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Candidate for the position of KCL Ophthalmology Society - Academic Officer

Gowri Pradeep

Hi I’m Gowri, a third-year medical student who will be intercalating in Anatomy next year, and I’m applying for a primary role of Conference Director and secondary role of Academic Officer. In terms of my background, I have had a keen interest in Ophthalmology since my role as medical admin in an Ophthalmology department, prior to uni, and this interest only been confirmed by my exposure as a student during the CMS block, and through routes such as the society’s mentorship scheme. After gaining so much from the society’s events and active social-media presence, as a member, I would be really keen to aid the academic lead in hosting events and liasing with clinicians and speakers.

My Core Aims

  • Student and learner opportunities: not only should we be hosting events for those with a special interest in the specialty, but also to give a platform to students with an interest in teaching. E.g. students giving CMS and OSCE talks
  • Broader and more-inclusive events: to include what does a career in Ophthalmology look like, but not in the typical training pathway sense sense e.g. FY3 abroad, GP with a special interest in Ophtalmology, MedTech and AI in Ophthalmology (include bioengineering students)
  • Journal club: if there was particular interest, either holding a journal club or collaborating with societies with an established journal club to bring one Ophthalmology-related paper
  • Event delivery: balance in-person and online-academic events with more hands-on and engaging in-person teaching such as the upcoming event on the 27th??, for example, an event including getting more comfortable handling a slit lamp
  • Collaboration: events in collaboration with other societies, aside from the PT revision sessions e.g. GP society, ENT society, Students for Global Health, MedTech and the Clinical Specialties society as was previosuly done
  • London Opthal: support the academic lead in collaborating with other medical schools and strive to continue and further improve this really useful Duke Elder revision series
  • After attending many Ophthalmology talks both for exposure and ahead of exams such as PTs and Duke Elder series, I have a greater understanding of what resonates and is fruitful for students