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Contents Pages 3. Letter from the President 4. Committee list 9. Surviving first year 11. Medsoc events 14. Discounts 15. Medsoc Card order form 16. Medical Societies 18. Medical Sports teams 22. Weekone and Easytiger 23. Karni 28. Last words
Firstly, well done. All those hours slaving away over photosynthesis, those days of the hot June sun missed because of exams and the miles travelled for interviews have finally paid off. You might still not believe it but you are now officially a Medic at Nottingham University! You’ve picked one of the best Medschools to help you take your first steps into scrubs, with an excellent, rounded curriculum and heavy emphasis on developing you not only as an academic, but as a person as well. My name is Karrish Devan and I am the President of the association that represents you politically, socially and institutionally, Medsoc. Medsoc is the largest student run group in the entire university, representing over 1,500 students in sites all across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. We are here to represent you, whatever your needs may be. This isn’t an empty promise either; the Medsoc committee is made up of Medical students from across the years, so collectively we’ve been through a lot of the issues that you might experience in your first year. Feel free to contact any of us during your time at Medschool for sound support and help to get over those momentary hurdles in your path towards becoming a doctor. Throughout the year Medsoc will be at the helm of Medlife, from organising all the Medic societies that support your current and future interests to the many Medics Sports teams that represent Nottingham on both the campus and nationally. The only advice I have for you is to get stuck in! Right at the start of your semester Medsoc will host our annual Medics Fresher’s fayre (in the Medschool) where many of the brilliant societies will be selling themselves and enticing you into their fold. For a good reason too, Medics have some of the finest and best run societies in the university (would you expect any less from something run by the cream of the student crop?). Whilst on the subject of brilliance, there is one thing that you must invest in as a Medic. It is the revered object that makes all non-medics green with envy, your first true friend who will stay loyal to you for all 5 years of Medschool: the MEDSOC CARD! This beauty will get you discounts and priority at so many places in Nottingham, you’ll need to print the list off just to remember. As well as that, you’ll get discount at every single Medsoc event, which will save you a pretty number of pennies at the end of your 5 years here! All the funds raised by the card are re-invested into the Medic societies, improving your experience in Medschool. We are offering the Medsoc card at a super discount for you younglings who apply now, see the form later in the pack. Now there’s only one thing left for me to say. Go and enjoy your summer! Do not do any reading, do not panic about forgetting all that Biology (useless) but please, please relax. We can’t wait to see your fresh, keen and beautiful faces in September. Karrish Devan MedSoc President 2011-12
Introducing the new MedSoc committee, the people that will shape your first year! Fear us; we have an office and everything…
President - Karrish Devan It seems like most Medics took the campaign slogan to heart, they kept calm and voted Kaz for President, but did they know what they were letting themselves in for? The self-proclaimed alternative King of medic-stocracy has some big ideas to shake up the Medschool. In between making shapes in Bodega, making merry in Ropewalk, collating a list of obscure musicians bigger than his shiny head and searching for motheaten bargains in Vintage Warehouse, Kaz can be found strutting through the QMC, making friends (he likes making friends) and taking “emergency” trips to Costa in between lectures, seminars and “epic” library sessions… Kaz is one keen bean, he always knows what’s going on (everywhere), likes to be there first to get the party started (always) and makes sure it’s happening right (and not in a mainstream way). Who better to by our President and make this year’s MedSoc better than ever? Vice President - Daisy Henderson Daisy Henderson, don’t let this flowery name deceive you. A ruthlessly organised machine of a VP; she garnered her experience as the effective President of Lincoln Hall, she runs things and she runs things hard. They say a Vice President is only “a heartbeat from the Presidency” and if I were Kaz I’d be looking over my shoulder. However, our Daisy does like to cut loose and let her hair down, in fact, if she were to let it down any more on nights it would probably fall out. She’s a definite party animal who will party herself to the dance floor with minimal encouragement required. She was last seen ‘making friends’ with the new crop of doctors in Ocean. Daisy will always deliver, quicker than a pesky late night Mario’s for sure. Gen Sec - Siân Pearson. Stepping into the role of GenSec this year is Siân. She’s described by her friends as “short and an avid cat-lover” (source anonymous), but is undeniably a force to be reckoned with! It’s no secret how ruthlessly organised she was as Karni Rep (raising thousands of pounds for charity) and frankly, we’re all a bit scared of letting Siân down. She’s conquered Kilimanjaro, looked for love in the form of a flying squirrel (may be one of her stranger ideas) and been seen knee deep in…mud at Glasto this year. Nobody can deny that Sian’s a unique and amazing addition to this year’s MedSoc team. Disrupt our Siân’s amazing organisational skills and prepare to be decapitated by the little circumflex in her name!!
Treasurer - Jess Gates You would be hard pushed trying to find a better person than our Jess to be your Treasurer. Behind that mane of gorgeous blonde hair whirrs her extremely organised (to the point of OCD?) brain: responsible for making lists for just about everything. Seriously, everything. But don’t let this give you the wrong impression – Jess is a great laugh. Also known as the ‘vodka fairy’, Jess will be the first one to dish out the shots and get the night started. Challenge this legend to a drinking contest if you dare; she will drink you all the way to the Ocean toilets. Never fear, however, the Vodka Fairy will be there to hold your hair back and take great care of you! Feel free to give her a shout in the Medsschool and she’ll be happy to help withanything or send her a text on a night out and she’ll try the same, but it will probably be excitedly incoherent (woOOOoooOo).
