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Vol 12:03

Winter 2012

Incorporating the St Mary’s and

Charing Cross Gazette

Dear Readers, Hello and welcome back for another academic year and another packed term at ICSM. Since publishing the last edition much has happened; the med school has been invigorated by another crop of freshers, the latest troop of new ICSM doctors are now on the wards, and, of course, London played host to the world with a very memorable Olympic Games. The last time the Olympics came to London, the Club Captain of Athletics at St Mary’s Medical School carried the torch on its penultimate leg into Wembley Stadium, where a St Mary’s doctor lit the flame. Alas, there was no repeat of 1948 this time round, but nevertheless the clubs and societies of ICSM have busied themselves over the summer and at the beginning of term. Firstly, some thanks. Oliver Gale-Grant has stepped down after two years as editor and I thank him for all the work he put into improving the Gazette during his time at the helm. His input will be very much be missed, although happily he has not yet relinquished control over our blog, the Gazette Extra, which you can find online by following the address on the back cover of this Gazette. Now boasting a ‘How to...’ section, Interviews, tips for freshers, and soon-to-arrive sports results, gossip, and BSc feedback subdivisions, it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on over the coming year. In normal circumstances, the first term is time for relaxing, before the inevitable increase in intensity of things as we head for Varsity, Easter and exams. However, the disturbing prospect of the BUCS sports proposition blurring lines between ICSM and IC sports clubs still looms large over us. It threatens the excellent sporting heritage and opportunities we have at ICSM, so I direct those of you who are interested towards pages 6 and 7 of this Gazette for more information. As ever, I’d like to thank the St Mary’s Association for their continued and steadfast support for the Gazette, and also the ICSM Alumni Association for their contribution towards our production. We really appreciate the support and so I hope all their respective members enjoy reading this edition. Finally, if at any point you’d like to get in touch then our email address is Patrick McGown Gazette Editor

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DT 4 - State of the Union HI 5 - News S! 6 -Prize Winners 10 - BUCS Sports Proposition Update 12 - Music Tour to Lithuania Report 14 - The Top 10 16 - Clubs and Socs 24 - Summer Ball Report 25 - St Mary’s Development Trust Report 26 - St Mary’s Association Minutes 30 - Alumni Awards 31 - ICSMSU Shop 32 - Obituaries & Alumni Reports 38 - Alumni Newsletter 40 - Travel 42 - SJT Overview



Editor Patrick McGown Blog Editor Oliver Gale-Grant Contributors Oliver Gale-Grant Jac Cooper David Lester Odhran Keating Yannis Reissis Charlotte Boardman Louis Peters Mantej Sehmbhi Elise Chua Secretary Giada Azzopardi Treasurer Jac Cooper Photography (Summer Ball & Halfway Dinner) Paramdeep Jandu ( President Mr P Paraskeva Front Cover Artwork - Reynolds Bar after the Summer refurbishment 2012, by Giada Azzopardi. ICSM Gazette 3

State of the Union

Welcome to the first edition of the ICSM Gazette of 2012-13! This year marks the 15th anniversary of ICSM, and to celebrate, we will be holding an Alumni Ball in the summer of 2013. I’d like to start off by thanking Suzie Rayner for all her hard work and dedication over the previous year, and for her very thorough handover and continued support this year. I also want to thank my wonderful Students’ Union team who have all done a mighty fine job at keeping me in order so far, and I extend a very warm welcome to all our Biomedical Sciences students, who are now fully integrated into the Faculty of Medicine. The new ICSMSU Exec started the year in full swing with the Affirmation Ceremony on Saturday 21st July. This event was a hugely enjoyable day for our newly qualified doctors and their families. Special thanks to our Faculty staff and graduating doctors for delivering some fantastic speeches, as well as to the trustees of the Stephen Norton fund for awarding the Stephen Norton memorial prize. It has been an incredibly busy summer, dominated by the phase one Reynolds renovation works. 4 ICSM Gazette

I’d like to thank the Imperial College Estates Division, in particular Nick Roalfe and Julie Pinhorne, for funding the works, as well as Prof McGregor for championing the project. We are currently looking into suitable furniture options with both the Faculty of Medicine and Imperial College Union, in an attempt to turn the Reynolds Bar into a multi-functional space which can be enjoyed by all.

enthusiastic RAG committee!

ICSM RAG is raising money for the Winnicott Foundation this year, which supports neonatal units across our West London hospitals. RAG started the year on a strong note, raising over £5000 from the Halloween collect, so a huge thank you to everyone that got involved in collecting, as well as the ever

I really look forward to a fantastically successful year for everyone at ICSM, and I hope you enjoy reading this edition of the Gazette!

Congratulations to all of our MBBS and BSc students who graduated on Wednesday 24th October at the Royal Albert Hall – it was the first time in history that the Faculty of Medicine has had a dedicated graduation ceremony for all the graduates of our Faculty, which was very well received. Very special congratulations must go to Dr Mike Barrett and to Prof Alison The remainder of the summer in- McGregor for being awarded the volved the monumental task of highly prestigious Rector’s Medal preparing for the ICSM Freshers’ for supporting the student experifortnight. I have nothing but praise ence and for excellence in pastoral for our brilliant ICSMSU Entertain- care respectively. ments team who organised an absolutely phenomenal Freshers’ On the academic front, we have fortnight! We sold out on fresh- elected year reps for both the ers’ passports yet again, and the Medicine and Biomedical Sciencfortnight provided some highly es courses. I cannot emphasise memorable events (and photos!). just how important it is to keep Our freshers have been superb so in regular contact with your year far, and I can only envisage their reps – they will be representing enthusiasm for all things ICSM to your views throughout the year, which will ultimately result in the surge over the coming year! changes that you want to be imHalfway Dinner for the class of plemented to the course. 2015 was held at the Royal Garden Hotel on High Street Kensington. And finally, ICSMSU won the bid I’m told that it was a wonderful to host next year’s International evening enjoyed by everyone who MedSoc Conference, courtesy of attended, so well done to Char- Steve Tran (ICSMSU Welfare Oflotte Boardman and the whole ficer) – I believe preparations are Halfway Dinner committee for or- already underway for organising this, so watch this space. ganising such a successful event.

Best wishes, Shiv Vohra ICSMSU President 2012-13


News from ICSM

Research, social and everything in between by Jack Cooper Staff feature on honours list and ICSM at the Olympics 5 members of staff were included on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June. The list comprises of: (recently retired) educationalist Dr Rodney Eastwood, who received an MBE for his work in that field; Clinical Senior Lecturer, also Wing Commander in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Mr David Nott with an OBE for his work in war medicine; the Executive Chair of the Institute of Global Health Innovation Professor Tom Hughes-Hallett who was awarded a Knighthood for work in palliative care; and finally Professors Margaret Hodson and Duncan Geddes of the National Heart and Lung Institute, who got an OBE for work in respiratory medicine and CBE for involvement in medical research, charity and education respectively. ICSM also saw students and staff (like Rob Millwood) perform at the Olympics Prof McGregor carries the Opening Ceremony, as well as helping out elsewhere in the Games either as torch for her country! volunteers or in some cases in the medical teams. Special mention goes to Professor Alison McGregor who carried the Olympic Torch down High Street Kensington. Imperial sets up research programme to improve patient safety in the NHS The National Institute for Health Research has awarded Imperial College £7.2 million to investigate ways of improving patient safety, with medical staff working with engineers and other experts to form the new Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. The centre opened on October 4th, is led by Lord Darzi and Professor Charles Vincent, and will use its variety of contributors to address issues in a holistic manner rather than just focussing on medicine. Elsewhere the Imperial West site at Wood Lane has been given planning permission by Hammersmith and Fulham Council at last, and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Imperial’s venture in Singapore, had its opening ceremony in May, though students are not beginning until August 2013. The new Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine also opened at the Hammersmith Hospital Campus in May.

The Winnicott Foundation

Dates for your diary RAG Week starts on January 28th, raising money for the Winnicott Foundation, a charity that provides care for critically ill neonates at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, and support for their parents. The earlier date this year is to accommodate for earlier Finals exams for 6th year students. The unmissable Circle Line is on Friday the 1st of February and will be followed by Val Ball (date TBA) and RAG Dash to Amsterdam on 22nd - 24th February. Shrove Tuesday Final Year Dinner is on Saturday 19th January, at the Hilton Metropole London at Edgware Road. Doctors of all ages and 5th years are invited to the afterparty, starting at 11pm. Also keep the dates free for Summer Ball (27th June) and, if you are a doctor, Alumni Ball (20th July) - more details to come. Varsity will be held on Wednesday 13th March. The JPR Cup will be challenged again at the Twickenham Stoop as we look to regain it. Lastly, ICSM Careers Fair will be on Wednesday 20th February, where a variety of organisations will be present at Charing Cross Hospital to impart advice and information a plethora of Career possibilities.

And Finally On Wednesday the 24th of November, ICSM saw its new qualified cohort of FY1s graduate officially at the Royal Albert Hall, the day after the Skyfall premiere was shown there. 400 young doctors donned their robes and were officially welcomed into their lives as Alumni then enjoyed an exclusive reception on the Queen’s Lawn with Champagne and canapés afterwards. Nicholas Massie, who was on the College Student Union as Deputy President of Welfare last year, was honoured with a Student Award for Outstanding Achievement. ICSM Gazette 5

Academic Prize Winners 2011-2012 Year 1 MBBS Examinations Martin J Turner Scholarship Prize (best overall performance in the Year 1 examinations) - £250 Martin J Turner Scholarship Prize (2nd best overall performance in the Year 1 examinations) - £250 Martin J Turner Scholarship Prize (3rd best overall performance in the Year 1 examinations) - £250 Burns Prize (best performance in Paper 1) - £100

Mercers Prize (best performance in Paper 2) -£100

Tanya Chopra

Mildred Lees Prize (best performance in Paper 3) - £100

Peter Zhang

David Livingstone Prize (best performance in Paper 4) £100 Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London Prize (best performance in Paper 5) - £100 Year 2 MBBS Examinations

Pooja Nair

Hawker Scholarship Prize (best overall performance in the Year 2 examinations) - £250 Hawker Scholarship Prize (2nd best overall performance in the Year 2 examinations) - £250 Hawker Scholarship Prize (3rd best overall performance in the Year 2 examinations) - £250 Murray Prize (best performance in Paper 1) - £100

