Dear all,

Thank you so much for helping to make InspireMEdicine 2016 such a huge success. We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did and also hope that we were successful in our aim to re-inspire and re-invigorate.

Till next year and InspireMEdicine 2017.

Robert Yellon and the InspireMEdicine 2016 Committee

Welcome to the InspireMEdicine Conference 2016!

Medical student?

Tired out by hard work, long terms and countless exams?

Want to experience what the world of medicine really has to offer?

The UCLU Medical Society InspireMEdicine Conference is for you!

Date: 23rd January 2016

Location: Cruciform Building

Time: 9:30am onwards

A national, student-run event designed to celebrate all that medicine has to offer through world class speakers, interactive workshops and thought provoking discussion. The conference will revitalise medical students at every stage in their course who may be feeling disillusioned by the long-term, hard work and countless exams which make up their degree. With input from each of the sections of UCLU Medical Society, the InspireMEdicine Conference will provide an opportunity for students to examine a huge variety of medical specialties in more depth, allowing them to discover more about the profession and its countless opportunities.

What to expect from the day:

  • World-class speakers
  • Thought-provoking discussion
  • Interactive workshops on over 15 different medical specialties (inc. Wilderness Medicine)
  • Research poster presentations with an opportunity for publication
  • The InspireMEdicine Dragon’s Den Challenge
  • Careers fair
  • Lunch and refreshments included in your ticket price
  • Networking and Evening Social featuring the MDs Comedy Revue

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InspireMEdicine is a really perfect concept and something that every medical student needs at some point in their training


I thought it was a brilliant idea. There is a massive niche in the market. There is really nothing like this for medical students.


Coming to talk inspired me and reminded me of myself 30 years ago, and reminded me of the wonderful profession I have worked in. The audience were entertaining. Being a doctor is a privilege and seeing the next generation as enthusiastic doctors was wonderful

Dr Clare Gerada (Former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners)

I really enjoyed the day. I thought it was a huge success, and when I said that I thought it was inspirational, I meant it

Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Gynaecological Oncology at UCH

Speakers were from a range of backgrounds, and eminent members of the field of medicine so it was brilliant that they were secured for the event


There are also lots of fields we don’t get to hear much about and it is really exciting that you can get a really good insight into those fields on a day like this




Professor Jane Dacre

Professor Jane Dacre

President, Royal College of Physicians and Patron, UCLU Medical Society

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Professor Jane Dacre was elected president of the Royal College of Physicians in April 2014.

She is an honorary consultant physician and rheumatologist at the Whittington hospital in North London, Professor of Medical Education and was former Director of UCL Medical School in London before taking a secondment to become PRCP. She was also the medical director of MRCPUK until December 2013 and prior to that academic vice president of the RCP.

She was a GMC council member, and chaired the GMC education and training Committee (2008-2012) and leads a research programme in medical education focussing on assessment.

She was the clinical lead for the development of the first Clinical Skills Centre in the UK, and was a co-author of the GALS screen. Professor Dacre has been instrumental in the development, implementation and evaluation of assessment systems in medicine.

Professor Dacre won the Medicine & Healthcare Category for Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award in 2012, was named on the Health Service Journal’s inaugural list of 50 inspirational women in Healthcare in 2013, the Health Service Journal’s Clinical leaders list in 2014 and 2015, and Britain’s 500 most influential people by Debrett’s in 2015.

Professor Dacre is married with three children.

Professor Jenny Higham

Professor Jenny Higham

Principal, St George’s, University of London

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Professor Higham is the newly appointed Principal at St. George’s, University of London.  She previously had senior roles at Imperial College and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore. In addition to managerial roles, she continues clinical practice.  She has been named “Mentor of the Year” at the Women of the Future Awards, been awarded a President and Rector’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence and the Imperial College Medal for outstanding leadership.