Sports Sec - Ben Collis It is difficult to know where to start when talking about the Reverend Benjamin Ivor Anderson Collis. Some would say as a Southampton supporter and due to the fact three quarters of his wardrobe is sourced from the sidelines of various different sports pitches, he should be avoided entirely. However, most would agree that beneath his “I hate everything” face and inability to smile without making you look behind your shoulder in fear, this London bred boy is one of the friendliest and funniest medics to grace both the floors of the QMC and Ocean…A fan of all sports and an enthusiastic supporter for both mixed Netball and a Tiddlywinks Club (if interested Ben would be delighted to hear from you), Ben can regularly be seen running about a football/hockey/cricket pitch and during his two years at Nottingham has played for the twice NAMS winning football team. Often seen sporting red jeans, a one rainbow and one gold converse combination and in the past both blue and red hair, this all round keeno is not someone you will miss easily. Welfare Rep - Zoe Kantor “SWEETS AND CONDOMS, SWEETS AND CONDOMS” was the election mantra of our Welfare Rep, Zoe Kantor! A MedSoc veteran, Zoe has been on the committee for eons and like any old biddie, is well up for sharing a cuppa, a slice of homemade cake and having a good old natter with anybody. Don’t consider her a tame lion though, Zoe can regularly be seen in Ocean on TOP FORM, jiving herself/dignity away. Zoe is a great example of someone who can balance work and play, rising from the ashes of a CRISIS all-nighter with a broken elbow for lectures the next day. From her eventful gap-yah to the general (Liz Lemon-esque)
awkwardness of her life, there’s not much Zoe hasn’t seen, done or been involved in. Zoe is a reliable old creature with a big heart, (hench) shoulder to cry on, a freshly baked tray of brownies in the oven and the ability to actual listen to what’s troubling you...mental. Communication Officer – Tony Mathew. Hailing from Shrewsbury, electronic whizz kid Tony is this year’s new Communications officer. When this friendly fourth year isn’t on the wards you can find him creating pieces of digital art, letting off steam in the Doctors’ Mess or cracking out the moves in Ocean in a pair of sparkly new heels (well that may have only been that one time). A creative genius, old Tony’s skills have single handedly crafted our brand new Medsoc website, which you should all make your homepage NOW. Who could be better to create and run the most important website you’ll ever visit! Societies – Jess Agbamu With her infectious smile and outrageously large hair it’s quite hard to miss Jess and with her baking skills being near mythical you wouldn’t want to either! So grab one of her delectable delights and sit down with her because you’ll be hard pressed to find a nicer person for a chat. Inside that friendly exterior sits an executive wonder machine (*dictator*), hardened by years of the rough, cold wind of L’pool. In fact, Jess is so sought after that her phone is always ringing…even in lectures. With Jess in charge you can be sure that all the different societies of MedSoc will be knitted together to make your first year a very special one!
Social Sec – Georgie Thomas Georgie, unlike her Porgie counterpart, won’t kiss you and make you cry (although she can get a little touchy-feely on nights out). Have no fear though, behind this Mr Tickle façade lies a young girl with her heart set on organising the BEST MEDIC SOCIALS EVER. Georgie always puts everyone else first, so much so that she’ll be late for lecturers, seminars, committee meetings in her own house… it is rumoured that only Sian, with her hidden highlighter-kung fu can get Georgie on time to things. One thing Georgie won’t be late on however (bar her 2 timetabled showers a day) is providing excellent socials throughout the year, she’s even willing to sacrifice her own clothing/decorum to show you how desperately she wants to make your first year the best ever (well, she did in the Hustings, ask her on a night out for a reenactment). You can always count on our Georgie!!!
Social Sec - Lara Bowell When God created Lara Bowell, he had one thing in mind: legs. With a leg-length longer than the rest of the committee’s combined, you can find this northern beauty with ease almost anywhere in the world – whether it be selling tickets for Market Bar (and subsequently on the floor in MB), smiling in modelling shoots, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, hosting infamous house parties or at the Bag of Nails – she really stands out from the crowd, literally. Her talents include eating her weight’s worth of food at all-you-can-eat buffets and performing the robot dance in Ocean after swinging her ‘hair back and forth.’ You can count on Lara to give her best at everything; at a Lady Gaga – themed party she boldly donned herself in actual meat, and even this didn’t fend off the hundreds of boys that are after her. If ever you need cheering up, Lara is the person to go to, and rest assured she will help make your first year of MedSoc socials the very greatest yet. Publicity Officer - Emily Robertson Once a Medic Karni rep, Emily just can't get enough of encouraging us to wear ridiculous fancy dress, make fools of ourselves (leading by example) and generally helping us make the most of being a medic. So she's putting her love of getting involved, addiction to facebook and her artistic talents to good use by being publicity officer. Having been given her hand drawn revision notes, it’s safe to say that not only is Emily generous, she is also more than qualified to produce beautiful posters and is ready to invite us to so many events we have no choice but to attend! Basically, she loves having fun and wants to make sure everyone else knows when, where and how to too!
Basically we’re all GAGA for Medsoc
And introducing our year reps:
5th – Emma Harknett
Our stunning 5th year rep is not only pleasing to the eye but also the ear. As well as balancing all her work with a hectic social life, Emma is the heart and soul of Nottingham’s musical talent starring in events like Moonlighters. Playing the tremendous trombone Emma will voice all those much-needed socials to keep you sane throughout the year and ensure any worries are blown away, literally!
