspiring to enter higher education and pursuing health care related careers.
 
Dr Nana Sartania, Deputy, Undergraduate Medical School Admissions.
Peer Support Programme
  • Are you a good Listener?
  • Are you good at looking out for others?
Then you might be just the person we are looking for to become a Peer Supporter at the Medical School. 
 
Peer support programmeThe Medical School is developing a Peer Support Programme in recognition of the essential role that students play in supporting and encouraging one another. Around twelve students can apply to undertake Peer Support Training, to equip them with the skills required to be effective and responsible in supporting their peers throughout their time at the University and undertake this as a recognised role in the Medical School.
 
The Training is to be scheduled between 27 February and 7 May, 2016, for roll-out in the 2016 academic session.
 
If you are interested in supporting your fellow students, can offer a listening ear and emotional and practical support, please see Moodle Common Room News Forum for more information and an application form.
A one-day Teaching and Learning Event (TALE) for University of Glasgow GP Tutors and Educational Supervisors
 
Beardmore Hotel, Clydebank128 general practice tutors and supervisors attended an annual Teaching and Learning Event (TALE) at the Beardmore Hotel, Clydebank, on Tuesday 15 September. The keynote speaker was Professor Kate Thomas, Vice Dean for Medicine and Programme Director for the medical degree programme at University of Birmingham.

The theme of this year's conference was "Professionalism in focus". The keynote speech was entitled "Can we teach medical students professionalism?"

TALE celebrated what is good about general practice teaching, but also focused on updating supervisors and tutors on developments in the curriculum.

There was a varied programme including specific update sessions for Vocational Studies tutors, Year 3 Clinical Practice in the Community tutors, Year 3 Communication Skills tutors, and Year 4/5 Educational Supervisors.  There were several workshops covering various aspects of professionalism pertinent to the undergraduate medical student, to link in with the conference theme.  Additionally, there was a session for tutors who were new to teaching and a "Learning and Teaching Surgery" where tutors had the opportunity to discuss specific challenges or issues that had arisen from their own teaching experiences.

There were also workshops on feedback, medical ethics and law, and teaching clinical musculoskeletal examination skills – which was a practical sessions for tutors, and was particularly well evaluated.

The TALE conference was a positive, topical and relevant educational day for GP tutors.   There was also the opportunity for networking and discussion between tutors, in addition to the teaching sessions outlined above. 

Overall, the event was highly rated by participants, and the keynote speaker, Kate Thomas, was especially well received. This was the ninth annual TALE event, and planning has begun for the tenth in 2016.
 
Dr Alan Bennie (TALE Lead) and Dr Zoe Noonan (TALE Deputy).
Glasgow Evidence-based Medicine Society Conference
 
Glasgow Evidence-based Medicine Society ConferenceOn 10th October, Glasgow Evidence-based Medicine Society (GEMS) held their 5th National Conference at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. The conference was organised to inspire and encourage medical students and junior doctors to get involved with research, and to provide insight into what a career in clinical academic medicine involves. It was GEMS’ biggest conference yet – the venue was filled to capacity, with almost 150 delegates attending from all over the UK.

The conference saw presentations from experts in their field on a wide variety of topics. These ranged from advice about careers in academic medicine and research ethics to substantive discussions of new advances in stroke research, the immune response to life-threatening infection and novel cancer therapies from Professor Anna Dominiczak, Professor Matthew Walters, Dr Jesse Dawson, Dr Ken Baillie and Professor Jeff Evans.

Delegates also attended three workshop sessions, designed to address important aspects of research and a career in academic medicine in an interactive way. These workshops were “How to Set Up a Project or Audit”, “Academic Interviews” and “To AFP and Beyond”.

Finally delegates were given the opportunity to submit abstracts for presentation. These were all judged to be of extremely high quality. Of the abstracts accepted, three were chosen to be given as oral presentations, and over 30 were chosen to be presented as posters. The quality of medical research presented at this conference by undergraduates and junior doctors demonstrates their important role in contributing to the body of knowledge.

The conference was a hugely successful event, and received very positive feedback. Its success is a reflection of the excitement and enthusiasm there is for evidence-based medicine. It is hoped that events like this continue to foster this enthusiasm, as evidence-based medicine will undoubtedly play a crucial role in all of our future careers.
 
