• Advice to FY1: Dr Clare Gerada

    Dr Clare Gerada MBE FRCP FRCGP MRCPsych Medical Director of the Practitioner Health Programmer and Former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners writes about the importance of looking after yourself as a newly qualified doctor. I qualified as a doctor in 1982, so am now in my 35th year working in the NHS, 25 of them as a […]

    Advice to FY1: Dr Clare Gerada
  • Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures

    Katie Hodgkinson reviews Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures by M. Loukas, R.S. Tubbs and J. Feldman Extensive and clear, this is yet another addition to Netter’s expanding repertoire of books based on the Netter illustrations. With over 30 clinical procedures neatly detailed, this book is a brilliant reference for those wanting to brush up on the exact way to perform […]

    Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures
  • Just 12% of young people think politicians value their views, NUS poll finds

    In a poll of nearly 2000 further and higher education students this month, students tell the National Union of Students (NUS) that only 12 per cent of them agree that politicians value the views of young people. Today (22nd May) is the final day students can register to vote in the General Election. NUS and students’ unions across the country have […]

    Just 12% of young people think politicians value their views, NUS poll finds
  • Review: The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics

      The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics is the latest addition to the best selling ‘Unofficial Guide to Medicine’ series. Similar to its predecessors, this book has been written in collaboration with medical students and junior doctors, with insights from experts in the field. The book is split into 4 sections, covering core topics, clinical cases, clinical skills and a careers […]

    Review: The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics
  • Why I sometimes read poetry instead of medicine—and why you should, too

    Dr. Richard S Panush is Professor of medicine, division of rheumatology, department of medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. In this thought provoking article adapted by permission of the American College of Rheumatology (http://www.rheumatology.org) from an article first published in The Rheumatologist (http://www.the-rheumatologist.org), he talks about the importance of the humanities in medicine. To read more about […]

    Why I sometimes read poetry instead of medicine—and why you should, too
  • NHS Crisis: 40% of Hospitals Issue Black Alert; Failed A&E Targets

    Pressures on the NHS are always high over the winter period but this year there have been increasing reports of serious levels of overcrowding that have been called dangerous and unsafe by those on the frontline. It has been reported that over 40% of hospitals have declared an alert in the first week of January because of major problems due […]

    NHS Crisis: 40% of Hospitals Issue Black Alert; Failed A&E Targets
  • Royal Society of Medicine: UMAX 2017

    Date: Saturday 4 March 2017 Organiser: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Section Venue: The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street. London, W1G 0AE www.rsm.ac.uk/events/MXH03 UMAX (Undergraduate oral and maxillofacial surgery conference) has been established by the Royal Society of Medicine to act as a medium to promote the specialty and to facilitate the sharing the knowledge and experience of consultant surgeons […]

    Royal Society of Medicine: UMAX 2017
  • Messly: a trip advisor approach to training

    ­­­An anaesthetic trainee in North West London has launched a ‘Trip Advisor’ for NHS training placements in hospitals, to help medical students and junior doctors make evidence-based choices around their careers in the NHS. Messly is an online community for junior doctors and medical students, which features 5-star ratings – Trip Advisor style – for rotations across the country using […]

    Messly: a trip advisor approach to training
  • First Things First

    Our Former Editor-in-Chief, Rob Ceaver is back as Doctors’ Mess Editor, continuing the ‘Diaries of an FY1’ series. Read on to find out his thoughts on the experience! I am one of the doctors; a sentence that, for a while there, I wasn’t entirely sure that I’d ever get the chance to say. I’m now one of the gang. I’ve […]

    First Things First
  • Students launch revolutionary study platform to help beat revision stress

    Two medical students from the University of Leeds have launched a ground-breaking study platform, using techniques scientifically proven to increase memory retention by up to 80%. Synap is a new tailor-made study aid that aims to reduce exam stress and anxiety. The unique learning platform uses artificial intelligence algorithms to enhance the way students and professionals learn so that binge […]

    Students launch revolutionary study platform to help beat revision stress

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Just 12% of young people think politicians value their views, NUS poll finds

Just 12% of young people think politicians value their views, NUS poll finds

May 22, 2017 at 9:51 am

In a poll of nearly 2000 further and higher education students this month, students tell the National Union of Students (NUS) that only 12 per cent of them agree that politicians...

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Advice to FY1: Dr Clare Gerada

Advice to FY1: Dr Clare Gerada

June 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Dr Clare Gerada MBE FRCP FRCGP MRCPsych Medical Director of the Practitioner Health Programmer and Former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners writes about...

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Let’s not kid ourselves, banning banter isn’t going to solve the staffing crisis

Let’s not kid ourselves, banning banter isn’t going to solve the staffing crisis

October 2, 2016 at 8:06 pm

Oscar To Comment Editor   A recent piece of research published in the British Journal of General Practice found general practice and psychiatry to be the two most ‘bad...

Culture »

Bowie & Basquiat at Bowie/ Collector

Bowie & Basquiat at Bowie/ Collector

October 23, 2016 at 9:14 am

Selected pieces from David Bowie’s extensive art collection are on show at Sotheby’s, at the Bowie/Collector exhibition until November 2016. The artists featuring in...

  • Franco, Flamenco and Federico
    Franco, Flamenco and Federico

    Our new Culture Editor reviews a performance by the highly renowned flamenco dance company, Paco Pena, based on...

    July 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm
  • The Hateful Eight: Eight killers, one room
    The Hateful Eight: Eight killers, one room

    Culture Editor Asad Charania of St George’s University of London, reviews the latest Tarantino blockbuster   Quentin...

