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Why does everyone hate medics?

[box]Oliver Davies asks the ultimate question[/box] So then, where do I begin? Quite frankly, this article could fill the whole edition, but for now, I’ll try and keep it brief. Before I begin I should probably explain a little about myself. As a graduate medic, there was once a time when I was also just a ‘regular’ student and so […]

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Play your way to becoming a better doctor…

[box]Govindpal Singh Kooner tells why you should join Paediatrics Society [/box] If you’re a London medical student, particularly at Imperial College, you may be quizzical about the influx of multi-coloured, merry-looking caterpillars growing all over the walls, on posters and in emails. Is the Imperial College Healthcare Trust currently crippled by a benign infestation of garden-variety ‘Lepidoptera’ larvae? No, although […]

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League tables – help or hindrance?

[box]Sheikh Momin questions the value of league tables [/box] League tables are a thorny and divisive issue for everyone involved in the university application process – the school teachers, the universities themselves, parents and, of course, the applicant. Many universities confirm a high league table ranking as a sign of prestige and academic quality and boast about these in their […]

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Help! I’m not a robot…

Help! I’m not a robot…

[box]Miriam Barker asks whether we’re being taught to be robots…[/box] It’s late on a Friday afternoon. Opposite you is ‘Mrs Green’, a lady who has arrived with a bad case of athlete’s foot. As you ask to have a look, she begins to wince in embarrassment. You reassure her that ‘anything you see will not go further than their health-care […]

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Peripheral rotations abroad – a must for medics?

Peripheral rotations abroad – a must for medics?

[box]By Shivali Patel [/box] Medicine is a field that encompasses a plethora of knowledge, which medical students and doctors attempt to acquire continuously from the moment they begin the course.  Clinical medicine is a more practical way of learning from patients in hospital wards and clinics. Most students experience this style of learning after year three.  Currently, most specialty rotations […]

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Ergo Cogito Ergo Sum

  [box] Harvinder Singh Bhamra reviews Damasio’s ‘Decartes’ Error’  [/box] I think, therefore I am – a quotation from one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages. Descartes was a visionary, but did he fall into error with this bold statement? ‘Descartes’ Error’ by Antonio Damasio is a neurobiology book masquerading as a philosophical idea. The ideas of this […]

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The Love Drug

[box]Michael J Badger takes the love drug[/box]   I have tried to love someone, I really have. I’ve sought them out across the student union, I’ve stalked them from my friend’s Facebook account. I just can’t love them as much as I love drugs. Not just the kind that gives all those Old Etonians the feeling of being down with […]

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This Modern Love

This Modern Love

[box]Rob Cleaver examines how modern technology gets in the way of love[/box]  I see it often enough across coffee shop tables, that look that asks where everything is heading. Two people, two experiences of the same moment, two different itineraries. How can they abide by their own schedule if at the same time they must cater for, and knot their […]

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PasTest your Finals…

[box]Grace Britton reviews PasTest’s ‘OSCE Stations for Finals’ [/box] Most medical students have probably passed the rite of passage where fast-approaching practical exams induce a panic, further undermined by a fear of inadequate preparation. The phrase ëintegrate knowledgeí and ëpractice, practice, practiceí resonate louder and louder in oneís mind as the date for OSCEs or PACES, or whatever oneís university […]

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Barts Pilot New Peer Assisted Learning Scheme

[box]Harvinder Singh Bhamra examines the system being piloted by Barts London [/box] A new scheme has been developed at Barts and the London Medical School to help students who are struggling with their exams and revision. Peer Assisted Learning, an initiative founded by three budding medical students, is a way for people who are struggling to gain access to a medical […]

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