Arts, Music & Other Societies
The Black Bag
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The Black Bag has been the Medical Student Magazine since 1937. Published twice every year, we are the voice of both students and alumni. Initially designed by the Faculty of Medicine as a scholastic publication, the Black Bag was taken over by students in the 1970s and replaced with a slightly less-polished perspective on the raucous life of medical students. Today, our articles range from the informative to the satirical, providing a platform for both thought-provoking discussion and comical musings. We look to reflect on the wide variety of Galenicals sub-societies (sports, music, drama) as well as to evaluate (and lampoon) the current state of the Bristol Medical School and the world of medicine. The Black Bag are always looking for contributors. If you are interested in writing for us or providing material, please email:
Arts in Medicine
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We know that there is more to medicine than anatomy and physiology, but it doesn’t always feel that way. We know that medics are multifaceted people by necessity. (We wrote personal statements too). We also know that many medics – in pursuing a scientific career – have unfortunately felt the need to leave the arts behind. At Bristol University Arts in Medicine Society, we seek to cater to the polymath by cultivating the artist, historian, and philosopher in you. We organise talks about a variety of topics, trips to places of interest, and an annual exhibition in a local gallery where we showcase the work of our members and other students. If you have a love for art, literature, history, philosophy, music, film, or any other creative pursuit, we would love to meet you! Send us an email or come and visit us at Medics’ Freshers to get involved.
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We are BME Medics - a group all about building a network among medical students of diverse ethnic backgrounds! We host a wide range of events throughout the year for all stundents to engage with; from chilled-out socials, to informative panel events about issues effecting minority ethnic communities, as well as everything in-between! Not only are we passionate about building community, we are very keen on educating people about BME healthcare matters which do not get covered on our curriculum, as well as reaching out into our local community and encouraging BAME students to consider medicine as a careerpath for them, whilst engaging in fun activities! To find out more about BME Medics and to get involved, log on to our website (bmemedics.co.uk), follow our Facebook/Twitter/Instagram (@BMEMedics) or send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to meeting you!
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Galenicals choir is a large group of enthusiastic medics that meet every Saturday to sing a wide range of music from classical to pop covers. Over the last year we have had the pleasure of singing for patients and staff at the BRI, for our fellow students at our yearly Carol Concert and even at a wedding! We welcome anybody who wants to join us, so please come along and enjoy an hour of singing and a chat with tea and cake. Join our facebook group - Galenicals Choir.
Christian Medical Fellowship
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The Christian Medical Fellowship unites and equips Christian doctors and nurses to live and speak for Jesus Christ. We were formed in 1949 and currently have over 4,000 UK doctors and around 800 UK medical students as members. The Bristol group comprises Christian medical students plus doctors. We meet to get to know each other across the five years of the medical school and pray together. We meet termly with the doctors for dinner and for the Human Journey (an ethics course which looks biblically at issues from life to death). We usually head to the Student Conference once a year.
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LGBT+ Health Matters is an exciting and inclusive new society aiming to make medical students aware of the needs of the LGBT+ community in healthcare. We aspire to challenge prejudices, inspire activists and encourage tolerance and respect within the medical school. If you would like to get involved please email or if you're interested in attending one of our events or wish to benefit from our informative bulletins, follow us on facebook @LGBTHealthMattersUoB or Instagram @LGBTHealthMatters.
Muslim Medics Bristol
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Muslim Medics is a student-led society which endeavours to be guided by positive and inclusive values to create a sense of community amongst all medical students. Muslim Medics have been involved in hosting a variety of events during the past year encompassing both the academic and social sides of medicine. We ensure that students are supported throughout the demanding and simultaneously rewarding course! One of the main highlights from last year was our sell-out evening discussing paediatric healthcare in the UK and how students and healthcare professionals can get involved to help tackle these concerns and networking with professionals in the sector. We were very fortunate to have the CEO of Barnardo’s, Javed Khan and Dr David Grant (President of SESAM) attend and give fantastic insights into these issues. As a committee we recognise the importance of not only paving our chosen career pathways but also ensuring we are enjoying the process and having fun! You can therefore be sure to expect many entertaining and enjoyable social events where you will get to know peers from all years and backgrounds. We also have been heavily involved in supporting charitable causes such as our incubator appeal last year and successfully promote and campaign for better healthcare globally.
Medical Rewind (History of Medicine Society)
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So you've chosen Bristol Medical School and you've joined Galenicals, but have you ever wondered who Galen actually was? If you're not willing to let your school history studies become history themselves, then Medics Rewind is the society for you! Come and join us in our founding year as we journey back in time, bringing you new knowledge and all the gruesome details of medicine's gory past in the form of talks, film nights, pub quizzes and much much more. And if that's not enough, there will be exciting opportunities to join our committee and discover even more about the city you now call home. If this sounds right up your cobbled street, sign up at Medics Fresh or send us a messenger pigeon (via email), and get ready to hit rewind!
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Galenicals orchestra is a group of music loving medics who come together every Saturday to rehearse and perform a wide repertoire of music from Ligeti to West Side Story. We have the opportunity to showcase our hard work at the Christmas Carol Concert and our Spring Soiree as well as other performances throughout the year along with the choir. We are a relaxed group who welcome all abilities so please come along! Join our facebook group - Galenicals Orchestra.
Peer to Peer Teaching (P2P)
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Bristol P2P Teaching is a student-led project within Bristol Medical School. It is an opportunity for Year 1 students to meet senior Bristol students, go over content at a considerate pace and in a friendly environment, and discuss any worrying pastoral issues. Bristol P2P teaching runs regular weekend revision sessions for Year 1 students, taught by students in Years 2-5. P2P also runs one-off teaching/revision events for other year groups, such as a Year 2 Mock OSCE.
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Bristol Medics' Wine Tasting Society
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