VIRTUAL MEDICAL SOCIETY STUDENT COMMITTEE
The Student Committee, led by President Sana Hussain, plays the vital role of steering the direction of the society. The committee work with the virtual medical society members to feedback and integrate what students want to learn into the educational programme. This ensures that the resources and content that is delivered at Medsoc weekly virtual meetings and the blogs that run in parallel to the meetings are tailored to what members want.
Scroll down to learn more about the committee members and their roles.
Meeting a Week every Tuesday
student members so far
schools in the medic mentor network
doctors, vets and dentists mentoring across the uk
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President Sana Hussain, Year 12, Bancrofts School
I am currently in year 12 and hoping to study Dentistry. The Virtual Medical Society was created as part of the lockdown campaign and is here to help any aspiring Medics, Dentists or Vets. As President of the Society, I am responsible for ensuring the society runs smoothly and allowing every member of the society to have their view heard. Although the society is called the Medical Society, we cater for Dentists and Vets because all of these professions make up ‘One Health’.
Vice President Shreeja Tripathi, S6, Cults Academy
Hello everyone! My name is Shreeja Tripathi, Vice President of the recently formed Virtual Medical Society. I am an aspiring Medic with an interest in specialising in the neurology field of Medicine.
So, you may be wondering why I chose Medicine? My interest in Medicine dates to the time when I was only five years old and I would pretend to be the Doctor of my stuffed toys. This passion further grew up during my school days, as I wanted to explore the human body, which is an enclosure of complex machines, working cohesively for the proper functioning of our body. The continuous advancement in medical technology, to keep pace with the growing diversity of diseases and complexity of its remedial measures, has always proved Medicine as a challenging career. I recognize that in this highly competitive world, pursuing a career in Medicine is rather complex and highly demanding, but I love challenges and can prove myself worthy of this profession.
Vice President Manas Agrawal, S6, George Heriots School
Hello everyone, I am Manas Agrawal. I am 16 years old and I go to George Heriots School in Edinburgh Scotland. I would like to welcome you all to the Virtual Medic Mentor Society. I have been chosen as Vice President for the committee and I am really looking forward to representing this society as well as getting to know you all better. I only recently became extremely passionate about pursuing a career in Medicine. My first involvement with Medic Mentor was when I attended the National Healthcare weekend in Stirling back in November 2019. This event really opened my eyes as I was given a vast amount of information on how to get involved and pursue my journey towards medicine. I enrolled on to the medic mentor Summer School and am now also am ambassador for the Leadership programme. I attended the leadership programme in January 2020 and learnt how to set up a medic society at school. This inspired me and enabled me to help set up a medic society in my school. I then went on to present at National Healthcare weekend in March 2020, which was a good experience for me. I am currently working on the Gold Medic mentor awards and am about to start writing a publication for the medic mentor magazine. I am also doing a fundraiser to help raise money for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Publicity Officer Fathima Saqib, Year 12, King Edward VI Handsworth
My name is Fathimah Saqib and I am the Virtual Medical Society Publicity Officer. I am a year 12 student at King Edward VI Handsworth School sixth form and I am an aspiring medic. I am not sure about what speciality I would want to explore after medical school, as like many of you joining, I just want to get into medical school first as this is just the beginning of my journey. However, I do have high aspirations for the future. I am a great believer in high-quality patient care and the rapport built between patient and doctor being the most important part of medicine for me. I learnt this from long-term hospital volunteering and also ‘Observe a GP’ virtual work experience. For this reason, I am very interested in GP, but I am also interested in paediatrics and neurology. As well as those aspirations career-wise, I would also want to educate to helping medical students and medical applicants, the way Medic Mentor is helping me right now!
Education Officer Patryk Michlewski, S5, George Heriots School
My name is Patryk Michlewski. I am an aspiring medic and an S5 pupil at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am very passionate about my role as one of the Education Officers for the Medic Mentor Virtual Medical Society, the largest UK-wide medical society run by like-minded school students.
Education Officer Eleanor Martin, Year 11, Swanmore College
Hi, my name is Ellie and I am one of the newly elected Education Officers on the Virtual Medical Society Committee. Having just finished year 11 at Swanmore College in Hampshire, my time during this global pandemic could quite easily have been wasted on sleep and Netflix! However, after signing up for the COVID-19 fundraising mission with Medic Mentor, I realised what a difference I could make during this time, not only to NHS workers and their families, but also to aspiring medics, vets and dentists. This inspired me to apply for a committee position and here I am, two weeks after submitting my application, writing my hello to you all! As Education Officers, it is mine and Patryk’s responsibility to organise and arrange topics for debates and presentation sessions based on what is suggested by the rest of the society. These range from ethical scenarios to current affairs, interview questions to PBLs, the list is endless! At the end of the day, we are here to listen to what sort of things you want covering in meetings and responsible for making this happen. We also hope to provide you with many educational resources that could enhance your application and overall, allow you to enjoy this process as much as possible!
Fundraising Officer Lynette Thomas, S6, Cults Academy
Hi everyone! My name is Lynette Thomas and I am an S6 (Year 13) student at Cults Academy in Scotland. I am so excited to be one of the fundraising officers for our new Virtual Medical Society! I am an aspiring medic myself, and I am sure many of you will be too, so feel free to ask me about anything you may be unsure of, as I am more than happy to help everyone I can to the best of my ability. With the many branches and specialties within medicine, there are endless opportunities to learn and develop as a professional and explore your particular interests. Personally, I have developed a fascination with surgery after gaining some insight into the field through work experience and reading medical books. In the future, I would like to make a positive difference in healthcare, and possibly attain leadership roles to further develop my skills as a medic.
