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Cornerstones in the Whirligig of Time: the world’s 1st paediatric virtual academic unit

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When: 5pm, Friday 12th August

Where: Classroom 6, Academic Corridor, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Love paediatrics? Care about the importance of research? How about paediatrics’ first *virtual* academic establishment?

Come along to this OSOP event to hear a thrilling talk by Dr Andrew Williams – winner of the 2015 WellChild Doctor Award. His work spans many realms as a consultant community paediatrician, medical historian, curator of the archive at the Northampton General Hospital, playwright and filmmaker.

In 2004, being unable to obtain any academic/clinical research funding he set up in Northampton the world’s first paediatric Virtual Academic Unit. This innovative entirely internet based structure still runs unfunded to this day. The Virtual Academic Unit in partnership with tertiary centres bothnationally and internationally helps to define new variants of neurodegenerative conditions and allows ongoing work in the medical humanities.

This is the talk he wished he had heard when he started Oxford clinical training in 1987. It’s about making the most of what you have and making the most of every day within paediatrics and beyond.

As always, there will be a variety of delicious homemade sandwiches!!!!

For those particularly keen beans – take a peek at ‘The First Day’ (2015) a short film recreating 18th century hospital child health care at Northampton General Infirmary 1744, written and directed by Dr Williams.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ0dWFcGONU

Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1198016890250037/

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The A-Z of Childhood Obesity

WHEN: Thursday 12th May, 6pm
WHERE: EP Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College
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On Thursday 12th May, The Oxford Society of Paediatrics (OSOP), and The Richard Doll Society (RDS) will be hosting Mr Tam Fry, a leading voice in the campaign against Childhood obesity.

Tam Fry co-founded the Child Growth Foundation [CGF] in 1977 to create awareness of endocrine issues juggling his work with being a senior director in BBC Television. In 1994, at the time that that CGF launched the UK’s first paediatric body mass index [BMI] charts he broadened the charity’s brief to champion childhood obesity.

In 2005 he became spokesman for UK’s National Obesity Forum, and In 2007 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of this work and now chairs international meetings on with relevance to obesity in Europe.

Both from his time running the CGF and his entry into the obesity arena, his condemnation of the spread of sugar into foodstuffs – and into children’s foodstuff in particular – is high on his list of evils to challenge.  Thus, he has become expert advisor to the UK’s “ Action on  Sugar “ campaign and revels in its considerable success.

Come along for what promises to be an interesting, and interactive talk. Mr Fry has agreed to speak on any letter in the alphabet that the audience throw forward! You can see him here on the Victoria Derbyshire show this month: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03r4jqy.

 

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Pathways into Paediatrics

Are you interested in Paediatrics? Would you like to hear more about what a career in paediatrics entails? Would you like to know about what you could be doing now and in the future to ensure that your application is successful?
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At 6pm, on Thursday the 28th April, OSOP will be hosting 3 doctors committed to paediatrics, ranging from specialty registrars to a foundation year currently preparing their application. There will be three 15 minute talks, with a short Q and A session afterwards. The event will be held in Classroom 6 of the JR.
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As ever, there will be a great selection of HANDMADE SANDWICHES and other snacks.
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***OSOP MEMBERSHIP***
If you come to three OSOP events within a year, we’ll make you an official member of the Oxford Society of Paediatrics, which looks great on your CV, and gives you the change to get your hands on an OSOP LANYARD.
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The Great Leveller? Experiences in paediatric palliation from the UK, the Middle East and Uganda

Time: 6pm, 7th March

Place: Classroom 6, Academic Corridor (of Academic Centre), John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Find a site map here

Interested in paediatrics? Palliative care? Working abroad? Then don’t miss out on this speaker event!

Renée McCulloch is a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and also works at Helen and Douglas House in Oxford.

Renée first developed an interest in children’s palliative care in 1994 when she did her elective in Uganda, working with children dying from AIDS. Since then she built and developed her career in paediatric palliative medicine completing her post-graduate paediatric specialist training in London and Oxford, including a Fellowship in Sydney. Renée has worked in the field since 1999 and has a broad background that includes working in tertiary paediatric hospitals, children’s hospices and delivering palliative care at home.

Between 2010 and 2013 Renée and her family went to live and work in Kuwait. Renée was instrumental in helping to establish the first children’s palliative care service in the Middle East initially in the children’s cancer centre and then at Bayt Abdullah children’s hospice.

Dr McCulloch has contributed widely to the specialty of children’s palliative care and enjoys being involved in research, training and education. We are very lucky that she plans to share her experiences with us.

