Leeds Medical School offers a wide range of societies! Some are directly related to medicine and some are just there to be a bit of fun on the side! Getting involved in a society teaches you new skills and allows you to meet new people, especially older years that can lend you notes and gives you tips on how to survive med school!∨ Skip to Charities Specialising Societies
Medical student ? Budding writer? Graphic designer? Artist? Photographer?... Whatever your skills or talent, Regurg needs you!
Regurg is the Leeds medical school's magazine, filled with medical articles, fun facts, interviews, medical school gossip, pictures and many more. It is usually published every term (funds permitting).
Who makes up the Regurg team? The Regurg team is made up of the editorial committee and every medical student who is willing to contribute to the magazine. Before every issue, medical students are invited to submit material and every contributing individual gets to be part of the team for that issue.
There is no limit on contribution, so come join the team. The more the merrier! For further information and to get involved, please e-mail: email@example.com.
Freshers - congratulations on getting into medical school! You can relax now and enjoy yourself but don't forget all the important hints and tips you learnt about making a successful medical application and how to do well in the interviews!
Leeds Widening Access to Medical Schools (WAMS) is a student-run society which aims to help every potential student, particularly those from disadvantaged and unorthodox backgrounds, be successful in their applications to medical school. We do this via a mentoring scheme linking current medical students with sixth-formers, through our presentations in schools and through our website firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Leeds Medics Orchestra was recently started to give medics the chance to continue playing in an orchestra without the stresses of multiple rehearsals each week. We meet every Tuesday at 7pm in the Catholic chaplaincy on St. Mark's Avenue. The music we play is for a wide range of abilities with easy parts everyone can play and more challenging parts for those who want them. We do have a couple of concerts each year which also present an opportunity for soloists. We would love to meet any of you who want to get involved. Contact: email@example.com
Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) is a nationally co-ordinated public health project at medical schools across the country and runs in conjunction with the European Medical Students' Association. The project is aimed at young children between the ages of 5-7 years to help alleviate their concerns and anxieties about hospitals and doctors through fun activities and play. A team of medical students have set up workshops at local schools addressing different topics, such as healthy eating, Xrays, Basic First aid and basic anatomy and introduction to the surgical theatre. We also aim to familiarise the children with doctors and hospital settings through role play and in the process eradicate any 'white coat anxiety'. This is a great opportunity for medical students to further develop their communication skills with children. All year groups are welcome! To find out more about TBH and ways to get involved email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and look out for the teddy bears and stethoscopes at the Freshers'Fair!!
LMSU is the Leeds Medical School Unit of St John Ambulance. With us, you will get first aid training that will enable you to go out on some fantastic first aid duties (including T in the Park in Scotland and Sonispherefestival as well as various gigs and sporting events around Leeds!). You will receive training tailored to the phase of medical school you are in to improve your skills and help you to get ahead. There is also opportunity to go on duties as a Student Doctor later on in training, and LMSU equips you with much needed hands-on experience that you don't necessarily get in university training. All this, whilst having a lot of fun - what more could you ask for?! Any questions, contact us on: email@example.com.
Cantores Medicorum (aka Leeds Medics' Choir!)
We are a friendly group of medics who like to get together and have a bit of a sing! The choir has male and female members, spanning all years. We have a mixed repertoire including classical, show tunes and popular music; we're always open to suggestions! We rehearse every week for a couple of hours one evening. The choir is involved with several Med School events, such as the Christmas Carol Concert. We were invited to perform in the Sylvia Wright Trust Charity Concert last year and in a concert with the Leeds Medics' Orchestra. All abilities are welcome - there is no formal audition! If you want to find out more please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our FB page. Don't forget to look out for us at the Medics Fresher's Fair!
Wilderness Medicine Society
Nowhere is the provision of medical care more varied, dynamic and intense than in the Wilderness. Leeds Wilderness Medicine is a friendly society of students with a shared interest in both medicine and the outdoors.
Wilderness medicine is all about giving treatment in the harshest conditions; in a blizzard, out to sea, up a mountain, in the Yorkshire Dales...? Leeds doesn't have much wilderness of its own but we take advantage of local geography to offer day trips and weekends away that combine first aid scenarios with hikes that range from the scenic to the challenging. Each year we welcome speakers to share their expertise and experiences from the field, such as expedition medicine and mountain rescue. So, if you're interested in wilderness medicine or want to get involved in a unique society that welcomes all to enjoy the outdoors then WMS is for you. Contact: email@example.comFacebook: Leeds Wilderness Medicine Society
Christian Medical Fellowship
We are a group of students who share two things in common - we're medical students and we're Christians (although absolutely anyone is welcome!). We meet once a week and often have speakers on uniquely relevant issues such as international health, beginning and end of life issues, science and God, praying for patients... We also organise events such as the medics carol concert and 'cake for questions'. We aim to grow together and to encourage discussion in the medical school about the bigger questions. Most of all we're about supporting each other through meeting together and having socials. It's a great way to make friends with people in different years, and also to meet local Christian doctors. We're part of the national Christian Medical Fellowship, so we form links with students and doctors from all over the country. We'd love to hear from you, so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a number of Medical Charities to get involved in, some organise mind-blowing charity events like MedSoc Charities and Sexpression, some allow you to volunteer locally, like Homed and Marrow and some allow you travel and volunteer abroad.Societies Specialising Societies
Each year the LEEDS MEDSOC CHARITIES committee work hard (and of course play hard) to raise money for 3 local hospices - St Gemmas, Wheatfields Hospice and St Martin's House
We do this by hosting a number of events and attending various collections. Probably the most infamous event is the Drs and Nurses pub-crawl, where hundreds of Leeds medical students don their tights (yes you too boys) and stethoscopes to raise thousands of pounds. Definitely an event not to be missed! Our involvement ranges from collections at bonfire night to sponsored bungee jumps, Santa's Grotto and foam parties, and this year be sure not to miss our up and coming fresher's pub quiz and the highly awaited man auction!
