Student activities 2010-2011

sJMA Ski Trip ’10

Despite the snowy chaos that overtook the UK on 19 December, 14 bleary-eyed students (12 medics and 2 midwives) succeeded to fly off to Geneva in one piece.  We stayed in a beautiful chalet in the charming resort village of Les Coches, part of La Plagne in the French Alps.

The full range skiing ability was represented, from first-timers to seasoned skiers.  Following a communal breakfast, we took to the slopes, the higher ones offering a superb view of Mont Blanc and its surrounding peaks.  After meeting for lunch in the piste cafes, those more experienced helped others along, conquering their fears on the more challenging runs.  At the end of a tiring day, we were very lucky to be able to ski into our chalet, after which we relaxed in the sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi.  Our self-catered kosher food arrangements provided a warming treat, to be chased by a few drinks.

Although the moratorium on “medic chat” was occasionally breached by inter-medical school rivalry and impromptu tutorials to help the younger students, a fantastic time was had by all.  We are all very appreciative of Naomi Tomlinson’s (Birmingham, 4th year) hard work in organising the trip.

Life has never been so decadent for the Jewish medical student!

Chanuka Ice Skating Event – 12 December 2010

As temperatures dropped on a dark Sunday evening, 24 medics left their usual comfort zone of central and north-west London to reach the outdoor ice skating rink at Hampton Court Palace.  Freshers to final years from four medical schools were represented, although competency on ice was by no means uniform!  Behind the rink was the beautifully lit-up royal palace, surrounded by its spacious estate.  Following the ice skating, we retreated inside where the Chanuka spirit was continued with doughnuts for all.

This was a great way to finish the term with the sJMA.

National opening event

To kick of the year with a bang, on 13 October, 60 students joined the sJMA for a night out eating, drinking, bowling, socialising and singing our hearts out on karaoke at the exclusive Bloomsbury lanes of London. With 15 students travelling down specially from Birmingham, we gathered in the UJS-Hillel centre at 7.30 where pizza and drinks were served before moving on to the retro bowling alley/bar off Russell Square.  Students ranged from freshers to final years and were treated to sJMA freshers’ packs!  A good night was had by all…

National Friday night dinner in Birmingham – 5 November 2010

This time, Birmingham took up the mantle and hosted 45 students for a slap-up Shabbat dinner, held in the Central Synagogue.  With delicious food (thanks to help from B’ham JSoc), much alcohol and a fascinating talk by retired orthopaedic surgeon Max Harrison, it was a great evening for all involved.  Special thanks goes to Becky (our Birmingham chair) for organising it and to the 8 Londoners who ventured north for the occasion.


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