Zain Chaudhry

Harry Barkley Prize (best performance in Paper 2) - £100

Zain Chaudhry

Huggett Prize (best performance in Paper 3) - £100

Sanjeev Ramachandran

Special Award for excellent performance in MCD - £100

Arun Nachiappan

Pooja Nair Prem Chouhan Pietro Vassallo Pooja Nair

James Soo

Maliha Moten Sanjeev Ramachandran Hammad Malik

Graduate Entry Year 1 MBBS Examinations Faculty of Medicine Prize (best overall performance in Year 1) - £250 Joint winners: Faculty of Medicine Prize (best performance in Paper 1, CMS) - £33 Faculty of Medicine Prize (best performance in Paper 2, Anatomy) - £100 Faculty of Medicine Prize (best performance in Paper 3, Regulatory Systems) - £100 Faculty of Medicine Prize (best performance in Paper 4, Support Systems) - £100

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Claire Merrifield Claire Merrifield, Brendan Thoms, Vanessa Fairfield Aaron Dehghan Claire Merrifield Vanessa Fairfield

Year 3 MBBS Examinations Chadwick Prize (best overall performance in Year 3 examina tions) - £250 Rudolph Konstamm Gold prize (performance in the written examination) - £250 Joint winners - Rudolph Konstamm Silver Prize (performance in the written examination) - £125 Swinford Evans Gold Prize (performance in the OSCE examination) - £250 Swinford Evans Silver Prize (performance in the OSCE examination) - £150 Swinford Evans Bronze Prize (performance in the OSCE examination) - £100 Sugden Prize (best performance in Medical Ethics, Law, Comms, PPD paper) - £100 Year 4 BSc Examinations David Lees Memorial Prize - Endocrinology - £100

Rahul Ravindran Majd Al-Harasees Rahul Ravindran, Frances Conti-Ramsden Alexander Sharp Roshana Parbhoo Paige Barrows Ami Mehta

Shiv Vohra

Joint winners - Dudley Phillips Memorial Prize - Gastroenterology and Hepatology - £50 Thomas Skurry Prize - Immunity and Infection - £100

Sarah Kennie, Sarrah Raveendran

Pereira Prize - Surgery and Anaesthesia - £100

Georgina Phillips

Malcolm Morris Memorial Prize - Neuroscience and Mental Health - £100 Agnes Cope Prize - Cardiovascular Science - £100

Elise Chua

Steadman Prize – Haematology - £100

Emma Conway O’Brien

Alan J Stolow Prize - Respiratory Sciences - £100

Isabel McLuskie

Thomas Henry Green Prize - Reproductive and Developmental Sciences - £100 Morris Prize - History of Medicine - £100

Lucy Watson

Max Bonn Memorial Prize - Medical Humanities - £100 Julia Buckingham Prize - Global Health - £100

Karan Prakash

Pharmacology Prize - £100

Aarohi Shah

Charles Power Prize (best overall performance in BSc) - £250

Lucy Watson

Ester Seifert Prize (2nd best overall performance in BSc) £100 Waller Prize (3rd best overall performance in BSc) - £100

Melissa Ng Shu Feng

Melissa Ng Shu Feng

Hannah Barrett

Benjamin Milne

Dawei Wu

Dawei Wu

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Dudley Prize (best overall performance in Part B) - £250

Ali Hosin

Evelyn de Rothschild Prize (best BSc Project) - £250

Sandy Ghattas

Hepburn Memorial Prize (2nd best BSc Project) - £100

Georgina Phillips

Sir William Broadbent Prize (3rd best BSc Project) - £100

Lucy Watson

Faculty of Medicine Prize - Death, Autopsy and the Law - £100

Chandni Rahia

Year 5 MBBS Examinations Medical Women’s Federation Prize - 2nd best performance in Paediatrics - £50 Joint Winner - John Adamson Prize - best student in Paediatrics (even years only) - £50 Psychiatry Prize - £100

James Lurkins

Meadows Prize - performance in O & G - £225

Nicholas Ng

Humphrey Arthure Prize - performance in O & G - £200

Nichola Monks

Humphrey Arthure Prize (proxime accessit) - performance in O & G - £100 Frederick Bird Prize - performance in O & G - £100

Joshua Balogun-Lynch

Green Armytage Prize - performance in O & G - £100 T Watts Eden Prize - performance in O & G - £100

Bibek Das

Joint winners - William Travers Prize - performance in O & G £50 HWC Vines Prize in Pathology - best performance - £200 HWC Vines Prize in Pathology (proxime accessit) - £100

Nishanth Sivarasan, Joshua Allison

Abrahams Prize - best performance in Histopathology - £100

Bibek Das

Calvely Prize - best performance in Chemical Pathology - £50

Jonathan Messing

Joint winners - Richard Hebb Prize - best performance in Haematology - £50 Sturges Prize - best performance in Microbiology - £100

Bibek Das, Christopher Rajkumar

Joint winners - Jasmine Anandarajah Prize - best performance in Immunology - £25

Bibek Das, Moon-Moon Majumdar, Hussain Selmi, Navdeep Alg

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Edward Poynton, Gurpreet Rakhra Rohan Babla

Remus Winn

Christopher Rajkumar

Bibek Das Navdeep Singh

Bibek Das

Year 6 MBBS Examinations Edgar Lawley Prize (best overall performance in Finals) - £375

Michael Matheou

Golding Medal Prize (2nd best overall performance in Finals) £250 Stevenson Prize (3rd best overall performance in Finals) £250 Faculty of Medicine Prizes - £100

Alasdair Scott Thomas Marjot Ailsa McKay, Tania Wan, Pooja Bahri, Oliver Cousins, Caroline Hoong, Sam Mason, Ann Sturdy, Morven Allan

Gordon M Holmes Prize (best overall performance in Medicine) - £250

Anika Kaura

Cheadle Prize (2nd best overall performance in Medicine) £150 Joint winner - Gordon M Holmes Prize proxime accessit (3rd best overall performance in Medicine) - £50

Elliott Worku

British Pharmacological Society Prize (best overall performance in Clinical Pharmacology) - £1,000

Matthew Li Kam Wa

Victor Ludorum Llewellyn Prize (2nd best overall performance in Clinical Pharmacology) - £100

Michael Matheou

Barron Prize (3rd best overall performance in Clinical Pharmacology) - £50

Marta Piorkowska

Anthony de Rothschild Prize (best overall performance in Surgery) - £150

Michael Matheou

Glazer Prize in Surgery (best student in the clinical surgery examination) - £150

Michael Matheou

Stanford Cade Prize (2nd best overall performance in Surgery, even years only) - £125

Claire Waterworth

Joint winner - Stanford Cade Prize (proxime accessit) (3rd best overall performance in Surgery, even years only) - £50

Leah Adler, Morven Allan

Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School Alumnus Prize (General Practice) - £500

Martha Purcell

University of London 2012 Gold Medal (open to final year students from all London medical schools) - £500

Alaisdair Scott

Charles Kennedy, Alasdair Warwick

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BUCS Sports Proposition Update

by Odhran Keating, Paddy McGown and Shiv Vohra

This is probably the most important part of this Gazette, so I hope you all take the time to read this article until the end. You may be aware that there is an ongoing discussion about the future of how medical schools compete in BUCS. British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK. Its aim is to enhance student experience in three key areas: performance, competition, and participation. At present there are medical teams from 5 institutions, which compete independently from their parent university in BUCS leagues. These medical schools are considered to be an anomaly that should be removed. BUCS is of the opinion that a single educational establishment should not be allowed to compete as two separate institutions (e.g. IC and ICSM), as everyone receives a degree from the same institution in the end. They feel if every faculty was allowed to compete as a separate entity then larger sporting universities would dominate. Medical schools competing independently of their parent institution (in BUCS) are perceived to have an unfair competitive advantage since these institutions can potentially have more teams per league than the cap per institution. Last year, Imperial College was 18th in the overall BUCS rankings, ICSM finished 113th. Sport Imperial, the non-student body in charge of sport at Imperial, wants 10 ICSM Gazette

both IC and ICSM BUCS points to be pooled under one institution (Imperial College) to help boost the Imperial College BUCS ranking, so is in favour of option 1 (see below). Based on last year’s BUCS rankings, pooling points in this way wouldn’t have made a difference to the overall Imperial College BUCS ranking, despite an increase in the total number of BUCS points. Sport Imperial claims that an increase in BUCS points would mean more money in grants to ICSM sports teams, and therefore advantages for all clubs. BUCS has proposed the following to resolve the ‘anomaly’ BUCS consider medical school participation to be: 1. ‘Medical Schools and their “parent” institutions will be offered the choice to compete as two separate institutions OR as a single entity. See option 1 and 2 for the practical details. 2. Should option one be chosen there will be no option to return to two separate institutions. Should option 2 be chosen both institutions will be able to, at a later stage, combine and become one institution. 3. All students in each member institution may only compete for that institution – in other words, medical school students must compete for the medical school, and may not compete for the parent institution and vice versa. This decision should be taken jointly by the Medical school and the parent institution, and both should be clear on the consequences of this decision on all of their students’.

Option 1 (ICSM and IC considered as one institution): ICSM and IC teams would compete as one institution. An analysis of BUCS performance over 3 years would determine who takes on the title of Imperial 1s, 2s, 3s etc. based on rankings of IC and ICSM teams. The ICSM Football 1s team might become Imperial Football 2s (Medics), but teams would still essentially remain separate. Problems: 1) If a higher-ranked team fails to field a side, this would either result in abandonment of all lowerranked team fixtures, or a lower team would have to substitute up for the higher one. So if the team we currently call IC 3s fails to field a side, it would affect all ICSM (and IC) teams ranked below IC 3s under option 1. Theoretically this could be solved internally. For example, if Imperial Football 1s failed to field a team, then Imperial 3s would substitute for their fixture, not Imperial 2s (Medics). However, this is a very messy solution and would require an awful lot of organisation. Also, it is potentially open to abuse as a higher-ranked IC team could deliberately not field a side to prevent an ICSM team in a lower league from gaining points, which may prevent the ICSM team’s promotion, or vice versa. 2) There is a cap on the number of teams from each institution that can compete in the same league (1 per institution in the premier league and 2 in all other leagues). As stated earlier, ICSM and IC compete as 2 separate institutions in BUCS; therefore this cap applies separately to ICSM and to IC.

