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Meet MedSoc

President

Tally Igharo

President

Hi everyone, my name is Tally and I am your MedSoc President for the 20/21 academic year! My role as President involves leading the society, organising the committee, and liaising with the medical school as well as the student union on main campus.

This year, we at MedSoc have lots of exciting plans. Despite the uncertainty in the wake of COVID-19, I’m confident that the upcoming year will be a positive one for Warwick Medical School. During my first year, I was involved with basketball, yoga and netball.

My tip for first year would be to… join MedSoc! Of course, I’m not biased at all…

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do email me.

Vice President

Charlotte Blackmore

Vice President

Hi guys, I’m Charlotte. As VP my main role (bar supporting El Capitán, Tally) is to match you all up with medic parents. These are students in 2nd year that will be an invaluable source of info for you all and treat you and your siblings to a delicious meal! (N.B. delicious not guaranteed). The medic families are MedSoc's mentoring scheme and are a great way to meet people from all year groups.

During my first year I enjoyed activities with MedSoc Revue, Hockey, Netball, Yoga and Wilderness Medicine. I also learnt Basic Life Support and attended weekly peer teaching; something WMS is particularly strong at. I was in the uni's A Capella group which was a really nice way to meet non-medics.

Your start to WMS is going to look very different to ours, but we are here to support you through - it is okay to struggle! So please do always get in contact if you have any questions or just want a chat.

My top tip for first year at WMS would be to join something. Literally ANYTHING! It offers you an escape from medicine (trust me you’ll need it) and you can meet people with similar interests to you.

Secretary/Publicity Officer

Ryan Fish

Secretary/Publicity Officer

Hey everyone, I’m Ryan and I’m going to be your secretary/publicity officer for this upcoming year. My job involves working behind the scenes to make sure MedSoc functions like a well-oiled machine and also to keep you all informed about what’s going on in the society!

One of my biggest concerns about medical school was, coming from a non- science background, that I might be behind the curve once lectures started. If you find yourself in this situation then fear not! Warwick really do start teaching way back at the fundamentals to give everyone the opportunity to do the best they can. They also provide many support options if you do find some of the concepts tricky.

Attached to that, my top tip for coming to WMS would be to get involved with the peer teaching. Older years teach classes about various topics and it’s a great way to get engaged with the content. There’s lots of opportunities at Warwick to participate and everyone really wants to help each other out!

Treasurer

Felix Tranaeus

Treasurer

Hey guys, I’m Felix and I’m your Treasurer for the upcoming year. My job is to keep track of MedSoc’s finances and make sure your money is well spent. I’m keen to make things affordable for you all so I’ll be working closely with our Social Secs to ensure this.

During my first year I attended the BLS course, the Wilderness Medicine skills course and practiced yoga at the medical school. Away from the WMS bubble, I used to go swimming and used the climbing wall a few times on main campus.

It’s a strange time to be starting medical school and your experience, at least when starting, will be quite different to ours. So, more than ever, it’s really important you get stuck in – try out new societies, sports, make sure you go to events. We’ll be working hard to put on as many things as we can so that you’ll all have a chance to socialise and get to know each other (whilst sticking to University and government rules of course!). Having said that, remember to make time for yourselves and get some good sleep. My top tip is to be open, chat to everyone and surround yourselves with good people – you’ll need them over the next 4 years and beyond.

Do get in touch if you have any questions and look forward to meeting you all soon!

Welfare Officer

Ellie Raine

Welfare Officer

Hi, I’m Ellie. My job is to look after and advocate for the welfare of the medical students at WMS. As well as being a point of contact for anyone that is struggling, I also work on projects to enhance your welfare while you’re at med school.

Whatever your problem might be - I am a friendly face that can provide support and signpost you to helpful services and resources (and a cup of tea)! We all appreciate that med school can be hard so please don’t be shy – get in contact if you think there’s something I can help with!

With this in mind, my top tip for your first year at WMS is try not to compare yourself to others – everyone learns in their own way and all of us struggle at times - so do ask for help if you need it!

Social Secretary

Bryonny Rigler-Dhaliwal

Social Secretary

Hi there, my name is Bry and I’m one half of this years Social Sec Team. I’m super excited to meet you all and if there is anything you want to know prior to attending WMS then don’t hesitate to contact me!

My main role is to help organise fun events for all throughout the year alongside Monty, to help you get to know one another better, to relieve the stress of Grad Medicine and to help you make the most of your time here at Warwick.

This year I have been involved with Sports societies like Netball and Hockey. I have also attended talks/events from many different societies such as Obs & Gynae Soc, Médecins sans Frontières and Teddy Bear Hospital too. Playing Sport and joining societies have really helped me de-stress throughout first year.

My top tip for first year is to make sure you get a balance of studying hard and socialising/joining clubs. First year can be tough and I think the best way to cope with that is to balance work life with things you enjoy whether that be playing a sport, exploring the local areas or attending a social event. It is the best way to find friends for life and meet older years who can also help you with any worries/work too. See you soon!

Social Secretary

Monty Osmond

Social Secretary

Hi I’m Monty, one of your social secs for next year. My main role is to work alongside Bry to organise events for you throughout the year.

Life as a medical student can be fairly intense, so our aim is to provide plenty of opportunity for you to let off steam and relax. First year at Warwick is great fun, so make the most of it.

During my first year I got involved with various sports and societies; Rugby, Netball and the Oncology Society, to name a few. This really helped to break up the workload and force me to structure my time effectively.

Top tip: Try to keep up with the anatomy workbook, it really pays off during Friday teaching sessions. Saying that, don’t stress if you can’t answer all the questions, I found group study invaluable, someone will be able to help you out.

Societies and Education Officer

Risheka Suthantirakumar

Societies
and Education Officer

Hi guys, I’m Risheka and I’m your Societies and Education officer for this year.

I’ll be helping to organise events run by societies as well as educational days. This includes the Societies fair at the beginning of the year and Physiology Days at the end of each block. Also, if you’re keen to start up a new society, then get in touch and I can help you out!

Last year I took part in Revue and medic Hockey, as well as Teddy Bear Hospital. I also joined the University’s dance society, which was a good way to meet non-medics and de-stress!

Top tip from me is to just be yourself and take it at your own pace to settle in and learn the content. Also make an effort to know your CBL group well, as you’re with them a lot!

Looking forward to seeing you guys soon!

Sports Secretary

Alicia Schwarzenbach

Sports Secretary

Hi, I’m Alicia and I’m going to be your sports sec this year! My job is to promote and organize all the MedSoc sports clubs, getting as many people involved as possible.

This year I was involved in Wilderness Medicine, Trauma and Emergency medicine, climbing, snow, cycling and uni football. Feel free to ask me about any of these clubs or any of the other sports, I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

My biggest advice for this year would be to really get involved in the different sports and societies we’ve got on offer. It’s a great way to de-stress, meet loads of new people and make the most of your time here at med school! Regardless of your experience or ability there’s a team for everyone, and don’t be afraid to try something new!