4th – Chloe Pettit
Taking on the role of 4th year rep is the Kili climbing, canoe polo playing Chloe Pettit. You may find her sleeping rough in aid of charity, busting some moves in Ocean, or on a court trying her hand at any racket sport thrown at her. Who could be better at spreading all of our important Medsoc news than the one and only Chloe Pettit?
3rd – Holly O’Nione
This party-girl-meets-geek has many talents, from being possibly the biggest ever fan of public health to the Queen of Crisis. If anyone thought they could hide her away in pathology, buried under PCR and electrophoresis, they did not know how wrong they were! You can find her there planning her next big Ocean splash, or later in the night rocking in a corner. Holly’s secret plans are to be big.
2nd – Ellie Wolffe
You are more than likely to hear Ellie laughing her way round the QMC before you see her. Ellie may be just pushing 5ft but she doesn’t half have a mouth on her (just ask the boys). Weekends would not be same without seeing this girl take of all her clothes and Baywatch with the best of them at the Big O...then spending Saturday trying to piece together the extent of her debauchery. Having just about survived first year (with just a few physical and emotional scars) Ellie has made the most of every opportunity thrown at her and is more than capable of the task of sorting out all your medic families
1st Year Rep During the 1st semester we will be holding elections for a Medsoc Fresher rep. It’s a great chance to get involved early in Medsoc and get yourself known by the movers and shakers in Medschool! You get all the benefits of being on committee (baked goods), a new Medsoc Medic family (forcefully adopted) and the power to create a few of your own socials for your year. Get involved!
Surviving first year
Congratulations on getting into Nottingham! You have successfully completed the ‘hardest part of Medicine that you will ever experience in your life, ever!’…as the lecturers will announce to you for the first few weeks at our excellent institution. This is a lie, of course. On the plus side, the first semester is ‘a mild bout of rhinovirus compared to that hepatitis C-induced hepatocellular carcinoma of an admissions process’ (we don’t get that stupid analogy either, but it’s great to quote to your nonMedic friends). If you only absorb one thing from this glorious booklet, remember to GET INVOLVED with University life! Whether that means spending a semester in a onesie rotting your mind with Jeremy Kyle, reading foreign literature (or Joyce, practically the same) or whiling away your time on the beautiful campus- ENJOY YOURSELF! The first few days may be daunting for even the most enthusiastic. It might be the first time you’ve been properly away from home, chucked into a huge melting pot of people you don’t know, can’t remember (or even worse, who used to go to your school). Alternatively, Medschool might be the site of your prodigal return to society after months surviving on ugali and insects in remote corners of the globe. Just remember, it’s completely natural to find the first couple of weeks awkward- we all did! However, fear not! MEDSOC are the sheriffs of this town and we can always be approached with any questions you might have about medicine, the ridiculous timetable or just about Nottingham in general! Aiding us on this task are our trusty deputies, who will also be at your beck and call if you need them: the amazing multi-headed Karni team and the brillo WeekOne reps! The best tips for first year: • • Just PASS IT! It means very little. Make sure you go out an enjoy yourself. Is your new friend hung over or it is a nasty case of viral syphilis? Your new found Halls pals will initially lap up your MEDWORDS like honey. Then they will realise you know no more than them about Medicine…enjoy it whilst you can
Go and try EVERYTHING that you’ve ever wanted to. It may not seem like you have that much free time in comparison to your Hall friends but trust us, you do! Always wanted to go sailing? Join Uni sailing! Always wanted to help the homeless? Join Medics HoMed soc! Always wanted to play Quidditch? Join Harry Potter soc (we’re not joking…) Talk to EVERYONE in your hall, in your year, in the societies you join. You’ll meet some of your closet friends at Uni and over the next 5 years your year will become your family…who knows, that quiet kid in the corner might turn out to be your wife/husband/the doctor who cures HIV/bezzie
As your amazing MedSoc is such a large part of your life here, offering you many opportunities to get involved in things you wouldn’t have even thought of before, you get your very own Medics Freshers Fayre! This will be held in the first week in the medical school and it gives you an opportunity to talk to people involved in all the medic clubs and societies to see what suits you. Also, you will get lots and lots of free stuff, which is always a bonus. There will be many stands, tables and display boards all under one roof, so make sure you get there and see what we have to offer!
When you first arrive at Nottingham you’ll probably have lots of questions, ranging from the very important (Where’s the best night out? How compulsory are lectures?) to the more mundane (Can I wear pjs to seminars? How on earth does this timetable work?). Well within a mere heartbeat you will be provided with someone who can answer all your questions in the form of a lovely second year- your Medic Mum or Dad. They’re not your typical parent though, they’ll help you out with lecture notes, exam advice, introduce you to your Medic Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and various other obscure new relatives and generally make sure you get the most out of your first year. Then before you know it you’ll be in second year, no longer the youngest in the family and ready to bring up a Medic child of your own! Use and abuse your new parents, they’re there to help.
‘Work hard, play harder’ is the Medics motto and it is our duty to ensure your experience at Nottingham fulfills this in every way. With our awesome line up, your social calendar will always be busy and if your hall friends start to crave the Medics lifestyle then bring them too (all events are also heavily discounted for Medsoc Card holders).