Mr. Wilf Pugsley

Mr. Wilf Pugsley

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon (retired)

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After studying medicine at Cambridge University and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Wilf Pugsley qualified in 1978. He went on to specialise  in cardiothoracic surgery and was appointed consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at UCL (The Middlesex) Hospitals in 1990. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1998 and in April 2003 he was promoted to Wing Commander and appointed as Commanding Officer 612 Squadron RAuxAF. He transferred to a full regular commission in June 2007 and was assigned to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham. During his career he deployed to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan; he was also involved in commissioning two new  NHS cardiothoracic surgical units and was lead surgeon for cardiac services in Wolverhampton between 2002 and 2006.

Dr. Sundeep Dhillon

Dr. Sundeep Dhillon

GP with a special interest in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

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Sundeep trained in physiology and medicine at Oxford before spending 20 years as a GP in the Army serving with Airborne Forces on operations and exercises worldwide. He has visited and worked in over 70 countries on every continent, and in every environment from the deserts of Antarctica to the Sahara, and the jungles of Africa to the high mountain ranges of the world. In 1998 he became the youngest person in the world to climb the Seven Summits. He completed the self-sufficient 140-mile Marathon des Sables in 2000. He is a Rescue Diver and was the Medical Officer to a scientific diving expedition to Pitcairn Island for which the expedition was awarded the British Sub-Aqua Club Jubilee Trust Award in 2003. He was the climbing leader on the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expeditions to Cho Oyu (the sixth highest mountain in the world) in 2006 and Everest in 2007. He helped successfully place 25 climbers on the summit, collect the highest arterial blood gas samples in the world and test over 200 people in a number of laboratories in Nepal. He was awarded the BASICS Medal by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for outstanding performance in Diploma in Immediate Care and appointed MBE in 2008 for services to military medicine. He has previously served on the Council and Medical Cell of the Royal Geographical Society. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Altitude Space & Extreme Environment Medicine, a Fellow of the US Academy of Wilderness Medicine, a member of the UIAA Medical Commission and sits on the Executive Board of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.


With input from 14 specialist subsections of UCLU Medical Society as well as UCLU Wilderness Medicine society, we proudly bring you an array of 15 interactive workshops. These workshops have been designed to develop your interest in different specialist areas, and remind us all of the diversity of this wonderful discipline that we call Medicine.

Choose wisely – you will only be able to attend 2 out of the 15 workshops. Workshops will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so get your conference tickets today to have first pick of these fantastic workshops!

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Workshop List

Anaesthesia and critical care

This hands-on and practical workshop will give you a unique opportunity to experience anaesthetics and critical medicine like never before. In small groups, you will rotate around a number of stations where you will have the opportunity to get to grips with some of the basic practical skills required in anaesthetics and critical care medicine including ultrasound use and intubation. The UCLH anaesthetics team will be there to guide you through each station, so you’ll have the chance to really show off in front of them!


AM and PM


‘Today’s debaters, tomorrow’s doctors’

“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument”. Debating is essential in a civilised society and demands the mastery of logic. As a medical student, and as a future doctor, being a well-informed communicator and being able to voice your opinion effectively is vital.

Join us as we introduce you to the British Parliamentary style of debating, give guidance on structuring arguments, role fulfilment and challenging your opposition. Then, we’ll give out the motion and let the debate unfold.

Whether you’ve debated many a time before or have never debated at all, absolutely everyone is welcome. Come along to watch, take part in the fun of debating and join the discussion!

PM only

General medicine

“Is there a Doctor in the House?” 

What do you do if someone gets knocked off their bike in front of you? How do you react if someone collapsed and started fitting on the street? What is actually the most helpful thing to do when your friend has had a bit too much to drink and is throwing up everywhere?

“Is There A Doctor In The House?” is an interactive workshop where we will show you how to approach these scenarios, before practicing them in an OSCE setting.

AM and PM

General practice

Do you have what it takes to be the GP?

Want to experience what it really feels like to know that your history taking is what could save a patient’s life? Keen to learn or refine those clinical skills? Come down to get a flavour of just what it means to be a General Practitioner and learn some essential skills that will equip you for life as a medical student or doctor.

