A view from the FOSIS Mind Over Chatter mental health conference

11 April 2017

Sabah Yasin is a third year medical student at HYMS with an interest in psychiatry. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and reading.

On Saturday 18th March 2017, the University of Birmingham Medical School was host to FOSIS’s first ever mental health conference – “Remove the Label”. FOSIS (Federation of Student Islamic Societies) is an umbrella body representing Muslim students across the UK & Ireland. Supporting Islamic societies and the students trying to navigate their way through university, FOSIS runs many campaigns and projects through the year. November 2016 saw the launch of their latest campaign “Mind over chatter,” which aims to break the silence that still very much exists around mental health in the religious communities. A blog was set up for sufferers to share their stories, and soon came the conference, drawing students from every corner of the UK.

Students invited to HEAT 2017 ‘Leadership – Opportunities to Excellence’

30 March 2017

Alexandra Abel is a third year medical student at HYMS. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and ukulele playing.


Hull Education and Training (HEAT) is our local annual medical education conference. Now in its sixth year, with many successful events to build on, HEAT is hosted by Medical Education at Hull Royal Infirmary and the Hull Institute for Learning and Simulation (HILS). The photos in this post are from last year's HEAT event. The HEAT 2017 team would like to invite healthcare students (including those from HYMS and Nursing) to their event and to submit an abstract if they so wish. Academic and clinical tutors are also most welcome to attend. Please note, this conference falls on a Friday, therefore any student who would like to attend who has teaching scheduled on the day of the event must complete a leave of absence request as soon as possible.

Meeting the Dean: Part One

06 March 2017
Professor Una Macleod was interviewed by Alexandra Abel, Chaitra Dinesh and Vassili Crispi.
In the first of our three-part series of interviews, we aim to help staff and students get to know HYMS' Dean, Professor Una Macleod, a little better. Una grew up in a small town near Inverness and attended medical school in Glasgow, where she continued to work until about six years ago when she came to HYMS. Una went on the co-found the Supportive care, Early Diagnosis and Advanced disease (SEDA) research group and took up the post of Dean of HYMS earlier this year. Since her appointment, she has been keen to engage with students – she even spent two hours on a Friday evening letting us interview her!

Highlights from the 4th HYMS National Undergraduate Surgical Conference

28 February 2017
Ella Evans is a first year medical student at HYMS. In her spare time she enjoys playing board games, watching videos of cute animals, and above all, sleeping. 


Saturday 28th January 2017 marked a day of excitement for many enthusiastic students considering a career in surgery as the fourth HYMS National Undergraduate Surgical Conference was hosted in Hull for the first time. Embracing the 2017 City of Culture theme, Hull welcomed students and faculties from around the country to inspire a new generation of future doctors.

Highlights from the SBNS/NANSIG Neurosurgery Careers Day 2017

15 February 2017
Prabhjot Malhotra is a third year international medical student at HYMS. He has a keen interest in neurology and neurosurgery, and is hoping to pursue an MSc in Clinical Neurosciences. Later this year, he will be presenting a motion for a discussion on medical education at the National BMA Student Conference as a HYMS delegate. In his spare time, Prabhjot enjoys competing in chess and poker tournaments, playing the violin, and travelling around the world to explore different walks of life.
For the past five years, the Neurosurgery Careers Day hosted by the Neurology and Neurosurgery Interest Group (NANSIG) and the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) has inspired and guided the enthusiastic minds of medical students considering a career in neurosurgery. This year was no different, and on 21 January, the sixth annual SBNS/NANSIG Neurosurgery Careers Day held at The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) yet again shed light on the path towards becoming a neurosurgeon - and what lies beyond.

Breast surgeon and cancer patient Liz O'Riordan comes to HYMS

23 January 2017

Liz O'Riordan (@liz_oriordan) was interviewed by Alexandra Abel (@alexandraabel).

Liz O’Riordan is a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon. In 2015, she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. Since her diagnosis, Liz has maintained an award-winning blog, where she chronicles her experience of dealing with cancer and being a patient and a doctor in her own speciality. Liz is an inspiring speaker and, lucky for us, she is coming to HYMS! She will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming 4th HYMS National Undergraduate Surgical Conference (Saturday 28th of January at the Medical Education Centre, Hull Royal Infirmary). We caught up with Liz before she visits us – because we’re just that excited to meet her!

