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Should we be celebrating or commiserating the high level agreements of the UN from 2015?

2015 has been a big year for international development- well... depending on who you ask. 12 months ago in December 2014, a lot of the papers and pundits in intl dev were looking ahead to the big year of 2015 and the many high level discussions that were to ...READ MORE

The start of the year for branches

I’m on an early train back from Liverpool, having spoken at Medsin Liverpool’s first event of the year last night. Liverpool was Branch number 5 in a very-mini-tour of a few Medsin Branches. Bristol committee was the very generous host of National ...READ MORE

So we have the next set of Development Goals- What now?...

WATCH THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT LIVE USING THE VIDEO STREAM BELOW! This week (beginning 21st September) is an important week for the international community. The culmination of 3 years worth of consultation, negotiation, investigation, ...READ MORE

The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

Read on for a Q&A with Michael Marmot, author of the new book "The Health Gap", and find out about a host of exclusive offers for Medsin members...  'The poor not only die on average seven years sooner than the rich, but they can expect to face becoming ...READ MORE

Medsin's new leadership!

Handover day is upon us! The new National Committee now officially takes its place as the next leadership of Medsin. It is a very exciting time for all of us, as we start what has for a while been called “the year ahead”. As soon as we have plans ...READ MORE

A forward-thinking Medsin

What comes to mind when you think “strategy”? Army? Defence? Business? Corporations? Board games? Medsin? Surely not! I think yes. Let me tell you why. There sometimes is, but often there is not, sufficient direction in Medsin. A lot of the time, ...READ MORE

My first day as Medsin National Director

Hello!   Today is a very special day. I am now officially “Incoming Medsin National Director”, as the month-long handover of the National Director position gets underway. By the end of this month, I hope to be equipped to live up ...READ MORE

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An Update: Medsin's Position on the Proposed Junior Doctor Contracts

Posted by Matt Quinn

Mon, 1 Feb 2016

Medsin-UK: Statement of opposition to the proposed changes to junior doctor contracts The following statement has been compiled by members of the Policy & Advocacy Team and the National Committee following input from Medsin’s Voting Members Who we are Medsin-UK is a student network and charitable organisation, committed to promoting health equity and working to enable access to quality ...READ MORE

PrEP should be offered on the NHS

Posted by Chris Jenkins

Wed, 27 Jan 2016

It’s been five years since it was shown that being on antiretroviral therapy (ART) contributed to reducing the transmission of HIV.  Since then prevention and treatment have been understood more closely.   Being on ART is good for the patient, allowing the person to live a relatively normal and healthy life.  And being on ART is good for the population, reducing the ...READ MORE

Why We Should Start Paying More Attention To Glaucoma

Posted by Gwen Lewis

Wed, 6 Jan 2016

  Blindness is one of the most common fears in the country, following only heart disease and cancer in polls - and that’s not much of a surprise, given how intensely visual our society is. Unfortunately, many people never stop to pay attention to glaucoma, despite its status as the second-leading cause of blindness in the world. Unlike cataracts, though, the damage from glaucoma ...READ MORE

Medsin, International Friends and GlobalSurg: a Retrospective Review!

Posted by Issy Marks

Mon, 4 Jan 2016

Dear Medsin members,   I apologise that this blog didn’t come out sooner! The Medsin Global Surgery National Working Group (what a mouthful) has been crazy busy working on a number of projects and I just haven’t had the chance to put this together before now.   But in the spirit of better late than never, I’d like to draw your attention to a number ...READ MORE

Should we be celebrating or commiserating the high level agreements of the UN from 2015?

Posted by Nathan Cantley

Thu, 31 Dec 2015

2015 has been a big year for international development- well... depending on who you ask. 12 months ago in December 2014, a lot of the papers and pundits in intl dev were looking ahead to the big year of 2015 and the many high level discussions that were to take place in the various foums of the UN. But, how successful have they actually been? Here is a summary of ...READ MORE

Medsin Explains... Universal Health Coverage

Posted by Lotte Elton

Wed, 23 Dec 2015

Medsin Explains is a new blog series breaking down current policy issues for the Medsin network, and is brought to you by the Policy and Advocacy Operational Team. This blog was written by Ranya Mulchandani, George Thomas (Medsin Leeds) and Sarah Fishwick (Medsin Leeds). For more information, or to suggest topics for the next policy brief, get in touch at ...READ MORE

Reflections on National Conference

Posted by Layth Hanbali

Tue, 22 Dec 2015

The 2015 Medsin National Health Conference “The Inequality Revolution” brought together 300 students from a national network to spend a weekend exploring the issues and challenges around combatting health inequality. It was a celebration of the story of Medsin, started 20 years ago by a Sheffield Student, Catherine Bateman-Steel, and returning to its origins on its landmark ...READ MORE

Branch successes in Term 1

Posted by Layth Hanbali

Tue, 22 Dec 2015

The following piece has been jointly written by Kati Lestak, Director of Branch Affairs and the Regional Coordinators (Sam Tweed, Clare Greenwod, Laura Myers, Amy Cleese and Laurence Wright). It is incredibly difficult to even begin to try and start to sum-up what has happened this year so far within branches. If I tried to fit in everything, it would probably take up this entire ...READ MORE

Medsin Explains... the COP21 negotiations

Posted by Lotte Elton

Tue, 22 Dec 2015

Welcome to Medsin's first 'Medsin Explains...' a blog series brought to you by the Policy and Advocacy Operational Team's dedicated group of policy analysts. Over the coming months they'll be dissecting policy issues at a local, national and international level, setting current issues in context and explaining the policy implications. Any suggestions for topics are very ...READ MORE

The Medsin Awesome Weekend: Going Places

Posted by Matt Quinn

Fri, 18 Dec 2015

Medsin: Going Places  Medsin definitely takes you places, literally and figuratively. This past semester I've had the pleasure of travelling the length of the country - from conference in Sheffield to meetings in Bristol, from London toown to to the far flung snowy wastes of Aberdeen (I joke, it's lovely), I've visited places I never would ...READ MORE

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