August 11, 2011

What medical students do in their spare time

Ever wondered what a typical student at Warwick Medical School gets up to? Launching a quarterly magazine aimed at medical students might not be the first thing that springs to mind …… and yet that’s exactly what a group of our doctors-in-training have done.

Ferdinand Daly Morris is one quarter of the founding team of MedQuarterly and here he takes us through exactly what MedQuarterly is and how it came about.

“MedQuarterly is a creation centred around medical education at all levels. Together the MedQuarterly team have worked tirelessly to produce an innovative and high quality resource aimed primarily at medical students, but also other junior health care professionals. It’s based upon a principle of providing readers with a wide variety of information that we, as students, all wished had been made readily available to us; information that we believe will better prepare us for survival and success in the world of medicine.

So what are we actually offering?

MQ is our FREE medical education magazine and the flagship component of the MedQuarterly project. Consisting of a variety of articles in every issue, each is targeted towards one of several categories including ‘educational’, ‘opinion’ and ‘how to..’. All are written by either junior doctors (to give a practical real world view), or medical students in collaboration with consultants or other registered professionals.

June saw the release of issue 2 and, with an ever increasing distribution, has been a tremendous success thus far. However if you haven’t yet managed to place your hands on a hard copy, we ‘technology natives’ have managed to make editions available online which can be viewed in either pdf or printer-friendly formats at your leisure on our website

In addition to this the website offers a wide variety of educational content including:

  • Information on more than 350 medical topics, equating to over 7500 pages of key notes. These range from orthopaedics to paediatrics and cover everything between! Significantly all are designed to be streamlined to the core IMPORTANT points, cutting out all the waffle and leaving you with the facts
  • Over 40 differentials tables designed to get you thinking in the right way whenever you are presented with a case (whether it be exams or on the wards)
  • Many more articles not found in the MQ publication (a database that is continually being adding to)
  • For the ‘visual learners’ amongst us you will now also find revision orientated mind maps, designed promote understanding of a variety of conditions and medical concepts
  • With a single click all this content can be converted into printer friendly formats and used to supplement your own notes. Try reading a topic online before a lecture and test its usefulness for yourself! They also make great revision aids as they have been specifically aimed at a level we believe most appropriate to support success
  • New this quarter we are launching our clinical skills environment – presented with a little more jazz than found elsewhere, but as always with a strong focus towards providing you with the key and most supportive points

Content in MedQuarterly is sourced from both local and international sources in attempt to create the most balanced and useful assortment of learning resources possible, and with more being added it is constantly evolving to best match your learning needs. If you would like to see anything added to the website that you feel would be of great benefit, please feel free to contact us, and as ever our team will endeavour to make this a reality (see website for contact details).

Any student is eligible to write for us, creating a strong peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and experiences. If you would like to see your own work published in MQ please visit the ‘write for us’ section of our website or to contact the team who run MQ email us at:

We hope MedQuarterly proves useful to you all and wish you the best of luck in your careers”

Founders of MedQuarterly:

  • Ben Van Duren
  • Adam Zenkner
  • Ferdi Daley Morris
  • Evan Watts

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