The Aneurythms

Enjoy singing? Want to join the funnest society in Osler? We are Oxford’s premier all-female, all-medic a cappella group. Founded in February 2014 we rehearse around once a week and this year have performed at balls, garden parties and charity gigs in Oxford (with regular socials of course). We will be holding auditions in September for new singers and beatboxers – all experience levels and voice styles welcome but enthusiasm is essential! Please email us if you are interested in joining and like our facebook!

Doctors of the World

Doctors of the World at Oxford is a campaign group completely led and run by students with the aim of raising awareness and funds for Doctors of the World (DOTW). DOTW has been on the frontline during many of the most recent major humanitarian and medical crises. They operate in 80 countries and have over 400 aid providing projects ranging from the Ebola epidemic to the Syrian refugee crisis. In the UK they maintain a clinic in Bethnal Green, London, for undocumented individuals, with similar pilot programmes expanding to Hackney and Brighton.

We’ll be aiming to organise talks from various professionals who’ve had first-hand experience of these crises; already we’ve had Prof Chris Bulstrode (an Ebola specialist), and Dr Chris van Tullekan, (renowned Infectious Diseases specialist, and TV presenter). These speakers provide some great information as to how we can get involved with humanitarian medicine, and also offer the chance to meet some of the biggest names in humanitarian medicine. Get in touch to keep updated with our events!

Elective Buddy Scheme

Run by Clare Smedley and Karen Pollard Want to make new friends? Keen to improve the experience of an Elective student visiting Oxford? Sign up to be an Oxford Elective Buddy! The “Buddy Scheme” aims to match Elective students coming to Oxford with a buddy, who can introduce them to the social life of the Medical School and answer any questions they might have. Being a buddy is a small time commitment and only requires you to get in touch with the student before they arrive and perhaps meet up with them early in their placement. The program has received excellent feedback and can make a big difference to those coming to Oxford for an Elective. If you are interested in becoming an Elective buddy, or if you have any questions, please send us an email.

Health Equity Society

Contact Harriet Brown, or Kinda Al-Hourani

The Health Equity Society is a new society set up to discuss issues around health inequality and their solutions, and equip students with the skills and confidence to treat patients from a wide range of backgrounds. Last year we ran successful events on new perspectives on weight, food and health and a one-day conference on the health of refugees. This year we've got a range of events planned, most importantly a teaching day for medical students, junior doctors and GP trainees on Transgender Healthcare in the spring. Come and chat to us if you want to find out more about out events or get involved.

Hugh Cairns Surgical Society
President – Jonathan Attwood
Trustees of The Hugh Cairns Surgical Foundation: Mr. Ashok Handa, Ms. Carolyn Cook, Dr. Jignesh Tailor

Sir Hugh William Bell Cairns (1896-1952) was a key figure in the development of neurosurgery in the United Kingdom and pioneered the management of head injury. In doing so, Hugh Cairns illustrated how the value of evidence-based surgical practice can be fully explored. His namesake society (established over a decade ago) recognises his remarkable contribution to the field of public health, as well as to the formation of the modern Oxford University Medical School itself.

The Hugh Cairns Surgical Society is dedicated to two joint purposes: educating Oxford medical students about the possibilities of a surgical career, and raising money for the charitable Hugh Cairns Surgical Foundation. The Society holds regular themed seminars in different surgical specialties with expert speakers and provides educational resources for all clinical years. Its flagship event is without doubt the annual Surgical Skills Varsity Competition against Cambridge University Surgical Society, held in November.

The Foundation is dedicated to raising money to allow Oxford medical students to teach basic surgical skills whilst on elective, particularly in developing countries. Through the organisation of various events, notably the annual Society Dinner, this charitable initiative has already raised over £3000. This is the first such scheme of its kind in the United Kingdom and should provide a model for other medical schools to follow in the future.

We would encourage you all to join the Society to maximise your exposure to what is a dynamic and varied area of clinical practice. Please email us to join the mailing list.


Do you like volunteering with kids? Do you want to gain valuable experience working with people who have special needs? Do you want to make lots of friends at the same time? Then why not give KEEN a try?

