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OEMS Video Presentation Prize 2015

21st January 2015

The inaugural OEMS Video Presentation Prize received five entries. They were all of excellent quality. The video presentations were adjudicated by Dr Edward Wallitt (MSS, GME-J ‘02). The following awards were made:

Joint winner: Nick Entwisle and Will Prebner

2nd Prize: Digby Hopkinson-Woolley

Highly Commended: Gaurav Agarwal, Jee-Hwan Kim and Hugh Kelly

Mr George Fussey, Eton College Medical Society

OEMS Essay Prize 2014

12th November 2014

This year we received 8 entries for the OEMS Essay Prize, all of which were of a very high standard. Five candidates were shortlisted and interviewed by Professor Ricky Richardson (OEMS President) and Dr Rashmi Patel (OEMS Secretary). The following awards were made:

Winner: James Hayley OS (PGW) - An imperfect genome: why do we still suffer from genetic disease?

Joint 2nd prize:
Roshan Sreekumar OS (PBS) - Tuberculosis/HIV co-infection and its impact on Africa
Ben Howarth OS (PBS) - Arthritis

Highly commended:
Richard Arends (ASR) - Metastasis
Rupert Stevens (JMG) - The inherited blistering keratin skin diseases: from gene to clinic

Mr George Fussey, Eton College Medical Society

OEA Review Article 2014

10th September 2014

The OEMS continues to flourish with 38 new members joining in the past year. Seven pupils were successful in obtaining places to study Medicine, a popular career choice among Etonians thanks to the support of George Fussey (GDF) who plays a vital role in inspiring and supporting pupils applying for a place at medical school.

The Eton College Medical Society met 14 times this academic year with several OEs contributing to the programme including Mr Simon Carter (PH ‘69), Mr William Harkness (FPEG ‘73), Adam Collins (RPDF ‘09) and Dr Rashmi Patel (OEMS Secretary, JRK ‘02). I would also like to thank Dr Dhaneesha Senaratne (KS ‘07), Dr Will Fenton (ALHG ‘95), Dr Edward Clode-Baker (TLH ‘90), Dr Rupert Berkeley (PB ‘06) and Mr Nathaniel Knox-Cartwright (JJB ‘94) for providing an excellent forum on medical careers at the Eton Careers Day in June. We are enormously grateful to all Old Etonians who contribute their time and experience to support pupils who are considering a career in Medicine.

The society awarded several prizes and scholarships this year including the Poster Prize won by Edward Zhou (RPDF), the Presentation Prize won by Tony Yu OS (AJC) and two Medical Elective Scholarships won by Dr Sheharyar Baig (MAG ‘08) and Timothy Shields (AW ‘09). We look forward to awarding further prizes including the Essay Prize and the inaugural Video Presentation Prize which is awarded to the author of the best educational video presentation on a medical topic. We are delighted that this prize will be adjudicated in January by Dr Edward Wallitt (MSS, GME-J ‘02) who has developed a range of e-learning platforms for medical students and doctors, and is a leading pioneer in medical informatics.

The coming year features another packed programme for the Medical Society. Further details about meetings and other events are available on our website (http://oems.org.uk). We welcome and encourage all OEs who are undergraduates or graduates of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, and other allied disciplines to join the OEMS. If you are not already a member and would like to join, please do contact us via our website or e-mail.

I have very much enjoyed supporting the OEMS over the past few years alongside Professor Ricky Richardson (OEMS President, BJWH ‘65) and would like to thank the rest of the committee and OEMS members whose help in providing work experience and careers advice to prospective medical students has been invaluable. We are delighted that Oliver Llewellyn (Secretary-elect, PJMcK ‘06) and Mr Grey Giddins (President-elect, MFW ‘78) have been appointed to the Executive Committee. I am certain that under their capable leadership Medicine will continue to flourish at Eton and we look forward to their inauguration at the next OEMS Annual Dinner which takes place in Eton College on Friday 23rd January 2015.

Dr Rashmi Patel, Secretary Emeritus 2015

OEMS Poster Prize 2014

25th June 2014

Congratulations to Edward Zhou (RPDF) on winning this year's OEMS Poster Prize for his poster on Down's Syndrome. Edward has done particularly well in securing the prize not only this year but last year as well for his poster on Autism! This is an excellent achievement and we encourage all non-specialists with an interest in Medicine to apply for this award which is held annually.