However, under option 1, the same cap would apply to ICSM and IC teams, which has the potential to limit excellence. We could be in a situation where 2 of our teams are in a position to compete in the premier league; however the cap would prevent one of these teams from being promoted. BUCS will not raise the cap on the number of teams per institution, as this would probably lead to places like Loughborough having 2 or 3 teams in the premier league. Sport Imperial has suggested that this could be resolved internally by having a play-off to decide which team is promoted/relegated. Yet, no result in a play-off would be ideal. Either one team is unjustly relegated, or the other is denied a promotion they have earnt. 3) Equally, teams in the other leagues may be forcibly relegated so as not to fall foul of the 2 teams per league cap in leagues other than the premier league. Furthermore, if the Imperial 8s and 9s are in the bottom league, the 10s wouldn’t even be able to play

in BUCS. This limits one of BUCS’s core values – participation. Option 2 (ICSM and IC considered as separate institutions): IC and ICSM would compete as two entirely separate institutions. Students would only be allowed to register and compete for one of IC or ICSM in BUCS. A student would not be able to compete for both ICSM Hockey and IC Fencing. The BUCS constitution contains the following regulation (7.2) on participation eligibility: ‘REG 7.2.1 A student who is fully registered as an internal student at more than one BUCS member institution (and is by BUCS regulations eligible to compete for each of those institutions) may choose, annually, on a sportby-sport basis, from among the institutions which they are eligible, which of those member institutions to represent (noting REG 7.2.2 below). REG 7.2.2 No student may

news compete in the same sport for more than one institution in any one academic year’. BUCS claim that this regulation does not apply to option 2, which leaves behind the issue that some students play an IC/ICSM winter sport and ICSM/IC summer sport (e.g. ICSM Rugby and IC Cricket). They would no longer be able to do this. It limits participation as medics couldn’t play a mainstream ICSM sport and also take part in the more niche sports that there is no medical equivalent club for. Furthermore, clubs such as IC Lacrosse and IC Women’s Rugby – which consist of both medical and non-medical students – would have to become 2 separate teams. Sport Imperial refuses to support Option 2, on the grounds that it will limit participation. The ICSMSU have been in recent discussions with BUCS and are trying to work on a solution that keeps everything as close to the status quo as possible.

Halfway Dinner 2012 Report The ICSM Class of 2015 Halfway Dinner was held on 22nd October 2012 at a 5* venue, The Royal Garden Hotel, High Street Kensington. From the offset we kenw the event would be special as it attracted nearly 300 student guests and even a few of our favourite professors. The guests arrived, dressed up to the nines, to be welcomed with a sparkling wine reception and entertainment provided by the fantastic a capella group, Apex Beats. The night continued in the dining room with a 3-course gourmet meal that culminated with speeches from two studentelected speakers.

they could forget, before taking over the dance floor and enjoying the student band comprising of singers and musicians chosen from the year.

Professor John Laycock provided an inspirational speech and he was followed by Sybghat Rahim, our student speaker, who reminded us just how influential our year has been within the medical school. The guests reminisced about the past three years with a photo slideshow, showing some photos to remember and photos some wish

The packed dance floor showed us the audience loved the performance of songs that reminded them of the last three years and the dance floor managed to stay reasonably full with the DJs taking the afterparty on until 4am! It was certainly not a night easily forgotten. Charlotte Boardman Halfway Dinner Chair 2012

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Music Society Lithuania Tour 2012 by David Lester

giving us a sense of the nation’s turbulent history. We had the afternoon free to explore for ourselves, and many of us rode the funicular up to the top of Gediminas Hill in the city centre for panoramic views of Vilnius. That evening we embarked on the cherished Doctors’ and Nurses’ pub crawl, which ended at a bizarre outdoor club that featured a stage nobody was allowed on After a close call with flight and life-size model cow nobody afternoon spent swimming in a lake bookings that had the heart of was allowed near. next to the forest. We returned to Tour Committee in its mouth, 46 Vilnius, where a meal was kindly of Music Society’s finest members After a slow, pancake-fuelled start provided by Dr Balcaitiene. Vilte met outside Hammersmith to Sunday, we had some more free uttered the immortal words “Guys, Broadway one sunny Friday time to explore Vilnius. Most of the you know, I think tonight will be a afternoon in July. Destination: day was spent trying to watch the quiet one”, after which a group of Lithuania. We breezed through Federer-Murray final and playing us had the time of our lives up in Luton’s beautiful airport, and soon in the river. That evening, Jazz the perfectly named Mojito Palace found ourselves hurtling through Band played a gig in a local bar, and then a club. What happens on the sky towards Vilnius, the followed by the inevitable Music Tour stays on Tour, but rest assured country’s capital city. it was not a quiet night. Society group karaoke session. It was gone midnight when we landed, so all we wanted to do was put our bags down and head out for a bar-crawl. After experiencing the Wacky Races-inspired Lithuanian highway code, we arrived at our hostel just outside Vilnius’ historic Old Town. We set out into the night for our first glimpse of a country younger than us - Lithuania only declared independence from the Soviet Republic in 1990 as the cold war wound down. Even more interestingly, the beer was delicious and cheap. And aside from a strange encounter between a dead pigeon and an Oxbridge graduate, it was a peaceful evening. The perfect start to Tour! The next morning we were given a guided tour of Vilnius, courtesy of the Mayor, and saw a selection of the city’s beautiful cathedrals, state buildings and museums, 12 ICSM Gazette

We got on a coach the next morning and travelled to Grutas Park, a forest near the town of Druskininkai that combined Soviet-era statues of Stalin, Lenin and Marx with a zoo. A grizzly bear called Bradley stole the show. A leisurely lunch was followed by an

The next day began with an odd number of eyebrows, 90 minutes after the previous night had ended. After falling into the coach once more we set off to visit Lithuania’s third largest city, Klaipeda. We arrived to find the church that was to be our concert venue still


Our final full day in Lithuania was spent at a secluded beauty spot in a forest next to a lake, a short ride away from Vilnius. The newly qualified doctors amongst us set about making a fire, whilst the medical students went swimming and prepared the food. An idyllic afternoon spent eating and drinking around the campfire was the perfect way to bring Tour to a close. Gifts were given to the individuals involved in organising and running Tour, and then we returned to Vilnius to watch Jazz Band’s final gig. We arrived back in Luton early the next morning under construction! Nevertheless, the streets of Old Town towards shattered, sun-burnt, broke and the full complement of our the river. Sopping wet, we hungry, having had the time of our Orchestra, Choir, Chamber Choir trundled into St Casimir’s Church lives. and Jazz Band held the 100-strong to find a sell-out crowd had come audience in rapture. We ate to watch us play. After terse words We would like to extend our dinner in downtown Klaipeda, at a from a Catholic clergywoman warmest thanks to the St Mary’s restaurant overlooking the mouth forced a last-minute change in our Association for their generous of the River Dane as it meets the programme, our soggy Orchestra, donation, which allowed us to Baltic Sea. That night was by and Choir and Chamber Choir brought hire a van to take our instruments, large a quiet night, although Ralph the house down. Later that stands and music from London to – our waiter who joined us at that evening, Jazz Band played a set in Lithuania. Thanks also go to the night’s hostel for drinks – may a pub, and we spent our last big Development Trust of St Mary’s disagree. night out together at a student Hospital, the ICU Tours Board, The club. Tiltas Trust, the British-Lithuanian Wednesday morning arrived, so Society and Dr Tadas Zuromskis. we said goodbye to Ralph and went on a guided tour of Klaipeda. That afternoon was spent swimming in the Baltic Sea and sunbathing on a glorious beach on the Curonian Spit, a 98 kilometre long sanddune that links Lithuania to Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave. We returned to Vilnius that evening, and went to a local pizzeria. Four hours later, we left, thanks to the single chef, single oven, and single waiter employed by the restaurant. At least the pizza wasn’t made of potato, unlike every other Lithuanian dish. The heavens opened just before our concert the next afternoon, and a flash flood of biblical proportions swept down through

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The Top 10 Events which should have been in the Olympics

The Olympic Summer of 2012 was pretty special - but don’t you wish it could have been just a little bit better? Here are our suggestions

Darts The Olympics is renown as the pinnacle of sports. So, why has the manliest of recreational sports been missing from the list of events for so long? Imagine the tension, histrionics, and economic boost to the Reynolds bar that we could have enjoyed as all the big names from the world of darts converged upon London over the Summer

A Fashion Show The Olympics already have a dressage event, where we parade horses who are able walk in a straight line and can stand still when they’re asked to. Every year RAG manages to coax the few likeskilled humans it can find into strutting their stuff on stage, but I’ve always felt it needed a rejig. In the real competition the horses wear no clothes. Just saying

A randomly allocated one-station OSCE A true test of one’s medical abilities, this might even replace FPAS in the near future. Anything could come up. You just better hope its the thing you’ve been practising the most.

The IMRFC Trophy Hunt Rumour has it IMRFC lost two of their most prized shiny possessions last year. Given that it was pretty much the fault of one individual alone, if you know of their whereabouts please get in contact with the man above and cheer him up. If you stumble upon a lost tankard while you’re at it, leave it be or throw it in a river because nobody really cares 14 ICSM Gazette


Bowling Okay, so this one’s a serious suggestion. But let’s face it - it’d be awesome

A Classical Boat Race Bored of team GB cleaning up all the medals on the river? Feel like a boat race is nothing without a cup-flip? If racing on the river doesn’t float your boat, why not make everything more interesting and keep our medals out of the grasp of the Chinese by training your enzymes on Wednesday nights until Rio 2016. Either that, or if you’re part of boat club but don’t want to spoil everyone else’s fun by turning up on a Wednesday night, then just flip your boat over once you finish your next race to guarantee the win and save everyone from having to row or see eachother again until it’s been fished out of the water.