For the last 28 years KEEN has brought fun and social opportunities to children and adults with special needs. We run lots of sports, drama and craft sessions during University term time, for a range of different age groups, along with extra activities like swimming and rock climbing! KEEN is a zero-commitment charity: you can come to as many or as few sessions as you like, and you don’t need to let us know in advance. It's likely you may get hooked, however, as not only are you sure to love our sessions, you'll probably also enjoy the social side of volunteering. We end up in the pub or G&D's after most sessions, and to get you started your first drink or ice cream is free! We're sure you won't regret coming along and look forward to welcoming you to the KEEN family. If you’d like more information feel free to take a look at our website, Otherwise you can email our co-ordinator, Paul, at

Magic Beans

Our vision is a world where all children can believe in magic. We visit the children’s wards at the John Radcliffe Hospital once a week to perform magic to the children, as well as their families and nurses. We aim to brighten up the children’s days by bringing magic into what can otherwise be a scary and unhappy experience in hospital. The Magic Beans is a student-led social enterprise in Oxford. We are recruiting and training more people to take part in the hospital performances, and are planning to expand the project to other local hospitals and wards in the John Radcliffe Hospital. Our volunteers also perform publicly as part of our fundraising efforts. We are always keen to have new people involved, and no experience of magic is required! The time commitment is very flexible and you can get involved in many ways, from performing for children in the hospital to performing at balls. If you are interested in performing magic we will assign you a mentor to help you get to grips with performing, but don’t worry, we have magic that ANYONE can perform! You can find out more about us at

If you’d like to get involved, drop us an email at

Newsom-Davis Neurological Society

Whether you are interested in neurology or neurosurgery, or have no idea what you want to be, and are just interested in how the brain works, this society is for you! We will be having a range of exciting events throughout the year, from speakers to journal clubs, careers advice, revision sessions and more. Oxford is such a hub of discoveries and research but its hard as a student to get involved, so the society is a great way for students to meet clinicians and researchers. As a new society we’d love to hear any suggestions, so to join the mailing list, or for any further information, get in touch!

Osler Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF)

We are a group of medical students who love to meet together to discuss issues of faith and medicine, usually over some kind of meal. We have events for those who are interested in learning more about Christianity and also for those who want to consider how to practise medicine in light of their faith. Examples of our gatherings include lunchtime discussion groups, dinners with interesting speakers, brunches with local Christian doctors, and our largest and most exciting event, the annual Christmas Carol service! We would love for you to come along, and if you’re new to Oxford and looking for a church please get in touch and we will try to help you find the right place.


President: Elanor Watts

OxEye is Osler House's Ophthalmological Society. Many diseases produce distinctive eye pathology, and a basic knowledge of eye signs is incredibly useful for doctors working in all specialities. As such, OxEye runs events aiming to teach all medical students key signs to recognise in the eye, the important (but largely under-practised) skill of fundoscopy, as well as smaller, more focussed events for anyone interested in a career in ophthalmology, including revision sessions in the run-up to the Duke Elder prize examination.

Oxford Cardiovascular Society

HeartSoc is a newly-founded society with a focus on all things cardiovascular! We’ll be aiming to put on a number of events throughout the next academic year, including teaching sessions useful for both fourth years and finalists, a host of speaker events, and careers evenings. Whether you have a long-standing interest in cardiology, or just want to explore the subject further, we’d heart-ily (if you’ll excuse the pun) recommend you come along and get involved!

Oxford Critical Care and Anaesthetics Society


OxCCAS is a quickly growing student run society looking at all things anaesthetic and critical care related. We host regular talks and have occasional skills sessions to get your hands on the fancy kit. It’s a great way to get some exposure to a little taught specialty and see if anaesthetics or critical care is right for you. Come find us at the Freshers’ Fair to get on the mailing list, ask us any questions and let us know you’ll be coming. Look forward to seeing you there.

