World-class research at Hull York Medical School

21 September 2016
Vassili Crispi is a second year medical student at HYMS with a keen interest in surgery and medical research. In his spare time he likes reading, listening to Anastacia music, playing his sax and clarinet, and travelling.
It is well known that Hull York Medical School (HYMS) conducts world-class research and has an extensive network of doctors and scientists who work closely with students. For a number of years now, medical students have been encouraged to get even more involved in this field via different means: one of these is the INSPIRE project.

Welcome to the Beverley Science Café

19 September 2016

Alexandra Abel is a third year medical student at HYMS. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and ukulele playing.

Have you been looking for an informal get-together to talk about science over a coffee (or something stronger)? Well, look no further than the Beverley Science Café: our local Hull branch of the international network Café Scientifique. This unique monthly science escape aims to present the latest “hot-button” topics in science and technology in a way that is accessible for everyone, while encouraging questions and informal discussion.

My elective on the Isle of Tiree

06 September 2016
Catherine Lawrence is a 5th year medical student at HYMS, budding GP and part-time balloon modeller. When not hard at work, she can be found hiking, bouldering or camping with her Cubs or Guides.
I am not a windsurfer, I don’t know anything about crofting, and I don’t know what a corncrake is; I have also never listened to a song by Skipinnish, so I might be forgiven for never having heard of the Isle of Tiree. When the time came to think about an elective, I had no ideas. On a panicked Saturday afternoon, I remembered my interest in rural general practice, and after a couple hours of ‘googling’ I was set on an elective to Scotland, specifically the Scottish Islands. Long story short, seven months later, I was climbing aboard a tiny Twin Otter plane in Glasgow, bound for the Isle of Tiree.

My first day as an FY1

22 August 2016
Ashley Holt is a brand new FY1 doctor working at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. He graduated from HYMS this year.
“So you’re working on HPB? My apologies…” This line seems to be a running theme of my induction week as I enter my F1 year. Everyone I speak to, from consultants to reception staff (and memorably, one taxi driver), knows the hepato-billary/pancreatic wards as an incredibly tough place to work – the sort of place a junior doctor shivers to hear the name of, where the days are long and the patients invariably very sick. This was to be my first job, fresh from medical school, just a few days out from my graduation and a few months after my finals.

Broken Little Robots: an uplifting play about depression

11 July 2016
The Roaring Girls (@theroaringgirls) were interviewed by Alexandra Abel (@alexandraabel).
Three Drama graduates from the University of Hull are bringing fear, anxiety, and depression to The Hull Truck Theatre this week with their show 'Broken Little Robots'… but they are also bringing optimism, celebration, and hope for the future.

#HYMSAwards Ceremony at KC Stadium was #flawless

26 May 2016
Mazin Eragat is a final year medical student at HYMS and intercalated in Urgent & Emergency Care BSc at Plymouth University. He will be returning to the south and working in South East London for his foundation years.
Forget the Met Gala; on Thursday 26th April, the Hull KC Stadium was the place to be. After three years of separate regional events, the glitzy Teaching Excellence Awards evening united all five corners of the HYMS globe for the first time – without the need for video link! And where better to host this extravaganza than in the City of Culture 2017 (sorry-not-sorry, York)?

Highlights from WIRED Health 2016

18 May 2016
Grace Gawn is a second year medical student at HYMS. She can usually be found with a cup of tea and/or a burrito in her hand, getting stuck into a good TV series.  
On Friday 29th April 2016, WIRED Health returned to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in London for a day filled with fascinating talks from 21 speakers from around the word. Alongside the speakers, the event featured an exhibition of the latest advances in health technology, giving us a glimpse of what the future could hold for the healthcare industry. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship from the new Hull York Medical School (HYMS) Student Blog to attend the event.

An interview with James Alexander Hall: professional actor and cystic fibrosis patient

12 May 2016
James (@RealJAHallwas interviewed by Alexandra Abel (@alexandraabel), editor of the Student Blog.
This week is Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Awareness Week in the UK. To mark this important week, we have chosen to interview an inspiring local patient – James Alexander Hall, 27-year-old professional actor from Lincolnshire.