6-a-side Football For all those times when you simply don’t have enough friends to put out an 11-a-side team. Some people may say you’re probably better just staying at home. Those people are right. by Paddy McGown and Louis Peters

Olympic CV Padding If you’d like more information as to what this is or how to do it, please contact any member of the SU who I’m sure will be happy to help out. Warning: you are reminded to pretend you don’t automatically consign their million daily emails to your spam folder or their self-importance complex will kick in and they’ll make like James Bond and hunt you down. Except Rahul. He’ll just smile because he owns your money. Probably best to keep your head down, and don’t forget to write ‘Big Deal’ on Dariush’s CV. Fresher girls, don’t let the slimy Indian guy approach you to ‘inspect’ your tonsils either

Lacrosse Only joking

Synchronised Singing The easiest one to train for. Although clearly deficient in natural talent, you can go and watch a combination of beginners and remedials perform at the London Oratory School from the 5th-8th of December this year. For some comically inexplicable reason, they make you pay for it - but then again, they kindly endorse feedback from the audience throughout the show, and if your concentrattion begins to wane after the interval you probably won’t miss out on much ICSM Gazette 15

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RUGBY This season was always going to be a big one for the Medicals. After the disappointment and frustration of last season there was a real movement in the club to move on, typified by a three hour AGM. Thankfully our training sessions since have been a little briefer! With our veteran coach Kevin Bell retiring and accepting the position of an Honorary President of the club, we had the difficult task of finding a suitable replacement. Luckily enough Tom Burwell offered us his services and together with our new forwards coach Will Matthews, put the boys through two months of grueling pre-season training.

or burpees, but the though of him beautiful conditions and against doing them made the sessions a tough opposition the 1st VII came little more bearable. through 36-17 in the final to beat Barts to the Trophy. Our first two games of the season were frustrating with the 1st XV With the hard work going in playing some new and exciting and a strong intake of freshers rugby but falling short. However, we are looking to continue since then the 1st XV has won four this momentum and earn our fixtures on the bounce, including reputation back throughout the a satisfying 27-16 win over GKT. course of the season. Also during this run came the Robbie Ley Greaves Sadly, our ex-club captain Jamie UH 7’s tournament which we Club Captain Rutter never had to do bear crawls hosted at Teddington this year. In 16 ICSM Gazette

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of first years joined the club, the older boys went on pre-season tour to Kaunas in Lithuania. A nice break from firms for the more senior students and a good bonding experience for the club, we all had a good time and look forward to the mid-season tour to Cardiff with the Netball club.

At the time of writing the Football club has just kicked off its season in promising fashion with two four-goal victories for both the 1st and 2nd XI’s in their BUCS leagues. Our confident start is surely direct reward for a tailored pre-season regime implemented this year and enthusiastically embraced by the club’s members. Coupled with that we have hired two new coaches to help stabilise our fluctuating performances of recent years and realise the potential of our group. We hope to see the return on this when the end of year silverware is handed out.

If you would like any information about this or any other events please get in touch with me at

to put some daylight between the teams as legs tired, however the result was of secondary importance on what was a very enjoyable afternoon. Please get in touch with our alumni officer Off the pitch we recently Daniel Cottam at: welcomed our alumni back for the uk if you would like to get involved annual doctors’ match against the with the club once again. students. After a tightly contested first half the students were able Just before another exciting group

HOCKEY After a fantastic intake of freshers and with the men’s hockey club now boasting 60 members, a great season is in the offing. Helped by four of our new boys, the 1st XI got off to a flyer in their first BUCS fixture with an annihilation of Kings, putting 9 past them without conceding. With the 1st XI setting the tone, the club has realistic hopes of retaining the UH Cup for a third successive year, promotion in BUCs for at least two of the three teams and of course securing the elusive ‘whitewash’ at Varsity.

Odhran Keating Club Captain

This year the club is keen to expand interaction with our alumni and will shortly be beginning an alumni mailing list. If you would like to get involved or just be added to the list please email our alumni officer Munraj Gill (

curry house on Shepherd’s Bush road followed by a pub crawl ending at Walkabout, where a number of our male doctors really ‘bonded’ with a few members of the girls club.

While dates are to be confirmed, our annual Christmas Dinner is currently being finalised, as is a 2013 International Tour and we would be delighted if as many doctors as possible could attend either or both events.

If you have any questions, abuse, By the time this is printed, the or would like to get involved with On the 29th of September we city of Oxford will have been the club please do not hesitate to held our annual alumni day wondering, as it does every year, contact me ( which was well attended by where the sea of red trou’ed students and doctors. Although barbarians came from. Attended Michael Smith the students fought bravely they by over 50 boys and girls, Club Captain were overpowered 6-4 by the wily watch this space to find out the experience of the doctors. Later debauchery which will surely have the club dined at an ‘authentic’ ensued over the weekend. ICSM Gazette 17

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Finally, some dates for your diaries: Tour to Bristol, 23-25th November, and Christmas Dinner, Friday 7th December, 7.30pm at the Dove, Hammersmith.

Following the graduation of a large number of players last June, the Water Polo Club has been keen to recruit new faces to swell its ranks. The result? A facelift for the Club! We’ve had large turnouts at training and are well placed to perform in the League and at Varsity this year. The bookies are already changing the odds of a Varsity win in our favour for the first time in years. So far this year the Club has held some cracking events; the highlight being the annual Summer Barbecue hosted by Club President Mr Rex Stanbridge in September. A floodlit evening session in October at the open-air pool in Hampton was also a raging success. We hope to have another one of these in the summer when it’s warm enough to have a poolside BBQ.

Get in touch with uk so we can update your contact details. Let us know how you’re getting on and whether you can make the events!

We are always delighted to see our Alumni at training and scoring goals in matches, so if you’re near London, come join in!

Nick von Guionneau Club Captain

Training is still the usual Monday evenings from 8.45-10.15 at the CX Club. We are also thrilled to announce a second weekly training session at Ethos on Sunday evenings from 5-6pm.

promising. We have had a large intake of talented and so far The netball club started off the committed freshers and our first season with our first inter-year fixtures proved our talent scouting netball tournament, with the to be more than adequate. alumni team being unbeaten all The first team beat Reading 45-29 day. Whilst this did knock back the in a thrilling first match following confidence that often comes with this with a 41-22 win over IC in a youth, it is reassuring to know “friendly.” The fifth team smashed that despite the long hours, the Roehampton 33-19 and narrow losses for the 2s, 3s and 4s rounded doctors still have it in them! up a strong first week of netball. Having narrowly lost out on promotions last season, this year The next few weeks bring us our is already shaping up to be more first cup games in both the LUSL


and BUCS leagues, as well as some hotly contested games against IC and the other London medical schools. For the first year ever, we are hoping to host an inter-club tournament to raise money for the charity Right to Play in early December (exact date TBC). If you are interested in putting an alumni team out, please contact us at Lindsay Hennah Club Captain

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HOCKEY (GIRLS) ICSM Ladies Hockey started this year with a jam-packed calendar both on and off the pitch. Having entered a new league, the London Universities Sports League (LUSL), we have been drawn against some of the best teams in London and face a highly competitive season. Therefore, the club was introduced to pre-season training which included both fitness and match practice sessions. This has proved to be very successful; the Saturday team have had one of their best starts to the season in years with three amazing victories. The 1st XI are through to the second round of the LUSL cup, and started their BUCS campaign with a strong win against GKT. The 2nd XI have started the season with a solid draw, and the 3rd XI are as enthusiastic as ever and have found a promising new keeper. Off the pitch we had a cracking

pre-season tour to Bristol which included partying with the cast of Geordie Shore whilst sporting some incredible farmyard costumes. This was followed by a very successful Alumni Day where the integration between the Men’s and Ladies’ clubs continued to flourish! There are still so many things to look forward to this term; Oxford tour is fast approaching, and with

Halloween on the horizon we are planning some fantastic treats, including Fright Night at Thorpe Park. Please visit our website at ladieshockey or email jbm09@ to find out more about our club and any upcoming events! Jessica Mistry Club Captain

LACROSSE It has been an explosive start to the season for ICSM Lacrosse; both Men’s and Ladies’ sides dominated in the conveniently named “JP Morgan Imperial Cup”, fending off old rivals such as Reading and Brighton for the silverware. Our league matches got off to a flying start too, with a solid 9-5 win for the Ladies 2’s and an unprecedented 26-2 victory for the ladies 1’s. The men’s team unfortunately had to take a walkover off Reading when they couldn’t field a team. Something that is new to the club this year is our support The club is still reeling from a of the charity “Right to Play” strong intake of quality freshers with fundraising events being and the hype for our annual held throughout the year. November Mixed Tour, this year to the great Welsh city of Cardiff, is already building.

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TENNIS ICSM tennis continues to go from strength to strength after another dominant and hugely successful season. The first of this year’s United Hospitals tennis was in October, with ICSM contesting both finals against a resurgent St. Georges outfit. In the mixed doubles final a team of Jonathan Simon, Tanya Patrick, David Hillier, Pauline Scheelbeek, Edward Norman and Rhian Willson proved too strong for the opposition, bringing home the first trophy of 2012. The following weekend saw Georges make the journey to fortress Teddington for the final of the Men’s Challenge cup – which dates back to 1887. The ICSM team, led by the pair of Simon and Gunasekara who haven’t lost a UH fixture for over 2 years, displayed

immense strength in depth to seal the win. That victory saw the tennis club complete a clean sweep in the 125th year of United Hospitals Tennis, and continue to build on the successes of the previous season.

on the legendary Spanish clay at the Badalona tennis facility . The club now looks forward to the arrival of the new fresher intake and to the now annual visit to the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2.

This summer also saw our first Should you want to join our ever international tour – a week ever growing club, email medics. long trip to Barcelona with the perfect blend of tennis, sunbathing, sightseeing and fun, John Simon as well as the opportunity to play Men’s Captain

BOWLING Although ICSM Bowling is a young club, it is nevertheless one steeped in heavy tradition. An elite squad of tenpin fanatics took leave from their spiritual home in Park Royal in search of pastures new over the Summer, and found to their delight a very pleasing set of lanes in the far reaches of Eastern Europe. Our Baltic training camp did not disappoint. We were greeted by a fine selection of refreshment facilities at the alley, where the kind security guards got to know Markos and all the lads in our party quite well over the weekend. As usual on both days the standard we set was high in the first game, higher still in the second, and then tailed off rather rapidly in the third as we became perhaps 20 ICSM Gazette

overly refreshed and experienced the familiar epidemic of too many nines and too little Hesburger. It is with sadness that I must report yet another tour has gone by with the club still in search of the elusive game where none of our members score sub-100. This challenging feat was rendered practically impossible this time round by the unfortunate appearance of Special

J on the 2nd day. However, on a happier note, a very relaxed Runi Sunuudududugu achieved the first of what shall in all likelihood be many turkeys bowled this season, and celebrated by getting a wee bit overexcited later on in the evening to the amusement of all the lads, but probably not to the owner of our hostel or to his morning self.

