A welcome from the President - Alicia Paessler 

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Hi everyone!

 

Welcome to the Paediatric Society at Brighton and Sussex Medical School’s (BSMS) website! I am very excited and honoured to be undertaking the role of President for this amazing society this year.

 

The Paediatric Society is one of the most active societies at BSMS. Our main aim is to ensure there are many opportunities available for students to get involved, participate, and find out more about this unique speciality. We often host a variety of events throughout the year with many chances to explore paediatrics, whilst allowing us to raise money for our amazing charities.

 

We are extremely grateful for our generous sponsorship since our establishment and this has enabled the society to provide educational and networking opportunities which support the student curriculum. Throughout the year, we spend a lot of time fundraising for our chosen charities; Whoopsadaisy, Make A Smile and Amaze.

 

This year will be the 11th year of us hosting the National Student Paediatric Conference (NSPC) which we have proudly hosted since 2012, followed by an evening ball. While we are hoping this event will take place in person this year while being compliant with any covid restrictions; we are planning backup options to host this conference online if we need to. We have lots of exciting things planned this year and some great speakers which I think you will enjoy tremendously and give you a great insight into the world of Paediatrics. Please check out our 'Conference' page for more information.

 

Our participation in the Europe-wide initiative ‘Teddy Bear Hospital’, which aims to prevent and combat “white coat syndrome” in young children has been enthusiastically received by local primary schools in the last few years. Each year we have a fantastic amount of student volunteers delivering interactive sessions including raising awareness of asthma and allergy amongst children, inspired by the charitable work of Haydn’s Wish. Two years ago, we expanded our scheme to include students in Year 6, with the same aim of combatting “white coat syndrome”, which involved using our medical equipment, demonstrating the cardiovascular system and learning history taking. Again, our ability to run these sessions this year is dependent on government advice and restrictions in place, however we are hopeful these events can happen in person, but again have prepared some virtual sessions too if they are needed.

 

We are also hoping to finally get our very own Fun Team up and running that will allow our students to interact and play with inpatients at The Alex. Stay tuned for more updates on this!

 

For more information about our events or how to get involved with us, explore our website, follow us on social media, or contact the committee directly via email.

 

Alicia Paessler

PaedSoc President 2021/2022