Freshers Guide

2014-15
Liverpool Medical Students Society
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Are you nervous? You should be. Not the medical-school-is-going-to-be-
outrageously-difficult-to-complete' kind of nervous, but the 'OMG-I-AM-
EXCITED-TO-THE-POINT-OF-EMOTIONAL-INCONTINENCE' kind of nervous. "But Chloe, tell me
why?" I hear you say... well Fresher, just read this carefully put together Freshers Guide and you
will gain all the inside perspective you need on how to be a medical student. So enjoy!
As Editor, I run one of the most celebrated medical school magazines of all time: SPHINCTER.
(Turn to page 18 to read a little more about the history behind the name...) I will be joyously
bringing you seasonal Editions showcasing a multidue of inspiring and witty gems brought to you
by the talented students that reside within our Medical School.
Fancy a go at writing for the magazine? Email me your ideas at Publications@lmssonline.com
Your Editor,
Chloe Barnes
4th Year Medical Student & Publications Secretary
Editor's Welcome
Contents
4...............Wise Words
5...............Your President
6...............11 types of Medics
8...............Your Secretary
9...............Your Treasurer
10..............Sports!!
12..............What To Wear
14..............Drama Llama
15..............Lets get down to business
18..............History of the LMSS
20..............How to be Academically competent
21..............ASS
22..............Nightlife in Liverpool
24..............LMSS events
26..............Webmaster
27..............Charities & Rugby
28..............Welfare of the Freshers
29..............LGBT guide to Liverpool
30..............LMSS calendar
Front Cover created by Sally Wag, 3rd Year Medical Student
Sketches throughout guide by Duaa Modhir & Ningyu Chai
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YOUR PRESIDENT
KIERANKELLY
Welcome, you lucky, lucky people!
Firstly, a massive congratulations for earning yourself
a place in the finest Medical School around- you
deserve it. As a prize, you have now earned yourself
five fantastic years in Liverpool, and you’ve got so
much to look forward to.
As the president of the Liverpool Medical School
Society (LMSS) this year, I’m so looking forward to
meeting you as you embark upon your time in this
wonderful city. I know that at the moment you’ve got a
lot on your plate (everybody you meet is probably
bombarding you with leaflets, brochures and advice)
but trust me, this is important.
The LMSS is your voice as a medic; we work closely
with the faculty of medicine to ensure an optimum
experience for every student, as well as having our
own ‘Buddy’ system to make sure you get the most
from your time here and to help you sail through your
studies. However, helping you with Medicine itself is
only part of what the LMSS does. While our
extracurricular lectures, revision days and
academic sub-societies will nourish your
thirst for knowledge, feeding your
enthusiasm for other aspects of student
life is at least as important. Our social
calendar is the busiest, most diverse
of any MedSoc in the country- and
whether you’re soaking up over
a century of tradition and
organized chaos at one of our
weekly ‘Ordinary
Meetings’, performing
on stage for Charity,
joining us on the
Alton Towers trip
or burning
burgers at
the LMSS
BBQ,
there’s something going on every week to look forward to.
The society does so much for medics at Liverpool, and absolutely everybody is
welcome- the rest of this guide will introduce you to the committee who run it &
tell you all about what we do.
My job as President is to make sure that this all works for each and every one of
you. Starting at University isn’t always easy, but one thing that makes it so
rewarding is taking the opportunity to get involved in as many things as possible.
I absolutely recommend getting involved in the LMSS- it really is the most
inclusive society around and it’s all here for you.
Don't Be Shy....
Kieran
President of the LMSS
president@lmssonline.com
5th Year Medical Student
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you'll meet in 1st year
EDITORS NOTE: President Kelly has been at Medical School for
4 years now. He certainly has met a lot of different humans over this
time period, but certain character clusters never fail to crop up come
September time. Here he is to explain a little more about what to
expect within the first week of Liverpool life...
A new city! A new course! And, most terrifyingly, thousands
of new people! No need to be scared however- consider this
your handy guide to navigating your way through all of those
'characters' you'll meet in your first three terms as a medical
student...
Written by President Kieran Kelly, 5th Year
11TYPES OF MEDIC
This guy can't wait for freshers week, as he's got
something exciting to share with everyone else
in his halls- he's going to be a doctor! This
conversation starter breaks the ice brilliantly at
first, until he realises half a week down the line
that he has no idea what anyone else in his
block is studying, other than “they're not a
medic”. And that makes for awkward small talk.
Most likely to say: “Like, saving lives and stuff! Isn't
that amazing?”
Most likely to be found: Posing for stethoscope selfies
in front of the mirror
This person isn't
necessarily a
postgrad, but is
without a doubt
the most
competitive
person you'll ever
meet. In lectures,
their hand will be up more than it is down, and their
definition of 'small- group teaching' is 'an opportunity to
deliver a monologue'. They'll ace the exams without a doubt,
and will celebrate by asking everyone else EXACTLY what
results they got, before responding with a sarcastic smirk
and a “well, a pass is a pass I suppose..”
Most likely to say: “Oh, you haven't learnt that yet? Oh dear..”
Most likely to be found: On your nerves.
She got a BMW for her 18th, a £4,000 bracelet for her 21st, and
can't wait for the new pony she's been promised if she passes her
formative exams. Liverpool is the furthest north she's ever been,
and she doesn't trust the tap water any more than she trusts her
new Geordie next-door-neighbour. She's frightfully lovely, but
isn't really immersing herself in the whole 'student experience'-
you'll be unlikely to see this girl in the Raz.
