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Green Templeton College | Oxford

A new student-doctor collaboration, which aims to unite over 40,000 medical students across the UK and provide them with the resources they need to maximise their experience of university, has just been launched by a GTC medical student.

UKMSA website

Fifth-year clinical medical student Mahiben Maruthappu is the founding President of UKMSA, the United Kingdom Medical Student's Association, which also involves a number of other GTC fellows and students.

Honorary Chairman is Lord Walton of Detchant, the second Warden of Green College between 1983 and 1990 and a significant figure in British medicine, being the only person to have been President of the British Medical Association, the Royal Society of Medicine and the General Medical Council during his career.

GTC Fellow Christopher Bulstrode, Professor of Orthopaedic surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, is a trustee, and fourth-year medical student Myura Nagendran is a founding member and Vice-President.

"This is the first time medical students across the UK have been linked in this way to share experiences and resources, wherever they are studying," explains Mahiben.

"UKMSA will provide resources to over 40,000 students nationwide, including careers and examination advice, research opportunities, podcasts, an online forum and competitions and prizes. We have representatives across the different medical schools and our national meetings will be held at GTC."

Mahiben has also written Oxbridge Medicine: The Applicant's Guide, aimed at demystifying the Oxbridge admissions process, which was published in June 2010.

Find out more about UKMSA at their website.