A Note from Prof. Gill

I am delighted, as ever, to be given the opportunity to provide an update about the Medical School for the RUMS Review. The most important update for the start of 2019 must be the long-awaited refurbishment of the Rockefeller Building to create a home for medical students. The initial work began in January and will involve a ‘decant’ of the small but beautiful medical student hub and the much loved, but truly decrepit, clinical skills centre in February to a temporary home on the 4th floor of the Huntley Street Building (just above where you attended for your medical school…

The RUMS Review: Back to the Beginning

A short interview with Rebecca Mackenzie, a fifth-year medical student and co-founder of the RUMS Review. What prompted you to establish the RR? The fact that a student magazine for the medical school didn’t already exist, which was crazy considering all of the amazing things going on in-and-around the medical school. It’s also lovely for alumni to see what current students are getting up to, as well as for current students to see the amazing things alumni have gone on to do. This provided the perfect platform! What was the most difficult thing about starting the RR? The easiest thing…

Women in Medicine: Celebrating the Women of RUMS

‘Women in Medicine’ was a photographic exhibition of historical and contemporary female icons in medicine, held late last year at the Royal College of Physicians in London. Medical institutions across the UK nominated a current female representative of their speciality, who in turn paid tribute to historical women who have inspired them.  The Royal College of Physicians recently ran an exhibition celebrating internationally acclaimed women in medicine, many of whom graduated from UCL Medical School or one of its many iterations. Among the long list of honoured icons were Diana Beck, believed to be the first female neurosurgeon in the…

UCL Medical Society: Anaesthetics and Critical Care

The UCL MedSoc Anaesthetics and Critical Care section has enjoyed an exciting year thus far with plenty going on for our members! We kicked off in December with talks by two consultants at the Royal Free exploring why anaesthetics is such a great speciality and the career routes that will get you there. To take us back to the grindstone after Christmas, we held an anaesthetics revision talk by Dr. Rob Stephens. This event was highly relevant to finalists, who were able to revise everything they had forgotten and to ask questions in preparation for finals. Dr. Mervyn Singer, a…

Xtreme Everest: The Lab at the Top of the World

  In 2007, UCL researchers pulled off an incredible feat- sending a research team to the top of Mount Everest, Braving the harsh and barren surroundings, they performed groundbreaking studies that have greatly informed our understanding of hypoxia and critically ill patients.  History is rife with stories of brave people putting their bodies on the line for the advancement of science. Take Marshall and Warren, for example: these two Australian doctors famously ingested H. pylori to prove that peptic ulcer and gastric cancer could be caused by bacterial infection. Last year marked the tenth anniversary of a similarly heroic endeavour –…