Most likely to say: “I'm hoping to be placed in Chester- they
have a different class of patient over there”
Most likely to be found: Skiing
in the Alps every bank
holiday.
This man-of-mystery has hair down to his shoulders,
jeans skinner than his forearms, and is never seen
without a half-rolled cigarette jammed between his
fingers. You won't catch him in lectures, but as you
leave you'll spot him leaning dramatically against a
wall, resembling a mislaid member of The Strokes.
Most likely to say: “Working lungs are just too mainstream.”
Most likely to be found: On instagram.
She out-drinks the
rugby team, out-
flirts the football team, and out-fights the bouncers at Popworld:
this incredible woman is more of a man than you'll ever be. On
an academic level, she couldn't be more different: polite, modest,
conscientious- just wait 'til she's polished off her 8th pint of
Guinness and you'll find her unrecognisable.
Most likely to say: “Doooooooooooooooown iiiiiiiiiiiiiit”
Most likely to be found: Downing it.
The "I'M ALMOST A DOCTOR!!!"
The "GRAD-U-HATE"
The "Daddy's Girl"
The "Too Cool for Med School"
The "Should-Have-Been-A-Lad"
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Freshers week is for making friends, but the rest of the
year is for putting them to shame, according to this girl. Ex
house captain, ex head girl, and future Health Secretary,
she's completed the syllabus by the end of first term,
meaning she can now dedicate her time to correcting the
staff in clinical skills. Very much the Hermione Granger of
the year.
Most likely to say: “I think you'll find it's dysdiadochokinesi-
ah, not dysdiadocokinesi-aar”
Most likely to be found: In the Harold Cohen Library. At
6:30. In the morning.
Most likely to say: “I think you'll find it's dysdiadochokinesi-ah, not
dysdiadocokinesi-aar”
Most likely to be found: : In the Harold Cohen Library. At 6:30. In
the morning.
This girl smokes like a chimney, drinks like a Russian, and
is so cool that she makes you feel a bit uncomfortable. She
probably has a name like 'Lil' or 'Elle'. This, however, is all a
facade to mask her dark secret: she was a bit on the
'sensible' side back in school.
Think of her as a real life Miley
Cyrus- university life has
destroyed her inhibitions like a
wrecking ball.
Most likely to say: “New course, new
me!”
Most likely to be found: Deleting old
pictures off facebook.
This fresh-faced young chap has just turned
eighteen, and he has the ID to prove it. You know
this because he's asked to show it to bouncers, bar
staff, and halls security every time he ventures
into town. He's nice, he's keen, and he's just so
excited to start spending his loan on stationary
Most likely to say: ““Do they do milkshakes here?”
Most likely to be found: Needing a lie down after two Desperados
With chinos bright
enough to start a fire,
Ray-Bans tucked into his A&F Polo, and an 'ironic' hat, this
self-proclaimed legend is always surrounded by people. The
fact that those people are usually trying to find an exit
doesn't seem to register. He's everyone's 'bezzie mate' and
has loads of 'gap yah' stories about his 'bare awesome
experiences'- but despite all of this, he's not the Big Name
On Campus he thinks he is- just a complete BCOC.
Most likely to say: “So, I was
messaging this girl on tinder,
yeah..
Most likely to be found: : On
your doorstep. Uninvited.
This complete snake-in-the-grass has so much love, he just
needs someone to share it with. And that 'someone' could be
anyone. How will he know
unless he tries to chat up
EVERYONE?
Most likely to say: “Are you
single? Is your friend single?
Most likely to be found: Behind
you on the dance floor, grinding.
A seamless amalgamation of all of the best qualities of
those mentioned above, this student came to university for
two reasons: To have an incredible time, and to learn some
medicine. They try new things, meet new people, and
explore their new home. They go to an LMSS Meeting on a
Thursday, lie in bed on a Friday, play sports on a Saturday,
do the choir on a Tuesday, and split the rest of their time
between relaxing in the park and learning how to be a
doctor. They're charming, relaxed and popular.
Most likely to say: “I am having an absolutely sensational time, and
I'm nailing all the exams.”
Most likely to be found: In Liverpool Medical School
The "Keen Machine"
The "Straight-Out-Of-School"
The "New-Leafer"
The "BCOC"
The "% Player"
The "Liverpool Medic"
Whichever of the above
'medics' you think
you're going to be, it's
time to start getting
excited- you'll be
meeting all the others
in September.
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YOUR SECRETARY...
Miss Lizzie Lane
Hello you lovely lot!
My name is Lizzie and I have the absolute pleasure of being your lady
secretary this year. My job is to keep everything running as smoothly
as possible, overseeing the rest of the committee and offering a helping
hand to anyone who needs it.
I remember when I was moving away, it was pretty scary! I didn't really
know what to expect… Would I meet nice people at halls? Would I fit in?
And on top of all that, would I be able to cope with the course? These
and countless other thoughts raced through my mind before I boarded the
9 hour ferry from Larne (any Irish/Northern Irish students... Avoid!
#BadTimes) However, I can hand on heart say, that my years so far at
medical school have been truly amazing.
I want you to feel that you already have friends before you even get
here… us, the LMSS! It is our duty to ensure that you have the most
unforgettable experience here at Medical School, both socially and
academically. Please feel free to turn to us and know that we will do
everything in our power to help you out; the support network we provide is
excellent, and don’t forget that we are your direct link to the medical
school's faculty. We really are indescribably excited for you to join us in
September!
