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Myelopathy Student Society

Our Aims

The society aims to improve the lives of those living with myelopathy through activities including research, patient support groups and educational material.

Cervical myelopathy is a devastating syndrome that leaves patients with lifelong disabilities including difficulties with fine hand movements, having problems with walking, bladder and bowel control. Myelopathy patients have been found to have one of the worst qualities of life of any disease.

The student society has been formed in recognition of the poor knowledge of cervical myelopathy among medical students and non-specialist doctors. This lack of knowledge contributes to slow diagnoses of cervical myelopathy and worse outcomes for patients.We aim to raise awareness and improve education around myelopathy, in order to help tomorrow’s doctors recognise key signs earlier.

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National Medical Education Study is working with a team of doctors and medical students from across the UK to conduct a national study assessing medical student teaching on and knowledge of degenerative cervical myelopathy. Responses from medical students of all levels of knowledge and experience are equally important to better understand current teaching programmes. Completing the survey takes less than 5 minutes. All responses are anonymous. On completion you will be invited to leave your email address in a separate survey for the chance to win one of five £10 Amazon voucher prizes.

Please help us in our work towards improving the lives of DCM patients! Medical Student Prizes

Our two annual national medical student prizes are open to all students studying medicine at a university in the United Kingdom. Both prizes will be judged by the trustees of

Winners and runners up will be presented with an official certificate for their portfolios in addition to the prizes listed below. Essay Prize

Our essay prize is awarded annually to the student who submits the best essay on one of three titles advertised each year. Each student may only enter one essay each year. Essays should not exceed 1500 words in length, should be submitted as a word document (.docx or .doc) and should address the following titles:

  1. What does the future hold for neurosurgery and how will research help shape this? 
  2. How can quality of life of degenerative cervical myelopathy patients be improved?
  3. Discuss how synthetic biology might influence the future of neurosurgery.

The winner will be awarded: a copy of the Eureka Neurology and Neurosurgery textbook; a copy of A Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal textbook; a copy of Pastest Data Interpretation for Medical Students textbook and a subscription to Doctor’s Academy Doctor Exams revision bank or a Doctor’s Academy e-book of their choice.
The runner up will receive a 3-month subscription to Pastest Medical Finals. Research Prize

Our research prize is awarded annually to the student who submits the best neurosurgical research abstract. Students should specify their role and the role of any co-authors when submitting their abstract. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words in length.  

The winner will be awarded: a copy of the Eureka Neurology and Neurosurgery textbook; an invitation to present at the Doctor’s Academy Winner of Winners Competition at the Doctor’s Academy International Medical Summer School 2019 and a complementary ticket to attend the remainder of the day at the Doctor’s Academy International Medical Summer School. 

The runner up with receive a 3-month subscription to Pastest Medical Finals.

Meet the Student Committee

Ollie Mowforth

I am a final year medical student at University of Cambridge.

I have been researching DCM for over two years and am determined to make a difference for patients. I am incredibly excited to work with a brilliant team this year and look forward to the activities we have planned!

Max Stewart
Vice President

Hi, I'm Max, a 5th year student at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge.

I graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Neuroscience. My research interests include neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopaedics, medical technology and education.

Sam Smith

Hi, I'm Sam , a 5th year medical student from Cambridge. I became interested in myelopathy almost a year ago and am currently undertaking basic science and clinical research in this area with Mark Kotter and Ben Davies.

In my spare time I'm a keen sportsman, regularly playing football and basketball!

Shahzaib Ahmed
Secretary & Social Media

Hi, I'm Shahz, a third year medical student at the University of Cambridge. I first got involved with Myelopathy as the Student Editor of the blog; since then, my interest has only increased and I am now part of with the student society! I am currently intercalating with the Physiology, Development and Neuroscience department, as well as undertaking a research project on the nervous and vascular anatomy of the arm and forearm.

Alice Willison
Fundraising Officer

Hi! I am a current fifth-year medical student finishing the final two years of medical school by concomitantly completing an MRes, with a focus on glioblastoma. Prior to this, I completed a BMSc in genetics and cancer research (First-Class Honours).

I also work closely with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. My specialist interests are in neurosurgery and neuro-oncology.

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