An interview with Dr David Lyness: HYMS graduate and founder of propofology.com

17 January 2017

David Lyness (@Gas_Craic) was interviewed by Alexandra Abel (@alexandraabel).

Dr David Lyness graduated from HYMS in 2013 and is currently an Anaesthetics/ICU Trainee in Northern Ireland. While at HYMS, David co-founded the pre-hospital care programme in Yorkshire, and was the academic forum lead for two years. More recently, David set up his website propofology.com which showcases his original infographics, as well as signposting other useful resources for medical students. I caught up with David to tell us more about his exciting new website.

Highlights from the Rural GP Association of Scotland Conference 2016

05 December 2016
Catherine Lawrence is a 5th year medical student at HYMS, budding GP and part-time balloon modeller. When not hard at work, she can be found hiking, bouldering or camping with her Cubs or Guides.
In mid-September, 5th year was just beginning for me. I was looking forward to my final few months of being a medical student, before being spring-boarded into my Foundation Years as a doctor. But something was holding me back from full enthusiasm, and it didn’t take long to figure out… I was suffering from a case of the post-elective blues! My summer spent in rural general practice on the Isle of Tiree was a whirlwind of excitement, and I was missing everything about Scotland – the scenery, the people, the weather, and the copious amount of helicopters.

This Might Hurt: an important play about the NHS

18 November 2016
Chaitra Dinesh is an over enthusiastic, blindly optimistic second year medical student who likes to do everything and anything interesting. A few of her interests include playing the sitar, rugby, medicine, religion, life and humanity. In her spare time she sleeps or watches BBC iPlayer.
John Godber is known for being one of the most performed playwrights in the UK; and has strong ties to Hull. “This Might Hurt” is his latest local play and a particularly important one. It tells the tale of a personal journey through the NHS, based on Godber’s own experiences. As a medical student, I was intrigued to learn about his experiences of the NHS and how they differed from my own. The play follows the protagonist ‘Jack’ as he navigates his own diagnosis and treatment, and subsequently the care of his Aunty Betty. Three incredibly talented actors bring the story to life: Rob Angell who plays Jack; and Josie Morley and Rachel Abbey, who together play the other 27 characters including doctors, nurses, and patients!

Highlights from Neurotrauma 2016

11 November 2016
Rebecca Walker is a third year medical student at HYMS and a Human Bioscience graduate from the University of Exeter. In her spare time she likes running, skiing and posting pictures of her new puppy on Instagram.
On 20th October 2016, leading experts from a wide range of specialties met at the Royal Geographic Society in London for the annual UK Neurotrauma Symposium. As the HYMS Student Blog reporter for the event, I was lucky enough to be joining them. A day filled with fascinating talks, poster presentations, and some fairly gruesome videos awaited.

We didn't see anyone cry in Camp Petra

07 November 2016

Emily Westlake is a fourth year medical student, currently intercalating in Global Health at the University of Bristol. Her interests include travelling, mixed martial arts, and reading. She plans on pursuing a career in Global Health. 



Aydin Koksal is a fourth year medical student, currently intercalating in Clinical Anatomy at the University of Hull. His interests are travelling, music, and arts.

We are Emily and Aydin. We are both fourth year medical students at the Hull York Medical School. This past summer, we spent some time at the refugee camp, Camp Petra, in Katerini/Greece, as volunteers of the organisation Borderfree Association. Here is a glimpse of our experiences.

My intercalated degree in Public Health

28 October 2016
Kathryn Harvey is a fifth year medical student recently returned from intercalation. She has a particular interest in public health and medical research. In her spare time she enjoys hillwalking, reading, and travelling.
I recently returned to fifth year after taking a year out to do a Masters in Public Health at the University of York. I return for my final year of medical school with a mixture of apprehension and excitement, but reflect on my intercalation year as a great experience. There are arguments for and against intercalating and, whilst it is not for everyone, there are many reasons to consider doing an intercalated degree.

