Sports, Culture & Societies
Hey, we're Chris, Arka & Nikhil, and we look after all things Sports, Culture & Societies at ClinSoc!
This means we act as a link between the ClinSoc committee and all the different sports teams, cultural initiatives and academic societies associated with the clinical school. As such, we are responsible for keeping accurate information regarding all of these entities for the Proctors’ Office and maintaining smooth operation of ClinSoc provisions and delegation of the William Harvey Fund each year.
We ensure all affiliated academic societies provide opportunities to all clinical students equally, and are working closely with MedSoc to streamline the pre-clinical community’s access to their events and resources.
We are working hard to support the return of the iconic Addenbrooke’s Charity Pantomime after its brief hiatus, and have combined the power of Minuet Cambridge, MedVet Music Society and the William Harvey Theatrical Orchestra to bring meaningful extra-curricular life to musicians within our community.
In Sport, we would also have been responsible for organising Varsities, amazing days where the Sharks (what the ClinSoc Sports Teams call themselves) take on Oxford or the Vets in multiple different sports. We may bring back the consultants versus Sharks cricket match in the summer and we are planning another round of the infamous Sherwood games, giving you a chance to take on fellow students at MarioKart, table tennis or pool.
Of course, this year much of this had not been possible. There’s been a StraVarsity for the budding and the keen runners among you. There’s also been a Discord server for a good bit of Among Us together. eSports was briefly the way to go. And on this note, we look after the Sherwood Room so if there’s anything you desperately want in there, we are the people to talk to.
We are the first people to get in touch with if you are unable to get in contact with a particular ClinSoc society, wish to set up one or are involved in one and have questions for us, from registration to publicity to society’s fairs and funding. Send any relevant questions our way and we’ll do our best to help!
Societies' Fair 2021
Below, you will find a comprehensive list of societies that are thought to be currently active.
These are societies with a strong focus on their respective specialties. They typically invite speakers and run teaching sessions, workshops and conferences. They provide avenues to learn more about certain career paths and specialist knowledge, as well as opportunities for research and networking.
AIM aims to provide basic education about Artificial Intelligence in medicine and spark interest in the field.
Newsletters with advancements in medical AI.
Basic coding events.
Provision of beginner resources.
Get in touch if you have any interesting ideas that could help grow our society and improve the experience we provide.
Contact email: email@example.com
OncSoc organises educational and fundraising events throughout the year such as journal clubs, academic talks and revision sessions.
We also hold an annual National Oncology Conference attended by academics, clinicians and students which includes small group workshops and judged poster presentations. We can also help provide advice on oncology placements/research projects and funding opportunities.
We do weekly exam style questions and newsflash updates to help you keep up to date with innovative research in the field of oncology.
Throughout the year, expect:
Annual oncology conference – speakers, workshops, poster presentations
Termly speakers – research, revision, career in oncology
Charity fundraiser events
Revision summaries, exam question practice and oncology news updates via our social media pages
Develop a website with educational material
Provide assistance in joining oncology based SSC/SSP (4th/5th yr medics)
Set up an Oncology mentorship scheme (in collaboration with British Oncology Network for Undergrad Societies – BONUS).
Opportunities for Pre-clinical Students:
Revision talks relating to BOD/MIMS/MODA oncology teaching
Research opportunities in oncology – this is relevant for all years
We have an undergraduate representative who ensures our events are accessible for pre-clinical medics
At our conference the undergrad rep will help organise at least one of the workshops (last year it was communication skills themed).
Mentorship scheme is accessible for all and can allow for early exposure to oncology e.g. clinic experiences for pre-clinical medics, research opportunities (e.g. getting involved in audits/lab based projects/lit reviews with oncologists)
Our revision summaries can help provide extra clinical detail that can be useful for pre-clinical medics essay writing
Journal clubs particularly useful for third year students – critical appraisal skills
Opportunities to present oncology related projects (e.g. third year projects) at our judged poster presentation (at our national conference).