Freshers Meet and Greet
The Meet and Greet Champagne Reception is the first event in the Medic Freshers Week. After the blur that was WeekOne, this informal and more importantly FREE event is the perfect opportunity to get to know your year and the Medics who will become your family for life! You will also be able to meet the MedSoc Committee and Karni Reps who will be on hand to guide you through the rest of your Freshers year!
Celebrity Cocktail Party
So Freshers week may be over, your desk calling and your bed
ever more tempting but don’t hibernate yet. Being Medics we just love to party hard and this first event exceeds all other society socials. The LEGENDARY Celebrity Cocktail Party. This event has the same hype as the Oscars, cutting edge costumes like London’s Fashion week and the outrageous atmosphere of Ibiza at our beloved Ocean Nightclub. On arrival be greeted by free cocktail (both alcoholic and non) and then step into a club packed with all 5 years of medics spectacularly dressed. Nottingham’s doctors don’t return for no reason. This night will blow your minds with live transformers, human sized condoms and a zoo of awkward animals; oh and not forgetting an 8 person Chinese fire dragon. So get planning your costumes now!! It’s not a competition or anything but you might want to impress the clinical years? Who or what will you be?
Pirate Bar Crawl
With your new MedSoc cards willing you to flash them at Nottingham’s finest bars, we bring you a bar crawl like no other. Think Pirates of the Caribbean, but replace Johnny Depp with your hall’s LAD, Orlando Bloom with your new crush and Keira Knightley with our very own model social sec Lara Bowell and you have: Pirates of Nottingham!! Rather than sail the seven seas searching for a lost heart, why not stagger the streets of Nottingham to find hidden treasure? We’ll show you how to use those MedSoc cards, charm those dashing students and battle it out to win the ultimate prize - obviously a secret under the Pirate’s code. So pull out your pirate hats, whip out those swords and get ready for ‘all hands on deck’ as we sail to our very own Ocean. Who knows maybe your antics will impress Captain Jack Sparrow himsellf.
Nottingham’s notorious night of scandalous scenes: Scav is the original scavenger hunt around campus not to be missed. Your team leaders will challenge you with a series of ‘unique’ tasks to win as many points as possible. You race around campus competing with other teams, impressing your team leader with your determination and surprising yourself with your willingness to do absolutely anything. All this is then rewarded with points and as usual points equals prizes. After your campus tour, we follow you through town where the entertainment climaxes at one of Nottingham’s most popular clubs, Crisis. If you haven’t got lucky yet then this club is usually kitted out with university sports teams so here might be your final reward. Join your fellow students for a night to remember!
Meet Your Boss
Plain t-shirt + black marker pens + older medical students or doctors = MEET YOUR BOSS. We at Nottingham like to give your medical careers a head start by introducing you to your prospective bosses early on. But don’t worry this is NOT a formal event. More like the perfect opportunity to meet wiser medics and quiz them on all those awkward but must know questions: what are the most helpful books? When should you know those rude cranial nerve acronyms? How do you survive being a fresher? So if you fancy building your networks soon and filling your phone with Doctors’ numbers then please come and meet your boss! You also leave with a glorious scribbled upon tshirt, with witty phrases from the night that otherwise would be lost by the ravages of Ocean.
And that’s not all! We have many more smaller socials during the year, with plans this year for film, bowling and even ice-skating trips! As always, if you have an ideas about socials you think would be smoking hot for Medics, contact us ASAP!
If you want to save money, look no further! Yes, a student card is great but there are some things it can’t give you which the MedSoc card can. Like good hair, speedy access to the dance floor and the envy of your non-medic friends. The MedSoc card is so much more than just a student discount card. We have discounts covering your taxi to town, dinner, a movie, and home again! On top of all this it entitles you to cheaper entry to the legendary MedSoc events – you do not want to miss these! We are always looking for more discounts to add to this list, so keep an eye out for new additions! FOOD & DRINK Mario’s Pizza Frankie and Benny’s Tamatanga The Coco Lounge Walkabout – Drinks deals and Karaoke Booth hire Vodka Revolution Tonic Bar and Restaurant Pit and Pendulum Bar BZR LEISURE Nottingham Cars The Savoy Cinema RAW Physique Gym Fitspace Gym Curtis and York Unisex Hair Salon Aikon Leisure The Forum Q Jump before 11.30pm Leaving the best till last: Legendary Ocean Q Jump every Friday! (this may not seem like anything now but trust us, Ocean will take a special place in your Medheart. It is the sticky, glorious Narnia of Medlife.)
This isn’t the end of the list, check out our website for more details and offers…
All the money we take from these cards goes straight back into helping create better socials, sports teams, societies and student teaching – straight back to making your student experience even more incredible. The card will last you 5 WHOLE YEARS and we are offering you a special Fresher discount because we believe that it is something you won’t want to miss – all this for £45 (that’s only £9 a year!) If you want to take advantage of this special offer, please write a cheque made payable to ‘U of N SU Medics’ for £45 and send them to: Jessica Gates 24 Birling Park Avenue Tunbridge Wells Kent TN2 5LQ Before the 17th September. Please don’t forget to write YOUR name on the back! Never fear, if you don’t buy a card now, they will also be on sale at the Medics Fresher’s Fayre and at the Meet and Greet for £50.
Medsoc is a gifted creature, as well as providing for you socially and politically, we also support and fund all Medic societies. There is so much stuff on offer, you’d be a fool not to get involved. If you want more information on what the societies do and how to join, please attend your Medsoc Freshers Fayre in the Medschool!