#LearnLookLive campaign: a public education and fundraising project

04 October 2016
Katie Dean is a second year medical student at HYMS and founder of the #LearnLookLive campaign. In her spare time she likes to shadow surgeons in theatre, sing and DJ at local events, fundraise and shoe shop.
During my first year at HYMS, I took the opportunity to spend a lot of my spare time in theatre and outpatient clinics with Mr Ian Bradford, Consultant colorectal surgeon at York Hospital. He became my mentor for the year. He taught me so much and at the end of the year, with such a long summer ahead, I thought it would be great to host a fundraising event and give something back to the hospital.

Getting to grips with HYMS in your first few weeks

29 September 2016
Amika McCulloch is a second year medical student at HYMS and a Neuroscience graduate from Nottingham University. She is currently Social Secretary for York MedSoc as well as Academic Officer for the Pre-Hospital Care Society. 
So you’ve done it: you’ve made it through your A level or degree finals and are finally out the other side with a place at medical school. Congratulations! Hello my name is Amika, a second year medical student at HYMS and your social secretary this year for York MedSoc. MedSoc is a society that aims to represent the medical school and its students, organising social and academic events for members: there is a MedSoc for each of our respective HYMS campuses. Whether you’re based at Hull or York, I’m sure you will have as a fantastic time in freshers’ week, as I did, and I’m looking forward to meeting you all.

World-class research at Hull York Medical School

21 September 2016
Vassili Crispi is a second year medical student at HYMS with a keen interest in surgery and medical research. In his spare time he likes reading, listening to Anastacia music, playing his sax and clarinet, and travelling.
It is well known that Hull York Medical School (HYMS) conducts world-class research and has an extensive network of doctors and scientists who work closely with students. For a number of years now, medical students have been encouraged to get even more involved in this field via different means: one of these is the INSPIRE project.

Welcome to the Beverley Science Café

19 September 2016

Alexandra Abel is a third year medical student at HYMS. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and ukulele playing.

Have you been looking for an informal get-together to talk about science over a coffee (or something stronger)? Well, look no further than the Beverley Science Café: our local Hull branch of the international network Café Scientifique. This unique monthly science escape aims to present the latest “hot-button” topics in science and technology in a way that is accessible for everyone, while encouraging questions and informal discussion.

My elective on the Isle of Tiree

06 September 2016
Catherine Lawrence is a 5th year medical student at HYMS, budding GP and part-time balloon modeller. When not hard at work, she can be found hiking, bouldering or camping with her Cubs or Guides.
I am not a windsurfer, I don’t know anything about crofting, and I don’t know what a corncrake is; I have also never listened to a song by Skipinnish, so I might be forgiven for never having heard of the Isle of Tiree. When the time came to think about an elective, I had no ideas. On a panicked Saturday afternoon, I remembered my interest in rural general practice, and after a couple hours of ‘googling’ I was set on an elective to Scotland, specifically the Scottish Islands. Long story short, seven months later, I was climbing aboard a tiny Twin Otter plane in Glasgow, bound for the Isle of Tiree.

My first day as an FY1

22 August 2016
Ashley Holt is a brand new FY1 doctor working at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. He graduated from HYMS this year.
“So you’re working on HPB? My apologies…” This line seems to be a running theme of my induction week as I enter my F1 year. Everyone I speak to, from consultants to reception staff (and memorably, one taxi driver), knows the hepato-billary/pancreatic wards as an incredibly tough place to work – the sort of place a junior doctor shivers to hear the name of, where the days are long and the patients invariably very sick. This was to be my first job, fresh from medical school, just a few days out from my graduation and a few months after my finals.

Broken Little Robots: an uplifting play about depression

11 July 2016
The Roaring Girls (@theroaringgirls) were interviewed by Alexandra Abel (@alexandraabel).
Three Drama graduates from the University of Hull are bringing fear, anxiety, and depression to The Hull Truck Theatre this week with their show 'Broken Little Robots'… but they are also bringing optimism, celebration, and hope for the future.

#HYMSAwards Ceremony at KC Stadium was #flawless

26 May 2016
Mazin Eragat is a final year medical student at HYMS and intercalated in Urgent & Emergency Care BSc at Plymouth University. He will be returning to the south and working in South East London for his foundation years.
Forget the Met Gala; on Thursday 26th April, the Hull KC Stadium was the place to be. After three years of separate regional events, the glitzy Teaching Excellence Awards evening united all five corners of the HYMS globe for the first time – without the need for video link! And where better to host this extravaganza than in the City of Culture 2017 (sorry-not-sorry, York)?