Committee of 2014-15

 
 
 
 

Name: Nigel Y.B. Ng

 
Role: President
 

Year: 5

 

 

Hello friends and fellow students, welcome to the Ogston Surgical Society's website. 

 

I am honoured to be taking on the role of President this year, and I am sure this will provide me with the biggest challenge of my career in this society as yet. Previously, I worked as the treasurer in 2012/2013 and Vice-President in 2013/2014.  I am entering the final year of medical school this year with a background of having been born and bred in Singapore and also serving 2 years in the army. My clinical interest is in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery.

 

My aim for this year is to continue to build on the amazing events and courses which previous years have seen. A number of new events are in the pipeline and will be announced very shortly.

Out society has changed a great deal through the years, and our events are attracting students from all over the UK. But most importantly, out goal will always be to cater to the social and educational needs for all medical students in Aberdeen.

 

Like myself, most of our members aspire to become surgeons. This society will give you the opportunity to learn about the different fields of surgery and what it takes to become a surgeon. We understand that not everyone makes the decision to become a surgeon early and if you are still undecided about surgery, I urge you to come along to out events because they are always fun and welcoming. Our society always make our events open to all sections of the medical school.

 

I have a fantastic team of colleagues working alongside me this year and we look forward to meeting everyone. As a society run by students for students, we are always open to feedback and suggestions that might help us improve.

 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to help out or be more involved in our activities.

 

I wish you a fun and fulfilling year at medical school.

 

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Name: Abdullah Anzi

Role: Vice President

Year: 4

Hello everyone, I'm Abdullah Alanzi and I'm this years Vice President. Since starting medical school, surgery has appealed to me due to the complexity of the work, and in the future I hope to pursue a career in surgery. My journey with the Ogston surgical society started in first year when I attended the many talks and suturing workshops organised by the previous commttees and was instantly hooked. I was fascinated with the amount of heard work and commitment they invested in the society and I knew that I wansted to be part of that team dynamic.

I undertook the role of treasurer last year which meant that I had the responsibility of managing the Society’s account, income and expenditure as well as advising the rest of the committee on appropriate budgeting for events. Consequently, as a society we have had a very successful year which is evident in the amount of events we organised and the great financial support we received from the university and our sponsors which helped us attract students from a wide range of disciplines.

As the vice president this year I will be assisting the President and the rest of the committee in the organisation of this year’s events and ensuring the continued development of the society in accordance to its pioneering position among the other student medical societies with in the University of Aberdeen. We have some great events organised this year so please come and join us to discover more about surgery!

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Name: Delaram Varzi

Year: 4th

Role: Treasurer 

 

Hi there! My name is Delaram and I’m the treasurer of the Ogston Surgical Society this year! I have been a member of Ogston since first year and have really enjoyed attending its various events over the past couple of years in order to explore a career in surgery.

I was the Conference Organiser for this society last which involved a lot of hard work and organisation. However, it meant that I got to know and to work with a fantastic group of people (the Ogston Committee, of course!) which, along with the overwhelmingly positive response from delegates and faculty, made it all very worthwhile in the end! 

This year I hope to contribute to the further growth of Ogston by ensuring the smooth running of the financial aspect of the society.  I hope that this will in turn help to further add to the quality and quantity of our events for anyone who is curious about a career in surgery.

Interesting fact: I play the violin 

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Name:  Michael Yule

Year:  4

Role: Secretary

 

This is my first year as a committee member of Ogston, having decided fairly late on that a career in surgery is for me. I look forward to getting fully involved in the society and everything it has to offer and I strongly encourage you do also if you are at all inclined towards a surgical career.

Interesting Fact: I was a member of the 2013 winning beerienteering team.

