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Issue  5:  February  2015  
 
  a   new   term,   and   many   of   our   medical   school   societies   have  
It’s  
some   new   and   exciting   projects   lined   up   for   you   to   get   involved  
 
with.    
 
 
 
 

 
 

Medical  Education  Society  -­‐  MedEd  
 

Hello,  

Contributors  

Cardio  Society  

Homed  

Paediatrics  Society  

Academic  Medicine  

Marrow  

Medsin  

Obs  and  Gynae  Society  

Spoke  NCL  

Medics’  Revue  

Orthopaedic  Society  

MILAN  

Mediwikis  

Friends  of  M SF  

 

The  next  few  months  are  going  to  be  a  busy  few  months  for  MedEd  
  we’d    like  to  encourage  as  many  of  you  as  possible  to  get  involved  with  teaching.    
and  
  are   once   again   helping   Newcastle   Paediatrics   Society   out   with   their   annual   conference   and  
We  
will   be   running   an   “Applying   to   Medicine”   day   on   the   afternoon   of   Saturday   28th   February.  
 
Volunteers   will   be   required   to   help   with   workshops   including   Personal   Statement   Writing,  
Interview  
Skills,  UKCAT   and  Clinical   Skills.   If   you  would   like   to  be   a  part  of  this   day   please  fill  in  
 
the  Google  form  posted  on  our  Facebook  page  by  18th  February.    
 

We   are   running   our   clinical   skills   teaching   for   first   and   second   years   again   this   year.   Fourth  
years  
and  intercalators,  sign  up  via  the  Doodles  posted  to  your  year  group  Facebook  pages.  
 
Watch  
our  Facebook  page  for  more  details  of  upcoming  teaching  opportunities!  
 
Have  a  great  term!  
 
 
MedEd  

If  you  have  any  queries  or  want  to  get  into  teaching,  then  contact  us  at:  meded@gmail.com  
 
Follow  us  on  Facebook  by  searching  for  MedEd  NCL,  and  follow  us  on  twitter  @MedEdNCL  
 
 

Cardiovascular  Society  
  term  NUCS  aims  to  provide  you  with  an  
This  
even  better  insight  into  the  world  of  
 
cardiovascular  medicine!  Following  our  
 
successful  
careers  talks  on  cardiology  and  
interventional  cardiology  we  will  be  hosting  
 
careers  evenings  for  both  paediatric  
cardiology  
and  cardiothoracic  surgery.  
 
 
  our  Facebook  page  to  keep  up  to  date  
Like  
with  all  of  our  events  
 

Newcastle  University  Cardiovascular  Society  
@NCL_cardio  

 
 

For  any  queries,  contact:  ncl.cardiovascular@gmail.com  
 

Homed  
Homed  is  Newcastle  University’s  homeless  medicine  society.  We  work  with  many  disadvantaged  
groups  in  the  north  east,  from  homeless  people  to  youth  groups  to  refugee  communities,  and  our  
activities  vary  widely,  for  example  volunteering  in  homeless  kitchens  and  running  practise  job  
interviews  with  refugees.  We  have  several  regular  volunteering  opportunities  each  week,  and  
frequently  run  one-­‐off  activities,  such  as  clothing  collections  for  homeless  shelters  and  health  
workshops  across  the  city.  Some  of  our  activities  are  available  to  non-­‐medics  so  feel  free  to  get  
friends/flatmates  involved  too!  
We  have  another  sign-­‐up  evening  for  any  new  volunteers  coming  up  in  the  next  few  weeks  so  
keep  an  eye  out  on  facebook  and  around  the  medical  school!  
On  the  17th  February  we  are  holding  a  speaker  evening  on  Youth  Homelessness,  and  how  the  hell  
it  happens.  There  will  be  several  speakers  ranging  from  paediatricians  to  YMCA  staff,  and  we’ll  be  
holding  it  at  Jesmond  Methodist  Church  (the  one  facing  Jesmond  Tesco!).  We’ll  be  serving  some  
delicious  food,  along  with  tea  and  coffee,  so  come  down  and  join  us!  
We  will  also  be  hosting  our  annual  sleepout  outside  the  union  to  raise  money  for  YMCA  on  
Saturday  the  7th  of  March.  We  are  hoping  to  build  on  our  previous  success  with  a  few  exciting  
changes  we  think  you’ll  enjoy!  Look  out  for  the  event  coming  up  on  facebook  with  details  on  how  
to  get  involved  and  how  to  sponsor  us.  
 

Newcastle  Paediatrics  Society  
 
Hi  everyone!  
This    is  a  big  term  for  NPS  as  it  sees  us  host  our  third  annual    
Northern  
Undergraduate  Paediatrics  Conference,  due  to  take  place    
 
on  Saturday  28th  February  and  Sunday  1st  March.    
 

