The WMSC considers all matters affecting the interests of medical students in Wales and acts on their behalf.
We do this by informing, liaising and where appropriate collaborating with the Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff and Swansea medical schools, local health boards and the Wales Deanery.
The committee also works closely with the BMA Welsh council and the UK Medical Students Committee (MSC).
Standards of education
Members of the committee continue to seek improvement in standards of education and administration in both Cardiff and Swansea Universities and support students during the ongoing changes to the curriculum and following the introduction of the four-year course.
We lobbied for improvements in the standard of accommodation for students on GP placement. These have been published for both Cardiff and Swansea students.
Lobby both Cardiff and Swansea medical schools to ensure that their student travel expense policies are fit for purpose.
Monitor interaction between Medical Students and PA students and what effect this may have on resources and clinical experience for medical students.
Immediate life support (ILS)
We lobbied for the introduction of an accredited ILS course at all medical schools in the UK, following the withdrawal of such training which had previously been provided during the 5th year at Cardiff Medical School.
Mental health support
The WMSC believes that it is important that there are services that provide support to medical students and ensuring that they are signposted effectively should be key priorities for all medical schools. We would like to find out what the experiences of medical students in Wales have been of services in accessing mental health support services.
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Paul McNulty, chair, welsh medical students committee (WMSC)
Paul McNulty is a fifth-year medical student at the Cardiff University School of Medicine. Paul took up the post of chair of the welsh medical students committee in 2016. Widening participation is a key area of interest for Paul, who is keen to get the committee involved in this topic. He is also, along with other MSC chairs of the devolved nations, involved in working on a BMA policy on sexual harassment.
The Welsh Medical Students committee deputy chair is Kausthubha Raman.
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We meet four times a year to discuss the latest issues and take forward BMA policy.
Who can come
These meetings are open to Welsh medical students committee members only.
Dates for the 2018 session are:
- Wednesday 14 February 2018
- Wednesday 23 May 2018
All meetings take place from 6.30pm to 9.00pm.
Where we meet
BMA Cymru Wales
2 Caspian Point