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Name: Muhammad Muneeb Safdar

Year: 4

Role: Talks Organiser

 

​Hi, my name is Muhammad and I am the talks organiser for Ogston society this year. I have been attending Ogston events since first year and am keen to contribute to the society. Being a third year rep last year was really exciting for me and I decided to go for the role of talks organiser this year. I am looking forward to having a great year with Ogston.​
 

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Name: Mark Twoon

Year: 4

Role: Conference Organiser 

 

Having developed a keen interest in surgery, I decided to get involved with Ogston Surgical Society in order to develop a deeper understanding and to expose myself fully to the different specialities within surgery itself. Having attended most of Ogston's events in Year 1 & being involved with the committee since Year 3, I have seen the society grow from strength to strength, with new and exciting programmes/talks/workshops organised each year. I took on the role of Teaching Seminars Convenor last year and I was in charge of organising educational events. One of the highlights of the year was the successful organisation of the MSK week where we had a week's worth of MSK teaching from both Anatomy Teachers & Surgeons.
This year at Ogston, I have decided to take on the role of Conference Convenor and I am hoping to organise the first even Pan-Scottish National Undergraduate Surgical Conference which hopefully would involve all the Scottish Universities. If successful, this will be a new milestone for us as we continually look to better ourselves. Aspiring surgeons, stay tuned for more information!
 

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Name: Mazen Allam

Year: 2

Role: Publicity Representative

 

I started my first year at Medical school having a vague idea of my interest in surgery. Throughout the course of last year I attended a number of the talks and events that were held by Ogston and thoroughly enjoyed them. So when the opportunity arose, to be on the committee for the 2014/2015 session, I was very much interested in pursuing it. I feel the role of Publicity rep is a good place to start to get to know the in’s and outs of the way the society is run and more importantly will allow me to learn some new skills, have some different experiences and meet some new people along the way. 

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Name: Saarah Ebrahim

Year: 2

Role: Practical Procedures Covenor

To aspiring surgeons; I’m Saarah, a BSc graduate from London now in my second year at Aberdeen Medical School. I am delighted to be involved with Ogston Surgical Society for a second year running. Last year I was a fresher recruited as a first year representative and thoroughly enjoyed learning the ropes. The society is very well established at the medical school and offers students and newly qualified doctors events catered to their interests. Everyone on the committee is approachable, fun and offer really good advice for those wanting to pursue a career in surgery! I’m looking forward this year to organising workshops that will benefit you and also encourage my own interest in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Whether you have chosen a career in surgery or not, come down to our events and get involved!

Other interests: Interprofessional Ethics Society, Dance Society (Streetdance)

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Name: Matthew James Bracchi

Year: 4

Role: Educational Seminars Organiser

Hi I'm Matthew, a keen sportsman from Newcastle. Ogston is a great society and I'm proud to be part of it. I (like the others) am also interested in surgery, particularly orthopaedics. This year I plan to organise some useful seminars for others to get involved in and enjoy! I'm a practical guy and Ogston provides a lot of exciting practical opportunities for everybody! Come and get involved!

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Student Representatives

 

 

Name: Edward Bader

Year: 2

Role: Student Representative

 

Hi there, I’m Edward and having survived my first year I’m joining the committee as 2nd year rep. I was curious to see what a career in surgery has to offer and having been to many of Ogston’s events last year I was hooked! Joining the committee seemed like a great next step and I look forward to helping develop this great society further.

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Name: Jack Abbot

Year: 3

Role: Student Representative

Having never been in Ogston before, jumping into the committee as third year rep will be a big step up. However, this is a challenge I am relishing. Gaining an interest in surgery is something that has actually happened very recently for me and I’m hoping to use this experience to show it is never too late to get involved with Ogston and the great events we have in store for everyone.

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Name: Megan Smith

Year: BSc

Role: Student Representative

 

I joined OGSTON in first year and having really enjoyed all the talks and workshops I went to (practically everything!) I decided surgery looked like a challenging, exciting career and wanted to try and get more involved. I have been 2nd year rep and secretary before deciding this year to take a step back, but I have had so much fun in the society I couldn't bring myself to leave completely and so thought BSc rep would be a good position for me!  I'm looking forward to another exciting year with OGSTON and can't wait to get stuck in, meet new people and learn new skills.
Other Memberships: Aberdeen Wilderness Medicine, Paediatric Society, Aberdeen University Triathlon Club.
 
Interesting Fact: I am from Shetland
 
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Name: Gabriel Cao

Year: 4

Role: Student Representative

 

"Hi, I'm Gabriel and I'm the 4th Year Rep for Ogston. I'm a very hands-on person, so I feel that I'd be suited for surgery. My role of a year rep is pretty straight forward and needs little explanation; if you're in 4th year and are keen to join Ogston or have any ideas you want to throw at us, I'm your go to guy. We will be having workshops, talks and conference(s) all year long, so I'll be informing you of them as well. See you at our events! 

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