The black dog and the medical student

12 May 2016
Charlotte Hall is a perpetual student already on her third, but hopefully final, degree. She likes the outdoors, singing at any opportunity and talking until somebody stops her.
Depression is more common than many people think: one in five people will suffer with the disorder. Winston Churchill called his depression his 'Black Dog', a metaphor I quite like. I am currently 25 years old, and when I was 19, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder...

Neuropods and the Next Generation: Highlights from SBNS Newcastle 2016

10 May 2016
Alexandra Abel is the editor of the Student Blog and an amateur ukuleleist. Join her on Twitter @alexandraabel

The iconic Sage Gateshead concert venue was the setting for the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) Spring Meeting. SBNS meetings last for three days and are hosted biannually in a different city each time. As a medical student at the Hull York Medical School (HYMS), the last meeting was on my doorstep. This year, I travelled to Gateshead for SBNS Newcastle 2016, held April 20-22, to learn about neurosurgical innovation and the wider neurosurgical community...

When an A level course ignites a university hobby

05 May 2016
As a first year HYMS student, Ade Akintunde is a pro at Mario Kart and sleeping. When she's not busy making English and German blunders she works diligently to pass her exams and does not marathon Grey's Anatomy.
If you have chosen to read my post you might expect something directly related to medicine or something I have experienced recently as a medical student. This isn't either of those things. It's actually a short review of a German film I’ve watched too many times and yet still have a lot of respect for. But I’d argue that this film is more related to medicine than one might initially think. It is a story of human suffering and the desire to protect a loved one from further distress.

First MedFest held at HYMS

04 May 2016
Vassili Crispi is a first year medical student at HYMS with a keen interest in surgery and medical research. In his spare time he likes reading, listening to Anastacia music, playing his sax and clarinet, and travelling.
This year is the first time that MedFest has ever been hosted by Hull York Medical School. On 21st March, medical students from across all year groups came to the University of Hull to take part in the event, which was organised by the NeuroSoc Committee. MedFest is the UK’s only medical film festival, run by psychiatry trainees and fully funded by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and other sources. It aims to inspire interest in psychiatry and promote the use of film as a medium for understanding the experiences of others. Since its establishment in 2011, MedFest has reached worldwide success...

A weekend in the wilderness

20 April 2016
Alice Fort-ShaaleAlice Fort-Shaale is a second year HYMS medical student with a keen interest in surgery and wilderness medicine. In her spare time she loves travelling, sailing and skiing.
Friday, 5:30 pm. It was finally the end of a long week and a busy term; however, for a few medical students the activities were only just beginning. Members of the HYMS Wilderness Medical Society were setting off to the Lake District for a weekend of hiking to precipitous summits, indulging in the serene landscapes, and learning handy expedition skills from practicing doctors...


20 April 2016

Etomby Namme is a second year medical student at HYMS and an amateur poet and baker... when she's not busy procrastinating.

Original poetry by Etomby Namme. "Sometimes it seems the more work you have to do... the less you do. DEVIL Thy name is PROCRASTINATION. time, you snare me. Constantly, I’m falling, for your foolish stalling..."

"Walk to Durmton": my brother's drawing

18 April 2016

Since his birth at the tail end of the 20th century, Fionn Quilty has tried his utmost to avoid work of any sort. Now finding himself in medical school, it is beginning to dawn on him that he has made a catastrophic error of judgement.

This fusion of illustration and the written word was my autistic younger brother’s first complete work of literary fiction. He always found solace with a pencil in his hand, yet this picture was different. It was unlike any other, in that it was not the centrepiece, or at least was not intended to be. The drawing is the illustration for a story, an attempt to conform to societal values that he himself doesn’t hold. The education system had told him that words were valued and that they must be expressed in a logical, linear way; having a beginning, middle and an end...