Dr Rashmi Patel, Secretary Emeritus 2015

Eton College Medical Careers Day 2014

24th June 2014

Several OEMS members contributed to this year's careers day at Eton College including Dr Dhaneesha Senaratne (KS ‘07), Dr Will Fenton (ALHG ’95), Dr Edward Clode-Baker (TLH ’90), Dr Rupert Berkeley (PB ’06) and Mr Nathaniel Knox-Cartwright (JJB ’94). We are very grateful for their support and thank them for providing an excellent programme for C block pupils considering a career in Medicine.

Dr Rashmi Patel, Secretary Emeritus 2015

OEMS Elective Scholarship 2014

28th March 2014

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year's OEMS Elective Scholarship:

Sheharyar Baig (MAG '08) - University of Oxford

Timothy Shields (AW '09) - Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth

The OEMS Elective Scholarship offers funding to undergraduate students to support elective placements abroad with particular emphasis on benefitting the wider community in addition to their own experience. The society has made three awards since 2012.

Dr Rashmi Patel, Secretary Emeritus 2015

New Year Update - 2014

31st January 2014

On 31st January 2014 the society held its Annual Dinner at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Eton works closely with the RSM to organise several medical careers events for school pupils across the UK and we are looking forward to developing a new programme to support school teachers in preparing pupils for medical school applications.

On 27th November 2013 and 15th January 2014 the OEMS held a series of mock interviews to offer pupils the opportunity to practise prior to their upcoming medical school interviews. We are very grateful to Dr Rashmi Patel (OEMS Secretary, JRK ’02), Dr Will Fenton (ALHG ’95), Dr Dhaneesha Senaratne (KS ’07), Dr Sakura Adams, Dr Simon Bays (ROQ ’91), Dr Tim Fell (MAT, CMJ '01), Dr Richard Rowlatt (DCW ’55) and Dr Jonathan Tricker for supporting these events which are of great help to pupils preparing for university applications.

Upcoming events include the Eton Careers Day which will be held in June. We would very much welcome support from OEMS members who would like to visit Eton to give a short talk on medical careers to pupils in C block. We are also currently inviting applications for the OEMS Medical Elective Scholarship which provides funding for medical school students undertaking their medical elective programmes in the UK and abroad. Thanks to ongoing support from OEMS members, we hope to extend funding opportunities to postgraduate trainees in due course.

Dr Rashmi Patel, Secretary Emeritus 2015

OEA Review Article 2013

29th November 2013

The OEMS has had a busy year with ever increasing interest from Eton pupils who wish to pursue a career in Medicine. More than 10 pupils secured places at various medical schools including Oxbridge, UCL, Imperial College London and the University of Hong Kong. We are grateful to George Fussey (GDF) who continues to support pupils in their university applications and in running the Eton College Medical Society.

The Medical Society met 14 times this academic year and featured a number of OEs in the programme including Captain Tim Fell (MAT, CMJ '01), Mr Andy Symes (DAE '92), Mr Hugo Richardson (OEMS Treasurer, NRC, MSS, GME-J '01), Dr Henry Tufton (JRC '01) and Dr Charles Mackworth-Young (RHP '72). Eton hosted another successful Medical Careers Day (in collaboration with the Royal Society of Medicine) as well as the C Block Careers Day at which several OEs attended to give talks including Dr Tony Burch (AGR, CNCA '72), Dr Philip Bickford Smith (CNCA '69), Dr Edward Wallitt (MSS, GME-J '02), Dr Rashmi Patel (OEMS Honorary Secretary, JRK '02) and Professor Ricky Richardson (OEMS President, BJWH '65). A number of OEs have also organised work experience placements for pupils, with particular thanks to Dr Will Fenton (ALHG '95) and Professor Ricky Richardson for their support. Entrance exams and interviews are of increasing importance in medical school applications. With this in mind, George Fussey has set up a training day for pupils to prepare for the UKCAT and BMAT examinations as well as a mock interview evening supported by OEMS members. We are very grateful to all Old Etonians who have contributed to these initiatives which are of enormous help to pupils considering a medical career.

The OEMS offers a number of prizes including a Poster Prize and Essay Prize in Medicine. This year we were privileged to invite Nobel Laureate Professor Eric Chivian to adjudicate the Poster Prize for non-specialists. The prize was won by Edward Zhou (RPDF) for his striking poster on Autism. We were also pleased to receive a large number of excellent entries for the Essay Prize which was won by Elliot Manley (GRP) for his excellent essay on The History of Medical Humanitarian Aid. The finalists of this year’s essay competition have been invited to compete for the inaugural OEMS Presentation Prize (awarded for the best oral presentation on a medical topic) which will be adjudicated in November by Professor Chris O’Callaghan (Professor of Renal Medicine, University of Oxford).

