At the UoD, there are a huge number of student-run events. In fact, recently, some societies have been able to present at (in some cases international) conferences about their events, as they have been so innovative.
I feel strongly that this is a great selling point for Dundee Medical School, which is a student-centered institution and actively encourages student involvement in all aspects of the university course e.g. students as interviewers at the medical school admissions interviews, guiding tours for prospective students and also developing online tutorials for earlier students. In a way, it shows that Dundee is quite confident that the students will speak highly of the course and encourage others to come i.e. they’ve made a good medical course, and by doing that alone, it will advertise itself through word of mouth.
Even more recently, the dean has emailed the medical school asking for a list of all the medical student societies at the UoD so that further support can be given to all the societies in the university. Every year I hear about a new society I didn’t know existed before and so if these smaller societies could get more support, then it would help these societies establish themselves far quicker than would normally be possible.
On the topic of student events, I’ll post here about one I’ve been heavily involved with – The student-run Mock OSCE (MOSCE).
In it’s first year (2011), it ran for 2nd year medical students a few weeks prior to their final year OSCE. Because it was only it’s first year running, it served as a pilot for a small number of students. However, of these students, every single one said the MOSCE had been invaluable in preparation for their final year OSCE and would definitely attend in future if a MOSCE was arranged for other year groups. In future, it is hoped that the Mock-OSCE can be extended to include all year groups to allow practice in the stressful situation that is an OSCE. I have to admit, I was there when the mock OSCE ran, just to check everything ran smoothly and just before it started, I found myself really nervous. It felt so much like the real thing!
The format of the MOSCE at the moment is that the candidates are assessed by students in the years above them, and following the completion of the OSCE, there is a feedback session at the end to allow the older students to give hints and tips they know on how to improve their OSCE grades. This also provides a platform for allowing students to improve their feedback delivery and teaching skills.