Oxford DermSoc

Oxford DermSoc is an exciting, new society that has been set up for all of those considering a possible career in Dermatology, or for those with a burgeoning interest in this speciality. We will be running multiple events throughout the coming academic year, focussing on revision events for the fifth year MegaOSCE. All are welcome to join the society, and we look forward to seeing you at our events.

Oxford Forum for Medical Humanities

The Oxford Forum for Medical Humanities was established in 2003 by a group of postgraduate students across several disciplines in Oxford to promote, and create an environment for, the interdisciplinary discussion of topics relating to Medical Humanities. All are welcome to join the society, and we look forward to seeing you at our events. Contact email: Facebook group:

Oxford Global Health Group (OGHG)

Michael Gach,
Abhijeet Tavare,

The Oxford Global Health Group is a student-run society that primarily aims to promote interest in international health issues. We host weekly seminars during term time with guest speakers talking on a wide range of global health topics. We also run an annual careers’ fair and raise money for various medical charities. Notable past speakers include Lord Nigel Crisp (former Chief Executive of the NHS), Susan Wright (Director of Doctors of the World UK), Professor Sir Richard Peto (Co-director of the Clinical Trial Service Unit at Oxford University), and Professor Alan Fenwick (Director of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative). Please visit our website ( to join the mailing list, subscribe to the podcast, and find out about upcoming events!

Oxford Marrow
President: Daniel Jones

Marrow is a student run organisation that aims to give every UK student the opportunity to join the Anthony Nolan register. The Anthony Nolan register provides lifesaving donors for people needing a bone marrow transplant. Marrow groups operate in over 30 universities and activities include organising bone marrow donor recruitment clinics, raising funds and raising awareness. Marrow presently recruits about 33% of new donors and raises thousands of pounds for these lifesaving activities. We are looking for volunteers to help us recruit donors and raise awareness for Oxford Marrow. We hold multiple donor recruitment events throughout the year at Oxford colleges and societies. We are also looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our committee. Any questions, please send us an email - we’d love to hear from you!

Oxford Medical Ethics and Discussion Group

President: George Gillett,

Oxford Medical Ethics Discussion Group is a new initiative aiming to encourage debate and discussion surrounding ethical issues in medicine. Throughout the year, we'll be holding relaxed and informal sessions to discuss contemporary ethical issues, as well as clinical scenarios that you might face during your career. We'll be inviting researchers to discuss their work and provide an introduction to their field, and are also hoping to offer some help with preparing for your ethics OSCE stations.

Everyone is welcome - whether you're keen to get involved in the debate or just want to listen to an interesting discussion about an ethical issue. To find out more, get in touch ( or find us on Facebook (search "Medical Ethics and Debating Society (MEDS) Oxford”).

Oxford Medical Leadership Forum

President: James Taylor

The importance of strong leadership and good management in healthcare has been highlighted by almost every report into failings within the NHS, and doctors are being encouraged to take on more responsibility for designing and running the system in which they work. Experience and understanding of the role of leadership in health care is a learning objective for the Foundation Programme, and is vital for gaining entry to competitive higher training programmes. The Oxford Medical Leadership Form is a society which aims to promote the importance of leadership and management in healthcare to medical students and junior doctors, and to provide them with opportunities to engage with and learn about this important aspect of their future career. We run a programme of talks, seminars, and workshops throughout the year, and collaborate with other programmes in Oxford to run joint events and provide access to shadowing programmes, where students can see first-hand what clinical and non-clinical managers do on a day-to-day basis. Previous speakers included Sir Jonathan Michael, Chief Executive of Oxford University Hospitals; Professor Sir Neil Douglas, Chair of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management; and Gina Shakespeare, Chair of the local Clinical Commissioning Group. For more information and to join our mailing list visit our website at, or like us on Facebook:

Oxford Medical School Gazette

The Oxford Medical School Gazette (OMSG) is the oldest medical school journal in the world. The Gazette is a triannual publication written, designed and produced by the nerdiest students of Oxford Medical School for the enjoyment of students, doctors, alumni and academics.

We welcome articles on all things medical: exciting breakthroughs, ethical dilemmas, patient reflections - you name it. This year, we want to hear your opinions; if you have something new and (/or) controversial to say, let's get the discussion started. The Gazette also publishes book and film reviews, so get in touch if you've read or watched something worth talking about.

