Talking mindfulness

An interview with James Groves, final year medical student at UCL and co-founder of Mindful medics. Here he delves into what mindfulness is and the many benefits of making it a part of your life! When was it that you originally became interested in mindfulness? We all know the stressful environment that medical school can foster… Well, it was experiencing this stress in my first year which essentially led me to start practicing mindfulness. I’m someone who has always been quite introspective and analytical. In particular, I’ve always found myself looking for the “best strategy” when doing anything: the best…

Cheating the system- Tackling the problem at UCL

  In March 2017, more than 270 final-year medical students from the University of Glasgow were forced to retake their OSCE finals after collusion was discovered. Over 40 students were caught using social media including Facebook and Whatsapp to share classified information about their OSCE stations with friends who had not taken the exam. While the whole cohort faced the consequences of having to retake the exam, two students with direct involvement in the sharing of information also faced fitness to practice procedures. While this case was particularly high profile, cheating has surprisingly been discovered to be common practice in…

Is your GP better than Dr Bot?

  Myles Foley summarises Brian Cox’s “You and AI” panel discussion What is the role of AI in society – or, rather, what will become the role of AI in society? That was the overarching theme of the ever quick-witted Brian Cox at his “You and AI” event, an evening of debate and discussion with panellists Dr Vivienne Ming, Professor Peter Donelley and Dr Suchi Saria. First up for consideration was the definition of AI, on which the panel converged with relative ease; AI is an autonomous system which is capable of solving problems with no right answer. This can…

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…