We’re your MedSoc welfare reps: Charlotte Rose, a second year medic from Magdalen College and Aoife Lyford, another second year medic from St. Peter’s College. We’d like to give you a quick summary of how we as welfare reps can help you to have a great time studying Medicine at Oxford. Although studying Medicine is an amazing and enjoyable experience, it is completely normal to have times when you feel overwhelmed, confused or just not great. In times like these it is important to have someone to talk to and that’s where we come in! We’re both here for a chat or to answer questions about anything, no matter how big or small! We are available through Facebook, email or in person and we will try to get back to you or arrange a time to meet as soon as we can. From worries about workload to confusing topics or even advice on good self-care, we’re here to talk about anything!
As this year’s MedSoc welfare reps, we will:
- Always provide a supportive, kind and caring environment to listen and support you throughout your time as a medical student – it doesn’t matter whether your worries are medicine-related or not, we will listen and try to help as best we can
- Organise small-group and larger welfare lunches for freshers and other year groups – these provide a place to grab some food between lectures but also to sit and chat with us about any worries you may have – there will also be other social, welfare events throughout term!
- Provide drop in hours where we will stay in the MSTC or Biochem café for a few hours each week – giving people a safe space to chat about their welfare worries in a stress-free way
- Organise the welfare symposium – with speakers such as counsellors, doctors and us, the MedSoc welfare team
- Continue the Peer Mentoring scheme – where older students can provide both academic support and general advice on all areas of the medical degree
- Provide provisions in the medical school such as sanitary products, healthier snacks in the vending machines and leaflets from mental health charities, as well as those containing the contact details of welfare staff
- Work closely with the arts team to create a brighter atmosphere in the MSTC – posters with welfare advice to remind us to take care of ourselves even when we are busy
- Seasonal welfare activities such as hot chocolate in the Winter and ice lollies in the Summer
- Keep you up to date with welfare news via the weekly MedSoc email
If you have any questions or just fancy a chat, please contact us via Facebook (Aoife Lyford and Charlotte Rose) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact us via the Facebook group: Oxford MedSoc Welfare. Join the group to stay up to date with any Welfare-related events we’ll be holding this year!
Let us know if you need anything, we’re more than happy to help,
Aoife and Charlotte xxx