I cannot urge you enough to get involved from the word go. Anything that
you've wanted to try but haven't had the opportunity to as of yet - university
is the time to do so! Liverpool is a fantastic city, with so much to offer, so
make the most of it. The LMSS is a huge society with thousands of members
and alumni, providing the perfect opportunity for you to meet older years (who
will teach you and guide you, after all they were once in your shoes!). They
understand your worries and concerns, so get to know them because they truly
are an invaluable resource.
On Thursday nights we hold our ‘Ordinary Meetings.’ With traditions spanning
over a hundreds years and guest speakers ranging from famous doctors right
through to comedians and celebrities, these meetings are anything but ordinary!
The society caters for everyone – whether you enjoy a night out or not, we
provide a huge range of opportunities and activities for everyone along with
revision days and academic support throughout the year. Make sure to get your
membership at the Freshers fair: a one off payment of £55 (which works out at
£11 per year) gets you a discount on all events throughout your five years at
medical school.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and I can’t wait to meet you!!
Love,
Lizzie xxXxx
LMSS Secretary
4th Year
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Greetings, freshers!
Well, as your eyes may have gathered from the crumpled envelope that is currently beside you, you’ve
successfully received your freshers guide and are literally weeks away from arriving at medical school.
Scary ey?
I’d best introduce myself. My name’s Joe and I’m the society Treasurer for the year 2014/15 and I’d
like to wish you all a ridiculously warm welcome to Liverpool! You all should be very excited, you’ve got
five incredible years ahead of you, I’m actually jealous that I’ve only got one left.
But what do I do? I’m the man in charge of money. “What does that mean?” I hear you ask...well, it
means I’m the one who will be funding all our academic and social events for the coming year. We’ll be
investing in revision weekends, weekly extra lectures and teaching sessions to help you through your
first year, and we’ll also be splashing HUGE amounts of cash on our brilliant society meetings (we’ll be
hosting genuine celebrities including Sky Sports’ very own Phil Thompson, the hilarious Amateur
Transplants as seen at the Edinburgh Fringe and endorsed by the legendary Stephen Fry), AU nights,
sports teams as well as gigantic events like the incredible Annual Ball, to make sure, as cliché as it
sounds, that you get that chance to work hard, and play a hell of a lot harder.
I remember being in your shoes and getting this very freshers guide through my letterbox some 4 years
ago now (scary!) and feeling excited, and somewhat terrified at the same time! But we want to get as
many of you involved in university life as possible this year and we genuinely can’t wait to meet you.
There’s literally something for all of you here, including loads of medics sports teams which are great
craic. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be the next Luis Suarez or Jessica Ennis to get involved, loads
of people do it just for fun! Get yourselves along to a training session and try it, you’ve got absolutely
nothing to lose. And for those of you who are into acting, drama and music, make sure you join LMSS
Artefacts. From personal experience, I joined in first year and have been an ever-present member since
and would definitely recommend getting involved; it’s seriously awesome, and every year they put on an
annual Christmas Concert, variety show and a full on musical production.
However, we also want to know what you want from us. This is your society after all and we want to
know what we’re doing well and if there’s anything we can do to make your time at medical school even
better than it inevitably will be!
See you all soon!
LMSS Treasurer, 4th Year
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TREASURER
Joe Mannion
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Ruth Blessed, 24, 4th Year
Ruth has been turning heads all
morning with this little black
playsuit, proving to everyone
that legs-out-in-the-library is the
way to go this year. Ruth states:
"I'm covered in goosepimples
and freezing. But who cares
about the cold when you know
that you look this hot?
#WorthIt."
Rielle Longhurst, 20, 3rd Year
Rielle stepped straight out of the
door this morning and into the
90s. She shows us that long
black skirts are for more then
just Halloween, and that daring
to bare a little midriff is a risk
that can pay off. Rielle shared
her best tip on how to get this
vampiresque look: "Don't buy
anything that anybody else
has even LOOKED at.
Mainstream is
Plainstream.
Aoife McVey, 21, 4th Year
A combination of blonde hair,
explosivly vibrant jacket patterns
and a demurly striped shift dress
makes Aoife one of the best
dressed medical students in the
library today. When asking to
comment on the thought process
behind this ensemble, Aoife
stated: "This was a complete
accident. I got
dressed in the
dark."
WHAT TO WEAR
Library Edition
Congratulations on choosing the right University. Now for a much more
difficult choice...selecting the right outfit.
Written by Chloe Barnes, 4th Year & YOUR EDITOR
A Stripy Surprise
So Edgy It Hurts
Playsuit Perfect
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Andy Fitzsimons, 23,
4th Year
The photo above does not
demonstrate how
blindingly bright these
blue chinos truly are.
With sky coloured shoes
to match, Andy tries his
hardest to bring Neon
colours back into the
fashion game. Andy
attempted to justify his
choices: "At home I live
on the coast, so most
of my clothing
combinations are
inspired by the ocean. I
want people to look
at me and see
the sea."
Theodore Johnson, 22,
4th Year
With a name like
Theodore, this man needs
to find a sophisticated
style to match. Perhaps
this doesn't quite radiate
from his boring T-shirt or
battered faux-Converses,
however sophistication
HAS manifested in the
form of 'dog shorts'. Theo
states: "The lads think I'm barking mad
wearing these to the library. But the
jokes on them! A smoking hot girl came
up to me 10 minutes ago and told me
that I look adorable."
