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Disability Recognition Month: Studying Medicine with a chronic disability

My name is Dana, I am a 4th year medical student… This is the typical opening sentence for clinical skills sessions, whenever there are interactions with patients or other healthcare professionals during placements, and last but not least, during the feared OSCEs. I would like to add today to that opening sentence: My name is …

Fundraising for the Medic’s Musical 2022/23: RENT

As many of you will know, Nottingham Medical School has a long-standing beloved tradition of performing a musical of choice. My name is Ïa and I am the Producer of this year’s Medic’s Musical – to be performed by our penultimate year medical students in March 2023. Here’s our go-fund-me if you’d like to give …

What is the RAPID Eczema Trials project?

Researchers always wear white lab coats? Obviously, that is a stereotype, which is seldom correct.  They are generally indistinguishable for the rest of the population.  Open minded, curious, careful and rigorous.  And with this “citizen science” project, the researchers can be anybody who has lived experience of eczema. Amazement, disbelief and excitement hit all of …

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50 at 50: Dean’s Closing Blog

As our celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of Medicine at the University of Nottingham comes to a close, it’s incredible to think how much has changed since we started our 50th year towards the end of 2020. We’ve faced the many ups and downs of a global pandemic, and now we’re witness to the horror of …

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50 at 50: Students for Global Health

Consider the following facts. Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai are names that have become just as recognisable as Hugh Grant and Taylor Swift. All 10 of the Guardian’s most powerful images of 2021 depict the impacts of global health crises. More than half of young people across the UK report experiencing some degree of anxiety …

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50 at 50: Modern medicine: Miraculous or monstrous?

I’d like to give a personal reflection on the impact of biomedical technologies, including those pioneered in Nottingham, and then raise with you questions surrounding emerging opportunities and challenges. This year, I turn 49 years of age, just shy of the half century of the Medical School. Based on averages, I’m classed as ‘middle aged’ …

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50 at 50: Myth, Medicine and the Marginalised

‘Simpler history is constructed by the victors. Someone like me figured in their stories. Life can be otherwise.’ Abdulrazak Gurnah Nobel Prize for Literature 2021 A sunny morning in May 2001, I was having breakfast in a hotel in Atlanta, attending the Digestive Diseases Week, Annual meeting of American Gastroenterology Association. Leonard Seeff, distinguished Hepatologist …

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50 at 50: As the School of Medicine reaches middle age, it’s time to think about ageing

As the School of Medicine passes its 50th birthday, it’s apposite that our minds should turn to ageing.  In 1970, when the School first opened, the average life expectancy at birth in the UK was 72 years of age.  By 2020 it had reached 81 years. The increase in life expectancy is in no small …

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50 at 50: Standing on the shoulders of giants

Transforming healthcare is not easy. When asked to write this blog I could only think of a few examples where my efforts changed how healthcare is provided. Given that I qualified when doctors still wore white coats and worked 80 hours a week, that might seem like a poor return on all that time and effort. So how can you maximise your chances of finding the holy …

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50 at 50: Ian Hall: Reflections on 35 Years in Medicine

In 1985 I successfully applied for a medical registrar position in Nottingham.  I had decided respiratory medicine was going to be my chosen specialty, and Nottingham had a good reputation for its training programme.  I’d never been to the city before I was appointed, and intended to stay for a couple of years then move on, but apart from a …

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