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50 at 50: Developing as an Early Career Researcher

I took a relatively untraditional journey to the University of Nottingham’s School of Medicine. Starting with an undergraduate degree in Musicology, I shifted to Psychology for my PhD, and when the opportunity arose to move to Nottingham’s Hearing Sciences department a few years later, I jumped at the chance. My interests have always centred on …

50 at 50: The experience of undertaking CP1 during the Covid-19 pandemic

Clinical placement is a time for us medical students to put into practice all of the skills and academic knowledge we have learnt to date. Additionally, it is a time to realise that when you’re asked a question when you first start on the wards, no matter how simple it is, your mind will go …

50 at 50: The Dean’s Symposium: Transformative inclusion: The future of healthcare

Celebrations of 50 years of Medicine and 30 years of Nursing at Nottingham are in full swing. The Dean’s Symposium on Transformative Inclusion was held on the 28 April and it was a fitting part of these events.  The programme included three speakers talking about three very different but thought–provoking subjects.     The virtual event began with a warm welcome from Professor Brigitte Scammell, Dean of Medicine and Head of School to …

50 at 50: Transforming health care of older people

I’ve been in Nottingham for 30 years, and was in touching distance of those who were there at the start of Nottingham medical school. I find it astonishing to reflect on the transformation I witnessed or heard about first hand. I am told that one of the reason for the medical school was the awful …

50 at 50: UoN First Responders Milestone Achievement

An initiative set up in 2014, the University of Nottingham First Responders is a scheme consisting predominantly of medical students, some of whom continue responding in their F1 year. We volunteer to support East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) in responding to high-level emergency calls, including cardiac arrests, seizures, and paediatric patients. Our scheme is very …

50 at 50: Reflections on my time at Nottingham Medical School: Achieving excellence in primary care and applied health research

My first memory of Nottingham Medical School was attending for interview for a medical school place in 1980. To my mind Nottingham had the most exciting progressive course in the country, and I particularly liked the emphasis on medicine in the community. At interview Professor Richard Madeley asked what I would do if I had …

50 at 50: Graduate Entry Medicine, A Different Kind of Freedom

Medicine was almost a spur of the moment choice for me, I don’t quite want to say an epiphany. I hadn’t given it any thought at all until I virtually stumbled across the concept of Graduate Entry Medicine during a rather drawn out period of soul- and job searching in my late twenties. I still …

50 at 50: Women in Medicine – Pain Inequality: A Healthcare Bias  

Although we are fortunate in the UK to be protected by the NHS, we unfortunately still are plagued with implicit biases which can be detrimental to the beneficence of patients. Healthcare inequality is a broad term used to call attention to the way medicine is unjustly researched, practised, taught and highlighted to the public. The term ‘bias’ is used to refer implicit stereotypes, prejudices and raises …

50 at 50: StreetDoctors

Youth violence is a serious problem in many cities across our nation. Between September 2019 and September 2020, there were 47,119 offences involving knives or sharp objects recorded by the police in England and Wales (1). These offences have been rising since 2014 and although in recent years the rate of increase has slowed, even …

50 at 50: No research about me without me! Welcoming the patient and public voice to research

A lot has happened in healthcare and research over the last 50 years since the University of Nottingham Medical School was born. Not just in breakthrough treatments and diagnostics, blockbuster drug development and in tackling our first pandemic since 1918; but also in opening up medicine and healthcare to include the views and experiences of …