We've found charities is a great way to meet lots of people from all years and have a lot of fun, whilst raising lots of money for 3 really deserving charities. We currently have an amazing committee, and we are planning plenty of committee nights out! if you want to ask us any questions or fancy getting involved next year get in touch with Becky email@example.com or Camilla firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenyan Orphan Project: Already planning next summer? Fancy travelling and volunteering in Kenya?
KOP was set up in 2001 with the aim to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children, through the support of local projects. It is based specifically in an area called Kisumu, a region which has one of the highest HIV incidences in Kenya.
KOP Leeds has been running for 3 years and this year the team raised an amazing £20,000+ , through 'swimming the channel', running half marathons, baking cakes and bag packing to name a few! All of this money will directly fund the VIMA project which helps to support 34 orphans in the Kisumu area. Students who travel to Kenya take part in a 2 week summer project, getting the opportunity to visit the local hospitals and clinics and experience the difficulties these communities face. You will also have the chance to work in the feeding centres, orphanages and schools, helping to teach lessons on healthcare and daily living, aimed at improving the health of the children and their families.
If you are interested in joining the team for the 2012 trip or just want to help with fundraising join our facebook group at 'Kenyan Orphan Project LEEDS', email email@example.com or get more information at www.kopafrica.org.
Light In Africa is a Tanzania registered non profit organization (NGO) which cares for sick, abandoned and handicapped children and other unsupported people in Africa. Our work is made possible thanks to unsollicited gifts and many of our programs and actions depend on volunteerism.
Every year a group of students from leeds medical school travel to Tanzania and volunteer on various projects. Keep your eyes peeled for us in Fresher's week to find out more!
Thousands of people are affected by blood cancers and bone marrow diseases such as leukaemia. Stem cell transplant may be their only cure, but only 30% of people can get a match from their family. 70% turn to Anthony Nolan who maintains a register of people who are willing to donate their stem cells. There may only be one other person in the world who is the right match. Marrow is a student organisation working for the Antony Nolan to arrange donor recruitment clinics to get more people on the register and raise as much money as possible. As students are young and healthy they are the perfect potential bone marrow donors. It is Marrow's ultimate aim to provide every student with the opportunity to join the bone marrow register and potentially save a life. There are a range of ways to be involved in Marrow, from sitting on the committee, helping out at recruitment events and fundraising. At Leeds Marrow we have had our best year ever and are looking to be bigger and better this year. So, if you are interested & think that you would like to help, send us an email or look out for us at the freshers'fair! REMEMBER: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A DOCTOR TO SAVE LIVES!
Leeds Sexpression is a regional branch of a national scheme associated with Medsin, run by medical students. We educate 14-16 year olds in Leeds in basic sexual health by taking classes in local schools and getting involved in the University Science Fair.
Issues covered include relationships, contraception and STI's in order to equip the students with a level of understanding that will allow them to make informed decisions and form healthy relationships. Sexpression is an award winning volunteering project which gives you the opportunity to meet medical students of all years, branch out of the University into the local community, gain confidence in speaking in front of others, to look good on your CV and above all to have fun! We are always looking to recruit medical students (and now non-medics too) as new teachers and provide full training sessions and lesson plans for everyone who's interested. Our first training sessions for 11/12 will be in November and there will be opportunities all year round to teach and to be involved in the committee. Watch out for the filthy Sexpression events... including the Ann Summers-Sexpression party, the Valentine's Cupid and the infamous SEXUAL FANTASY PUB CRAWL!!
A fun and enthusiastic organisation, Sexpression is a great chance to inspire and educate others whilst developing your own personal skills. Look out for our notice board in the medical school and our stall at freshers' fair. Visit our website: www.leedssexpression.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or interest.
Leeds Charity Bike Rider: Every year a group of elite medical students from the greatest medical school in the country embark on the 1000 miles cycles from John O' Groats to Lands End. This is a sponsored cycle raising money for Light in Africa and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Spaces are limited so as soon as you see us get your name down!