If you have any ideas in the coming year - even if they're just shower thoughts - we're always happy to chat and help you develop them into a published piece; just send us an email at Find us at:

Look forward to hearing from you soon!

Giles Neal and Philly Lip, OMSG Editors 2016

Oxford Medical Videos

Contact: David Rowland and Jamie Arberry,

Have you always wanted to be a star, have your name in lights and perform to a worldwide audience? Worried about your acting and movie making career whilst at medical school? Then Oxford Medical Videos is definitely for you! OMV is an online Oxford medical student lead project with its own Youtube channel where there are 25 videos on trauma scenarios, practical skills and clinical examinations. These are all scripted, acted and produced by Oxford medical students and this year the OMV team are more excited than ever to make more high-quality educational videos! Check out the OMV Youtube channel and if you have any further questions or think you might be interested in getting involved, then please feel free to email Jamie

Oxford Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society (OXOGS)

Contact: Secretary – Grace Petkovic,
Our website is
Our Facebook page is

Whether you’re interested in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a potential career, wondering how to do O&G abroad in 5th year or for elective, or just trying to pass your 5th year exams, we have an event for you! Our events for the next academic year include an information evening on O&G abroad, teaching sessions for 5th year students, and fascinating talks on the whole breadth of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. All events will include plentiful refreshments and an opportunity to meet others with an interest in O&G. Get in touch with Grace Petkovic for more details or to join the mailing list!

Oxford Oncology and Immunotherapy Society (OxOnIt)

Email: President: Saumya George,

OxOnIt is a new society which will be providing an Oxford forum for all things oncology and immunotherapy.

  • Think you may be interested in oncology or immunotherapy?
  • Want to keep uptodate with the most rapidly advancing areas of medicine?
  • Unsure how personalised medicine may affect you in your practice? Then OxOnIt is for you!

The treatment of cancer is one of the best funded areas of medicine and one where research is critical to daily practice. At Oxford, many of us feel that we don’t know enough about cancer in the clinical setting - we are here to change that. Already patients’ lives have been transformed by immunotherapy in certain fields - rheumatology in particular has taken leaps and bounds since the advent of immunotherapeutic agents. As a member of OxOnIt you will be able to explore immunotherapy in oncology and rheumatology, the fields where the future is happening today.

We will be running regular talks, career events and promoting and creating academic opportunities throughout the year, involving leading clinical researches, doctors and those whose day-to-day work is OnIt. We also hope to facilitate students attending clinics and treatment sessions as well as increasing exposure to all the services on offer to cancer and rheumatology patients run by charities and OUH. For more information contact us at or email Saumya George at

Oxford Psychiatric Society

The Oxford Psychiatric Society is a recently formed society that aims to support medical students with interests in the exciting subjects of psychiatry and neurology. We will be running talks, debates, trips around the UK, celebrity meets and greets, career advice, Christmas Dinner at Dr Price’s pub, and revision training throughout the year. If you are interested in taking part, please email me.

Contact email:
Facebook group:

Oxford Society for Medicine (OSM)

“The Society that no Oxford student can afford to ignore” Dr. Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet, 2009

The Oxford Society for Medicine hosts university-wide events promoting discussion on a wide range of issues in medicine, inviting high-profile speakers to speak on topics ranging from basic science research, to career planning and health policy. We have recently had the honour of hosting distinguished speakers such as Sir John Bell, Professor Parveen Kumar, Sir Richard Thompson, Dr Fiona Godlee, Dr Hilary Cass, and Mr Babulal Sethia. Stay tuned for more events by joining our mailing list, or by liking our Facebook page.


Do contact us about committee opportunities, or if you have any thoughts on what OSM can do for you!

