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Candidate for the position of KCL Ophthalmology Society - Vice-President

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Monique Jade LUCAS

Last year I joined the KCL Ophthalmology (KCL OSOC) committee and I had the pleasure of being the social media officer. By being the former social media officer, my input helped increase engagement across our social media platforms, which was one of my goals when I applied for the role. One of my key achievements was being able to use my creative skills to redesign the logo. Prior to this committee role, I had little graphic design experience but I was able to learn how to use graphic design software promptly. My ability to acquire skills quickly is essential in being a strong committee member and valuable as Vice President (VP).

Furthermore, I began planning content in the summer before the academic term to ensure posts were organised in advance. Thus, I feel my approach to organisation and management will make me an effective VP. Even though I have been on committee for a year, my role as a social media officer gave me a large insight into the running of the society, as I had constant communication with the president and many of the committee members. I was heavily involved in the planning of our International Undergraduate Ophthalmology Conference and corresponded with external organisations such as the Moorfields Eye Charity.

To ensure a successful committee, you need to be responsive, dedicated and communicate well with your committee members. I feel I have continually maintained these values as social media officer and would continue to showcase these values as VP. My commitment and work with the society has led to me being proudly nominated for the 2022 KCLSU Silver Crown Award.  

The Ophthalmology Society has grown so much and I am proud to be involved in the committee and as VP I would like to further expand the society, as ophthalmology is such an overlooked subspeciality and there is still little exposure across placements. As VP I hope to increase organisation for the committee, strengthen contacts that I have developed over the last year, as well as provide more revision sessions. Finally, as a biomedical science graduate, I hope to involve KCL OSOC in research.

With all my efforts over the last academic year I believe I have gained the suitable skills to be VP and help further expand and enhance KCL OSOC.