Had an amazing gap year travelling the globe? Excited about being a doctor? Put the two together and you see that as a doctor you will be involved in GLOBAL health. At Medsin Leeds we know that global issues can be complicated and intimidating so we attempt to explore these issues in a way that is relevant to YOU and your career! We are part of a national network of like-minded students who want to broaden our knowledge, raise awareness and impact on some of the big health issues in the world today. Last year we held a huge variety of events; from film screenings and discussions to weekends away at National Conferences and demonstrations. Whether you already have a specific interest, or just want to understand more of what's going on in the world, you are welcome to get involved as little or as much as you'd like! Come along to our stall fresher's week or drop in to any of our sessions-we operate an open door policy so anyone is welcome to pop in at any time, non-medics included! For more information: visit our facebook page, email us: or go to our website: www.medsin.org.
HOMED is a society for those interested in issues surrounding homelessness and social exclusion such as addiction, prostitution and mental health. We work to raise awareness about these issues amongst medical, dental and nursing students, hoping to promote debate about and changes to healthcare access for those at the margin of society. The committee arranges weekly visits to hostels where we chat to the residents, make masses of food for all to have and do a variety of activities like playing table-tennis, board games or just chilling out and providing a friendly ear to the residents. Training is provided and volunteers are welcome to come along whenever they're free -there are no strict commitments, but most find they love it so keep coming back :) We also organise regular fundraising events to support our work in the hostels and for other local and regional charities who work with similar issues. So if it sounds like something you'd be up for, or if you just want more information, get in touch! Email email@example.com or sign up during Fresher's Week.
MedSoc Specialising Societies
In recent years a number of vocational societies have been established allowing those who have a clear idea on their career path to do as much as possible to get on the right track and others who are unsure to find out more about specific specialities.
Why not consider one of the most rewarding specialties there is? Welcome to LUMPS. We are the brand new paediatrics society. Our aim is to introduce students to paediatrics as early as possible (as little opportunity is given before fourth year specialities). What do we do? Volunteering / charitable work, talks, first aid, career advice & mentoring, work shop sessions providing you with invaluable experiences for the future. Join us on facebook and if you have any questions drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leeds University Cardiology Society (LUCS)
Welcome to Leeds! It may seem early to take an interest in certain medical specialties, but you'll soon find out that cardiology is one of the most interesting, most competitive and best paid specialities in medicine. In 2009 LUCS was created to give students a greater insight into recent developments in cardiology and into life as a cardiologist. Leeds is fortunate enough to be home to The Yorkshire Heart Centre - one of the largest in the UK. Consequently, we have a large cohort of expert cardiologists whom we can call upon to give talks, provide teaching and divulge important career advice. This is a fantastic opportunity to take an early interest in this specialty and meet potential employers. We hold frequent talks, clinical skills sessions (which are good preparation for clinical exams), and will be setting up a mentor scheme in 2010/11. Get in touch! email@example.com Facebook group 'Leeds University Cardiology Society'.
P.U.L.S.E is a student-led Primary Care society. If you are interested in becoming a GP or want to find out what it involves and what you can specialise in, then this is the society for you. We have been running for three successful years and have held a wide range of talks on topics like prison medicine, GPs and the armed forces, sports medicine, working with the homeless and expedition medicine. Following on from last year's successful national student primary care conference, we are holding another one on the weekend 26th November 2011 with guest speakers including Trisha Greenhalgh (professor of primary care and author of texts you will use) and Richard Smith (former BMJ editor). You will also have a chance to present any work you may have done which looks great on your CV! Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, so feel free to email us with any questions!
Cutting Edge Surgical Society is one of the most popular societies at the University of Leeds. Every year, the surgical society has new projects, events, teaching sessions and support facilities to offer medical students. Cutting Edge welcomes anyone interested in surgery or for anyone who just wants to get involved in innovative projects and schemes. The range of activities carried out by our society include suturing and basic surgical skills courses, mentoring schemes, talks by guest surgeons, conferences and many more. We have just recently introduced a transplant rota, a unique opportunity for students to witness transplant operations. We hope to arrange plenty more projects for students to get involved in and further their interest in surgery. You can join Cutting Edge at the fresher's fair or online. For more information about the activities we carry out visit our website at www.cuttingedgeleeds.co.uk.
Do you have an interest in mental health? Do you enjoy sitting back with a good book? Do you love munching popcorn in front of your favourite movie? Psyched! is Leeds medical school's Psychiatry Society. Open to both medics and non-medics we are a fun, easy going society that's here to spread the word on mental health and psychiatry! With regular talks from leading psychiatrists, a yearly debate (with fabulous prizes from Fruity and The Edge), a termly book club, regular film nights, and opportunities to gain experience in psychiatry, we have something for all to enjoy! Get Psyched! and join us at the freshers'fair or online via the Union website. For more info about our society please find us on Facebookor contact us at email@example.com
Dermsoc Leeds is a fresh upcoming society dedicated to those with an interest in Dermatology. The group aims to promote awareness of various skin conditions and augment undergraduate dermatology teaching through dermatology lectures, journal clubs and debates. In addition, we offer various practical dermatology experiences such as suturing sessions, punch biopsies, dermatoscopy and hopefully cryotherapy. DermsocLeeds is a small branch of DermsocUK. In addition we are supported by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD). We also hope to provide support to various skin societies in the future such as the British Skin Foundation. For more information about the society please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our facebook group (just search dermsoc leeds). Look forward to seeing you in September!
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