Started at Nottingham in 1998 (now at 34 universities in the UK alone), Marrow has been looking to the student population to boost numbers of potential donors and increase the chances of many patients in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. Nottingham Marrow works closely with the charity ‘Anthony Nolan’ (part of the international bone marrow and stem cell register), which seeks to recruit as many donors to the stem cell register. Through the work of Anthony Nolan and Marrow, the chances of finding a potential cure for some of these people can be increased if no match has been found in their families. Recruitment events are where we sign as many students up to the register as possible. Last year, we recruited over 260 students to the register at Nottingham alone – a fantastic achievement! Given the expensive process of tissue-typing and maintaining a donor on the register, fundraising is absolutely vital. This is done in a number of ways, from fancy dress street collections in the city centre (look out for our Halloween-themed collection in October) to pub quizzes and cake sales. Marrow isn’t all work though. There are plenty of social events planned- after all, we’ve all got to let off some steam from time to time. Your free time at university is precious, so being a part of such a brilliant group as MARROW will help you to make the most of it! Go to our website or speak to us at the fresher fairs, and we’d love for you to come along to our training session at the start of term! Go on, GET INVOLVED! Give a spit. Save a life. Simple really.
HEARTSTART is a UK based organisation whose primary aim and focus is to teach basic life support (BLS) in the community. We teach a wide range of children and adults what to do in a life-threatening emergency, focusing on the collapsed adult – simple skills that save lives. Heartstart works in partnership with many organisations and institutions such as local volunteer groups, the ambulance service and schools to establish local community schemes. As a student led branch of the charity, we have taught at primary and secondary schools,
Brownie and Guide Groups, Scouts and around the University and are always looking at new ways of promoting BLS skills and teaching opportunities. The visits are a great way to have fun, meet other medics and keep your life-saving skills up to scratch! If you would like to be trained or get involved with HEARTSTART in any way at all, look out for us at fresher’s fayre and join the facebook group to stay updated on teaching sessions, training sessions and other events.
SCRUBS is Nottingham’s surgical society! Since starting in 2001 we have become one of the largest and most active societies in the medical school. We run events for all year groups aiming to supplement your teaching, allow you to discover more about careers in surgery and provide an opportunity to develop surgical techniques and skills! In your 1st and 2nd year we provide weekly evening anatomy tutorials to give you hints and tips before your dissection that week. We even run a full mock anatomy exam for our members (to show you what a ‘spotter’ exam is like). We teach basic suturing and in your later years, advanced suturing (with meat!). We also have events were you can learn and practise laparoscopy skills and hold one-off lectures and lecture series throughout the course to fill in gaps in the curriculum. In addition, we have yearly events such as a large surgical careers fair
The Nottingham University Medics Art Society (NUMAS) has been running for three years, the brain-child of a couple of GEMs. We initially existed as GEM Art Soc, but have moved to be open to the entire medical school. The mission of NUMAS is to bring art to all medical students. We aim to fill all the nooks missed by other societies and hope to cater for all artistic interests. Everything from having teaching sessions made relevant to medicine, to just running around having fun! Previous events include: Weekend ‘Medical History’ trip to London, Charity Face-painting, GEM inter-PBL art competition, Pub Origami, Pub Knitting, Ninjas vs Pirates social night, Gallery trips, Dissect and Sketch, attending weekly on-campus life-drawing sessions, online
book forum and much more! We have further madcap events planned for the coming year and we take all types of proposals for events, let us know if you have any ideas! With new societies forming every semester, you have a whole chocolate box of interests to pick from as Medics. So come join the growing ranks of: DERM SOC/ GP SOC/ GREY MATTERS/ SAVE A BABY'S LIFE/ BUGS/ WILDERNESS MEDICINE/ OPEN SCHOOL NOTTINGHAM/ BUMPS & BITS/ TEDDY BEAR HOSPITAL/ GASTRO SOC/ NOTTINGHAM UNI FRIENDS OF MSF/ PINS & NEEDLES - Anaesthetics Society/ JUNIORS/ HOMED/ CARDIOTHORACIC/ CHRISTIAN IN HEALTH CARE/ FACES AND GAZES/ MEDSIN/ NIMS (Nottingham International Medics Society)/ MEDICS JAZZ/ MEDICS MUSIC/ MIND MATTERS/ PROJECT MALAWI/ MEDSOC TEACHING/ WAMS (Widening Access to Medicine)/ MCAREERS/ OPEN ART SURGERY/ SEXPRESSION
Nottingham Medical School possesses the highest quality of sports teams in the UK. Fact. We consistently win both the events (be it NAMS, IMS or external leagues) and the nights out (see Ocean, Vienna, Ljubljana, Milan, Amsterdam, the city of Leeds and Bratislava for further details). If you want to meet the lovely people who are the Nottingham Medics then Adepto Adligo (‘Get Involved’) in Medic Sports at Nottingham, and do it as early as you can; first term is not too early! Useful with a stick? A dab hand with a racquet? Bit of a tasty right foot? Then join one of our huge range of teams. All abilities welcome, we guarantee you will not regret it!