Our  first  day  will  be  focused  on  general  paediatrics  and  will  include  
 

lectures  introducing  you  to  a  wide  variety  of  paediatric    
 

sub-­‐specialities  and  the  paediatric  career  path.  In  addition,  our    
 
opening  
speaker  will  be  Kier  Shiels,  as  seen  on  BBC3’s  Junior  Doctors.  The  afternoon  will  play  host  to  a  
choice  of  interesting,  interactive  workshops  that  you  will  be  able  to  sign  up  for  on  the  day.  The  Sunday  
 
will  be  Emergency  Medicine  themed  and  again  will  include  lectures  on  key  paediatric  emergencies  and  
their     management  and  workshops  including  Paediatric  BLS.    

We  a   re  also  holding  a  poster  competition  –  for  those  of  you  interested,  please  submit  your  abstracts  
by  Saturday  14th  February  by  emailing  nupconference2015@gmail.com.  Three  successful  entries  will  
 
be  eligible  
for  our  oral  presentation  competition  and  all  other  submissions  entered  for  our  poster  
competition.    
 

Tickets  are  only  £8  for  one  day  or  £15  for  a  weekend  ticket.  We  will  also  be  hosting  a  social  on  the  
 
Saturday  
night  –  tickets  for  this  are  £10!  
For  m
  ore  information  and  to  buy  tickets  please  visit  our  website:  
www.newcastlepaediatrics.wix.com  
 
 
Find  us  on  Facebook:  Newcastle  Paediatrics  Society  

Newcastle  Academic  Medicine  Society  
We  are  a  society  for  medical  students  who  have  an  interest  in  research  or  in  pursuing  an  academic  career.  
Research  is  relevant  in  every  specialty  and  we’re  here  to  help  you  get  some  early  experience.  
 Our  flagship  event  of  the  year  is  the  Newcastle  Academic  Medicine  Society  Conference  2015  which  is  
being  held  at  the  medical  school  on  25th  April  2015.  Abstract  submission  will  be  open  until  18:00,  1st  March  
2015.  
We  have  an  exciting  line-­‐up  planned,  with  talks  ranging  from  interventional  cardiology  to  cutting  edge  
genetics.  We’re  also  running  a  programme  of  workshops  dealing  with  everything  from  academic  surgery  to  
research  ethics,  fine-­‐tuning  your  CV  and  applying  for  the  Academic  Foundation  Pathway.  The  cost  of  
attending  the  conference  includes  lunch  and  tea/coffee  throughout:  £12.  
For  more  information:  Website:  www.amsncl.co.uk                  Email:  namsconference2015@gmail.com  
Follow  us  on  twitter  @AMSNewcastle                      Like  us  on  facebook  to  stay  up-­‐to-­‐date    

 
Marrow  

We  
are  Newcastle  Marrow,  the  student  group  that  aims  to  save  lives  by  recruiting  
 
potential  donors  to  the  Bone  Marrow  Register.  
 

For  many  people  with  blood  cancers,  such  as  leukaemia,  a  Bone  Marrow  Transplant  is  
their  
last  chance  of  life.  When  patients  cannot  find  a  match  within  their  family,  their  only  
 
hope  is  to  look  for  an  unrelated  donor.  16,000  patients  around  the  world  are  currently  
 
waiting  
for  a  second  chance  at  life.  The  Anthony  Nolan  global  register  searches  for  
matches  for  people  desperately  in  need  and  has  saved  thousands  of  lives  over  the  years.  
 

We  need  your  help!  
 

Sign  up  to  the  register…  
 

We  have  a  few  upcoming  clinics  where  you  can  join  the  register-­‐  all  it  takes  is  15  minutes  
of  
  your  time  and  a  spit  sample,  and  you  could  go  on  to  save  a  life.  If  you  want  to  sign  up  
or  just  hear  more,  come  along  to  one  of  these  clinics:  
 
 
 
 
 
 

Medsin  Talent  Show  –  Tuesday  10th  February  

Northumbria  Students’  Union  –  Friday  13th  February  

Newcastle  Sports  Centre,  Friday  27th  February,  2-­‐8pm  

Newcastle  Students’  Union,  Friday  27th  February,  10am-­‐5pm  

Jesmond  Methodist  Church,  Saturday  7th  March,  11am-­‐5pm  

Richardson  Road,  Saturday  18th  April,  11am-­‐5pm  


St  Thomas’  Church,  Haymarket,  Saturday  25th  April,    
Jesmond  Methodist  Church,  Saturday  9th  May,  11am-­‐5pm  

Contact  us  at  newcastle@ukmarrow.org  
 

Follow  us  on  Facebook  and  Twitter  for  updates  on  training,  clinics  and  how  our  work  is  
 
helping  people!  
 