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BOAT CLUB ICSMBC remains the largest club at ICSM with over 130 male and female members and a deeprooted ethos of providing a balance of extensive rowing opportunities, frequent socials and organised educational support. This year, whilst stretching our top two senior crews to perform to their best, we have implemented a ‘social rowing’ infrastructure to get more of our members on the water more often. Already proving popular, the boathouse is now busier than ever! We are also expanding our medical education support infrastructure to include mock-finals, mock-5th Year PACES and a range of tutorials for 1st and 2nd year students, with the aim to provide educational support for all of our members.

academic year gently, many of our members have also been promoting our club in a variety of charity events; two of our senior men rowed a double scull from Oxford back to London for Macmillan Cancer Support and another group of 10 of our rowers cycled the grueling 907km from John O’Groats to Land’s End in aid of the Winnicott Foundation at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Not the sort to settle into a new All of these projects are only made

possible by the commitment of our members, both past and present to the development of our club. Our alumni are incredibly supportive of our current members and with their continued support Boat Club is set to go from strength to strength. For more info email uk or visit Andrew Darby Smith Club Captain

LIGHT OPERA This December, Light Opera Society are set to stage the much loved classic ‘Oklahoma’ and rehearsals are already heavily underway. Veering away from nazi pigeons and forgotten members of the village people, this year’s Winter Musical returns to its roots with this much loved and revered classic, and promises to be the BEST OPERA EVAA!! Socials courtesy of our very own 3 queens have also been in full force having representatives present We’re also thrilled to once again from cast, band, and backstage be performing at the London each week. Oratory during 5th-8th December with Imperial students having Our annual tour is scheduled for their very own private showing Nov 9th-11th and we’re hoping on Friday 7th. We look forward Tinie Tempah is able to clear his to seeing as many of you there as schedule to join us this year again. possible.

For more info regarding tickets please email: or Teesta Dey Chair

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DARTS Darts Club has opened this season with a promise of great things to come, after our 6th place finish in the South Kensington Academic Darts League and a hugely popular pre-season tour to the beautiful town of Swindon. The tour happened to be extremely successful and action packed, despite our captain’s many organizational hiccups. We started by finding not only a bowling alley, but also a laser quest arena. Surely Swindon couldn’t deliver such a high level of entertainment in just one place? But, then it got better, as we found they had conveniently located a curry house next door.

match and a surprise blind pairs Notably, Briefcase Hutchins scored tournament, netting the club 4 a 140 with 3 darts, worthy of being trophies. reported to SKADL as a “high scorer” and forever cemented as a Our competitive season also began player who got uncharacteristically with a bang! After our largest lucky. fresher turnout since time began, Female 1 and Female 2 took to The Darts Club is always looking the stage and saw away some for new boys and girls to join our of UCL’s finest darters. Female ranks and embarrass old men who 2 showed particular prowess, have been playing darts for 30 Later was the actual darts match winning 3 games throughout the years. Get in touch via email to against The Swindon All-Stars. The night earning her the enormous ICSM boys, fresh out of the taxi title of “The Power” and causing Tom Brunt and filled with curry, demolished members of the opponent’s team to question their manhood. Chair the standing team to win both our

MUSIC SOC The end of last year was studded with gems including our sunshine themed Society Concert and our final farewell to the now junior doctors at the Summer Concert. A final year group performance of Don’t Stop Believing had the audience reminiscing their own last days as a medical student. A couple of weeks later we were off on tour to Lithuania – more of that in the tour report on pages 1213. I’d like to thank the St Mary’s Association for their kind donation

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to our tour which went towards the hire of the van driving the 1300miles each way containing our instruments and equipment. The start of term has been its usual busy self – the Freshers’ Mingle was the best attended to date with about 100 students (and a doctor!) coming together to meet and enjoy the evening. The soon becoming traditional phoenix cake was there in all its glory, along with treble clef and jazz band fairy cakes. Rehearsals have got off to a fantastic start and all the ensembles are enjoying the influx of new talent. We are approaching concert time now and invite you to join us for the ICSM Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road on Sunday 9th December at 6.30pm;

it would be lovely to see lots of old faces there. There will be further concerts next term so don’t worry if you have missed out this time. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Music Society or for more information, please contact or visit the Music Society website at medic/music. Lydia Pearson Chair

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DRAMA ICSM Drama started the term with our first ever “One Week Play”. The concept was simple: to create an entire play, from casting to curtain up in just a week. Directed by Jack Harding, the play we chose was Tom Stoppard’s hilarious ‘The Real Inspect Hound’. Performed to a full house in the intimate Reynolds Bar, the event was an overwhelming success and we are planning to make it an annual event. This year also sees us launch the ICSM Drama Alumni Association,

which will help us stay in touch with our alumni and let us see as many former drama-ites as possible in our audiences. It has also been an exciting term for the writers in our society, with both the Freshers’ Plays and our Autumn Play being rehearsed at the time of writing. The Freshers’ Plays are set to be a brilliantly fun event with this year’s freshers being keener than ever, while we are also eagerly anticipating our

Autumn Play, All the Meanings of Spring, a witty and moving coming of age story written by our very own Rich Newman and Matt Rinaldi. For more information about ICSM Drama’s productions, our new Alumni Association, or any other queries we would love to hear from you at Katherine Kennet Chair

VISION ICSM Vision, for those of you who don’t know us, is nothing to do with ophthalmology as the name may imply; a common misconception we’ve been told! On Saturday 15th September we held our Senior Conference, an event for students in year 13 due to submit their applications to medical school this October. The day consisted of a series of inspirational talks and a number of interactive sessions. Our programme of talks was opened by ICSMSU’s very own Shiv Vohra alongside none other than ICSM alumnus Dr. Matt Mak, who captivated the delegates with his tales of life as a Junior Doctor and his experiences of being filmed for the second series of 24hrs in A&E. Dr Mistry, a long

standing supporter of the Society, gave delegates an engaging view of life as a GP. The programme of talks was concluded with an inspirational lecture from another of our long standing supporters, Mr Paraskeva, which was enjoyed by delegates and committee alike. The delegates received individual feedback on their personal statements and partook in small group tutorials on interview technique. Every delegate had a 20 minute mock interview – no

mean feat considering the size of the conference – as well as informative tutorials on how to approach ethical questions in interview and tackling the BMAT/ UKCAT (alongside a mock exam). Overall the day was a huge success and we would like to thank our speakers and volunteers, without whom the Conference would not have been possible! Claire Vassie Chair ICSM Gazette 23


Summer Ball 2011-12 Report

The 2012 Summer Ball was held at the luxurious Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in the heart of London’s West End. With over 700 guests making this the biggest event of the medical school calendar, it truly showed what we at ICSM do best. As is customary, the night began with an elegant drinks reception accompanied by jazz music from a selection of our most talented students. This set the tone for the 3-course meal which followed, with over 300 guests in their best black tie creating an unforgettable scene under the moving lights overhead and the ICSM phoenix adorning the backdrop on electronic screens. Speeches followed from our guest speaker Professor Karim Meeran, who was welcomed with a loud cheer, and, after reminding the new doctors of their famous Year 1 Endo lectures, gave them encouragement and inspiration as they set out on their F1 posts. The annual Colours ceremony followed, in which ICSMSU President Suzie Rayner

Guests this year enjoyed a slightly different array of entertainments, with a giant Operation game, ‘minimelts’ ice cream and a giant Xbox Kinect joining the usual pick Soon the after-dinner guests n’ mix and photobooth. began to shuffle in, and the dining room was converted into a huge Amongst all the celebrations dance floor with a special set of we made a record sale of raffle cover versions of popular songs tickets, the proceeds of which performed by a select band of went towards a donation to our ICSM doctors. Shortly afterwards chosen charity ‘Facing the World’. the DJ took over the stage to take the night into the early hours of I would like to thank everyone the morning as the bar flowed who contributed to this and who helped make the night such with drinks. a huge success, including our sponsors (MDU, MPS, Wesleyan, Amber Marsh) and of course the incredible committee who worked endlessly throughout the year to make the night possible. I am very grateful. and Professor Alison McGregor presented those who had been chosen from the leaving cohort with the biggest honour of all.

Yannis Reissis Summer Ball Chair 2011-12

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St Mary’s Development Trust For some years we have wanted to assist with the redevelopment of the Library. Our reluctance stemmed from a feeling of uncertainty about a continuing student presence. However we now have considerable confidence in the future of student teaching We owe our existence to Professor at St Mary’s. Peter Richards and our continuing financial health to Sir Roger Added to this is the fact that Bannister who was the Chairman Imperial College is now prepared from the beginning until I took to make a major financial over. In addition Philip Blissett commitment to the project. We is both our secretary and our have therefore decided to be a treasurer and we have a number partner in the redevelopment of of Trustees who give generously of the Library. their time. A total sum of over £4 million is Until recently we have simply to be spent and the work is now used the interest from the capital ongoing. The Development Trust to support relatively small but is contributing close to half of this valuable items. Last year we and it is agreed the Library will be funded the refurbishment of know as the Fleming Library. the Student Common Room in the basement of the Medical I feel very strongly that this is a School, has been a huge success charity that should continue to be that is greatly appreciated by the supported because of its unique position. students. Many of you will already know of the existence of a Charity called The St Mary’s Development Trust. We are a small charity and can only support requests for items concerned with the St Mary’s site and which will benefit students.