Fundraising Officer Yosha Pathak, Year 12, Upton Court Grammar
I am currently a year 12 student and aspiring medic. My A levels are Biology, Chemistry and History, and I have written an extended project qualification on the Law of Attraction. I understand how future doctors/dentists/vets have a lot to complete during these uncertain times and I hope I’ll be able to offer some help to those in my position or younger. I understand how overwhelming the process can feel, but I find reassurance in the fact that self-doubt should never replace ambition, and as long as you assume an active role towards your goals, they will become an inevitable achievement. There are so many resources and people for us to learn from and we are the only individuals in control of our aspirations. Aside from trying to seem knowledgeable, I bake and play basketball (brave of me to pretend like I can shoot more than once in a game). I also work as a classroom assistant at a tuition centre because I find it humbling to surround myself with hardworking, like-minded peers who challenge me to become a better version of myself.
Wellbeing Officer Hannah Potvliege, Year 12, St Leonards Catholic School
Hi, my name is Hannah and I’m currently a year 12 at St Leonards Catholic School in Durham, I’m also a med student with Medic Mentor and have recently become one of the wellbeing officers on the VMS committee. As a wellbeing officer, my role is to help write the weekly wellbeing blog in which issues related to wellbeing such as stress are discussed. Through this blog, I hope to be able to support all students in the VMS and as part of this, Aaliyah and I would love your suggestions for any topics which you would like to cover in the future.
Wellbeing Officer Aaliyah Bax, Year 12, Bolton School
Hi everyone, my name is Aaliyah and I am a Year 12 student at Bolton School. Alongside Hannah, I am one of the Welfare Officers on the VMS committee. I am so excited that you have decided to join Medic Mentor’s VMS and hope that you find this resource useful in supporting each other in our journeys towards becoming the doctors, dentists and vets of the future.
Research Officer Tom Krys, Year 12, St Johns College in Portsmouth
Hello Everyone. My Name is Tom Krys, and I am one of two Research Officers in the newly formed Virtual Medics Society. Research is something I have a massive passion for, and it can really set you apart when applying to Medical School. As part of the Committee I hope to be able to share my passion with all of you and help to give you the tools so that you can do some research yourself. I hope you are all as excited to get involved as I am.
Research Officer Tabitha Premraj, Year 12, Wallington Girls
Hi everyone, my name is Tabitha Premraj and I’m currently a Year 12 student at Wallington High School for Girls. I am also one of the Research Officers on the Virtual Medical Society at Medic Mentor. My role being to work with the research scholars on projects and informing other society members of different projects occurring in the medical field. I hope to help each person, who is willing, to participate in research initiatives as participants or contributors. What made me choose medicine? My decision to study medicine is because of a constant opportunity for learning, the rewards inherent within the role and the wide range of career choices you can specialise in after medical school.
Oxbridge Officer Nicola Bakova, Year 12, St Margarets Academy
Hello everyone! My name is Nicola Bakova but I go by Cole, and I am happy to introduce myself as an aspiring medic and one of the Oxbridge officers for the VMS. I am an S5 (year 12) student at St Margaret’s Academy in Scotland. As your Oxbridge officer I will be presenting the Oxbridge update at the society meetings along with Lorraine and will take part in many more things to ensure that all students have all the up-to-date knowledge and any useful information on Oxbridge. Alongside that I will be doing my utmost best in all my other responsibilities as a part of the student committee, working with them as a team to ensure the VMS flourishes and that YOU, the amazing members, get the most out of this society. The committee, myself included, are there for you if you have any question, concern, or suggestion.
Oxbridge Officer Lorraine Jarvis, Year 12, Lady Margaret School
Hi guys! My names Lorraine, one of the Oxbridge officers in the medic mentor virtual medical society committee. I’m so excited to be able to share resources and do what I can, In collaboration with all the other amazing people in the committee, to make this society be the best it can be for everyone. I’m a year 12 student attending Lady Margaret School in west London. In terms of career aspirations, I am an aspiring medic hoping to apply to medical school this October. As Oxbridge officer, my role consists of making sure that any Oxbridge updates are communicated to students in our weekly Tuesday meetings- so keeping up to date with Cambridge and oxford’s websites, as well as coming up with new ideas and resources that will be of benefit to the everyone and of course collecting opinions from members about the topics they would like more information on and communicating with the president and vice presidents to ensure these are covered in the meetings.
Committee Secretary Elizabeth Varaksina, Year 12, King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls
Hey guys, I’m Lizzie, the new Secretary of the Virtual Medical Society. I am a Year 12 student, currently studying four A Levels (maths, biology, chemistry, and physics) at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls in Birmingham. In the VMS, the Secretary acts as a glue, keeping all the parts in the system functioning accordingly. Being continually involved with other members of the leadership cabinet, the Secretary must work swiftly and efficiently to document the society’s meetings, timetables, agendas, and other activities.
In this role, one can get a truthful insight into the professional realities of working in an administrative post, much like the jobs FY1 doctors are offered in their hospital day shifts. As well as liaising with the participants of the society, the Secretary forms a sturdy bridge between the Mentors and the student committee, a task requisite in the smooth-running of the process. They are also vital in managing the formation and timing of general meetings.