First Wales Medical Undergraduate Conference

Ashley Yarrow-Jenkins, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Rupali Shah, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Rhiannon Lampard, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Ben Stone, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Felicity Cooksey, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Friday 23rd November saw the First Wales Medical Undergraduate Conference take place at the Michael Griffiths Building, University Hospital of Wales. Jointly organised by Cardiff University and Meducation - a community of over 23,000 medical students and doctors, who by sharing their knowledge, ideas and experiences, endeavour to facilitate learning medicine.

Head of the Organising Committee and event founder Thomas Lemon welcomed delegates to the event before handing over to the co-Founders of New Media education, Dr Alastair Buick and Mr Jeremy Walker for an exciting opening speech, the afternoon saw medical students gather from all over the UK and Ireland, even Hungary and Italy, to showcase their work.

Over 100 poster & oral presentations on research, audits & reflective writing were judged by a team of esteemed Doctors, Academics and industry experts. Students submitted work in categories which included cardiovascular research; primary care; novel research; social research; and community collaboration. Prizes included the Cardiovascular Research Group Cymru Medical Student Prize, the Wesleyan Best Audit Prize, the MDU Most Original Research Prize and the BMA Peer Reviewed Poster Prize.

More than 300 people attended, with over 100 posters, and 15 oral presentations taking place. Along with the Dean of the Medical school (Professor Paul Morgan), the key note speaker, Professor Patricia Price, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Cardiff, took delight in seeing such an event take place. Her address focused on the future directions of Cardiff University, and of education as a whole, providing future inspiration and encouragement for medical students progressing through their training.
It was great to see such large representation from so many students in its first year. The intention is for the number of participants to increase as the event returns in future years. It would be fantastic to have even greater numbers of students from other universities in the country to travel to Cardiff and present their work, thereby linking medical students and their research nationally.

The Meducation team endeavour to inspire first year students to get involved early, providing emphasis that a longevity in showing interest outside their core curriculum and being proactive in leading their own research, will have many personal benefits for their future career prospects and their roundedness as they grow into medical professionals.

Wales Medical Undergraduate Photo 1

Figure 1: Left to right: Thomas Lemon (Cardiff Meducation Chairman), Zoltán Cserháti (University of of Debrecen), Dr Alastair Buick (co -Founder Meducation), Jeremy Walker (co- Founder Meducation)

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Figure 2: Left to right: Professor Patricia Price (Pro Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University), Zacharia Warsame (one of the prize winners), Professor Paul Morgan (Dean of Medicine, Cardiff University)