We continue to maintain strong links with our partner societies at Harrow School and Winchester College. On Friday 18th October, we are delighted that Professor Sir John Gurdon (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2012, CM, CD'OG '52) will be the guest of honour at the Tripartite Medical Societies Dinner in Eton College Hall. Professor Gurdon will give a lecture on his career in Stem Cell Research prior to the dinner.

The OEMS will hold its own annual dinner on Friday 31st January 2014. The dinner will be hosted by Imperial College London, with whom Eton offers a jointly funded Sixth Form Scholarship to attend the school in C and B block followed by a place to read Engineering at Imperial College. We are very grateful to Professor Richard Kitney (Imperial College London) who is supporting this initiative and are working with him to extend the scheme to include Medicine.

We are pleased to report that the OEMS has a new website (http://oems.org.uk) which provides recent news and details of upcoming events. We aim to extend the website to include a members’ section to allow OEs (who wish to do so) to share opportunities for work experience and careers advice. Finally, if you are not already a member and wish to join the society, please do contact us via the website or e-mail. We welcome all OEs who are undergraduates or graduates of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences and other allied disciplines.

Dr Rashmi Patel, Secretary Emeritus 2015

OEMS Presentation Prize 2013

20th November 2013

The inaugural OEMS Presentation Prize was held at the Natural History Museum in Eton College on 20th November 2013. The top five candidates from the OEMS Essay Prize were invited to give an 8 minute presentation on their work. The prize was adjudicated by Professor Chris O'Callaghan (Professor of Renal Medicine, University of Oxford). The presentations were all of an extremely high standard. The following awards were made:

Winner: Tony Yu OS (AJC) - Treatments for Cystic Fibrosis: Challenges and Prospects

Highly Commended: Andrzej Tober (RS) - Tuberculosis: The London crisis and its cause

Highly Commended: Harry Rosen (GRP) - Therapeutic Antibodies

Mr George Fussey, Eton College Medical Society

OEMS Essay Prize 2013

30th August 2013

13 excellent entries were received for the 2013 OEMS Essay Prize. An adjudication panel comprising Professor Ricky Richardson (OEMS President), Dr Rashmi Patel (OEMS Honorary Secretary), Dr Jeremy Hoffman (OEMS Secretary), Mr Hugo Richardson (OEMS Treasurer) and Mr James Colthurst (Former OEMS President) have made the following awards:

Winner: Elliot Manley (GRP) - The History of Medical Humanitarian Aid

2nd prize: Harry Rosen (GRP) - Therapeutic Antibodies

3rd prize: Tony Yu OS (AJC) - Treatments for Cystic Fibrosis: Challenges and Prospects

Highly commended: Jamie Beaumont (NCWS) - Coronary Heart Disease: ‘the causes and the solutions’

Highly commended: Andrzej Tober (RS) - Tuberculosis: The London crisis and its cause

Prizes will be presented at a meeting of the Eton College Medical Society in the Michaelmas Half 2013 and the top five candidates (above) have been invited to participate in the inaugural OEMS Presentation Prize to be held on Wednesday 20th November 2013.

Mr George Fussey, Eton College Medical Society

Eton College Medical Careers Day 2013

25th June 2013

Seven speakers attended this year's Medical Careers Day held at Eton College to provide careers advice for pupils considering a career in Medicine. The diverse range of talks included:

- From Science Lab to Consulting Room (Dr Tony Burch - General Practitioner)
- A Career in Surgery (Miss Joanna Shepherd - Specialty Trainee in General Surgery)
- A Career in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Mr Christopher Spencer - Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist)
- Donkeys to Black Mambas - Horizons in Anaesthesia (Dr Philip Bickford Smith - Consultant Anaesthetist)
- Above and Beyond a Career in Medicine (Dr Edward Wallitt - Founder and Director of Podmedics)

The medical careers session was much appreciated by pupils in C block (Year 12) about to embark upon medical school applications in the autumn. The OEMS continues to support this event on an annual basis, in addition to the RSM Medical Careers Event also held at Eton College in June.

