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October 2013 archive

Universal Health Coverage and Post-2015 Development Agenda

  At a time when even the principle of universal access to the NHS is under threat, we believe it is ever more important to promote Universal Health Coverage in the post-2015 development agenda. As a student network engaging with the post-2015 agenda-setting process, we recently signed a letter ...read more

Posted on Tue, 29 Oct 2013

Guide to the NHS Week of Action

What is this ‘NHS Week of Action’? Medsin and its friends; as part of a co-ordinated term of NHS based activity are calling for local groups, branches, activities and supporters to take part in events around the country focusing on the NHS. The week of action will take place from the 25th Nov ...read more

Posted on Mon, 28 Oct 2013

International Opportunities update! No tricks, all treats!

Halloween is approaching, which is all very exciting; but so are the amazing international opportunites listed below! Read on!  Upcoming IFMSA conferences The delegation for the IFMSA 2014 March meeting in Tunisia has been filled! If you missed out this time never fear we still have the European ...read more

Posted on Mon, 28 Oct 2013

non-communicable diseases news - gen's ncd newsletter - 11th edition

(this blog post was originally written May 30th) --- Dear all, I hope you are all doing great and enjoying life. I had the pleasure - not so much - of enjoying a big exam this week hence slight delay... It only makes me more enthusiastic to finally have time to finish this newsletter ...read more

Posted on Sun, 27 Oct 2013

The importance of vitamin D

Nearly mid-way through October, and the mercury level of thermometers in the UK has started its countdown to zero. With the coming of the annual chill, people’s minds may turn to colds and flu and upping their vitamin C intake. They should also, however, be thinking about their levels of ...read more

Posted on Fri, 25 Oct 2013

A Training Adventure

Hi! I’m Stef, a lowly Sheffield branch Event Co-ordinator who, at the start of this year, had no experience of Medsin nationally and internationally. Why did I choose to undertake TNT? Curiosity, insecurity, and enthusiasm to become more involved in Medsin and the IFMSA. What did I get ...read more

Posted on Thu, 24 Oct 2013

'Conference changed my life...'

As Leeds National Conference rapidly approaches, I think back to my first experience of a Medsin Conference and how it left a lasting impression on me.  While talking to one of the branch presidents at a recent General Assembly Weekend, I found myself attempting to describe the ...read more

Posted on Wed, 23 Oct 2013

Is this all we can do?

No. And I'm going to tell you why. As a youth delegate attending my first World Health Summit I will be leaving with some feelings of dissatisfaction and frustration which were well summed up by Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet, when he quoted his twelve year old daughter's ...read more

Posted on Tue, 22 Oct 2013

International Opportunities Update :) GET INVOLVED

Hello everyone- Another week and time for more exciting international opportunites to get involved in! I have just returned from an inspiring weekend in Lancaster at Medsin's Autumn Weekend. Branches sent their members to have amazing training oppotunities and vote on the way Medsin is ...read more

Posted on Mon, 21 Oct 2013

Sheffield Medsin at the Medsin Autumn Weekend 2013

It’s not often you’ll find students out of bed at 7am on a Saturday morning, but last weekend we were the exception that proves the rule. Our delegation of five students rose in the pre-dawn darkness and drove over the Pennines in thick fog to attend the Medsin Autumn Weekend in ...read more

Posted on Sun, 20 Oct 2013

'Diarrhoeal Disease' don't let the title put you off!

The squits, the runs, the trots: although you may hesitate to admit it, it’s likely you’ve experienced a bout of traveller’s diarrhoea (TD) if you’ve ever ventured beyond the borders of the EU. Indeed, stories of being caught short in the middle of the jungle or as a result of trying that ...read more

Posted on Sat, 19 Oct 2013

International opportunities! It's raining in the UK... But it's sunny in most of the countries mentioned below!

Hello wonderful Medsinners! Please see below for some really exciting international opportunities! get published in INDIA... Help AUSTRALIA work out why medical students get so stressed...attend a climate change summit in WARSAW...campaign for Human Rights and Peace Internationally... Attend a ...read more

Posted on Wed, 16 Oct 2013

medsin glasgow intro to the year ahead and continuing our \'bring a tin\' campaign

  Medsin Glasgow was excited to host our first event of the year. We successfully held a joint event; a Societies’ Intro night with cheese and wine. Skip, Sexpression, Pharmaware, Marrow, Teddy Bear Hospital, Friends of Doctors without Borders, Student Stop AIDS campaign and ...read more

Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2013

An update from Medsin Newcastle

It’s been a positive start to the year for Medsin Newcastle.  The annual ‘Medsin Explored’ event was a great success with over 200 students attending to hear about how they can get involved! Presentations from our rapidly expanding activities including Homed, Sexpression, ...read more

Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2013

Going the extra mile for fundraising: Medsin's Treasurer and Training Director take on the Royal Parks Half Marathon!

No doubt many of you studying medicine have dreamed of working for NGOs abroad, helping vulnerable people who don't have easy access healthcare – and those in other University courses have thought about careers in logistics or health system development. It was with this ambition in ...read more

Posted on Mon, 7 Oct 2013

International Affairs Update - from Berlin and Iran

Hello wonderful Medsinners! some more details on the opportunites mentioned in the newsletter below! Don't forget for more info and help in applyingyou can email me at international@medsin.org from IFMSA BERLIN  In conjunction with this year�s Berlin 11 Open Access meeting, the Max Planck ...read more

Posted on Sun, 6 Oct 2013

Sheffield Medsin at NHS 299; or, how to make a simple point about social determinants overly complicated

Reposted from here (where you can also read more about some of Healthy Planet's recent goings on) Sheffield Medsin (along with Sheffield Save Our NHS, with whom we've been working since well before the H&SCA) joined over 50,000 people in Manchester on Sunday – ...read more

Posted on Sat, 5 Oct 2013

Healthy Planet: what is it and how can you and your branch get involved?

Healthy Planet is a network, affiliated to Medsin as one of its Activities, which focuses on the links between environmental change, sustainability and health.  That covers everything from raising awareness of the predicted impact of climate change on areas such as infectious diseases, ...read more

Posted on Tue, 1 Oct 2013

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