28th February 2017
CONGRATULATIONS final year Biomed's on finishing your Dissertations!
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For those of you who don't know Deborah Bowman, she is one of our most highly esteemed Medical Law and Ethics Lecturers here at George's.
Following from her previous role as Dean for Students she has kindly agreed to run an agony aunt style column for our newsletter.
Therefore... we would like to hear your 'agony aunt questions'! For confidentiality reasons we obviously would not be publishing names
in the response in the newsletter. Please send in your questions anonymously on the SU website at https://www.sgsu.org.uk/advice/wellbeing/askdq/
For all you aspiring medics, take a look at the advice Deborah had to give if you're thinking of taking a gap year:
Health Partnership Nepal
The history of PRIDE
- a discussion
5pm - J1.4
Open Mic Night:
Music for the Mountains
The Sound Lounge @ 7pm
SKIP's George's got Talent
7pm @ SU Bar
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As you may be aware the Students’ Union is currently working with the University and our architects to continue planning the refurbishment of the second floor and Students’ Union space. We want to hear what your opinion is on this refurbishment and let us know the most important factors for us to consider when planning.
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This year we are combining mental health awareness into Wellbeing Week to make Mental Wellness Week! There will be a whole range of sessions, talks, classes and events raising awareness of mental health problems, how common they are and how to look after yourself! Choose from art therapy, mindfulness or yoga, life drawing or pet therapy as well as free entry to the gym and much more, watch this space!
Ranvir Cheema, 3rd Year GEP (and ex biomed) at Georges has just won the St John Ambulance, Student Volunteer of the Year award.
He has worked as area manager for the South London LINKS units for 3 years, and has done an exemplary job of it whilst managing his studies somehow.
I could barely manage to run a single LINKS unit, it's incredible he manages 7 units, without skipping a beat.
Events Officers are conducting a survey to collect feedback on SU events that have taken part so far this academic year. It would be great to receive as many responses as possible in order to help improve events and to be able to cater to everyone's needs. Thank you!!
"The role of Student Inclusion officer is to improve inclusivity among all students. Working with the Students’ Union and the Access Agreement Monitoring Group, the officer will contribute to new initiatives and campaigns towards improving inclusivity within our university. This is an exciting role to complete alongside your studies.
We are looking for a current St George’s student, who is both a team player and has the ability to work independently. The applicant will need to be committed
to embedding practices which embrace diversity and equality, have an interest in research, a methodical approach to their work, and be creative towards generating new ideas and ensuring engagement with key student groups."
The Student Experience Network returns on Wednesday 8 March, 12.30pm to 13.30pm in the Michael Heron Lecture Theatre. The theme of the session is teaching and it will be led by Emma Baker, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology. Emma will be exploring what makes a positive teaching experience both for learners and for teachers. Staff and students are encouraged to come along to share their experiences and perspectives with Emma and each other.
This will be the third event in this year’s Student Experience Network programme. The Network offers the opportunity for everyone to come together to learn, share their experiences and to contribute to enhancing the student experience at St George’s.
Lunch is available from midday in the lobby area outside the library. The session itself will start promptly at 12.30. In line with the Respect campaign, no food or drink can be taken in the lecture theatre.
St George's Musical Society presents Into the Woods:
When? Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th March
Time? Doors open at 6:45pm
Where? Monckton Lecture Theatre, Hunter Wing
How much? £8 for students, £10 for non-students
Tickets available online, in the SU shop and on the door!
Join the Baker and his wife on their journey into the woods to find the items they need to break the Witch's curse and have the child they desire! Along the way, their fate becomes intertwined with many familiar fairytale characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood and Jack (and the beanstalk). Will they ever get their happily ever after? There's only one way to find out....
Hope to see you all there!
When: Thursday 2nd March.
University Mental Health Day is a nationwide university-based event which is all about promoting mental health awareness and action by individuals and institutions. The theme for this year is Active Mental Health--being proactive in flagging up the importance of our mental health and what we can do about it, so we'll be outside the library with a stall for anyone who is interested in finding out more!
As part of this campaign, student minds are doing a "thunderclap"--basically a simultaneous sharing of a post about UMH day which you can subscribe to be a part of via this link (https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/53329-unimentalhealthday-02-03-17), and it'd be great to see as many people as possible get involved to spread the word!
The history of PRIDE - a discussion
Tuesday 28th February
So, earlier in the month we had a stall at consent fair which was all about LGBTQ+ people, mental health and the NHS. Currently, as we can see from the Stonewall Unhealthy Attitudes survey (http://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/unhealthy-attitudes), the NHS still has a lot of work to do in the department of LGBTQ+ equality, which may be surprising to some people. This is serious, as it becomes a serious barrier to healthcare, meaning people feel uncomfortable going to their doctor due to fear of stigmatisation or bullying, which means people don't get help when they need it and it leads to an exacerbation of health problems, notably mental health problems. The minds page (http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/lgbtq-mental-health/) has great background information of the problem, but also has a list of contacts which are helpful both for people who want access to LGBTQ+-centric services and for healthcare professionals who want to know to where they can signpost people who want support.
