Family and friends celebrated with 140 HYMS students who graduated at Hull City Hall on Monday 14 July at a ceremony attended by the Chancellor of the University of Hull, the Rt Hon Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone.
A reception was held beforehand at the Mercure Hull Royal Hotel where the graduands, their guests, staff and former students mingled and enjoyed drinks and canapes whilst a number of prizes were handed out.
The Dean of HYMS, Professor Trevor Sheldon, congratulated them all on their success. He said HYMS graduates were different, not just because of the curriculum or approaches to learning or teaching, but because they had seen first-hand what a difference good quality healthcare could make in a deprived and often neglected area of the country.
“You have seen the acute health problems facing the most vulnerable people in our society and you have had to deal with them. You have all risen to the challenge and made a difference to these people and I hope you will continue to make a difference.”
He pointed out that they were now all members of the HYMS alumni association, made up of doctors and academics all over the country and the world.
Abbie Brooks, Chair of the HYMS Alumni Association and one of the very first cohort of HYMS graduates, spoke about the association and urged them all to stay in touch.
“The Association is still in its infancy and we are developing ways in which we can help and support you in the future,” she said.
Prizes were awarded by HYMS Dean Professor Sheldon; Chief Medical Officer Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Professor Ian Philp; HYMS Deputy Dean (Education) Dr David Pearson, and Professor of Clinical Surgery and President of the HYMS Alumni Association Steve Leveson. They were as follows:
The Founding Dean’s Award for best overall academic performance over the five years of the MB BS programme: Christopher Saleh
The Alderson Medal, generously donated by the Medical Division of the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and awarded to the best performing student in clinical assessments in Phases II and III: Emily Wells
Intercalation prize: Helen Davies
Best Performance in Year 5 Clinical Practice Examination: Emily Wells
Best Performance in Year 5 Written Paper: Richard Bodington and Khant Aung
The Dr Sanders Award for Best Performance in the Year 5 OSCE: Emily Wells
Best Overall Academic Performance in Phase 3: Christopher Saleh
Quality Improvement Project for excellent work in projects that enhance the quality of health care services provided by the local NHS: Francesca Bilham, Aisha Hameed, Mohammed Islam, Katy Skeats