March 2013 archive

Branch of the Week - Bristol

Bristol are our branch of the week! Katy Davis, one of Bristols two co-presidents, tells us about their success this year in diversifying their branch. ___________________________________________________________________________ One of the biggest challenges facing Medsin this year more

Posted on Sun, 31 Mar 2013

Why so pink and red?

  What’s going on with my social media going all pink, red and stripy? You may have noticed this innocuous little image (or personalised versions of it) popping up all over your facebook and twitter. You may well have wondered, what was going down in social media land, well here’s a little more

Posted on Thu, 28 Mar 2013

My tale as an IFMSA first timer

  Dedicated to all those who wonder what on earth I do when I say I’m off to do ‘Medsin stuff’ Back from the one and only concrete jungle that is the U. S. of A. and I finally understand the meaning of post-GA blues (GA = general assembly. Apologies. Many more acronyms to come.) The more

Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2013

Medsin pride

  I hope by now that the medsin network has got the gist of what the IFMSA is about but if you’re still in need of a catch up check out this page. So 13 of us spent the past week or so in the rather strange, but welcoming U. S. of A, we were a motley crew of IFMSA virgins, old timers, more

Posted on Sun, 24 Mar 2013

Multi-Stakeholder Youth Forum on Post-2015 kicks off in Bali

  It’s 9am here in Bali and youth from around the world have gathered as part of the multi-stakeholder forum. Tomorrow we shall be attending HLP meeting with the High-Level Panel, and sharing the views of young people from around the world on the post-2015 development agenda. The IFMSA team are more

Posted on Sat, 23 Mar 2013

branch of the week - twenty years of medsin sheffield

Sheffield branch president Mike Tonkins recounts the successes of our our oldest branch, one that is still going strong 20 years after starting: Sheffield! __________________________________________________________ We're fast approaching the most bittersweet time of the year in more

Posted on Thu, 21 Mar 2013

Six months being Secretary

Over the past few weeks the National Committee have been blogging on our roles. And today, with a couple of days left to apply (go! go! go!), I’ll tell you about my year as Secretary. I heard about Medsin-UK in my first term at university and went with a friend to my first conference: more

Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2013

From the BMA Representative at the IFMSA

Alice Rutter, BMA Medical Schools Council Co-Chair Well, writing this from an American Starbucks I am obviously highly caffeinated. And very excited by the number of coffee flavours on offer! :) The heavens have opened in sunny Baltimore, but even that is not enough to dampen spirits at the more

Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2013

Sex Education - It's not all condoms and bananas

  Working in the field of sexual health and education in the UK can be challenging at times. As many will tell you, you face the same questions time and again from those who are uncomfortable discussing young people’s sexual freedoms. “Surely they’re too young to be learning about sex?” more

Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2013

Taking Medsin forward internationally

  'Director for international affairs' was a new role this year, created to allow Medsin-UK to increase engagement with the international community and to share the task-load of the national director. Ultimately the name of the role is self explanatory, the main part of my job more

Posted on Sun, 17 Mar 2013

Thursday of the IFMSA

  Thursday meant the last day of the G.A. and a temporary transfer to Washington D.C.  This was an exciting prospect in theory, but in practise it meant getting up for the buses at 7am and as we waited there was a general murmur of disgruntled, bleary, sleep-deprived medics, quietly cursing the more

Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2013

It's never too late for a little advocacy...

Hello from an extremely busy and rather sleep-deprived March Meeting in Washington! This is my second GA but this time I’m representing Medsin-UK as the National Exchange Officer. However, in between sessions on databases, contracts and leading a small working group on ethical exchanges I more

Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2013

Advocacy at the IFMSA General Assembly

With about 16 hours sleep in 4 days, and a distinct lack of caffeine in my life, I spent Tuesday in the plenary session of the International Federation of Medical Students.  This session involves discussion about policy and by-laws and the structure of an organisation this size is more

Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2013

keeping medsin on the money - the life of a treasurer

  Keeping with the national committee blogs rolling in over the weeks, here is the long awaited blog about being a treasurer and why you should apply. This is also my first blog post ever so bear with me if it’s not amazing. I tried to think lots of money based puns for the more

Posted on Tue, 12 Mar 2013

Human Rights for Medical Students

  We're a day and a half into the General Assembly in Baltimore, and there's been so much going on that it feels like we've been here a week.   I probably stayed up a little too late night last night talking to people, but it's great to meet people from all more

Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2013

Advocacy in the Big Apple

When 100 people flying from across the world including Kenya, Denmark, Nigeria, China and of course the UK you need to make sure your justifying the environmental impact. You’ve got to ask why. Me and Cameron Stocks came to be a part of workshop on Global Health Diplomacy. Global more

Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2013

IF campaign - meeting my MP

The Enough Food IF campaign A few weeks ago, I went to an Enough Food IF training day.  It was organised by a number of the big organisations behind the campaign, which in total number over 150 including Healthy Planet, and aimed to give us the background needed to visit our MPs to talk more

Posted on Sat, 9 Mar 2013

Branch of the Week - Newcastle

This week our Branch of the Week is in the Viking North. Newcastle has been going strong for a number of years now, and has produced  a large number of leaders within the network, and provided a diverse forum for many of the activities and campaigns that make up our network. Katrina, one of more

Posted on Fri, 8 Mar 2013

Reproductive Health in Northern Ireland: Abortion

    This blog for the National Working Group on Maternal and Child Health is focused on reproductive rights in Northern Ireland, with particular reference to the restrictions on abortions in this part of the UK. The Abortion Act of 1967 does not include Northern Ireland, more

Posted on Wed, 6 Mar 2013

Post 2015 Blog Series Part 3 (and long overdue)- Working with Civil Society and with you

(*I actually wrote this a month ago but never put it online…woops*) The medsin-UK post2015 survey can be found at In the previous two parts of this series I have outlined a bit about how the post2015 agenda could be structured and the thematic consultations that are more

Posted on Wed, 6 Mar 2013

Public Health Implications of Service Restriction

As we approch the opening plenary of the Migration themed Global Health Conference, in Glasgow, on 16th march, the impact of restriction to healthcare for migrants is becoming clearer. With the Government preparing to show their hand, we must be prepared. Against both any further restriction to NHS more

Posted on Tue, 5 Mar 2013

Pants Protest: Take a stand for the rights of all girls to sanitation, dignity and education!

Around the world, girls are missing school every month due to a lack of access to affordable sanitary hygiene products and health education. This Friday (8th March) is International Women's Day & Irise is celebrating by launching the Pants Protest!  We believe that all women and girls have the more

Posted on Tue, 5 Mar 2013

Six months as National Director

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again with even greater convinction: getting involved in Medsin has been life-changing. I was always interested in global health – during my first three years of medical school I regularly attended talks and it always provoked ideas and more

Posted on Mon, 4 Mar 2013

Branch of the week - Barts!

  Our branch of the week this week is in the heart of Londons urban jungle. Barts Medsin have made a lot of changes recently with the way they work, and have put on some incredible events. Co-president Jia Song gives an insight in to the workings and successes of the branch. more

Posted on Sun, 3 Mar 2013

The Bread and Butter of Medsin - Life as Policy and Advocacy Director

  Continuing the regular blogs describing National Committee positions running up to elections at the Spring General Assembly, I’m honoured to share the more intimate details of the role of Policy and Advocacy Director at Medsin. I confess to having only two and half months’ worth of more

Posted on Fri, 1 Mar 2013

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