Josh Baker, 22, 4th Year
With his collar up and red
laced shoes, Josh finds great
joy in the practicality of his
outfit. He highlights the
importance of keeping warm
whilst simultaneously
showcasing the most
desirable neutral shades of
the season. Josh comments:
"I've worn this outfit for
several days now and the
crotch area of my chinos
is beginning to smell odd.
It's worth it though
because even though I
don't smell good, I know I
look great! I quite
simply don't
want to take
off this
outfit."
Stay on Formby Keeping warm
Who Let the Dogs Out?
'Blue is the NewYou'
As Editor I thought it unjust not to give you a style
sample of Liverpool's finest. Do you agree with my
critiques, or do you have your own opinion on what is
good/bad/just plain ugly? Read on to find out what
these fashion victims were thinking when they got
dressed this morning...
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ARTEFACTSThe musical side of Medical School
Artefacts is a huge part of the LMSS, and it is our job to help you meet
all your performing arts needs at Medical school, whilst providing you
with an escape from the textbooks!
Artefacts is known for being a great place to make friends and we want
to make the Artefacts family bigger than ever this year.Whether you!re
the next Darcey Bussell, an aspiring actor or you just love a bit of
singing (or all 3) Artefacts is the place for you! Some things to look
forward to: -Dance group -Choir -Artefacts carol concert -Artefacts
variety show -Performances at big events such as Charity Slave
auction and Fashion show - ARTEFACTS MUSICAL 2014/2015…
WHAT WILL IT BE?!?!
Whether you!re an experienced performer or fancy trying it for the first
time, everyone is welcome at Artefacts! We can!t wait to meet you!!!
Love from your Artefacts Reps,
Eve & Tasha
Artefacts Representatives, 3rd Year
The House Secretaries...
These boys
have the
job of
keeping
you well
fed at
every LMSS
meeting...
Don't think you can face more "Super noodles?"
Or Carnatic just not cutting it anymore?
N'ever fear,
The House Secretaries are here!
Bring yourselves to the LMSS every Thursday,
Every meal better than Mamma's!
Smoker's mysteries we'll help reveal,
Hope you're as excited as we are,
You're in for the time of your lives!!
Yours Sincerely,
Harry Batty &
James Rush
House Secretaries, 2nd Year
Artwork by Duaa Modhir
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Hey Freshers! I’m your Business Rep for this year! Do you
need a stethoscope?! That’s my job! A Liverpool Medical
School Hoody…? My job again! Or one of the other amazing
items from the LMSS shop…Again, my job! We have some
amazing Fresher’s Deals for you, so look no further than the
LMSS online page and take advantage of these amazing
bargains!
Prices shown below are subject to change. Have a look at the
website for the full range of products and more information
on each!
Order online at lmssonline.co.uk or e-mail me at business@lmssonline.co.uk if
you have any questions!
New for this: year-delivery to Halls as well as pick-up in Cedar House!
Sophie Dodd xXx 5th Year
Freshers Deal 1:
Hoodie, Stethscope and Fob Watch
LMSS Members £79 Non-LMSS £89
Freshers Deal 2:
Zip Hoodie, Stethoscope and Fob Watch
LMSS Members £81 Non-LMSS £91
Other items on offer:
Stethoscope only: LMSS £58 and Non-LMSS £63
Wide range of colours: See lmssonline.co.uk for more info!
Hoodies only: LMSS £22 and Non-LMSS £25
Can be personalised! Wide range of colours! See online!
Zoodies (Zip Hoodies): LMSS £23.50 Non-LMSS £26.50
Can be personalised! Wide range of colours! See online for deets!
Fob Watch (silicone)- Very handy for Clinical skills sessions,
Exams and Hospital!!
LMSS £5 Non-LMSS £6
Must-have attire for social occasions:
All with Liverpool Medical School Logo!!! You do not want to be
without these...
Cufflinks: £9.99
Scarf: £13.99
Tie: £11
Bow tie: £13
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• The society was originally founded as the “Liverpool
Royal Infirmary School of Medicine Debating Society” (MSDS
for short) in 1874. At 140 years old, the society is officially older
than the University itself (founded in 1881). It is also the
oldest society of its kind in the country, maybe even
the world.
• The name “Liverpool Medical Students’ Society” was
adopted in 1943, 71 years ago. We have also been known as
the “University College Medical School DebatingSociety” and
the “Liverpool University Medical School Debating Society”.
• John Mortimer “Jack” Leggate (pictured above) was a
Liverpool graduate and a qualified surgeon; he was also Dean
of the Medical School from 1953-69. He has twice been the
Honorary President of the LMSS. A veteran of the Normandy
Landings, he became something of a legend with the students
of our medical school because of the support he gave them
and the society, so much so that we still sing his name to this
day, as you will undoubtedly find out. The board with the
names of every officer still stands in the Jack Leggate Theatre
in the University.
• Sphincter (the official LMSS magazine) went to
print for its first edition in 1937. The name is a parody of
the old University magazine “The Sphinx”. The magazine
almost went out of existenceduringWorldWar II whenthethen
editor was killed in an air raid whilst on duty at the Mill Road
Maternity Hospital. 77 years later it is still going strong and we
hope some of you will write articles for it.
• The Annual Dinner (called Men’s Dinner by some,
incorrectly might I add) is the societies’ longest running event.
This black tie dinner marks its 170
th
anniversary this year. I’m
sure James has some big plans to mark this occasion. Strictly
men only (don’t worry ladies; you have your own dinner too).
