Message from the President – 2017
I am pleased to present you the 2018-19 programme of the Norwich Medico-Chirurgical Society, which has just celebrated 150 years of existence. I am delighted to be President of a society which continues to provide educational and social functions for the medical community of Norfolk and Norwich. All are welcome whether from primary or secondary care, trainee or old hand, career starter or in retirement.
My predecessor gave priority to trying to dispel any perceptions of the Society as being arcane and "crusty". I wish to continue in the same vein. The programme of meetings is inevitably a reflection of my own tastes and connections, so it is unsurprising that primary care, medical education and a strong bias to what is best in Norfolk and Norwich are all apparent. However I have also tried to choose topics and speakers with wide appeal, and overall there should be something for everyone. In order to reach out to a new audience we are going to experiment with new venues, so our first meeting of the year will be held on the UEA campus with the intention of continuing with this if it proves successful. As before we welcome anyone who is not a member to try one of our meetings for free, and will only ask for a membership application if you decide that you wish to attend again in future.
We start the year with Professor Tom Shakespeare of Norwich Medical School, who almost needs no introduction if you are a regular listener to BBC Radio 4. His talk "The impatient Outpatient: reflections on rehabilitation and disability rights" will no doubt challenge and entertain in equal measure. Next up Dr James Mumford of Market Surgery Aylsham and his wife Sue, a palliative care specialist nurse, will reflect on years of involvement with developing hospice care in Ethiopia, a country where basic health provision let alone end of life care is a struggle. Continuing the charitable theme in December we will see Dr Bob Minns of Magdalen Medical practice in Norwich who cycled the entire Silk Road from Turkey to China in aid of Clic Sargent. I will be giving the Presidential address in January- "A Brief History of Medical Education": my attempt to distil 3000 years of the training of doctors into 50 minutes! This talk is "twinned" with that of my old friend Professor Sam Leinster, foundation Dean of Norwich Medical School who will peer into the future of medical education for the final talk of the year in June.
Back in sequence, in February we welcome Mr Francis Wells, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Papworth Hospital who will illustrate the life and achievements of Leonardo da Vinci. We live in times of tumultuous change in the delivery of health care so it is fitting that March's meeting will feature Dr Simon Cooke, Chief Executive of the OneNorwich collaborative which is rewriting the rulebook for general practice in Norwich. April gives us a great opportunity to engage with the youngest members (to be) of our profession, with the elective and Carlisle presentations and prizes. Finally, with longer and warmer evenings in May, we look forward to a walking tour of Norwich with historic insights provided by a knowledgeable guide followed by a convivial meal at the Norfolk Club. Booking will be essential.
I look forward to seeing you during the year!
Dr Dickie Young