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S PHINCTER REGULARS

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REGULARS :

10 - President ’ s Address 11 - Treasurer ’ s Report 12 & 13 - LMSS Charities Update
LMSS Events Reviews :
14 - Charity Dinner 15 - Annual Dinner
16 & 17 - The Film Review Corner
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LMSS

President ’ s Address

Hello there legends . How are you all ? I hope you ’ ve had a suitably fabulous first term full of joy , nights out and maybe even a bit of actual Medicine . It ’ s been a hell of an opening term for the LMSS with a myriad of events that have been nothing short of an absolute hoot .
We all just about managed to survive No Mercy November that saw the INCREDIBLE Charity and Annual Dinners and Bar Crawls . As we all descended on the Devonshire once more , Edge Lane didn ’ t know what had hit it . A huge congrats to Bryony and Will who worked tirelessly to put the events on and give everyone the nights they deserved !
Behind the scenes we ’ re still working tirelessly to keep the society going from strength to strength and ensuring that the LMSS is here for many many years to come . We ’ re working on developing relationships with alumni as well as more active fundraising and also continuing
Capstick getting his mitts on the Spirit , FINALLY ....
with our brilliant work for our chosen charities with the aim of raising quite frankly a ridiculous amount of cash .
“ a myriad of events that have been nothing short of an absolute hoot !”
On a personal note , I ’ ve officially started training for the London Marathon 2017 that I ’ m running in aid of the incredible Claire House Children ’ s Hospice . I ’ m the sort of person who gets out of breath wandering round to Tesco for hangover food and to be deadly honest I think I may have overestimated just how much effort running a marathon actually is ( shocking I know ). I will keep you all up to date with my gruelling training over the coming months and any money you may be able to donate to the cause would genuinely be appreciated so much . You can donate at : http :// uk . virginmoneygiving . com / capsticksmarathon
And finally , I can ’ t leave without mentioning one of the highlights of my 23 years on this Earth which was last Friday night ; Snowcase 2016 . The quality of performances this year was truly astonishing ( apart from First Years , who refused to start until we stopped booing … not knowing we had the O2 until 2am ) and the sets were visually stunning . The 2nd and 3rd years put on two absolutely solid shows and the 4th years undoubtedly had us 5th years a bit worried for a while . But I can now graduate in peace knowing that my blooming wonderful year group won The Spirit in style . A massive congrats to Will and Sam for putting on a night I won ’ t forget any time soon .
All that ’ s left for me to say is have an absolutely incredible Christmas holiday and the very best New Year . I will see you all on Caroloke Bus Tour and then in January to kick off 2017 !
Lots of love ,
Capstick xoxo
Snowcase 2016
5th Years Snowcase Winners 2016
National Medsoc Conference 2016 Sphincter magazine | volume 80 issue 2 | Winter 2016 edition
19 Rob Gittings 1st year Medical Student Getting Into Medical School I For 2 months, I heard nothing. I was the last to hear from a uni. got my offer to study medicine at Liverpool one week before fresher’s. The idea of getting into medicine through clearing was basically unheard of before 2016, but when St George’s University in London opened up 40 spaces for medicine through clearing, it was clear this year was going to be different. Starting from the beginning, in October 2015, I applied to study medicine at Cardiff, Edinburgh, Kings College London, and Liverpool. Confident that it would either be medicine or a gap year I didn’t even bother putting down a fifth choice. With a UKCAT score of 2620 (655 avg), 10 A*s at GCSE and 9 months of making tea for old people in a care home, I felt confident that I stood a good chance of getting an offer the first time. For 2 months I heard nothing. I was the last medical applicant in my school to hear from a uni. My first rejection came from KCL. “London is too expensive anyway”. I wasn’t bothered. I still had 3 other chances. when my rejection from Cardiff came through. Curiously, my two Welsh schoolmates seemed to get an offer from the medical school despite getting rejections from everywhere else. At this point, every time my phone went off I was dreading to look at it. I’d been preparing my family for four rejections from the start, but I still didn’t feel ready to reapply. Finally, in April, I got an update from UCAS Track. I went upstairs to check it. Four rejections. So I started planning a gap year and getting on with my A levels. It was difficult being one of the only medic applicants with no offer amongst my peers, but I was more motivated than ever to nail my A levels. I worked hard, sat the exams, and prepared for a year of reapplication. I booked open days all over England, paid £150 for a UKCAT course, and started looking for work and work experience. This year I was going get 4 offers. I wake up on the day of our return flight and get a call from Liverpool “At this point, every time my phone went off, I was dreading to look at it” Finally, in the bleak midwinter, an interview from Cardiff came through! At this point, I treated it like an offer. There was no way I was going to mess up an interview in-front of a bunch of sheep-shaggers! My Liverpool interview came next. After a relaxing day of burritos in the Guild and Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) in the crypt of the cathedral (one of the interviewers being Rev Dr David Taylor), I thought I might have done okay. Time passed, and a rejection from Edinburgh arrived in February. Now I was getting worried. The application process was so stressful that I was starting to regret not putting down a fifth choice. A gap year isn’t quite as fun when you have to prepare for interviews. With interviews popping up between November and April, a ski season in Tignes just isn’t feasible. “What am I going to do with myself for a whole year?” My nightmares started to become a reality Sphincter magazine | volume 80 issue 2 | Winter 2016 edition Liverpool emailed me a week before results day asking whether or not I’d be interested in the chance to have an offer through clearing if some of their candidates missed the grades. I replied saying “Is the Pope Catholic?”(not really). Results day came. 3 A’s! Now it was just a matter of waiting for Liverpool to respond. Later that day, an email: ‘The A100 programme is now full’. Still a gap year. So I left for Ireland with a friend for one week-end. I wake up on the day of our return flight on the 12th of September, and get a call from Liverpool. The medical school had just been given permission to allow more candidates to enter this year. I took the offer. I was somehow allowed onto the plane, somehow left the airport, and somehow remember my mum sayi 8&[B[وZ[\&K[\XY^[H[YH \YH [\ MY][ۂ