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Enrolment and Induction Information for New Students 2014-15

Welcome to Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Below you will also find a series of useful links which will guide you through the induction and enrolment process. You will also fine a timetable of the main Blizard Institute/Institute of Dentistry Induction event, to which you are invited. Your programme of study may also hold separate induction events in addition to this as part of your welcome, and you will be informed of these by your programme administrator.

QMUL Induction for International Students:

We recommend you have a look through the Queen Mary Student Induction website as part of your preparations for coming to study with us: . Here you will find details of the International Students induction talks, which all International Students are asked to attend.

Other events during QMUL welcome week

As well as your induction sessions and your enrolment there are many activities taking place during Welcome Week for you to get involved in:'s-on-welcome-week/index.html

Enrolment (15th-19th September 2014)

Before you attend induction you will be asked to fully enrol with QMUL. Enrolment for Blizard students takes place from 11.30-12.30 on Thursday 18th Septemb

er 2014. However additional slots for early enrolment during 12th-14th September can be booked via the admissions team.

This will give you useful information to prepare you for enrolment and what you need to bring with you:

To help you with this, you can watch a short film that will give you an introduction to the process of enrolling on your degree and a checklist of the things that you need to do before you come to enrol:

You can also find out what will happen during your enrolment session at Queen Mary and afterwards in the Enrolment Information Guide:

Induction timetable for Blizard Postgraduate and Intercalated Students 2014-15

The main institute induction event will take place on Monday 22nd September. All new students are invited to a welcome lunch in the Old Library (Garrod Building), followed by a series of introductory talks from the school PG lead, and other QMUL services. Students and staff are then invited to a social gathering and buffet in the Griff Inn Student Union Bar, from 17.00-19.00.

Please see timetable below for details, and contact your programme administrator if you have any queries about your induction schedule.







Postgraduate/Intercalated Staff and New Student Welcome Lunch
Old Library, Garrod Building

Pop-In IT Helpdesk Clinic for Log in and Getting Started Issues
PC Lab, Garrod Building



Welcome to the School of Medicine and Dentistry
Bearsted Lecture Theatre
Dr Nick Croft
Head of Postgraduate Education


Who’s who, where’s where and How to pass a degree
Bearsted Lecture Theatre
Dr Nick Croft
Head of Postgraduate Education


Adapting to study in the UK
Bearsted Lecture Theatre
Saima Sherazi/Debra Hills
Language Centre


Pastoral and Practical Services at QMUL
Bearsted Lecture Theatre
Laura Sequeira
Advice and Counselling


Academic Writing and Plagiarism
Bearsted Lecture Theatre

Stacie Withers

Learning Development


The Basics of QMPLUS- The Queen Mary E-learning Environment
Bearsted Lecture Theatre
Gary Schwartz
E-learning Technologist


PGT Social Event: Buffet
The Griff Inn Union Bar

A campaign to put patient care at the centre of evidence-based medicine (EBM) is launched by Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Public Health expert at Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London, at the BioMed Central’s Health Services Research conference at Kings’ College London.

The ‘Campaign for real EBM’, a collaboration with the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, aims to combat some the unintended consequences of the EBM movement, whilst acknowledging its achievements so far.

The evidence-based medicine movement began more than 20 years ago. Its aim has been to ensure the treatments used in clinical practice are justified through evidence – especially evidence derived from clinical trials (in which patients are randomly allocated to one treatment or another) used in combination with practical clinical knowledge and awareness of the needs of patients. The evidence-based approach replaced the traditional practice of relying on accumulated clinical experience and reasoning from basic science discoveries in a laboratory.

Clinical trials and other types of research aim to provide evidence; showing whether a particular treatment works, how well it works compared to other treatments, and what the risks of the treatment may be. Different organisations collate the results of clinical trials and other research to determine the evidence for various treatments and procedures.

Evidence-based medicine has seen success stories, such as NICE’s evidence-based guidelines on blood clots (venous thromboembolism) after surgery first launched in 2007. Following publication of the guidelines there was a steady uptake of the recommendations and a significant reduction in post-surgery complications.

However, the campaign highlights that EBM has also seen problems that should be of concern to clinicians, patient advocates and policymakers, amongst others.  These concerns include the misuse of the ‘evidence-based’ kitemark by those with conflicts of interest; the ever-increasing and unmanageable volumes of evidence; patients’ voices going unheard; and lack of suitable guidelines for the growing number of people with multiple conditions.

Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Health Care and Dean for Research Impact, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London, comments: “We want the Campaign for Real EBM to be a grass-roots movement, not a programme of work led by academic professors. One of the main drivers for a more ‘personalised’ version of EBM is patients, who have – rightly – demanded to be treated as individuals by caring doctors and nurses, not tyrannised by protocols. We need to develop tools and techniques for supporting conversations with patients about the best and most appropriate treatments, taking into account their priorities and preferences.”

Jigisha Patel, Medical Editor at BioMed Central, says: “In the early days of evidence-based medicine I witnessed the focus of patient care shift from the individual patient’s concerns to a box-ticking, target-hitting exercise. Patients expect to be informed about and take part in decision making about their care. BioMed Central supports the principles of evidence-based medicine and the right of patients to have access to this evidence through the publication of open access journals such as Systematic Reviews and Trials. We welcome the long overdue Campaign for Real EBM that aims to put the focus of patient care right back onto the concerns and wishes of the patient.”

Professor Trish Greenhalgh continues: “Currently, when someone visits their GP or a hospital doctor, quite a bit of the encounter will typically be taken up by the doctor working through a structured computer template that directs the questions to be asked, the parts of the body to be examined and the recommended medication. In the future, we want to be in a situation where doctor and patient collaboratively set the agenda and share decision-making in a more emergent way, guided and supported by tools that both reflect best research evidence - how the average patient is likely to respond to the different treatment options - and also prompt discussion about what matters to this patient.”

Asthma affects one in 11 children and young people in the UK. On average, this is two children in every classroom.  Scientists from the Blizard Institute are launching a new study to measure the impact asthma has on school children, with the aim of improving school life for those with asthma.

Asthma is responsible for significant levels of absence from school and reduced engagement in school activities. This study, led by researchers at the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London, will look at how well young people (aged 12-18 years old) manage their asthma, and the impact this has on attendance, attainment and overall wellbeing at school. Young people will be directly involved in the research, with an active role in improving the management of their asthma.

This research will increase researchers’ knowledge and understanding of how much difference asthma makes to school life. This will then lay the foundations for a follow-up study looking at developing a school-based ‘intervention’, with the aim of actively improving the lives of school children with asthma.

The research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research CLAHRC: North Thames, will be carried out in partnership with Centre of the Cell – the first science education centre in the world to be located within medical research laboratories, right here at the Blizard Institute in our iconic Blizard Building.

The researchers aim to work with over 60 schools in North and East London and are currently recruiting schools and young people to take part.

Jonathan Grigg, from the Centre for Paediatrics at the Blizard Institute, leading the study at Queen Mary University of London, comments: “Asthma has a significant impact on young people’s lives. Many people today underestimate the seriousness or impact of having asthma and also may not realise that symptoms can be improved dramatically depending on how treatment is managed. School is a central part of children’s lives and it can suffer or thrive depending on circumstances. We know asthma can have a negative impact on wellbeing at school, therefore it’s vital we increase our knowledge of how we can actively improve the lives of children with asthma.”