Moustaches are strongly encouraged.
• The Annual Smoking Concert (affectionately known
as SMOKER). 134 years old and the biggest event of the
year. The origins, much like the event, are shrouded in
mystery. Apparently when it began, smoking was not allowed
in the medical school, apart from on this one day each year.
When the chance comes to get involved, take it; you will not
regret it.
Kieran, Lizzie and Joe have told you about the society today so you might be
beginning to form a few ideas about what the LMSS is about, so when Chloe
asked me to write an article summarising our history for this guide, I was more
than happy to oblige. So here are some key bullet points for you about your
societies’ history to kick start the next 5 years of your life...
Hi there! I'm James, the History and
Alumni Rep! "What makes this
society so good", I hear you say? I
personally believe it's a combination of
the people you meet, the things we do and
the history and tradition that goes with it; all
of which will become clearer very, very
soon. My role is to uncover stories from the vast
history of this society and write down some new ones
for future generations to enjoy.
The Jack Leggate lecture Theatre
HlsIory of Ibe LM55
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• A rivalry exists with the engineers (although rather more
friendly now then it was). Rumour has it that it was sparked
(quite literally) and an arson attack was committed against
a medical school building, although previous researchers
into our history have struggled to prove this. Whatever the
truth is, it still adds some spark to our sporting encounters
with their teams, and some friendly banter in the form of
song.
• “Artefacts” was set upin1962andis there for all of you
performing arts, dance and music loving people to get
involved in. I am lead to believe it was originally set up as
“The Gilbert and Sullivan Society”, but now also
accommodates a full choir and a dance group. The annual
Artefactsmusical isoneof mypersonal highlightsof theyear
and I urge you to get involved, whatever your level of ability
or skill. You’ll find me in the band pit hiding behind people
who can actually play the trumpet. The pair of students who
set up Artefacts are now a happily married couple and
through a stroke of luck attendedlast year’s musical; it’s fair
to say they were extremely proud of what it has become.
• The Ordinary Meetings – something of an experience, it
has to be said. When there is no event that week, Thursday
nights are traditionally facilitated by these unique events
and there is always some form of entertainment for “public
business”; we already have some seriously good speakers
and entertainment lined up for you this year. The current
form of the meetings is believed to have started around
1950, and if you hadn’t guessed we’re pretty big on
tradition; there are some long-running ones here (although
I am yet to discover where a lot of them come from). Bring
your pennies, maybe bring a story or two and get involved.
• There are many sports teams dating back for years, and
I could probably write a whole article on the history of these.
What I do knowis that graduates still love the clubs we now
play for. For example, Dr. Andrew “Ziggy” Zsigmond is a
Hungarian doctor who tells an excellent story of how he
escapedfromHungary andcertainimprisonment duringthe
height of communism and anti-communist uprising in the
1950s, then ended up at our beloved medical school,
graduating in 1962 (if you ever get the chance to hear this
story then take it; it is genuinely fascinating). To this day he
still sponsors our football teams and traditionally hosts a
meal for all their players at the end of each season.
Sothereyouhaveit, abrief runthroughof somekeymoments
in our history. I hope you are all as intrigued by this as I am
and this has helped get you excited about the next 5 years
of your life. As well as becoming doctors, you have the
opportunity to get involved in something with a rich history
and the chance to make your own chapter for the history
books; we’re all hoping you take it.
Don’t be shy.
James Chapman
History & Alumni Rep, 5th Year
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Raising money at a Charity Panto
Surgery lecture theatre
Rugby Team
A previous committee
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I’m Anton, your academic rep for 2014/2015
Over the next year, I’ll be a contact point between you (the students) and the faculty. I’ll be
working close with the medical school to ensure that you get the best out of your education,
while having the time of your life!
I’m here to help with any academic concerns you have, so don’t think twice about
contacting me if you feel the need to! We will also be setting up revision days, seminars
& workshops throughout the year that will hopefully benefit us all!
Looking forward to meeting you all & to work with you! So, get excited for the next year
and see you all in September!!
10 tips to survive first year!
1. Try your best to attend morning lectures. 9am lectures can be tedious, but even if you’re
massively hungover, DRAG yourself to lectures. This way, your body will be trained not to have a lie
in and you might learn something.
2. Eat proper meals! Remember: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you’re living
in halls, you have no excuse. Trust me, breakfast is the best meal you’re going to get out of them.
Can’t decide between a full breakfast and the continental option? Go for both! Don’t forget your
essential cup (or 2) of coffee!
3. Books. Do not buy every single book you hear about. Utilise the library, get yourself familiar
with different books and choose the one that is best for you! You won’t be able to read every single
one of them, so don’t waste your money. (Spend your money on more important things, ie. coffee or a
pint)
4. HARC. Make use of it! First year is the only time when you focus on your anatomy. Don’t just
copy everything written in the booklets, make sure you understand it. If you don’t, get one of the
anatomists to explain it to you.
5. Mentors. You will be assigned mentors from the year above. Ask them for help if you need to.
Get to know people from the years above. Most of the time, the advice and resources they can give
you will be the most essential.
6. Confidence is key. OSCE and clinical practice can be daunting, especially when you’re first
starting out! But no matter how nervous you are, you have to fake it until you make it!
7. Time management. You’ve heard it all before, but you are now in university. No one is going to
tell you what to do; you have to decide for yourself. So make sure you juggle everything well. Try
to slip in some revision now and again, so you won’t have to panic when it comes to exams.