Sarah Bowers (MB 5)
GEMS President 2015-2016.
National Undergraduate Emergency Medicine Conference 2015
 
National Undergraduate Emergency Medicine Conference 2015 On Saturday 7th November, Glasgow University Emergency Medicine Society held the fifth National Undergraduate Emergency Medicine Conference. Attracting 140 students from different years and from around the country, the event provided the opportunity to learn more about Emergency Medicine and practice clinical skills and engage in workshops.

Professor Walters, Head of the Undergraduate Medical School, kicked off the conference and provided a warm introduction to guests of the University and to Glasgow. In the morning, delegates enjoyed a series of lectures on Military Medicine, Cognitive Performance in Emergency Medicine, Pre-hospital Care and Emergencies in Sport, at the Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre. Lunch was provided in the Wolfson Medical School Building, with a poster competition that attracted entries from Glasgow and beyond. Clinical skills and workshops were held in the afternoon in a circuit-like fashion, covering Airway Management, Advanced Life Support, Suturing and Major Incidents.

The idea of the conference is to provide something different to the normal medical student curriculum. As a society, we look to run educational events throughout the year on acute topics and to hear from guest speakers. We are thankful to the members of staff who volunteered on a Saturday to help teach at the conference, and to the Medical School for their support in helping us run the event. To hear about our next event, please search for us on Facebook and Twitter.

Oliver Seglah (Intercalating), Glasgow University Emergency Medicine Society President 2015-16
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Glasgow University Medical Infection and Immunology Society Conference
 
Glasgow University Medical Infection and Immunology Society ConferenceOn November 7th, Glasgow University Medical Infection and Immunology Society presented the first National Undergraduate Conference on Infectious Diseases and Immunology. Our Conference Committee, comprising 10 medical students from the University, recognised the need for a conference pitched at an undergraduate level, to inspire students from not just the University of Glasgow, but from around the UK to develop and pursue these interests. Our conference, held in the Glasgow University Union provided a unique opportunity for students from various degree subjects to discover and discuss a range of themes across infectious diseases and immunology.
 
The program included keynote speeches and workshop sessions run by lead academics and clinicians from Glasgow and further afield. We concluded our event with an interactive panel discussion on the future of HIV therapies and the search for a cure.
 
Three undergraduate students presented their research, with Alexander Burman, a final year medical student at the University of Glasgow winning first place and a prize of £250, which was generously sponsored by the British Infection Association.
 
Student delegates and speakers alike enjoyed an inspirational opening address from Professor Sir Kenneth Calman, Chancellor of the University of Glasgow and we were honoured to have Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University to close our conference and award our student prizes.
 
Student and speaker feedback was extremely positive and we intend to run this event on an annual basis, building on the success of our first event. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all of our speakers and to key benefactors for supporting this student-led venture. In particular, for their generous support and advice, we wish to thank: Professor Matthew Walters and the School of Medicine, Professor Iain McInnes and staff at the Institute for Infection, Immunity & Inflammation and the Chancellor’s Fund.
 
We look forward to welcoming you to our future events.
 
Ruairi Wilson (MB 4) and Hannah Gower (MB 5)
Conference Lead-Organisers
GU Medical Infection and Immunology Society.
Glasgow University Cardiovascular Society Symposium 2015
 
Cardiovascular Society Symposium 2015The day started early on  the morning of Saturday 28th November, with the committee arriving at the John Macintyre building at 8am, to set-up and organise the venue ready for our delegates to start arriving from 9am.
 
The previous day we had organised our delegate packs, which consisted of various freebies & leaflets from our generous sponsors, including the University of Glasgow Medical School - who kindly donated a large sum to help with costs & catering for our conference (thanks so much Prof Walters)!!
 
The format of our day consisted of 5 short lectures/talks in the morning, separated by morning tea & coffee (always needed), followed by echocardiography and a debate on cardiac imaging (Echo vs MRI) in the afternoon.  
 
We were extremely fortunate to have Professor Andrew Rankin - one of Glasgow's top Cardiologists and long time friend of GUCVS chair the morning session.
 
Against all odds, we managed to secure the services of Professor John McMurray, who is one of the top 100 highly cited Scientists worldwide! It was a privilege to delve into the world of research into his specialist area - Heart Failure - as well as learn about some exciting pharmacological advancements expected in 2016...
 