Further Information about LGBTQ+ people and healthcare: http://www.pinktherapy.com/portals/0/downloadables/Health/NHS_LGB_Mental_Health.pdf
Are you an aspiring filmmaker who wants to get that first programme made? Or are you just looking for something exciting and different this Easter?
If so, WORLDwrite's school of Citizen TV WORLDbytes, is providing FREE access to film training, facilities, tuition and media opportunities to young people under 25 years of age.
Throughout a 6-day training package over the Easter holidays, a team of experienced tutors will take participants through core production elements to produce two programmes for online broadcast. Participants will learn camera work, sound recording, lighting, public speaking, interview technique, promotion and much more.
No previous experience or CVs are required, just an interest in social issues.
For full details of this special Easter training package and others that WORLDbytes provide, check out their website here.
Application Deadline: Thursday 16th March 2017
JASME is the Junior Association for the Study of Medical Education. We are an organisation run by junior doctors and medical students aiming to foster an interest in medical education among juniors. We run various events aimed at those interested in medical education and encourage, promote and conduct medical education research initiated by juniors.
We try to recruit 1-2 'local reps' from each medical school, who would have various roles including publicising JASME and other medical education related events and also coordinating (with support) a medical education event at their medical school.
The aim of these scholarships is to contribute to the expenses of 5 to 11-month study periods in different Chinese cities to learn Mandarin language and Chinese culture, an excellent gap-year option for last-year students or recent graduates interested in the Middle Kingdom.
What is it?
There are six different Generation UK – China academic scholarship programmes to choose from, ranging from 5 to 11 months in length, and students can start in either September or February within the same academic year.
Who can apply?
Final year students and recent graduates on track to receive or have achieved a 2:1 grade
All scholarships cover tuition fees, accommodation, and a basic monthly living allowance to help with day-to-day expenses. Students need to pay for return flights (£400-700), travel & medical insurance, and visa costs.
When can students apply?
Now! deadline to submit applications is 16 April 2017 at 23:59 PM (BST).
Elective Aid is Selfless' flagship 10 day programme for medical and dental students looking to pursue careers in global and public health. Selfless work worth a range of partners including UKAID and NHS England to deliver effective and sustainable solutions to global healthcare challenges.
When: 31st July - 9th September 2017
Where: Sylhet, Bangladesh
Who: All medical and dental students
Price: £650 for flights plus we ask volunteers to raise up to £1300 for in-country expenditure and charitable activities.
Find out more and apply: beselfless.org.uk
Deadline: 1st March 2017
Our mentors commit to our programme for one year and spend 2-4 hours a week with their matched child. Together they enjoy fun activities designed to: increase the child’s self-esteem; teach the child new skills; and help the child to overcome their challenges so that they can imagine a better future. Our mentors come from a variety of backgrounds. No previous experience working with children is necessary as we provide comprehensive training. Mentors are supported throughout the mentoring year by a Chance UK Programme Manager. This is a fantastic opportunity for students really wanting to give back and make a difference. Our volunteers also gain a plethora of transferable skills through mentoring and students can request a reference at the end of the mentoring year.
More information can be found at www.chanceuk.com/become-a-mentor.
If you haven’t already heard, Pastest recently cut their medical student subscription prices in time for your exams!
Find out more here: https://www.pastest.com/medical-student-finals/
Pre Clinical Revision Course for 1st and 2nd years
London 08-09 April
2 days of lectures that cover the entire of pre clinical medicine.
Brilliant exam preparation. Bookings include a 250 page textbook and 500 SBAs
Clinical Cases Revision Course for 3-5th years
London 15-16th April
25 Cases integrate the entire Medical and Surgical curriculum.
Ideal preparation for for written and practical clinical exams.
- Health Partnership Nepal set up in 2007 and has been visiting valleys and areas more deprived of access to medical care. Each summer we set up mobile medical clinics and surgical camps.
- Donations buy simple medical equipment like gloves and medicines, as well as surgical equipment. It pays for transport of more complex patients that need operations in Kathmandu.
Join the event here to stay updated and invite your friends:
Find out more about HPN's work:
Open Mic Night: Music for the Mountains
Wednesday 1st March
Break up the week with a sing and a swing!
Fancy performing yourself? Join us on the stage. Book up slots before they fill.
Check out this new venue in Tooting, and go back to Thursday and Friday humming some new tunes.
£3 donation on the door goes to Health Partnership Nepal (www.hpnepal.org)
Himalayan Peaks CHALLENGE
Explore Annapurna and find yourself on Everest Base Camp all under one roof!
Great music throughout the week. Grab those 8000s or just hang around the Valleys.
- 25 fresh blocks (black circuit, V0-V6) available from Monday-Friday this week (27th-3rd)
- Grab a scorecard from reception (£1) and get climbing.
- Climbing social + FREE PIZZA on the evening of Friday 3rd to celebrate the last day of the league.
- Hand in your scorecard at reception by Friday 3rd to be entered into a raffle to WIN PRIZES.
- There will be a donation bucket up at reception all week, any donations would be much appreciated!
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