Resistance – Film screening and panel discussion

Staphylococcus bacteriaThursday 21st November
Belmont Cinema
49 Belmont Street
6.00 – 7.30 pm

A documentary about the threat of antibiotic resistance organised by the Immunology & Infectious Diseases Society. A limited number of free tickets are available through Eventbrite at –

Seventy years ago antibiotics revolutionised medicine. Only now are we realising the potentially catastrophic consequences of these miracle drugs. The question is: have we reached a point where we must save antibiotics to save ourselves? Resistance sets out to answer that question and more.
Microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories, and expert insights propel this eye-opening and sometimes infuriating look at antibiotic resistance, starting from the first mass production of antibiotics to the rise of the superbugs in the 21st century.
Come to the Belmont Filmhouse for the first ever Scottish screening of this thought provoking documentary. A panel of University of Aberdeen researchers and NHS Grampian staff will follow the film with an open discussion on one of the major global issues of our time.


Med-Chi Lectures : A personal view on how we save General Practice

Medico chirurgical society crestThursday 2nd November
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
7 pm

Talk by Professor Ronald MacVicar, Postgraduate Dean, NHS Education for Scotland, Centre for Health Science, Inverness.

Originally from the Isle of Skye and trained at the University of Glasgow, Ronald MacVicar has been a GP in the Cairn Medical Practice in Inverness for almost 30 years, though retiring from clinical practice in summer 2015. He undertook his GP training in the West and North of Scotland as well as spells in New Zealand.

He has been heavily involved in postgraduate medical education for some time, initially as a GP trainer, then as Assistant Director of Postgraduate GP Education from 2004 and Director from 2008. In this role he has had wide-ranging responsibility for GP education in the North of Scotland as well as national responsibility for areas including; remote and rural training and education, GP Fellowships and Scholarships, and Continuing Professional Development. In the new single Scotland Deanery, as well as regional responsibilities and GP-related responsibilities, he has co-led the Quality Workstream.

Ronald is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), awarded in 1994 through the arduous Fellowship by Assessment route, and he led his group of practices to the RCGP’s Quality Practice Award in 1998, the first such awarded to a group of practices in the UK. In 2001/ 02 he undertook a year’s sabbatical in Southern Ontario, learning from the innovative educational approaches at McMaster University and undertaking an academic fellowship at the University of Toronto. One concrete result of this experience was importing and modifying for Scottish General Practice the Practice-based Small Group Learning (PBSGL) programme. PBSGL in Scotland is now well established and renowned with over a third of Scotland’s GPs being regularly involved in PBSGL.

His key areas of interest include professional development, quality improvement, supporting remote and rural service and education and, as a deputy editor for the journal Education for Primary Care, advancing General Practice/ Primary Care as a scholarly discipline.

All are welcome to come to this talk. A finger buffet will be available from 6.30 pm and tea and coffee will be available afterwards.

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

Medical Library Team

Open Access Week 2017

23rd October – 27th October

Open Access Week is an annual scholarly communication event focusing on open access and related topics. It takes place globally during the last full week of October in a multitude of locations both on- and offline.

During Open access week we will be answering some of your questions, including:

  • Should I go Green or Gold open access?
  • How can I check whether my journal complies with REF/my funder?
  • Is my article eligible to have the APC paid from the block grant?
  • Which version of my paper can I archive in the institutional repository?
  • What is a Creative Commons licence?

If you have any questions you would like us to answer please email us at

This year we are offering two drop-in sessions where you can come and meet the open access team and they will be able to answer any questions you may have on open access.

  • Pop up Open Access Session – 11- 1 Tuesday 24th October, Project Room 2, Medical Library, Polwarth Building, Foresterhill.
  • Pop up Open Access Session – 12 – 2 Thursday 26th October, Committee Room 2, University Office, Old Aberdeen.

Books reduced to 50p in Medical Library sale

We are reducing our remaining books for sale to 50p from today. The sale is continuing on Floor 1 (opposite the Issue Desk) of The Medical Library on the Foresterhill Campus. The books being sold have been withdrawn from library stock and are duplicates or donations that are not required.

Happy browsing!

Medical Library Team

Medical Library book sale starts today

We are holding a book sale on Floor 1 (opposite the Issue Desk) of The Medical Library starting today. The books being sold have been withdrawn from library stock and are duplicates or donations that are not required. Hundreds of books are included and all the books are priced at only £1 each. Come and visit us soon to make sure you have the pick of the best ones.

All topics are covered and the sale includes these popular titles as well as many others – we looking forward to seeing you!

Clinical Medicine Kumar and Clark
General and Systematic Pathology Underwood
Pharmacology Rang and Dale
Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Biochemistry Champe, Harvey et al
Essential Surgery Burkitt, Quick et al
Human Physiology Silverthorn
Health and Illness in the Community Taylor, Smith et al

Medical Library Team

Exploring chocolate and health

Aberdeen Science Centre
21 September 2017
19:00 – 20:30

Aberdeen Science Centre invites you to find out about Stuff Worth Knowing at a series of evening talks.

Professor Alexandra Johnstone is a Senior Research Fellow and UK Registered Nutritionist based at the Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen. She will discuss recent research to explore what we eat and why we eat, including some chocolate tasting to whet the appetite for knowledge about nutrition and health.

Speaker Professor Alexandra Johnstone
Venue Aberdeen Science Centre

Blackwell’s bookstore in the Medical Library today

Clinical Medicine, Kumar & Clark, 9th ed.

Blackwell’s Aberdeen is opening a pop-up bookstore in the Medical Library today between 12.00 am and 2.00 pm.

Blackwell’s Reading List Website
As soon as a new reading list confirmed, it is posted online to let you know what you will need for each module or degree. Link below.

Student Price Match Guarantee
Blackwell’s run a Student Price Match Guarantee at the start of each term to make sure you get the best deal possible.

Exclusive Book Bundles
Blackwell’s offer custom bundles of book that will cover modules or a full term for your subjects.

Second-Hand Books
Blackwell’s sell and buyback second-hand books. At term time Blackwell’s post daily updates of the newly received second-hand books on Facebook and Twitter if you want to grab a bargain. Please ask in the branch in you have any question about how second-hand buyback works.

If you have any more questions or you want to pre-order any books / bundles. Please feel free to contact the Blackwell’s branch.
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Telephone – 01224 486102
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