Facebook:  
Newcastle  Marrow  
Twitter:  @NewcastleMarrow  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Medsin  
  Newcastle  is  part  of  a  UK  network  of  students    
Medsin  
with    a  vision  of  'a  fair  and  just  world  in  which  equity    
in  health  is  a  reality  for  all'.  This  translates  into  our  three    
 
missions  
-­‐  Educate,  Advocate  and  Act.    
  students  have  been  involved  with  Medsin's  activities  as  part  of  the  'Act'  mission,  including  
Many  
Teddy  Bear  Hospital,  HOMED  and  Sexpression,  but  there's  lots  more  to  Medsin!  Having  won  the  
 
Society   of  the   Year  ncl+   award   last  year,  we   are   looking   to  expand  and   become  even   bigger   and  
better  
  this  year.    

We   will  
be   putting   on   regular   speaker   evenings   on   a   wide   variety   of   issues   relating   to   global  
 
health,  as  well  as  more  informal  'Medsin  Meets'  sessions  over  tea  and  cake  discussing  the  global  
 
health  issues  that  matter  to  you.  Twice  a  year  there  is  a  Medsin  National  Conference,  and  this  
November  
(15th-­‐16th)   it   will   be   right   here   in   Newcastle,   on   the   theme   of   'Changing   Cities   -­‐  
 
Building   a   Healthy  Future   Together'.   There  will  be  world-­‐class  speakers,   themed   workshops   and  
  debates  as  well  as  an  evening  social.    
panel  
 
Medsin  will  also  be  
providing   free  transport  to   the   global  health  conference  at  UCL  in  March.  
There   is   the   opportuntity   to   receive   training   throughout   the   year   from   Medsin   committee  
 
members  on  leadership  skills,   time  management,  publicity   and   more.   Last   year  we   planned   the  
very     successful   'Save   Our   NHS'   Zombie   Flashmob,   and   this   year   will   be   running   many   more  
campaigns,   including   lobbying   local   NHS   trusts   to   ensure   that   all   their   medical   supplies   come  
from     sustainable  sources.    

Your     involvement   in  Medsin   needn't   be   just   in   Newcastle   -­‐   Medsin   members   from   Newcastle  
have     attended   the   World   Health   Assembly   (the   annual   meeting   of   the   World   Health  
Organisation)   in   Geneva,   as   well   as   IFMSA   (International   Federation   of   Medical   Student  
 
Associations)  
meetings  in  Taiwan,  Washington  DC  and  Tunisia.    
 
We  are  also  excited  to  be  starting  exchange  programmes  this  year  
which  will  allow  students  to  
complete   clinical   and   research   exchanges   throughout   the   world.   Membership   is   just   £5   and  
 
includes  memberships  to  all  of  Medsin's  activities.    
 

For  all  this,  plus  Medsin's  traditional  events  such  as  the  Autumn  Talent  Show  and  the  Electives  
Evening,  
look   us   up   on   Facebook   (Medsin   Newcastle)   or   email   us   at  
 
newcastlemedsinpresident@gmail.com  
 

 
 
 
 

Newcastle  Obstetrics  and  Gynaecology  Society  
 

The  Obstetrics  and  Gynaecology  Society  is  a  brand  new  medical  student-­‐led  society  that  is  
 in  its  first  year  at  Newcastle  University.  The  society’s  goal  is  to  provide  a  platform  for  
enthusiastic  students,  both  medical  and  non-­‐medical,  to  explore  and  further  their  interests  
 in  the  challenging  and  dynamic  field  of  Obstetrics  and  Gynaecology.    
The  society  aims  to  cater  for  a  range  of  students;  from  those  whose  interest  lies  in  gaining  
 support  and  advice  to  aid  in  the  pursuit  of  a  career  in  Obstetrics  and  Gynaecology,  to  those  
whose  involvement  is  more  on  a  personal  interest  level.  
 Throughout  the  year  the  society  will  work  alongside  academics  and  doctors  to  provide  
educational  opportunities  through  events  such  as  topical  talks,  educational  lectures  and  
 practical  skills  development  sessions  to  not  only  aid  those  needing  help  getting  through  
medical  OSCEs  and  exams    but  also  to  spark  interest  in  members  and  aid  in  their  education.  
 Involvement  with  the  society  also  provides  the  opportunity  to  meet  other  students  who  
share  similar  interests  as  well  as  gaining  further  insight  into  this  fascinating  and  varied  
 speciality.    
So  if  you  have  an  interest  in  Obstetrics  and  Gynaecology  check  out  the  society  and  see  what  
 they  can  offer  for  you!  
Membership  benefits  include  society  updates,  contact  with  local  specialists,  priority  access  
 to  all  events.  
 
