A welcome from the President - Izzy Templeton
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 opportunities which support the student curriculum. Throughout the year, we spend a lot of time fundraising for our chosen charities; Haydn’s wish, Whoopsadaisy and Rockinghorse Children’s charity.
This year would be the 10th year of us hosting the National Student Paediatric Conference (NSPC) which we have proudly hosted since 2012, followed by an evening ball. We aim to continue it this year, with plans to host it in May 2021, however this depends on government guidelines and restrictions in place at the time, which are hard to predict and plan for. If the conference is unable to happen, we plan to host a series of virtual or socially distanced talks and workshops with a range of speakers as an alternative. Although we still hope to run our conference, we hope these alternate arrangements will still provide an equivalent experience, and give an insight into the world of Paediatrics.
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 interactice sessions including raising awareness of asthma and allergy amongst children, inspired by the charitable work of Haydn’s Wish. Last year, 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 planning to adapt these sessions so they can run socially distanced, virtually, and in Assembly’s.
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.
PaedSoc President 2020/2021