8. Know your learning style. Are you a visual, aural or a tactile learner? Find out and study smart.
9. You will sign up to 50 different clubs and societies during fresher’s fair. But choose a few that
you actually enjoy and stick with it. Use it as a way to de-stress and indulge yourself in activities
other than medicine
10. Finally, don’t work too hard. Enjoy your time in university, be social and get to know different
people!
Anton Wong
Academic Rep, 5th Year
A few tips from your Academic Rep......
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Medsin
This is a national student led organisation
whose aim is to promote health as well as
educate students on health inequalities in
local and global communities. There is a
Liverpool branch of this organisation with
its own committee. This society is well worth
getting involved in especially for those
interested in healthcare abroad.
Psych society
As the name suggests this society is
for anyone interested in psychiatry,
there are lectures covering what you
need to know psych wise to get
through exams along with career talks.
As with many of the other societies
there is also a revision day organised
yearly.
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This affiliated society aims to reduce anxiety
for children when seeing their GPs or going
to hospital. They do this by visiting schools
and running simulated
consultations in which
children act as a parent
bringing their teddy bears to
see the doctor. This is
incredible rewarding and
looks very good on your
CV!
Radiology soc
This new society aims
to provide lectures
covering topics related
to radiology, it is a
must for anyone
interested in a career
in radiology or
interventional
radiology.
Hugh Owens Thomas
Orthopaedic Society
This newly formed society provides lectures
throughout the year on trauma and orthopaedics.
The lectures are aimed at all years and all
interests from basic anatomy to preparation for
LOCAS lectures. As with many of the other
societies HOTS puts on a revision weekend and
also career advice for those interested. As well as
academic events HOTS has many socials
throughout the year.
Paeds society
This society puts on
lectures throughout the
year covering
paediatric medicine
and surgery. There are
also careers talks and
a revision weekend
later on in the year.
Student Physicians
Society !SPS"
This society puts on weekly lectures
throughout the year covering medicine
based topics. Lectures are usually given
by registrars or consultants from
hospitals in the region. SPS also
organises revision days and career
lectures!
Sexpression
This society trains medical students to
deliver sex education to local school
children. This is a valuable opportunity to
hand something back to the local
community as well as
further your CV.
SNOGs
Snogs covers everything
regarding obstetrics and
gynaecology! There are
regular lectures
throughout the year
along with a revision
day towards exam time!
For anyone interested in
obs and gynae this is
well worth getting
involved in!
Hey everyone. I’m George and I’ll be overseeing the
ASS connected to the LMSS this year. My role is to
ensure that the best med students’ society in the
country also has the best ASS and the most active
ASS throughout the academic year.
There will be plenty of opportunities in freshers week to learn
more about the ASS we have to offer and hopefully you’ll be keen to join up
and affiliate yourselves with some of our fine ASS during your first year.
I look forward to seeing you all on bus tour!
George Bethell
ASS Rep, 5th Year
P.S. ASS is short for Associated Societies
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Societies
Here are just a few of the
societies on offer to you here at
Liverpool Medical School...
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The Super Social Lashtastic Log
Book of Liverpool Learning and
Awesome Alliteration!!!
You! Yes, you there reading this fine piece of literature. Any idea of how
bloody superb this city we call Liverpool is? No!? Well come here, take our
hand and let us lead you through the do’s and definitely do’s of your
impending Liverpool social careers. Follow the following and you’ll be in for
an absolute treat.
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The Blue Angel
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See centre
spread +
back page!!
The Brookhouse
(AKA The Brookie)
Faculty
(AKA Dom1’s)
Bumper
(AKA ‘funny sign place’)
Presenting Location
-Get the Fat Frogs in
-Obligatory hideous Raz
T-Shirt
-Raz Membership for the
elite
- Sense of shame come the
next day
-Annihilate the 50 Wing
Challenge
-Use the £5 minimum spend
on card as an excuse for
a 2
nd
pint
-Gag at the smell of the
toilets
-Make it past this stop
on Bus Tour
-QuadVod. No exceptions
-Another QuadVod. The 1
st
hasn’t hit you yet
-A 3
rd
Quadvod, just for
shits and giggles
-Oh God where’s the
toilet?
-See a cracking local
band live
-Shots?
-Oh go on then, 4 Samuel
Buca’s please
-Realise they’re trying
just a little bit too
hard to be edgy
Key Experience
If this place isn’t your
home every Monday evening
then you’re doing
something dreadfully
wrong. Farewell Tuesday
lectures, you had no
chance. We’ll say no
more…
You know that bit in Hot
Fuzz when he’s like ‘I
dunno…pub?’? This is the
place they really meant.
The heart of Smithdown
and the beginning of the
end of so many nights.
Pre’s. Bus/Taxi/Stumble
to town. Faculty.
QuadVods. This is how
approx. 60% of your
Fridays will go down. The
other 40% you’ve probably
passed out in Hall’s from
over-preeing. Shame on
you.