AM and PM

Global health

Money Matters: health financing for universal healthcare

Taxation, out-of-pocket payments, private insurance – how much do you really know about financing a healthcare system? The use of different models can impact an individual’s access to treatment, health outcomes and ultimately the feasibility of achieving universal health coverage in a nation as a whole. Join us for this year’s Global Medicine workshop, which looks at the interplay between politics, economics and health financing. Our interactive session focuses on a challenging case-study so if you’re interested in Global Health please come along to our workshop!

AM and PM

Infectious diseases


You’re the infectious diseases registrar. It’s been a long day and it’s almost time to go home- one more patient to see. She walks in looking poorly… very poorly indeed! You start getting panicked calls- more patients are coming in all over the hospital. They’re all looking like the poor lady gently bleeding, coughing and spluttering across your desk. What are you going to do now? What is happening? How do you respond to the growing crisis that is beginning to unfold? PANDEMIC! is an interactive workshop that will give a fun basic introduction to some infectious disease concepts and ideas in a clinical scenario.

AM and PM


‘Is there anything a neurosurgeon can’t do?’

Mr Colin Shieff, a renowned military neurosurgeon who has been presented with the Volunteer Reserves Medal by the Queen, comes to UCL to speak about his work! Mr Shieff will cover the breadth of what he does with examples, ranging from trauma to neonatology, vascular neurosurgery, oncology, and functional neurosurgery. The workshop will surely be an eye-opener to both medical and surgical enthusiasts!

AM and PM

Obs and gynae

Babies on a Plane!

You’re settling into your anatomy notes on a quiet flight back from your weekend away when you hear a man 3 rows in front call out for a doctor – his wife has just gone into labour! No one else answers, would you stand up to the challenge and deliver the baby? This is a hands-on interactive session showing you how to deliver a baby in a role play that will have your heart racing!

AM and PM


A Whistlestop Tour of Cancer Care

Caring for a patient with cancer can be incredibly complex. The holistic care required for cancer patients has often led to oncologists being called “quarterbacks” of a medical team, as a special set of skills including coordination, decision-making and multi-tasking is necessary to meet these requirements. Our workshop will give you a taster of the skills that one needs to be an excellent oncologist.

In this enthralling workshop, you are charged with breaking bad news to a patient who has been diagnosed with cancer, caring for them, and coordinating the resources that they will need throughout their medical journey. The workshop will be facilitated by an experienced medical oncologist with medical actors playing the part of the patient!

AM and PM


An interactive and engaging workshop of case based discussion in the world of orthopaedics.

AM only


Save A Baby’s Life

Want to know what to do if a baby stops breathing, chokes or drowns? If so, then SABL is for you! We’re a group of friendly, trained UCL volunteers: we’ll show you the ropes, and then you can then practise on one of our baby CPR manikins. We look forward to seeing you there!

AM and PM


We dedicate our lives to treating the disease and illness of others, but when do we stop to consider ourselves? Mental health is incredibly pronounced in the healthcare profession and we are lucky to have Dr Hankir joining us to discuss this greatly unspoken issue. He will take us through a number of interesting cases and narratives in what is sure to be an inspiring workshop! 

AM and PM


Imaging: A picture speaks a thousand words

How can you look inside a person without ever opening them up? With radiological imaging of course! As a medical student and a junior doctor, you will be expected to interpret scans on an almost daily basis. Join us as we aim to demystify imaging in an informal and interactive session. We will be covering the most common types of scans: X-ray, MRI, Ultrasound, and CT. Imaging is used in almost every specialty, so whatever you want to be, come and learn this essential skill. An OSCE favourite, radiological imaging can often catch people out. Armed with the skills you will learn in this session, you will be sure to impress on the wards – or in your exams.

AM and PM

Sports and exercise medicine

“I’m fine, I can play on…” Your athlete goes down in the middle of a game. What do you do next? Come and join Sports and Exercise Medicine for a workshop covering some of the key skills involved in the pitch-side care of an injured athlete. We will cover some of the most common injuries to look out for (cue: gory video) and then you will have the opportunity to get your hands on spinal boards and collars, and possibly a demonstration in the use of ultrasound in SEM. This workshop will be lead by SEM registrars. If you’re someone who plays, watches or is interested in the sport, then make sure you don’t miss out on a fantastic session!