Dr Rashmi Patel, Secretary Emeritus 2015

Eton College Medical Society - The Physiology of Diving

24th June 2013

Dr Oliver Firth (Medical Director - London Diving Chamber) spoke to a joint meeting of the Eton College Medical Society and its Scuba Society on Monday 24th June about the physiology of diving and the ways in which doctors treat decompression sickness (DCS, or the bends).  He explained the physics of diving and the effects of decompression before explaining clearly the signs and symptoms of DCS, its causes, predisposing factors and  treatment. Considering this meeting was held in the last week of the term the turn-out of thirty members was impressive.

Mr George Fussey, Eton College Medical Society

Eton College RSM Medical Careers Day 2013

22nd June 2013

Eton College’s fourth successful annual Royal Society of Medicine Careers Day took place on Saturday 22nd June. The event, organised and hosted by Eton College, was attended by 130 students between the ages of 16 and 17 years old representing over 55 schools, with students travelling from as far afield as Wales, Yorkshire and Paris. The morning sessions, led by experienced careers advisors and medics, focused on aptitude tests, personal statements, work experience and interview techniques. The afternoon sessions provided the students with an opportunity to hear doctors explain the career path from medical student to consultant. George Fussey, the Medical Careers Advisor at Eton, was delighted both by the high turnout and the excellent feedback for this event which is low cost, high impact and invaluable for anyone considering a career in medicine. He paid tribute to all those in the medical profession who gave freely of their time to reach-out to prospective medical students.

Mr George Fussey, Eton College Medical Society

OEMS Poster Prize 2013

15th May 2013

There were a record 19 entries for this prize awarded by the Old Etonian Medical Society for posters dealing with any medical topic.

An adjudication panel comprising Professor Eric Chivian (Harvard), Dr Rashmi Patel (OEMS) and Mr George Fussey (Eton College Medical Society) have made the following awards from what was a very strong a field:

Winner: Edward Zhou (RPDF) for his poster on Autism which achieved the most effective balance between content and design.

Runner-up: Mathieu Chaugny (SAL) for his striking poster on Kawasaki Syndrome

Third: Jack Rogers (GRP) for his informative poster on Ventricular Septal Defect

Fourth: Digby Hopkinson-Woolley (JMG) for his attractive poster on Dupuytren's Contracture

Highy Commended: Adam Mombru KS MS on Macropsia/Micropsia and Alex Shen mi KS ME on Smallpox.

The prizes were awarded at the meeting of the Medical Society on 15th May by Nobel Laureate Professor Eric Chivian.

Mr George Fussey, Eton College Medical Society

New Year Update - 2013

12th February 2013

2013 has kicked off to an exciting start with several key OEMS events and developments. On 25th January 2013, the society held its Annual Dinner in Eton College Hall, a splendid occasion attended by over 50 guests. The guest speaker was Professor Rifat Atun (Professor of International Health Management, Imperial College London) who gave an inspiring and thought provoking insight into the current challenges facing global health.

On Wednesday 30th January, Mr Hugo Richardson (OEMS Treasurer) gave a captivating talk to the Eton College Medical Society on the role of animals in emerging infectious diseases. Prior to this meeting, the OEMS held its first series of mock interviews to provide 5 Eton pupils with the opportunity to practise interviews for medical school applications. Following the success of this pilot, we intend to repeat the event twice annually (in late autumn and in January) in order to support pupils in their university applications.

Upcoming events include the Eton Careers Day on 25th June. We would very much welcome support from OEMS members who are able to contribute to this. On Friday 18th October, Eton will host the Tripartite Medical Societies dinner at which members of Old Etonian, Old Wykehamist and Old Harrovian Medical Societies are invited to dine. We are very privileged to host Professor Sir John Gurdon OE (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2012) as our guest of honour. I will send further details about both these events in due course. Finally, we are in the process of updating membership subscriptions to the society and Hugo Richardson (treasurer) and I will be in touch in the near future to provide further details about this.

Thank you, once again, to all those who have contributed to the society's activities to help support prospective medical and veterinary applicants. With several key developments, including further bursaries, mock interviews and Sixth Form Scholarships, this is a very exciting time for Medicine at Eton. In conjunction with Professor Ricky Richardson (OEMS President) and the rest of the OEMS Executive Committee, I very much look forward to further developing these (and other) initiatives over the coming year.

