School of Medicine students pick up prestigious prize at national surgical conference
Two second year students from the University of Dundee's School of Medicine attended the National Undergraduate Surgical and Trauma Conference earlier this month looking to learn more -- and left with a winners' medal.
Jamie McCluskey and Elizabeth Ramsay competed against final-year students from the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews to design a UN military field hospital using their knowledge of public and global health.
The hospital was to provide six months of healthcare for a population of 20,000 in a war-torn region of South Sudan. Jamie and Elizabeth were given one hour to decide on a location for their hospital, design its layout, consider appropriate staffing, and discuss its capabilities and facilities.
They were given no resources to help with the task, instead relying solely on their own prior knowledge and training.
After they were announced as the competition winners, Jamie and Elizabeth were presented with a Queen's Military Medal by Mr James Cameron, a retired surgeon to the Queen, who was awarded it in more than 20 years ago.
"Attending conferences with members of other medical schools gave us an eye-opener as to the different styles of teaching used by other universities. It showcased how effective the holistic approach to medicine in the Dundee curriculum is, and how it helps with lateral thinking."
"It was a really enjoyable day, and we were very pleased to have been presented with this award at the end of it."
"We think this shows how the high level of teaching at Dundee, especially in the areas of public and global health."
Dr Ellie Hothersall, Undergraduate Teaching Lead for Public Health at the University of Dundee, said:
"Our warmest congratulations to Jamie and Lizzie. We are delighted by their win. It is a tribute to them as excellent students, and the high quality teaching they have received at the School of Medicine."
The National Undergraduate Surgery and Trauma Conference is an annual event run by the Edinburgh Student Surgical Society in association with the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh [LINK].
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