Oxford Society of Paediatrics

President: Katie Ramsden
Secretary: Roshni Mansfield,
Mailing List:

Are you interested in a career in paediatrics? Do you want to volunteer with children? Would you like to be connected with doctors and academics involved in paediatrics? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then the Oxford Society of Paediatrics is for you! The society hosts speaker and fundraising events throughout the year including talks on electives and careers in paediatrics, as well as specialist clinical and academic events. We also have a conference entirely dedicated to paediatrics coming up in November! We host student-run revision sessions to help prepare students for their paediatric exams. As well, we have two associated sub-societies: Teddy Bear Hospital and Play Helpers, which give you the chance to teach and play with children.
If you like the sound of the society you may wish to take a look at our website, subscribe to our mailing list and like our facebook page in order to stay up to date with the society’s activities!

The Oxford Society for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

President: Harsh.Samarendra,

Who are we?

OxPRAS (Oxford Society for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery) is a society for medical students and doctors interested in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. What do we do? Our aim is to encourage and foster interest in plastic surgery. This is achieved via a number of different platforms including speaker events, skills events and our pilot mentorship scheme. We host talks from esteemed clinicians covering a wide-range of topics from the role of plastic surgery in the third-world to modern techniques and research. We are also involved in running a national skills event: Basic Surgical Skills and Principles in Plastic Surgery. This is a fantastic event which includes practice at knot tying, suturing, excision and grafting, tendon repair and flap design. Our pilot mentorship scheme is designed to connect medical students with senior clinicians working within the speciality.

How do I get involved?

Please email us to join the mailing list and like our facebook page ( to keep up to date with our events. A new committee is elected annually.

Oxford Society of Sports and Exercise Medicine and Orthopadics (OSSEMO)

Jonathan Wood,

Want to work as part of a medical team in sport in the future? Are you keen to work in a competitive field with people striving for excellence? Or are you just fed up of being on a sports field with everyone staring at you - the medical student, but not knowing what to do? Then the Oxford Society of Sports and Exercise Medicine & Orthopaedics is for you!

What can OSSEMO offer?

  1. Multi-disciplinary educational events hearing from doctors, surgeons, physiotherapists and sport-scientists
  2. Practical courses such as taping, massage and first-aid
  3. Opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and create a network of people with a shared passion
  4. Opportunities for SEM work-experience and help with elective placements, with links to Football clubs including Southampton, Oxford United and Manchester United and Rugby clubs including London Irish and Saracens
  5. An opportunity to join an exciting emerging field and contribute to contemporary research

Oxford Society for Women in Medicine

Formed in 2016, The Oxford Society for Women in Medicine focuses on issues relating to women's health and women in healthcare professions. Acting as an intersection between healthcare and feminism we run discussion sessions and talks. We are open to all (any gender / none) so like us on Facebook or send us a message to find out more and get involved!,

Oxford University Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma Society (OxPHEM)

We are a group of Oxford clinical medical students with a strong interest in pre-hospital care and major trauma. As well as organising an annual national conference in Oxford, co-ordinating the Student First Responders scheme and helping to run a Special Study Module for 6th year students, we also regularly host speaker events and run practical skills sessions.

Members of the Society are regularly invited to work as first aiders at mass events, festivals and stadia providing invaluable pre-hospital experience as well as a source of income. Students will also have opportunities to volunteer as observers/helpers on training courses for senior A&E doctors and Air Ambulance Paramedics, be that out in the field or in the OxSTAR simulators.

For more information, contact Sam Barrow Do also visit our website ( which has a lot more information on the current activities of the Society.

PLAY HELPERS (Part of the Oxford Society of Paediatrics)

Are you considering a career in paediatrics? Do you love playing with kids? Are you terrified of interacting with children and hope to get over that fear? If yes to any of the above, come and join us for our Play Helper sessions! Play Helper sessions involve playing with children who are waiting for their out patients appointment in the John Radcliffe Hospital. There will be a fellow student to guide you through the session, so don’t worry about not knowing what to do! No long term commitment required so if in doubt, just give it a try!

Teddy Bear Hospital

Teddy Bear Hospital is a medical student volunteer-run venture in association with the Oxford Society of Paediatrics.

