By George Liu & Ankesh Gandhi – Cardiology & Cardiothoracics Society (Chelmsford)
Are you interested in Cardiology and Cardiothoracics? Are you a student at the university’s Chelmsford Campus? Then maybe our aptly named society is the one for you!
We, the CCTS committee, are dedicated and determined to bring you the best opportunities and assistance to enhance your portfolio, network with relevant contacts, and broaden your knowledge of the subject and its surrounding areas.
Cardiology and Cardiothoracics are both highly competitive medical specialities. Cardiology is the study and treatment of disorders relating to the heart and blood vessels. Whereas Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine involved in the surgical treatment of organs inside the thorax – the chest – as well as the treatment of conditions relating to the heart and lungs.
According to credible sources, the majority of patients in the UK suffer from a cardiovascular condition, and heart conditions are one of the world’s leading causes of death and long-term illness. We, as a society, feel it is both insightful and incredibly important to look further into these areas of study.
Both Cardiology and Cardiothoracics are highly dynamic and involving fields to become engaged with, and both are fascinating to discuss. So much has been explored, yet so much more has yet to be discovered. What better place is there to discuss these topics than a student society like ours?
As a society, we’ve outlined a number of goals we’d like to attain over the coming year:
- To widen people’s interests and understanding through talks and workshops.
- To host a ‘Journal Club’ every two weeks providing members with the opportunity to analyse and critique papers as an aspiring healthcare professional. We aim to open this up for guest speakers and attendees to present their own papers as part of the SSC (Student Selected Component) of the Medicine MBChB course.
- To network members with industry professionals working in the field.
- To assist with portfolio building since CT surgery is one of the most difficult specialities to get into out of most medical professions.
This year, our focus has been to host the bi-weekly Journal Club sessions and we hope, in the forthcoming weeks, to begin publicising papers in small groups. Having a safe space for serious discussions is crucial in cultivating the necessary skills for the sector, as well as allowing everyone present the comfort of being able to voice their thoughts and opinions.
Regardless of whether you are a medical student or not, you are more than welcome to visit us as a prospective member, or as a taster to learn something new. Visit our Students’ Union webpage for more information.