A frequent watering hole
of the LMSHC and LMSS on
Thursday nights. A very
high chance you’ll lose
your voice belting out Mr
Brightside and attempting
to talk over the music to
that boy/girl you’ve
liked the look of in
lectures. Go on son go
for it; if your advances
fail it’ll only be
awkward for like, the
next 5 years…
Teachers Comments
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Heebie Jeebies
(AKA Heebies)
CaVa
(AKA ‘the one
with the
tequila’)
PopWorld
(AKA ‘dunno where it is but it
has a pole’)
Walkabout
(AKA ‘that
place from Bus
Tour’)
KrazyHouse
(AKA ‘the one with the Rhino’)
Woody’s
(AKA ‘that karaoke place’)
-Unashamedly ask for the
cheapest drink
-Absolutely nail the rap to
Gold Digger and ‘impress’ your
mates
-Make a new bezzie in the
smoking area then never speak
again
-Baked Bean Tequila
-No honestly, it’s lovely
-Go on, try it
-HA. We lied, toilets are
upstairs, enjoy your vom.
-Loudly exclaim ‘Bloody hell
I’ve not heard this in
yearrrssss’
-Proceed to stumble over the
words of ancient Steps/S Club
7 songs
-Admit you can’t remember the
words and resort to fist
pumping
-‘Wanna go to Walkabout?’
-‘I’m not sure I can after
Presidents Inauguration’
-‘Why? What happened?’
-*Glazes over at the memory of
what was witnessed that
fateful evening*
-Try not to wince at the
entrance fee
-Pick which floor is least
s***
-Set your profile pic as you
riding that damn rhino,
everyone else will
-Acceptable Song Choices:
-Common People by Pulp
- Let It Go
- Literally anything by
Elvis
- For the love of God please
don’t do ABBA. The scousewives
have that covered.
The Adrian Chiles of the
Liverpool nightlife scene;
Well-liked and seems to get
all the big jobs but you’re
not quite sure how he got to
be as popular as he is.
Brummie accent and poor
football punditry not
included.
A myriad. A plethora.
Innumerable. However you put
it, this place has a s*** load
of different tequila flavours.
The Bertie Botts Every Flavour
Beans of the alcohol world.
Choose wisely then grab the
salt and lemon…
Picture the scene; it’s your
year 5 Christmas disco but
instead of selling Calypso’s
and penny sweets, it’s pints
of Carling and Blue WKDs.
Instead of skidding on your
knees your pole dancing. Five
will well and truly make you
get down, baby.
The Oxford English Dictionary
defines a walkabout as ‘a
journey (originally in 3 inch
heels) undertaken by a Scouse
Female in order to live in the
traditional manner’. Exploit
the drinks deals and
participate in the bar games
at your own peril.
For some reason everyone in
halls seems to take pilgrimage
here every other weekend. It’s
hit and miss at the best of
times so maybe add 1 more
drink to your pre-drink roster
and convince yourself getting
a photo sat on the rhino is
utterly hilarious. We’ve all
done it.
Get to the bar, grab yourself
some Dutch courage then grasp
that microphone, your audience
awaits/is slumped in the
corner after necking a
fishbowl. Gentlemen, we dare
you to venture upstairs.
Ladies, there is nothing
upstairs, honest.
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Welcome to Liverpool you clever bunch! Seriously, a big well
done to you all for getting in this year - it’s been the hardest
year to get in, from what we’ve seen, and we bet it will be the best thing that’s
happened to you. The Liverpool Medical School Society is one of a kind, they put on
amazing events all through the year, and it’s our job to bring you the biggest of them
all – Annual Ball! Your first Annual Ball promises to be a night not to miss. The
theme is Great Gatsby so prepare to be swept away by a dazzling 20’s style night of
music, dancing, champagne, a three-course meal and so much more…. Don’t be afraid to get
stuck in this year, we’re a really friendly bunch and are really looking forward to meeting
you all. You can get so much out of your time here if you get involved. After all, a little party
never killed nobody!
Love Lily and Amy X
Annual Ball Reps, 4th Year
Hello!
My name's Maz, and I'm lucky enough to be your Ladies' Dinner Representative this year! This
means I've got some tricks up my sleeve for you ladies of the Medical School…..
First Ladies' Dinner - one of the best nights of the calendar - an entirely Pink night, in aid of Breast
Cancer charities. It is the perfect evening to celebrate the beauty of all you ladies, and enjoy being
wonderfully sophisticated … that is until the boys arrive from their bar crawl! Then, a mere two weeks
later, a bar crawl, so we can all totter around the watering holes of Liverpool, until we finally stagger
into the Men's Dinner for another rip-roaring after party!
I very much look forward to meeting you all - and if you have any questions at all (even if they are
totally unrelated to Ladies' Dinner) please feel free to get in touch!
Love Maz !"#$%& '$((%) *%+, -./ 0%")
Annual Ball
Ladies Dinner
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The next paragraph is for REAL MEN ONLY!
If you enjoy the company of your fellow man joining as a battalion; accompanied by
fountains of beer and mountains of cigars, then you need look no further! I am your
guide to two events that will sculpt the boys that you are today into the men that you
will become. Many great beings have been forged
from the eternal furnace that is the infamous
Annual Gentleman’s Bar Crawl, and the audacious 170
th
Annual Dinner.
Our first male outing will be when the legions unite to march
upon many of the finer pubs and bars that this great city has
to offer, rounding off an epic night with a “funbus” to join the
ladies eagerly awaiting our arrival. Our second evening will
be a black tie event that has been a Liverpool tradition for
170 years, having been passed down the generations to
create the unbelievable 3 course experience that we have
today.
All I ask is that you come with an open mind, a sweet suit and
an appetite for lash and I swear that you will experience two
of the best nights of your university life!
Hope to see some men in September...
