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President's Message 2021-22

President’s Message 2021-22

Dear Members and Non-members,

I hope you have all had a relaxing and refreshing summer break as we start a new and exciting academic year. The last 12 months, during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been challenging and every one of you have shown how resilient and adaptable we all can be in the most difficult times. The new academic year ahead offers a fresh start and a return to something resembling the ‘normal’ university experience again. This will enable Ogston to deliver a wide range of activities in support of all things surgical, both in-person and online.

As we embark on this incredibly exciting chapter, my wish as President, is for you to come to this new academic year fired with passion and energy so that collectively we can take the society to a new level, and so that all of you can fully benefit from being part of our inclusive society.

I want to pay enormous thanks and acknowledge the previous committee for all of their hard work and effort in delivering what was a very successful year against a challenging backdrop. This was all done under the incredible leadership of Gary Ramsay, our outgoing President. Gary displayed unique qualities with his drive and determination, strong leadership and direction throughout his presidency, leaving a great legacy behind.

Looking forward

On a personal note, I am exceptionally proud to step into the role of President this year. Turning to our recent committee appointments, I was blown away by the high number and exceptional quality of candidates who applied for Ogston Committee roles this time, which made selection decisions very difficult. For this year we have a new strong team, reflective of the diversity across Aberdeen University’s student population; I am keen we continue to build on this. I am confident that together we will make a difference this academic year and I would like to hear your views and ideas as we move forward.

Recently, I was inspired by a quote which was said by Professor Averil Mansfield at a 30-year celebration of the Women in Surgery Movement Conference

“You cannot be what you cannot see”

This quote resonated with me and reminded me of the ethos of the Ogston Society. As a student society, we need to be proactive and influence change from the grassroots up: be visible and bold, stepping outside of our comfort zone. Therefore, in developing our Ogston roadmap of events and activities for the next 12 months, we will focus on inspiring each and every one of you: providing events and guest speakers which will showcase all opportunities that are within YOUR reach. My commitment to you all is that I will work hard to level the playing field: inspire and reassure all medical students that no career path is out of reach, regardless of your background or difference, race, gender, or even your accent.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet some of you at the Fresher’s fayre this week. We look forward to welcoming you all, new and returning members, at our events and keep an eye on our blog for many and varied opportunities coming up!


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