Dr Rashmi Patel, Secretary Emeritus 2015

OEMS Essay Prize 2012

9th October 2012

There were 16 entries for the OEMS Essay Prize 2012 which was adjudicated on Monday 8th October by Mr Isaac Elliot (OEMS Medical Student rep), Mr James Colthurst (OEMS Former President), Dr Rashmi Patel (OEMS Honorary Secretary) and Professor Ricky Richardson (OEMS President). The essays were all of a high quality and the panel awarded the following prizes:

Winner: Fred van Someren (JMOB) for his very well researched piece on Addiction.

Runner up: Nick Leung (JMOB '12) for his essay on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Third: Duncan Ryan (RPDF) for his piece on  Trypanosomiasis and its treatment.

Highly Commended: Tim Boardman (JMOB) who wrote on the molecular genetic basis of Huntington’s Disease and potential gene therapies.

The prizes will be awarded at the meeting of the Eton College Medical Society on 15th November.

Mr George Fussey, Eton College Medical Society

Nobel Prize - Professor Sir John Gurdon OE

8th October 2012

On behalf of the Old Etonian Medical Society, I would like to warmly congratulate Professor Sir John Gurdon OE on winning the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent.

Dr Rashmi Patel, Secretary Emeritus 2015

OEA Review Article 2012

30th September 2012

The OEMS continues to flourish having seen tremendous growth in recent years. With almost 300 members and an ever increasing number of applicants from medical students and junior doctors, it is clear that a career in Medicine remains as popular as ever amongst OEs. Last year, several boys were successful in gaining places at medical school, including four at Oxford and two at Cambridge, with other places secured in Manchester and London.

We are very grateful for the continued support of Mr George Fussey in co-ordinating our efforts to support prospective medical students at the school. The Medical Society met thirteen times this year, with a number of OEs contributing to the programme including Dr Nick Ware (JRK ’95) and Dr Charlie Jowett (RDNT ‘96). Other speakers have included Andrew Lansley (former Secretary of State for Health), Professor Richard Kitney (Imperial College London) and Sir Andrew Dillon (Chief Executive of NICE). George Fussey also runs a BMAT course for prospective applicants at Eton (around 15 this year) which is invaluable in preparing them for medical school entrance exams and interviews.

Boys in C block continue to benefit from the OEMS Careers Day held in June. In addition, Eton also hosts the Royal Society of Medicine Careers Day which is attended by 150 pupils from schools around the UK. This year, several OE medics have contributed to these events, including Tom McWhirter (PJMcK ’10), Mr Vincent Dubois (RF ’94), Dr Edward Clode-Baker (TLH ’90), Dr Tony Burch (CNCA ’72), Dr Jeremy Hoffman (MNF ’04 and OEMS ), Dr Rashmi Patel (JRK ’02 and OEMS Honorary Secretary), Dr Yosuke Matsumiya (GRP ’03), Dr Nick Ware and Professor Ricky Richardson (BJWH ’65 and OEMS President). Dr Will Fenton (ALHG ’95) and Professor Richardson have given generously of their time in providing medical work experience and we would be delighted to hear from other OEs who can widen the pool of experience available to Etonians. We are also very appreciative of Professor Kitney’s support in organising a wonderful extended experience of a research environment at Imperial for five Etonians during July. In addition, Professor Kitney is working closely with Eton and Imperial College London to develop a scholarship scheme to provide funding for sixth form entry at Eton followed by a place to read Medicine at Imperial.

The Society continues to offer an Essay Prize for Specialists, which was won last year by Joe Walker (WFM). In addition, this year we have awarded our first medical elective bursary to Dhaneesha Senaratne (KS ‘07) to support his clinical placement in Nepal.

The OEMS maintains close links with its counterpart societies at Winchester College and Harrow School. In October 2011, the Old Wykehamist Medical Society (OWMS) hosted a splendid Tripartite Dinner in collaboration with OEMS and OHMS. This year, we look forward to meeting for dinner at Harrow School on 26th October, followed by a speech by Sir Richard Thompson (President of the Royal College of Physicians). We would also like to thank the Provost and Resident Committee for kindly giving the Society permission to host an annual dinner for its members in Eton College Hall. Our next dinner will be held on Friday 25th January 2013 and invitations will be sent out in the next few weeks.

Finally, I would like to thank Dr Jeremy Hoffman for all his support as Secretary to the OEMS, especially in maintaining its successful growth in recent years. I am delighted to have taken the role of Honorary Secretary while Jeremy undertakes a clinical placement in Africa and look forward to working with the Society over the coming year.

Dr Rashmi Patel, Secretary Emeritus 2015