 
To  join  the  Obstetrics  and  Gynaecology  society  go  to  the  student  unions  website  
(www.nusu.co.uk)  Click  on  Activities  à  Societiesà  A-­‐Z  à  Obstetrics  &  Gynaecology  
 
or  alternatively  just  follow  the  link:  
http://www.nusu.co.uk/activities/societies/society/8091/  
 
Or  simply  to  follow  society  updates  just  check  out  and  “like”  the  Facebook  group  
“Newcastle  Obstetrics  and  Gynaecology  Society”  
 (https://www.facebook.com/NewcastleOGsoc/timeline?ref=page_internal  )  
 

 With  it  being  the  societies  first  year,  the  committee  welcomes  any  ideas  that  members  

might  have  into  how  to  expand  and  make  the  society  the  best  it  can  be.  So  don’t  hesitate  to  
 get  in  touch  with  your  ideas.  
 
 If  you  have  any  questions  or  ideas  related  to  the  society  feel  free  to  contact  one  of  the  
committee  members:  
 President  -­‐  Rachael  Mason-­‐  r.mason@ncl.ac.uk  
Secretary  -­‐  Bethany  Wilson  -­‐  b.h.wilson@ncl.ac.uk  
 Treasurer  -­‐  Karl  Foster  -­‐  k.b.l.foster@ncl.ac.uk  
 
 
 
 

Spoke  NCL  
 

[What we’re about]
 
We’re
a student­run advocacy group campaigning for safe, convenient cycle infrastructure on routes
across the city with a specific focus on those used on a daily basis by students.
 
We want to represent students’ views on local cycling issues and ensure that they are adequately
taken into account in local authority decision making. Through our activities we aim to improve
 
students’ engagement with cycling issues and encourage those who don’t currently use a bike
regularly to do so.
 
We want to break down the barriers that currently prevent large numbers of students using a bike in
the
  city.
[Plans for this term]
We have three objectives we want to achieve by the end of the year ­ 1 ­ Expand the core group of
people passionate about our cause.
2 ­ Establish ourselves as a university society.
3 ­ Progress two
of our planned student cycling infrastructure projects.
[How you can get involved]
We need your ideas ­ help us identify what the students of Newcastle want and need!
We need your time and energy ­ for campaigning, driving interest in our cause, attending meetings
to help align our strategy with other organisations, collecting data to base our policies on and, of
course, for fundraising.
Finally, we need your experience ­ events, web/graphics design, social media, campaigning, baking,
marketing ­ if you know how to do it, we’ll probably find a use for it!
Basically we need you to make Newcastle a better place for students. Get in touch!
[Contact details]

SpokeNCL@gmail.com :: w ww.facebook.com/SpokeNCL :: @SpokeNCL :: Send an owl.

 

Medics’  Revue  
Medics  Revue  '15  will  be  at  a  students  union  near  you  in  May  so  watch  this  space!  If  you're  a  
third  year  and  interested  in  getting  involved  please  email  k.l.parker-­‐conway@ncl.ac.uk  

Newcastle  University  
Orthopaedic  Society  
Newcastle  University  Orthopaedic  Society  is  back  
and  better  than  ever!  We  are  an  active  society  
and  are  keen  to  support  students  who  wish  to  
pursue  a  career  in  orthopaedics  or  simply  have  an  
interest  towards  it.  We  hold  teaching  and  revision  
 
sessions  going  over  subjects  such  as  limb  
  and  musculoskeletal  examinations.  
anatomy  
So  far  we  have  hosted  a  revision  session  for  third  
 
year  students  covering  regional  musculoskeletal  
examinations,  which  received  positive  feedback  
from    the  students  that  attended.  We  also  have  an  
orthopaedic  surgical  conference  planned  for  19th  
April    and  will  soon  be  organising  speaker  
evenings  in  related  topics.  

 

We  welcome  students  of  all  years  so  please  do  
get  in  touch  with  us  if  you  have  an  interest  in  
 
orthopaedic  
surgery.  Find  us  on  our  Facebook  
page  “Newcastle  University  Orthopaedic  Society”  
  us  at  
or  email  
newcastleorthopaedics@gmail.com.  
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MILAN  –  Medicine  in  
Literature  and  the  Arts  at  
Newcastle  
Following  the  highly  successful  film  festival  earlier  
this  month,  MILAN  are  pleased  to  announce  that  
we  will  be  running  a  book/film  club  from  the  
Walton  Library  (Glen  Cluster  Room)  on  the  first  
Wednesday  of  every  month  starting  on  Wed  4th  
March  with  our  first  book  being  'Never  Let  Me  
Go'  by  Kazuo  Ishiguro.  Anyone  attending  is  
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