Option one: Use of ultrasound in Sports and Exercise Medicine
Option two: Pitchside care, using spinal blocks/collars/scoops
Please specify which session you would like to come to on the workshop selection form.

AM only

Wilderness medicine

Far from help: introducing remote medicine

Remember your basic first aid? An immensely useful set of skills for everyone, not just medical students, that everyone should know and have the opportunity to learn. But what do you do when your casualty isn’t in an urban area, when a fully stocked ambulance isn’t coming to your aid in under 8 minutes? Join UCLU Wilderness Medicine Society’s committee for a hands-on session covering what to do when you have little kit, with an injured or seriously ill casualty, and are far from help.

AM and PM


Standard Tickets

£ 5

  • Careers Fair
  • Conference Folder
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • Opportunity to enter the InspireMEdicine Challenge and the Research Poster competition
  • Evening Social including performance from MDs Comedy Revue
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£ 3

  • Careers Fair
  • Conference Folder
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • Opportunity to enter the InspireMEdicine Challenge and the Research Poster competition
  • Evening Social including performance from MDs Comedy Revue
  • Buy Now!

Dragon’s Den Challenge

Want to make a difference to patient care, but don’t want to wait until you’re a doctor?

Do you have an idea that will make doctors’ lives easier, or perhaps an idea that will transform the patient experience in hospitals?

This is your time to get creative!

2016 InspireMEdicine Challenge Submission

​The deadline for completion of the form is Friday 9 January, 2016 at 5 pm​.

The best ideas will be longlisted by our panel, and the teams will be invited to a special mentor session with UCL Advances on Wednesday 13th January.

From there the top 3 teams will be invited to pitch to the Dragons and the wider audience at the InspireMEdicine Conference.

Good Luck!

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  • Your idea should provide an innovative, but realistic, solution to any area of patient care that you think could be improved
  • You should consider how the InspireMEdicine Challenge will help you develop your idea further
  • You must be available to pitch at the InspireMedicine Conference on January 23rd 2016
  • You can work by yourself or in a team

InspireMEdicine Research Poster Prize

Involved yourself in research before? We invite you to submit your research abstracts and poster to the 3rd annual UCLU Medical Society InspireMEdicine Conference. Your research topic can be about anything that is medically-related.

The best posters will be presented at the conference and winners will be chosen by UCLU Medical Society Research Section and students on the UCL Medical School MBPhD programme.


Poster Prize Submission

*Poster competition is restricted to attendees of the InspireMedicine conference.

Submit Application


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MPS is the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals. We protect and support the professional interests of more than 300,000 members around the world. Our benefits include access to indemnity, expert advice and peace of mind. Highly qualified advisers are on hand to talk through a question or concern at any time. MPS is not an insurance company. All the benefits of membership of MPS are discretionary as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

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The MDU is led and staffed by doctors who have real-life experience of the pressures and challenges you face every day. Their expertise in medico-legal issues, complaints and claims is unparalleled. Since 1885, we have been indemnifying doctors for incidents arising from their clinical care of patients. We are proud of our heritage, but we are always looking forward, shaping our products and services to meet the changing needs of the medical profession.


Wesleyan was formed in 1884 by a group of doctors. Since our humble beginnings, we’ve grown into one of the largest, financially secure, mutual financial companies in the UK. We provide specialist financial advice solely to doctors and dentists and offer bespoke products, tailored to the needs of your profession. We also take your final year group photograph which everyone receives as a gift. When you qualify, our financial consultants

are available to you for advice on everything from savings and investments, to mortgages and pensions.  During your time at Medical School, our Student Liaison Team are dedicated to providing you with vital information needed to get your finances on track, as well as providing sponsorship to clubs and societies such as sports teams, MedSoc events and the Gradball.

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