Arts, Music & Other Societies
Arts in Medicine
President: Hayley Hall
The Arts in Medicine society is a platform for exploring the humanities and creative arts including philosophy, literature, history, drawing, crafts, theatre and music in relation to medicine. We hold many events throughout the year, from a regular reading group to the annual art exhibition. We have formed links with the new Centre for Health, Humanities and Science, meaning you’re in the right place to be engaging with the most interesting, debated and current research in the field. Come along to a social to meet like minded students in a relaxed and friendly environment and like us on social media to stay informed of interesting events and resources.
The Black Bag
President: Joanna Kondratowicz
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:
Presidents: Mary Oki, Eva Larkai, Ore Odubiyi
We are BME Medics, a community for students and professionals in healthcare! This is a platform which aims to bring together and elevate people from a BAME background, all while contributing to changing the scope of the future of healthcare.
President: Eleanor Hennebry
Galenicals Choir is an enthusiastic group of singers who cover a huge range of repertoire from Tallis to Queen and is a platform for soloists, composers and anyone who loves singing – so whether you read music or not, have sung before or want to try something new: come along! We perform a variety ranging from classical and choral music, to covers of the Pentatonix and we welcome all abilities and experience. We perform scratch concerts, Christmas and Easter concerts as well as getting stuck in with some of the more rollicking Medic events including the Christmas party, balls and the clinical revue. We rehearse at St. Paul’s church on Saturdays at 5pm and this year is already set to be packed with new, ambitious and exciting events!
Christian Medical Fellowship
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 weekly 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.
Managing Directors: Matt Edmunds & Alex Goodliff
Look out for the biggest night of the year in the Bristol Medical School calendar! Every year over 150 medical students put on a strip show in aid of the local charity Clic Sargent. At a sold out Bristol O2 academy, medical students from all years get their kit off for an incredibly worthwhile cause. Clic Sargent provides incredible support for children suffering with cancer, and helps limit the damage beyond their health. On the night we put on a number of different strip shows for both boys and girls, all with various themes. We have non-strip dances, semi-strip dances and finally the full-strip dances! This year’s show will be in March 2018, and we will be looking for new medics from all years to join us and participate in the biggest show ever! No dance experience is required, just bucket loads of enthusiasm. Last year we raised over £23,000 and want to beat that target this year. Like ‘CLICENDALES’ on Facebook, and look out for more information later in the year. Make sure you say hi at the freshers fair and check our facebook page for more info!
President: Paul Moore
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 (MMB)
Presidents: Shamus Butt
Muslim Medics is a student-led society aimed to fulfil an unmet need by using positive virtues and values to create a special sense of community of brotherhood and sisterhood within the medical sphere. The society provides academic and social activities and is open to people of all practicing faiths and none. We celebrate our similarities and uphold the positive contribution that Muslim healthcare professionals play in the role of the National Health Service. We also campaign for deserving charitable initiatives and help fundraise for these worthy causes addressing health inequalities.
We also offer socio-religious and pastoral support to those who seek it or are just intrigued through events, emails and circles. We’re a close-knit community creating a home away from home. As the Medical School exists a drop away from the central university, our goal is to fill this void and cater for our medical students. We are people from all backgrounds and welcome all with open arms; you do not have to be a Muslim to take part in MMB. We look forward to medical students becoming a part of this community and help us grow through attending our events!
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President: Eleanor Hennebry
Galenicals’ Orchestra is your chance to get stuck in with a fun, laid back and ambitious orchestra that works around the busy medic week performing a wide range of exciting works. We perform in the Christmas concert and Easter concert with plans for a scratch concert, charity fundraising and of course socials! We rehearse at St. Paul’s church on Saturdays at 4pm and in the past smaller ensembles have flourished from within the orchestra including a string quartet and a flute choir.
Peer to Peer Teaching (P2P)
Presidents: Charlotte Sandberg
Bristol P2P teaching runs regular weekend revision sessions for first year students, taught by students in years 2-5.
Are you in 1st year? Join the students group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bristolp2pteachingstudents/
Interested in being a tutor? Join the facebook group for updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bristolp2pteachingtutors/
Presidents: Ennan Naboth
Galenicals Theatre is our flourishing Drama Society with numerous acting and performance sub-societies, in which many (most) medics take part. There’s always opportunities to get something new going, too, so if you’re interested in writing or directing, keep your eye on the emails! It’s a brilliant way to make friends and meet students in other years and nearly all medics end up get involved with a show or two during their time at Bristol. We have our Galenicals Theatre society which will manage and produce our in-house productions, some of which you will find out more about below. It’s a brilliant way to make friends and meet students in other years and most medics end up get involved with a show or two during their time at Bristol. Want to know more? Or if you are interested in writing, directing, producing or tech email us at
Bristol Medics' Wine Tasting Society
Presidents: Scarlett Tankard & Ellie Harbinson
Welcome to Bristol Medical School! We are the Bristol Medis Wine Tasting Society and we host an annual event each year. The BMS wine tasting evening is always one of the biggest highlights of the year. Any BMS alumni will tell you that this event is one not to be missed. Each year there is a different theme organised by a new committee. However, the same foundations apply to each event, this includes a sommelier and unlimited supplies of wine for each guest. Yes, unlimited. We hope to see you there this year. Look out for posts in the galenical’s newsletters and please join our Facebook page: @BristolMedicsWineTastingSociety