- EXPERIMENT DECLARED FAILURE
Imperial College School of Medicine has been experimenting with a new brand of medical education over the past three years. The course is one of the very few in the country where students get into hospitals and see patients from day one. The first three years are spent concentrating on the touchy feely aspects of medicine such as communication skills and empathy. Medical learning during these first three years is relatively limited, much is expected to be self taught, and is examined by trivial multiple guess quizzes, and of course the infamously ridiculous computer based statistics test with online help. Following the entry of the first wannbe doctors to undergo this course into their clinical training ICSM have realised that the approach taken to their education in the first three years has left them ill-prepared from the more traditional second half of their training. In an incredible move course directors at the medical school have decided to accept that their experiment has failed, and are set to make changes to the current course to give students a more rigorous, traditional education in their formative years at the school. To save face it is planned that these changes will be introduced gradually over the next three to five years.
- LONG TERM ASPIRATIONS
ICU’s new President Sen Ganesh has been planning his entire life around getting the sabbatical position for the last few years. Sen completed his undergraduate degree in the year in which Hamish Common was elected President. It is now believed that Sen did not stand for the presidency at this time as he came to some sort of agreement with Hamish. In order to be eligible to stand this year Sen has spent the last year at Imperial taking an MSc course which has involved him repeating large chunks of the fourth year of his undergraduate degree. The year was not entirely effortless though, he is thought to have done one or two modules for the first time, however it is thought that the fact that one of his ‘very good friends’ had already completed these coursework heavy courses would have come in useful.
- INSTANT NOTES
It is likely that by the start of next year course notes from MIT will be available online for a wide variety of subjects that are taught at Imperial. The scheme, known as MIT–OpenCourseWare, the scheme is designed will serve as a model for university dissemination of knowledge in the Internet age. In the Chemistry department staff have already been looking at MIT’s offerings, and were worried by the possible implications. One lecturer was wondering how they could justify the tuition cost of their courses now that lecture material was available in a superior form for free.
- SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS
Following the huge success of Idris Harding and his team’s Imperial College Summer Ball college has given the go-ahead to another massive student run event to be held in the college. The RCSU’s Beer festival was this week given the go-ahead by head of catering John Foster on behalf of the College, who were particularly impressed by the quality and speed of the cleanup following the Summer Ball – the Great Hall was back in its examination room format by nine o’clock Sunday morning, just five hours after the event closed. The Beer Festival has in the past been one of the largest and most enjoyable RAG events, and will provide a popular and highly visible core to RAG activities next year. The event, which will feature the drinking of a huge variety of exotic Beers, Ciders and Largers will be held on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday the 6th March. People wishing to get involved in the event should contact Stuart Davis. [email protected].uk
- AND FINALLY
While Kevin has not yet found and excuse to stay around college next year the Felix editor–elect Will Dugdale did made a hustings pledge that should it be submitted, Mishmash will continue. Fantastic.