We aim to improve children’s understanding of health and healthcare through a series of games and workshops in local schools aiming to familiarise children with the equipment and processes involved in seeing a medical professional. We teach 4-7 year olds about healthy living, exercise and diet and what it’s like to go to the doctor, through a series of games and activities including a make-believe GP surgery, where children act as parents and bring their teddies with an illness to be treated. We also give the children a chance to experiment and play with routine medical equipment such as stethoscopes.

We visit schools every few weeks. Each session will be within easy cycling distance, and takes up a couple of hours of your time. If you are interested in paediatrics, or simply up for having fun, are energetic and enthusiastic and would like to get involved or know more, please email: The current TBH co-ordinators are 6th year students, Olivia Cundy and Chloe Duke. Feel free to get in contact with us too, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have! You can also have a look at our website, which is part of the OSOP web page (

Sexpression Oxford

Sexpression Oxford is a branch of the charity Sexpression:UK, a national network of student-led initiatives that aim to empower young people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. This is achieved through our student volunteers, who lead sessions in local schools. We cover topics such as puberty, body image and self esteem, sex and relationships, STIs, contraception, drugs and alcohol, and consent. Plus, we have a new LGBTQ+ lesson plan which we hope to pilot this year in schools.

Volunteering for Sexpression Oxford is low commitment. Once volunteers have received training provided by us, they can sign up on a session-by-session basis depending on their availability. However, there is always room to get more involved and in addition to our work in schools we also organise events in the university. For example last year we ran a number of panel discussions, on topics such as HIV stigma. Plus, we have socials where you can meet other people who are interested in sex and relationships education (SRE). Non-jugdemental and reliable SRE is vital, but this is not always available in schools. Think back to your own school sex education, could it have been better? We are always looking for more volunteers so we can provide the best possible sessions to empower young people to make informed choices.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions then please get in touch with Miranda and Nadia (Co-ordinators).

Email us: Or visit the Sexpression Oxford Facebook page.

Student First Responders

Do you want to save lives as a medical student? Do you want to drive a South Central Ambulance Service marked car? Do you want to play with £5,000 worth of kit including defibrillators, oxygen cylinders and airway adjuncts? Do you want to engage with the local community?

If the answer to any of the above is yes, then keep on reading!

The Oxford Student First Responder (SFR) scheme is a unique partnership between the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH) and the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS): Oxford medical students can sign up to be Student First Responders with SCAS responding to patients with Category A, life-threatening medical emergencies in the Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire communities. The scheme is being run by SCAS in its entirety and they have provided the students with uniforms and a marked vehicle and have trained us to Community First Responder standard. All liability and insurance is covered by SCAS as with other Community First Responder schemes, which are open to any member of the public.

How does it work?

– Students go ‘on call’ in a marked SCAS car and are posted at a location around Oxfordshire, dependent on where there is operational demand – When a call comes in nearby, just as in an ambulance, the control system in the vehicle directs students to the location – Students arrive on scene and can perform life-saving interventions including airway manoeuvres, administration of oxygen and defibrillation before the ambulance crew arrives

As well as being a fantastic opportunity for us all to engage with the local community, this is another great opportunity for all of you interested in any of the acute medical specialties, particularly pre-hospital emergency medicine.

How can I find out more? Email or speak to the student co-ordinators of the scheme, Jen Todd, Ross McLaren and Liam Loftus.

The Ultrasounds

The Ultrasounds are an all-male, all-medic a cappella group. We perform at events throughout the university, town and country, including events aimed at clinical students. We have in our short 6-year existence been booked for gigs all around Oxford and the UK including MCR events, garden parties, weddings, a music festival in London and Tingewick events. We sing a wide range of modern music (check us out on Bandcamp/YouTube), usually arranged by one of our members, and we rehearse regularly throughout the year. If you’re interested in joining and would like to audition (or if you want to book us for an event!), please email Richard Sale


If you only read one bit of this guide, make sure it’s this one…


Welcome to the Clinical School and the wonderful world of Tingewick. Although our attempts to get the centrefold of the freshers booklet failed we did manage to GET THE ENTIRE HALL NAMED AFTER OUR SOCIETY. After that great advertising coup we’ll now answer all the questions you have about Tingewick, which we’ll assume are the following:

Tingewick? More like TingeWHAT?!

