2018 President’s Medal Presentation and Lecture

Thursday 17th October 2019Medico chirurgical society crest
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
7.00 pm

“Making decisions under pressure”

The winner of the 2018 President’s Medal, Professor George Youngson, will give a lecture to mark the occasion of his presentation with the medal.

Professor Youngson graduated from Aberdeen University Medical School in 1973.  After research and training in a number of centres and countries (Aberdeen, Inverness, Uppsala Sweden, London Ontario, Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Canada), he was appointed a Consultant General Surgeon in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 1984 and Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital in 1988.  He was awarded a personal chair in paediatric surgery in 1999 and became Emeritus Professor in 2010. He was made CBE for services to Child Health in June 2009.

He was previously Council member and Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  His major interests are in surgical education, research into human factors and non-technical skills related to surgical performance and patient safety, and service configuration for children’s specialist care.  He is also involved in global health initiatives including development of surgical infrastructure in low resource countries.

This talk will examine some of the factors that influence human performance particularly under conditions of stress and pressure and outline the antidotes which can produce performance enhancement.

All are welcome to this talk. A finger buffet and tea/ coffee are available from 6:30 pm.

Directions to the Med-Chi Hall in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus are available here (map).


Med-Chi lecture by Brigadier Robin Simpson QHS

Thursday 3rd October 2019 Medico chirurgical society crest
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
7.00 pm


How to train doctors to deliver healthcare in an austere environment

Brigadier Robin Simpson QHS, Defence Postgraduate Medical Dean

Robin Simpson graduated MB ChB from the University of Aberdeen in 1983. On joining the Army, he undertook Parachute training and then deployed to Northern Ireland before Officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He then was posted to Germany for his GP training which was completed by a year at BMH Hong Kong in 1989. As RMO to 1 KOSB he deployed to on Operation Telic in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq. On posting to Dortmund as SMO, he became a GP trainer and GP Course Organiser in 1992. Subsequent tours were as Senior Medical Officer to Sennelager and then Episkopi Cyprus. In 1998 he returned to Sennelager as the Regional Clinical Director. This tour included overseeing the transfer of secondary Health care from BMH Rinteln to a German hospital in Paderborn. In 2001 he completed his MSc in General Practice at Kings College London. In 2004 he undertook a tour as the SMO for the Provincial Construction Team Mazar-i-Sharif Northern Afghanistan. In 2011 he deployed as the Senior Medical Officer Camp Bastion with specific responsibilities for the medical care of Captured Personnel.

Photo of Brigadier SimpsonIn 1995 he became the Defence Professor of General Practice at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. His research interest focusses on care of patients on the battlefield on which he has published extensively. In 2012 he was appointed the GP Dean and then in March 2015 the Postgraduate Dean of the Defence Medical Services. He is an MRCGP Examiner (since 1995) and has had many senior roles in the senior management of the exam. He is the Vice Chair Midlands Faculty RCGP.

Brigadier Simpson is particularly interested in making GPs more aware of veteran’s health issues and co-authored the RCGP document entitled “Meeting the Healthcare Needs of Veterans”. He is now the RCGP Veterans Champion and is the Professor of Military Primary Healthcare and Veterans Health University of Chester.

In January 2018 he was appointed Queens Honorary Surgeon.

His awards include:

      • Defence Medical Services General Practice Medal November 2012
      • Royal College of Surgeons Mitchiner Medal December 2013
      • Order of St John March 2015.

He will leave the Army later in 2019 after 35 years’ service.

NOTE: Representatives from Playlist and Aberdeen Mountain Rescue will talk about the work of their charity and how the society’s donations can help.

All are welcome to this talk. A finger buffet and tea/ coffee are available from 6:30 pm.

Directions to the Med-Chi Hall in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus are available here (map).


Cafe Sci talks at the Belmont Cinema tonight

Friday 27 September 18.00
Kino Bar, Belmont Filmhouse
Free and open to all

18.00 – 19.15 Café Sci Special
Alexa, Make me an appointment with Robodoc!

Come and hear Katie Wilde, Digital Research Manager, University of Aberdeen tell us how the University is working with NHS Grampian and industry partners to create a secure platform to facilitate the use of AI as a diagnostic tool in a Health Care environment.


19.30 – 20.30 PechaKucha Explorathon Special

A special series of fast paced visual talks, each lasting exactly 6 minutes 40 seconds!

Join us to hear about the latest developments in culture around the city: Helen Fothergill will talk about Aberdeen Art Gallery, David Officer about Culture Aberdeen, Rafaela Sales Ross about Grampian Hospital Arts Trust then our researchers will take the stage: Chiara Talia will discuss how animal, environmental and human health are all connected,  Laura Prosser will talk about thinking versus doing and Marc Gronwald will round the evening off with a talk on Bitcoins.