    January 29, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  • A journey into medicine
    A journey into medicine

    I’ve chosen something a little different for culture today, but bear with me whilst I explain why. I’m in final...

    December 10, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Education »

Review: The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics

Review: The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics

May 17, 2017 at 11:14 am

  The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics is the latest addition to the best selling ‘Unofficial Guide to Medicine’ series. Similar to its predecessors, this book has...

Sport »

Get Your Head In the Game

Get Your Head In the Game

March 6, 2015 at 3:32 am

Sean Morgan takes a look at traumatic brain injuries in sport Irish Fly Half Jonathan Sexton Giving English Rugby Fans Just Another Thing To Feel Bad About, Weeks After...

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First Things First

First Things First

November 4, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Our Former Editor-in-Chief, Rob Ceaver is back as Doctors’ Mess Editor, continuing the ‘Diaries of an FY1’ series. Read on to find out his thoughts on the...

Other News

Get Your Head In the Game

Get Your Head In the Game

When you think of injury in sport, the musculoskeletal system first comes to mind. A fractured clavicle, torn hamstring or ACL injury are injuries which you may be familiar with seeing on the sporting stage, whether you follow football, rugby, cycling or just about any sport. You may even fancy your chances of diagnosing one of these injuries when your […]

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Dr Richard Panush

Dr Richard Panush

Medicine is humane science. The “compleat” physician understands this and blends his/her clinical practice with the “art” of medicine. Indeed there is growing and compelling evidence that integrating elements of “humanities” with clinical medicine is salutary for doctors and their patients. This improves professionalism, trust, empathy, compassion, communication, and patient care. In this issue of “The Medical Student” we reprint […]

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Reflecting On Life In Medicine: A Curricular Innovation For Internal Medicine Residents

  Introduction: There is growing evidence that integrating elements of humanities with clinical medicine is salutary for doctors and their patients. Incorporating humanities early in training may help junior physicians develop his/her skills in the “art” of medicine. We therefore developed a humanities curriculum for medical PGY1 residents, “Reflective Medicine,” and assessed its impact and value. Methods: Reflective Medicine was […]

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Bowie & Basquiat at Bowie/ Collector

Bowie & Basquiat at Bowie/ Collector

Selected pieces from David Bowie’s extensive art collection are on show at Sotheby’s, at the Bowie/Collector exhibition until November 2016. The artists featuring in Bowie’s collection range from Frank Auerbach to Damien Hirst and Jean- Michel Basquiat, encompassing a variety of mediums from paintings (including some of Hirst’s rarer colour wheel paintings) to installation art, with the most unusual pieces […]

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Clinical and Academic Research Society events

Clinical and Academic Research Society events

    AFP Interview Workshop (27th October) Have you applied for and/or secured an AFP interview? Are you feeling apprehensive about the interview process and how best to prepare? Do you wish there was an event that would inform you of the AFP and allow you to take part in practical interview workshops? In that case, welcome to our annual […]

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Medical School Places to Increase by 25%; Fines for Doctors who Move Abroad

Medical School Places to Increase by 25%; Fines for Doctors who Move Abroad

The government have announced plans to expand the number of places at medical school from 6,000 to 7,500 from 2018. Health Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, revealed the plans at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham earlier today. The rationale behind the idea is to increase the number of “home-grown” doctors amongst a medical workforce that is made up of […]

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Let’s not kid ourselves, banning banter isn’t going to solve the staffing crisis

Let’s not kid ourselves, banning banter isn’t going to solve the staffing crisis

Oscar To Comment Editor   A recent piece of research published in the British Journal of General Practice found general practice and psychiatry to be the two most ‘bad mouthed’ specialties in medical school. This has lead to a tangible effect on choices of graduates, leading to the staffing crises in psychiatry and general practice, say the respective heads of […]

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Medical Student and a Medical Patient: When Two Worlds Collide

Medical Student and a Medical Patient: When Two Worlds Collide

Dr H.B. A 20 year old male, of Indian descent, presented to West Middlesex Accident & Emergency Department, with severe abdominal pain. The pain was a sharp, constant, 10/10 pain, located in the epigastric region, radiating through to the back, and had been present since waking that morning. It was associated with profuse vomiting, approximately 6 episodes in the last […]

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The BMA proves that democracy without leadership is doomed to fail

The BMA proves that democracy without leadership is doomed to fail

Oscar To Comment Editor   After a strangely timed leadership election, the BMA have once again called off threats to strike. Whilst the BMA remains ‘opposed’ to the contract, it is due to be imposed on Monday to O&G trainees as part of a ‘trial’. The BMA currently remains silent on how the decision came about (perhaps their press don’t […]

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Everyone has potential, so why do we insist on stopping people from reaching it?

Everyone has potential, so why do we insist on stopping people from reaching it?

Oscar To Comment Editor Imagine you could visit any place you liked, no strings attached whatsoever, for as long as you liked. Where would it be? Far away across the globe experiencing a whole new culture? Or maybe some sun and sea on a hot beach? We’re all individuals with our own tastes and preferences. Now, let me ask you, […]

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Careers in Surgery Conference

Careers in Surgery Conference

After the success of the last three CiS conferences, we are now pleased to announce the date for the 4th annual ‘Career in Surgery’ (CiS) conference, which shall be taking place on Saturday 24th September 2016 at Centre for Professional Development, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham. The conference is aimed at medical students and junior doctors […]

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