Opportunities for Clinical Students:
Mentorship scheme – clinic opportunities, getting involved with additional projects, help with CVs/extra opportunities in oncology, advise on careers in oncology.
Conference – previous workshops have included teaching on histology/model MDTs, palliative care teaching, clinical communication skills in oncology and small group teaching/decision making.
Journal clubs- research orientated, small group. Opportunities for peer-teaching
Revision events – teaching opportunities.
Get in touch if there are talks you would like us to hold this year, if you would like to take part in our oncology mentorship scheme (in collaboration with BONUS).
If you have any other questions, you can find us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twitter – @CUOncSoc
Mentorship scheme – https://t.co/G8QGe2HMeo?amp=1
(operates under EdMedSoc)
Campaigns & Initiatives
These are societies that focus on advocacy, leadership, community-building & wider education. They may be independent, or a part of local, national or international efforts and organisations. There are typically opportunities to hear from leaders and campaigners who are making a change across various levels. There are also opportunities to learn about wider issues and be a part of the change yourself.
Art, Music & Theatre
We are delighted to be able to embrace cultural opportunities as part of the extra-curricular fabric of ClinSoc life.
ClinSoc Sports has always called itself the Sharks!
Uni-Wide Societies of Interest to Medical Students
Here are some uni-wide, well-established, medically relevant societies more pertinent to the undergraduate experience.
Collegiate Medical Societies
Each college has its own Medics’ Society or Medics and Vets’ Society, the exchanges between which are liaised by Cambridge MedSoc.
In the interest of fostering connections between the pre-clinical and clinical community, ClinSoc strongly recommends collegiate medical societies to have committees representing both communities and to host social events where both are welcome!
Supporting Teams & Societies
If you run a society which has an active Cambridge clinical student membership, be sure to update your records below to continue enjoying your ClinSoc privileges! If you have any questions, you can always get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Does my society need to be registered with the Proctors?
Essentially any society that uses the name ‘University of Cambridge (or Cambridge University)….’ needs to be directly registered with the proctors. This will be of relevance to quite a lot of the societies that are currently under the umbrella of ClinSoc (technically Cambridge University Clinical Society) and the William Harvey fund. Even though ClinSoc itself is a registered University society, that doesn’t allow societies under its governance (the list of societies on the Societies list) to call themselves the “University of Cambridge… Society” or “Cambridge University … Society”.
The Clinical School and the Proctors’ Office have come to an agreement that there is no need for ClinSoc societies to submit their budgets twice since the William Harvey fund and ClinSoc already have good financial governance arrangements in place and ClinSoc’s accounts are then reported directly to the proctors.
What do I need to do?
What this means in practice is that all Societies on the ClinSoc societies list should think about registering centrally with the Proctors. Existing societies will need to re-register every December.
The Clinical School and the Proctors’ Office have come to an agreement where they require three things from each society:
- The name of the society – e.g University of Cambridge Medical Education Society or University of Cambridge Geriatrics society. A Constitution does not appear to be necessary.
- The officers of the society and the names of the current officers – this needs to be updated annually with the proctors. Click here for the form for notifying the Proctors of the current list of officers. The minimum required is President, Secretary and Junior Treasurer.
- The financial governance arrangements – this can be a generic statement for all ClinSoc societies to avoid you double reporting finances, as follows:
“This society’s budget is reviewed and governed by the Cambridge University Clinical Society and is audited through the William Harvey Fund Committee. The budget is therefore reported to the Proctors through the Clinical Society budget.”
The time of the year to look out for is December. You must not forget to do this if you wish to keep your name.
However, if your society targets a uni-wide audience or receives significant external sponsorship (the use of which is not reported through ClinSoc reimbursements), ClinSoc urges you to have the full infrastructure expected from any uni-wide society. This involves:
- a Constitution
- a Bank Account
- a Senior Treasurer, as well as
- annual reporting of accounts.
More Information on a more general registration can be found here.
You can also see a list of all currently registered Societies here.