The decision to spend a big part of our capital means that if we are to continue to fund small projects we need, for the for the first time, to give our minds to fundraising. You will have guessed that I am seeking the help of anyone reading this who has a particular affection for the St Mary’s campus. Yes we are very much within the Imperial College umbrella, but there is a very special part of Imperial which is forever Mary’s. If you feel likewise and would like to help us either with a donation or with a Legacy then please get in touch with me or with Philip Blissett and we will ensure that we make the most of gift aid. My email address is Philip Blissett is available on

Call For Articles

Averil Mansfield

Alumni - Please keep in touch! The Gazette welcomes all submissions from alumni - opinions, reports and obituaries are all appreciated by our readers. Articles about the St Mary’s era are warmly recieved by current students. To reach us: e-mail - Address - ICSM Gazette, Student Union Office, Sir Alexander Flemming Building, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ ICSM Gazette 25


St Mary’s Hospital Association April AGM Meeting Minutes

1. Minutes of the 2011 AGM held decide between the following on 03 May 2011 and Executive A&E Hospital Departments to be Committee of 18 October 2011 closed: St Mary’s/Hammersmith. Charing Cross/Chelsea and Agreed. Westminster. Ealing and West Middlesex/Central Middlesex. 2. Matters Arising The £40 million deficit had risen David Hunt reported the April 2012 to £100 million . There has been a AGM will be his last as Chairman 4.3% saving - up from 2% last year. of the Association. Following discussion with the Executive The portraits of eminent St Committee, Gareth Tudor- Mary’s staff are in the Sitting Williams will stand as Chairman. Room despite the Association’s efforts to have them returned to The Committee are very grateful the Boardroom. David Hunt had for the work David Hunt has put written to the Imperial College in for both St Mary’s and the Healthcare Charity and the Arts Undergraduates. Committee on two occasions but had not received a response. The 3. Election of Executive Committee portrait of Sir Alexander Fleming and Officers 2012/13 is now hanging in the Cambridge Wing. Concerns were raised Aside from the change of over the security of the portrait Chairman, all other executive however it is believed that the officers to remain in post. Arts Committee have this and the insurances of all portraits in hand. Chairman: Gareth-Tudor-Williams The withdrawal of funding from Secretary: Kevin Brown Assistant Secretary: Cynthia Horan the Imperial College Healthcare Charity for students is going Treasurer: Michael Clarke Recruitment Secretary: David ahead. Funding will end in 2014. This will include the monies for James electives. Suzie Rayner said that 4. Chairman’s Report students had raised £8,000 from other sources. David Hunt commended St Mary’s staff for adapting to the changes The idea of a merger between St brought to the hospital on Mary’s Hospital Association and becoming a Major Trauma Centre. St Mary’s Development Trust was The Lindo Wing is to re-open on taken to the Development Trust 14 May 2012. by Averil Mansfield but it was felt both organisations have different There is to be a rationalisation objectives and character and a of Accident and Emergency merger would be very complex so Departments throughout West they will remain as they are. London. Consultation is to The £40,000 raised in Rag Week 26 ICSM Gazette

for the Paediatric Unit has never been traced. It was suggested that in future it is to be made clear beforehand that the money raised in Rag Week is to be paid to the department. The first year prizes of £100 to first year students who make a valuable contribution has been reviewed. It was noticed that it seemed to be the same students nominating each other. It was decided that both the students and the Student Union (SU) could nominate. Gareth Tudor-Williams and David Hunt are happy to assist in selecting a winner. 5. Financial Report Michael Clarke presented the financial report. He reported that the Association’s total funds had risen over the last few years and that the amount of money given away over the last seven years had reduced. It is expected that the total funds should grow with inflation. The fund representing the Rugby Scholarship monies has now almost completely been used up and the Scholarship will then cease. There was encouragement from all those present, for the St Mary’s Hospital Association to continue despite fewer applications for membership being made. The Association would like an increase in the number of applications. The possibility of more funding for Electives was discussed. Alasdair Fraser pointed out relief

of hardship was the reason for founding the Association. Mike Schacter said that the proportion of applications for Electives citing hardship had increased. There were 17 out of 67 applications for hardship in Electives.

Gazette before it was printed. It was accepted that this rule had not been followed recently.

Imperial College (IC) do have a rolling fund for one off payments for students in crisis. However to date no students have received money from this fund.

David Hunt endorsed the role of President and Editors of the Gazette must ensure the proofs are sent to the President for approval. It was decided that there should be one active President rather than the three at present.

The Association would like to see more applications from clubs and societies for activities. As the funding from IC is going to be cut by £7,000 this year Suzie Rayner asked if the St Mary’s Association could assist. The Association would welcome an application. Membership currently stands at 1,181. 6. Gazette Report The Gazette has suffered a loss of 50% of its budget due to Imperial College cutbacks. Oliver GaleGrant thanked the Association for their ongoing support. The Gazette is now online which has reduced printing costs. Currently 1,900 copies of the Gazette are printed, 1,181 of which are sent to the SMH Association members.

Oliver Gale-Grant apologised for any offence caused and an apology was been printed in the Gazette.

7. ICSM Alumni Report

alumni BUCS Update (British Universities and College Sports): BUCS are only allowing two teams per league to enter and 1 entry per institution. Currently there are IC and IC Medics teams. There is no intention to remove the Medics Team but BUCS are not willing to change their rules. Currently the Imperial Medics Team points do not go to Imperial College’s total. The IC union would prefer the teams to remain separate. The Committee are happy to support this as are the BMA. The SU will keep the Association updated on any further developments.

Laura Wilkinson reported that outgoing money had doubled to £3,000 in awards. The Alumni and Electives nights were well received. An email copy of the Gazette is sent to their members and a contribution was made to the Gazette’s funds. Recruitment is due to start on 25 April 2012. The membership fee has been increased by £5 to £25 per year. New members receive a badge, the fee of which is included in the membership fee. It was reported that they Alumni had lost fewer members this year and so far had 163 new members.

Shiv Vohra will be the next Student President and will attend the next meeting.

8. SU President’s Report

A thank you letter have been received from Kevin Brown for grants towards the Christmas Lecture and the Assistant Archivist post (which the St Mary’s Development Trust is continuing to fund, with the Association contribution, to March 2013 but have indicated that the maximum they could give towards it thereafter would be 50% of present funding).

9. Any Other Business Professor Robin Touquet would like to be elected to the Executive Committee. This was agreed. Mike Clarke seconded. Grants made since the last meeting are as follows: Rugby Club for Cornwall Tour £750 Light Opera £750 Darts Club £100 SU towards a projector £100

Suzie Rayner reported that there had been interest from IC and Paddy McGown is to take over the Faculty of Medicine in the as Gazette editor. David Hunt refurbishment of the Reynolds thanked Oliver Gale-Grant for his Bar and Building. This summer work, for attending meetings and £30,000 has been given towards for improving the circulating of the this. The SU are currently getting Gazette to Association members. estimates for paint, flooring and The issue of how much input the furniture as part of phase one Presidents have into the Gazette of the refurbishment. In phase was raised. Bill Frankland said that two the bar and café area will be one of the photos and the caption looked at. Other ways to raise in the last Gazette, was sacrilege. funds for the refurbishment are Thanks to Kevin Brown He asked if the Presidents being discussed such as the 2013 providing these minutes. approved the content of the Alumni Ball.


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St Mary’s Association Registered Charity No: 1066742 St Mary’s Hospital Association REMINDER: Would anyone still paying their subscriptions to St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School or Imperial College, please cancel that standing order and complete the form below. If you know of anyone who would like to join, please let them see this form. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------Please return to: Mr Kevin Brown, Archivist, Mint Wing, St. Mary’s Hospital, Praed St., London W2 1NY email: To the Manager Bank________________________Bank Address___________________________________________ ____________________________A/C No._______________________Sort Code_________________ Please pay the NATIONAL WESTMINSTER BANK plc. Marble Arch, Connaught Street Branch, London W2 1PG (60.16.10) for the credit of ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL ASOCIATION (21857873) the sum of twenty pounds (£20.00) every 1st October, commencing October 2012, until further notice. Title________Full Name______________________________________ Years at St. Mary’s_______ Address___________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________Post Code_________E-mail_____________________ Signed____________________________________________________ Date______________________

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Dr David Lyall 1955-2011

David Alexander Lyell. He was known to many of his friends as “Dai.” Although his blood was more Scottish than Welsh, he had been brought up in the South Wales Valleys and as a medical student at St Mary’s Hospital, the Welsh version suited well.

and has since been re-developed. After his house physician post at the Gloucester Royal Infirmary, and work as a casualty officer at Ashford Hospital, Dai entered general practice training in Farnborough, Kent, and attained the Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In 1984 Dai became a partner in the Farley Road Medical Practice. His achievements as a general practitioner were exceptional. The practice was among the first to be computerised. Dai always had a practical involvement in the design of networks and systems, and he built and maintained the computers. His IT skills were widely recognised – Croydon PCT often required his expertise – and he had input into the design of some NHS systems such as “Choose and Book.” He is credited by his partners as a prime mover in the rebuilding of the surgery premises in 1995, a process involving the BBC which could be seen on BBC2.

also looked after the reserve team and youth academy, hardly missing a match in the last 13 seasons. He approached this task with his usual professionalism and energy, training and studying. Dai was the team doctor at the Millennium Stadium in 2004 at their most high profile game for decades, the playoff final, when the team achieved promotion to the Premier League. Dai raised many thousands of pounds for charity by sponsored cycling. His adventures took him to Cuba, Mexico, India and the Namibian desert. He cycled from London to Brighton 10 times and did numerous other rides for charites, including the National Deaf Children’s Society, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, the British Heart Foundation.

Above all of these achievements, however, is Dai’s family. With Julia he raised four splendid children, Katie, Emily, and twin boys, James and Andrew. He was justly as He began his studies at St Mary’s proud of them as any father could in 1975 and he engaged in student life with characteristic zeal. He was In 2008 Dai received, on behalf be. He handled Emily’s illness with a prop-forward for the 3rd XV and of the practice, a Health Service strength and courage – Emily died a loyal and vocal supporter of the Journal Award for diagnostics in of leukaemia in 2007 at the age 1st XV, never missing a match. Dai the community, in recognition of 19; she had gained a place at managed the Student’s Union Bars, of their innovative availability Southampton University, having was active in numerous societies, of ultrasound scanning within studied for her A levels through including darts, photography and the practice. He was active in her illness and treatment. His own amateur dramatics; and he could the patient centred Croydon illness began early in 2011 and he be called upon to jockey discs on Federation of Practices, and was managed it with the same selfless his mobile discotheque. He met Heart Failure lead for Croydon PCT. stoicism, with concern for his his future wife, Julia, a St Mary’s Outside the practice his medical friends and especially the future Nurse, in a Rugby tackle during activities included working for welfare of his family. Crystal Palace Football Club, Rag Week. and being a founding director of I had the privilege of spending an Dai applied himself to study with Croydon Doctors on Call (Croydoc) afternoon browsing the literally the same tenacity that he applied where he continued as director hundreds of get well cards and to all his activities and he qualified until Croydoc ceased operations condolence cards from Dai’s patients, as well as four books of with Bachelor of Medicine and and became Patient Care 24. remembrance. They are filled with Bachelor of Surgery in 1979. He stayed at St Mary’s for his first pre- At Crystal Palace Football Club he sincere messages of gratitude, love registration job as House Surgeon was the Crowd Doctor and relief as and respect for him. He practiced at the Harrow Road branch of the Team Doctor to Dr William Jasper, medicine with fully informed and hospital which was closed in 1988 Dai’s partner in the practice. He often blunt pragmatism as well as 32 ICSM Gazette

a deep wisdom and wit, and at the same time empathy and kindness. This rare combination of skills was obviously highly regarded by his patients. I can’t help feeling that if I had half of the same respect from my patients, I would be a very proud doctor. Dai was a people’s doctor, a family doctor, a St Mary’s doctor.

