QUB Scrubs is an academic medical society at Queen’s with a main interest in surgery, run by students for students. However, as shown by our membership and events throughout the year, surgery is certainly not our only interest! Perfectly illustrating this is our annual Emergency Medicine Conference (EMC), normally held in February each year. The 2015/16 academic year was no exception and it saw the event and society reach new heights with a jam-packed weekend conference held in the MBC.
As a society, we hold the EMC each year to help educate our members further through topics we feel students will find both interesting and also beneficial for their studies. It also provides our members with an increased exposure, helping to enhance their employability through making connections with people in the relevant specialty field, and also by providing sessions which students can use as evidence of an early interest in certain careers. This year there was a mix of obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthetics, cardiology, paediatrics, public health, psychiatry, trauma surgery, maxillofacial surgery and plastic surgery and of course, emergency medicine.
Held on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of February, the conference was a cross-community event open to all medical years, plus our paramedic, nursing, midwifery, and dentistry colleagues. The weekend consisted of a mix of expert seminars and hands-on demonstrations. A few of these sessions included anaesthetic skills, airway management, needle decompression of a pneumothorax, a chance at ultrasound imaging, army training on control of catastrophic haemorrhage, a full decontamination scenario from the NIAS with our attendees in hazmat suits and also a brief trip in one of Northern Ireland’s few specialist neonatal ambulances.
Another aspect of the conference was our poster competition opportunity. This was open to anyone with research, audits or interesting clinical cases to present that was related to surgery, trauma, EM, anaesthetics (reflecting our society’s areas of specialities). A great opportunity for people to build their CV in a a time with increasing competitiveness for specialty training places! The competition was judged by our speakers who are experts in their fields. QUB’s very own Professor Roy Spence, gave his own presentation, speaking on the Acute Abdomen and his experience as a surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast during the Troubles. This was a real privilege as throughout this time the R.V.H. was regarded as one of the best hospitals in the world for the treatment of gunshot wounds and the talk provided a great overview for our fourth years’ upcoming exams.
Additionally, we had fantastic talks on Combat Trauma in Afghanistan, Burns & other Plastics Emergencies, Poisoning, Paediatric Emergencies and many more.
Here’s what some of our attendees and demonstrators had to say about the event on Twitter:
Sophia Begg (@SophiaBegg):
I never realised that building your CV, especially on a weekend, could be so much fun. Thank you @qubscrubs for the amazing event! 👌👍
Michael Moseneke (@moseneke_):
#EMC2016 Clearly The Best Event Of The Year. Well Done! Definitely Stimulated My Interest In Emergency Medicine. Thank You @qubscrubs
Retweeted Dr Alexander Davey (@sandydoc79):
Congratulations @qubscrubs excellent event and big pat on the back to committee. You can all take a wore deserved big sigh of relief
Peter Devine (@PeterD_1996):
Great day at the @qubscrubs EMC yesterday. Gutted I can’t make the second day, can’t wait for next year #MindBlown
And yes, Scrubs will be hoping to build on the massive success and hard work of our committee this year to make an ever bigger and better EMC next year. We look forward to seeing you there!
By Harry Quin (EMC Vice-Co-ordinator)
2nd Year Medical Student
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