Bridging the gap : patient involvement in the design of care

Wednesday 18th September 7.00 pm
The Kino Cafe Bar, Belmont Filmhouse
Free and open to all

Photo of Josefine Björkqvist
Josefine Björkqvist

Presented by Josefine Björkqvist and Dr Sheela Tripathee, Institute of Applied Health sciences, University of Aberdeen
Patient involvement in the design of care can help provide health services that are more relevant and responsive to the individual needs of patients.
Join us to learn about patient and public involvement in health research, policy and care, with examples from urological cancer care.

Photo of Dr Sheela Tripathee
Dr Sheela Tripathee

The Cafe Scientifique Aberdeen City series takes place monthly in the Kino cafe bar in the Belmont Filmhouse, usually around the middle Wednesday of the month. Sessions run from February through to November and are free to attend.

No booking is required and places are allocated on the first-come basis. Paid parking is available at Harriet Street car park, AB10 1FR.

Topiary elephants are back!

Topiary Elephants at Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital

The topiary elephants were on loan to Castle Fraser for a few months during the construction work for The Baird Family Hospital and the Anchor Centre. The car park outside the Children’s Hospital has been redeveloped and the elephants have now returned. It’s good to see them back on a sunny day in Aberdeen!


Anatomy of Oor Wullie at the Suttie Centre

Anatomy of Oor WullieThe Anatomy of Oor Wullie stands at the entrance to the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill Campus.

This sculpture was created by Judi Milne and sponsored by the University of Aberdeen. The Scottish language is full of colourful words and phrases and Judi wanted to create a fun but educational reflection of this with her sculpture, and hopes visitors will enjoy learning about our local dialect.

There are a total of 36 statues dotted across Aberdeen and parts of Aberdeenshire. Click on each of the Oor Wullies on the Aberdeen BIG Bucket trail  to see a map showing where you can find them.  Don’t forget to take a selfie and use the #OorSelfie when you spot one!

Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail runs for 11 weeks from 17th June 2019 – 30th August 2019, culminating in a series of Farewell Events and nationwide auctions in each of the five host cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Scotland’s first ever national public art trail aims to unite the country as it raises awareness and vital funds for Scotland’s children’s hospital charities. Funds raised through the trail will support these charities in helping children in hospital across the country.

Find out more about the project by following this link to Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket List. 

Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail is a Wild in Art event, and is supported by DC Thomson Media.

Origami Workshop and talk

Origami birdsMonday 1st July 6.00 – 7:30 pm
The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
‘Collaborative Projects on Healthcare – Japan & Aberdeen’
Free and open to all

This event is led by Dr Sundari Catherine Joseph, Aberdeen University, and will involve an origami making workshop where participants will be led through making items using coloured paper and newsprint. A short presentation will then introduce the collaborative working relationship between Japanese partners in Nagoya who work collaboratively with colleagues at Aberdeen University, and will highlight some key points from their projects and the cultural and educational exchanges they have enjoyed over the years.

Dr Sundari Catherine Joseph has worked in Aberdeen for many years in a career that has focused on healthcare education and research. She has linked with Japanese partners at Nagoya University for three projects relating educational and research exchange between Scotland and Japan. She is particularly interested in interprofessional education and collaborative working amongst healthcare professions. She is Vice Chair of the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) and received the Principal Fellow Award from the Higher Education Academy. She has presented her work at local, national and international conferences.

Dr Okazaki is a Japanese physician and his interests are focused on patients with diabetes and their distress. He also works as an educator in Nagoya University School of Medicine. Recently he has been implementing applied theatre in medical education.

Dr Suematsu is a Japanese diabetologist and educator for health care professions in Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine. Her personal interest is in international social-cultural differences and this brought her here to Scotland to develop collaborative research between Aberdeen, Scotland and Nagoya, Japan.

Dr Takahshi is a GP in Japan, and faculty member of Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. His interests are physician’s empathy within undergraduate educational programs to educate patients’ narratives for medical students.

Dr Hanya is a Japanese pharmacist and teaches Ph*rm*cy students about communication in Meijo University Faculty of Ph*rm*cy. Also, she trains simulated patients for education and promotes Interprofessional Education with three other medical universities.

Yui Wakabayashi is a university student major in medicine.

This event is programmed to coincide with the upcoming exhibition
Treasure, by Stacey Hunter, at The Suttie Arts Space
29th June – 22nd September 2019
Free and Open 24/7 to all