Welcome to the Medical Schools Representation page.
Here you will find useful information about your School’s student representation system. This page covers the MBChB programme, Clinical Sciences, and Molecular, Genetic, and Population Health Sciences. Biomedical Sciences has its own Representation page.
First of all, let us introduce you to your School Representatives. Each School has two School Reps whose role is to listen to you and bring any issues you raise to the relevant staff and committee meetings, such as the Student-Staff Liaison Committee or your School Council. In the Medical School, the Undergraduate School Representative is Mu'azzamah Ahmad. Feel free to get in touch with Mu'azzamah if you feel that you have something important to say to the School! Your School also contains Class Representatives who work very closely with the School Representative, the Students' Association and the staff to ensure you make the most out of your courses. Potential areas Class Reps may engage with are issues with feedback, course content, and suitability of assessment.
The Medical Students Council (MSC) is a forum for discussion which comes up with ideas and solutions for the problems encountered by students. All those who study medicine at the University of Edinburgh are automatically members. The committee is made up of 15 elected members and 30 Class Reps. The MSC deals with all aspects of the medical student experience; recently, it has been involved in improving feedback, improving transport for students, and the creation of formative exams. The Council organises the Societies Fair during Welcome Week in Chancellor’s Building, the Year 3 electives information evening and the Year 4 Career’s Fair. The MSC also organises the annual Medics Ball which takes place in February. The Committee is chosen at the AGM in March so get involved either by standing for a position or voting for your representatives.
Another important thing to look out for in your School is Peer Learning. The Peer Learning programmes are student-led initiatives that offer academic guidance for newer students by more experienced students. The Clinical Medicine and Nursing Interdisciplinary PALS has been in operation for nine years between teaching staff in the School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine and Nursing Studies in the School of Health in Social Science. It is based around the theme of ‘Students as Teachers’ and runs as an extra-curricular activity. The response from both medical and nursing students has been extremely enthusiastic in a student led journal paper published in 2012 (Saunders et al 2012). During the PAL evening sessions, second year nursing and medical students are taught by fourth year nursing students and fifth year medical students. The shared learning is achieved through formal knowledge presentations, case scenario decision-making group work and skills acquisition sessions. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to Peer Support you can make use of a number of Academic Societies implemented in your School. Whether you are looking for support in your studies, meeting like-minded students, networking or keeping up-to-date with your field of study’s latest news, they are the place to be! In the School of Medicine you can find the Endocrinology Society, the Paediatrics Society and the Neurological Society, which host a range of events, from talks by guest lecturers to revision tutorials for medical students interested in the respective disciplines. The Ophthalmology Society offers academic support for medical school examinations and the annual Duke-Elder Exam. The Society partners with local ophthalmologists to provide careers advice related to this speciality. Meanwhile Edinburgh University Wilderness Medics Society (EUWMS) is for those with a dual interest in medicine and the outdoors. EUWMS hosts talks for experts in fields such as aeromedical critical care, military medicine and mountain medicine. They also have regular trips which include opportunities for skiing, hiking and camping, and also host weekly climbing sessions.
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