by Dr Ian Wilson

Kathleen Goff

Kathleen Goff died on 30th July, 2012, aged 83. After a brief time at the School of Pharmacy, Katy, as she was always known, spent virtually all her working life at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School – from 1953 to 1992 – as secretary to four successive heads of the Bacteriology Department; Professors Robert Cruickshank, Robert Williams, Alan Glynn and Charles Easmon. Cruickshank was the immediate successor to Sir Alexander Fleming, and Katy was a great friend of Fleming’s widow Amalia

(his second wife) who had at one time been imprisoned in Greece for her outspoken, left wing views in the time of the Colonels. During these 39 years, apart from her work in a busy department, Katy made a great contribution to medical school life by attempting to convey her love of art to its students and staff. She served as secretary to the Medical School Arts Committee from 1990 until her death and was a member of the Hospital Arts Committee from 1989 until it was disbanded in 2008. The aim of the former committee was to bring about an enhancement of the environment within the school by adorning its previously bare corridors, staircases and function rooms with a variety of paintings and other works of art. A bas relief cut in stone of the school building by Tim Metcalfe in honour of Sir Alexander Fleming was commissioned, as were two large murals in the entrance foyer, one by Jacqueline Rizvi displaying sporting and artistic student activities, the other by Faye Carey, recording four past famous St Mary’s scientists. In 1995 murals were commissioned for two alcoves in the building by Jacqueline Rizvi, depicting aspects of research in haematology and genetics.

alumni speakers by first attending one of their lectures, and then, if she judged them to be any good, approaching them in her own quiet benign way and asking them if they might be prepared to come and lecture at St Mary’s: “We can only manage a very modest fee, but it is a hospital and a very good cause”. These lectures were funded by the Hospital Special Trustees (later Imperial College Healthcare Charity) with support from the Medical School. The list of speakers reads like a Who’s Who of the art world, many of them returning to give further talks. Some examples are: Sir Hugh Casson, Sir Roy Strong, June Mendoza – portrait painter of the Queen and Queen Mother, Robert Hamilton and James Hart Dyke (both war artists), Michael Kauffman – Professor of Historical Art at the Courtauld who spoke on Gainsborough, Patrick TrevorRoper – ophthalmic surgeon on The Artist’s Eye, Tony Foster – renowned artist-explorer who spoke about painting Everest, and Maggi Hambling who spoke on her wild life in Soho and recent seascapes. The last of the series was Dr Ashok Roy, director of scientific research at the National Gallery, who gave a talk on the role of scientific techniques used in the restoration of old paintings and the detection of fakes.

Katy’s unique achievement, however, was to organise single handedly a series of lunch time art What a legacy of wonderful artistic lectures over nearly 30 years from memories and encounters. the early 1980s to 2012, in the region of 200 in total. Although she kept her technique a closely by Nigel Palmer guarded secret – and sadly for St Mary’s Librarian her devoted audience, a secret 1972-2002 that she took to her grave – it is believed that Katy acquired her

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Arthur Holmes Pickering 1935-2012

Arthur Pickering was born on 19th January 1935 and went to Mill Hill School before entering St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in 1954. His training was interrupted when he was found to be suffering from sub acute bacterial endocarditis, associated with a bicuspid aortic valve, requiring a long period of hospitalization and courses of intravenous antibiotics. He met this setback with considerable fortitude, a characteristic which he needed again in the last few years of his life when he underwent two aortic valve replacements. At St Mary’s he was the business manager for a successful Musical Society production of “The Pirates of Penzance”, attended by Princess Margaret, and he continued to enjoy Gilbert and Sullivan operas throughout his life. Qualifying in 1960 his house jobs were at Paddington General Hospital, The West Middlesex and St Mary’s Eastbourne where he met Margaret, his wife to be, who was a student nurse. For a while he had ambitions to be a faciomaxillary surgeon and undertook various posts including 34 ICSM Gazette

one at the Royal Dental Hospital, Golden Square. However, his medical problem made it difficult to get life insurance and he opted for a career in occupational health medicine, becoming a medical officer for Unilever, and serving in Cameroon and Nigeria for four years where he ran the company hospital which included dealing with medical and surgical problems assisted by his wife. He joined Gulf Oil as medical director in 1968. On returning to the UK in 1973, by now with Margaret and three children, his subsequent career was spent in the petrochemical industry initially with Gulf Oil and subsequently Chevron Oil attending to the medical needs of expatriate workers in various countries where these companies had their installations. For 20 years he was based in London as its medical director for everything outside the USA. On his retirement in 1993 Arthur was occupational medical advisor to a number of organisations and consultant occupational physician to various hospitals including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. For 10 years he was a medical member for the Independent Tribunal Service. An elected Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians he was a keen supporter of The Royal Society of Medicine and the Medical Society of London and a generous benefactor of the St Mary’s Hospital Association and Mill Hill School. A Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Turners and the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Arthur was also a

Freeman of the City of London. A man of strong principles he was a keen supporter of the United Kingdom Independence Party and abhorred all directives emanating from Brussels! For 10 years he was a magistrate on the Slough Bench and was a regular worshiper, and latterly an Elder, at the Kingsway United Reformed Church in Slough. He was seldom without a Rhodesian Ridgeback or two as companions, a breed of dog he had come across when working in Africa. A skilled engineer Arthur delighted in anything mechanical and spent many hours restoring vintage cars of which he had half a dozen at one time. Every year he took part in the Brighton Run in his veteran 1904 De Dion-Bouton, only failing to finish once in 27 years. Never a man to call a spade a “handheld horticultural implement” Arthur could present a gruff exterior on first meeting. He mellowed in later years but a raised eyebrow and a quizzical look would make obvious his unspoken thoughts! To those who came to know him he was always a loyal colleague and to the select few a devoted friend. Arthur died in his sleep on 6 May 2012 aged 77 leaving his wife Margaret, two sons, Richard and David and a daughter, Jennifer.

by Peter Savage

Peter Francis Bates 1934-2011 Peter Bates was born on 12 August 1934. Initially educated in Belfast, Peter attended the Royal Grammar School, Lancaster, before going up to Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, where he was awarded his BA degree. Interested in theatre, he would persuade his mother to send bouquets of flowers to the stage door at the theatre in Morecombe if a favourite actress was playing there! In 1956 he came down to St Mary’s Hospital for his clinical training. At medical school Peter’s company was sought after for his friendly and jovial personality. A great socialiser and party-goer he was an active member of the Film Artists Association, whose members at the time were in great demand as film extras. During the late 1950s many Mary’s men appeared in British film classics such as Sink The Bismark, A Night to Remember, Battle of the River Plate, Suddenly Last Summer and Carve Her Name With Pride.

alumni became more “edgy” and could small halls and rooms above pubs take offence easily. as well as more major productions in the West End, often financially. He qualified MA (Camb) 1960, MB BChir (Camb) in 1961 and became The sociable aspects of the a Fellow of the Royal College of professional organisations he Surgeons of England in 1970. had enjoyed so much while a surgeon were soon replaced by Although never obtaining a Freemasonry. With his typical substantive senior registrar post, enthusiasm he embraced it in its Peter soon became a regular face various forms. A great joiner, and at St Mary’s Hospital as lecturer always ready to subscribe to be and honorary senior registrar a founder, he was well known on working with Prof W T Irvine, L L the Masonic circuit. Bromley, H H G Eastcott and J L Stephen. He was in considerable He retained a great affection for demand as a locum consultant his old Cambridge college and surgeon during the late 1960s assisted in the foundation of the working at Mount Vernon, East Harold Gillies Fund to provide Ham and Queen Mary’s Hospital, financial assistance for medical Stratford. students at Gonville and Caius and continued to be its generous In January 1974 Peter was benefactor. appointed consultant general surgeon to Dartford and Gravesham In 1981 Peter arranged a memorial Health Authority a position he service for a friend at St Paul’s held until his retirement in 1991. Church in Covent Garden and During these seventeen years the subsequently became a regular sociable aspects of his personality worshipper there. For sixteen flourished with membership of years he was a churchwarden. many learned societies including the Royal Society of Medicine, the Divorced twice with no children World Medical Association, the Peter remained a very clubbable Anglo-American Medical Society man but continued to live alone and the Association of Surgeons sharing his Pimlico flat with a of Great Britain and Ireland. He number of cats. Sadly the onset of also found time to be a member progressive dementia forced him of the Hunterian Society, was into a nursing home in 2005 where on the Livery Committee of the he died on 28th November 2011, Worshipful Society of Apothecaries aged 77 years. and a Freemason.

Peter played on the wing for Mary’s with great enthusiasm on many occasions, and while not always first choice for the 1st XV, he captained the A Team regularly. Outside surgery, Peter had many interests all of which he was able It was in 1959 that disaster struck. to enjoy during his retirement. While returning from a party, the car in which he was a passenger skidded off the road and hit a bank. Peter fractured his skull and lost the sight of one eye. He made a remarkable recovery but close friends recognised that his personality had changed. He

by Peter Savage

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Peter Pellow Hinds 1922-2012

Peter was born in 1922 and brought up in Shanghai where he remained until the Japanese invasion of China in 1935 when he returned to England to finish his schooling. In 1940 he enlisted in the RAF, and after pilot training was stationed in the Inner Hebrides flying long range Halifax bombers. These were typically equipped to monitor and report on long range weather conditions far out in the Atlantic – they carried trained meteorologists and flew for twelve hours at a stretch in extreme weather conditions. It was Peter’s plane that reported the slight and temporary break

in the continuing severe weather conditions reaching England which enabled General Eisenhower to make the critical decision to proceed as planned with the D-Day landings in France in 1944.

the South Island where his wife had helped to establish a relevant museum.