Formed in 1979, Nottingham Medics RUFC have a proud history of both playing rugby and creating a strong social network that extends right from our 1st years to the most elderly of our alumni. We firmly believe in the importance of having of having a distraction away from the rigours of a demanding course and rugby provides the perfect means. Teamwork, perseverance and commitment are qualities that extend from the pitch right through to our professional lives. 18
As a student club we coach ourselves playing in the top league of the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire Security Plus Pennant Leagues. This gives us regular games on a Saturday and after a fantastic season we currently sit top of the league. Also playing in the NAMS competition, we won The Plate 2008 and were runners up in the Cup in 2007 and 2010. Rugby hosts the annual NAMS sevens competition, a tournament that continues to go from strength to strength with more teams competing each year. We have a pre-clinical team that recently joined the BUCS league system in 2009, playing in the midlands 3B league. This is a great opportunity for the 1st and 2nd years to get a run out on a Wednesday afternoon and stake their claim for a Saturday 1st XV shirt. Off the pitch we host many themed socials throughout the year as well as an annual tour, which in past has visited Cologne, Dublin, Prague and Amsterdam. Being part of NMRUFC does not end upon graduation and each November we host the annual alumni ball following our legendary old boys game bringing all generations of the club together. Every member of the club will tell you how much they enjoy being a part of NMRUFC and how the team spirit extends both on and off the field. “Mors Ultima Linea Rerum Est”
Medics Hockey (Mixed Hockey)
With 5 national titles in the last 6 years, Medics Hockey is by far the medical school’s highest flying sports club. Anyone of any standard is always welcome and with members ranging from complete beginners to national players, we personally guarantee that you will not be the best or the worst. The hockey is always played with the same relaxed friendly atmosphere, and with weekly training on Wednesday evenings, plus the opportunity to play in matches for our 3 mixed teams each weekend, there is scope for everyone to get fully involved. When the hockey stops, socials take over. Always a huge part of club life, events this year will include numerous dinners, nights out, and our annual Alumni black tie ball. New for this season, NMHC will be touring to a foreign capital, promising many club memories and the chance for international medical school dominance (naturally). After freshers week, there’ll be a free session for you try us out: come and see us on the stall at the freshers fayre for more info – Look out for the orange and purple shirts, you won’t miss them!
Nottingham Uni Medics Women's Football Club
We are a friendly relaxed football club for all abilities looking to enter 5 and 7 a side competitions this year. After our success at reaching the semi finals of last years NAMS on home soil we would like to start up regular training sessions which will turn you beginners into fully fledged competent footballers. New balls and training kit have been ordered and we start training on Wednesday evenings. The highlight of the social calendar is ALUMNI where we battle it out against the doctors and as a lot of our team have now graduated we need new blood more than ever to beat them this year! So if you've never kicked a ball before or you’re a budding Beckham please join and let us show you that football is the best sport there is!
If you’re a fan of rowing but not those 5am starts then this is the society for you! We have places for both those experienced rowers and those of you who have never set foot in a boat before. Training is twice a week (at convenient times) on the water and one optional weights session. We will be looking at going out in 4s or 8s but are open to what you want to do. In addition we hold socials throughout each term to give you a better chance to know your team better. We are a new society this year and are hoping to set up races with Trent and the local rowing clubs in the area. So if you’d like to GET INVOLVED & be part of a great club, join Medic Rowing!
Medics Basetball is a society that welcomes basketball players of all abilities. Whether you played regularly for your school team, or whether you’re a beginner, anyone is welcome to come along to our training sessions on Wednesday evenings. Training sessions usually consist of casual practice matches against each other, with the emphasis on just having fun. For the more serious players, we have league matches every Sunday afternoon during term time, against other societies and halls of residence. Important events in our calendar include: NAMS Tournaments (against other Medical Schools, held at least one each year) – in the last 18 months we have played in tournaments at Manchester and Sheffield, and hosted one ourselves in Nottingham. These are always great one-day events, with teams from all over the country; Annual Alumni Game; Annual Netball Game (play the Medics Netball team at their sport and winning) and finally, many Socials.
MEDIC’S CHEERLEADING has just finished its best year yet, with a squad of over 25 medics ranging from freshers to third years. We have amazing socials, including the notorious pub golf with the medic’s rugby squad and our incredible 3 day mystery tour which last year took us to Blackpool! Absolutely no experience is required, the idea is to HAVE FUN, make friends and to do a small amount of exercise to burn off all those take-aways. We meet once a week and perform at two main events per year, the Alumni rugby match in November which is followed by the Alumni ball and the National Medic’s Rugby 7s tournament in May which is an awesome day all round (expect streakers whilst we perform). Don’t miss the opportunity to come and chat to us at Fresher’s fair to meet our new committee and get details for our introductory social in your second week of uni - Come along and see what we’re all about!
Have a little gander at the rest: MEDCYCLING/ MEDICS BADMINTON/ MEDICS BASKETBALL/ MEDICS CRICKET/ MEDICS FOOTBALL MENS/ MEDICS GOLF/ MARTIAL ARTS-MEDICS/ MEDICS WATERPOLO/ MEDICS SWIMMING/ MEDICS TENNIS/ MEDICS SQUASH
Your first week (Week One) is amazing. Being a Medic is amazing. Stick both together and it's brilliant! Keep your eyes peeled for us, we’ll be easy to spot outside LT1 in the QMC! Come and introduce yourself and have a chat. As Week One reps it’s our job to get to know you and look after you, making sure you have the best time possible for your Fresher’s week! Week One will be one of the best weeks you’ll get in your whole 5 years here, so don’t worry about anything other than enjoying yourself! There’s so much going on in your first week make sure you get involved as much as you can and we’ll be there every morning to pick up the pieces! Week One is merely a warm up for an amazing medic year; Medic Cocktail Party, Scav, Bedpush etc etc. so get ready. Your reps this year are Anna and Josh!