This is no doubt going to be an extremely gripping talk so add it to your calendars! See you there!

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Oxford Mail OX5 RUN

WHEN: Sunday 29th March
WHERE: Blenheim Palace

OSOP is taking on the OX5 RUN to raise money for the Oxford Chidlren’s Hospital! The 5 mile run around the beautiful grounds of Blenheim palace is one of the Children’s Hospital’s biggest fundraisers and last year  raised a record-breaking £114,000. So join us on the 29th March to help raise money for a great cause!

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OSOP and TRANSFuSE present: Dr Simon Drysdale

WHEN: Wednesday 1st April
WHERE: Seminar Room 2, West Wing, Children’s Hospital Teaching Suite

Come along to our joint event with TRANSFuSE!

Dr Simon Drysdale will be joining us to talk about risk factors for RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) infection – the most important pathogen causing hospitalisation in infants in the UK. We will look at and discuss papers on lung function and genetics (see below).

As always, there will be ample refreshments!

We look forward to seeing you there.

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OSOP Presents: Ten Years in Nepal – Preventing Meningitis and Pneumonia

WHEN: Friday 13th March, 1pm
WHERE: West Wing, Children’s Hospital Teaching Suite

The Oxford Society of Paediatrics is delighted to present Dr Dominic Kelly who will be sharing his experiences of working with children in Nepal.

The talk will be half an hour at 1pm, so bring your lunch along to the conference room on the academic corridor.

Refreshments provided.

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OSOP and HOnc Soc present Dr Kate Wheeler: Reflections on a Career in Paediatric Oncology

WHEN: Monday 9th February, 5.30pm
WHERE: Seminar Room 2, West Wing, Children’s Hospital

We are delighted to host Dr Kate Wheeler, consultant paediatric oncologist to share with us her “Reflections on a career in Paediatric Oncology”.

The talk will commence at 17.30 in Seminar Room 2, West Wing, Children’s Hospital.

There will be ample refreshments to keep you going after a long day – and the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the talk. We hope you will join us to find out more about a sub-specialty that many of us will have encountered little of thus far in our training

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OSOP and OSM present: Dr Hilary Cass

WHEN: Wednesday 4th February, 5.30pm
WHERE: GPEC

We are delighted to host Dr Hilary Cass – President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – who will be speaking on ‘Bridging the gap between primary and secondary care health services for children.’

The event will start at 5.30pm and will be held in the George Pickering Education Centre (GPEC) at the John Radcliffe Hospital. There will be ample refreshments and opportunities to ask questions at the end of the talk.

Dr Cass qualified from the Royal Free Hospital, London in 1982. She first trained as a general paediatrician, before undertaking higher specialist training in the field of disability.

Over a 15-year period she was Consultant in Paediatric Disability at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she also held a number of senior management roles, including Director of Postgraduate Medical Education and Deputy Medical Director.

She has held several regional and national roles in medical education and policy development, including Regional Adviser for the RCPCH, Registrar of the RCPCH, and Head of School of Paediatrics for London.

Dr Cass is strongly committed to bridging the gap between primary and secondary care health services for children, and addressing the fragmentation and poor communication that makes life so much harder for families caring for a child with a disability.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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OSOP presents: Careers in Paediatrics

WHEN: September 11th, 5.30pm
WHERE: Paediatric Teaching Suite (Level 2, Children’s Hospital, John Radcliffe West Wing)

The first OSOP event of the new term is unmissable for anyone interested in a career in paediatrics! Consultant Dr Alison Shefler and trainee Dr Peter Sidgwick will be sharing their varied experiences in this exciting speciality, and will be giving advice on how to build your career from medical school onwards!

Dr. Alison Shefler has been a Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care at the John Radcliffe Hospital since 1997. She qualified from the University of Toronto in 1984, initially pursuing GP training before switching to Paediatrics at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. She trained in Paediatric Intensive Care at Camperdown Children’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia and at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Dr Shefler is committed to education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and currently holds the post of Training Programme Director for Oxford Deanery.

Dr. Peter Sidgwick has had an exciting career, commencing with a degree in Geography at Oxford and working for a Russian oil company, before studying Medicine at Glasgow University. house jobs in Edinburgh and came to Oxford for ST1. Since coming to Oxford he has completed a diploma in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, and currently works at Helen and Douglas House as well as at the John Radcliffe Hospital as a Paediatric Registrar.

If you’re interested in hearing more about everything a career in paediatrics has to offer, as well as finding out about the Oxford Society of Paediatrics, don’t miss this event!

FREE AND COPIOUS REFRESHMENTS!!!