The highlight of the morning was a talk from Harry Prentice - a 21 year old who was diagnosed with end-stage heart failure at 16. Harry was implanted with an electrical mechanical heart and, 2 years later, received a human heart; this made him the first successful bridge to human transplantation in Scotland. His story, whilst being touching, was awe-inspiring!!
 
In the afternoon, the echo station was extremely positively received with many of the delegates relishing the opportunity to view their own heart, thankfully, no cardiac abnormalities were detected!!
 
This was only the 2nd ever GUCVS symposium and the committee would like to extend a warm thank-you to all the undergraduate students that attended from all over Scotland. We hope to build on the success of this year with an even bigger and better conference next year!! Watch this space....
 
Navin Dhatt (MB 4)
Conference Convenor GUCVS
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PHOTO: Organising Committee: Omar Amin, Jordan Lau, Jaclyn Carberry, Yew Shu Ning, Navin Dhatt, Teng Wai Huang
Our Prize Winning Students
 
Yorkhill Prizes in Child Health  
The Yorkhill Prizes in Child Health are awarded annually for excellence in the area of Child Health, as determined by the Samson Gemmell Professor of Child Health and review panels.
 

Dr Susan Macmillan and Prof Faisal AhmedCongratulations to the winners of the 2015 Yorkhill Prizes in Child Health:
  • Yorkhill Portfolio Prize in Child Heath & Medal: Dr Susan Macmillan (pictured with Prof Faisal Ahmed at the 2015 Paediatric Research Day)
  • Yorkhill Portfolio Prize in Child Heath (proxime accessit): Dr Lindsey McVey
  • Yorkhill Essay Prize in Child Health: Christopher Todd (MB 2)
  • Yorkhill Essay Prize in Child Health (proxime accessit): Cameron Morrice (MB 2)
 
The 2016 Yorkhill Prizes have been advertised, and details can be found here: Yorkhill Prize in Child Health 2015.


Newly announced – From 2016, MB5 students will be eligible for the Alexander McFadzean Prize & Medal. The prize has been established in memory of Professor Alexander James Smith McFadzean MBChB 1936, MD 1959. Prof McFadzean was Senior Lecturer of Medicine at the University of Glasgow from 1945 to 1948 and Professor of Medicine at Hong Kong University thereafter. The prize is in the area of gastrointestinal/liver disease, and will be awarded at the 2016 MB5 Prize Viva.  

General Practice and Primary Care Prize Winners
General Practice and Primary Care Prize WinnersCongratulations to the MBChB students who were awarded the Undergraduate General Practice prizes at the Royal College of General Practitioners, West of Scotland Faculty, annual Fulton Lecture in October.
 
The picture shows, from left to right: Fiona Morrison, Joanna Aithie, each awarded a MacInnes Prize for the best ethic portfolio case in year 4, 2014-2015, Dr Andrea Williamson, General Practice and Primary Care, who presented the prizes, Louise Polson
(jointly) awarded the William Ewart Gifford Prize for the best General Practice and Primary Care SSC project/essay 2014-2015.

Congratulations also to:
  • Jack Kildare (MB 5), MacInnes Ethics Prize 2014-15.
  • Paula Beaumont (MB 4), William Ewart Gifford Prize 2014-15 (joint).
  • Donald McVinnie (Graduated 2015) - British Geriatric Society Movement Disorders Essay Prize 2015 (1st Place)
  • Craig Webster (MB5) - "Breast feeding advice and support given to mothers of babies admitted to Princess Royal Maternity Neonatal Unit", awarded the Leonard E Maitles Prize 2015 for the best neonatal essay.
  • Thomas Ainge (MB4) - MacInnes Electives Prize 2014-2015.
Powerlifting Success for Sameem
 
Sameem TakCongratulations to final year student Sameem Tak, who has competed at the top tier of the International Powerlifting Federation. Sameem was placed 2nd overall in the 83kg weight class, and won a 1st place medal on the bench press. Sameem was one of 6 competitors from the Scotland team across the different weight classes. We wish Sameem well in his aspirations of competing at the World Championships in summer 2016.
 
The next Undergraduate School Newsletter will be Easter 2016. Please send items for inclusion, or feedback on this issue, to med-sch- newsletter@glasgow.ac.uk.
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