Medical Society has continued to meet weekly throughout the spring and summer term, switching to meetings via Zoom during the period of remote learning.
We have seen record numbers this academic year with in excess of 30 students regularly attending, making for some lively debates and thorough questioning of our student speakers. Presentation topics have included past and current uses of leeches in medicine, neuroplasticity and how a vaccine centre operates. Students have also taken part in a group problem solving activity devising a government strategy for allocation of funds in response to a new COVID variant! In a year in which applications for medicine have increased by 21%, our Y13 students have worked incredibly hard preparing for interview and congratulations to the 15 students who have been duly rewarded in securing at least one university offer, with many of them having a choice of which medical or dental school they wish to select as their first choice.
Most recently Y13 students took the opportunity to pass on their advice and tips gained from first-hand experience to Y12 students on a range of topics including interviews, personal statements, aptitude tests and writing projects. A special thanks to Ken who produced a highly detailed and informative guide on applying to Oxbridge for medicine.
It has long been an ambition for Medical Society to become a genuinely student-led society and our outgoing Chair, Devanandh has made an exceptional contribution in helping us achieve this over the last academic year. As a regular speaker, contributor to discussion and judge of debates, the society has benefitted from his excellent organisational skills in enhancing student communication and devising the content of meetings. True to his altruistic nature, in his last presentation Devananadh shared his reflections on how best to maintain a positive mindset, balanced perspective and good mental health in the face of competing pressures and the demands of Y13. Finishing with a motivational and engaging talk was a both a fitting end to his tenure and a great way in which to welcome to the new leadership team.
Congratulations to Nabeel who has been appointed Chair of Medical Society for 2021-22, supported by Aditya as Vice Chair, both of whom have shown themselves to be very competent in running recent meetings. Andrei and Calum have also been appointed to the new roles of Outreach Lead and Work Experience Coordinator respectively. We look forward to another year of busy activity and one in which we can (hopefully) genuinely get back to normal!
Pictured above: Ken, Devanandh, Nabeel