Welcome Freshmen old and young,
Of small and tall and foreign tongue,
To a world so mysterious and delirious and hilarious
It all comes down to one night of the year, I assure you you won't want
to miss out my dears
To venture to areas of your mind you never knew existed,
I promise you'll regret it if you happen to miss it
We are Frodo and Fitzy,
Comperes of this hedonistic centuries-old tradition,
To give you a night you won't forget (and probably won't
remember)...that is our mission
James Colclough
Annual Dinner Rep
Annual Dinner
Frodo & Fitzy
1he AnnuoJ Smoklng Concer£..?...
Smoker Reps, 4th Year
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By NingYu Chai, 4th Year
Hi guys! I'm Tom the webmaster for the year. Pleased to meet you. The website is really useful
for buying tickets to events over the year and if anyone has anything they'd like advertising
let me know! Anyhow, a huge congratulations to all of you for getting in. It feels like
yesterday I was sat at home reading this wonderful guide, giddy with anticipation of starting at
Liverpool. You clever folk have chosen well and I guarantee the next five years will be the best
time of your lives. First year can be very daunting so make good friends and never be afraid to
ask for help!
Sincerely,
Tom Wright
Webmaster, 5
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YOUR LMSS WEBMASTER...
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Hello FRESHER!
Over the course of your first year we will be organising and hosting some of the biggest events of the Liverpool Medical
School calendar. This will all be in aid of fundraising as much as money as we can get our grubby little hands on for two
incredible causes.
1. Claire House Children's Hospice: Provides respite and end-of-life care for children and young adults with
life-limiting medical conditions. They are there for their entire family, providing support and counselling for as long as is
needed.
2. Alzheimer's Research UK: The UK’s leading dementia research charity specialising in finding preventions,
causes, treatments and a cure for dementia.
The events coming up this year are going to be HUGE with the entire medical school getting involved. These will include:
Charity Talent Slave Auction
Party Bus to Manchester - followed by an epic bar crawl there.
Take me out
JAILBREAK - a sponsored charity hitchhike, where you have 36 hours to get as far away from campus as possible
without spending a penny.
2015 LMSS Summer Charity Challenge - the opportunity to trek Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest or the Inca
trail to Machu Picchu. (more details to follow in September)
Plus loads more!
So get involved, come to the events! Come to the information meetings! Throw yourself into everything that encompasses the
medical school because you've done it! You've nailed it...you're going to medical school!
Looking forward to meeting you in September.
Alex & Joe
Charity Reps, 2nd Year
Charities
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rugby needs during your medical career.
We have two intensive trainings per week at Wyncote Sports ground, only 200m from University halls. The 1
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play a fixture every Saturday in the local South-Lancashire and Cheshire league and also compete in the NAMS Cup
competition against medical schools from across the country. Having reached the semi -final last year and the final
in the previous two seasons we aim to go all the way this year and win the cup. There are also plenty of
opportunities for newcomers to play games as we field a 2
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XV and development squad in the campus league and
regularly organize friendly fixtures against local club sides.
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HOWTOBE A FRESHER
by Poppy Jackson,Welfare Rep 5th Year, welfare@lmssonline.co.uk
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• Network! (well.. on Facebook) I know this may sound creepy but one thing I did in the summer before I
came to Medical School was join every ‘Liverpool Freshers’ group I could find, and started speaking to people that
were going to be on my course or in my halls. It’s nice going to the lecture on the first day knowing at least a couple
of names and it’s even just a good chance to ask people about little things you might be worrying about.
• Don’t be shy! You may have seen this phrase mentioned a few times already in this guide, and I know it
sounds cliché, but I do think the sentiment behind it is so important! Starting Uni can be intimidating, but if you get
involved with as much as you can and meet as many people as possible you will have such an amazing experience
as a result of it.
• Be extra-curricular: whether you’re a budding sportsman (or woman) or just fancy trying something
new, there are loads of clubs here at Liverpool for you to get involved with (have a look in the Sports section of this
guide to find out more!). Not only is it great exercise, but a brilliant way to make friends with older years!
• Do actually go to things.. If you’re someone who learns well from lectures I would definitely
encourage you to go to as many things the Uni puts on as you can! After all, you are paying for it. Things like
HARC (where you get to handle real-life pro-sections) are so useful for learning that all important anatomy and
physiology! Working little and often is key!
• Explore Liverpool! At Liverpool, especially in first year, the work-life balance is pretty amazing and
you’ll certainly have plenty of time to have a look around this brilliant city. Head to Lark Lane where there are loads
of pubs, bars and restaurants, or If you fancy heading into town, Bold Street is super alternative (my favourites are
Leaf and the Bakchich restaurant), and for those of you who prefer the more well known places, Liverpool One has
every chain restaurant you can think of! I would definitely recommend a trip to the Albert Docks; it’s beautiful,
especially at night. It’s not something Liverpool is known for, but the parks here are lovely too. Sefton is practically
next door if you’re living in Greenbank halls, the annual firework display is amazing!
• Don’t suffer in silence: if you ever feel like speaking to an older year could help you in any way then
PLEASE get in touch. It doesn’t have to be academic or even medicine related, if people can help you out, they will.
As exciting as it is, coming to University can be very overwhelming. So if at any point you feel like any of us can
help you out then please don’t hesitate to get in contact!
Poppy Jackson is your LMSS Welfare Rep! That means it’s her job to make sure you Freshers are
doing ok physically, spiritually & psychologically. If you have ANY problem at all then this
ridiculously friendly lady should be your first port of call…
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need a step by step guide on how to become OUT AND FIERCE. (IF YOU ALREADY CONSIDER
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