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...


Procrastination

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. E.ve.ry 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...