While there is lots of fun to be had in Week One, please be encouraged to play safely. The Student's Union runs the 'Easy Tiger' safe sex and alcohol awareness campaign in conjunction with Week One. First semester can be a very exciting time for lots of people. For many of you it will be your first time away from home, you’ll be meeting lots of new people and experiencing new things and yes, for some of you this means partying and perhaps drinking and having sex... Easy Tiger is here to make sure that if you do want to do these things that you do them SAFELY. Please visit http://www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/cc/campaigns/easytiger/ for more information!
Hello and welcome to Medics’ Karni! Before we say anything else, congratulations on getting a place at Nottingham Medical School! Ahead of you is an amazing 5 years, full of thrills, spills and a fair amount of work, but never fear - us 6 lovely reps are here to help you get the most out of it. Karnival is the largest student-run charity organisation in the UK, hosting events mainly for Freshers (that’s you!) raising money for a huge number of charities. In 2010, Karni raised an astonishing £1,400,000, with medics Karni alone raising £135,000 - coming 2nd place out of all the Karni teams. But this year we want to do one better, and for this we need your help! We will be in charge of your first term, making it as action-packed, stressfree and, most of all, memorable as possible. From balls to bar crawls, rag raids to skydives and even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - there’s something for everyone to get involved with But what is a ‘Rag Raid’? While at other universities Saturdays may be seen as a time to catch up on sleep or recover from the night before, at Nottingham they mean only one thing - Rag Raid time. Every Saturday of your first term, we will journey to cities around the country (we’re talking Cardiff, Newcastle, Oxford, Edinburgh), give you the gauntlet of a charity collecting tin and set you free, dressed in all manner of fancy dress. After a day of doing good, collecting money for charity, you guys will be well rewarded for all your hard work, and what’s a better reward than a lash-filled bus journey home, complete with prizes, punishments, boat races, funnels and always a few surprises (nonalcoholic options available). These bus journeys are definitely not to be missed! Upon return to our beloved campus, the party carries on at the Student’s Union well into the night. Seriously, ragraids are a fantastic opportunity to meet up with the other medics in your year, and get to know people away from lectures - they are definitely not to be missed! We can safely say, without rag raids we wouldn’t know half the people that we do, have half the hilarious memories we do, and even the odd romance has been known to pop up after a rag raid.
Karni is not just about rag raids.. You have a term of massively outrageous events ahead of you, including Oceana-Mondays, 7-legged bar crawl, Mr and Miss Medic (think Miss Congeniality, minus the beauty and the FBI, but with a lot more milk and fish thrown in.. - this will get very messy!), the legendary Bedpush - hundreds of medics donning the scrubs, stethoscopes and white coats you were born to wear, taking over the streets of Nottingham, to cause as much commotion as possible, raising thousands of pounds for charity... boom! This chaotic term is sandwiched by two equally fun but slightly classier affairs: The Medics Welcome Ball - prime opportunity to meet your medic family for the next 5 years (invitations are enclosed in this pack) and the Snowflake Ball. This night of elegance and glamour celebrates the fantastic charity work throughout the year and also calls an end to your fresher’s term. Here the winners of the Karni cup are announced, so make sure you are looking sharp for it, it will be an evening to remember. Charities Karni, underneath all the glitz and excitement, is all about charity. So in fact by going out every Saturday, you are improving your karma, and ultimately doing a lot of good (which is the reason you’ll give your parents for coming along). Each rag raid collects money for a specific charity, such as Cancer Research UK, Whizz Kids, Barnados and Royal National Institute for the Blind. We also support specific charities, such as Organize - a charity set up by current Nottingham Medics to lobby the government for reform of the organ donation system, and Ameca - a charity set up by the mother of an exNottingham Medic helping to provide medical care in Africa. ‘Kontact’ events, run by Karni, allow underprivileged local school children to go on day trips. If you would like to raise
money for a specific charity, let us know and we can try to organise something with you! Right, that’s all folks! Having just finished our first year, we are unbelievably jealous that you have all of still ahead of you. Freshers, you are in for the best five years of your lives, so rest and relax this summer because come September, it’s all go! Make sure you join the official Facebook group - ‘Official Nottingham Medics - Freshers 2011-2012’ See you all very soon!
The Karni Reps
John may be one of the poshest lads ever to set foot on a rugby pitch, but don't let this ex-long haired L.A.D.’s dulcet Loughborough tones fool you - he personifies the phrase, ‘what goes on tour, stays on tour’, so it's probably best not to mention geese, riot squads, earrings, bananas, or dignity in general. With a love of scotch, John is keen to find an heir to the ‘never sick from alcohol’ mantle which he once held so dear. In fact, it’s not unknown for John to be seen sporting his finest dog collar and fishnet combination on a night out in Ocean. However underneath his rather unruly exterior lies a cuddly Karni bear, just waiting to be loved. From collecting shedloads of cash to going the extra (sleepless and foodless) mile for the sake of sponsorship, this dedicated and more than slightly bonkers bloke has dazzled many with his talents. All else aside, John has managed to bag the winning formula to being a medic he is almost never seen working during term-time - preferring his trusty Redbull and broadsheet to revision. Yet come exam-time a sturdy first class honours is all you’ll ever see this boy receive. And yes, we all hate him for it.