In retirement, he continued to write medical journals and newspapers on a variety of subjects After the war he trained at St and after the death of his wife he Mary’s Hospital Medical School became an active member of the and settled in New Zealand. Voluntary Euthanasia Society, Following further hospital speaking out actively for change in appointments and studies there precisely defined circumstances. he became Medical Officer of Health for the town of Gisborne In 2006 he helped a young man and surrounding country areas in accused of assisting in the suicide the North Island. 10 years later he of his 88-year old mother, a retired was appointed to a similar post in doctor, by offering his own house Dunedin and eventually became as bail while the man was awaiting the regional Medical Officer of trial. Health for the entire South Island. Peter Hinds died in May 2012 and An active sportsman throughout leaves a companion of twelve his life and a skilled and renowned years, Vivienne, and two sons by ocean yachtsman, he also found his marriage to Elizibeth Shaw. time to study anthropology, by Alasdair Fraser particularly the early settlers to

Diamond Wedding Anniversary Dr & Mrs Kemp by John Kemp On June 11th 2012 Dr Stanley & Mrs Mary Kemp celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. They both trained at St Mary’s in the 1940s and were married in 1952. Not being in the best of health they celebrated the event with a small party in their home, attended by friends and ex-colleagues from Yeovil District Hospital where Stanley was the first consultant anaesthetist when he started working there in 1962, retiring in 1985. Among the guests at the surprise party organised by their son John were: Mr Brian Madden retired orthopaedic surgeon, Mr David Griffiths retired general surgeon, Dr David Morgan of the Medical Defence Union and his wife Wendy, Micky Hall widow of Dr Geoff Hall (anaesthetist), retired YDH theatre sisters 36 ICSM Gazette

Margaret Lovett and Anne Deere, and Miss Faye Doris senior midwifery lecturer at Plymouth University. Also present were Dr Graham & Mrs Pam Palmer who are both alumni of St Mary’s from the 40’s and have remained lifelong friends with Dr & Mrs Kemp. The Palmers’ two daughters Alison and Helen were also present. A wonderful time was had by all despite the attempts of the weather to dampen the proceedings!

Reunion of St Mary’s 1962 Graduates


by Dr Brian L. Smith, St Mary’s Graduate 1962, 01628 625 200 On 19th May 2012, 28 St Mary’s Hospital 1962 Graduates met to celebrate their 50th Anniversary at a reunion dinner at the Paddington Hilton. Alasdair Fraser and spouses brought the number up to 46 guests. Alasdair spoke after dinner and gave a very good summary of

the current situation at St Mary’s Hospital, and the relationship of St Mary’s Association with Imperial College. He also spoke of the activities of the current students and their allegiances. A number of graduates stayed at the hotel the same night and reconvened over breakfast.

Photo: Back Row (Left to Right): Brian Smith; Nicholas Trickey; Mike Cooke; Rodney Tate; John Ward; Ken Callum; Pat Cullen; Laurie Loh; Martyn Lucking. Middle Row: John Postlethwaite; Justin Kelly; Rodney Curtis; Alan Pentecost; Peter Jones; Jonathan Maw; John Fisher; Olwen Laszlo (Parry); Sian Graham (Jones Griffiths); Meg Fischer. Front Row: Brian Ballinger; Mike Dillon; Valerie Turnbull (Mackenzie); Hugh Perkins; Diana Perkins (Barrett); Ken Hudson; Mike Phelan; Malcolm Kelly; Caroline Hoare (Alexander).

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Dear ICSM alumni, I hope you are all enjoying the new working year, and for some of you, your new jobs. For those of you who haven’t read anything from me or met me yet, I am Jac, your new ICSMSU Careers and Alumni Officer and Chair of the Alumni Association. This year, Laura Wilkinson is the new Membership Officer and Alumni Ball Chair, Mark Chamberlain is still Treasurer and the Liaison Officers for the Class graduating ICSM in 2013 were unanimously voted in as Dr Ola Markiewicz and Dr William Ibbotson. The time has come for another Gazette, and since the last article, we have had a stream of events: Summer Ball was a great night attended by many alumni, and this year’s Alumni Prize went to Dr Ann Sturdy. We also had an Alumni reunion bop in the Reynolds for graduates of Charing Cross Medical School from the early 90s, which was attended by 60 doctors who kindly supported the bar and raised £300 for the Association. Our Alumni Association AGM was held on the 27th of September. It was decided that the Alumni would once again give 3 x £500 grants for student electives (this year starting 15th April), undetermined grants to some of the Clubs and Societies who apply for them, £500 to STFYD and £1000 to the Gazette. The Alumni have also had a good financial year and had 250 sign-ups from the new FY1s which was fantastic. All graduation packs and name badges have been sent out so if they have not arrived, please contact me. As well as all this, the new website is online and working at, so please come and visit when you can. In the upcoming year, Shrove Tuesday Final Year Dinner is on Saturday 19th January. Tickets for the afterparty, usually well attended by Alumni, cost £37 for non-students and should be available by the time of printing. The event is at the Hilton Metropole, Paddington until 2am and I will send details about our Alumni predrinks party nearby very shortly. After this, we have RAG’s Circle Line Collect on Friday 1st February, Varsity on Wednesday 13th March at the Twickenham Stoop and Summer Ball on Thursday 27th June. Most important of all is a new event this year, the Alumni Ball for all alumni and staff at ICSM and its constituent hospitals, celebrating 15 years of ICSM Alumni. The date for this is Saturday 20th July 2013, the venue TBC in London, so please keep the day free as it will be a fantastic occasion in aid of the Reynolds Bar’s next stage of refurbishment. Aside from all of this, sport and arts at ICSM are as strong as ever, with big changes in a lot of Clubs and Societies. We would love to hear back from all of you, so if you have any questions or suggestions - or better yet would like to write an article please email me at or the editor at icsm-gazette@ There have not been many articles specifically related to recent alumni in the Gazette in the past few years which is a shame and something we would love to change. We are interested in anything, be it a wedding, memories from med school or an event you would like to put on. Otherwise, enjoy reading and I will see you soon, Best wishes for 2013, Jac Cooper ICSMSU Careers and Alumni Officer

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“Bonjour-hi!’’ - 3 months on the Neuro BSc exchange at McGill University, Montreal, Canada

by Mantej Sehmbhi and Elise Chua

Imagine standing outside the Canadian embassy in Grosvenor Square at 6 am on the Friday before your BSc exams, freezing cold, with two whole modules yet to revise. An hour goes by, and your visa application is turned away without explanation. Not a huge disaster… unless you are leaving in a week for a 3 month exchange to Canada. A frantic couple of days later, you re-submit the application, and by some miracle it’s approved on the eve of your exams. Cue some last minute cramming, and before you know it you’re packed and on a plane flying across the Atlantic. For our Neuroscience BSc projects, we had the privilege of going on exchange to McGill University in Montreal, home to the Montreal Neurological Institute, one of the foremost neuroscience research centres in the world. After months of preparation, we landed in Montreal, the horror of exams still fresh in our minds. However, this quickly evaporated as we were greeted by a freezing but beautiful landscape of snow on sky scrapers, and a sense of quiet calm as the city woke up on a lazy

Sunday morning. Of course, first things first; a massive mug of Tim Horton’s hot chocolate to warm up after battling the -25 oC weather! After settling in and trying to learn a bit of French, we met our supervisors and were introduced to our projects. One of us investigated the link between Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and the other studied the role of a particular molecule in axon growth and guidance. Although the hours were long and unpredictable

(including occasionally going into the lab at 2am), we learnt a great deal about life as a research scientist; you get a fairly free reign over your schedule, and quickly learn how to run 6 different experiments simultaneously! Our projects involved immunohisto and immunocytochemistry – with a LOT of imaging. We had the opportunity to learn a variety of wet lab techniques, play around with million-dollar equipment, and became quite skilled in killing mice in a range of different ways! Throughout the exchange, we had invaluable support from our lab mates who were always keen to offer advice and guidance on the science – as well as consolation and empathy when experiments inexplicably failed – and tips on the best things to see and do in Montreal. As McGill University is situated right in downtown Montreal, there was always plenty to do, especially during the 12 hour ELISA washes!

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travel provided the perfect opportunity for us to explore other parts of Canada and the US – from snowboarding in Quebec, to sipping wine in California. And of course, the majestic Niagara Falls was only a few hours away by car! All too soon, 3 amazing months came to an end. The last days were a whirlwind of finishing experiments, writing up projects, packing, and saying goodbyes. We will never forget the experience of frantically working on the flight home and presenting our projects in Hammersmith Hospital the very next morning, still jetlagged and We found Canadians to be much Sucre maple syrup festival (yes, disorientated. as we expected; very friendly, a maple syrup FESTIVAL). This relaxed and welcoming. Being involved driving out to a maple Although it’s been a few months, in the heart of French Canada syrup plantation and enjoying we still look back fondly on a meant there was a unique mix of a ‘traditional Canadian meal’ – packed and unforgettable time. European and North American essentially a full English breakfast We’re very grateful for the culture – for example the universal with lavish amounts of maple opportunity we had and we would greeting was “bonjour-hi!”, with syrup over everything, capped by strongly encourage this year’s Neuroscience BSc students to an expectant smile as they waited maple syrup shots to drink. apply! for you to respond in whichever language you preferred. Our lab On the occasional free weekend, mates were keen to share the we took advantage of the fact best of Canadian culture – from that Montreal is only an overnight ice hockey to maple syrup – and bus away from New York City – we were invited to several big leave Friday evening and wake ice hockey games in the McGill up in Times Square on Saturday Arena, as well as the Cabane á morning! The Easter break also

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Dice at the ready! Foundation Application Time

Here, for any reader that is unaware, is a brief summary of how F1 jobs for 2013/2014 are going to be allocated. Each student is given a score out of 100. This is split into two halves – 50 points based on “educational performance” – composed of scores in exams, extra degrees, prizes and so on, and 50 points from a mysterious exam called the “Situational Judgement Test” (SJT). There is however an added level of complexity. The minimum possible score on the educational performance section is 33. This section is therefore in fact out of 17. Conversely the minimum possible score on the SJT is 0. The SJT is something of an enigma. The Foundation Programme website reassures us that SJTs have long been used in GP exams, and are all well and good. It takes the form of a multiple choice exam in which candidates are faced with ethical or professional dilemmas, and asked to rank responses to these problems. This is the 1st year of it being run. The Foundation Programme website gravely warns that it is impossible to revise for. The obvious implications of all of this are that each candidate’s final score out of 100, and therefore allocated job, is heavily dependent on an exam that may or may not be on par with rolling a dice. What this means rather depends on your point of view – if you are the poor guinea pig of a candidate then it means that your spare time before the exam may well be better spent reading visitors guides to Hull, Swindon, and Wolverhampton than reading SJT practice books. If on the other hand you’re reading this from your consultants office overlooking Paddington Basin then it means that come August your new F1 could well have graduated in the 10th decile of their year at the Peninsula. If you’re lucky enough to be excitedly reading this, the first published Gazette of your fresher year, then there’s nothing to worry about because this will probably all blow over by the time it’s your turn. Depending on who you ask it’ll probably be replaced by either nationalised medical school finals, or a new fun diversitypromoting application system based on a combination of popular Japanese obstacle course show Takeshi’s Castle and the X-Factor. by Oliver Gale-Grant

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