The Tingewick Society is a group of 5th years that puts on critically-acclaimed sell-out show, events and bops throughout the year. The annual Tingewick Pantomime is the highlight of the year for most clinical medics and also everyone else. Everything we do raises money for our fantastic charities: St Mungo’s Broadway ( and Plan International (

You may have spotted a whopping-big pink elephant wondering around the JR – that’s just Rita. She’s our friendly mascot who will be hunting you all down on Facebook over the coming weeks and inviting you to various events – add her as a friend! Check out our website for more info on what we do (

Christ this sounds amazing! How can I get involved?? You’re right, it is amazing, and that’s a very sensible question. TINGEWICK NEEDS YOU TO ACT, SING, DANCE, PLAY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, AND STAND AWKWARDLY AT THE BACK OF THE STAGE IN THIS YEAR’S PANTOMIME. EVERYBODY gets involved - the pantomime provides the perfect opportunity to meet people in your year that you may not have got the chance to previously. Can’t act? Tone-deaf? Two left feet? WE STILL WANT YOU!

Tell me exactly what to do, I want to be as involved as soon as possible You can sign up for auditions throughout Freshers’ fortnight when we’ll be holding a variety of events. We’ll also be popping into lectures to remind you of the exciting things we have planned for you.

What things? What things are planned?! One word – TINGEAID. The biggest event of Freshers’ Fortnight, a specially-written variety show and black tie dinner to help us raise money for all the costumes, props, celebrity appearance fees and pyrotechnic insurance we’ll need to make this year’s panto bigger and better than ever. Everybody in the year goes and it’s the traditional way to round-off the fortnight and get hyped for the pantomime. We’re running a bop at Osler House immediately afterwards, so make sure you’re there! It’s happening on Saturday 17th September so snap up your ticket soon! Rita will be in touch with all the details…

Until then, look out for us over the next couple of weeks and if you have any more questions feel free to pester Clare (our glorious leader and producer) as much as you want (

Enjoy Med Ed and we’ll see you soon! The Tingewick Firm 2016

The Speculum

The Speculum is a satirical magazine written for Oxford medical students, by Oxford medical students. Foundered in 1916, The Speculum was originally intended to be a forum in which “obstetric enthusiasts might share their passion for all things gynaecological”1. Such was the volume of obscene submissions however, that by Issue 3 the magazine was nothing more than “a filthy rag, containing very little (accurate) gynaecology indeed.”2 Nevertheless, subscriptions increased steadily.

Over its hundred year history, The Speculum has triggered and been subject to much change. In 1949, a schism within its editorial board led to the formation of the Oxford Medical School Gazette; whilst a particularly cutting cartoon in the November ’55 issue is said to have sparked the Vietnam War3.

In 2016 The Speculum moves from strength to strength. It accepts submissions of any form, on any subject. All pieces are published anonymously or pseudonymously, and you will find your monthly copy in Osler House.

Please send all submissions to

  1. The Speculum, Issue 1, July 1916
  2. Pronouncement of Dean of Oxford Medical School, September 1916
  3. The Memoirs of President Eisenhower, Penguin, London 1960


Oxford TRANSlational medicine For StudEnts (TRANSFuSE) is the Clinical School’s society for academic medicine. We organise monthly sessions (TRANSFuSions) where we invite a guest speaker to discuss their research with us. This usually involves going through some of the key papers in their field and discussing some of the strengths and weaknesses of the research. Not only is this a great opportunity to engage with some of the ground-breaking research done at Oxford, it’s a chance to practise critical appraisal (useful for applications to the Academic Foundation Programme).

TRANSFuSions are friendly, low-pressure, and usually attended by about 10 people; we provide wine and a selection of Marks and Spencer’s nibbles, helping you get your evening off to a good start!

As well as TRANSFuSions we send out regular emails, where we digest and summarise a key recent paper so you can get a STAT infusion of knowledge with minimal effort! Later in the year, we also organise talks and events for those interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine –keep your eyes peeled for more details soon!

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