This Mancunian (though you can’t tell it from his accent) has risen the ranks from an unsuspecting fresher to the moustache-donning, Pratten-loving Adonis you see before you. This hairy and slightly too smiley man can make any situation more inappropriate than necessary. With his hot magic tricks and wandering hands he's always keen to impress the girls and boys, so freshers - beware! However, his dedication to the Karni cause has never been in question, even when the consequences mean he can’t sit down for a week. This enthusiasm even includes revision - his one true love. Spending seemingly every available minute in America, this boy is Yankee through and through, with summer camps, the New York Marathon and even the accent to be soon under his belt. Despite being unable to pronounce ‘waTer’, he has a heart of gold. So whether you want a quiet drink in Mooch, a cheeky card trick or someone to remind you how little anatomy you know, look no further than Aaron
Katie is a charming girl, so it will come as a huge disappointment to many, and of no surprise to many more that upon arrival at med school she was quickly snapped up by a cradle-snatching 4th year. Such distractions have failed to influence her unflinching efforts in the name of all things altruistic. Behind the scenes you will find that Katie is always on the trail of a good cause, organising, promoting and enacting some plan. We must mention, of course, her talents as a fundraiser. When placed in a prime position on the London tube she is capable of great feats, out-collecting many other talented walletworriers. Katie will surely be the moral compass for Medics Karni reminding us of the real purpose of a Rag Raid and keeping us on the straight and charitable narrow. Since a recent incident with a peroxide bottle, Katie has been left looking distinctly like a tiger. But demonstrating her perpetual adaptability she has taken this, and other misfortunes, in her stride. Now a new, blonder Katie will be ready to greet you with smiles and good will upon your arrival in the hallowed halls of the QMC.
A man of many qualities, James leaves a strong impression with everyone he meets. With a miraculous ability to pull off lycra hot pants on the chilly streets of Newcastle and provide a fantastic impromptu massage this smooth talker can talk seemingly anyone into anything; whether it’s a last minute dip in the Ocean, rising from slumber at 6am to meet the ragraid bus or even a cheeky pull in the Den. But crucially this cardigan-loving actor can stretch his dramatic talents yet further. On the streets of Britain’s cities many are spellbound by his smooth tongue and winning smile, soon finding themselves parted from their small change. This has made him a fantastic asset for our team and he will surely serve as a great tutor in the art persuasion for future Medic Rag Raiders. Perhaps the most important thing for a fresher to know about James is that he is a man of duty, of “modern” chivalry and of noble determination. James understands that no Medic should be left to travel home alone. He is always keen to do the right thing and play the chaperone for those in need. Whilst you may consider yourself safe from such advances, never forget; this young man can talk his way into anyone’s purse.
From the dark backwaters of Uttoxeter, Steph recently had to deal with becoming old, and in her culture the life of an unmarried woman is now over. But rather than become a Nun, an occupation to which she is exquisitely suited, she has devoted her time to charity and the careful stewardship of young medical students. She is a lighthouse in an otherwise daunting maelstrom of student life, since she was born perfectly adapted to responsibility. In fact she has become a surrogate mother to
many of us (especially John) and it is likely that without her the festival of frivolity that is to be your Saturdays (and the odd weeknight bar crawl) during first term simply would not run smoothly. Always there to guide and comfort those in need Steph is a fantastic addition to your Karni team. Of course Steph has more than just a steadying influence. On occasion she is known to be something of a loose cannon... Tell her NOT to do something at your peril, for invariably she will use her considerable talents to ensure it happens. –Really we mean this, because many harrowing events have followed the words “Steph you can’t do that”. Just ask the innocent Lenton residents that witnessed the infamous Jailbreak fiasco, or the moment when a team of crack negotiators was required to remove her from a rusty fire escape. There isn't space here to do justice to her great assets, but rest assured, you will quickly begin to appreciate them come October.
King of the epic Frape, Josh has been known to rival even Aaron on inappropriateness, no computer (or internet enabled phone) is safe within 50m of him. With a love of wasabi, shorts and walking barefoot, this non-stereotypical Gap Yah sometimes seems as though he is still on his travels. His slightly larger than average face can be spotted sneaking into the back of LT1, whacking out some last minute coursework in the library and then accidentally deleting it only to have to write it again in half a day. However don’t look too hard for him, particularly in quiet corners of Hallward library or you may get more than you bargained for due to Josh’s unusual lunchtime activities. Being regularly mistaken for a middle aged doctor, his mature look has led to a humungous collecting total, and for that Medics Karni is very grateful. But don’t get us wrong, he is more than capable of letting his hair down. Bringing his own funnel, this ragraid veteran knows how to drink. And also how to reproduce it on various lawns, buses and sofas. Often heard shouting “more lard!”, Josh has odd tastes in food, and has been known to eat a cake before its even been mixed together. With a meaningful grin and a tendency to shock, be on your guard, anything is possible around Allergy Boy.
This is the space in Bedpans we left to write a cheedary, gooey and poignant leaving message for you guys. However, there’s nothing else we could possibly say to prepare you guys more for Medschool. Just know, that Medsoc will be here for you over the next year. The committee actually cares about how brilliant we can make your first year as a Nottingham student! At the end of the day, you’ve come to Nottingham to be turned into a doctor and what you experience, see and get involved in during Medschool will shape your future career. Medsoc is your society, make the most out of it that you possibly can. Now go and enjoy yourself! Welcome to Nottingham. Love Medsoc.
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